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Back in Grand Turk! #Eurodam

Yes, two weeks ago we were here via the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam! Marty and I have returned today on the Eurodam! I will be reporting on the differences between the two ships and reconstruction efforts on St. Thomas. We drove from Jax on Sat and spent the night at …

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Sailing on the Holland America Line Eurodam today!

I was hoping to bring my 80 year old mom on this cruise, but unfortunately she became ill before leaving Chicago. No worries, she’s on the mend! I was able to do a name change and now my wife Marty (The Martster) is coming along!!! I will be reporting from …

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What’s the scoop about shore excursions?

One of the top questions I get as a travel agent and member of the travel media is, “Should I buy my cruise shore excursions directly from the cruise line or through a 3rd party?” One of the main concerns is will a 3rd party provider get me back to …

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Taking my 80 year old mom on her 1st cruise.

My wife Marty (the Martster) and I have over 100 days on Holland America Line and 75 days on Carnival, but it hit me the other day that my mom has never been on a cruise. My family was raised in Aurora, Illinois about 40 miles west of Chicago. I …

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Day 6 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise SeaDay

Well, tomorrow we return to Ft. Lauderdale but at least we have one remaining SeaDay on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam. As I’ve previously mentioned, Marty and I have sailed on her sister ship the Eurodam many times. We really enjoy this class of ship because of the Tamarind restaurant. …

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Day 5 Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise #GrandCayman

It’s hard to believe that this 7 day cruise is quickly coming to an end! Today we anchored off of Grand Cayman near the Carnival Breeze and the Regal Princess. We arrived about 7:30 am, but Andy the Cruise Director insisted that if we weren’t on a shore excursion we …

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Day 4 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise #AmberCove

Marty and I have visited Amber Cove 3 times in the past and it’s one of our favorite ports of call. Once again we hit the gym early and then headed to the Lido buffet. To save a few dollars, I grabbed a couple of wrapped chicken salad sandwiches and …

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Day 3 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise #GrandTurk

Marty and I always try to hit the gym each day on our cruises. Unfortunately, many passengers return from their cruise as cargo! My fitness coach Wendy Townsend and my close friend Doug Parker of Jacksonville-based Cruise Radio have inspired me to take the stairs and not go overboard (pun …

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Day 2 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise #HalfMoonCay

The next day after we sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, we woke up to amazing glass like seas at Holland America’s Half Moon Cay. We ate breakfast in the Lido buffet and quickly headed to the tenders when Andy our cruise director gave the ship the green light to leave the …

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