This image was an outtake because it didn’t quite fit the theme of my book, ‘Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships.’ A ship’s atrium all decked out for Christmas without a passenger in sight would have seemed out-of-place in a book filled with cruisers having a great time enjoying their cruises.
Now that the holiday season is upon us again and cruise ships around the world are vacant of passengers, I wonder if atriums are decorated, at least minimally, for the crews maintaining them. Some cheer during a really bad year would benefit us all.
Some may recognize the ship as Holland America’s Zuiderdam. I think the decorations are tastefully understated, but I surmise this is in keeping with the style of HAL ships. Everything is well done and seldom over-the-top.
© Dennis Cox / Photo Explorer Productions, All Rights Reserved