ms Westerdam
Holland America Line
 International Excellence
Internationale Voortreffelijkheid - Merito Internazionale

by Steve J. Garrod

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Promenade Deck

The Hudson, Half Moon, and Stuyvesant Rooms can be used as individual meeting spaces or opened up to combine as one large area.
The Java Corner provides a unique seating area just outside of the Half Moon, Hudson, and Stuyvesant Rooms.  Nearby is a graphical display board to show where Westerdam currently is sailing in her itinerary.
The Internet Center has evolved greatly in the Holland America Line as has the demand for guests to stay in touch while aboard.  Wireless 'hot spots' are available throughout Westerdam for guests to remotely use laptop computers.
The Erasmus Library features a statue of Piet Heijn, the Dutch fleet admiral who captured a whole Spanish fleet laden with silver and treasure from the New World.
Treasures can be found in even the most seemingly intricate areas of the Westerdam such as this corridor joining the forward and aft public areas on Promenade Deck.
The shopping arcade aboard the Westerdam is understated while the shops are closed.  Upon the opening of the shops, however, this area becomes much more open given the flow of shoppers.
The Ocean Bar is another traditional favorite of past guests of Holland America Line.
Seating options are many given the Ocean Bar's design of wrapping around the uppermost level of the Atrium.  Many different moods are evoked based upon the particular corner and color selection used.
On Promenade Deck aft is the Photo Gallery where guests can preview photos that they have had taken throughout their voyage.
    Past guests of Holland America Line have come to value the wrap around outdoor promenade deck.
Teak wooden decking is also an essential part of traditional cruising and the Holland America Line shipboard experience.
    Boats lower precisely to where guests muster for lifeboat drill.


Various Stateroom Accommodations
Large Inside Stateroom.
Large Outside Stateroom.
Penthouse Verandah Suite.
Neptune Lounge
For the exclusive use of guests occupying suite categories 'S' and 'PS'.
Left : Display located outside of PS 7045.

Center : Stateroom corridor.  Westerdam features artwork on the walls of stateroom corridors.

Right : Display located outside of PS 7046.



Lido Deck
    Observation deck located forward and outside of the Greenhouse Spa Gymnasium.
The Gymnasium is very well appointed for guests who wish to stay active while at sea.
    These statues are located in the stairwell leading from Lido Deck forward up to Observation Deck.
Left : The reception area to the Greenhouse Spa.

Right : A partial view of the luxurious Thermal Suite.
The Hydrotherapy Pool is lighted naturally from one deck above.
As popular on other Holland America Line ships, the midships pool is fitted with a sliding glass dome.
Sculptor Susanna Holt chose Atlantic Spotted Dolphins to be featured poolside because of their striking markings.  These scarce marine mammals are depicted moving through the waters around the Bahamas. 
Left : The Lido Bar located poolside.

Right : The Terrace Grill features dishes such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and other casual favorites.
Bright, colorful, and diverse works of art are featured throughout the Lido Restaurant aboard the Westerdam.

There is also important work featured by artist Corneille in the Lido Restaurant.  He is recognize in Europe as having changed art in their time.
Located on Lido Deck aft is the Sea View Bar where guests can enjoy refreshing drinks poolside.
The aft pool and its vibrant colors, tiles, and structures are sure to be popular for warm water cruising during the winter months.

A seal by ceramic artist Maggie Giles is featured on the aft pool deck.



Observation Deck
    Looking down onto these statues that are located in the stairwell leading from Lido Deck forward up to Observation Deck.
Artwork located at the starboard side entrance to the Crow's Nest Lounge.
The Oak Room, located on the starboard side entrance, is a smoking area in which there is a faux fireplace.
Like various other Holland America Line ships, Westerdam hosts smaller divisions of the Crow's Nest.
The main interior of the Crow's Nest Lounge is reminiscent of former Holland America Line sisters starting with the ms Rotterdam.
    Port side also features a classy and intimate seating area by which guests may enjoy excellence drinks and views alike.
    Detailed, etched elevator doors are a familiar sight that have been also seen on sister ships Zuiderdam and Oosterdam.
The outer decks traditionally host a number of options for staying fit and enjoying the ocean air.
Left : Westerdam's railings with beautiful Venice, Italy as a backdrop.

Right : Namesake benches have become a mandatory tradition aboard Holland America Line ships.
Younger guests on board Westerdam will be treated to the colorful and modern facilities of the Wave Runner and Kid Zone.

Just adjacent to these facilities is the Game Room which guests of any age just might enjoy.


Sports Deck
    Practice volleyball and basketball courts are popular for almost any age bracket
    Observation Deck railings with beautiful Venice, Italy as a backdrop.
    This forward outdoor staircase leading from Observation Deck to Sports Deck is just one of many examples of how Westerdam meets the needs of the physically challenged.
    The uppermost and forward observation deck is typically popular for guest wishing to view a port arrival and departure.


Closing Images
Far Left : A side profile of Westerdam as seen from a verandah of one of the two Penthouse Suites.

Deck four forward provides access to the ship's bow for forward-looking views. 
Staircases provide paintings of Dutch ships in the New World and elements from around the year 1609 when Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River as far as Albany.
Westerdam as seen by night in the cruise passenger terminal in Venice, Italy. 
Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than watching the Westerdam sailing gracefully from port is having Venice, Italy as a sumptuous backdrop.
    Your webmaster Steve J. Garrod in Venice, Italy, with the Westerdam setting sail just behind.


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