SEATTLE -- Holland America Line joined forces with Interactive
Pictures Corp. to give cyber-travelers a virtual tour of the
Veendam. The tour begins at HAL's Web site, www.hollandamerica.com.
Using Interactive Pictures' technology, which provides views
from a 360-degree angle, agents can offer potential clients a feel
for the ship by providing a virtual walk through the public rooms
HAL officials said the technology should help motivate potential
passengers who are not moved to book by brochure photos alone.
Rooms available for cyber- exploration include the ship's Grand
Atrium; the Rotterdam Dining Room; the Explorer's Lounge; Ruben's
Lounge; the Lido Pool, and the Ocean Spa Gymnasium and Juice Bar.
Other areas on the tour are the Penthouse suite; the Penthouse
bathroom; a suite with a veranda; a minisuite with a veranda; an
oceanview stateroom, and an inside stateroom.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Interactive Pictures uses IPIX imaging
technology on the site.
It works like this: You go to HAL's site, go to the virtual
reality tour, download a plug-in, follow instructions (or consult
with a Net-savvy individual), head back to the virtual tour and
click on the area you want to explore.
It will take a few minutes to download and figure out, but it is
After browsers choose a public area or cabin, they have the
ability to zoom in and out of an area and explore minute details.
For instance, on a tour of an outside stateroom, you can check out
the bedding, what beverages are available and where the fire alarm
Holland America said it has received "positive feedback" on its
new Web feature and said it may add virtual tours of other ships in