Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that I've been offered my next contract on my next ship!! I leave the Zuiderdam on January 6th, 2007, after which I will fly home to Seattle and be off for two months. I board the ms Westerdam on March 4th, 2007, and am on that ship for four months. While on that ship, we're going to spend most of the time in the Mediterranean!! Europe is definately my 2nd home after the USA, so I am really excited to see parts of the continent that I've never been to before. My iternary is as follows...

  • March 4 - March 31 : Three different Caribbean cruises : 1. Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos islands -- Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands -- Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles -- Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 2. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas -- Grand Turk -- George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands -- Costa Maya, Mexico 3. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas -- St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands -- San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Grand Turk.

Then I'm off to Rome!!

  • April 1 - April 16: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas -- Grand Turk -- Funchal, Madeira, Portugal -- Casablanca, Morocco -- Cadiz (Seville), Spain -- Barcelona, Spain -- Monte Carlo, Monaco -- Rome, Italy.

We then do 20-day cruises to the eastern and western Mediterranean!

  • Rome, Italy -- Dubrovnik, Croatia -- Kerkira, Corfu, Greece -- Olympia, Greece -- Santorini, Greece -- Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey -- Athens, Greece -- Messina, Sicily, Italy -- Rome, Italy -- Monte Carlo, Monaco -- Florence/Pisa, Italy -- Barcelona, Spain -- Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain -- La Goulette (Tunis & Carthage), Tunisia -- Palermo, Sicily, Italy -- Naples, Italy -- Rome, Italy.

So there it is!! Needless to say I am very excited, and very happy with my new life at sea! I'll be home in six weeks and will be catching up with all of you. In the meantime, keep logging into my blog for new photos from on-board the ship, and from my current ports-of-call. Later! -J.

Another photo from "Pool Games." Posted by Picasa

Rachelle and I running "Pool Games" on the aft pool. Posted by Picasa

Rachelle and I on "Tropical Night." Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 10, 2006

The ms Zuiderdam docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 21, 2006, after travelling for twenty-one days from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Florida is my home state and I haven't been back in over six years! We are now doing 7-day cruise runs to the Eastern Caribbean, with Ft. Lauderdale as our home (turn-around) port. Our new weekly iternary is Ft. Lauderdale -- Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies -- Road Town, Tortola Island, British Virgin Islands -- Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Stay tuned for many more photos, as well as new updates from my new life at sea!
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Me swimming at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas with our ship in the distance. The island was originally called Little San Salvador Island, but was renamed when Holland America bought it in 1997. It is now a private island owned by the company, and one of about 700 islands that make up the archpelago of the Bahamas. Located roughly between Eleuthera and Cat Island, it is usually a one-day stop (port of call) on most Holland America Caribbean cruises.

The island is about a hundred miles southeast of Nassau. Holland America has developed only 45 acres of the 2,400 acre island, with the goal of maintaining as much habitat as possible for wildlife. The island is also a significant nesting area for waterfowl.

Activities include swimming, sunning, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and snorkeling. Deep-sea fishing, parasailing, glass-bottom boat rides, and nature walks also are available. A variety of water toys are available for rent, including Hobie catamarans, Sunfish sailboats, windsurfing sailboards and kayaks. There are also volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes and shuffleboard, a fitness trail with exercise stations, and nature trails for hiking. Posted by Picasa
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Near the resort where we ate and drank at after rafting.

One of our rafting guides showing us a breadfruit. Posted by Picasa

Me getting ready to raft! Posted by Picasa

In Ocho Rios, Jamaica we went rafting on the White River. Ocho Rios is a town on the northern coast of Jamaica. Posted by Picasa
Cartagena, Colombia

The following forty or so photos were taken in Cartagena, Columbia. Start at the bottom and work your way up through the pictures and text.

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Streets of Cartagena. Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena. Posted by Picasa

Rachelle's attempt at taking a picture! Posted by Picasa

Me again. Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena.
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Streets of Cartagena. Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena. Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena.
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Street sign. Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena. (Museum of modern art). Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena. Posted by Picasa

Me beside a very large door! Posted by Picasa

One of the churches in the old town. Posted by Picasa

Streets of Cartagena.
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Streets of Cartagena. Posted by Picasa

Christina posing again (she doesn't seem to want to smile today!) Posted by Picasa