Jump to content

Live from the Westerdam-Join the "Pearls of the Pacific" gang's South Pacific Cruise


kazu
 Share

Recommended Posts

Today's lunch around the Lido pool was a "Polynesian Market" with little kiosks set up around the deck. I took pictures, but then we went inside for our usual salad and cheese and

 

crackers!438099de39c361d8a517be76aa423f87.jpg

 

552ede223b43fd1acf7eb3001e8c9957.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Doesn't do anything for me, Jacqui. Too fancy-fru-fru.

 

I'm a purist when it comes to chocolate. ;)

 

 

 

But happy that you had a lovely time.

 

 

Too funny Ruth. :). It really was delicious.

 

Internet was kind of fussy and I couldn't upload more pics yesterday. I will try this morning as it seems to be going ok.

 

We are at Fanning Island. It is very humid.

 

Fanning Island is very primitive. No washrooms, no running water and no electricity. During our port talk we were told that there were some that could be found if you asked at the store or post office. How good they are is truly debatable.

 

The first tender off the ship will be crew. They will have hammers, nails and wood to repair the pier and assist in other things that need repairing as well, I believe.

 

The ship was taking up a collection of supplies for them on board. I believe those will be on the first tender as well.

 

Everyone on the island is barefoot - even the police!!!

 

It will be interesting to see how many people get off the ship for this interesting visit and how many opt to stay on.

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We have never done Chef Rudi's dinner but would like to try it once. It certainly looks like you are enjoying it!

 

 

It is very nice Kirk. We enjoyed it. DH thought this one was the best so far.

 

Our Chef MC was Diddi. It was her first time as the regular person had been transferred to the Koningsdam and the back up who also does it told us his contract is over soon. She was charming and did a great job.

 

Was going to post a pic but I am getting network errors again. grrr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is Diddi - our Master of Ceremonies at our Master Chef's Table. Her dress was beautiful as was she.

 

 

cb7a68f448e4fd98c22d0427669ee4a3.jpg

 

Our chef

 

63c072b228b1736650ac128e05e7db9d.jpg

 

And our wine steward for the night - Olga. We have had Olga on previous ships and she does a wonderful job. Our cellar master advised that he will be getting off in San Diego and Olga will be stepping up to fill his shoes!!! I was thrilled for her!

 

207d245c1b3ab10c847f6979d382996a.jpg

 

Of course our dinner finished off with the customary cheeses

 

181900c46ba2195626b83891eac3f728.jpg

 

And the customary truffles

 

1dfc45ff0c00522ab77c4922da6f388f.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That night we had the crescent shaped moon again. This time I got a couple of pictures.

 

99f8bffa1b68781aa8daf5f986564f29.jpg

 

f41a78aaa36509b8ea97764d18a9cb18.jpg

 

 

 

All in all a very good night. Good food, great company, good service - what more can anyone ask for?

 

The next day would get a little confusing. When the itinerary was published (and my spread sheet was done), it showed the 12th as a day that would exist and the 13th would disappear because of the International Date Line. Instead, we discovered that the 12th had disappeared and it was now the 13th. Apparently the way we crossed it was very quick. Looks like it will be a different way coming back since we do have two complete 15th's.!!!!

 

Here is our On Location for the 13th

 

2490a9765403455d53e5bc5e1892a4f8.jpg

 

2e051681ab3c18d44eadb58324c2d5ed.jpg

 

0a32c7b5217724516a081858d04d9dec.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, we WERE at Fanning Island. Captain has just announced that we will NOT be tendering. Too dangerous. I was outside earlier and everything was perfectly still and I was positive we were anchored and could hear them playing with the tenders. When DH got up and looked out, it appeared we were moving. Turns out there was a huge swell and visibility dropped to nothing. Captain is not going to risk it. I just hope all those donations can get to the island somehow.

 

Disappointing of course but totally understandable.

 

Yesterday despite that fact that I sent invites out for the 12th for our roll call wine tasting, thankfully everyone realized that it was really now the 13th and we had a great turn out at the Piano Bar.

 

HAL had wonderfully set up glasses, etc. As arranged so it made things very easy for us.

 

618eda46203fedc5ece4423f8e4ea8af.jpg

 

cbd6dae47edfa2aabe08f18ae33d76fa.jpg

 

Some of our roll call members all set for their wine tasting....

 

419424aea3407feb55cb26a15d32341e.jpg

 

a3f1479296c3ec9fd54a930b236e3802.jpg

 

5c27fa594028801d03e62d75b4c6dfdf.jpg

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think everyone had a good time...

 

5aa65cdc796bca2d6501bef0ece98c32.jpg

 

How could you not have a good time when your wine is being poured on bended knee?

 

432ef71bf028ab0e70fff1c8180b62a7.jpg

 

We had some fun prizes and believe it or not a home made wine (yum it was good) won the prize for favourite.

 

HAL beverage staff came by to make sure everything was ok (and make sure there were stickers on the bottles). Our sincere thanks to HAL for helping us with this event and venue and the wine glasses.

 

After the lovely tasting it would soon be time for dinner.

 

Our menu for last night....

 

581389e3dff23c8fa4fd8d609c67847a.jpg

 

0032a869026d7322724a41d643427475.jpg

 

The meal was very good. DH had the pasta and I the shrimp and the dessert was delicious!!!

