Monday, May 12, 2014

Tough Decision but.... finally decided.

I have really struggled with the decision to do another 220 day voyage aboard the ms Amsterdam.  I really struggled with the internet on my last 7 month voyage which was a huge strain...  Blogging is a huge part of my exploring the world.  I decided to take a chance, assuming the internet would be fixed and would operate in a reasonable manner.  The CEO of Holland America Line, Stein Kruse committed to get it fixed and I am betting that he will be successful.....  If it isn't up to snuff, I'll be the first one bringing the concerns to Holland America Line.  I will report on the quality of the system, good or bad....  Anyway, now that I have made my decision, here is the itinerary of my proposed voyage..... 

SUN 21SEP14 Sail from Seattle, Washington, US 4:00pm

MON 22SEP14 Sea Day

TUE 23SEP14 Sea Day

WED 24SEP14 Sea Day

THU 25SEP14 Kodiak, Alaska, US 8:00am 3:00pm

FRI 26SEP14 Sea Day

SAT 27SEP14 Dutch Harbor, Alaska, US 8:00am 2:00pm

SUN 28SEP14 Sea Day

MON 29SEP14 Cross International Dateline

WED 01OCT14 Sea Day

THU 02OCT14 Sea Day

FRI 03OCT14 Kushiro, Japan 10:00am 6:00pm

SAT 04OCT14 Sea Day

SUN 05OCT14 Tokyo, Japan 2 8:00am

MON 06OCT14 Tokyo, Japan 4:00pm

TUE 07OCT14 Sea Day

WED 08OCT14 Nagasaki, Japan 10:00am 6:00pm

THU 09OCT14 Jeju (Cheju) City, Korea 3 7:00am 1:00pm

FRI 10OCT14 Incheon (Seoul), South Korea 2 8:00am

SAT 11OCT14 Incheon (Seoul), South Korea 5:00pm

SUN 12OCT14 Sea Day

MON 13OCT14 Xingang (Beijing), China 8:00am

TUE 14OCT14 Xingang (Beijing), China 4 6:00pm

WED 15OCT14 Sea Day

THU 16OCT14 Qingdao, China 4 8:00am 5:00pm

FRI 17OCT14 Shanghai, China  10:30pm

SAT 18OCT14 Shanghai, China

SUN 19OCT14 Shanghai, China

MON 20OCT14 Shanghai, China 4 6:00pm

TUE 21OCT14 Sea Day

WED 22OCT14 Sea Day

THU 23OCT14 Hong Kong, China 2 8:00am

FRI 24OCT14 Hong Kong, China 7:00pm

SAT 25OCT14 Sea Day

SUN 26OCT14 Sea Day

MON 27OCT14 Phu My, Vietnam 6:00am 6:00pm

TUE 28OCT14 Sea Day

WED 29OCT14 Singapore  10:00am

THU 30OCT14 Singapore 6:00pm

FRI 31OCT14 Sea Day

SAT 01NOV14 Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia  8:00am 6:00pm

SUN 02NOV14 Sea Day

MON 03NOV14 Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia  8:00am 5:00pm

