Thursday, November 17, 2022

Cruise Reflections


I have been going through the hundreds, literally, of images collected during the cruise. I want to share some of the ones that capture the week at sea on the Nieuw Amsterdam and four ports.

Table 30
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
November 6, 2022

First, our dinner table. We chose early dinner, 5:30 PM, so that we could enjoy the evening entertainment on the ship. We were assigned the best table on the ship for dinner every night. Tight at the stern looking out at the sea beyond. And since it was early, we had daylight for the beginning portion of the dinner. 

With the Penguin
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
November 6, 2022

Chris and Mary decided to pose with the statue on the Lido Deck. I didn't think the penguin was that cute. 

Gala Dress-up Night
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
November 7, 2022

Chris and I on our first dress up night on the ship. We were having a very good time enjoying the after dinner lack of decent entertainment. 

Our Ship at Half Moon Cay
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
November 7, 2022

The ship was launched in 2010 and is beginning to show its age, but it is a good looking vessel. Half Moon Cay is one of two stops where we had to be tendered into shore. That is an experience and I much prefer ports where the ship ties-up and we can essentially come and go as we please. The tendering operation takes at least 30 minutes and can really cut into a shore day if something is needed form the ship. The other port where we had to tender in was George Town, Grand Cayman.

Riding in the Sea
November 9, 2022

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, marked the first time that either Chris or I had visited Jamaica. We enjoyed the island and that is where we rode horses into the Caribbean Sea and enjoyed much of the day. We also did a bit of shopping. It was a beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed the activity. We were disappointed in the condition of the beach that we rode along. While the view out to sea was stunning, the litter on the beach was less than appealing. 

Well, that is all for now, this is getting a bit long. More later.

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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