 

Food and service on this sailing has been very good in the Main Dining Room as far as our experience goes and from what I have heard from other roll call members so far, the experience seems to be the same.

 

Quality, presentation, etc. Have been good.

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Our laundry came back last night in a paper bag! The previous two times it was, as usual, in a basket, wrapped in tissue paper...

 

099d351ad66f8808a289563bcad094a3.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

 

OMG Vict0riann~!!! Never seen that one before other than on Oceania. LOL. :). Maybe they are out of hangers??

Link to comment
Share on other sites

DH and I have decided that we are intended to visit any tender islands that start with an F. We missed Falkland Island & now Fanning. So, it appears we are fated not to visit Islands that have names starting with an F.

 

A little toilet comment. We have lost the power to flush twice. The first time was for about two hours and the second time about 4 hours. There is someone doing the forbidden dumping in the toilet so it is causing issues. They have tracked it to the 6th floor and an area ......so warning to the person causing this....don't do it again.....they are ready to figure out who you are (if they haven't already). The fines can be hefty.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So near and yet so far! When I looked out this morning, the island looked so beautiful, but when I went out on the balcony to take a picture, my glasses and the camera lens fogged up immediately from the high humidity. I had to go back inside to clean them off - all I got were a couple of snaps through the door, so not too clear. Oops, I'm not on Tapatalk, so will go over there to post the picture

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is Diddi - our Master of Ceremonies at our Master Chef's Table. Her dress was beautiful as was she.

 

 

cb7a68f448e4fd98c22d0427669ee4a3.jpg

 

Our chef

 

63c072b228b1736650ac128e05e7db9d.jpg

 

And our wine steward for the night - Olga. We have had Olga on previous ships and she does a wonderful job. Our cellar master advised that he will be getting off in San Diego and Olga will be stepping up to fill his shoes!!! I was thrilled for her!

 

207d245c1b3ab10c847f6979d382996a.jpg

 

Of course our dinner finished off with the customary cheeses

 

181900c46ba2195626b83891eac3f728.jpg

 

And the customary truffles

 

1dfc45ff0c00522ab77c4922da6f388f.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

 

Olga is great!! Here's a bit of HAL trivia... You mentioned Diddi. Does anyone remember Dee Dee the social hostess from the "old days"? I think her last name is Thacher

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A little excitement on the LIdo deck. Sitting here with some roll call members and we all noticed how nice it had become. One joked that we should turn the ship around. LOL.

 

Then down came the downpour......

 

3fd4ace7344ffa32264df42e86d7087f.jpg

 

The poor Lido attendant was frantically pounding on the automatic sliding roof control trying to get the roof to close. A very wet Lido later and the roof was closed. Everyone cheered!!

 

208c98b9f8547bc91f3966614002cbe7.jpg

 

Looks like we have a great seat here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Olga is great!! Here's a bit of HAL trivia... You mentioned Diddi. Does anyone remember Dee Dee the social hostess from the "old days"? I think her last name is Thacher

I remember her! Thought she spelled it "Didi", though? :confused: Lovely lady, and you just brought back a memory of her hosting a Grandma's Tea on one of the cruises. Grandfathers had a Beer Blast! How come they got the alcohol and we didn't???

HAL sure was different in those days. <sigh>

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is the On Location for today that we started out with...

 

785b1d67e0da98a8289ce069a8c0b189.jpg

 

58434b34b5c1bf092a05f7c791d90df5.jpg

 

657ec00e07e8f04bf4990d9a0e2435b9.jpg

 

 

Once the Captain announced we could not tender to Fanning Island, Mario, our CD wasted no time getting a revised On Location put together. He said they would be out by 10 a.m. But they were out before that. Along with having them available at the Front Desk, they were posted at every elevator so people could easily reference them.

 

Here is the revision for the day time activities...

 

1e5b5d6ae7bcc50686390d69c2ebbced.jpg

 

Not sure which version is easier to read so I will provide both. They are duplicates so if the first was easy to read, disregard the 2nd one.

 

5e4b0ba36b2797e3c69dbcf31eeac4f6.jpg

 

 

One great new addition to the On Location - a Mariner Appreciation Bingo. Yes, for every star on your key card you will get an extra card - woo how!!!!!! I bet the Vista Lounge may be packed. I've never seen this before and since Kazu only plays Bingo on the ships, she won't be missing this one for sure. Not that 5 free cards will improve the odds much, but it will be fun !!!!!! I've never seen this on a cruise before and it sounds like a really nice idea !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Captain Van Eerten has apologized at least three times for missing Fanning, citing safety of us and the crew.

 

In the meantime there were more hula lessons today. These ladies have a lot of costumes and are very talented. They do a lot of different things on the ship.

 

ce5b08b3dd64eed6e9ffc5aae1d3adab.jpg

 

2890b8c162d746e7e78b418c739a9bf2.jpg

 

And here are our menus for tonight.

 

b0ff953d56cbb465258a29cfcf57ef89.jpg

 

9eb252c029ad37b8897bf0209744b1a2.jpg

 

Well, time for the hydrotherapy pool - back later!!!!

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • ANNOUNCEMENT: AmaWaterways Announces an Extended Season on the Douro River
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • Canadian Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...