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St Pete Cruiser

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    St Petersburg, Florida
  • Interests
    Theater, music, outdoor life,travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Celebrity, Princess

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  1. There are several older Tampa posts regarding HAL not sailing from there. Yes, many of us hope Seattle will return to Tampa sailings. With all the huge ships using Ft Lauderdale and Miami, I think HAL's smaller ships would do better from Tampa. Going to the smaller ports as well; not Cozumel and those with too many ships/people.
  2. Love your pix of the Maasdam. The S class ships have a great profile compared to the "big box" ships of late.
  3. I'm glad to see other peoples comments on my priceless (not worth anything?) T Shirt. It seems they are of poor quality. The blue printing faded after the first wash and one sleeve is already detaching. Maybe they were wife beaters redone? I was hoping to wear it on my next cruise, to the meet and greet of course, but unless I keep it folded and away from sunlight, it may not make it until then. Enjoy your Memorial weekend everyone.
  4. Beautiful video. Thanks for letting us see the highlights of what looks like a great time.
  5. Westerdam is a very enjoyable ship. We just came back from 29 days doing Japan, Vladivostok and Alaska. Great crew, very good entertainment and dining. There was a production show cast as well as some fun acts plus Billboard, Bb King, and Lincoln Center live music.
  6. We returned from the Westerdam last week where we bought a new Holland America t shirt with the names of the 8 ships in the fleet. Yes, just 8! It seems someone picked just 8 of the ships to list and for some, probably good choices. They are: Nieuw Amsterdam Maasdam Oosterdam Prinsendam Rotterdam Veendam Westerdam Zaandam I asked the shop manager if he knew why, but he said apparently Seattle decided to make cut backs and this was the result. Collectors item or dust cloth, you decide.
  7. I'm so accustomed to watching the sailaways from Ft Lauderdale, I was disappointed in Ketchikan last Friday when there was no tooting with three HAL ships in port. Is there a "tooting ban" in Alaska? I realize it is a small city often overrun with the ships unlike Ft Lauderdale. Thanks for posting.
  8. We took this picture of the Maasdam from the Westerdam at Ketchikan last Friday. I noticed the "Holland America Line" was missing from both sides. Otherwise she looked good.
  9. Sounds good, especially if the other ships are cutting back on the location guides.
  10. Hi from Ketchican aboard Westerdam. This is our FIRST sunny day since leaving Yokohama 14 days ago, in rainy Ketchican no less. Oosterdam and Maasdam were all here with us. Love Alaska when the sun is out.
  11. Hi Tampa fans. I'm aboard Westerdam with Captain Mark Rowden who mastered the Ryndam out of Tampa many times. He agreed it was a good winter season port despite the fog issue. I would like to see a vista class out of Tampa doing 10 and 14 day cruises with different ports allowing for nice "collectors" cruises.
  12. Just saw your post. We are on the Westerdam in Kodiak, first ship of the season. Almost didn't get into port with high winds. I like being the only ship (1865 guests) here versus the crowded Alaskan ports.
  13. Thanks for posting your comments which ring true in many ways. While I still like the smaller ships for their longer itineraries and room space, the new Pinnacle class has raised the bar in many ways. As for Mariner parks, some internet credit would be appreciated!
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