ms Koningsdam deck 12 plan (Explorations Lounge-The Retreat-Adults Sundeck)

Deck layout and review

Review of ms Koningsdam deck 12 (Explorations Lounge-The Retreat-Adults Sundeck)

Explorations Central & Cafe (formerly Crow’s Nest & Explorations Cafe) is a fore-located/bow-facing indoor observation lounge with panoramic windows (270-degree views), its own bar and a 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, card playing, karaoke, HAL Cats (8-piece party band) performances, live grand piano performances (in the afternoons and evenings). The lounge becomes a disco/dance club at night, with live DJ music and dance contests. The bar lounge Explorations Central additionally offers multimedia series of interactive videos and guides related to the visited destinations part of the ship's current cruise itinerary program. Explorations Central (abbrev EXC) provides digital media (videos, ebooks, maps) accessed via Wi-Fi during the current voyage, but also online (before and after the voyage). At Explorations Central, there are also paperback books and paper maps for the visited regions/destinations and ports of call.

Explorations Cafe (capacity 113 seats) is the ship’s patisserie and specialty coffee bar. It also doubles as Library (with 1000+ volumes, resident librarian) offering daily guest lecturers, board games playing, book discussions. The Explorations bar also serves as the ship’s Online Centre (Internet computers room /via partnership with “The New York Times” magazine). Internet prices are per minute ($0,75) and 100 min ($55). The Cafe serves specialty coffees/teas and has plenty of comfortable chairs.

The Retreat is the adults-only sundeck/relaxation zone with private cabanas available for hire. Cabanas rates are per day, with different prices depending on the Koningsdam ship’s itinerary/location (portday or seaday). Daily rent prices are inclusive of 1 massage tent, lunch and concierge service.

Deck 11 is accessed via 4 elevators and indoor staircases. Indoor stairs from Explorations Central & Cafe also connect to an outdoor/open-air observation deck area above (deck 14).