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Well thanks to the Daily,  I now know that all wine is NOT Vegan. In fact it may not even be vegetarian. Anyone else surprised by this?
 

The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how wine is clarified and a process called fining. ... Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein).

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4 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

Thank you Rich and Roy for your work putting these lists together for us everyday.  I might as well add one more celebration today - DH and I are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary today.   Yep, we were young but somehow it worked out!  Last summer we celebrated with our kids and grandkids on a Med cruise, then went to Alaska on Amsterdam on the actual Sept. 6 date.  Thanks goodness we were able to do that because if it were our 50th this year things would have been a LOT different.  

    Congratulations on your 51st anniversary! 

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Thank you , Roy, for your reminder of Cal Ripkin's achievement! Twenty-five years ago, I was in Boston for business and decided to attend a Red Sox game. When Cal broke the record and received recognition in Baltimore, the game in Boston stopped, so everyone in the stands could see the ceremony on the big screen. Because Baltimore & Boston are traditional rivals, I thought this  was a very classy example of sportsmanship!

Go O's!!

Edi

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4 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes.  For sure we will be toasting, and I welcome any others who want to add us to their toast list.  

 

@kazu, your flowers are so colorful and healthy!  Wow, is all I can say.

 

@Seasick Sailor When your mulch is floating, you really got a lot of rain all at once.😋  At least you don't have to water today.

 

Congrats!

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For those of you who have never been to Skagway, AK and/or have not seen the "logo wall" at the railroad dock, there used to be a colorful tradition there for the crew of cruise ships who called at Skagway to paint their ship/company logo on that wall right behind the White Pass railway track. The painting was usually done by the ship's Bo'sun and/or one of his sailors.

 

That activity is now a lot harder to accomplish (is really not done anymore) after the railroad dock was renovated some years back and you can no longer just walk up to the rock wall - there is now a gap between it and the dock. For those who have been around the block once or twice with HAL, you might recognise some of the names - the (then) chief officer of the Noordam III back in 1994 would be one of them, as would the captain of the Ryndam in 2000 who just retired 😉 

 

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5 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

For those of you who have never been to Skagway, AK and/or have not seen the "logo wall" at the railroad dock, there used to be a colorful tradition there for the crew of cruise ships who called at Skagway to paint their ship/company logo on that wall right behind the White Pass railway track. The painting was usually done by the ship's Bo'sun and/or one of his sailors.

 

That activity is now a lot harder to accomplish (is really not done anymore) after the railroad dock was renovated some years back and you can no longer just walk up to the rock wall - there is now a gap between it and the dock. For those who have been around the block once or twice with HAL, you might recognise some of the names - the (then) chief officer of the Noordam III back in 1994 would be one of them, as would the captain of the Ryndam in 2000 who just retired 😉 

 

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John:

I have seen thid many timrs when I have docked at the Railtoad Dock..The Volendam always docked there on Saturay morning. Those were the days my friend. I hope they come back next year.

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6 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

Thank you Rich and Roy for your work putting these lists together for us everyday.  I might as well add one more celebration today - DH and I are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary today.   Yep, we were young but somehow it worked out!  Last summer we celebrated with our kids and grandkids on a Med cruise, then went to Alaska on Amsterdam on the actual Sept. 6 date.  Thanks goodness we were able to do that because if it were our 50th this year things would have been a LOT different.  

 

 

Congratulations on your 51st.  AD MULTOS ANNOS!

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Copper, more great memorabilia!  Haven't been to Skagway for a number of years, but do remember seeing some of these.  Do you know if they are still visible?  By the way, it is Sunday and normally here in Florida we would be looking forward to the return of "Sailaways" from Ft Lauderdale/Port Everglades.  HAL "pop quiz" questions, too, with extravagant prizes.  Maybe with the Signature sisters headed to the Caribbean, there will be some presence this coming winter to watch. I look for 7 day cruises at first with HMC and maybe not much else.  Your thoughts?

