Holland America Westerdam

Culinary program in Queen’s Lounge – impressive facility, Show Kitchen—two sessions on 7-

            night cruise; also cooking lessons; orange leather seats were worn and dirty

Ice carving class, complimentary mixology class with Gray Goose as sponsor; also hold Iron

 Chef-like competition

Chef’s Table – 5 course, 5-star meal in Cultural Arts Center; they convert the dance floor to a

 fine dining restaurant - $129 pp, limit 30 people

HAL’s ships named after North, East, West, South are all alike (Noordam, Oosterdam,

 Westerdam, Zuiderdam—lots of “dam” ships!)

Deck 2 – Pinnacle Grill specialty restaurant; $20 pp with reservations

Converted the Café coffee bar to a Wine Bar

iPod Art Tours of the ship

Explorer’s Lounge – very small; classical music

There were some children; some passengers in wheelchairs

Captain cannot perform wedding ceremony and have it be valid

Microsoft Windows Digital Workshop – for classes

Vista Dining Room – As You Wish Dining is 5:30 – 9:00 pm in special area; Assigned seating is

 on upper level (two dinner seatings)

$7,000 per week is spent on fresh cut flowers – beautiful!

Cabin Stewards and Waiters are from Indonesia – HAL has a school in Jakarta for training

Lounge and Wine staff are from Philippines – HAL has a school in Manila for training

Ocean Bar – again small – live music and dancing

Waterford crystal chandelier above 3-deck Atrium – beautiful

Beautiful door handles – blue glass

Club HAL for kids – usually 50-100 children per sailing (Easter holiday – 250 kids)

Vista Lounge

Meeting Rooms – 3 nice size rooms with orange leather

Two-deck show theatre with theatre-style seating (with little tables)

American Idol competition – winner gets a free cruise

Cool recliner chairs in Crow’s Nest – bar/coffee bar/observation lounge

Explorations Café – internet/library combo; library has large-print books and is the largest library

 at sea; can check out DVDs to play in your stateroom

Pool area has retractable roof

Lido – self-service buffet; ice cream bar

Wine packages available

Glass elevators