TUE 04NOV14 Komodo Island, Indonesia 10:00am 4:00pm

WED 05NOV14 Sea Day

THU 06NOV14 Darwin, Australia 12:00n 8:00pm

FRI 07NOV14 Sea Day

SAT 08NOV14 Sea Day

SUN 09NOV14 Sea Day

MON 10NOV14 Port Douglas (Cairns), Australia 8:00am 6:00pm

TUE 11NOV14 Sea Day

WED 12NOV14 Sea Day

THU 13NOV14 Sea Day

FRI 14NOV14 Sydney, Australia 8:00am

SAT 15NOV14 Sydney, Australia 4:00pm

SUN 16NOV14 Sea Day

MON 17NOV14 Sea Day

TUE 18NOV14 Noumea, New Caledonia 8:00am 10:00pm

WED 19NOV14 Ile des Pins, New Caledonia 8:00am 2:00pm

THU 20NOV14 Sea Day

FRI 21NOV14 Lautoka, Fiji 8:00am 5:00pm

SAT 22NOV14 Suva, Fiji 8:00am 5:00pm

SUN 23NOV14 Sea Day

MON 24NOV14 Apia, Samoa Islands 10:00am 4:00pm

MON 24NOV14 Cross International Dateline

MON 24NOV14 Sea Day

TUE 25NOV14 Crossing the Equator

WED 26NOV14 Sea Day

THU 27NOV14 Sea Day

FRI 28NOV14 Sea Day

SAT 29NOV14 Hilo, Hawaii, US 8:00am 5:00pm

SUN 30NOV14 Honolulu, Hawaii, US 2 8:00am

MON 01DEC14 Honolulu, Hawaii, US 11:00pm

TUE 02DEC14 Lahaina, Hawaii, US 3 8:00am 5:00pm

WED 03DEC14 Sea Day THU 04DEC14 Sea Day

FRI 05DEC14 Sea Day

SAT 06DEC14 Sea Day

SUN 07DEC14 Sea Day

MON 08DEC14 San Diego, California, US 7:00am 5:00pm

TUE 09DEC14 Sea Day

WED 10DEC14 Sea Day

THU 11DEC14 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 8:00am 5:00pm

FRI 12DEC14 Sea Day

SAT 13DEC14 Huatulco, Mexico 8:00am 2:00pm

SUN 14DEC14 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala 10:00am 6:00pm

MON 15DEC14 Corinto, Nicaragua 8:00am 3:00pm

TUE 16DEC14 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica 8:00am 6:00pm

WED 17DEC14 Sea Day

THU 18DEC14 Enter Panama Canal Balboa 1 5:00am 5:00am

THU 18DEC14 Cruising Panama Canal

18DEC14 Exit Panama Canal Cristobal  7:00pm 7:00pm

FRI 19DEC14 Cartagena, Colombia 11:00am 5:00pm

SAT 20DEC14 Sea Day

SUN 21DEC14 Sea Day

MON 22DEC14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 7:00am 5:00pm

TUE 23DEC14 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8:00am 4:00pm

WED 24DEC14 Sea Day

THU 25DEC14 Sea Day

FRI 26DEC14 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 8:00am 5:00pm

SAT 27DEC14 Basseterre, St. Kitts 8:00am 5:00pm

SUN 28DEC14 Castries, St. Lucia 8:00am 3:00pm

SUN 28DEC14 Soufriere, St Lucia 2 5:00pm 6:00pm

MON 29DEC14 St Georges, Grenada 8:00am 5:00pm

TUE 30DEC14 Bridgetown, Barbados 8:00am 5:00pm

WED 31DEC14 Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe 9:00am 6:00pm

THU 01JAN15 Philipsburg (St. Maarten), AN 9:00am 6:00pm

FRI 02JAN15 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:00am 5:00pm

SAT 03JAN15 Sea Day

SUN 04JAN15 Sea Day

MON 05JAN15 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 7:00am 4:00pm

TUE 06JAN15 Sea Day

WED 07JAN15 Sea Day

THU 08JAN15 Sea Day

FRI 09JAN15 Santa Marta, Colombia 7:00am 4:00pm

SAT 10JAN15 San Blas Islands, Panama 1 12:00n 6:00pm

SUN 11JAN15 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal  5:00am 5:00am

SUN 11JAN15 Cruising Panama Canal 

SUN 11JAN15 Exit Panama Canal Balboa  7:00pm  

MON 12JAN15 Crossing the Equator  

TUE 13JAN15 Manta, Ecuador 5:00am 9:00pm

WED 14JAN15 Sea Day

THU 15JAN15 Sea Day

FRI 16JAN15 Sea Day

SAT 17JAN15 Sea Day

SUN 18JAN15 Sea Day

MON 19JAN15 Sea Day

TUE 20JAN15 Sea Day

WED 21JAN15 Sea Day

THU 22JAN15 Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia  8:00am 4:00pm

