Review of Fred Olsen Borealis deck 9 (Sports)
Crow’s Nest (250 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 multimedia series of interactive videos and guides related to the visited destinations part of MS Rotterdam'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 Rotterdam ship’s Lido Pool area)
full-size Tennis Court (portside location) and Basketball Court (starboard), Shuffleboard/deck games
Club HAL (kids lounge area with 2 separate rooms for children 3-7 yo and 8-12 yo, with complimentary youth program and supervised activities; open between 9 am - 11 pm with some pauses, depending on the Rotterdam ship location/at port or at sea; bookings required)
The Loft (teen-only club and lounge area, with complimentary supervised youth program for teenagers 13-17 yo; open between 10 am - 12-midnight/breaks between 12-2 pm and 6-8 pm; Video Games Arcade, PlayStations, computers, TVs; list of activities includes karaoke, teen disco, movies, competitions, table tennis, themed parties; with staircase access to The Oasis pool area on Sky deck 10).
Along with its teen club, observation lounge and sports activities, the Sports Deck also provides some of the best vantage points to make photos and enjoy the port- and sea views along the Rotterdam ship’s itinerary route.