Saturday, December 9, 2017

Koningsdam 2017, Day 53, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Last night was our final formal night and we dined in the Pinnacle Grill with our special guest, Vlad Dragomir.  Fabulous evening!!!!  Today, another cruise draws to a close with a fantastic day at Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay…..  Ann, Cathy and I were on the first tender ashore, excited to meet up with our wonderful friends, Guy & Lynda Ditmar who are sailing on the Veendam.  The weather was just perfect for a day at the beach.  It was wonderful visiting the island and, most importantly, seeing Guy & Lynda.  Tonight will be a bit sad as we have our final dinner with our very, very special friends Leslie & Handler…..  We will miss them greatly!!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Koningsdam 2017, Day 51, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Well, it was great to get back to St. Thomas….  They were really hammered during the hurricane season and still are I recovery.  Great example from our server in a cafĂ© we stopped in today, she has been without power for 92 days….  She said, you get used to it….  I wouldn’t be able to sleep in this heat.  Anyway, there were signs of damage and destruction all over but more importantly, there were signs of recovery everywhere.  They are so reliant on the Cruise industry that it really helps that ships are starting to come back….  It was a bit strange to be in St Thomas as the only cruise ship in town.  The day truned our extremely well, we did what we could to help the economy….  Spending money helps!  St. Thomas has a ways to go but recovery is in sight!  Great day….