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10 Bars and Lounges of Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam

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Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam was launched on July 4, 2010, as the second Signature-class ship (the first was the ms Eurodam).

The ship boasts some great dining venues and outside open deck areas, but there’s not shortage of bar and lounges on this 86,000-ton cruise ship. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Explorations Café

Also known as the library, here you can grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea as you sit back and catch up with some friends, get lost in a book, or browse the internet. Computers are available for use as well as shelves of books that are available to check out for your reading pleasure.

2. Crow’s Nest

Sharing space with the Explorations Café is the Crow’s Nest. The two combined wrap around the front of the ship and offer entertainment in a variety of ways. Here you will find a full service bar, games to keep you entertained, the best views on the ships, and nightly entertainment. Happy hour specials are offered daily.

3. Sea View Bar

Come have a drink as you sit back and enjoy the fresh air and astonishing views from the back of the ship. Unwind in the hot tubs or pool, or just grab a lounge chair. The perfect escape!

4. Ocean’s Bar

Located above the atrium deck 3, the Ocean Bar is a relaxed atmosphere and central meet-up location. Here you can listen to live music nightly.

5. Explorer’s Lounge

Known as the Culinary Arts Center during the day, this lounge also hosts live music nightly featuring a pianist and violinist. Featured music is sopisticated classical music, making this lounge a wonderful place to slow down and escape from the crowds and noise.

6. Pinnacle Bar

Another popular lounge on deck 2 , this is the perfect meet-up spot before indulging in dinner at the Pinnacle Grill. Plenty of seating is available next to the windows; the peaceful elegant atmosphere makes this a perfect romantic spot to spend time with a loved one.

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7. Queen’s Lounge

B.B. King’s Blues Club at Sea. photo: Holland America Blog

Home to the B.B. King Blues Club, this beautiful lounge is the place to be for live musical entertainment at night. Dance along as the full band takes the stage performing upbeat blues music. Guest of all ages are sure to have a good time.

8. Casino Bar

This bar is also known as the sports bar of the ship. Take a break from gambling and relax in a casual environment as you cheer on your favorite sports teams. TVs are located around the bar; a perfect social gathering spot.

9. Piano Bar

Gather around the piano and sing along with the piano man to some of your favorite tunes. Just make sure to arrive early to get your seat at the piano. A great entertaining time for all ages.

10. Northern Lights

If you feel like moving and grooving, check out the entertainment in Northern Lights. This is the place to be for all of your late night karaoke, to learn some new dance moves, or get down to some of your favorite music. A full bar is located in the lounge, along with seating that includes TVs on the tables.

Which lounge is your favorite hangout, and why?

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Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Supports Hurricane Relief

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The recent sailing of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) brought an outpouring of goodwill, fundraising support, and free music to San Juan, Tortola, and Grand Turk.

The Blues Cruise embarked on its 30th full ship charter from February 4-11, 2018 with over 25 music groups onboard to entertain guests in all venues of the ship during the voyage. Despite the severe hurricane damage from last fall, the LRBC CEO Roger Naber decided not to abandon the voyage’s original itinerary. Instead, he brought Holland America’s Koningsdam to the islands that were in need of tourism dollars and hurricane relief anyway.

While the ship was in port, LRBC worked with local tourism departments to produce free shoreside music events featuring popular blues bands, inviting both guests from the ship and locals to attend. Upon arriving in Tortola, the cruise’s organizers were met by the Tortola Rotary Club, port agency Romasco Group, and Worldwide Cruise Associates who came together to organize a musical event.

In preparation, LRBC guest Jon Gale from British Columbia began fundraising with his own rotary club, and his efforts raised $18,500, with an additional $5,000 contributed by LRBC cruisers onsite during the 3 hour event. To date, $40,000 have been raised through efforts of the rotary clubs and the cruise music fans to rebuild the school and community center in Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay. Efforts continue with the Rotary Club through a grant matching program sponsored by the Canadian Government for the popular island that sustained severe damage as a result of the hurricanes.

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the event in San Juan, Puerto Rico – photo: LRBC

The highlight of the voyage was the large-scale land event held while Koningsdam was docked in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The island’s Department of Tourism assisted in securing the location, while the cruise provided artists such as 2018 Grammy Award winner Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, and Commander Cody along with the San Juan salsa jazz band Jerry Medina.

After the conclusion of the cruise, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise donated $9,638 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Puerto Rico, a non-profit providing meals to citizens who were hit hardest by the hurricanes, some still without power after six months. Additionally, The Holland America Foundation received $10,000 from LRBC in an effort to raise funds for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Win a Seven Day Cruise on New Holland America Ship

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To celebrate the upcoming debut of their newest ship in December 2018, Holland America has launched the “Nieuw Statendam Sets Sail” sweepstakes. Entrants will have the chance to win a seven-day cruise for two in 2019 aboard the new vessel.

To enter the sweepstakes, participants must visit HALNieuwStatendamSweeps.com and fill out the entry form. Once it’s complete, another entry can be earned by sharing the sweeps on Facebook or Twitter, for a total of two entries.

The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day cruise in 2019 for two to the Caribbean or Europe in a verandah stateroom aboard Nieuw Statendam. The new ship will be cruising through the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale through April. Following the inaugural Caribbean season, the ship will spend the summer and fall in northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Nieuw Statendam will return to the Caribbean in October 2019.

The sweepstakes runs through June 15, 2018 and the winner will be announced on June 30. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States who are 21 years old or older as of the date of entry. For more information, visit hollandamerica.com.

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Holland America Offering Pre-Paid Gratuities Promotion

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Those looking to plan ahead for a Holland America cruise can take advantage of the Ready Set Sail promotion featuring prepaid gratuities, reduced deposits, and reduced rates on nearly all of the line’s worldwide itineraries. Guests that book a cruise by June 14, 2018 will be eligible for the offer, and those who book a suite will receive up to $300 in onboard spending money.

All cruises between September 1, 2018 and August 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments are eligible for the promotion. Prepaid gratuities cover the service charge, and guests can pay 50 percent deposits. Depending on the cruise length, guests staying in suites will receive up to onboard spending money, too. They can use this money to enjoy a variety of shipboard experiences and amenities, like spa treatments, gift shop purchases, shore excursions, drinks, or dinner at a specialty restaurant.

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By booking with Ready Set Sail, cruisers enjoy fare savings and can sail all over the world while taking advantage of the promotion.

For more information, visit hollandamerica.com.

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