Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day Two on the MS Oosterdam

Day One we cruised all night and at 8:00 AM we anchored in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. We were tendered from the ship to the shore where we were treated to a beautiful private beach, warm Caribbean waters and a tasty BBQ lunch.

Goofy smile.

That's a little better

At 4:00 PM we heaved up our anchor and depart Half Moon Cay and set a South Easterly course for the Crooked Island Passage.

We opted for Open Seating Dining, which was on Deck 2 and started seating at 5:15. We were often the first in line and always got a table by a window. And sometimes the four of us, me, mom, sister Sue and brother-in-law Phil were seated at a table for 6 and enjoyed the company and opportunity to meet other guests.

Day 2 evening was a "Formal Dress" dinner. Here's one of my bargain outfits from Shar's in Sun City, AZ

Me and Mom ready for dinner.

Shrimp cocktail appetizer.

No (real) sugar added cheese cake. Sometimes I got so excited about my meal I forgot to take a picture. I don't remember what my main course was.

This beautiful Globe could be seen from the 1-3 decks, surrounded by a spiral staircase.

Every evening the Oosterdam presented a stage show, at 7 and 9. The first and second night we were treated to The Singers and Dancers of the Oosterdam. They were all fabulous!! We also had the option, every evening, of visiting and enjoying entertainment of various types in 6 or so of the ships Lounges. Some evenings we went to see a movie, and some evenings we did laps around Deck 3. Three laps equalled one mile. Some evenings we hung out around the pool or lounged on the loungers on Deck 3.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

No more floor tile!!!!

While contemplating my next Cruise entry, I spent a few days pulling up the ceramic floor tile in my kitchen. The tile came up pretty easily, but the cement left behind was anything but easy. Or clean. It was very dusty!!

Right in the center of the kitchen I found remnants of some old linoleum. And some other unidentified stuff.

Lots of cement under the fridge.

My cute wheel barrow sure came in handy for this project.
I'm only allowed to fill up the dumpster 1/3 full with really heavy stuff. I don't think I'll go over the line.

The last remains of the ugly fountain in the backyard are going in the dumpster too.

Annie felt very ignored all day while I worked hard. She had no one to play fetch with.

It was so much fun tearing up the kitchen tile I finally made the decision to tear up the bathroom tile, too. And I'm also having scary thoughts of tearing up the green kitchen counter tile. But that's another day. Or year.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day One on the MS Oosterdam

The MS Oosterdam is one of many in the Holland America Fleet. The Oosterdam is 935 feet long, 106 feet wide and weighs 82,000 tons. She accommodates 1875 guests and 794crew and staff. She travels at 23 knots. On our trip we traveled 4900 nautical miles. One nautical mile equals 1.15 statue miles equals 1.852 kilometers.

Getting ready to get into the van and head to the Cruise ship terminal.

A view of Ft. Lauderdale from the ship.

The cruise ship dock.

Deck lounges on Deck 10

The Aft Pool on Deck 9

The Mid Ship Pool on Deck 9 with a retactable roof.

My Spinach Salad

My Salmon dinner

An attractive dessert

My yummy dessert

Monday, November 02, 2009

Phoenix to Ft. Lauderdale

I'm hurrying to post these while waiting for a ride to the ship...

Annie is trying to stowaway with the Rum bottle.

Outside the plane

I hope my luggage gets loaded!!

Inside the plane

The luggage truck driver took the corner too fast and lost a few items. At least he went back to retrieve them!!

Over New Orleans

Ft. Lauderdale

Coming into Ft. Lauderdale

Sunday in Ft. Lauderdale

Hotel Swimming pool