"LIVE" from the Westerdam / 3-09-08

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#1
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Hello everyone ! I arrived in Fort Lauderdale today at about 3PM, for a 2 night Pre Cruise Stay.

I am very excited about my First cruise with Holland America ! I have sailed many times, and have posted many "Live" reports, but Holland America Line is a first for me.

My "LIVE" posts will posted daily with comments and photos (internet permitting. . . )

The pics will include Public Rooms, Exteriors, Ports of Call, and cabin photos.
We are scheduled to sail on Sunday afternoon, and there will be several ships with us at port.
Tomorrow will be a pre cruise day to relax, and sit by the pool, and maybe go to an Orioles Spring Training Game (At 1:05PM)

Sit back and enjoy this Western Caribbean Cruise on Westerdam.

Thanks for tuning in !

Here are a few pics from today. . .

Radio


Hyatt Regency Pier 66




View from above. . . .




Great Pool




Hyatt Pier 66



More Pics tomorrow ! !


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#2
South Jersey
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Thanks Radio, can't wait to sail with you again. Loved your RCI live cruises. Looking forward to your thoughts on Holland as i have never sailed with them yet either.

Thanks for taking the time to do this on your vacation.
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#3
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Great! I'm looking forward to traveling along.

Those pictures of the Hyatt sure make it look like a nice place to stay. I've read about it on CC, but had no idea it was so pretty. Too bad the revolving restaurant isn't open to the public any more.

Have a nice pre-cruise, and a great cruise!
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Western IL, USA
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Thank you so much for posting the pics Radio. We are on RC Enchantment on Thursday and have been looking at staying here pre-cruise. I think you just made up my mind! The pool looks inviting! Let us know what you think of it tomorrow? Enjoy your trip and we are looking forward to your "live" reports as we have never sailed with Holland. Enjoy your cruise!
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#6
North Carolina
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Thanks so much for doing a LIVE report from the Westerdam Your pictures are wonderful!! We are just off the Zuiderdam and had a wonderful time, great ship - so looking forward to your reports from the Westerdam Enjoy your pre-cruise stay in FLL
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Love those pictures. We were talking about this hotel a few weeks ago on this board, and now I see that we stayed their pre cruise one time. I also had dinner there with my parents in the late 60s.

Looking forward to your live from complete with pictures since I've never been on the Westerdam.
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#9
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Hey Radio,


Looking forward to your live post! Anxious to hear what you find out about H.A.L.
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#10
Pa.
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Originally posted by mamaofami
Love those pictures. We were talking about this hotel a few weeks ago on this board, and now I see that we stayed their pre cruise one time. I also had dinner there with my parents in the late 60s.

Looking forward to your live from complete with pictures since I've never been on the Westerdam.
Oh, oh...we all have to behave with Radio and his camera documenting our every move...yikes!! Honestly, I think we will all have a wonderful time on the Westerdam!! See all when we get back!! I will let you know it compares to our fave Noordam!
#11
Augusta, GA
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Joined Jun 2004
Thanks for posting the pics. Looking forward to your live reports. You will love the Westerdam. It is a great ship. We went in Dec last year and are going again in April on the Southern Caribbean itinerary. Anxious to hear about the any time dining since it will be new to us.

Have fun and don't miss the Explorer's Cafe.
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#12
Jersey Shore
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We'll be on the Westerdam April 6 (sailed same ship, same itinerary last year...Aruba, Curacao, and HMC). We're going with my sister, BIL, and their kids. We'll also be staying at Hyatt Pier 66 for two nights precruise. We usually stay at Marriott Marina Hotel (now the Ft. Lauderdale Grande), but thought we'd give this hotel a try. Please let us know how you like it.

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#14
Canada
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We sailed this itinerary on the Westerdam Feb 10-17. I am really looking forward to reliving the cruise through your reports, and especially to seeing your pics of the Westerdam and its wonderful crew. Hope you enjoy your cruise as much as we did ours.
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#15
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Joined Sep 2000
Hello everyone. . .Thanks for the nice comments.

I was up early today at 5AM to grab a coffee at the local Starbucks (.9 mi west of the Hyatt) The temp at 5AM was 79f and will be the high for today. A heavy thunderstorm came through at about 6AM, and the temps will be cooler for the rest of the day. The rain is now finished, and it is a sunny day, but the temps will max out at about 71f.

I am getting ready to go to the Fort Lauderdale stadium to watch the Orioles and Mets play. . .

The hotel has been very very nice. I am very pleased with the accommodations here. I enjoyed a great breakfast, and I will tell you that the staff here is very intent on making their guests' stay favorable.

I am able to view all of the ships in port today, and will have a great view for tomorrow when the ships come in early.

Here are a few pics of the Port Everglades area. . .



More pics later !

Radio


Enchantment of the Seas and Costa Mediterrania






Enchantment of the Seas at Pier 25






Jewel of the Seas at Pier 18






Grand Princess at Pier 2






Costa Mediterrania at Pier 21





Holland America Zuiderdam is at Pier 26 and is out of view (Behind Enchantment)


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#17
Jersey Shore
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Radio, are you in a tower room at Hyatt or a garden/marina room? We've booked a tower room for next month because they were running a special ($169/night), but for next February, we were able to get a government rate of $133 for a garden/marina room.

Thanks for the photos of the ships. My parents just got off the Mediterranea this a.m. and called me when they docked. I was worried whether or not they'd enjoy the ship, as it was very last minute (booked 10 days before sailing). They were scheduled to sail the Zuiderdam on Feb. 9, but my Dad got the flu the day before sailing and they had to cancel. They found out their friends were on Mediterranea and they decided to book that. My Mom said she'll give me a full report when she gets home, but according to her, it was the "best cruise they've ever been on." Huh? I was shocked to hear that. I'm happy for them, but still shocked nonetheless. They've cruised many times (Princess, HAL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity) and this was their best cruise ever? I'm dying to hear details...
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#18
MA
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I love your "Live" reports
Thank you Radio
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#20
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Radio, your trip reports are some of the best on CC. I'm so excited you are trying HAL - please give some insights on your thoughts compared to your normal line, RCCL.

And, if you could would you please take photographs of dining room menus? There is unfortunately a lack of them on the HAL boards and I would think many would appreciate a view of the menus.

Sailing on Westerday in May - looking forward to your report!