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It is a dam ship Sail-Away Fiesta! December 19, 2015

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Many, many dam ships in port today, some say thousands and thousand of dam ships... we've gotten emails... but you tell me! :D

 

We have a big dam ship (Westerdam), a medium dam ship (Maasdam) and a small dam ship (Prinsendam) setting sail starting at 16:00/4:00 PM EDT (subject to change as always).

 

The Queen of the Toots will be at pier 19; Maasdam will be at pier 21 and Prinsendam will be a pier 26. (see port map).

The webcams are at:

http://portevergladeswebcam.com/

http://ftlauderdalewebcam.com/

 

Also departing: Emerald Princess, Independence Of The Seas and Oasis Of The Seas.

 

And in Key West (http://keywestharborwebcam.com/), the Nieuw Amsterdam departs at 17:00/5:00 PM EDT.

 

Westerdam's 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary:

 

Dec 19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Dec 20 At Sea

Dec 21 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Dec 22 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dec 23 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Dec 24 At Sea

Dec 25 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Dec 26 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

 

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Maasdam's 9-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday itinerary:

 

Dec 19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Dec 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Dec 21 At Sea

Dec 22 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Dec 23 Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Dec 24 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

Dec 25 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dec 26 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Dec 27 At Sea

Dec 28 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

 

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Maasdam's 16-day Eastern & Western Caribbean Collector Holiday itinerary:

 

Dec 19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Dec 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Dec 21 At Sea

Dec 22 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Dec 23 Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Dec 24 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

Dec 25 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dec 26 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Dec 27 At Sea

Dec 28 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Dec 29 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Dec 30 At Sea

Dec 31 Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jan 01 Georgetown, Cayman Islands

Jan 02 Cozumel, Mexico

Jan 03 At Sea

Jan 04 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

 

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Prinsendam's 16-day Southern Caribbean Holiday itinerary:

 

Dec 19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Dec 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Dec 21 At Sea

Dec 22 At Sea

Dec 23 Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Dec 24 Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy

Dec 25 Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

Dec 26 Basse-Terre, Guadaloupe

Dec 27 Castries, Saint Lucia

Dec 27 Scenic Cruising Soufriere Bay

Dec 28 Bridgetown, Barbados

Dec 29 Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dec 30 At Sea

Dec 31 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jan 01 Samana, Dominican Republic

Jan 02 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Jan 03 At Sea

Jan 04 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

 

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Holy Moly Batman... Guess I better chill an extra Guinness...

 

Thanks for the alert...

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Sounds like a busy, busy day!

 

There's time for one last Westerdam carol before Christmas is upon us - unless a Westerdam version of Auld Lang Syne somehow shows up before the New Year's cruise.

 

This one's sung to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," so I owe apologies to John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie**.

 

 

Westerdam Is Tooting Her Horn



(To the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

 

Please webcam don't crash

Don't lock up on me.

Please, don't lose sound.

'Cause I want to see!

Westerdam is leaving port now.

 

She's passing the cam

And tooting her horn

If my screen locks,I'll sure be forlorn.

Westerdam is leaving port now.

 

The condos are saluting.

The Westerdam honks back.

Could this be a record number?

Oh, I think that we're on track.

 

Please webcam don't hang

Don't blow up I fear.

Crave my tooting fix.

And I want to hear!

Westerdam is blowing her horn.

Westerdam is blowing her horn!

 

 



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If you've ever felt like writing your own ditties, here's the basic process: First, grab a copy of the song lyrics for the tune you want to ruin. Next, count the syllables in each line and note the number. That gives you the meter. After that, I usually open up a second window in my text editor and tile them vertically, with the real lyrics on the right and the work space on the left. As I write, each line is across from its real counterpart in the lyrics. I usually sing them to myself a few times to make sure they sound okay.


 

After I post them, I make sure to review them, because I occasionally find that there are ways to improve the flow, or that the meter's a little forced.

 

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**They had trouble convincing anyone to produce it because it was seen as a kids' song, which would have been very hard to sell. The big break came when Eddie Cantor sang it on his radio show in 1934, and the song became an instant hit. Coots was a writer for Cantor's show and pushed for the host to perform it. Cantor was going to pass on the song but was convinced by his wife, Ida, to give it a try.

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OK, I took a stab at it... not quite POA1 quality...

 

 

I Saw Three Ships



 

I saw three ships come sailing in,

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale,

I saw three ships come sailing in,

For another ship sail-away.

 

And who were watching ships sail-away?

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale,

And who were watching ships sail-away?

All Cruise Critics addicts OK.

 

Pray whither sailed those ships all three?

