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August 16, 2010, Day at Sea, traveling to Dublin
Today was a productive day at sea as we traveled toward Dublin.
We decided to beat the big rush for breakfast in the Lido Dining Room, so went early and found plenty of tables.
For the first 48 hours of our sail, the food lines were manned by ship personnel. The Captain informed us they do the service this way at the start of each cruise as a precaution in order to prevent the spread of the intestinal neuro-virus. As of lunch today, we were "on our own". Any and all precautions are much appreciated.
We are on board the Holland America Westerdam, a 1,916 passenger ship with 817 crew members. It was dedicated in 2004. It's one of the line's Vista-class ships with the latest in industry and environmental technologies.
Our cabin is more than adequate for the two of us and we were (once again) amazed at the amount of storage. We haven't even used all of it! The bathroom is very large - containing a shower, bathtub, and two sinks.
The art on board is quite a collection of Dutch heritage and ranges in paintings from historic Dutch ships to an Indian silver-overlaid wood place doorway. There are also a few contemporary pieces, including an Andy Warhol original. We've also enjoyed visiting the gallery and viewing the work on display - some of which is for sale, other pieces will be auctioned during the cruise.
We have been able to access wireless internet from our cabin, but there were times it was painfully slow, so we headed up two decks to the internet cafe, where the signal can be stronger.
We have late seating for dinner at a table for eight. Our tablemates are all frequent cruisers and it is fun and interesting to compare travel experiences and learn about places we've not yet visited.
Deck Three is the Promenade Deck and is where the outdoor walking track is located. Three times around equals one mile. We walked this morning and found it was quite a popular location.
This is a very busy cruise, with nine ports of call the first 12 days. We will stay in Edinburgh for two days, giving us the opportunity to explore and enjoy the many sites and attractions.
It's a back-to-back cruise, so after returning to Rotterdam for a day, we will then head to Norway with eight stops plus crossing the Arctic Circle. Tomorrow we shall spend the day in Dublin, a city we both enjoy.
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