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23 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

Update from Manila Bay;  Nothing appears easy in the world we currently live in! Typhoon VongFong (AMBO) is approaching the Philippines from the south, forcing the closure of the port of Manila and all airline flights postponed and/or cancelled until Midnight on May 16th. Several of the 23 cruise ships in Manila Bay, incl. Eurodam, have already left the bay to head to open sea in an attempt to stay clear of the approaching typhoon and its powerful winds and rain. Amsterdam will soon follow and head to open sea and will try again to disembark her non-essential Filipino crew again after VongFong passes. What is a mother to do............

 

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Due to the Typhoon Philip Stolte has now posted he will fly home on the 21st of May.

 

Surprise, surprise, now flying home on the 21st !” Posted by Philip Stolte.

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6 hours ago, cruzingnut said:

 

Maybe instead of waiting til the end of the world cruises to do the Neptune Ceremony, it should be done the first time we cross the Equator. 🌏🌎🌍  We crossed it many times and were supposed to do it this month but it hasn't been done at all.  Oh dear, King Neptune must be severely peeved!  😱🤴

 

Linda R.

 

This lady has something to do with that! She is working for King Neptune

 

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8 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

This lady has something to do with that! She is working for King Neptune

 

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I LOVE this picture....oh, boy, do I miss Barbara!!  Best port lecturer of all time! 

 

Linda R.

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6 hours ago, cruzingnut said:

I LOVE this picture....oh, boy, do I miss Barbara!!  Best port lecturer of all time! 

 

I do agree!  She had sailed to so many ports and had such a wealth of knowledge:  so helpful for a cruise guest!  Plus, she was a very pleasant and up-beat woman as well!

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57 minutes ago, rkacruiser said:

 

I do agree!  She had sailed to so many ports and had such a wealth of knowledge:  so helpful for a cruise guest!  Plus, she was a very pleasant and up-beat woman as well!

So true!  What a contrast from her "King Neptune" photo (above).  😄

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7 minutes ago, Fredspak said:

So true!  What a contrast from her "King Neptune" photo (above).  😄

 

She dresses up like the "pirate mom" for every King Neptune ceremony/equator crossing ceremony. It's her bread and butter and she loves doing it 🙂

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31 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

He wrote his relief lives in the Philippines. Not sure if Capt. S does

Yes, he lives in Manila, Manila and Castricum, Olanda...with his beloved Cheryl...

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Amsterdam is back in Manila Bay after outrunning Typhoon Vongfong, and the flotilla of cruise ships is forming again. Eurodam is not yet back but is on the way. Noordam is now six days away from Manila; Westerdam nine days away from Singapore, and Maasdam eleven days away from her layup port of Labuan, Malaysia

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Bob - Labuan in Brunei Bay is a dedicated official layup area in Malaysia.

There are layup companies there that act as agents & suppliers.

Crew changes through the local airport.

Onboard generators to run dehumidifiers for internal spaces if required.

Latitude is 5N & therefore outside the typhoon area.

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Three British crew (No, not Capt Mercer yet) on their way home from Amsterdam today, via Manila.  😁The Filipino crew (non-essential) is still waiting for the test results taken by their government to return before they can go

 

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20 hours ago, SeaDog-46 said:

Bob - Labuan in Brunei Bay is a dedicated official layup area in Malaysia.

There are layup companies there that act as agents & suppliers.

Crew changes through the local airport.

Onboard generators to run dehumidifiers for internal spaces if required.

Latitude is 5N & therefore outside the typhoon area.

 

Thank you John.  I was wondering why this area was called "Brunei Bay".  Doing some searching, I see that it is very near Brunei.  
 

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Hi Bob - Brunei Bay is a very large bay partly in East Malaysia & partly Brunei.

We were not far from there at Kota Kinabalu on Statendams last voyage.

 

Part of chart of Brunei Bay & ships at layup at Labuan [NOT current].

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17 minutes ago, SeaDog-46 said:

We were not far from there at Kota Kinabalu on Statendams last voyage.

 

That's what I recalled seeing the map.  Our visit to the Malaysia  ports were memorable for me.  During my 2008 cruise on the Amsterdam, we visited Brunei.  That has been a favorite port visit since then.  

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