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Two of Volendam's boatmen / Lifesaving Attendants working to install the platform on A-Deck's Marshalling Area for off-loading & loading the luggage of those pax leaving and joining in Skagway. It takes a block, tackle and chain to accomplish this and the platform will partially stick out over the dock. Very important for the security officer who calls out the distance to go for the correct gangway position to the captain or staff captain on the bridge, to also make sure there are no obstacles in the form of bollards, water stations, dock ladders, etc. in the way of the Marshaling Area break doors

 

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Two of my female security guards, Geralyn and Cherilyn on the dock at Ketchikan, AK 

 

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As stated before, training and drilling never stops onboard. This is refresher training on how to operate the water tight doors (the big yellow ones in the background - they can easily snap off an arm or leg if you stand in their way as they're closing) conducted in the Engine Room Workshop

 

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This is crew payday - a popular event as you can imagine - conducted by the crew officer and his clerk in the forward Crew Mess on A-Deck 

 

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Sometimes you luck out and have your significant other - in this case the child bride (on Volendam's starboard bridge wing with 4/O Laura from the UK) join you for a portion of your contract. Some officer wifes join for the entire contract. Mine is still a working girl until this November 🙂 

 

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"HAL Academy" is an education program which consists of core and specialist courses, a lot of them mandatory, required to successfully complete in order to work onboard. This is such a session inside the ship's training room with 2/O Andre from Latvia, Chief Electrician Willem from the Netherlands, Facilities Manager Corne from South Africa, Captain Pieter Bos from the Netherlands and Shop Manager Jo from the U.K.

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4 minutes ago, St Pete Cruiser said:

Copper, more great memorabilia!  Haven't been to Skagway for a number of years, but do remember seeing some of these.  Do you know if they are still visible?  By the way, it is Sunday and normally here in Florida we would be looking forward to the return of "Sailaways" from Ft Lauderdale/Port Everglades.  HAL "pop quiz" questions, too, with extravagant prizes.  Maybe with the Signature sisters headed to the Caribbean, there will be some presence this coming winter to watch. I look for 7 day cruises at first with HMC and maybe not much else.  Your thoughts?

I do know that the 2000 Mercer one (and presume virtually all the others) were as recently as July 2018.

Copper, the only time I have sailed with Captain Albert was when he was Chief Officer on Rotterdam V in 1997, 3 years after the Noordam.

 

Roy

 

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10 minutes ago, St Pete Cruiser said:

Copper, more great memorabilia!  Haven't been to Skagway for a number of years, but do remember seeing some of these.  Do you know if they are still visible?  By the way, it is Sunday and normally here in Florida we would be looking forward to the return of "Sailaways" from Ft Lauderdale/Port Everglades.  HAL "pop quiz" questions, too, with extravagant prizes.  Maybe with the Signature sisters headed to the Caribbean, there will be some presence this coming winter to watch. I look for 7 day cruises at first with HMC and maybe not much else.  Your thoughts?

 

 

As far as I know, yes the logo paintings are still fully visible off the Railway Dock in Skagway. There are just none being added anymore. You could be right re: the Dam ships! A lot, an awful lot, will depend on the situation with the pandemic later this year and into the 2021, local/federal regulations dealing with it, and also the experiences of the Costa and AIDA ships (like HAL, belonging to the Carnival Plc Group) and their new protocols as they start cruising with pax in Europe as we speak. Time will tell, keep your fingers crossed!  

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14 minutes ago, rafinmd said:

I do know that the 2000 Mercer one (and presume virtually all the others) were as recently as July 2018.

Copper, the only time I have sailed with Captain Albert was when he was Chief Officer on Rotterdam V in 1997, 3 years after the Noordam.

 

Roy

 

 

Roy, here's a pic of a very young Capt. "Appie" (with more hair 😉 ) on Statendam IV (1957-1981) in 1981 

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Leaving remembrances on walls it ports is fairly popular.  Here's a selection from the wall at Funchal when I last visited there on the Prinsendam:

 

HAL ships:

 

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Military ships:

 

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and finally my favorite ship I have never set foot on, the RSS Ernest Shackleton, the escort ship for my Northwest Passage cruise, both on the wall and in port with us:

 

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Roy

 

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6 hours ago, cat shepard said:

Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! You were up with the birds today. Roy, you do such an amazing job noticing & adding what we need to pay attention to on our lists. Thank you both!


Morning Dailyites & my Sisters. I rarely procrastinate. Roy, I would be a wreck if I waited until the last moment to file my taxes. Love the quote. Next time I forget the words to a song I will say that I am channeling my inner hummingbird. The meal sounds interesting- definitely as a side dish. Never heard of that drink, so @summer slopethank you for the recipe. Might just have to try it.

 

Prayers for all who need our support. Cheers to all who are celebrating!

 

Stay well everyone!

