"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Holland America Noordam: Gargoyles Galore

My niece Sarah (on left) and me
Holland America Noordam is a beautiful ship. I especially love her as she is gargoyle themed, or that's the way I see it. Who can resist the wonderful chairs by the elevator or the awesome chandelier?

Chairs by elevators

Atrium chandelier

The Noordam's architectural features are both sophisticated and fun. Walking around the ship was a delight, as I took in all the touches that make it so special.

Decorated elevator doors

Spa area waiting chair
Fun and funky lounge seating

Funky bust

Having been on both the Holland America Noordam and the Eurodam, I have to admit I love the artwork and the furniture more on the Noordam. The Eurodam is delightful, but I found the artwork not to my taste. I believe more money was spent on the artwork on the Noordam, or at least it appears that way. But that is not to say I don't love the Eurodam. I do. The special touches on the Eurodam include the Silk Den, Tamarind Restaurant, a wonderful Pinnacle Grill and an equally awesome chandelier.

Bon voyage!


  1. The chairs by the elevator look like something from Tim Burton.

  2. Rob, just noticed this comment. Made me laugh and you are right!