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What an exciting, sad, intriguing, heart-wrenching cruise this will be.
Have a safe trip over 'The Pond', and savor every last moment on that beloved little ship.

I thank you for giving us the privilege of coming along with you.

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Jacqui, can't wait to hear all about the first part of your cruise, until we join you on the 24th.  I don't know about a tear in my eye when I leave May 20th;  there will be many tears shed that day by me!  She is our most sailed ship.  

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We are so excited to be setting out tomorrow on the very first ever direct commercial international flight to anywhere from Charleston, SC.  Brit Air will fly us to London where we'll visit cousins before flying to the Algarve.  While there we hope to see Prinsendam sailing from Portimao to Lisbon where we can't wait to go on board!

Safe travels to all as you head to Lisbon.  Looking forward to meeting y'all. Brenda

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s time for you to leave already!  I lost my planned cruise on the Prinsendam when they sold her, and then I came THIS CLOSE to doing the 12 night from Lisbon.  The government shutdown made sure that didn’t happen either.  😡 

 

I am looking forward to following your journey but it will be with a touch of sadness and envy.  Have a wonderful time everybody!!

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We too are getting excited. We are flying to London on May 4th (arriving May 5th) and joining the beautiful Prinsendam for our first and last cruise on her.  Can't wait and do hope that HAL replaces the Prinsendam with another smaller ship.

 

See all of you onboard!

 

Carolyn and Dick

Sacramento, CA

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Hi Jacqui,

How exciting! I will be following along and wishing I were onboard with you!

I'm so glad I was able to sail on the Prinsendam with you last year. I will always be grateful for your efforts in organizing excursions and answering all my questions pre-cruise.

I look forward to seeing photos as you savor the flavor in Lisbon and throughout your adventure.

Safe travels and enjoy every moment on your beloved Elegant Explorer. 

Blessings to you!

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Safe travels!  Can’t wait to catch up to you on the 24th. Looking forward to cruising on this wonderful ship and meeting Cruise Critic friends. 

Smooth sailings! 

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Jacqui, Hope you have a safe flight to Portugal and enjoy your time in Lisbon before the cruise leaves.  Thank you for all you do for us here on CC, we do appreciate it.  Hope you have a great final voyage of the Prinsendam.  Bon Voyage.

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Jacqui, I'm excited for you, but almost get teary eyed thinking of everyone departing the ship at the end of the cruise.  I'm sure it won't be just passengers getting emotional, either!  Thanks for spending the time to keep us apprised of your travels - stay well, and Bon Voyage to you and Jose!

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

Gerry 

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We're leaving for Madrid on Saturday (April 6), arriving in Lisbon on the 11th.  I'm still wrapping up work so have not thought about packing yet!  But as Barbara said, the weather forecast is not what I was expecting; I might just use the clothing list from our last Alaska cruise, hahaha 😁

 

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Paul & Diane

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On 4/3/2019 at 2:28 PM, hpexchange said:

See you soon. We fly out Tuesday for Lisbon.  Laundry washed and repacked after our cruise on Star Princess.

 

Allan & Andrea

 

Looking forward to finally meeting you 🙂

 

On 4/3/2019 at 2:35 PM, cat shepard said:

Bon Voyage everyone! I will be following.

 

Thanks kindly 🙂 

On 4/3/2019 at 2:44 PM, sailingdutchy said:

We are flying out late Monday night and look forward to meet you at the Fado evening Thursday evening that you have organized for us before we get on board ship . 

We will be quite busy while 38 days on board the Elegant Explorer stopping in 31 Ports and many of those Ports we have never visited previously . Hope Hal someday will add another new small ship to its fleet .

Making final decisions of what goes in the suitcase . See you in Lisbon everybody ! 

 

Martha and Tony :classic_biggrin:

 

Can’t wait to meet up Martha and Tony.

See you at Fado 😄 

On 4/3/2019 at 3:36 PM, Krazy Kruizers said:

I'll be following along.

 

Have a safe flight to Lisbon.