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Today’s wine is decently priced between $15 & $20. It has very good ratings. And for the first time the intro description used the word “vegan”. This surprised me. Aren’t all wines vegan? I will try to google this later, and if I learn differently will share. In the meantime this sounds like a decent wine to try. 

#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019

Ripe fruit, floral and spice aromas dominate the nose. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, white peach, citrus blossom, and apple flavors are balanced by a bit of wet stone, oak spice and bright acid. Vegan

WS91
Wine Spectator
Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy finish lingers with a creamy texture. Drink now through 2022.

Now you’re talking about a wine for me.  Chardonnay in my price range.  Thanks, I will try it.

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1 hour ago, Vict0riann said:

Happy Anniversary to @StLouisCruisers!

 

And good morning all - thanks to Rich and Roy for getting us all together.  Happy Sunday!

 

For our 50th anniversary, we went to Antarctica, with our youngest DD.  It was quite an experience.  

 

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@Vict0riann I love the photo and especially the penguin off to the far right behind the large grey rock.  Cheeky little things, aren't they?

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Thanks again for keeping us focused, Rich. I always have to fight procrastination, since my last name is part of that word! LOL I'd like to finish a book (I've renewed it twice) sometime this week! I love the rocks that have been left in our local community park throughout this pandemic. 

My kids are all singers and I can never remember the words. Now I have a name for myself. Like @gigianne I'm going to put the drink on my list!

8 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

Thank you Rich and Roy for your work putting these lists together for us everyday.  I might as well add one more celebration today - DH and I are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary today.   Yep, we were young but somehow it worked out!  Last summer we celebrated with our kids and grandkids on a Med cruise, then went to Alaska on Amsterdam on the actual Sept. 6 date.  Thanks goodness we were able to do that because if it were our 50th this year things would have been a LOT different.  

Congratulations, @St.LouisCruisers !  We celebrated our 30th anniversary last October in Rome and on the Nieuw Statendam, Best of the Med cruise. I wanna go back!

I'm with you ,

6 hours ago, ger_77 said:

While I love the menu suggestion, I've never seen it offered as a main dish before.  I've ordered it on HAL ships as an appetizer, only because DH doesn't care for the taste of melon (he's okay with watermelon, though).

Interesting! I'm like your DH...watermelon is the ONLY melon I eat. DH likes everything BUT watermelon. However, he had that combination when we did the Rocky Mountaineer (can't remember which stop), and he hated the proscuitto. He can't understand why ham would be cold. He likes all meat hot and cooked to cinders. smh

4 hours ago, cat shepard said:

Well thanks to the Daily,  I now know that all wine is NOT Vegan. In fact it may not even be vegetarian. Anyone else surprised by this?
 

The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how wine is clarified and a process called fining. ... Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein).

I like to learn one new thing every day. I'm good now. 😉

4 hours ago, NextOne said:

Thank you , Roy, for your reminder of Cal Ripkin's achievement! Twenty-five years ago, I was in Boston for business and decided to attend a Red Sox game. When Cal broke the record and received recognition in Baltimore, the game in Boston stopped, so everyone in the stands could see the ceremony on the big screen. Because Baltimore & Boston are traditional rivals, I thought this  was a very classy example of sportsmanship!

Go O's!!

Edi

I was just listening to this on our Blue Jays broadcast. Buck Martinez had some great memories of that day.

 

It's going to be a quiet weekend I think. Nothing planned but the baseball games on TV, and maybe some movies. I need to look at our list of projects for the summer, and move them to the fall list. Happy Procrastination Day!

Be well! Stay safe! Be kind! Wear your mask!

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2 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

@Vict0riann I love the photo and especially the penguin off to the far right behind the large grey rock.  Cheeky little things, aren't they?

 

Haha!  I had never noticed that we had company.  That was a favourite spot for them to come ashore, though, one little area with no snow on the ground.  They came up continually.

 

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But they were few and far between compared with South Georgia's Kings!

 

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4 minutes ago, Vict0riann said:

 

Haha!  I had never noticed that we had company.  That was a favourite spot for them to come ashore, though, one little area with no snow on the ground.  They came up continually.

 

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But they were few and far between compared with South Georgia's Kings!

 

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Adorable!  

 

I have some similar pictures of the King penguins at Salisbury Plain at South Georgia Island.  I felt like I was viewing a crowd at a rock concert because they were standing so close to each other, and there were thousands of them.  An awesome experience!

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