Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

Well, gang, I had planned to blog each day of my journey aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam, but the promised free wi-fi was not delivered and at the cost per minute aboard, this is the one and only post.

The ship is beautiful. Tastefully appointed and comfortable, even the elevator doors are works of art. Speaking of which, the works for sale in the "art" gallery are as much schlock as any other lines but at least passengers are spared the hyped champagne auctions.

Tip: Levelers, you will find the step up to the cabin bathrooms are lower than on most ships.

The crew is friendly if sometimes inept and room service doesn't always send what you ordered. Some of the hairdryers don't work and I've seen many passengers returning again and again trying to get room/charge cards that work. A real pain because you can't do anything aboard without one. P.S. Don't know how this underlining began but I can't seem to stop it. So sorry. 

Yesterday we were on the line's private island, Half Moon Cay, into which they have sunk a ton of money. Beautiful beach and great infrastructure.

Today it's Grand Turk for  5 hours which, having been there, is enough unless you're kicking back for a week. Fascinating history but not much to see other than the conch farm although the Conch Shack should be listed by Zagat's.

Bye for now and for probably another 2 weeks. I return home for one day before heading off to South Africa. Packing so light for that no room for laptop. But boy will I have lots to blog about when I reurn!

It just cost $2 of wi-fi time to download one picture so no more of those either.


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