 

thanks kindly KK

 

23 hours ago, aliaschief said:

Have a.great cruise and thanks for taking us along. We will be following along as we sail among French Polynesian Islands to San Francisco aboard another great Holland America Classic the MS Maasdam!🛳

 

Bon Voyage!🍾

 

 

Thanks Chief!  Hope to not be too boring 😉 

 

 

 

22 hours ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

Jacqui,

Have a fantastic cruise. We were suppose to be doing this sailing BUT hubby wanted to do Hawaii/Tahiti. Will be home soon from this cruise and will be having a great time as always with your blogs!

I miss Roy’s blogs at the moment  but will be able to enjoy Jacqui and Jose last Swan Song! 

Have a safe flight enjoy Lisbon and relax.

Take care Jacqui

Denise😊

 

Thanks Denise!

22 hours ago, dfish said:

Looking forward to reading of your adventures.   Thanks for doing this.

 

My pleasure.  I’ll do my best to make it interesting.  I wish I had others talents in writing.

22 hours ago, SJSULIBRARIAN said:

I suspect I will have a tear in my eye when I disembark for the last time.  At least I hope I do and not anxious to get off the ship 😉

 

Jacqui,

  I am sure you will have more than one tear when you depart the ship. Have a joyous and wonderful cruise on the Elegant Explorer. Barbara

 

 

I am sure you are right.  Thank you Barbara 🙂 

 

22 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

Thanks for planning to blog which allow us to travel with you vicariously!  Your efforts are very much appreciated!  

 

I wish you a very safe and poignant cruise.  My final cruise on Rotterdam V shortly before she was retired from the Fleet provided memories that I will never forget.  May I predict that your final cruise on the Prinsendam will provide you with the same? 

 

 

Thanks 🙂

20 hours ago, senior gal said:

I too am starting to pack, but I must admit the weather forecast has thrown me a curve, I was expecting it to be at least 10 degrees warmer than the weather people say it will be!

 

I am a bit thrown off too as it was 23 C last week.  We’ll make the best of it.  Looking forward to seeing you at the Hotel Britannia!

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20 hours ago, RuthC said:

What an exciting, sad, intriguing, heart-wrenching cruise this will be.
Have a safe trip over 'The Pond', and savor every last moment on that beloved little ship.

I thank you for giving us the privilege of coming along with you.

 

What a lovely post.  thank you very much Ruth 🙂 

20 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

Jacqui, can't wait to hear all about the first part of your cruise, until we join you on the 24th.  I don't know about a tear in my eye when I leave May 20th;  there will be many tears shed that day by me!  She is our most sailed ship.  

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!  

 

I hear you - she is our most sailed ship too.

19 hours ago, pmtea@sea said:

We are so excited to be setting out tomorrow on the very first ever direct commercial international flight to anywhere from Charleston, SC.  Brit Air will fly us to London where we'll visit cousins before flying to the Algarve.  While there we hope to see Prinsendam sailing from Portimao to Lisbon where we can't wait to go on board!

Safe travels to all as you head to Lisbon.  Looking forward to meeting y'all. Brenda

 

So nice that you can combine a visit with this cruise!  

Safe travels to you too and we’ll see you soon.

19 hours ago, *Miss G* said:

Wow, I can’t believe it’s time for you to leave already!  I lost my planned cruise on the Prinsendam when they sold her, and then I came THIS CLOSE to doing the 12 night from Lisbon.  The government shutdown made sure that didn’t happen either.  😡 

 

I am looking forward to following your journey but it will be with a touch of sadness and envy.  Have a wonderful time everybody!!

 

Thanks Miss G, sorry to make you sad and envious.  I’ll do my best so you can pretend you are there 😉 

18 hours ago, cfgrandma said:

We too are getting excited. We are flying to London on May 4th (arriving May 5th) and joining the beautiful Prinsendam for our first and last cruise on her.  Can't wait and do hope that HAL replaces the Prinsendam with another smaller ship.

 

See all of you onboard!

 

Carolyn and Dick

Sacramento, CA

 

 

Sadly, we are off on May 6th but some of the roll call members are staying on so I’m sure you will have a great time.

