Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Koningsdam Voyage Day 1, Ft Lauderdale

Well, the time had finally arrived……  a new adventure awaits.  The trip didn’t start out too well compliments of the incompetent staff at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.  After dinner with Brad & Gloria, we went to the hotel so I could check in.  Imagine my surprise when they told me they had a reservation for me at another hotel.  They gave my room away! I had this reservation since last May so I was pretty pissed.  They assured me that everything was taken care of so off we went to the new hotel.  Got there and they never heard of me….  It went downhill from there.  I would not recommend anyone stay at the Hyatt Place, ever...  Ok, rant over….  It was great finally getting onboard the Koningsdam.  My initial impression is very, very  positive.  The staff is exceptional.  Dinner was great, so nice to see chef Daniel again…  My cabin stewards are on top of everything making the move in very easy.  Today is very wet and windy but that’s OK, it’s just nice to relax in the Cabana with Brad & Gloria. 

 

Friday, October 13, 2017

The time approaches for a new adventure....

In 4 days, I will be flying to Ft. Lauderdale to board the ms Koningsdam.   I will sail away to the Caribbean for 63 days on the Koningsdam....  Just a heads up.  I am not sure how much blogging I will be doing from the Koningsdam.  My main goal is to relax and let my shoulder injuries heal.  On top of that, I'm really not sure how much of my time, effort and money  I want to spend on blogging.  I will blog some, but probably not daily as I am prone to do.  I'm not sure that the interest level is high enough to warrant the time and effort.  The Veendam voyage to Cuba and the World Voyage is a different story, I believe the interest level is high enough to put in the time and effort.  I am so ready for the voyages to begin!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

My upcoming journey, once again, around the world with Holland America Line....

3rd Update for Hurricane reschedules:  I'm really looking forward to my upcoming voyage this Fall, once again, sailing around the world with Holland America Line.  It should be a great voyage!  I plan on going on some Overland adventures including 10 days on safari in South Africa.  Should be fun.  I will be blogging this upcoming adventure.  This is the latest update on recovery schedules for Caribbean islands: 
Here is my itinerary:

63 Day Caribbean Cruise
ms Koningsdam
Itinerary

                                                                                                                                                                                        
Wed Oct 18 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 04:00 PM
Thu Oct 19 At Sea
Fri Oct 20 At Sea
Sat Oct 21 St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Sun Oct 22 Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon Oct 23 Bridgetown, Barbados 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue Oct 24 Fort-De-France, Martinique 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue Oct 24 Daylight passing Mount Pelee
Wed Oct 25 Castries, St Lucia 08:00 PM 05:00 PM
Thu Oct 26 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis 08:00 AM 01:00 PM
Fri Oct 27 At Sea
Sat Oct 28 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 03:00 PM
Sun Oct 29 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Mon Oct 30 At Sea
Tue Oct 31 Amber Cove, Dominican Rep 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed Nov 01 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 08:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thu Nov 02 At Sea
Fri Nov 03 Kralendijk, Bonaire 07:00 AM 06:00 PM                   
Sat Nov 04 Willemstad, Curacao 07:00 AM 11:59 PM
Sun Nov 05 Oranjestad, Aruba 06:00 AM 07:00 PM
Mon Nov 06 At Sea
Tue Nov 07 At Sea
Wed Nov 08 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Thu Nov 09 At Sea
Fri Nov 10 At Sea
Sat Nov 11 Frederiksted, St Croix, USVI 08:00 AM 2:00 PM
Sun Nov 12 Castries, Saint Lucia 09:00 AM 5:00 PM
Sun Nov 12 Scenic Cruising Soufriere Bay
Mon Nov 13 Bridgetown, Barbados 08:00 AM 05:00 PM                    
Tue Nov 14 Fort-De-France, Martinique 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue Nov 14 Daylight passing Mount Pelee 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed Nov 15 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis     
Thu Nov 16 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
Fri Nov 17 At Sea
Sat Nov 18 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 03:00 PM
Sun Nov 19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Mon Nov 20 At Sea
Tue Nov 21 At Sea
Wed Nov 22 Kralendijk, Bonaire 10:00 AM 08:00 PM
Thu Nov 23 Willemstad, Curacao 07:00 AM 11:00 PM
Fri Nov 24 Oranjestad, Aruba 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sat Nov 25 At Sea
Sun Nov 26 Amber Cove, Dominican 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon Nov 27 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos 07:00 AM 02:00 PM
Tue Nov 28 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
Wed Nov 29 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Thu Nov 30 At Sea
Fri Dec 01 At Sea
Sat Dec 02 Frederiksted, St Croix, USVI 08:00 AM 2:00 PM
Sun Dec 03 Castries, Saint Lucia 09:00 AM 05:00 PM
Sun Dec 03 Scenic Cruising Soufriere Bay
Mon Dec 04 Bridgetown, Barbados 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue Dec 05 Fort-De-France, Martinique 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue Dec 05 Daylight passing Mount Pelee
Wed Dec 06 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thu Dec 07 St. Thomas U.S.V. I 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Fri Dec 08 At Sea
Sat Dec 09 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 03:00 PM
Sun Dec 10 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Mon Dec 11 At Sea
Tue Dec 12 At Sea
Wed Dec 13 Oranjestad, Aruba 01:00 PM 11:00 PM      
Thu Dec 14 Willemstad, Curacao 08:00 AM 11:59 PM
Fri Dec 15 Kralendijk, Bonaire 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sat Dec 16 At Sea
Sun Dec 17 Amber Cove, Dominican 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon Dec 18 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos 07:00 AM 02:00 PM
Tue Dec 19 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
Wed Dec 20 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00 AM