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale,

Pray whither sailed those ships all three?

The sunny Caribbean away.

 

And all the toots the ships shall ring,

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale,

And all the toots the ships shall ring,

On Westerdam is the glory.

 

And all the Addicts on webcam shall sing,

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale,

And all the Addicts on webcam shall sing,

We wish we were sailing today.

 

Then let us all rejoice and say,

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale,

Then let us all rejoice and say,

We’ll do it again tomorrow.

 

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I'll be in 'anchored' Key West tomorrow for the 3 ship fiesta. Maybe with NADM internet and my own 'hotspot' on my tablet and computer, respectively; I'll be able to post and watch. [And not have to sign-in in the middle of the sailaway. :( ]

Edited by Happily@Sea

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To the tune of "O Tannenbaum" ..

 

O Westerdam, O Prinsendam,

I wish I were aboard you.

O Zuiderdam, O Oosterdam,

I cannot quite afford you.

I’d sail away to Rotterdam!

Aboard the good ship Koningsdam.

But ‘til the day when I have cash,

On webcams I’ll applaud you!

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Talk about poetic license!:D Cruise Critic is a hotbed of rhymers. It sends one to singing.

 

I will certainly be here tomorrow to see the 'dam ships sail away. I've been on all three, and look forward to being on them again one day.:)

Edited by Vict0riann

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I know someone who will be thrilled to see her favourite two ships in port tomorrow. I, on the other hand am happy to see one of my favourite ships and one that I will be cruising on in April!

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We will be on the "small dam ship" waving at all of our CC friends and family members who will be watching our departure. We will have a North Carolina flag with us!

 

luvtwotrvl and trvlcrzy

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To the tune of "O Tannenbaum" ..

 

O Westerdam, O Prinsendam,

I wish I were aboard you.

O Zuiderdam, O Oosterdam,

I cannot quite afford you.

I’d sail away to Rotterdam!

Aboard the good ship Koningsdam.

But ‘til the day when I have cash,

On webcams I’ll applaud you!

Excellent!

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We will be on the "small dam ship" waving at all of our CC friends and family members who will be watching our departure. We will have a North Carolina flag with us!

 

luvtwotrvl and trvlcrzy

 

I will try to grab a screenshot. I am in Morehead City. Where in Eastern NC are you guys from?

 

Leon

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Apologies to Peter, who got to this song first - but the minute he posted about 3 HAL ships for Saturday's Sail Away, I had pretty much the same thing in mind. However, Boytjie did Three Ships Sailing In, so I'll take the Outbound part. It's like an Epic Rap Battle, only with Cruise Ships, Christmas Carols, and Webcams.

 

We See Three Ships



(Sung to the tune of I Saw Three Ships)

 

We see three ships are sailing out

On Saturday, On Saturday

We see three ships are sailing out

On Saturday in the PM.

 

And pray tell what those ships might be?

Port Everglades, Port Everglades.

And pray tell what those ships might be?

Port Everglades in the PM.

 

The schedule says the Westerdam

The Westerdam, The Westerdam

The Westerdam's the first one out

At least according to schedule.

 

How many toots you'll think we hear?

From Westerdam, From Westerdam

You think a record might be set

By Westerdam as she's leaving?

 

The Maasdam is the next one out.

On Saturday, On Saturday.

The Maasdam is the next one out

At four fifteen on the schedule.

 

She's headed out towards Half Moon Cay

To Half Moon Cay, To Half Moon Cay

She's headed out towards Half Moon Cay

She'll be there on Sunday morning.

 

Finally it's the Prinsendam,

The Prinsendam, The Prinsendam

Finally it's the Prinsendam

Steaming out Saturday Evening.

 

We watched three ships go sailing out

On Saturday, On Saturday.

We watched three ships go sailing out

On Saturday on the webcam.

 

Tomorrow's HAL ships number two

Nieuw Amsterdam, and Eurodam

Tomorrow's HAL ships number two

We'll all watch them on the webcam!

Edited by POA1

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Really... my first attempt and you had to go there too!

 

:( :D :p

Edited by Boytjie

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I trust all the sail-away addicts will be invited to the Grammys when our own lyricists are recognized!:D

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Really... my first attempt and you had to go there too!

 

:( :D :p

You can have the "A" side of the single. :D

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Maasie returning from her 50-Day Med cruise (left FLL back on 30 OCT) so you'll no she'll have crew

inspections; Immigration and Coast Guard fer sure and perhaps even USPH. Same thing for PRDM returning from her 25-Day Brazilian voyage under the command of her brand new Norwegian captain

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