On Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam, Deck By Deck

With deck plans from Holland America Line’s Eurodam, you could easily find your way around Nieuw Amsterdam, launched last week in Venice.

Oslo-based designer Bjørn Storbraaten says he created the "bar of his dreams" in the Silk Den. "Normally, the bar would be against the wall. You would sit there staring at bottles of whiskey. But with this bar and its window wall, you're looking out on a beautiful view."

Deck 11 features Silk Den, a bar and lounge; Tamarind, serving Pan Asian (for $15 per person for dinner and no charge for lunch); and the Cabana Club, an exclusive retreat where guests can reserve tented cabanas by the day or for an entire voyage. There are additional cabanas around the mid-ship Lido pool area. Also on Deck 11 is Explorations Café, a coffee bistro featuring a large library, Internet terminals, international newspapers, arm chairs and sofas.

Cabanas can be reserved by the way or for the entire voyage.

Nieuw Amsterdam also offers a second collection of Cabanas lining Nieuw Amsterdam’s mid-ship Lido pool area. Equipped with chaises, ottomans and upholstered settees, the Cabanas feature bathrobes and towels, refreshments ranging from iced fruit skewers and frozen grapes to chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, and iPods uploaded with a choice of music.

The Crow’s Nest lounge, which completes Deck 11’s public areas, overlooks Nieuw Amsterdam’s bow and features a collection of Nieuw Amsterdam memorabilia dating back to the original ship’s 1906 launch and the heyday of Nieuw Amsterdam II, which carried the cream of international society between New York and Rotterdam in the post World War II era. A plush and quiet vantage point by day, the room transforms into a stylish dance club in the evening.

Club HAL, sure to entertain the kids

Deck 10 features Club HAL, the dedicated youth facilities and activities center offering supervised, age-appropriate programming for kids 3 to 12. The Loft, a lounge where teenagers can meet, is equipped with comfortable chairs and sofas, games and a new video editing facility, and is decorated as a typical New York street design of large murals featuring creations by top New York City graffiti artists, crosswalk, street signs, a real New York yellow cab and old-fashioned hot dog stand.

Deck 9 features a fully equipped Fitness Center, with Holland America Line’s largest gymnasium. Also on Deck 9 is the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, providing beauty and wellness treatments. The Greenhouse Spa’s Thermal Suites offer private settings for detoxifying and relaxing therapy. A Hydrotherapy Pool and Sauna complete the Greenhouse Spa facilities.

Water feature on Lido Deck

Lido Deck (9) also has the ship’s largest pool, the Lido Pool, with three Jacuzzis flanked by cabanas. The entire area is covered by a retractable magradome. Guests can stop by the nearby Lido Bar and Terrace Grill for burgers, fries and other grilled items.

The nearby Lido Restaurant features a wide variety of cuisine with individual stations offering specialized ethnic and regional dishes. The Sea View Pool, on Deck 9 aft, offers views of the ocean and ship’s wake, as well as the Sea View Bar.

Deck 3 features the Half Moon, Hudson and Stuyvesant meeting rooms. Nearby is the Screening Room, a 36-seat movie theater screening first-run films and special presentations. Deck 3 also features the Signature Shops, an upscale shopping area headlined by Merabella, a boutique offering high-end designer jewelry. The Ocean Bar, centrally located on Promenade Deck in the ship’s atrium, provides a stylish vantage point from which to enjoy pre- or after-dinner drinks.

Culinary Arts Center, always a hit

The Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, situated on Deck 2, is state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen featuring gourmet cooking lessons from Holland America Line master chefs and celebrity guest chefs.

When not used for cooking demonstrations, the room becomes the Queen’s Lounge, an upscale performance venue. Night club Northern Lights, adjacent to the Queen’s Lounge and Casino, offers guests a venue for late evening dancing.

The Casino has slots, blackjack, roulette, craps and a variety of poker games, as well as Casino Bar featuring a display of large-format contemporary and classic photographs of New York City.

Proud crew member at Nieuw Amsterdam's naming in Venice.

A nearby Piano Bar features live keyboard music. Nieuw Amsterdam’s Atrium is highlighted by a telescoping chandelier designed to honor New York City’s iconic skyline. The LED-equipped chandelier is lit in a spectrum of colors. The Deck 2 Pinnacle Bar is a wine lounge in a glamorous setting. The Showroom at Sea, spanning Decks 2 and 3, offers production shows and headline entertainment.

The Explorer’s Lounge, located on the Lower Promenade Deck 2, continues Nieuw Amsterdam’s New York theme with wall-to-wall mixed media collage of the 17th Century New York City skyline by Dutch artist Harald Vlugt. The room also features sculpture and decorative accessories from New York’s early Native American and European inhabitants. Nearby is the Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows, an interactive design studio featuring free workshops led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts.”

The Pinnacle Grill, specializing in steaks and seafood, offers a fine dining experience for a $10 per person for lunch and $20 for dinner.

Deluxe Veranda Ocean-View Stateroom

Staterooms on the 11-deck Nieuw Amsterdam include 60 deluxe verandah suites and 50 superior verandah suites that emphasize rich walnut wood and powder blue and champagne-colored fabrics, along with contemporary leather furniture and brushed nickel finishes. Deluxe verandah suites display reproductions of original Matisse and Picasso drawings, along with colorful Tuscany landscapes created from original woodcuts.

Nieuw Amsterdam’s 558 deluxe verandah ocean-view and 175 ocean-view staterooms are decorated in coffee, burgundy and sandstone tones in window coverings, bedding and fabrics, plus rich wood and metal accessories alongside custom furniture. Artwork features reproductions of surrealist oil paintings and contemporary photography. The ship’s 152 interior staterooms switch color schemes to light maple wood, bedding and fabric in slate and sky blue with tangerine accents. Stateroom art is highlighted by reproductions of surrealist oil paintings.

The ship also features 56 luxury spa staterooms, including 46 deluxe verandah ocean-view, four ocean-view, four interior and two exclusive spa deluxe verandah suites located on the ship’s two highest decks, Panorama and Observation, near the Greenhouse Spa. Spa staterooms offer special in-room amenities such as yoga mats and an iPod docking station, and are decorated in a naturalist theme, with furnishings, bedding and window treatments finished in soft earth tones with bright aqua blue and charcoal accents.

For Nieuw Amsterdam's naming in Venice, captains of various ships in HAL's fleet were present.

Staterooms will offer Signature of Excellence amenities, such as Mariner’s Dream beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel televisions, DVD players, make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional-grade hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary baskets with guests’ personal fruit choices and Elemis bath amenities. To conserve power, all staterooms have keycard slots to turn on room lighting and power.

Nieuw Amsterdam’s main restaurant, the two-level Manhattan Dining Room, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests looking for a more formal dining venue. Guests can get a classic Italian dinner with casual tableside service at Canaletto, located adjacent to the Lido Restaurant dining area, for no extra charge. The ocean-view Lido Restaurant offers guests breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in a casual setting. The Terrace Grill is a casual poolside eatery serving burgers and fries, as well as healthier choices like wraps, paninis and pita sandwiches. Slice pizzeria serves whole pies and slices to order. The ship also offers complimentary in-stateroom dining service 24 hours a day at no extra charge.

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