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Amsterdam - Crow's Nest Bar, Sports Deck

We start our exploration at the top. Amsterdam has ten passenger decks, crowned by Sky Deck that sits all the way forward over the bridge and rewards sunbathers with beautiful sea views over the bow through floor-to-ceiling windows. One deck down and we come to Sports Deck. Focal point here is the Crow's Nest, Holland America's trademark observation lounge.

The Crow's Nest

A beautiful, classic mural with gilded figures adorns the forward stair tower that leads up to the Sports Deck. The port side entrance to the Crow's Nest is equally impressive, reminding one of the old Holland America ocean liners. Inside the Crow's Nest, you quickly notice the different areas that make up this spacious observation room.  

On the starboard side, there is semi closed-off quiet seating area with a beautiful parquet floor and a mild Oriental look. Overlooking the bow of the ship is the dance floor, where a huge video wall and DJ booth were added recently. More to starboard is the circular bar, surrounded by cozy seating alcoves. Lining the forward wall of windows are leather comfy chairs, while all the way on port side you will find a lounge section that is very tastefully decorated.

The Loft - tropical shack for youngsters

Continuing on Sports Deck, we pass by the sliding glass roof that covers the Lido Pool below. Next to the twin funnels are tennis and basketball courts. And all the way aft is "The Loft", Holland America's attempt to lure youngsters and to shake off the line's old-world image. With an Internet Room, Disco, plunge pool and café with hammocks, who wouldn't want to be a kid again?

Artwork in the forward stairtower

Crow's Nest dance floor
The Crow's Nest
The Crow's Nest
Sports deck with the magrodome and twin funnels
Sports Court with sea and funnel view

The Loft - "Grotto" Pool for youngsters

The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest
The Crow's Nest
The Crow's Nest
The Loft - Children's hangout
Kid's Internet Café
Kid's Disco

 

Photos and text: © 2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on August 20, 2006

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