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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico April 7th 2018

Dateline April 6, Georgetown, Grand Cayman Today is a shore day or to be more precise it is a day of swimming with the Sting Rays and snorkeling a beautiful reef. We headed out at 8:15 for the theatre where we would meet up with other passengers heading in the same direction. We glanced down at our tickets and notice that they say you must be between the ages of 8 and 70 to go. What the heck! 70? 70? Forget it, we are going. So… fortunately no one asks us anything and after joining our group we head for the tender to take us in to shore. What a crock, 70! Anyway LOL, ah my, we tender in and walk about a block to the small bus that is waiting for us. Everyone jumps on ... read more
New friends
Sting Ray City
Sting Rays

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 27th 2018

Our schedule for today is open. No meetings. No luncheons or receptions. No nothing. We have a few things we may be interested in checking out but no obligations of any kind. We wander up to breakfast for some cereal and fruit, Karen has toast and some vegetables along with an egg. Other than coffee, that's it. Returning to our room, I grab my laptop and IPad and head for the theater while Karen takes her swimsuit and bag. I plan on listening to a presentation by the on board cruise consultants for those interested in future cruises aboard Holland America and Karen is going up to the spa. We make the split. The cruise consultants, a husband and wife team, are knowledgeable and dispense some valuable information. I'm already aware of most of their "secrets ... read more
Future Cruise Presentation Today
Tonight's Towel Animal

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 26th 2018

Upon weakening this morning, we get good news. As we are traveling westward, the clocks were set back last night by one hour so it's only 7:30am. We have plenty of time before our first activity, a Meet & Greet with Cruise Critic members. We saunter up to the Lido, sitting poolside while Karen tries the scrambled eggs and bacon while I go with oatmeal, English muffin and prunes. All guests aboard are required to eat prunes. Just kidding. I can tell you that four stewed prunes a day will correct any issues brought on from an irregular diet or odd meal times. I never experience any problems in this area. After breakfast, we travel to Deck 2 to the Billboard Onboard lounge for the Meet & Greet scheduled for 10am. No one is here. I ... read more
Here's the Flyer for the Spa
The Fancy Spa Area as Seen From Pool
The Men's Bathroom at the Spa

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 22nd 2018

A strong breeze has been with us all night and remains this morning, kicking up white caps on the normally calm blue-green sea. It's still warm compared to back home at 72F but a full 12 degrees cooler than yesterday in Mexico as we make our way north toward The Keys. Tomorrow will be our last full day aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam. It's 9am when we awake and we have a busy day ahead if we're to partake in the activities Holland America has in store for us. First it's breakfast on our own and we create little excitement here as cereal, oatmeal, coffee and some fruit complete that task. We sit out by the pool to enjoy a little environmental change compared to the Lido. The pool is busy before 10 am with some adults ... read more
Lunch Menu
Our Dinner Table #
I Don't Like This at All

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 20th 2018

Friday, February 23rd - A Day At Sea Remember how I keep referencing our perfect, special, comfy, luxury bed all through these cruising blogs? How I could just stay in it all the time and be so happy? How many times did I repeat that scenario? Many!! NEVER, NEVER did I think that is where I would end up 24/7. Yep, that is just what happened! Nooooooooo. Say it’s not true: I caught the flu! Nooooooo. I am confined to our bed.....the luxury one! Lulu stayed with me the entire time. But why does it have to be when we are on a fabulous cruise? Whyyyyy? More expensive than a hospital room! I think I must have caught this killer bug while standing in line at the Panama Canal tourist stop......when we were in line for ... read more
Bev was cold in dining room.
Enjoyed coming of friends
An extra photo of Cory

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 19th 2018

After partying all night we didn't even return to our room until 9:30pm. After that, the festivities continued, watching two nature films while I finished yesterday's blog and Karen lay sound asleep beside me on the bed. Many of our co-traveler's, unable to keep up with us, had given up after dinner and returned to their staterooms but not us. Unfortunately, the nightlife we live comes with a price and dawn at 7am is no match for the heavy curtains in our room and so we sleep. It's not until 9:15 that I awake and realize we have a date at 10am, the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet we had promised to attend. No time to lollygag! Surprisingly, we make it up one floor to the Lido and have a light meal, our usual. While we ... read more
No Waiting on Tenders for Us
BB King All Star Band on Stage
Our Wine Tasting Invite

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 12th 2018

Ahoy there, Mates! We are dropping anchor here for a few days. We have some good friends (Les & DeAnne McKay) coming to visit us tomorrow and staying here for a few days. Our time will be occupied being with them. We are so looking forward to being with them again. Our travel through the Panama Canal will begin when we return. Don’t turn your appetite off or loose your sea legs. It will require several blogs because besides going through the Canal, we also took a 6 hour excursion by bus and railroad around the canal, through Panama City, to Colon and ending up at Cristobal before being tendered back to the cruise ship. Lots to share in my on-going Show and Tell. So keep your life jackets on....they may seem bulky but if you ... read more
DeAnne & Les McKay

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 9th 2018

We’re getting there: first to Cartagena, Columbia as well as to a more healthy status. Whew! February 18th & 19th were spent sailing the high seas on board the Caribbean Princess. So much to see and do on this floating city. Our morning event was an unexpected situation. The Captain announced there was a very sick person (not me....YET) onboard who had to be removed by helicopter and taken to a hospital on shore. I forget where we were at sea or what country the person was flown to. It caused for a great gathering on the decks by many, many of the passengers. Sandy had a much better location for photos so most of these that I share with you are borrowed from her....thank you, Sandy. It took a long time for this entire process ... read more
 Arriving to the ship
 Lowering the basket
 Raising the basket

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean January 7th 2018

Escape from the Arctic Arrived on time at the FLL airport where chaos reined. So many flights were delayed leaving that the corridors were teeming with people and bags. Decided to take a taxi which was a good call as some folks waited 45 minutes for the hotel shuttle. This was my least favorite BW hotel in the area but also the cheapest. Heading to the ship was a kerfufle. It was about 50 degrees and raining and the entire hotel was gathered with their luggage in the tiny lobby waiting for transportation to the ship. There were seven ships in port and so it took 1 1/2 hours to get to the port and through the embarkation process. Dropped our valuables in the room safe and headed to the Lido for lunch. Unlike my last ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean December 31st 2017

Going Dutch – Antilles That Is! December 2017 It has been a long time since I was last in and around the Caribbean Islands, as the region really isn’t on the top of my “must revisit” list. However, when Celebrity published their new sailing rates for this holiday month and I saw how dirt-cheap cabins were going for, I simply couldn’t resist. And so I begin my next adventure by flying into San Juan, capital city of Puerto Rico. I know, I know……I had reservations about flying there after the recent hurricane devastation same as everyone else, but as tourism is the life blood of this tropical island, everything possible is being done to get back to normal. Hotels are reopening, cruise terminals have been repaired and airlines are returning to regular flight schedules. What’s the ... read more
Basseterre waterfront
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Can't beat those empty Punta Cana beaches!




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