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Holland America's Koningsdam

Half Moon Cay

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Today we stopped at Holland America's private island Half Moon Cay. Having been to a bunch of these associated with the various cruise lines, this island along with Disney's Castaway Cay are clearly the best. Paved walkways, easing access to the beach and a good dining venue.

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Posted by rpickett 08:31 Archived in Bahamas Tagged moon half cay Comments (0)

Holland America's Koningsdam

Nassau

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The dining saga continues. Simply put, we were unable to make any reservations at any dining venue - open or specialty - on the ship. Everything was sold out or had availability at 9:30pm. Several folks were able to get in to the dining room as singles, but nothing more than 2 people. Bottom line: if you don't have assigned dining or a reservation before you get on the ship, you are pretty much on your own.\
Now the good news. I ate in the Lido and the offerings were absolutely spectacular - by far the best dinner options in that venue that I have ever seen. Shrimp cocktail, superb moist salmon, grilled shrimp and more. Wow, what a surprise.

Some midship pictures today:
Queens Lounge
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Culinary Center
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Blend (make your own wine)
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Main Dining Room
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Pinnacle Grill
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Billboard Lounge
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and some other pics
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Posted by rpickett 07:30 Archived in Bahamas Tagged nassau Comments (0)

Holland America's Koningsdam

Bahamas Larger Pics!

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Koningsdam is Holland America's newest ship and it arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on November 9th for its Caribbean season after sailing in Europe all summer after it joined the fleet. Since they had a short 4 night cruise that worked out well with a conference that I was attending, a bunch of us decided to sail and see what it was like.

Since this was its first stop in the USA, the ship had to pass a Coast Guard Safety Inspection. This delayed our boarding until 1:00pm and delayed our departure for Nassau until 10:00pm. The boarding was handled well, and they had snacks and water available in the cruise terminal as the boarding time could have been as late as 3:00pm, depending on how the safety drill went.

Our first dinner did not go well. Since we were not sure how folks we would have we showed up at 7:00pm for the open seating dining with a group of 9. We did not have a reservation. Holland integrates their open seating with the regular dining, and the system really does not work that well. We were initially told to expect a 30 minute wait for a table. I went back to check on our status at that time and they said it would be a least another 45 minutes before we were seated. We offered to split up into smaller tables, but they said that would not make any difference. We went to the Lido. Lesson learned: HA passengers are basically a fixed dining group. We are going to try and make a reservation for 6:30 tonight and see what happens. Then on the way to the lido, another lady and I got stuck on the elevator for 20 minutes. What was very disturbing was that neither the emergency bell nor the phone in the elevator worked. Literally no way to communicate. The doors finally opened I called 911 to report this very unsafe condition.

Today I am posting pictures of Deck's nine and ten, which include the buffet area, pool area and the spa.

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And then of course sailing along side an NCL Ship and the 'required' towel creature!
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Posted by rpickett 07:07 Archived in Bahamas Tagged with day one pictures larger Comments (0)

Around Iceland

Photo Album

My photo album of our wonderful Iceland trip is complete!

Click Iceland to view the album!

Posted by rpickett 08:08 Archived in Iceland Tagged photo album Comments (0)

Around Iceland

Sailaway and Reykjavik

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After our final port call, we went topside to witness the Windstar Signature sailaway party. It's a ceremony created for their sailing ships, that they implemented on their motor ships. The next morning we headed out on a city tour of Reykjavik to kill some time before our late afternoon flight. We got a great view of the city from the Pearl observation tower, visited the President's residence, had lunch at the Viking museum which housed an exact replica of a Viking sailing ship the would have sailed to North America. This one actually did!. After lunch we visited the "Bridge across two continents" which is a tectonic plate line between the North American Plate and the European Plate. Pretty neat.

Iceland is now one of my favorite countries in the world. Wonderfully scenic with great warm and friendly people. I doubt this will be my last visit!

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Posted by rpickett 08:43 Archived in Iceland Tagged reykjavik Comments (0)

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