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EMBARKATION AND 1st DAY AT SEA

After a wild ride in a shuttle van with 10 people and 25 pieces of luggage we finally made it to the ship. Embarkation was very easy in Ft Lauderdale. Our rooms were ready when we boarded and after stowing the carryon bags we headed to the buffet. There were long lines at the restaurant which is not unusual for the first day but it seemed slowed down more but the fact that there is not serve yourself buffet for the first 48 hours. They try to curtail the spread of germs for the first 2 days. Our group has anytime dining so we ate on our own the first night. The show in the main lounge was a highlight of all the entertainment on board for the cruise. There are many good entertainers with varying styles of music and song.
The first day at sea was cloudy and very windy. So my plans to read out by the pool changed to reading in bed! Thunderstorms happened in the afternoon. I made reservation for 2 tables at 5:30p for our group. After a lovely dinner the group headed to the Vista Show Lounge to see a comedian. He was very good. Another day at sea tomorrow and then Cartagena on Saturday.
Seas were pretty rought this evening. People wobbling around the ship!!

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The Pre Night!!

Made it to our hotel in Ft Lauderdale around 10pm. One couple was with us and the other 6 were already here. We head out in the morning to board the Holland America Westerdam!! Stay tuned!!

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A new adventure coming up!!

Tues evening we fly out to Miami and stay in Ft Lauderdale to board the Holland America Westerdam for 13 night going thru the Panama Canal on our way to San Diego!!! Stay tuned!!!

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Seattle

It has been a long day!! Had to get up at 4am to cath the 6:40 Amtrak train to Seattle from Vancouver. Our Holland America hosts went above and beyond and got up early to help 6 of us get to the station. They were awesome!!! Left the hotel and took the skytrain to the Amtrak station and then went through the process of boarding it. I have never been on a train and thought it would be easier getting on but really was kind of a pain too! There is just no easy way to travel anymore. You go through all the security stuff at the station, then when we crossed over the border the customs agents came on to check passports and collect our customs forms. They were a little rude if you ask me. Then we went down to another stop and the sniffing dogs came aboard. I think it was worse than flying! The ride down was beautiful! It was a clear sunny day again!! After getting our luggage at the station and then seeing our friends off that had rode down with us we hopped in a cab and came to the hotel. Nice hotel for an overnight but don't think it will work for my group next year before our Alaska cruise. On the way to Pike's Market we stopped at a couple smaller hotels and talked to them about their properties. We walked around the market and then went over to the waterfront where we picked up a Hop On Hop Off tour bus. It was a great tour of the city. Been a long week so we got back to the hotel early and are heading to bed since we have to be up and going in the morning to get to the airport. I have learned alot about Holland America Cruises, Victoria, Whistler and Vancouver Canada and Seattle this week. And I made some new friends. As of this moment, no trip planned until a cruise in September. But there are several months before then so things could change!!!!
King St Station where Amtrak is.

King St Station where Amtrak is.


Took this standing in front on hotel and looking right.

Took this standing in front on hotel and looking right.


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At the market

At the market


Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park


Qwest Field on left, Safeco Field on right and Mt Rainer in background.

Qwest Field on left, Safeco Field on right and Mt Rainer in background.


Think we need to open one of these in Dallas!!!

Think we need to open one of these in Dallas!!!


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Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

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Vancouver

Our last full day of the fam and we were treated to breakfast at the hotel. Then we boarded our coach for a full day. Our driver gave us a city tour and we made a stop in Stanley Park at the totem poles. Then we were taken to Granville Island where we had time to shop before we met for lunch. Our next stop was Grouse Mountain. What a beautiful place. We walked out to where they have 2 abondoned bears and the we walked a little farther down and took a chairlift up to go walk across 6 inches of snow to go in a viewing platforn on a wind tubine. The views were breathtaking. After that we went to the Capilino Susupention bringe. It was nice aplace. After the bridge we were treated to dinner. This has been a great trip! I learned alot about Holland America and met some wonderful people. Now I am on Amtrak as making our way down to Seattle to check on hotels for the group next.
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We had to climb this hill!

We had to climb this hill!


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