22 Days until….

Yesterday we received a FedEx package from Cruise Specialists, our travel agency. It contained our travel documents from Holland America, finally! Now we not only have our official itinerary for the cruise now, but more importantly information about critical services which may be purchased such as laundry, phone and internet. Among the items we received were luggage tags, immigration forms, an order form for personalized stationary (complimentary!), and mailing addresses for the various ports of call (I don’t really

expect much mail, but you never know). The plan calls for 9 formal nights (dark suit or tux) and 57 “smart casual nights” (no shorts t-shirts or tank tops please). I counted 35 theme events. They range from the Captains Welcome Reception Dinner to “Pirates and Prisoners” night (Devils Island). The In between events ranges from a “Superbowl tailgate party” to “Antarctica Expedition Icebreaker Grand Seafood Buffet”. It looks like there is a lot of variety in both food and entertainment.

Here are some of the more interesting facts about the ship the ms Prinsendam as taken from the travel documents.

The Prinsendam is a destination in itself. It has a refined elegance that’s hard to match. You’ll notice the attention to detail throughout the ship: fresh flowers, real china and silver in the dining room, an art collection valued at over a million dollars and all the amenities and services you would expect to find in a fine resort.

Registry: The Netherlands
Passenger capacity: 793
Crew: 428
Gross Tonnage: 37,848 grt.
Length: 669 feet
Beam: 106 feet
Maxium speed: 22 knots

It sounds pretty good for a home away from home for 2 ½ months… Now the only problem is getting accustom to livings quarters which are smaller than our master bedroom. Of course, we really don’t need much more than a bedroom and bathroom (at least that is what we are counting on) J.

Well, it is time to fill out some of those documents and get them back to HAL…

Thanks for reading.

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1 Response to 22 Days until….

  1. Becky says:

    Hi Kay and Wendell,

    David gave me the link to site, so I look forward to following the cruise.

    You might want to add some ginger pills to the apothecary . . . . for sea sickness.


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