In early August, we sailed to Alaska from Seattle on Holland America’s Eurodam cruise ship.

Holland America Eurodam cruise ship in Juneau, AlaskaThis is Part 2 of a two-part photo tour detailing some of the updated areas around the ship.

Crow's Nest, Holland America's Eurodam cruise shipThe Crow’s Nest — a space with floor-to-ceiling windows located on the forward part of Deck 11 Observation Deck — has been partially re-named and re-purposed.

Now called the EXC & Explorations Cafe / Crow’s Nest, the area has been adapted to include a number of things designed to help guests explore the destinations of their cruise.

One major related change is that the shore excursions desk has been moved here from its former location on Deck 1 Main Deck, roughly where the Explorations Cafe and the library were in the past.

EXC interactive video, , Holland America's Eurodam cruise shipInteractive video screens where also a part of the new EXC Explorations Central. In this area, you could answer a question such as “What’s the most remote destination you have visited?” When you entered your answer — i.e. Maldives — your answers was marked on the map with an electronic pin along with everyone else’s answers. The questions changed daily –but were always answered with a location.

EXC portlecturer, Holland America's Eurodam cruise shipAnother change, was that the EXC port lectures were given in a side area of the Crow’s Nest. (In the past, they’ve been in the Main Stage showroom or in the Queen’s Lounge.)

These talks are generally very useful for helping you to plan your time in port, and/or just to learn more about the highlights of a destination.

While the ship’s EXC staff tried hard to make it work, this space was too small for the lectures. Even with the shades pulled down, the windows let light in, hurting the quality of the presentation.

This area was also used for the future cruise consultant’s presentation, and was also too small for this activity.

Finally, the new combo bar and Explorations Cafe just didn’t work. The small circular area had to little of work space for the baristas and bartenders to do their jobs, and customers didn’t have a clear waiting line.

The result: it took everyone a long time to get their coffee — like 20 minutes — except for the captain who seemed to have his standing order ready whenever he arrived.

Lincoln Center Stage

Lincoln Center Stage, Holland America's Eurodam cruise shipThere are other, more positive changes. Back down to Deck 2, on the starboard side of the Lower Promenade Deck, just down the hall from the Main Dining Room, the former Explorer’s Lounge has been converted to Lincoln Center Stage.

Lincoln Center Stage performers, Holland America's EurodamHere a five talented musicians played classical music.

Lincoln Center Stage schedule, Holland America's EurodamMost days, the group gave three different concerts. The image above shows the schedule for performances for one day.

Have you cruised on Holland America’s Eurodam cruise ship before or after these changes?

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