2013 world cruise on the Amsterdam
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
33Trip End May 01, 2013
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The Captain spoke interrupting the speakers with an announcement again prohibiting the use of scooters , wheel chairs and walkers from the tenders because there was at least 20 steep steps after docking and that the surge was so bad that everyone who goes ashore should expect to get wet. We no sooner got back to the talk when he came on again saying that the first tender could not dock because the dock was too short to tie up the tender and already the rubber around the vessel to protect it from the docks was destroyed
Needless to say everyone who planned to go ashore were unhappy with the Captains decision, but we are all so litigious today that could lead to big problems for HAL if there was a problem with the people in the tenders being hurt.
Georgetown is the only town on the island, but there are four villages with all island administration headquartered at the port. Islanders like in St. Helena do not have mail delivery systems; instead people go to the post office for their mail.
We have a dinner with the captain on Friday with a few passengers, all the around the world people get to do this and I suppose we must be the last group. It is held for us on a formal night followed by a ball, and held at a specialty restaurant called the Pinnacle, which we have not gone on this trip since you pay extra to go and the food in our dinning room is very good
The dinner was preceded by a cocktail party and we spent all the time talking to Henk the hotel manager who finally let us on the boat without our passports, both he and his wife work for HAL. After the party we were ushered to the Pinnacle dinning room and seated with the first officer and 5 single women. Mary Ann and I sat on either side of the first officer who was Dutch and had a very heavy accent. This made it difficult to understand him. The five single women sat across from us and came from many different countries, a Philippino woman sat across from me and she was a nurse, the meal was very gourmet and had seven courses. This was followed by a ball in which Bill and Mary Jane won a bottle of champagne for their outfits. We danced a few dances then went to the balcony to see all the outfits from above, a number of other people won a bottle of champagne and by 11pm all the bubbly was gone. We headed to bed for another sea day, starting with mass and a 4 mile walk around the promenade deck which came to 14 laps, then a quick breakfast before listening to former Ambassador Walker tell us the problems China will have with becoming the world leader. This was followed by me taking a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, Mary Ann does not eat lunch most days, and then going to the second lecturer a David Smith giving tips on digital photography. Afterward the Indonesian crew gave their show like the Philippines did a few weeks earlier. It was very good, but none of our cabin stewards or dinning room waiters was in the show, but the head waiter in the section next to us was a singing star of the show.