Experience a ‘floating art museum’ on a luxury liner
At 4am I awoke to the sound of a booming ship horn. From my hotel room in Amsterdam, which was located next to the cruise ship terminal, I was afforded the perfect view of the fully illuminated MS Koningsdam Holland America liner as it glided through the fog and docked below my window.
A few hours later, I was on board the 2,650-capacity liner to admire her trademark - more than $4 million worth of art displayed over 12 decks. Holland America’s art program promotes young artists and provides a unique offering from the usual entertainment found on cruise ships. To learn more about the artworks, guests can go on a self-guided walking tour.
Within the liner there are two towers - one dedicated to music in all its forms and the other to surrealism. While it’s impossible to describe each of the 2,000 works of art displayed throughout the liner, there are a few ‘must see’ highlights.
Head to the atrium to view the impressive stainless-steel sculpture (see above), which evokes the feeling of a classical string quartet with arches, bows and strings. The sculpture soars over three decks and appears light and airy despite weighing nearly two tons!
Other highlights included a colorful painting in the ‘art tower,’ an amusing photo of a girl riding an ostrich and The Crow’s Nest on the 12th deck, a charming little room where guests can watch the sea from the highest vantage point.
In other areas throughout the liner, guests will discover that the musical theme continues with a wrapped cello, piano music in the lounges and bands and dancing at night. Thanks to its art gallery combined with a wealth of other entertainment options and 11 restaurants, guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying their time on board.