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LIVE from the ZUIDERDAM - VOYAGE OF THE VIKINGS

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The Zuiderdam at dock at Rotterdam Cruise Terminal.  The original Holland America office building is at the right with the unique roof line and pennants.

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We boarded the Waterbus having bought combo-tickets online for Kinderdijk and the Waterbus to take us 30 minutes up river.  

Here is the entire Zuiderdam ship at dock with an interesting cantalevered multi-use building on the left.  Rotterdam has interesting architecture as almost all buildings were built after most of the city was destroyed in WWII.

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A moment later we are on the other side  of the Suspension Bridge looking back at the Zuiderdam, headed for the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk.

 

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We are not cruising WSW at a speed of 18 knots through the English Channel, near the islands of Guernsey and Jersey.  It is too hazy to see them or much of anything today.  But the seas are quite calm and temperature is 66F/19C.

Enjoying a sea day before three ports in Ireland:  Cork (Cobh), Dublin, and Belfast.  

 

 

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Thank you for your reporting and photos of the trip. We really enjoy you sharing the adventure.

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Kinderdijk is a UNESCO World Heritage site including 19 working windmills built in the 18th century to control water levels.

We took the Waterbus up the Maas River to see this interesting site.  It operates once an hour, taking about 30 minutes to and from Rotterdam.  

An option offered is to take the hop-on / hop-off boat which gives an opportunity to see the windmills from the full canal and get off to see the inside of some windmills.

 

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Here are some photos from the living quarters on the lower level.

Bedroom and living area, followed by the entrance where they keep their shoes, boots, and skates

 

 

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and the kitchen by the inner workings of the windmill.

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More later..............time for Gala dinner!

 

 

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On 8/9/2019 at 2:16 PM, sansterre said:

Currently sailing  through the Greenland Sea.  This is the roughest sea we have had on this cruise, but it is still fairly calm with just an occasional white cap.  The photo below was taken at 5:00 pm today, 5 hours ago.  Both the sky and water have been like that most of the day.  Currently, the wind is 18mph from the NNE which means we are going right into the wind.

We will arrive Isafjourdur, our first port in Iceland tomorrow at 8.  It will  be a tender port and weather is expected to be partly cloudy and cold with temperatures in the 40's.

Since we took a tour last year to a waterfall and saw much of Iceland's NW Peninsula, we plan to walk around the town and/or port area this time.

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Great shots! Keep them coming!

Are you using the CC website program for your reports?

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2 hours ago, tommui987 said:

 

Great shots! Keep them coming!

Are you using the CC website program for your reports?

No, what is the CC website program?  Might be worth looking into!

 

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Here are two photos of the Suspension Bridge in Rotterdam that I tried to post earlier today.

The Zuiderdam is on the other side of the bridge.  

We are on the Waterbus on the way too Kinderdijk.

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And now a few other photos from the day in the community of Kinderdijk:

Wildflowers near the water 

 

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one of many planters filled with colorful petunias

 

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Overlooking a back yard and the river Maas (look for goats, sheep, and a chicken)

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And as if we didn't see enough windmills in Kinderdijk, many modern windmills are on our sailaway last night..  Earlier, while eating diner, we actually saw two old windmills on the sailaway  nearer Rotterdam, starboard side.

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You actually got to dock in Cobh?  On the WC earlier this year we docked across the harbor at Ringaskiddy.  While we could see Cobh, we couldn't get there (unless you took a taxi but the trip would be a looooong way around to actually get there.  We ended up going into Cork.  So close, yet so far.... 

 

Linda R.

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We also enjoyed a full day tour to Ring of Kerry and Killarney.  Enjoying a great sail out right now.  Will post photos later tonight! 

 

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1 hour ago, sansterre said:

We also enjoyed a full day tour to Ring of Kerry and Killarney.  Enjoying a great sail out right now.  Will post photos later tonight! 

 

 

May we ask who you used for your tour ?

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13 hours ago, cruzingnut said:

You actually got to dock in Cobh?  On the WC earlier this year we docked across the harbor at Ringaskiddy.  While we could see Cobh, we couldn't get there (unless you took a taxi but the trip would be a looooong way around to actually get there.  We ended up going into Cork.  So close, yet so far.... 

 

Linda R.

 

We visited Cobh on a cruise in 2026.  Berthed at the main Titanic quay, right outside the museum, minutes to walk into the little town.  

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12 hours ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

May we ask who you used for your tour ?

Tours with Locals.  Michael was our tour guide;  he was excellent.  Tours with Locals in Cork was easy to work with - very responsive and helpful.

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