Barbara on April 30th, 2009

Technorati Tags: cruising,Holland America,ms Westerdam,travel,Walk for the Cure,Mexico Here we are on another Sea Day.  A large number of passengers started the day with a 5 km Walk for the Cure for Breast Cancer Research.  It was amazing how many passengers participated – even after the late night before.  Holland America’s  fundraising for this cause […]

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Barbara on April 30th, 2009

Technorati Tags: cruising,Holland America,ms Westerdam,travel,Costa Rica A day I have been waiting for – Costa Rica!!  There were several eco-tours available from bus tours to zip-lining.  I don’t think any of our group decided to go zip-lining, but I could be wrong.  Rick and I were definitely the only ones NOT to see a monkey […]

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Barbara on April 28th, 2009

Technorati Tags: cruising,Holland America,ms Westerdam,travel,Golfo Dulco,Costa Rica Today is a Sea Day.  That means we don’t get to set foot on land and that it is Formal Night, our second.  We were not really at sea per se but were cruising Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.  The ship would cruise down the coast one way and […]

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Barbara on April 26th, 2009

Technorati Tags: travel,cruising,Holland America,ms Westerdam,Panama,Panama Canal The Panama Canal, approximately 80 km long, unites the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.  It officially opened on August 15, 1914 and has seen about 1,000,000 vessels travel through it.  The canal knocks off about 100,000 miles to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  Talk about screwing up […]

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Barbara on April 25th, 2009

Technorati Tags: cruising,holland America,ms Westerdam,travel,San Blas Archipelago,Panama Carti Island, San Blas Archipelago, Panama Carti Island is one of the biggest islands in this Archipelago of no less than 365 islands but it takes about half an hour to see most of it.  This small island is home to a large community of Cuna Indians who […]

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Barbara on April 24th, 2009

Technorati Tags: cruising,Holland America,ms Westerdam,travel,Santa Marta,Columbia Welcome to Santa Marta, Columbia This is a fairly new stop for cruise lines and you can tell.  The coast is much more mountainous than Aruba but still full of scrub and cacti.  We arrived at a working pier where there is a huge coal mining operation going on.  […]

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Barbara on April 24th, 2009

Technorati Tags: cruising,Holland America,ms Westerdam,travel , Technorati Tags: Aruba   Welcome to Oranjestad, Aruba How can you tell this is a Dutch colony???  There is blue Dutch pottery everywhere…. We went on the Aruba Sea & Shore tour in the morning.  If you haven’t been to Aruba, here is an idea of its size.  It […]

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Barbara on April 24th, 2009

Day 3 is an “At Sea” day.  These are very important days as you need a little rest after the previous day’s adventures and you need to get ready for the formal evening.  Rick and I hosted coffee and danishes for our tour group at 10:00 by the Lido deck pool.  It was a nice […]

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Barbara on April 24th, 2009

Welcome to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Holland America has its own private island in the Bahamas with beautiful beaches, parasailing, horseback riding, swimming with stingrays, and much more.  When we arrive at the island, there is a welcome centre where you can meet for any activities you may have signed up for or just hang […]

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barbara on April 22nd, 2009

We are finally at Day One of our cruise.  We got everyone assembled in the lobby of the hotel and checked that everyone’s luggage was properly tagged and on the luggage trolleys.  After collecting some that were still in their rooms, we managed to get it all together. The hotel had all the luggage put […]

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