Review of ms Noordam deck 10 (Observation-Teens-Cabins)
Crow’s Nest (230 seats) is a fore-located observation lounge with panoramic windows, 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, 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 drydock 2015 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 Noordam'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.
Oak Room (26 seats smoking lounge with panoramic view/starboard location)
The Loft Lounge is the teens-only club area for 13-17 yo (opening hours 10 am-12 pm, with breaks between 12-2 pm and 6-8 pm). It has capacity 32 seats and offers amenities and supervised activities (by the HAL’s complimentary youth program), such as Video Games Arcade, Internet, computers and PlayStations (console gaming), big TVs, Tennis Tables, teen disco, karaoke, movies, sports contests, themed parties.
Club HAL is the kids club lounge with an outdoor play area and 2 separate rooms for children 3-7 yo and 8-12 yo. The lounge offers complimentary youth programming with supervised activities. It is open between 9 am-11 pm, with some pauses, depending on the cruise ship's location (at port or at sea /bookings required).
Sliding Dome Cover (retractable glass roof over the Noordam’s Lido Pool area) with solar panels.
Observation Deck cruise cabins from VB10001 to VB10026, categories VB (Deluxe Verandah) and K (Large or Standard Interior).