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About Btimmer

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    Motorcycling, camping, cruising
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    Holland America
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  1. Having a World Stage production show on the last night of the cruise (totally packed) was a first for us. Typically there's just a movie which for this cruise was White Christmas. But the reason for the last night performance was due to the cast member injury that delayed the performance a few days. The dueling pianos couple received a deserved standing ovation at the end of their last set.
  2. And then there was a late night dessert offering. It was the first time all cruise that we went to the 10:30pm buffet after watching the last set with Nate and Debbie. Dueling pianos was probably my favorite music venue along with the string quintet on Lincoln Center Stage.
  3. World Stage production of Stages. Exquisite! We didn't know until the day before that they would be able to present this show due to one dancer's injury.
  4. Christmas lights went up last night.
  5. I've not seen the chime man, and we've eaten in every venue except club Orange.
  6. I'll be all over the ship during the sailaway. Probably up on Deck 14 up front or deck 11 by the jogging track.
  7. Unfortunately we are on only to 12/23. We need to fly home. Thanks for your compliments.
  8. Earlier today was the 'Ask the Captain' session and Captain de Boer gave a wonderful presentation assisted by his Hotel Director, Don. Then this evening we were serenaded by a lovely sunset across the flat seascape. As this segment comes to a close, thanks for your questions and comments. I look forward to meeting some of you over the coming 4 days. And, yes the blog and the pictures will continue. We have some adventures planned.
  9. Thanks everyone for following along. If you can take an inaugural cruise, just do it! Another opportunity will occur in 2021 with the X-Dam. We're on for 4 more days, and my semi-live blog thread will continue.
  10. And a few samples from the chocolate surprise tonight. Simply scrumptious while listening to the dueling pianos (Nate & Debbie).
  11. We enjoyed our free dinner in the Pinnacle Grill with long time cruising friends, William and Carolyn. It was a terrific time! food pron follows. The Caramelized Bacon was sooo delicious.Tomato and cheese appetizer Caramelized bacon Crab legs and lobster18oz ribeye Fruit Plate for dessert
  12. Earlier today, Drake, America's Test Kitchen host, was interviewed by Ross, our CD. He gave insights into how the ATK operates.
  13. While at the front desk for the umteenth time to correct billing errors I spotted this new Christmas decoration in the Dutch Cafe. It has two trains and multiple houses. Then I had to have some Dutch pea soup & fries.
  14. We just had an hour and a half presentation on the history of HAL by Captain Albert. Fantastic! He receding a standing ovation and should be considered a national treasure of HAL.