|Our Main Dining Room group on Gala Night; Scott & I, Lisa & Craig, Walt and Honoree|
|This is a map showing our cruise - Land of the Midnight Sun - with our stops|
|On our balcony in Amsterdam before departing.|
So in summary, the best thing about the cruise was being with Walt & Honoree. Would we take another cruise? Nothing in the distant future - but I could imagine us crossing the Pacific Ocean as an alternative to sitting in a cramped plane to Australia/New Zealand (at least one way). And we'd be happy to go with Holland America if we did. But as long as we're spending half the year cruising on our own Scott Free, we've no need of any other ship.
PS - We took WOW airline round trip to Amsterdam and will never do that again.
|We took the offered tour of the kitchen but it was pretty|
empty and there was little cooking to be seen. We did meet
and talk to the Head Chef, which was interesting.
|Erin gave fun demonstrations of 3 dishes, all coordinated|
with a video from America's Test Kitchen. They were
standing room only!
|There was a Captain's reception which we attended with free wine/beer and a chance to meet the charming Captain Werner Timmers. He was a big hit on the "Meet the Crew" presentation. That's him between Scott and I.|
|This is my only shot of our room - I've included a stock one|
further down in the blog post as it's much clearer. We thought
the room was very comfortable and attractive - lots of storage.
We were in a Salon Veranda room - 1052.
|This is my shot of the pool area - better stock one below.|
Our room was just inside the door on the second floor
above this location - great spot!
|You can get a feeling of the size here.|
|Our room was on the 10th floor near the bow.|
|We had breakfast in our room several times with Walt &|
Honoree to watch the scenery. Other times we had
champagne (brought with us) and appetizers before
|The complimentary robes were very nice. We ordered coffee|
as a wake up every morning and it was excellent.
|Our favorite place to view the fjords was up on the top|
deck. That's the 7 Sisters falls (only 4 were there for us).
|The weather wasn't conducive to sun bathing. And the roof|
only opened a few times over the pool during our trip.
|Easy on and off the tenders for us. They were used only twice|
during our cruise.
|That's our lovely ship on the left.|
|The crew managed the traffic brilliantly for the ports|
|The crew were mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines|
(where I spent 2 years in the Peace Corps) and they were
really nice and professional. Here's our bartender for
the "Martini Tasting".
|The Duck foie gras with Lingonberry sauce at Sal de Mer|
|And my Lobster Thermador"|
|You still need to polish some brass on the ship!|
|Walt and Honoree with our favorite waitress at the Lido.|
|The Tamarind Restaurant|
|Walt & Honoree, Craig & Lisa and Scott & Heather at|
Sal de Mer
|The World Stage Theater|
|A stock photo of our room|
|The gym. Walt and Honoree taught us Tai Chi and we often|
used the machines.