Review of ms Volendam deck 5 (Upper Promenade-Casino-Lounge-Dining2)
World Stage (fka Frans Hals Lounge/capacity 574 seats, balcony level 2 of 2) is the ship’s 2-tiered theater and main show lounge. The theater also serves the Holland America Line’s enrichment program (via partnership with BBC Earth). The entertainment options include daily bingo games, current cruise itinerary-based expert lectures, professional media presentations, dance classes. In the evenings, here are presented live band music, large-scale music and digital media show productions, concerts, performances by stand-up comedians, magicians, illusionists.
Atrium Shops (Shopping Arcade & Atrium Terrace) are duty-free shops selling liquor, tobaccos, brand perfumes and watches, also souvenirs, clothing, Holland America Line-logoed merchandise, convenience goods and sundries, a Boutique.
Ocean Bar (75 seats) is an Atrium bar lounge with a dance floor and a stage for live performances. At the Ocean Bar are also held art auctions.
The Casino is a large gaming lounge fitted with 9 gambling tables, 105 slot machines, a PokerPro (digital touchscreen table) and is served by the Casino Bar (25 seats, serving beverages and a la carte-priced snacks).
The MIX is a large lounge area grouping the Piano Bar (84 seats, with a grand piano and live performances by a resident pianist) and the Seaview Lounge (with comfortable seating and a dance floor).
Hudson Room (capacity 50 seats) is a meeting room that also serves as Card Room.
Art Gallery (upper level 2 of 2) houses artworks exhibitions (all items are available for purchase) as well as art auctions.
Marabella Luxury Shop is a luxury brand jewelry boutique, with assistance provided by a dedicated Manager.
Explorations Cafe (capacity 82 seats) is a patisserie and specialty coffee bar that also serves as the ship’s Library (librarian services) and Online Centre (Internet computers room/partnership with “The New York Times”).
Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (capacity 87 seats) is a premium bar lounge where are also hosted fine wine tastings and classical performances (including on a grand piano) by resident musicians (pianists and a string quartet).
On Upper Promenade Deck is also the Future Cruises Desk (onboard bookings, loyalty program information).
Queen’s Room (34 seats) is a meeting room that doubles as Microsoft Digital Workshop (MS Windows-sponsored venue for complimentary classes on blogging, social networks, photo editing, computer classes. Queen’s Room also serves as Wedding Chapel and is often used for religious services.
King’s Room (35 seats) is a reservations-only Dining Room Restaurant's annex for private dining. King’s Room also serves as a meeting room.
The Dining Room (fka Rotterdam Restaurant/capacity 792 seats, upper level 2 of 2) is an aft Dining Room Restaurant with open seating for Breakfast and Lunch, while Dinners are served, with a 5-course menu and 2 seating options - “Any Time” dining (Deck 5) between 5:15-9 pm, or 2 fixed seatings (Deck 4) – at 5:45 or 8 pm.