Aboard Rotterdam. The island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is a big question mark for a lot of travelers. It’s one of the southernmost locations in the Caribbean, sitting just off the coast of South America. Our stop in Trinidad was at Port of Spain. It’s a busy, bustling city, unlike any other that we’ve… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Both Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld and Assistant Dining Room Manager Komang sent us fabulous photos from Rotterdam’s traditional show buffet in the dining room at the end of the Grand World Voyage. (The GWV officially ends tomorrow at Port Everglades, Fla.) Executive Chef Bernie Rius and the ship’s kitchen brigade created spectacular culinary delights… read more of “Rotterdam Ends…”
Yesterday evening May 10, 2009, we celebrated Mother’s Day on board the Rotterdam. As usual, we decorated the Dining Room, Queen’s Lounge and Pinnacle Grill in purple, gold and pink colors with taffeta, columns, ceiling décor, cascades, etc. We also presented every lady guest with “pink roses” for the event for an extra “touch.” It… read more of “Rotterdam…”
On board Rotterdam. More than a week after leaving the mainland of Africa, we touched our first port in the Western Hemisphere. The destination was the infamous and storied island penal colony of Alfred Dreyfus and Papillion — Devil’s Island. The Island is actually a very close group of three islands that sits just off… read more of “Postcards from…”
On board Rotterdam. The first thing that we learned about this mysterious far-off place is that the name Helena is not pronounced like the town in Montana, but instead puts the accent on the middle syllable, as in he-LEN-a. Second thing we learned was that Napoleon Bonaparte was once buried here. This was one of… read more of “Postcards from…”
Rotterdam crew purser Mike Willock shared these photos from the current world cruise. The crew was treated to an acupuncture night to help deal with aches, stress and relaxation. Rotterdam’s acupuncturist Lisa Forsythe organized the event in the guest gym, and many crew and officers took advantage of the unique treatment opportunity.
For two days and two nights we stayed in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. We had very nice experiences. People go to Table Mountain, go around the city with a double-decker bus as in the picture and also spend some time at the waterfront with beautiful views of the bay. Komang (left),… read more of “Postcards from Cape…”
South Africa is presenting us with some of the best things that travel can offer. It is giving us stunning beauty, adventurous expeditions, enriching encounters with people of very different backgrounds and most of all intellectual stimulation and debate within and among ourselves. We will not dwell on the last element, but will just say… read more of “Postcards from…”