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Cruise Diary: Sept. 18, at Sea

Aboard ms Rotterdam, bound for Lisbon.

Today we had enough time to walk around the ship and meet the ever-friendly crew.

We had a chat with our Indonesian cabin stewards Hendrik and Martin.
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We then went to the port plaque gallery and had a look. It’s always great to see where this ship has been during it’s Holland America Line voyages.
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We met the Japanese guests on board who were having a tour around the ship with their tour guide.
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There are activities going on all day. We watched the golfers playing with Niki.
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It’s time for the cooking demonstration by the Pinnacle Grill chef and hosted by Party Planner Pat.
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Tradition on Holland America Line is 3 p.m. tea time, and this time it’s the royal high tea. It’s there that we meet Florin Dragomir, assistant culinary operations manager, again.
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We found our favorite Dutch coco macaroons and they tasted better than our bakery ashore.

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There are many choices of tea.
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Chef’s favorite (Dutch sauzijzen and ragout pasteitje).
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In the evening it was formal night, and we decided to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary in the Pinnacle Grill. The manager of the Pinnacle Grill, Ferdinand don Griot, welcomed us. We had a fantastic dinner with all of the staff making our celebration one we will never forget.
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Thanks to Ferdinand for the celebration cake for dessert.
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Cees and Yvon Kloppenburg, Rotterdam to Athens on board ms Rotterdam.

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