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With the wifi seemingly iffy on the ship, who knows how "live" it might be.

 

We left a hot and humid New York City Tuesday morning. JFK's jetBlue terminal was very busy but thanks to TSA Pre  we were through the security checkpoint in no time. We boarded around 9 am for a 9:30 departure, and then we waited and waited . For catering services to deliver the drinks and snacks for the flight - and more importantly the ice (according to our friend John in Seattle that worked for a few airlines on the ground). We departed an hour late. Surprisingly, nobody acted up and the flight was uneventful, except for the woman next to us that talked for three hours non-stop to her new friend across the aisle. She eventually fell asleep.

 

We had great views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens (I believe) in the distance.

 

We arrived at SeaTac about 30 minutes late and the rental car pickup as quick. We were able to check in and get to our room at the Mediterranean Inn in the Queen Ann District and unpacked before our friend John picked us up for a drive around tour of parts of the city. We ended up at Duke's Seafood on Union Lake for drinks and early snacks/dinner and then John dropped us off at the hotel.

 

We ended up watching the sunset from the hotel's roof deck and it was a lovely (early) end of a long day for the New Yorkers.

 

Tomorrow we will get our covid tests in Bellevue with some sightseeing there and also along the waterfront.

 

Hot weather will be with us the next few days: 85F on Wednesday, 94F on Thursday, 99F on Friday 😮 and 91F on Saturday.

 

For the Seattle locals: any suggestions for what to do on  those hot days? Head out of the city (Mt. Rainier, Bainbridge Island and further west?)

 

Now I need to get to bed; Richard is fast asleep.

 

 

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Hooray!!  B2B2B2B Alaska reports from lovely Nieuw Amsterdam!  Thanks Peter for undertaking this effort to keep us entertained.  Have a great time in Seattle and enjoy your cruise!

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Following along..  thank you for another “Almost live”  You may try an Argosy cruise from Lake Union  the dinner and brunch cruises the food is good..or a ferry ride across the sound to Baimbridge Island.  Once off the ferry easy walk to a cute small town.  If you need A/C  the Art museum or the Chuily glass museum.  

  Enjoy your cruise!!!  Look forward to reports.  

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8 hours ago, Boytjie said:

For the Seattle locals: any suggestions for what to do on  those hot days? Head out of the city (Mt. Rainier, Bainbridge Island and further west?)

First of all, thanks for doing a live review!  I always suggest Mt. Rainier because I love it, but that would take a day of your time.  All depends on what you want to do.  Looking forward to your photos and posts. 🙂  

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Good morning, Seattle!

 

The New Yorkers were early to bed and early to rise. Now to get moving and go get tested.

 

When we originally booked a few weeks ago the only verandah category available was as a guarantee. We were assigned 5003, which was a bit upfront for me. 🙂  When the testing requirements were announced and I read about some people canceling, I kept and eye on what showed as available making a new reservation.Then on Monday it showed actual cabins that were available, including one of the deeper balconies on Deck 4, so I called HAL to see if we could get it. 

 

The first call to HAL had a recording that basically said: "we are too busy, call back another time". I tried a different number and the person was not very helpful; she said she could not change it but can look at upgrades, "please hold". And she never came back. I persisted and on the third call Mona was very helpful. She looked at what was available and recommend an aft balcony on Deck 4 (two were available!) but I said I prefered 4050 with the deep balcony. She made the change and then we chatted while I waited for the confirmation email to arrive. Yeah for Mona!

 

We have had those nice baconies on Deck 4 on a number of cruises, so I am happy.

 

OK, off to go and see some more of Seattle.

 

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9 minutes ago, woodworker&knitter said:

Does the Mediterranean Inn have parking, and if so what’s the daily cost. I couldn’t find anything on their website 

Thank you 

 

That is strange because I have seen the parking info there.

 

Any way: they have secure parking under the building for about $21 a night, self parking. From the garage you take an elevator into the hotel.

 

We stayed here 14 years ago and are happy with the location and amenities; it is nothing fancy but good for what we need.

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When I first started reading your thread I thought, how fortunate you would be to miss this heat wave in the northeast! Then I read how it is in Seattle. Sorry you will have to wait to be at sea to get cooler weather. But at least you will get there! The rest of us can only dream. 

Thank you for doing a daily (we hope) report. Love to follow along. 

Have a great time! 

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33 minutes ago, Boytjie said:

Good morning, Seattle!

 

The New Yorkers were early to bed and early to rise. Now to get moving and go get tested.

 

When we originally booked a few weeks ago the only verandah category available was as a guarantee. We were assigned 5003, which was a bit upfront for me. 🙂  When the testing requirements were announced and I read about some people canceling, I kept and eye on what showed as available making a new reservation.Then on Monday it showed actual cabins that were available, including one of the deeper balconies on Deck 4, so I called HAL to see if we could get it. 