12 Day Cuban Explorer Holiday
ms Veendam
Itinerary

                                                                                                                                                                       
Fri Dec 22 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 04:00 PM
Sat Dec 23 At Sea
Sun Dec 24 Cozumel, Mexico 07:00 AM 04;00 PM
Mon Dec 25 Costa Maya, Mexico 11:00 AM 07:00 PM
Tue Dec 26 At Sea
Wed Dec 27 Key West, Florida, US 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thu Dec 28 Havana (La Habana), Cuba 08:00 AM
Fri Dec 29 Havana (La Habana), Cuba 02:00 AM
Fri Dec 29 At Sea
Sat Dec 30 Cienfuegos, Cuba 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Sun Dec 31 Montego Bay, Jamaica 09:00 AM 04:00 PM
Mon Jan 01 Georgetown, Cayman Islands 10:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue Jan 02 At Sea
Wed Jan 03 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 07:00

113 - Day Grand World Voyage
ms Amsterdam
Itinerary

                                                                                                                                                                               
Thu Jan 04 Sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 8:00PM
Fri Jan 05 Sea Day999
Sat Jan 06 Georgetown, Cayman Islands 10:00AM 6:00PM
Sun Jan 07 Sea Day
Mon Jan 08 Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica 7:00AM 4:00PM
Tue Jan 09 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal 5:00AM 5:00AM
Tue Jan 09 Cruising Panama Canal
Tue Jan 09 Exit Panama Canal Balboa 7:00PM 7:00PM
Tue Jan 09 Fuerte Amador, Panama 8:00PM
Wed Jan 10 Fuerte Amador, Panama 4:00PM
Thu Jan 11 Sea Day
Fri Jan 12 Sea Day
Sat Jan 13 Sea Day
Sun Jan 14 Crossing the Equator
Mon Jan 15 Sea Day
Tue Jan 16 Sea Day
Wed Jan 17 Sea Day
Thu Jan 18 Sea Day
Fri Jan 19 Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia 9:00AM 6:00PM
Sat Jan 20 Sea Day
Sun Jan 21 Avatoru, Rangiroa, French Polynesia 8:00AM 5:00PM
Mon Jan 22 Papeete, French Polynesia 8:00AM
Tue Jan 23 Papeete, French Polynesia 5:00AM
Tue Jan 23 Moorea, French Polynesia 8:00AM 5:00PM
Wed Jan 24 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 8:00AM 11:00PM
Thu Jan 25 Sea Day
Fri Jan 26 Rarotonga, Cook Islands 8:00AM 5:00PM
Sat Jan 27 Sea Day
Sun Jan 28 Alofi, Niue 8:00AM 5:00PM
Mon Jan 29 Cross International Dateline
Wed Jan 31 Sea Day
Thu Feb 01 Sea Day
Fri Feb 02 Auckland, New Zealand 7:00AM 8:00PM
Sat Feb 03 Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand 8:00AM 6:00PM
Sun Feb 04 Napier, New Zealand 11:00AM 11:00PM
Mon Feb 05 Sea Day
Tue Feb 06 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand 8:00AM 6:00PM
Wed Feb 07 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park
Thu Feb 08 Sea Day
Fri Feb 09 Sea Day
Sat Feb 10 Sydney, Australia 8:00AM
Sun Feb 11 Sydney, Australia 6:00PM
Mon Feb 12 Sea Day
Tue Feb 13 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 8:00AM
Wed Feb 14 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 4:00AM
Wed Feb 14 Port Arthur, Australia 8:00AM 3:00PM
Thu Feb 15 Sea Day
Fri Feb 16 Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia 8:00AM 6:00PM
Sat Feb 17 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 8:00AM 11:00PM
Sun Feb 18 Sea Day
Mon Feb 19 Sea Day
Tue Feb 20 Albany, Australia 8:00AM 5:00PM
Wed Feb 21 Fremantle (Perth), Australia 4:00PM
Thu Feb 22 Fremantle (Perth), Australia 5:00PM
Fri Feb 23 Sea Day
Sat Feb 24 Sea Day
