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"LIVE" from the Westerdam / 3-09-08

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Hello everyone ! I arrived in Fort Lauderdale today at about 3PM, for a 2 night Pre Cruise Stay.

 

I am very excited about my First cruise with Holland America ! I have sailed many times, and have posted many "Live" reports, but Holland America Line is a first for me.

 

My "LIVE" posts will posted daily with comments and photos (internet permitting. . . )

 

The pics will include Public Rooms, Exteriors, Ports of Call, and cabin photos.

We are scheduled to sail on Sunday afternoon, and there will be several ships with us at port.

Tomorrow will be a pre cruise day to relax, and sit by the pool, and maybe go to an Orioles Spring Training Game (At 1:05PM)

 

Sit back and enjoy this Western Caribbean Cruise on Westerdam.

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Here are a few pics from today. . .

 

Radio

 

 

Hyatt Regency Pier 66

 

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View from above. . . .

 

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Great Pool

 

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Hyatt Pier 66

 

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More Pics tomorrow ! !:rolleyes:

 

 

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Thanks Radio, can't wait to sail with you again. Loved your RCI live cruises. Looking forward to your thoughts on Holland as i have never sailed with them yet either.

 

Thanks for taking the time to do this on your vacation.

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Great! I'm looking forward to traveling along. :)

Those pictures of the Hyatt sure make it look like a nice place to stay. I've read about it on CC, but had no idea it was so pretty. Too bad the revolving restaurant isn't open to the public any more. :(

Have a nice pre-cruise, and a great cruise!

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Thank you so much for posting the pics Radio. We are on RC Enchantment on Thursday and have been looking at staying here pre-cruise. I think you just made up my mind! The pool looks inviting! Let us know what you think of it tomorrow? Enjoy your trip and we are looking forward to your "live" reports as we have never sailed with Holland. Enjoy your cruise!

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Thanks so much for doing a LIVE report from the Westerdam:) Your pictures are wonderful!! We are just off the Zuiderdam and had a wonderful time, great ship - so looking forward to your reports from the Westerdam:) Enjoy your pre-cruise stay in FLL:)

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Love those pictures. We were talking about this hotel a few weeks ago on this board, and now I see that we stayed their pre cruise one time. I also had dinner there with my parents in the late 60s.

 

Looking forward to your live from complete with pictures since I've never been on the Westerdam.

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Love those pictures. We were talking about this hotel a few weeks ago on this board, and now I see that we stayed their pre cruise one time. I also had dinner there with my parents in the late 60s.

 

Looking forward to your live from complete with pictures since I've never been on the Westerdam.

 

:eek: Oh, oh...we all have to behave with Radio and his camera documenting our every move...yikes!! Honestly, I think we will all have a wonderful time on the Westerdam!! See all when we get back!!:D I will let you know it compares to our fave Noordam!;)

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Thanks for posting the pics. Looking forward to your live reports. You will love the Westerdam. It is a great ship. We went in Dec last year and are going again in April on the Southern Caribbean itinerary. Anxious to hear about the any time dining since it will be new to us.

 

Have fun and don't miss the Explorer's Cafe.

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We'll be on the Westerdam April 6 (sailed same ship, same itinerary last year...Aruba, Curacao, and HMC). We're going with my sister, BIL, and their kids. We'll also be staying at Hyatt Pier 66 for two nights precruise. We usually stay at Marriott Marina Hotel (now the Ft. Lauderdale Grande), but thought we'd give this hotel a try. Please let us know how you like it.

 

Jo-Ann

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We sailed this itinerary on the Westerdam Feb 10-17. I am really looking forward to reliving the cruise through your reports, and especially to seeing your pics of the Westerdam and its wonderful crew. Hope you enjoy your cruise as much as we did ours.

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Hello everyone. . .Thanks for the nice comments.

 

I was up early today at 5AM to grab a coffee at the local Starbucks (.9 mi west of the Hyatt) The temp at 5AM was 79f and will be the high for today. A heavy thunderstorm came through at about 6AM, and the temps will be cooler for the rest of the day. The rain is now finished, and it is a sunny day, but the temps will max out at about 71f.

 

I am getting ready to go to the Fort Lauderdale stadium to watch the Orioles and Mets play. . .

 

The hotel has been very very nice. I am very pleased with the accommodations here. I enjoyed a great breakfast, and I will tell you that the staff here is very intent on making their guests' stay favorable.

 

I am able to view all of the ships in port today, and will have a great view for tomorrow when the ships come in early.

 

Here are a few pics of the Port Everglades area. . .

 

 

 

More pics later !

 

Radio

 

 

Enchantment of the Seas and Costa Mediterrania

 

 

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Enchantment of the Seas at Pier 25

 

 

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Jewel of the Seas at Pier 18

 

 

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Grand Princess at Pier 2

 

 

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Costa Mediterrania at Pier 21

 

 

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Holland America Zuiderdam is at Pier 26 and is out of view (Behind Enchantment)

 

 

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Radio, are you in a tower room at Hyatt or a garden/marina room? We've booked a tower room for next month because they were running a special ($169/night), but for next February, we were able to get a government rate of $133 for a garden/marina room.

