The long awaited day finally arrived and I was home once again, aboard the ms Amsterdam. I had a very nice welcome by Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Line along with Captain Fred Eversen, Hotel Director Henk Mensink, Gerald Bernhoft, Director of the Mariner Program and our Cruise Director Gene Young…. It was great boarding the ship with my friends Allan, Sandra, Brad & Gloria. Once aboard, it was very exciting seeing so many friends, both crew members as well as fellow guests. This is always one of the best parts of a Grand Voyage, getting reacquainted with old friends. Of course, the more you do these the more old friends you end up running into. It was a wonderful day, aside from the arduous task of unpacking. After boat drill, there was a fabulous sail away party. As we sailed out of the harbor it soon became time to get serious about unpacking again. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about packing again for 7 months. This will be a fantastic voyage… we have 3 days at sea now heading for Kodiak Alaska. In Kodiak I will be heading out with my friends Harry, Margo & Brad on a float plane in search of Kodiak Bears….. Pretty exciting stuff!