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 Veendam'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 Veendam ship’s Lido Pool area)
Club HAL (aft location kids lounge with 2 separate rooms for children 3-7 yo and 8-12 yo; features complimentary youth program with supervised age appropriate activities; open between 9am-11pm with some pauses, depending on the Veendam ship location/at port or at sea; bookings required)
The Loft (teens-only lounge with complimentary supervised youth program for teenagers 13-17 yo; open 10am-12pm/breaks between 12-2pm and 6-8pm; Video Games Arcade, PlayStations, computers, TVs; themed parties, karaoke, teen disco, movies, video editing, sports games and competitions; staircase access to The Oasis teen pool area on Sky deck 13).
Along with its aft kids club, forward observation lounge and all the 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 Veendam itinerary route.