Posted by: Gary Guertin | May 13, 2017

42 World Cruise–Ft. Lauderdale–26 Apr. 2017–Final Cruise Post

Hi All, (Written May 11, 2017)

I’m sorry to take so long to close out this cruise, and I will explain the delay in my final summary.  This last World Cruise post will be a look at the M.S. Amsterdam and life aboard for 111 days.  Let’s start with a look again at the ship:

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and yours truly in front of the ship:

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Two swimming pools, the large one with a re-tractable roof:

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The center of the ship and all activities, the beautiful Atrium Clock:

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the Library/Explorer Café were you can get coffee, etc. day and night:

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we can’t forget the Casino:

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a dance at the Grand Theater were we had shows every evening:

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and late Snack, we all headed for the Lido at some time during the day, especially the Pizza, Hamburger, or Ice Cream sections:

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beautiful art throughout the ship:

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basketball, mini tennis, and a full exercise room.  Here’s the court:

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Much more to show, but above is just a sample.  Let’s move on to life aboard.  Here’s Susy and I arriving at the port, Jan. 4th:

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The Lemo was because of the amount of luggage we started with (I won’t tell how many suitcases we each had).  Here’s our first evening dinner photo (all unpacked and ready to relax):

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sailing away:

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Our first celebration night, Jan. 23, married 47 years.  Susy with AG our wonderful main waiter:

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One of the Gala nights:

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Susy and Komang, our assistant waiter on a Chinese night theme:

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Yours truly with AG and Komang on an India night theme:

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another Gala night:

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We made many friendships.  Susy had her tea friends and her Casino friends, while I just tagged along from time to time.  One couple we both got to know who were from Spain:

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have to show Susy the one and only night we had snow:

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The Easter table at the entrance to the dining room:

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This post would not be complete without a picture of the beautiful ocean we saw each day:

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We celebrated Gigi’s birthday with a full waiter turn out to sing to her (we have the whole celebration on video):

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We have to wrap this up, so here’s our last dinner photos, Apr. 25th:

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Our last walk down this long corridor to our room:

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For those of you who are interested in numbers, here’s a summary of the trip segments:

Jan. 4, Ft. Lauderdale to Jan. 26, Honolulu   – 6862 miles

Jan. 26, Honolulu to Feb. 13, Osaka, japan  – 5110 miles

Feb. 13, Osaka to Mar 3, Hong Kong            – 2826 miles

Mar. 3, Hong Kong to Apr. 4, Piraeus, Greece-8352 miles

Apr. 4, Piraeus to Apr. 26 Ft. Lauderdale      -6404 miles

Total miles sailed – 29,554 miles

Just a few interesting notes:

When we sailed through the Straits of Hormuz all the way to the Suez Canal we were under safety precautions for "piracy".  We actually had a drill in case of a piracy try and were fully advised of all the safety features in case of emergency, including extra security guards, water hoses, and rigged razor wire, just to mention a few.

The ship has the capacity for 1056 guests (and we were at capacity most of the cruise) and 619 crew. Our max speed was 24.5 knots ( 29 miles per hour).  The ship is 781 feet long by 106 feet wide, and has 62,735 gross tonnage.

I want to close with a few pictures of our home coming, especially that afternoon, Apr. 26th with our family:

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I said I would explain why this post took so long to finish.  Susy and I had the usual "colds" and flu during the cruise from time to time, but when we got home they really caught us.  I had to go to the ER and stay overnight in the hospital with a serious infection,  Susy got hit with a bad cough.  Tonight while writing this you should know that we both are much better and should be back to normal very soon.

In summary, with the exception of the health issues the cruise was exceptional.  We met a group of people who take the round-the-world cruise every year, rather than come south, rent a Condo, and sit out the winter.  Some had 23 years straight, while most had 8 to 10.  The itineraries are different every year, so these people just come aboard, meet friends from years past and enjoy the winter first class.

That’s it for now.  I’ll change the header to my usual ocean view in a few weeks and Susy and I will be back with you on our next cruise (which will probably be a long time from now, since we want to enjoy our family and friends for awhile)

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

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Responses

  1. ME ENCANTARON TODAS LAS FOTOS, DIVINAS, MUY LINDO EL ENCUENTRO CON TODA LA FAMILIA.
    A DISFRUTAR EN CASA !!!!!
    MUCHOS BESOS.
    ADELITA

  2. What a great way to spend winter; glad your back in one piece. I’ll be seeing you soon, I’m in NY celebrating new nietecito!


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