 

Thanks for the photos of the ships. My parents just got off the Mediterranea this a.m. and called me when they docked. I was worried whether or not they'd enjoy the ship, as it was very last minute (booked 10 days before sailing). They were scheduled to sail the Zuiderdam on Feb. 9, but my Dad got the flu the day before sailing and they had to cancel. They found out their friends were on Mediterranea and they decided to book that. My Mom said she'll give me a full report when she gets home, but according to her, it was the "best cruise they've ever been on." Huh? I was shocked to hear that. I'm happy for them, but still shocked nonetheless. They've cruised many times (Princess, HAL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity) and this was their best cruise ever? I'm dying to hear details...

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Radio,

Thanks for your report. I look forward to future installments. Enjoy the baseball game and bon voyage. Kimberley

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Radio, your trip reports are some of the best on CC. I'm so excited you are trying HAL - please give some insights on your thoughts compared to your normal line, RCCL. :)

 

And, if you could would you please take photographs of dining room menus? There is unfortunately a lack of them on the HAL boards and I would think many would appreciate a view of the menus.

 

Sailing on Westerday in May - looking forward to your report!

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Radio,

 

Thanks so much for the reports and photos. I'm enjoying it a lot and you haven't even boarded yet!

Looking forward to your reports and pictures as we've never sailed on the Westerdam but it's on our list.

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I will be following this thread with anticipation, and I would like to second the request for menu photos (from dining room and elsewhere) as I would be very interested in those. Thanks and have a fantastic cruise!:)

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Hey Radio Thanks so much for your posting. I have posted live feeds before as a Nurse on Board and was very well received. I will be joining the Westerdam on March 23rd for 2 months and I am very excited about this. Please take the time to go down and say Hello to Nurse Annie and the gang and send them my love. Fortunately, very few of the Pax see the hardworking staff of the Medical Center but they always love to have a healthy hello from passengers.

 

NurseGeorge

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NurseGeorge, I'm a pediatric nurse and I'll be onboard the Westerdam on April 6 (as a guest!). Perhaps I'll stop by and say hi!

 

We were onboard Westerdam last year and absolutely loved it. Can't wait to be back onboard again.

 

Jo-Ann

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Radio, Thank you for taking the time to post your live reports and especially the photos!

 

I was supposed to be on the 3/9 Veendam, but yesterday those plans changed. The ship was overbooked, HAL made me an offer.....so now I'm doing the 4/6 Veendam. I'm considering the Westerdam for next January. It's still a new ship to me, although I've done 2 on the Zuiderdam. I don't generally prefer the vista class ships, but when working around 2 working people's schedules I can't be too picky!

 

Hope you enjoyed the game - my boyfriend is a former Oriole.

 

Happy Sailing!

 

Sue/WDW1972

Veendam 4/06/08

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As we've only sailed RCI, I've always looked forward to your live posts! I am really interested in the photos of the Westerdam and your opinions of an HAL cruise. Thanks for allowing us to cruise vicariously through you.

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Hello everyone ! Today was such a beautiful day. . . . There were blue skies, and a warm breeze, all day !

 

I drove up A1A, along the coast. . .I had to stop at target to get a few things. I then drove up to the Fort Lauderdale Stadium, near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (Regional)

 

I had a great time at he game, even though the Orioles lost to the NY Mets (split squad) NYM 4 / BAL 1 Oh well. . .better luck next time.

 

The stadium was a very old stadium. . .built in the 60's, and used to be the home of the Yankees Spring Training . The Orioles moved in the mid 90's, and are currently looking for a new spring home. . .

 

 

I then went over to Port Everglades, so I could get closer to the ships in port today. The Zuiderdam was calling me ! :rolleyes: She is a beautiful ship.

As I am writing this post (6PM). . . the Enchantment, and Westerdam have left. The Jewel, Grand Princess, and Mediterrania, are still tied up at their docks. They should be leaving soon.

 

Tomorrow will be a busy day in port. There will be 7 ships at Port Everglades.

 

Westerdam

 

Costa Fortuna

 

MSC Lirica

 

Caribbean Princess

 

Radiance of the Seas

 

Millenium

 

Carnival Liberty

 

I should be getting to the pier by about 11AM. I will try to post a few pics before I get to the port. I will definately post some pics after boarding. . .

 

here are a few pics from today. . .

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

 

Radio

 

 

Fort Lauderdale Beach

 

 

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Life Guard Station on the beach

 

 

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The view from my balcony at the Hyatt

 

 

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My room in the Tower

 

 

 

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:eek: Oh, oh...we all have to behave with Radio and his camera documenting our every move...yikes!! Honestly, I think we will all have a wonderful time on the Westerdam!! See all when we get back!!:D I will let you know it compares to our fave Noordam!;)

 

Awesome, CG! Have a wonderful cruise!

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Here are a few more from today. . .

