Monday, September 26, 2016

Tales of the South Pacific, Day 1 Seattle, Washington

What a great day!!!!  I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time….  It’s time to start another Holland America adventure!  I had a wonderful summer visiting family and friends.  I loved my trip to Gananoque, Ontario, gateway to the Thousand Islands, visiting the Scott sisters.  I also loved the time I spent in Delaware with my family and friends but now…..  it’s time to explore the world, once again.  I boarded the ship nice and early, having been met by Gerald Bernhoft, Director of the Mariner Society.  The rest of the day was far less exciting, mostly spent unpacking….  I did get out and about, saying hello to all my crew member friends and several of the guests I knew from prior voyages.  Once Lifeboat drill was done and sail away was complete, it was back to unpacking….  Once that is complete, I am settled in for an amazing adventure for the next 7 months…  It’s great to be home….


Saturday, September 24, 2016

The adventure begins..... Seattle, Washington

Well, the next big adventure has officially begun….  My sister Lisa and her husband Jim made the huge sacrifice and got up at three o’clock this morning to take me to the airport in Philadelphia.  The flight went well and we arrive into Seattle early.  I took a taxi to the hotel and was really lucky to get into my room at such an early hour.  I dropped the bags, grabbed the camera and was off…..  I first went up the Space Needle, always a great place to start!  Next up was the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum…..  Dale Chihuly is such a fabulous artist!  Then I headed out toward the Pike’s Place Market and met up with my friend Rene Felton, the Spa Manager on the ms Amsterdam….  We hung out for a couple of hours, had a bite to eat and then it was time for me to head back to the hotel….   Lots to do, update computers and electronic devices before I get on the ship, put together my first blog posting in a while and….  Have a nice cold diet coke!  I am so excited to board the ms Amsterdam, my home away from home and to join my Holland America Line family…..