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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Inside the Maasdam & Albums

The final blog from my Maasdam cruise is here! Today I will show you inside the Maasdam and also give you a chance to listen to my trio album if you have not heard it already!

Much of the Maasdam is identical to the Ryndam so if you want to see more photos check out my Inside the Ryndam blogs here and here from last year.

Above: Looking towards the Atrium from the Showroom, located at the front of the ship on Deck 8.

Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, the ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's 135-year history to bear the name. At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests - 1,258 (580 crew) while providing more space for each person.

Above: One of the staircases in the showroom.

Above: The Ocean Bar bandstand where my trio, The Neptunes perform.

Above: The grill at the rear of the bandstand backs onto the atrium resulting in the disconcerting sensation of passengers watching you (and sometimes speaking to you) from behind.

Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, the centrepiece of this ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in the three-story atrium.

Above: The atrium of the Maasdam.

If you haven't had a chance to listen to my album recorded on the Zuiderdam in December last year, you can check it out (along with bonus tracks) below. Thanks for reading this blog and I look forward to showing you around the Baltic and the Mediterranean in a few weeks time!

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