 

14 hours ago, bobalink said:

Hi Jacqui,

How exciting! I will be following along and wishing I were onboard with you!

I'm so glad I was able to sail on the Prinsendam with you last year. I will always be grateful for your efforts in organizing excursions and answering all my questions pre-cruise.

I look forward to seeing photos as you savor the flavor in Lisbon and throughout your adventure.

Safe travels and enjoy every moment on your beloved Elegant Explorer. 

Blessings to you!

 

 

Ahh, you are very kind Bobbi, thanks.

 

I’ll share as much as I can and if I get boring (I can) just tell me what you are more interested in and I’m happy to switch gears 😄 

7 hours ago, gwilli said:

Safe travels!  Can’t wait to catch up to you on the 24th. Looking forward to cruising on this wonderful ship and meeting Cruise Critic friends. 

Smooth sailings! 

 

Thanks!  We’ll see you soon. The 24th will come very fast.  I find time flies on the ship.

5 hours ago, Jlcollingwood said:

Safe travels and looking forward to meeting you and our fellow travelers in Rome.  

Jlcollingwood

 

Looking forward to meeting you.

5 hours ago, travelnap said:

Jacqui, Hope you have a safe flight to Portugal and enjoy your time in Lisbon before the cruise leaves.  Thank you for all you do for us here on CC, we do appreciate it.  Hope you have a great final voyage of the Prinsendam.  Bon Voyage.

 

Thank you 🙂 

5 hours ago, ger_77 said:

Jacqui, I'm excited for you, but almost get teary eyed thinking of everyone departing the ship at the end of the cruise.  I'm sure it won't be just passengers getting emotional, either!  Thanks for spending the time to keep us apprised of your travels - stay well, and Bon Voyage to you and Jose!

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

Gerry 

 

Thanks so much Gerry. I appreciate all your and everyone else’s good wishes 🙂 

2 hours ago, bleacher04 said:

We're leaving for Madrid on Saturday (April 6), arriving in Lisbon on the 11th.  I'm still wrapping up work so have not thought about packing yet!  But as Barbara said, the weather forecast is not what I was expecting; I might just use the clothing list from our last Alaska cruise, hahaha 😁

 

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Paul & Diane

 

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20 hours ago, RuthC said:

What an exciting, sad, intriguing, heart-wrenching cruise this will be.
Have a safe trip over 'The Pond', and savor every last moment on that beloved little ship.

I thank you for giving us the privilege of coming along with you.

 

What a lovely post.  thank you very much Ruth 🙂 

20 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

Jacqui, can't wait to hear all about the first part of your cruise, until we join you on the 24th.  I don't know about a tear in my eye when I leave May 20th;  there will be many tears shed that day by me!  She is our most sailed ship.  

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!  

 

I hear you - she is our most sailed ship too.

19 hours ago, pmtea@sea said:

We are so excited to be setting out tomorrow on the very first ever direct commercial international flight to anywhere from Charleston, SC.  Brit Air will fly us to London where we'll visit cousins before flying to the Algarve.  While there we hope to see Prinsendam sailing from Portimao to Lisbon where we can't wait to go on board!

Safe travels to all as you head to Lisbon.  Looking forward to meeting y'all. Brenda

 

So nice that you can combine a visit with this cruise!  

Safe travels to you too and we’ll see you soon.

19 hours ago, *Miss G* said:

Wow, I can’t believe it’s time for you to leave already!  I lost my planned cruise on the Prinsendam when they sold her, and then I came THIS CLOSE to doing the 12 night from Lisbon.  The government shutdown made sure that didn’t happen either.  😡 

 

I am looking forward to following your journey but it will be with a touch of sadness and envy.  Have a wonderful time everybody!!

 

Thanks Miss G, sorry to make you sad and envious.  I’ll do my best so you can pretend you are there 😉 

18 hours ago, cfgrandma said:

We too are getting excited. We are flying to London on May 4th (arriving May 5th) and joining the beautiful Prinsendam for our first and last cruise on her.  Can't wait and do hope that HAL replaces the Prinsendam with another smaller ship.