 

Radio

 

 

Home of the Spring Traing Orioles

 

 

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Oriole Starter, Brian Burres

 

 

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Oriole Dugout

 

 

 

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Holland America Zuiderdam

 

 

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Zuiderdam

 

 

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Thanks, Radio, for all your photos and for your "Pre-Live From...and the real deal "Live From." We all love those here on the HAL board...so appreciate your efforts!

Have a great sail away tomorrow! :D

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Wonderful pictures:) Thanks so much, especially for the Zuiderdam, my new favorite ship:)

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:eek: Oh, oh...we all have to behave with Radio and his camera documenting our every move...yikes!! Honestly, I think we will all have a wonderful time on the Westerdam!! See all when we get back!!:D I will let you know it compares to our fave Noordam!

 

 

Ha Ha. . . No. . just pics of the ship, and ports for me ! :D

 

The Noordam is the newest Vista Class ship, right ?

HAL called me yesterday, to see if I wanted to switch to the Noordam from NYC today (since they overbooked Westerdam), but I told them I was already in Fort Lauderdale ! ! I wished they would have called me on Wednesday . . . :rolleyes:

 

 

Radio

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Ha Ha. . . No. . just pics of the ship, and ports for me ! :D

 

The Noordam is the newest Vista Class ship, right ?

HAL called me yesterday, to see if I wanted to switch to the Noordam from NYC today (since they overbooked Westerdam), but I told them I was already in Fort Lauderdale ! ! I wished they would have called me on Wednesday . . . :rolleyes:

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes:

 

Right you are! ;)

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Hi Radio,

Thanks again for the review of the hotel and pics of the ships!

Can't wait to tune in to your live reports while I am live on the Enchantment of the Seas! :D (Thursday) Have a terrific cruise!!!

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Hello everyone ! Today was such a beautiful day. . . . There were blue skies, and a warm breeze, all day !

 

I drove up A1A, along the coast. . .I had to stop at target to get a few things. I then drove up to the Fort Lauderdale Stadium, near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (Regional)

 

I had a great time at he game, even though the Orioles lost to the NY Mets (split squad) NYM 4 / BAL 1 Oh well. . .better luck next time.

 

The stadium was a very old stadium. . .built in the 60's, and used to be the home of the Yankees Spring Training . The Orioles moved in the mid 90's, and are currently looking for a new spring home. . .

 

 

I then went over to Port Everglades, so I could get closer to the ships in port today. The Zuiderdam was calling me ! :rolleyes: She is a beautiful ship.

As I am writing this post (6PM). . . the Enchantment, and Westerdam have left. The Jewel, Grand Princess, and Mediterrania, are still tied up at their docks. They should be leaving soon.

 

Tomorrow will be a busy day in port. There will be 7 ships at Port Everglades.

 

Westerdam

 

Costa Fortuna

 

MSC Lirica

 

Caribbean Princess

 

Radiance of the Seas

 

Millenium

 

Carnival Liberty

 

I should be getting to the pier by about 11AM. I will try to post a few pics before I get to the port. I will definately post some pics after boarding. . .

 

here are a few pics from today. . .

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

 

Radio

 

 

Fort Lauderdale Beach

 

 

O38.jpg

 

 

 

 

Life Guard Station on the beach

 

 

O36.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

The view from my balcony at the Hyatt

 

 

O32.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My room in the Tower

 

 

 

o30.jpg

 

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Okay, I'm very confused. Which ship are you sailing on? I thought you were sailing on Westerdam, but you mention in this post that the Westerdam has just pulled out. And I think you said you cruise tomorrow. Your sig line says "Westerdam March 9, 2008."

 

Please clarify...it doesn't take a lot to confuse me.

 

Jo-Ann

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I think maybe Radio meant Zuiderdam left? It was in port behind EOS earlier...see the last picture caption on page one.

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I think maybe Radio meant Zuiderdam left? It was in port behind EOS earlier...see the last picture caption on page one.

 

Yes . . you are right. Zuiderdam left first ! Ooops. . . :confused: Sorry for the typo. . :(

 

Today (Sunday) is the day i will be boarding Westerdam ! :) :)

 

Radio

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Yes . . you are right. Zuiderdam left first ! Ooops. . . :confused: Sorry for the typo. . :(

 

Today (Sunday) is the day i will be boarding Westerdam ! :) :)

 

Radio

 

RAdio...you scared me there! I thought we had missed the boat!;)

 

I hope the weather warms up. It's been cooler here in S. Fla. than I expected. We drove to the Keys on Friday...so far that's proven to be the warmest day of all. Today, we have to return our rental car and then we'll be making our way to the pier...all our paperwork is ready! Hope nobody forgets to adjust their clocks! Westerdam, here we come!

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RAdio...you scared me there! I thought we had missed the boat!;)

 

I hope the weather warms up. It's been cooler here in S. Fla. than I expected. We drove to the Keys on Friday...so far that's proven to be the warmest day of all. Today, we have to return our rental car and then we'll be making our way to the pier...all our paperwork is ready! Hope nobody forgets to adjust their clocks! Westerdam, here we come!

 

Did you drive from PA to FL? How was that, CG? That may be what we do next year!

Have fun...and let us know how you like the cruise...and the Westerdam!

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