Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We've had a few bumps in the road (so to speak) - it rained while we were boarding the ship. Not so annoying for actually getting on the ship, but getting our luggage to the porter through the security checkpoint in the rain was in fact pretty annoying.
The weather cleared for sail away, but as we got out of the harbor, the winds and swell picked up. For the first 36 hours of the cruise, we had gale force 9 winds, (about 65 MPH) and 12 – 18 foot waves. This is NOT conducive to passenger comfort. Lots of folks suffered from sea sickness, but the staff was as helpful as they could be. Thanks goodness I was fine, but The Mr didn't feel to well the first night, and my sister and mom were both a bit under the weather.
Sleep on the first night was non-existent - rocking and rolling at that rate does not put you to sleep. The good news is - we are on vacation and afternoon naps are encouraged! Though the weather continued through the first day – the Captain closed the pools and hot tubs (the splashing water was a safety hazard) which wasn’t fun - we napped by the empty pool for a couple of hours anyway (the nice warm Lido pool, nicely protected from the wind and chilly (53 F) weather. The decks outside were also closed off - high winds also seem to be a safety hazard.
Even with the weather, we are very much enjoying our trip. We've had a massage (heavenly), I've finished one of my photography books already, watched a great demonstration in the Culinary Arts Center by the Master Chef about flambe and enjoyed chatting with a number of the ship's senior staff at a meeting I set up with some Cruise Critic members.
This morning, the second morning of our cruise, the seas have calmed somewhat (still 7 - 12 foot swells, but that is really qiute nice in comparison to yesterday), the Captain has opened the outside decks ans we'll be taking a stroll on the Promenade Deck shortly.
We have some fun things planned today. We are taking a cooking class taught by the Head Chef of the speciality restaurant on board (called the Pinnacle Grill). This is a "hands on" class, and should be lots of fun. The Mr, my sister and my parents will all be there too. We are planning to attend a lecture on the history of Hawaii by Kainoa Dela Cruz, our travel guide and renowned lecturer. We met him yesterday - he's very charming and has a wealth of information! The lecture should be a real treat! We are planning to attend an Indonesian Tea this afternoon. Most of the wait staff on Holland America come from Indonesia - they put on a fantastic tea ceremony and I am really looking forward to it. And tonight is our first formal night (break out the tuxes and fancy dresses!) as well as a party with the Captain!
The rocky seas have really curtailed my ability to take pictures (well, pictures that aren't blurry anyway), and I am having some difficulty getting them uploaded. I'll attempt to give you a glimpse later.
Now I am off to write a couple of quick thank you notes and then we are off to enjoy our day!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
- Everything packed except the computers and the camera. We'll save those for morning.
- Father-in-law scheduled to pick us up at 10:30 tomorrow morning.
- Ship boarding passes printed, passports and travel docs ready.
- Need to print out cat care instructions for in-laws. Though they have taken care of the cats countless times and have three cats of their own, they always want written instructions.
- Need to pack up the perishables in the refrigerator for in-laws to take home.
- Need to get some rest!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Here's the Birthday Boy, enjoying bowling (as he naturally would, since he won every game...)
Jessica throws a mean strike!
Hope you have a wonderful birthday Paul!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here's our tablescape, complete with Irish coffee glasses!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
With that unpleasant and stressful experience over, we can focus on our upcoming vacation! 11 days! My to-do list is long - here's a start...
- Packing list (mostly done)
- Formal dresses are at the tailor (she promised I would have them back by next Thursday)
- Finish the Cruise Shirts (my sister's logo is perfect! now just need to get them printed)
- Get camera equipment ready
- Finish booking shore excursions and planning tour itineraries (anyone have ideas on what to do for one day in Kona or Lahaina?)
- Finalize Meet & Greet for cruise website group (this has been tons of fun in the past - and we generally get to meet the Hotel Manager - the 2nd in command of the ship, Cruise Director, Food and Beverage Maanager... and maybe this time even the Captain! We've also had lots of invitations to personal tours of the ship and private parties because of these meetings)
- Make sure "Cat Care" instructions are up to date (in-laws are taking care of the fur-babies while we are gone)
- Schedule "surprise" on-board gift for The Mr
That's the beginning - I better get on it!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I need help narrowing down my three best nature pictures. I've been able to get down to the 14 below - and now I need your help. Can you comment on which are your favorites? I'd love to know what you all think!! (Let me know if there are any problems viewing these images... this was not an easy layout for blogger!)
Reflection in the Water