Monday, 11 June
29.07.2007 -17 °C
Monday, 11 June
After immigration and baggage claim we were escorted by Holland America personnel to their check in facility - a very organized procedure to accommodate the crowd. Here we were checked in with our voucher papers, had our photos taken and received our plastic boarding passes, which we would be using extensively during the tour. We needed them to enter our cabin, leave and reenter the ship when we were in port. A bar code quickly displayed your photo on a TV monitor, so ship personnel had no doubt that you were authorized to leave and reboard the ship when in port. We did obtain early seating for dinner in the upper level of the La Fontaine Dinning Room, located in aft of the ship. Our table #42 was an round 8-seater - but we generally ate with four other passengers. We boarded the Rotterdam at 12:15PM
Our cabin #2556 was located on the port side of the main deck, about midship. Our cabin was typical: A narrow entry with a bathroom on the left. opposite several closets, then a wider space with couch, chair, small table opposite a mirrored dresser with a TV mounted high on a shelf; then beyond was our bed beneath the porthole.
We went to the Lido (8th level, aft) for lunch: fruit, linguine/salmon, barley soup, tea and a few pastries. We rested a bit and walk on the Lower Promenade deck, until our luggage was finally delivered to our cabin. We had little time remaining before we had the mandatory life boat drill, when we had to don our life preservers and proceed to our assigned life boat area on the Lower promenade deck. This was a very exact drill, and all had to be accounted for, as they checked off your cabin numbers. Fortunately, we did not have one of these for real!
Our first dinner in the La Fontaine: (Smart Casual Dress -Slacks and collared shirts for men; casual dresses, slacks, informal wear for ladies) Fruit, Kansas City Vegetable soup, Salmon, Cod fish, Apple strudel w/ice cream. Dinner time was always 5:45PM and lasted until approximately 7:00/7:15PM - plenty of time to sit and chat about the days activities and learn the habits of our table partners: Eleanor and Barbara - who have been traveling together for 10 years; Kaye or Barbara (never could quite figure out which name she went by) - a widow from Iowa and a little quirky at times; Alec, from California - his wife does not like long flights, etc - so he was solo and added a good balance to our group. We were all in the “senior category”. of course.
6:00PM While we were having dinner the Rotterdam set sail for Skagen, Denmark.
8:30 PM: This evening we went to the Wajang theater on Deck 4 to see “Wild Hogs”, a very good comedy, and a fitting end to our long day
Walk today: 3.2 miles