FRI 23JAN15 Sea Day

SAT 24JAN15 Papeete, French Polynesia  12:00n

SUN 25JAN15 Papeete, French Polynesia 5:00pm

MON 26JAN15 Bora Bora, French Polynesia  8:00am 5:00pm

TUE 27JAN15 Sea Day

WED 28JAN15 Rarotonga, Cook Islands  8:00am 5:00pm

THU 29JAN15 Sea Day

FRI 30JAN15 Alofi, Niue 1 8:00am 5:00pm

SAT 31JAN15 Cross International Dateline  

MON 02FEB15 Nuku Alofa, Tonga 8:00am 4:00pm

TUE 03FEB15 Sea Day

WED 04FEB15 Sea Day

THU 05FEB15 Auckland, New Zealand 4 8:00am

FRI 06FEB15 Auckland, New Zealand 6:00pm

SAT 07FEB15 Waitangi (Bay of Islands), NZ  8:00am 3:00pm

SUN 08FEB15 Sea Day

MON 09FEB15 Sea Day

TUE 10FEB15 Sydney, Australia 8:00am

WED 11FEB15 Sydney, Australia 5 6:00pm

THU 12FEB15 Sea Day

FRI 13FEB15 Melbourne, Australia 8:00am 6:00pm

SAT 14FEB15 Sea Day

SUN 15FEB15 Adelaide, Australia 8:00am

MON 16FEB15 Adelaide, Australia 5 5:00pm

TUE 17FEB15 Sea Day

WED 18FEB15 Sea Day

THU 19FEB15 Albany, Australia 8:00am 5:00pm

FRI 20FEB15 Sea Day

SAT 21FEB15 Perth (Fremantle), Australia 8:00am

SUN 22FEB15 Perth (Fremantle), Australia 4:00pm

MON 23FEB15 Geraldton, Australia 8:00am 2:00pm

TUE 24FEB15 Sea Day

WED 25FEB15 Sea Day

THU 26FEB15 Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia 4:00pm

FRI 27FEB15 Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia 6:00pm

SAT 28FEB15 Sea Day SUN 01MAR15 Semarang, Java, Indonesia 6:00am 4:00pm

MON 02MAR15 Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia 8:00am 6:00pm

