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  1. Ann, Yes, I think this is definitely first choice -- it goes to Gulfoss, Thingvellir and Geysir. We did it on a previous visit, and enjoyed it greatly. Dave
  2. No, not when we went through, but we were after 9:30; they may have been there earlier. In some of the ports, we saw them lined up as we left the ship, and they greeted us as we passed. Dave
  3. Debarkation was pretty simple. The called us by color and number, and we went to deck three midships, then were directed forward to the Hudson Room. U.S. passports were inspected by CBP agents standing in the hall, others were sere sent into the Hudson Room. We then went to the forward doors, outside, and then back along the promenade deck to the exitway. Pretty painless. Once ashore, we got our luggage, waited for a taxi, and went to our hotel -- we had decided to spend a night in Boston and catch an early flight tomorrow. And, we are glad we did. As Ruth said, it is indeed a gorgeous day here. We might stroll into the North End for dinner. Thanks all of you who have complimented my blog. I found it easier to post photos than with the old version of CC ... which is why I posted so many 😎. I'm glad you enjoyed coming along on our voyage with us. Many thanks, Dave
  4. Sept. 3, Boston, debarkation Here is the voyage log: Also, here is a notice about how the immigration inspection will occur -- it will be onboard ship instead of ashore. This is the first time I’ve seen this. I will check in later to let you know how it went. Later, Dave
  5. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) Here is the last MDR dinner and dessert menu: And the last Lido dinner menu: More tomorrow, Dave
  6. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) All in all, we found Zuiderdam to be elegantly furnished with color schemes and designs we like. But, for complete disclosure, the ship has some issues. There has been a constant issue with the tile flooring in the Lido restaurant; once they tore up a bit of the decking for repairs. (And, I am still looking for that station in the Lido restaurant that serves the Godiva chocolate-covered caramels – I haven’t found it yet, but the search continues.) 😁 Also, DW has smelled mold or mildew occasionally (I didn’t, but my nose is not as discerning as hers). And, there have been water issues; last night, the ship secured the water from 1 to 6 a.m. to make repairs. But, all in all, the ship is in generally good condition, and the crew works continually to repair and refurbish things as needed. More later, Dave
  7. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) Finally, to finish up the ship photos, here are a collection of things that are not necessarily connected, but are just things that struck me as interesting. First, there is a station on deck one,, probably where the FCC used to be, that has a few computers and a printer where people can print their airline boarding passes: Then, the America’s Test Kitchen set: The art gallery on deck 2: The atrium staircase from deck 3 to deck 2 (or vice versa, depending on which way you are going): A statue outside the show lounge: And a couple of elevator landings with interesting carpets and design: More later, Dave
  8. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) Each HAL ship has artwork on the stairwells that vary from ship to ship. On Zuiderdam, the forward stairwell has the renowned paintings of HAL ships by Capt. Stephen Card: The middle stairwell has framed metal or metal-like engravings: The aft stairwell has circular blue plaques with bronze or brass outlines of vintage ships; each landing is different. Here are a sample: More later, Dave
  9. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) Here are the Canaletto food and drink menus: More later, Dave
  10. We never used it, and I never saw it when it was open ... if it was. It used to be the "martini" bar on the Vista ships, but I think mixology classes have moved to the Gallery Bar. Dave
  11. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) Here are photos of the atrium bar: More later, Dave
  12. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) To continue with the ship photos, here are photos of the Seaview bar and pool: Here are photos of the Pinnacle bar: More later, Dave
  13. Thank you! We have booked a triple Denali next summer, but I've already reviewed one of those, so I don't plan to live blog it. The next bucket list cruise booked is a Japan, Russia and Trans-Pacific Collector in April 2021. Dave
  14. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) Here are photos of some of the Lido restaurant stations: And some of the seating: More later, Dave
  15. Sept. 2, at sea (Cont.) I realize I still have photos of the ship I have not posted. Here are ones of the gym, spa and hydro pool: And, here are photos of the Lido pool area: More in the next post, Dave
  16. Sept. 2, at sea We left Halifax last night and are sailing past southern Nova Scotia en route to Boston. We set our clocks back an hour, and are now back in the EDT zone. There are lots of activities planned on board today. Here is the When and Where: More later, Dave
  17. Sept. 1, Halifax (Cont.) We had our usual relaxing late afternoon, and went to early fixed dinner. Here are the MDR dinner and dessert menus: Here is the Lido dinner menu: We had emailed our sons that we had missed St. John’s due to the remnants of Erin. One of them emailed back a photo of a Cat 3 Hurricane he found online somewhere that I thought I would share with you: . . . . . . . . I know some onboard are concerned about Hurricane Dorian, and making flights home to Florida, and evacuations are underway in some parts of the state … sorry, but that was too good not to share. More tomorrow, Dave
  18. Sept. 1, Halifax (Cont.) After lunch, we took a slow stroll back along the water. It is a holiday weekend, and the City is putting on a festival on the harbor. There were lots of people about eating, listening to live music, jogging, cycling, etc. Here are some photos I took as we went: And then I saw a photo that captured the afternoon; I called it “reflections on a beautiful day”: It truly was a glorious warm and sunny day in Halifax. More later, Dave
  19. Sept. 1, Halifax (Cont.) We returned to the ship and found that the internet had been restored, so I posted the When and Where and the sunrise photo. Then we were off again, taking a stroll along the shoreline. We passed Bishop’s Landing: And then DW spotted a sign for an express tour to Peggy’s Cove. Somehowe we don’t think that vessel would get us there very comfortably. We noticed that part of the Harbourwalk is closed for construction, and the city has put up a temporary floating sea bridge: We saw a sign that shows what they are building – new housing: And then it was to one of our favorite lunch spots in Halifax, Salty’s, for lunch – a burger for DW, and for me, a steamed mussels starter with a side of fries, and a beer. I started the blog with photos of me and seafood lunch, so I thought I would do the same at the last port of the cruise: More in the next post, Dave
  20. Sept. 1, Halifax (Cont.) We went out this morning for a coffee. On the way, we passed the Old Burying Ground and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica: Then we went up Spring Garden Road and found a Canadian temple of coffee: More in the next post, Dave
  21. Sept. 1, Halifax, day 2 The internet has been out all morning and was just restored. This morning, I saw something I’ve never seen before – sunrise in Halifax: It’s another beautiful day. Here is today’s When and Where: More later, Dave
  22. Aug. 31, Halifax (Cont.) We just stayed on the ship for the afternoon, and enjoyed uncrowded spaces. We have been to Halifax many times before and taken all the shore excursions that appeal to us. We expect to walk ashore tomorrow morning and get a coffee – either a double-double at Timmy’s, or a latte at another coffee shop. Then later, a stroll and lunch. Basically, an easy-going day. Here are tonight’s dinner and dessert menus: Here is tonight’s Lido dinner menu: More tomorrow, Dave
  23. I am currently on Zuiderdam, and this is the first cruise I’ve encountered the new James Suckling wine list we’ve been told for a while was coming. I posted it on my live blog, but I think the new wine list might have enough general interest to stand alone in a thread. The new list is a booklet, about the size of a tablet computer. Here is a photo of the booklet: I have a portable scanner and was able to scan the pages. I have cropped a lot of the decoration and page numbers to allow for the print size to be a good readable size. (I did not scan and post page 16, as it was just an ad to ask your attendant for the wine packages brochure.) Dave
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