The observation deck is among the spaces on board the ship designed by YSA Design
The new flagship of Holland America Line, Rotterdam, first set sail on October 20, 2021 on a 14-day cruise to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, featuring a number of interiors designed by Norway-based architecture and design firm YSA Design.
In addition to the lift lobby and cabin corridors, the company was responsible for places it had previously planned aboard the sister ships of Rotterdam, Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam. These included the World Stage Theater, with two floors, a 270-degree wrap-around LED screen, and an observation deck, which features interactive tables. However, YSA has chosen to divide the indoor and outdoor open spaces into more compact spaces aboard the Rotterdam, allowing guests to spend time in smaller groups.
“With its Pinnacle fleet, Holland America Line wanted a fresh and contemporary aesthetic and Rotterdam is its latest inspiring example,” said Trond Sigurdsson, senior architect and project leader at YSA Design. “The ship is designed on a ‘human scale’, with smaller private spaces being central to the relaxing atmosphere on board. Although the basic layout of the ship is the same, Rotterdam is very much a reflection of the modern era.”
The firm also curated a collection of art to be displayed in public spaces, including depictions of animals and nature. The ship’s spa area features water-themed artwork, while music-inspired pieces like hand-carved vinyl records, loose-fitting tapes depicting musicians’ faces and a world map spray-painted on a set of speakers appear on walls, halls and corridors throughout the ship.
Meanwhile, the pan-Asian restaurant Tamarind displays works of art influenced by East Asia, including a traditional Japanese dress made of satin ribbon and two fiberglass sculptures depicting the terracotta warriors of China.
“Art is a powerful medium for conveying emotions and setting the mood in any public or private space,” Sigurdsson said. “In general, architecture announces the choice of our artwork, but in Rotterdam, artwork has inspired architecture. In the spa’s hydro pool, for example, the large glass sculptures resemble windows to the ocean and formed the starting point and frame for the rest of our design work.”