TUE 03MAR15 Crossing the Equator

WED 04MAR15 Singapore 4 8:00am

THU 05MAR15 Singapore 5:00pm

FRI 06MAR15 Port Klang, Malaysia 8:00am 6:00pm

SAT 07MAR15 Penang, Malaysia 8:00am 5:00pm

SUN 08MAR15 Phuket, Thailand 8:00am 5:00pm

MON 09MAR15 Sea Day

TUE 10MAR15 Thilawa (Rangoon), Myanmar 6:00am

WED 11MAR15 Thilawa (Rangoon), Myanmar 11:00pm

THU 12MAR15 Sea Day

FRI 13MAR15 Sea Day

SAT 14MAR15 Sea Day

SUN 15MAR15 Colombo, Sri Lanka 7:00am 6:00pm

MON 16MAR15 Sea Day

TUE 17MAR15 Cochin, India 8:00am 5:00pm

WED 18MAR15 Sea Day

THU 19MAR15 Mumbai (Bombay), India 8:00am

FRI 20MAR15 Mumbai (Bombay), India 5:00pm

SAT 21MAR15 Sea Day

SUN 22MAR15 Sea Day

MON 23MAR15 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 12:00n

TUE 24MAR15 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 5:00pm

WED 25MAR15 Sea Day

THU 26MAR15 Muscat, Oman 8:00am 5:00pm

FRI 27MAR15 Sea Day

SAT 28MAR15 Salalah, Oman 8:00am 5:00pm

SUN 29MAR15 Sea Day

MON 30MAR15 Sea Day

TUE 31MAR15 Sea Day

WED 01APR15 Sea Day

THU 02APR15 Safaga, Egypt 7:00am 11:59pm

FRI 03APR15 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 7:00am 6:00pm

SAT 04APR15 Aqaba (for Petra), Jordan 7:00am 6:00pm

SUN 05APR15 Sea Day

MON 06APR15 Enter Suez Canal at Suez 6:00am 6:00am

MON 06APR15 Daylight transit Suez Canal

MON 06APR15 Exit Suez Canal at Port Said 6:00pm 6:00pm

TUE 07APR15 Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt 6:00am 8:00pm

WED 08APR15 Sea Day

THU 09APR15 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 8:00am 7:00pm

FRI 10APR15 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 4 8:00am

SAT 11APR15 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 4:00pm

SUN 12APR15 Katakolon, Greece 10:00am 6:00pm

MON 13APR15 Sea Day

TUE 14APR15 Naples, Italy 8:00am 6:00pm

WED 15APR15 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 7:00am 7:00pm

THU 16APR15 Sea Day

FRI 17APR15 Cartagena, Spain 10:00am 6:00pm

SAT 18APR15 Malaga, Spain 8:00am 6:00pm

SUN 19APR15 Cadiz (Seville), Spain 8:00am 6:00pm

MON 20APR15 Sea Day

TUE 21APR15 Sea Day

WED 22APR15 Ponta Delgada, Portugal 8:00am 5:00pm

THU 23APR15 Horta, Portugal 8:00am 5:00pm

FRI 24APR15 Sea Day

SAT 25APR15 Sea Day

SUN 26APR15 Sea Day

MON 27APR15 Sea Day

TUE 28APR15 Sea Day

WED 29APR15 Sea Day

30APR15 Debark Ship Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 7:00am


  1. Jealous..... how I would like to be able to leave my island, house and cats for such a time...

  2. Looking forward to your excellent travelogue.

  3. I am so glad you decided to go. I am having blog withdrawals! Have a wonderful trip.

    1. Me too! You are so patient to upload all those pictures over a satellite connection. That would make me batty! But I love looking at them and hearing about your voyage. Bon Voyage!

  4. I was patiently waiting for this .... Now I can do the happy dance!

  5. Oh another adventure with you, I can hardly wait until Sept. Have a great summer and wishing tou a great voyage and fast internet.

  6. Hi Jeff,
    Glad to hear you made it home safely and have decided to continue your sea adventures. Will be anxiously awaiting your pictures and comments.
    Hope you have a nice summer.
    BVH-Groton, Ct

  7. Have you ever thought of varying your travels to include northern Europe,England Iceland,Norway etc?

    1. I have cruised to England, Iceland & Norway... need to do more Northern Europe & the Baltic but.... have to get there without long flights!

  8. YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beachlady

  9. I'm happy to hear that you are going. Have you been to Seoul before? I'll be flying there tomorrow, as I have for over 30 years on business. I could plan my fall visit to coincide with your stop and I can show you the city my model train manufacture. Of course that would mean missing the Zaandam and Westerdam sailings from San Diego.....oh well.....I'm sure someone can cover those days.
    David from HAL shorside

    1. I have not been to Seoul before... What would you suggest? Don't even know how far it is from Incheon.....

  10. I love following your blog! Are these voyages all on the same ship? Thank you for all the work and time you put into your blog!

  11. Glad too see you going back it would be odd without you. Em isn't on the Asia again, she'll be in the Med on the Massdam, but will join you for the world . Looking forward to following you again , you have the best photos. The internet is better at the moment hope it stays that way, with the job change it was driving Em out of her mind as well !!
    Take care
    Al & Jenn

  12. Jeff, I've misplaced your business card, could you e-mail me directly and I can get more info to you. The port of Incheon is about 40 miles from downtown Seoul and
    I'll be only 15 miles away in Gwangmyeong.
    I can arrange for a trusted river for you and your friends, and I'll gather tourist brochures this week and send them to you.
    Gotta go catch my 12 hour flight from SFO now.

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  13. I'm looking forward to reading about your travels again! However, I actually was a bit surprised when I checked to learn that you indeed are doing another 220 day adventure/cruise. I would think it would get boring since you've done so many. But, I'm glad you don't feel that way, as I do enjoy your blog! Thanks!!

  14. My morning coffee simply does not taste the same without reading your daily blogs. You need to get your chores done at home and get back on the high seas............"The Mayor"

  15. Wow, we've followed your adventures the last few years and are so envious. We tend to do "world" cruises, but in segments and with various lines. Most recent segment ended just last week as we were on a 27 day Japan immersion cruise that included ports in South Korea and Taiwan. It's a real booming cruise industry in Asia and they are going all out for cruisers. Enjoy your trip and we'll envy you as we admire your daily (we hope) updates. Bon voyage a wee bit early!!