 

See all of you onboard!

 

Carolyn and Dick

Sacramento, CA

 

 

Sadly, we are off on May 6th but some of the roll call members are staying on so I’m sure you will have a great time.

 

14 hours ago, bobalink said:

Hi Jacqui,

How exciting! I will be following along and wishing I were onboard with you!

I'm so glad I was able to sail on the Prinsendam with you last year. I will always be grateful for your efforts in organizing excursions and answering all my questions pre-cruise.

I look forward to seeing photos as you savor the flavor in Lisbon and throughout your adventure.

Safe travels and enjoy every moment on your beloved Elegant Explorer. 

Blessings to you!

 

 

Ahh, you are very kind Bobbi, thanks.

 

I’ll share as much as I can and if I get boring (I can) just tell me what you are more interested in and I’m happy to switch gears 😄 

7 hours ago, gwilli said:

Safe travels!  Can’t wait to catch up to you on the 24th. Looking forward to cruising on this wonderful ship and meeting Cruise Critic friends. 

Smooth sailings! 

 

Thanks!  We’ll see you soon. The 24th will come very fast.  I find time flies on the ship.

5 hours ago, Jlcollingwood said:

Safe travels and looking forward to meeting you and our fellow travelers in Rome.  

Jlcollingwood

 

Looking forward to meeting you.

5 hours ago, travelnap said:

Jacqui, Hope you have a safe flight to Portugal and enjoy your time in Lisbon before the cruise leaves.  Thank you for all you do for us here on CC, we do appreciate it.  Hope you have a great final voyage of the Prinsendam.  Bon Voyage.

 

Thank you 🙂 

5 hours ago, ger_77 said:

Jacqui, I'm excited for you, but almost get teary eyed thinking of everyone departing the ship at the end of the cruise.  I'm sure it won't be just passengers getting emotional, either!  Thanks for spending the time to keep us apprised of your travels - stay well, and Bon Voyage to you and Jose!

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

Gerry 

 

Thanks so much Gerry. I appreciate all your and everyone else’s good wishes 🙂 

2 hours ago, bleacher04 said:

We're leaving for Madrid on Saturday (April 6), arriving in Lisbon on the 11th.  I'm still wrapping up work so have not thought about packing yet!  But as Barbara said, the weather forecast is not what I was expecting; I might just use the clothing list from our last Alaska cruise, hahaha 😁

 

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Paul & Diane

 

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Here is our itinerary for our cruise:

 

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Just one change - instead of going to Le Palais, we’ll be going to St. Peter Port in Guernsey

 

Lots of interesting little places along with some standards - For the standards, in some of them we are doing food tours and savouring the flavour.

 

And then there are the little unique ports - Elba, Napoleon’s summer residence & museum, Alghero, Ceuta - the Spanish Morocco - to name a couple off the top of my head.

 

We have an overnight in Bordeaux so we will be doing a nice wine chateaux  and St. Emillion  tour, top it off with dinner in Bordeaux (reservations in place)

 

So fair warning, there will be some “savour the flavour” and food porn on this thread.  Just skip it or ask me not to post anymore if you see too much food 😉 

 

 

 


 

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5 minutes ago, kazu said:

 

So fair warning, there will be some “savour the flavour” and food porn on this thread.  Just skip it or ask me not to post anymore if you see too much food 😉 

 

Oh, there can never be too much food.  I enjoy the food porn.

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On 4/3/2019 at 6:26 PM, senior gal said:

I too am starting to pack, but I must admit the weather forecast has thrown me a curve, I was expecting it to be at least 10 degrees warmer than the weather people say it will be!

Is that for the first segment (12th - 24th) or second? We have not even started the gathering of the cruise paraphernalia, let alone gathering clothes. If its going to be cooler than normal we may have to add more layering clothes. 

 

We have 2 memorial services on each of the weekend before we fly out on Easter. So that is cutting deep into our organization time.

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