 

The first call to HAL had a recording that basically said: "we are too busy, call back another time". I tried a different number and the person was not very helpful; she said she could not change it but can look at upgrades, "please hold". And she never came back. I persisted and on the third call Mona was very helpful. She looked at what was available and recommend an aft balcony on Deck 4 (two were available!) but I said I prefered 4050 with the deep balcony. She made the change and then we chatted while I waited for the confirmation email to arrive. Yeah for Mona!

 

We have had those nice baconies on Deck 4 on a number of cruises, so I am happy.

 

OK, off to go and see some more of Seattle.

 

Glad you had a nice flight to Seattle, sorry about the talker.  I probably would have gotten along great with her though, I'm a nervous flyer and talkers help me to forget about it or can let me know that it's a normal noise that I just heard or that the wing is supposed to do that and not coming apart. But I am always, ALWAYS stuck next to a sleeper.

 

On HAL not answering the phone, probably best I don't even get started.

 

An upsell to a verandah at a reasonable price will help us decide if we're going to sail or not.  We'd like the ability to bring fresh air into the room, especially if we have to spend more time in it.

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34 minutes ago, Boytjie said:

 

That is strange because I have seen the parking info there.

 

Any way: they have secure parking under the building for about $21 a night, self parking. From the garage you take an elevator into the hotel.

 

We stayed here 14 years ago and are happy with the location and amenities; it is nothing fancy but good for what we need.

It's perfect for people that don't want to do anything downtown and/or rather spend the day at Seattle Center.

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Great pics, Peter and congrats on your success in getting a cabin you like 👍 

 

Looking forward to whatever reports you can give us and hope you have a wonderful cruise!  🚢 🚢. 😃 

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10 hours ago, Boytjie said:

With the wifi seemingly iffy on the ship, who knows how "live" it might be.

 

We left a hot and humid New York City Tuesday morning. JFK's jetBlue terminal was very busy but thanks to TSA Pre  we were through the security checkpoint in no time. We boarded around 9 am for a 9:30 departure, and then we waited and waited . For catering services to deliver the drinks and snacks for the flight - and more importantly the ice (according to our friend John in Seattle that worked for a few airlines on the ground). We departed an hour late. Surprisingly, nobody acted up and the flight was uneventful, except for the woman next to us that talked for three hours non-stop to her new friend across the aisle. She eventually fell asleep.

 

We had great views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens (I believe) in the distance.

 

We arrived at SeaTac about 30 minutes late and the rental car pickup as quick. We were able to check in and get to our room at the Mediterranean Inn in the Queen Ann District and unpacked before our friend John picked us up for a drive around tour of parts of the city. We ended up at Duke's Seafood on Union Lake for drinks and early snacks/dinner and then John dropped us off at the hotel.

 

We ended up watching the sunset from the hotel's roof deck and it was a lovely (early) end of a long day for the New Yorkers.

 

Tomorrow we will get our covid tests in Bellevue with some sightseeing there and also along the waterfront.

 

Hot weather will be with us the next few days: 85F on Wednesday, 94F on Thursday, 99F on Friday 😮 and 91F on Saturday.

 

For the Seattle locals: any suggestions for what to do on  those hot days? Head out of the city (Mt. Rainier, Bainbridge Island and further west?)

 

Now I need to get to bed; Richard is fast asleep.

 

 

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-Welcome to Seattle and Bellevue, you're literally like 10 miles from us. 

-Always glad when our mountains can put on a show, Mt. Rainier greets me every morning in the summer.  

-For the hot weather, head west and take a ferry ride across Puget Sound, it'll feel cooler too, the boats are AC'd.  Like all west coast cities, the further inland you get, the hotter it'll be.

-Other things you can do: Boeing Museum of Flight, Chihuly Museum, Space Needle; any casino if you are renting a car and into that, Snoqualmie is the closest off I-90.

 

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Let me just add that this week on the Nieuw Amsterdam has been great. I can’t comment on MDR as we have only dined in the specialty restaurants and all have been great.

 

Yes the internet was slow and got better after they shut it down and worked on it. One strange occurrence has been no live tv the entire cruise. They state”hard to get a signal up here!”

 

Weather has not been great but we have been in rain forest. Last night sailing from Icy Point it was a little rough with 13 foot seas which made for good sleeping.

 

I would rate this cruise very high. Crew has been outstanding and other than mask in our opinion pretty much a regular cruise. Can’t wait to get back aboard in October.

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49 minutes ago, aliaschief said:

Let me just add that this week on the Nieuw Amsterdam has been great. I can’t comment on MDR as we have only dined in the specialty restaurants and all have been great.

 

Yes the internet was slow and got better after they shut it down and worked on it. One strange occurrence has been no live tv the entire cruise. They state”hard to get a signal up here!”

 

Weather has not been great but we have been in rain forest. Last night sailing from Icy Point it was a little rough with 13 foot seas which made for good sleeping.

 

I would rate this cruise very high. Crew has been outstanding and other than mask in our opinion pretty much a regular cruise. Can’t wait to get back aboard in October.

I've found with Alaska, going from the Glacier Bay area down to Sitka as being the most rocky, I love it!

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