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Day At Sea On the Zuiderdam

Day 3 – Day At Sea

Even though its a Day At Sea many of my passengers were up early.

It was a stunning sunrise – those of us that watched it were in awe.  The temperature was balmy.  Its still summer here.

I visited with many of my passengers at my hospitality desk.  I praise Holland America because they still allow me to use a flip chart which my passengers check daily so they can learn about the latest “Bradley’s News”.  Other cruise lines no longer allow the use of flip charts so that makes it much harder for me to communicate with my passengers.

The Captain made a bit of a detour arriving in Newport, RI at 8:30am to pick up a lifeboat (1 hour stop).   Oceania’s Cruise Line Insignia which was docked next to us in New York City yesterday is also here as this is their first port of call.

It was wonderful to enjoy a scenic glimpse of Newport from the water.  This was a bit of a teaser as we didn’t get ashore.  Newport is a great destination to visit especially during the holiday season when the Newport historic mansions are decorated for Christmas.

I think Holland America offers one of the very best Dining Room Breakfast Menu in the cruise industry.  One can choose from many upscale menu items such as Crab or Mushroom Benedicts.

The Zuiderdam is a very clean ship – spotless in fact.  I have an excellent stateroom attendant.  He is already rearranging my things!

I really enjoyed the informative, “Lunch For A Rainy Day Cooking Class” that was sponsored by America’s Test Kitchen.  I learned so much during the 45 minute session.  The instructor is excellent and Holland America uses some audio/visual techniques to elevate these on-board classes.  Well Done!

The next class I joined was all about the Go Pro Video Camera Model #5.  The instructor was from Israel.

My passengers gathered for a group luncheon in the Main Dining Room.  The service was excellent and so was the food.

Afterwards some of us attended another cooking class “Salads As A Main Meal” – Caesar Salad with Chicken (the instructor pan seared the chicken on one side then steamed it to keep it moist) and a very attractive looking Cobb Salad.

It was then time for Afternoon Tea – this event attracted many from my group.  

I found a bit of time to work out in the well-equipped gym before sitting on my stateroom balcony to bask in the summer-like temperatures.  We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day.  The sea was as smooth as glass.  The Captain told us to keep our eyes open for whales.  I was almost late for tonight’s Formal Gala because I was mesmerized by the pods of dolphins next to the ship and didn’t want to leave their show.

My passengers dressed to the nines for the Formal Gala.  

The Gala menu was impressively designed.  The meal was extra special.

Some of us enjoyed the Dueling Piano Country Show in the Billboard Live Lounge after dinner.  Everyone sang along to “Country Roads”.  

The Captain toasted everyone in the Main Theatre prior to tonights big Production Show.

A couple from New Zealand chatted with me in the theatre.  They flew to Houston and then visited New Orleans, Florida, Nashville, Memphis and then boarded the Zuiderdam after spending 5 days in New York City, will end in Quebec City, then travel Toronto, fly to Vancouver for a few days – will fly home from there.

Tomorrow we dock in Boston, MA.  We are all looking forward to it!

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