Crow's Nest, definitely. Wrap-around windows, comfortable chairs. Great place to sit during the day and watch the scenery, read a book, have a drink, take a nap - whatever. Also great for drinks and hors d'oeuvres before dinner, or drinks and dancing after dinner. Ocean Bar is our second favorite. Actually, I guess our favorite spot is really just hanging out on our verandah with a book and bottle of champagne. Then there's the Lido for breakfast buffet, Lido Terrace Grill for burgers, great little cookies in the Java Cafe, ice cream sunday bar...oops, I better not get talking about food or I'll be looking for a mid-afternoon snack!
Crow's Nest is THE spot on HAL ships. We're not big on "stage" entertainment, so if there's someone halfway decent in the Piano Bar, we generally hang there after dinner. As CT said, the Ocean Bar is another nice place for dancing and drinks.
The Java Cafe is great for an afternoon Capuccino!
I second the notion of your own verandah, too! We spent a lot of time on ours this past May in Alaska!!!
Then again, when it comes down to it, every little nook and cranny of an HAL ship is the best place to be for me! :thumb :thumb
Let's see here....we have 69 more days till the Ryndam Sea of Cortez, 273 more days till the Rotterdam Caribbean, and 434 more days till the Rotterdam Canada/New England!!!
S7S, I`m with you, anywhere on the ship is wonderful, but I do like an afterdinner drink along with the awesome hand made Dutch chocolates in the Explorer Lounge, also like to sneak into the piano bar for a last call night cap!.....jean
Never had the chance to sail on Holand America yet , but all you guys make the ships sound GREAT. We have two more cruises booked with Celebrity and have had extremely wonderful cruises with them but need to try a new line and that will definetly be Holland America after reading many of these posts.
All the wonderful spots on the ships mentioned make me want to go back to sea and, smell the salt air, listen to the waves, watch the stars at night, and enjoy good company and conversation. Enjoy!!!!!!!
I'm with TomC on the Lido restaurant idea. Actually I discovered that sanctuary one night after the Crow's Nest and casino had shut down and my Sis wanted to go to sleep but I was wide awake. I had my cruise journal with me at the time and headed up there for some iced tea since it is available 24 hrs. Well, it was so quiet, empty, and peaceful that I just sat there writing for over two hours. After that wonderful discovery I found myself heading there each evening. I just loved hanging over the railing on the aft deck and watching the wake of the ship glowing in the moonlight, or sitting out by the Lido enclosed pool area as well. I had the whole place to myself and actually fell asleep one early AM on one of the loungers as I watched the waves lapping against the sides of the pool. LOL But soon as the lightening lit up the skies around me I scampered off to the cabin. AWWW to be instantly transported back to that ship. Maybe in my dreams tonight.
I found the chairs on the lower promanade deck. Sat there after a day on an island right before we leave and always take a nap. It was the best naps I had in ages. The breeze and the rolling of the ships was wonderful.