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#1
Bethlehem, PA
4,658 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
....til I fly to Seattle to board the lovely HAL Amsterdam for her first 14 day Alaskan cruise of the season. This is my third time on this marvelous itinerary and I have been very excited about the trip for well over a year now. Our Roll Call participation has been off the charts, and I'm so looking forward to meeting every one, and to seeing old friends from past sailings to Alaska.

To make things even better, late this afternoon our wonderful TA was able to get us a very, very reasonable upsell to a balcony cabin (6210) near the aft of the Verandah deck from our original ocean view cabin (H7056) on the aft of the Navigation deck. While I will actually miss my 'secret' cabin and its 'secret' deck just steps out the door, it will be lovely to have a balcony for this particular sailing. Coffee in my jammies at first light searching for whales will be sweeter than ever.

Grinning from ear to ear, and now even more ecstatic about heading back to the Great Land for the sixth time. Life is good.....very, very good.
#2
Northern California
6,896 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
Have a fabulous time! Wishing you a smooth sailing, great weather and wonderful memories. Come back to the board and tell us all about your experience.
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Karen

http://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/v...#1367718572321 (Mis. Alaska photos -2008, 2011)

http://s657.photobucket.com/albums/u...railingspouse/ (Alaska 2012)

https://millenniumalaska2014.shutter...%3dSHARE3SXXXX (Alaska 2014, 2010, 2009)

https://millenniumalaska2015.shutter...%3dSHARE3SXXXX (Alaska 2015)

https://radiancealaska2016.shutterfl...%3dSHARE3SXXXX (Alaska 2016)









#3
Bremerton, WA
317 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
We will be on the Norwegian Pearl on Sunday from Seattle to Alaska. Both our ships leave at the same time. We will wave to you!

We also are looking forward to our balcony cabin. On our previous Alaska cruise we had an ocean view cabin. Definitely wanted a balcony this time, especially for the day in Glacier Bay.

Enjoy your cruise!
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Seeing the world, one port at a time.

Cruise History:
NCL Sun - Panama Canal (full transit) - October 2016
NCL Pearl - Alaska - May 2014
NCL Star - Western Caribbean - March 2013
RCI Splendour of the Seas - Western Mediterranean - June 2007
HAL Oosterdam - Alaska - September 2005

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore - André Gide
#4
Bethlehem, PA
4,658 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Thanx Karen, I'll post when we return. One of our fellow Roll Call members has started a "Live From" thread on the HAL boards. Her name is Alberta Quilter.

Seahawk Siren - will be waving for sure! Hope you have a spectacular trip as well! Alaska, here we come!
#5
12,203 Posts
Joined Apr 2001
Bon voyage!
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Princess Elite, RCI Diamond, Celebrity Elite, Cunard Platinum, Azamara Discoverer - cruise #40 coming up!
Upcoming Cruises:
2017: Star Princess, Celebrity Summit, Regal Princess & the Pacific Princess
2018: Ruby Princess, Azamara Quest and something else
#6
San Antonio
881 Posts
Joined Feb 2014
Have fun - I am green with envy! I'm also watching Alberta Quilter's thread. I'm sailing Westerdam from Seattle on 07/05....hoping we get even a little upgrade to a full ocean view or [dream] balcony!
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#7
2,175 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
THAT is such a great itinerary; I've loved it both times.............ENJOY!
We got sunburned last year in May..............hope the same for you.
#8
Bethlehem, PA
4,658 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Waved to you in Victoria, SeahawkSiren - did ya see me?

Got some great shots of your ship and the Grand when leaving Victoria, BC around 11PM on Saturday night. All lit up like Christmas trees, looked so pretty!

Great cruise on the Amsterdam, fantastic weather for both weeks - a bit of drizzle in Ketchikan and Kodiak in the morning, otherwise blue skies and relatively warm temps. (53 to 60 degrees F) the rest of the time. Smelled smoke from the wildfire in Anchorage, and had ash falling on us while walking thru the weekend market. Feared our Homer stop the next day would bring smokey skies, but nope, the wind changed direction and not a whiff of smoke, just clear skies. Lots of "Deadliest Catch" boats seen on this trip - Time Bandit, Ramblin' Rose, and Cape Caution in Homer, then in Kodiak, saw the Saga, and just missed the Seabrooke by one day and the Cornelia Marie by a week....sigh....

All in all, another wonderful 14 day Alaskan cruise on the Amsterdam. Hoping to post a review on the HAL board once I settle into all things 'Homedam".
#10
Bremerton, WA
317 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
Originally posted by Assateague Island Princes
Waved to you in Victoria, SeahawkSiren - did ya see me?

Got some great shots of your ship and the Grand when leaving Victoria, BC around 11PM on Saturday night. All lit up like Christmas trees, looked so pretty!

Great cruise on the Amsterdam, fantastic weather for both weeks - a bit of drizzle in Ketchikan and Kodiak in the morning, otherwise blue skies and relatively warm temps. (53 to 60 degrees F) the rest of the time. Smelled smoke from the wildfire in Anchorage, and had ash falling on us while walking thru the weekend market. Feared our Homer stop the next day would bring smokey skies, but nope, the wind changed direction and not a whiff of smoke, just clear skies. Lots of "Deadliest Catch" boats seen on this trip - Time Bandit, Ramblin' Rose, and Cape Caution in Homer, then in Kodiak, saw the Saga, and just missed the Seabrooke by one day and the Cornelia Marie by a week....sigh....

All in all, another wonderful 14 day Alaskan cruise on the Amsterdam. Hoping to post a review on the HAL board once I settle into all things 'Homedam".
Yes, Assateague Island Princes I did see you and waved back at ya! It is such a pretty sight seeing cruise ships lit up at night.

So glad you had a wonderful trip, so did we. Our weather was similar to yours. We only had 1 day with a lot of rain (in Juneau) and the rest of the days had sunshine and temps in the 50's. It did start out drizzling in Ketchikan but burned off fairly quickly. We've really lucked out getting sunshine the 2 times we've been to Ketchikan as apparently they get 150 inches of rain a year . And folks around town told us it was pouring rain the day before we arrived. The best weather of our trip was the day we were in Glacier Bay. Here is a link to my review.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2047880

Please let us know when you've got your review posted over on the HAL board. I would love to read it, particularly because I know your ship went to ports I've never been to. My next trip to Alaska I definitely want to visit new places.
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Seeing the world, one port at a time.

Cruise History:
NCL Sun - Panama Canal (full transit) - October 2016
NCL Pearl - Alaska - May 2014
NCL Star - Western Caribbean - March 2013
RCI Splendour of the Seas - Western Mediterranean - June 2007
HAL Oosterdam - Alaska - September 2005

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore - André Gide
#11
Northern California
6,896 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
Welcome home! Glad to hear you had a nice time --- looking forward to your review.
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Karen

http://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/v...#1367718572321 (Mis. Alaska photos -2008, 2011)

http://s657.photobucket.com/albums/u...railingspouse/ (Alaska 2012)

https://millenniumalaska2014.shutter...%3dSHARE3SXXXX (Alaska 2014, 2010, 2009)

https://millenniumalaska2015.shutter...%3dSHARE3SXXXX (Alaska 2015)

https://radiancealaska2016.shutterfl...%3dSHARE3SXXXX (Alaska 2016)