AMSTERDAM


We arrived in Amsterdam the day before the cruise was to begin, and stayed at the Movenpik Hotel right beside the cruise terminal. We had dinner with Izak's cousin and his wife, however since we'd all been up about 30 hours, no one thought to take pictures. It was a very enjoyable evening nonetheless. The pictures on this page start the morning after.

The weather in Amsterstam that day was mainly sunny, 21 C / 70 F with a ENE gentle breeze. The ship set sail at  3:54pm.

 

The morning after we arrived in Amsterdam, we awoke to find the ship docked right beside the hotel.

 

The bow.
 

Dina relaxing on the outdoor patio of the hotel, before we checked out and boarded the ship.
Once on board, I decided to take some pictures of Amsterdam from our balcony, as the ship negotiated the river leading out to open sea. 
 

The Port of Amsterdam is a seaport located on the bank of a former bay named the Ij and the North Sea Canal. It is the second largest seaport in the Netherlands, the largest being in Rotterdam.
 

The train station, in the background, northeast of the cruise terminal.
 

Pleasure and harbour tour boats out for a run.
 

The harbour area is full of modern architecture, most of them being residential buildings.
 

Old Amsterdam in the background.
 


 

Apartment complexes on the Ij.
 

Dina venturing out onto the balcony to watch the world go by.
 


 

Izak relaxing on the balcony.

 




Silodam Residential building



Oil refineries and local industry.





 

One of the many cargo ships, making it's way along the canal.

 

Windmills are a common sight where ever you go.



A number of small villages could be spotted along the way.
 

Hydrofoil
 

Entering the locks at
Ijmuiden. There appears to be three sets of locks, allowing more than one ship to pass through at a time.
 

Entering the lock.

 

Looking back as i
t entered the lock.
 

As small crowd was gathered to watch the ship and wave goodbye to
the passengers on board.
 

Obviously, someone they knew was on board. The sign on the van reads  
"Dag Opa + Oma", which translated means "Goodbye Grandpa and Grandma."
 

Ships passing through the other two locks.

 

A rather odd building in the village beside the locks.

 

After exiting the lock we came across this - a bunker at the mouth of the harbour, 
built by the Germans during WWII.
 
 

Cottages at the beach on the North Sea.
 

Harbour light to guide ships safely into the canal.

 

Evening approaches as we set out to open sea.



THE SHIP



 

The Eurodam


 

The cabin was a good size and the decor simple but functional (for the most part anyway).
 

The entrance way into the cabin held closets, the entrance into a small dressing area and the bathroom, as well as a small bar area.
 

Another view of the entrance. The sofa bed is on the left, which unfortunately was uncomfortable to sit on as it was too wide to provide adequate back support. According to Dina, the mattress was even worse.
 

The balconey door.
 

The bathroom was small but at least it had double sinks, a separate shower and a jet tub.
 

We had a number of formal shots taken on board. This was done our first day on the ship.


There's one in every crowd.



Izak taking part in a "chipping" contest on the Lido deck. The dome
over the pool was closed for most the trip due to the iffy  weather.
 

One of the Cabin Stewards that took care of us during the cruise.
 

Dina and the Cabin Steward.


Another formal picture.



On the second formal night, they took formal shots in the dinning room of Dina . . .



. . . Me . . .



. . . and the three of us.



The third formal night was a black and white affair. We weren't aware of that before the
cruise, so I had to improvise with off-white and black. Dina and Izak were all set though.


These pictures were more "posed" than the others. But here's Dina . . .



. . . Izak and I . . .



. . . and Izak on his own.



 
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