Lower Promenade Deck, Main Deck, A-Deck and B-Deck

4 Public rooms on the Lower Promenade Deck, Main Deck and B-Deck

Lower Promenade Deck – Vestibule:
In the niches stand four bronze statuettes inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and sculpted by Geurt Brinkgreve.

King Alonso from The Tempest in the original display  picture Klaas Krijnen

Main Deck – Vestibule:
On the forward wall is a hammered bronze relief entitled “De Windstreken” (The Points of the Compass) Designed and crafted by Nico Witteman.

Main Deck – Front Office (Formerly the Main Foyer):
This is the former Main Foyer space contains an old map of Rotterdam from the atlas “de Vou” from 1694. The Beauty Parlor was adjacent.

Picture Klaas Krijnen (1994)

B-Deck – Odyssee Dining Room:
Design: J.A. van Tienhoven, Amsterdam
Execution: De Nijs Meubelfabriek NV, Rotterdam

From brochure HAL 1960

This space was formerly the first class dining room. Thanks to the rearward placement of the propulsion machinery, the two large dining rooms could be situated low in the ship. Decorative polychrome ceramic friezes inspired by the Odyssey of Homer were attached to the walls. They were designed by Nico Nagler, Amsterdam and made by De Porceleyne Fles, Delft. The woodwork was of olive in combination with rosewood. Ceramic stars and spheres were attached to the high ceiling which could be brightly illuminated by indirect lighting fixtures placed on the dome walls. These walls were themselves embellished with goldpainted frames.

Picture Klaas Krijnen (1996)

B-Deck – Vestibule:
On the forward rosewood screen is a plaque depicting H. M. Queen Juliana sculpted by Pieter de Monchy, while on the aft rosewood screen is displayed the coat of arms of the City of Rotterdam, crafted in enameled metal by Nico Witteman.

B-Deck – La Fontaine Dining Room:
Design: J.A. van Tienhoven, Amsterdam
Execution: De Nijs Meubelfabriek NV, Rotterdam

Formerly the tourist class dining room, the walls again boast decorative polychrome ceramic friezes which this time are inspired by the fables of Jean de la Fontaine (see also the description of the Odyssey Dining Room, above). The tourist class dining room could be expanded if desired by the use of two lateral extensions, decorated in light- toned Vynide and cherry wood with four metal sculptures after the design of Kees van Roemburg. The adjacent Grillroom has been transformed into a Captain’s dining room during the nineties. Now the room is used for storage.

The La Fontaine diningroom in 1959  picture Harry Mosch, courtesy of Mrs. Thea Mosch-Luckerath

Picture Klaas Krijnen (1994)