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Throughout the years, Holland America Line has built up a steady relationship with the Dutch design firm VFD Interiors, who have taken care of the interiors of most of the line's vessels. Known for their untraditional color combinations and "nook and cranny" design, the design team has incorporated many priceless works of art into Oosterdam.  

Oosterdam's Lido Restaurant is a good example of VFD's more daring designs. Purples, pinks, bright yellow, green and blue... Almost all colors of the rainbow are represented in this huge restaurant. And to top it all off, some great classic artwork is showcased in the middle of this color attack. Personally, I do think it is a bit "much" and I do prefer the somewhat classier Lido Restaurants on the line's Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Game Room
Kid Zone
Kid Zone

Large signs indicate which type of food is served at the serving stations, with large beverage sections incorpo-rated at strategic places. There's an ice-cream bar, offering free ice cream throughout the day. At night, The Lido Restaurant offers casual dining plus late night snacks. After getting their share of ice cream, kids just have to move up one deck from the Lido Restaurant to access their private quarters on Observation Deck. Kid's facilities on Oosterdam are relatively limited, even though the line has a popular kid's program in place on their larger ships. Still, there is a gaming room with arcade games and a nice youth hangout with Internet stations.

Next we move up to Observation Deck and the Crow's Nest, Holland America's hallmark observation lounge and night club. Done in bright reds, the main section of the room is large and airy, while two intimate "wings" have a completely different atmosphere. On port side the cigarette smokers will find a refuge, while starboard side offers the Oak Room, a haven for cigar smokers. Sporting a faux fireplace, lots of wood accents and oversized leather chairs, this is one of the more traditionally designed rooms on Oosterdam.

Lido Restaurant

Lido Restaurant
Lido Restaurant
Crow's Nest
Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest

Lido Restaurant

Lido Restaurant
Oak Room
Crow's Nest
Crow's Nest
Crow's Nest

 

All photos and text: 2003-2005 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on May 1, 2005

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