Let’s look at the art—what a classy ship.

This post will be the second to the last of my posts from our Nieuw Statendam (NS) cruise to the Southern Caribbean from January 23 to February 2. Today I promise to give you some photos of some really great art around the ship. So let’s get started.

Before I retired last June I was a graphic designer for 40+ years. I like to think I understand color and design. Some cruise ships drive me bats. Pretty much it’s the brash, gaudy colors that look like they were furnished by the same people (as my bride says) who designed downtown Las Vegas. Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam (and I am told it’s Pinnacle Class sisters) is one of the classiest ships we have been on.

Another thing I love on a ship is art. Themed art is even better. Somehow along the way of building NS they decided that the theme should be music. It does go along with their Music Walk venues and to be honest, I loved it. Most of this art was located in the stairwells so many cruisers who take elevators never see it. I never take elevators on a ship unless I have luggage with me so I got to see a lot more. Even though I hardly ever take pictures of other people’s art, I wanted to showcase some of the ones I loved. Here’s a quick gallery with some comments of the pieces I really liked. Don’t forget, if you click the first shot, you can then scroll through with your arrow keys or by swiping…and PLEASE…don’t look at my photography on a phone. Please…

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.       —Aristotle


4 thoughts on “Let’s look at the art—what a classy ship.

  1. I love it, as you say very classy!!!! We were fortunate enough to have a ship visit around one of here sister ships, Koningsdam and story is exactly the same. i spent a lot of the visit taking photos of the art as it was amazing, everything had a music theme.
    If this link works there are a few examples down the page.


    So glad you enjoyed the HAL experience, my in-laws were huge fans but we have yet to dip our toes in the water. Perhaps its nearer than we think…..

  2. carells

    Love the glass sculpture and the Beatles blowing bubble gum!!! The carpet is cool too! So glad you had a good cruise. Thanks for taking me along!!!

  3. Heidi

    We haven’t cruised with HAL since 2005 – i think it’s high time we tried them again! This was a great review Jim – thanks for sharing.

  4. Richard

    Just got off the Niew Statendam cruise to Iceland and Greenland, what a great ship. Great review of the rather quirky art, but we were particularly intrigued by the pictures of the three rock artists dressed as generals which greeted us every day going up to the Lido for meals. We referred to them as Bob and Frank as we went up the stairs. We recognized Frank Zappa, someone told us who the middle picture was (Dave Grohl), but the picture on the right I believe is Bob Dylan, not Keith Richards. Found several pictures of him on the internet which were very similar to the picture on the Statendam. After 4 weeks on the Statendam, we had to figure out who the pictures represented, and your review filled in the final mystery.

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