Review of Fred Olsen Bolette deck 9 (Sports)
Crow's Nest (218 seats) is a fore-located observation lounge with panoramic windows, its own bar and large dance floor. The lounge is also used for pre-scheduled events by the Holland America Line's enrichment program, which includes daily dance classes, trivia games, cards playing, karaoke, HAL Cats (8-piece party band) performances, live grand piano performances (in the afternoons and evenings). Crow's Nest becomes a disco (dance club) at night, with live DJ music and dance contests. During the ship's last refurbishment, the Crow's Nest bar lounge was renamed "Explorations Central" and its interior was redesigned. The new venue's programming additionally features a multimedia series of interactive videos and guides related to the visited destinations part of cruise ship's itinerary program. The new Explorations Central (abbrev EXC) provides digital media (videos, ebooks, maps) which passengers can access via Wi-Fi during the current cruise, but also online (before and after the voyage). At the Explorations Central there are also paperback books and paper maps for all the visited by the ship destinations and ports of call.
Sliding Dome Cover (retractable glass roof over the cruise ship's Lido Pool area)
Full-sized Tennis Court (portside) and Basketball Court (starboard), Shuffleboard / outdoor deck games
Club HAL (kids lounge with 2 separate rooms for children 3-7 yo and 8-12 yo, complimentary youth programming with supervised activities; open between 9 am - 11 pm with some pauses, depending on the cruise ship's location/at port or at sea; bookings required)
The Loft (teens-only club lounge area, complimentary supervised youth program for 13-17 yo; open 10 am - 12 pm/breaks between 12-2 pm and 6-8 pm; has Video Games Arcade, PlayStations, computers, big HDTVs; activities include teen disco, karaoke, movies, contests, table tennis, themed parties; staircase access to The Oasis pool area on deck 10).
Along with its teen club, indoor lounge and outdoor sports options, the Sports Deck also provides some of the best vantage points to take photos and enjoy the port- and sea views along the cruise itinerary route.