Days 12-13 – Jan. 17-18
It’s January, so you may have snow on the ground where you live, but in the Southern Hemisphere, sailing in the waters off Brazil, we have balmy breezes and 80-degree temperatures. To take advantage of the perfect weather, our blue world of indigo waters and cloudless skies, we are enjoying the Amsterdam’s outer decks to the utmost. Humberto and I went for a walk with Duffy, who was in the mood to dress up as a pirate in the tropics! We took advantage of the ship’s superb, wrap-around promenade deck on lower promenade Deck 3. This teak deck is protected against the sun and has plenty of cushioned lounge chairs to relax in with a good book. To make sure nobody is thirsty a steward walks the deck periodically bearing trays of lemonade.
Some of our other favorite outdoor public areas are the pool/hot tubs sections: the Lido Pool, amidships, and the Sea View Pool, aft, both on Lido Deck 8. The Lido Pool has two large hot tubs and is protected by a retractable glass magrodome roof – that, coming to think of it, will come in very handy, in a few weeks as we head to the waters of Antarctica! We will be able to use the Lido pool and hot tubs, rain or shine, not only now when the weather is warm, but also when it is cold as we venture into the lower latitudes.
The Sea View Pool is the place for great panoramas of the ship’s wake. This is the place I like to go to when I’m in a dreamy mood – the seemingly endless horizons are always inspiring. The Sea View Pool has a bar so you can sip something tall and cool while drinking in the scenery in big gulps. Like the Lido Pool, the Sea View Pool is steps away from the Lido Restaurant, the Terrace Grill and Lido Bar. Both pools have a good number of deck chairs – we’ve never had to hunt for one. So having left their everyday cares as discarded bundles on the pier on embarkation day, guests can spend whole hedonistic days in the sun with everything they need right at hand.
One evening, Doc Severinsen (formerly bandleader for the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson) entertained. He was terrific. On Thursday, Jan. 19, we are scheduled to dock at Rio de Janeiro. We have been deeply saddened at hearing reports of the tragedy involving the Costa Concordia. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.
Freelance travel writer Georgina Cruz and her husband Humberto are currently sailing on Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout their time on board. She has logged 174 voyages to all seven continents and visited more than 100 countries.