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.
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All Things Cruise Official Photographer, Dennis Cox
Dennis Cox is an award-winning travel and location photographer for magazines, books, corporate publications and advertising. He has photographed in over 130 countries and territories on all seven continents and has specialized in photographing China since 1976. His photographs have appeared in an eclectic range of publications in numerous countries worldwide.
In Dennis’s 14th book of photographs, “Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships,” his images chronicle the incredible diversity and originality of cruise boats and ships around the globe. They range from gondolas to megaships, converted rice boats to expedition vessels, windjammers to riverboats, junks to canal barges (occasionally even in the same photo).
Dennis has been a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) for 25 years. SATW’s Travel Photographer of the Year for 1997, Dennis was also runner-up for that honor in 1998, 1999 and 2006, as well as placing third in 1996. In 1984 his portfolio on China in the Minolta Mirror won an “Award of Excellence” from Communication Arts.
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