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Amsterdam - Queen's Lounge, Ocean Bar, Casino, Rembrandt Lounge

With two full-length decks of public rooms and restaurants, you will always find "your" corner on Amsterdam. The Dutch design team have managed to come up with an ingenious layout that is like a puzzle, with little nooks  everywhere. Using dark colors, offset by bright reds and pinks and a selection of eclectic artifacts, the result is nothing short of stunning.

Atrium with Astrolabe

The only public room on board Amsterdam that has not been designed by VFD Interiors is the Queen's Lounge, a double-deck showroom. Carnival Corporation's "in-house desig-ner" Joe Farcus has actually managed to stay away from the loud, over the top interiors that he is so (in)famous for. Instead, the Queen's Lounge has a warm, distinct look that will appeal to most.  

Walking aft from the Queen's Lounge, we stumble across the huge Astrolabe, a grotesque astronomical centerpiece dominating the three-deck Atrium. Surrounding the Atrium on this deck is the Atrium Terrace and the rather uninspiring Ocean Bar. Further aft you walk straight into the Casino, which shares its space on the deck plan with the Shopping Arcade and on oddly place Sports Bar. Because of the lack of windows in this area, it all looks a bit garish and dark. Perhaps the room will work better at night, when the casino action starts and the shops open.

Casino

Our favorite bar on Amsterdam must be the Amstel Bar and the adjacent Rembrandt Lounge. Designed brilliantly in a semi-circular form, this room approaches the style and grace of the old Nieuw Amsterdam and Rotterdam as they crossed the Atlantic in the sixties. With its boldly colored dance floor, its fine artwork and cozy seating alcoves, this is the place to be!  

It's like entering a different world if you leave the Rembrandt Lounge and pass by the Art Gallery, filled with some fine artifacts from Holland's illustrious past. On we go to the forward part of Upper Promenade Deck!

Queen's Lounge

Queen's Lounge
Queen's Lounge
Entrance to the Queen's Lounge
Rembrandt Lounge seen from Amstel Café
Rembrandt Lounge
Amstel Café

Rembrandt Lounge

Queen's Lounge

Ocean Bar
Sports Bar and shops
Sports Bar and shops
Sports Bar
Casino
Art Gallery, looking towards the Explorer's Lounge
Forward stairwell

 

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

First published on August 20, 2006

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