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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. Thanks for the officers pics. Have they been dockside to greet you as you return? We thanked them last month for doing so. Apparently, only a few of the HAL ships have this policy. Herman, executive housekeeper, is in the middle of your pic. Below pic was taken at the last gala with their dress uniforms. I don't think you will see this on many lines.
  2. Kanazawa did that for the Westerdam's last call of the season in April when we were there; very impressive.
  3. Pinnacle Grill on the Rotterdam is special. Art Deco design.
  4. Enjoyed your pics and writings on Dublin and Belfast, two ports I have yet to stop at. I hope you got an hour back as you start westbound.
  5. Hi Dave, We seem to have similar interests, as we walked over to the SS Rotterdam last month. We had a nice senior man guide, who got excited when I told him I had sailed her once at the end of her career. He was quite knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing information with me. When I mentioned Captain Albert, and he said he is there every year and shares stories, too. The rest room signs are there, at least one place. My favorites: Front desk, complete with uniformed personnel.
  6. Maasdam is riding out the typhoon in Tokyo harbor along with Diamond Princess and is expected to leave Aug 16 for Kobe.
  7. Better to be anchored in the harbor than riding it out at sea. Keep us posted.
  8. That is pretty much the story. When I look at the fares for the newer ships that are smaller/1500 guests or less, the remaining older ships look better and better. There are many ports that can't handle the big ones.
  9. MBerry, The Rotterdam and her sisters, Volendam, Zaandam, and Amsterdam are favorites of mine as well. I'm glad you enjoyed.
  10. I see Maasdam is anchored off Yokohama out past the bridge. Keep us posted.
  11. Not to boast, but we were met by a dining room host and walked to the Mariner's lunch to sit with the Hotel Director after the awards ceremony. Our names were on the table when we arrived. This was just last month on the Zuiderdam.
  12. Thanks. Looks nice, especially that suite. I've only been to Bilbao once; HAL doesn't seem to stop there often.
  13. Well, that is interesting. I just checked and see Veendam is NOT scheduled after a transatlantic to ft Lauderdale arriving Nov 6. I guess we will see then. If they do bring Veendam to Tampa, they will now have to compete with the Vista like Constellation which will be doing 10 and 11 day itineraries, so they will need to do really good cruises. The Veendam was doing Cuba and would be good to again from Tampa if and when that reopens.
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