Following Nuka Hiva we had 6 wonderful, lazy, busy, glorious days at sea and we made the most of every one of the them... Following are various candid shots that I had not had time to post before..... I've tried to give a full caption to each one so you can follow along and experience some of our fun days on board the Rotterdam for 30 fabulous days.....
Taken in the main dining room one evening at dinner by our server.. We had chosen "open dining" versus the set times of either 5:00 or 8:00.... We usually went down to the dining room about 6:30 and thanks to the dining room manager he seen that we always had the same table
These are our servers....Butu on the left from Bali, and Matha Adi from Indonesia
We were greeted each night by both of them, pulling our chairs out for seating and
laying napkins in our lap. They brought the menu's and changed the sliver after each course.
Each course was served on time and hot or cold as it needed to be. Dressings and
Sauces were poured for us, water glasses and coffee cups were kept filled.
They gave impeccable service and gave dining a whole new experience for us.
This is Fernando our wine steward....He was excellent and very knowledgable.
We enjoyed learning from him and he knew his business!
One of dinner meals a "filet of beef wellington", with
an accompanying vegetable melee, and garlic mashed potatoes.
Every meal we had was delicious and beautifully plated and served.
Though you can't see any of us very well this is our table at one of the special luncheons with the captain for "suite guests only". I chose this picture so you could see the sea and what a beautiful place it was to dine at any time. The Captain was introduced and seated at the table across from us shortly after
This picture was taken.
This is Jim and our Concierge Jennifer
Her office was located in the Neptune lounge
and she was such a help when there was anything
We needed to ask about. She is a real sweety.
This is a picture of the Neptune lounge, throughout the day
they set out wonderful little canape's for snacking..
It had a large library table in it, lots of DVD movies
to choose from, a good selection of books
or CD's that we could take back to our room.
Jim is standing back at Jennifer's desk asking
about a tour location the next day.
Jim had requested a behind the scenes tour of the belly of the ship and engine room and the concierge said she would see what she could do. Near the end of the cruise on our return to San Diego, there was a note left in our mail box that a time had been arranged for the requested tour and would Jim please meet a member of the crew at the front desk the following morning. Jim and a few other guys were taken below for a show and tell of all the ship's workings.... He throughly enjoyed it. Below are some of the pictures he took.
Diesel Electric Engine
Main control room
Engine room Lathe, Jim had a nice visit with the machinists
Ventilation tube and in the background you can see
one of the large drive shafts.....
I almost forgot to post pictures of our room! It was so nice I could live in there forever....Deck #7, Deluxe Veranda Suite #7029 Below is just as we found it when we walked in.
I am standing beside the door. The big double doors go out to the veranda
Below is looking from the bed to the couch area
The next picture is standing by the veranda doors looking towards the dressing room
They had laid a nice leather luggage pad on the bed for unpacking our suitcases
This is a picture of our bar.... we were given fresh fruit every day, replace as it was eaten
There is a mini refrigerator and liquor cabinet underneath
This is the bottle of Champagne on ice waiting on us when we got there
Here is a picture of the dressing room, the mirrors are on the closet doors
The separate bathroom with tub/shower is on the left.
The coffee table with a glass of wine and some special bottled water given to us as a gift
This is a shot from one end of our veranda to the other....we laid on the lounge chairs a lot
You can see that the railing is plexiglass so you could still see the water when sitting or lying
This is from the other end of the veranda....we ate breakfast out here in the mornings
This is a bowl of flowers kept on our coffee table, you can see a white orchid and a white rose.
They were changed just about every 5 days
For my girls - Mom did get brave enough
to wear almost everything you picked out for me....
even the glitter top! (and I did get complements on it)
After we left Hawaii on our way south, our donation
group got together for a "work day" to sort all of
the items brought for Fanning Island...
Donna and I filling bags for Fanning Island
Faye & Ken & Jim waiting on the Nurse on Fanning Island
Mary & Donna, one of the fun friends I met
At the pool the day of the equator crossing ceremony
Another formal night and another funny self portrait
Jim ready for dinner
Mary ready for dinner
And a beautiful evening at sea
I was lucky enough to hit the jackpot on a
"quick hit" casino slot machine.....
How Fun! Everyone came running over, the bells & whistles went off and all the
casino hosts gathered around to congratulate me....
I won two thousand sixty one dollars and forty four cents!
Our night at the old Lahaina Luau
caught in the elevator
Our luggage in the hall waiting to be picked up
the night before debarkation
I caught this rainbow off the veranda on our return a few nights before we hit San Diego
What a perfect ending to a perfect trip.....
Thank you all for your comments and attention to the entries on this blog. I've had a lot of fun going back over all the pictures and hope I gave you a good sample of some of the wonderful things
we seen and did..
I brought some of the South Pacific home with me
and it will remain forever in my heart.