Sun Feb 25 Sea Day
Mon Feb 26 Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia 8:00AM
Tue Feb 27 Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia 8:00PM
Wed Feb 28 Sea Day
Thu Mar 01 Sea Day
Fri Mar 02 Sea Day
Sat Mar 03 Puerto Princesa, Philippines 8:00AM 6:00PM
Sun Mar 04 Sea Day
Mon Mar 05 Manila, Philippines 8:00AM
Tue Mar 06 Manila, Philippines 5:00PM
Wed Mar 07 Sea Day
Thu Mar 08 Hong Kong, China 8:00AM
Fri Mar 09 Hong Kong, China 6:00PM
Sat Mar 10 Sea Day
Sun Mar 11 Sea Day
Mon Mar 12 Phu My, Vietnam 6:00AM 6:00PM
Tue Mar 13 Sea Day
Wed Mar 14 Singapore 8:00AM
Thu Mar 15 Singapore 11:00PM
Fri Mar 16 Sea Day
Sat Mar 17 Phuket, Thailand 8:00AM 5:00PM
Sun Mar 18 Sea Day
Mon Mar 19 Sea Day        
Tue Mar 20 Colombo, Sri Lanka 8:00AM 5:00PM
Wed Mar 21 Sea Day
Thu Mar 22 Sea Day
Fri Mar 23 Sea Day
Sat Mar 24 Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles 10:00AM 11:00PM
Sun Mar 25 Sea Day
Mon Mar 26 Sea Day
Tue Mar 27 Nosy Be, Madagascar 8:00AM 6:00PM
Wed Mar 28 Sea Day
Thu Mar 29 Sea Day
Fri Mar 30 Sea Day
Sat Mar 31 Maputo, Mozambique 8:00AM 6:00PM
Sun Apr 01 Sea Day
Mon Apr 02 Sea Day
Tue Apr 03 Cape Town, South Africa 8:00AM
Wed Apr 04 Cape Town, South Africa
Thu Apr 05 Cape Town, South Africa 5:00PM
Fri Apr 06 Sea Day
Sat Apr 07 Walvis Bay, Namibia 8:00AM 11:00PM
Sun Apr 08 Sea Day
Mon Apr 09 Sea Day
Tue Apr 10 Luanda, Angola 8:00AM 5:00PM
Wed Apr 11 Sea Day
Thu Apr 12 Sea Day
Fri Apr 13 Crossing the Equator
Sat Apr 14 Sea Day
Sun Apr 15 Sea Day
Mon Apr 16 Banjul, Gambia 8:00AM 6:00PM
Tue Apr 17 Dakar, Senegal 8:00AM 6:00PM
Wed Apr 18 Sea Day
Thu Apr 19 Praia, Ilha de Santiago, Cape Verde 8:00AM 6:00PM
Fri Apr 20 Sea Day
Sat Apr 21 Sea Day
Sun Apr 22 Sea Day
Mon Apr 23 Sea Day
Tue Apr 24 Sea Day
Wed Apr 25 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:00AM 11:00PM
Thu Apr 26 Sea Day
Fri Apr 27 Sea Day
Sat Apr 28 Debark Ship Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 7:00AM

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 Grand World Voyage, Day 209, At Sea

Well, the end of this 7 month voyage is quickly drawing to a close….  Fortunately, we have been blessed with sunny weather so far.  It has been nice to relax poolside and enjoy these final days amidst the pain of getting all the packing done.  Last night we had the Mariner’s Appreciation night and our final Ball after dinner.  Lovely evening….  This voyage has had so many amazing moments that it’s hard to put into words.  Our Overland journeys were spectacular.  It will take some time to let it all soak in when I arrive home.  As I go through all the photos (thousands upon thousands) when I create my book it will be nice to relive the adventure once again.  Just a few more days and on the 26th I wing my way home…..  Many more adventures are coming up but my blogging future is up in the air…..

 

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 Grand World Voyage, Day 204, Funchal, Madeira

Well….  We are visiting our last port!  Where has the last 7 months gone/  It has truly been an amazing adventure…..  I went into Funchal by myself this morning without much of a plan, I have visited here numerous times. I still loved walking the cobble streets, admiring the gardens, traditional black & white mosaic sidewalks, the forts and everyday people going about their business…..  It was a lovely walk and a relaxing way to finish out this Grand World Voyage.  It has been great!!!!!