By Huw Kidwell
July 2009 saw the first anniversary of the launch of the MS Eurodam, the 86,700 gross registered ton Holland America line vessel. This ship is the largest Holland America Line ship built, and was launched on July 5 2008. With 11 passenger decks the ship can carry 2,104 passengers and has a crew of 929. A second vessel of this signature class, the MV Nieuw Amsterdam, will be delivered in 2010. HotelDesigns had the opportunity to tour the vessel on an open day in Dover recently, visiting staterooms and public areas.
Reception Atrium and bars
Embarkation is through a three storey atrium deck dominated by a large pink lighting sculpture. The area also contains the Pinnacle and Ocean bars, along with the reception and excursion desks. Decorated in a neutral scheme of brown, beige and russet with trims of beech and gold, the area’s seating uses leather and velveteen upholstered seats and banquette chairs. Wall decoration has a nautical theme using copies of 17th Century Charts, figurines, models of sailing ships along with Delft ceramics.
Forward of the atrium on the promenade deck is a shopping arcade, whilst the lower promenade deck contains cookery demonstration areas , equipped to broadcast through the ship’s systems. Also on the promenade deck is the casino, a screening room, sports and piano bar and the ships nightclubs. In the bow area there is a three deck mainstage theatre hosting two shows and a review every evening. The theatre can also be reconfigured for different types of shows and incorporates state of the art special effect equipment.
First published in the DesignClub on 27th Aug 2009
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