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Now that Donna has issued her Bon Voyage, I feel like I’m officially leaving shortly for an extended odyssey. It will start with the July 12 Classic Transatlantic from New York to Rotterdam. After a short stay in Rotterdam I’ll continue on to the 21-day Arctic Explorer cruise on the Prinsendam, and conclude with a return crossing on Queen Mary II. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to have a door-to-door live thread here. I know the final segment is on a Cunard ship, but the raison d’etre for the entire odyssey is the Prinsendam Voyage, so I consider the whole thing a HAL trip. I’ll be doing this as a narrative thread but there will be a companion blog with (I hope) pictures, menus, and Explorers at arctictriple.wordpress.com. I know that there will be some days on the Prinsendam without internet access but I’ll try to catch up as soon as possible when access returns.
Part of my shtick is I try to close each day’s entry with a “parting shot” which could be a comment on the day’s events, something general about cruising, or even something totally unrelated to the current cruise. While this isn’t a daily post my first parting shot will be a bit of history. This will be my first live thread on the HAL forum but I have started with some on other boards. I picked up my basic pattern from keith1010 on the Crystal forum, and capnpugwash on the Cunard forum, and have also learned a lot from RevNeal and arzz on their threads from last year’s Arctic Explorer and others like WCB, tomc, and Ironin. Special thanks to Cruise Critic member Ironin for help setting up the blog. I’ll even be stealing a bit from tomc (regrettably not his wit).
January 2014 - EMERALD PRINCESS - Southern Caribbean Medley
October 2012 - EURODAM - Colours of Canada/New England
February 2012 - NIEUW AMSTERDAM - Eastern Caribbean
October 2011 - MS NOORDAM - Mediterranean Enchantment
January 2011 - MS RYNDAM - Western Caribbean
February 2010 - MS EURODAM - Eastern Caribbean
May 2009 - MS STATENDAM - Alaska Cruise Tour #25
I'm sure I'll enjoy comin' along for the ride. I'm especially interested in your perspectives on the Rotterdam---I haven't sailed her since her reconfigurations, and she used to be very special to me. I'm also interested in your perspectives on the Prinsendam. Since I just returned from sailing her in the same part of the world, it should be interesting to read what you have to say.
Brindisi-Piraeus Jun 83 Greek Islands Jun 85 Piraeus-Venice Dec 85 Oosterdam-Alaska May 08 Westerdam-Alaska May 09 Westerdam-Caribbean (E&S) Feb 10
Nieuw Amsterdam-Caribbean (W) Nov 10
Oosterdam-Mexican Riviera Apr 11
Zuiderdam-Alaska Sept 11
Noordam-Caribbean (S) Mar 12
Nieuw Amsterdam-Caribbean (W) Nov 12
Westerdam-Caribbean (S) Dec 12
Zuiderdam-Alaska May 13
Zuiderdam-Panama Canal (PT) Nov 13
Westerdam-Alaska July 14
Westerdam-Alaska July 14
March 9, 2013 Sapphire Princess to Hawaii
Oct 14, 2012 Bahamas Carnival Sensation
Sept 23,2012 Disney/Pixar Cruise
April 27, 2012 Queen Mary 2 - TA Southampton to NY
April 7, 2012 Grand Princess -TA/British Isles
Feb 26, 2012 Westerdam - Gaither Gospel Cruise
May 5, 2011 Disney Dream Bahamas http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1412310
Sept 9 2010 Disney Wonder Bahamas
Dec 6 2009 Golden Princess to Hawaii
Sept 2007 Caribbean Princess
Oh goody! Looking forward to reading about your travels. Have a wonderful trip!
RiverBarge, Cumberland River (2 times, the first was and still is the best vacation ever); American Queen, Mississippi River; RCCL Enchantment of the Seas, Quebec City to FLL; Carnival Victory, NE/Canada (3 times); NCL Crown , Bermuda; NCL Spirit, NE/Canada (best cruise vacation so far); Carnival Triumph, NE/Canada; Cunard QM2 Westbound crossing; NCL Jewel, NE/Canada; RCI Enchantment OTS, NE/Canada
Thank you all. epixx, is your sister a member of Cruise Critic? It may be too late now, but if she would like to join our Meet and Greet she can email me at royaferguson at operamail dot com. I'm about 20 miles from Severna Park.
buckirj1, it looks like you have a potential HAL cruise on the back burner. I'll likely get into some comparisons with QM2 late in the trip.
DeepWaterMariner, I do do long flights (and will again next year to Asia for the Zaandam, but whenever I can divert to a ship it's a BIG plus.
Ironin, I think the blog's pretty much the way I want it now. We'll see how it works out under satellite internet conditions.
I'm probably 60% packed. Still going to be a busy day tomorrow.