On Board The Holland America Rotterdam

This cruise was so fabulous we barely got pictures of the best parts.

In Vancouver we had a fantastic sail away. The scenery was so beautiful as we pulled away from the metropolis of Vancouver and headed toward Alasaka. Can anyone identify the Princess ship in the pictures? It was fairly new at the time, especially compared the older but still graceful Rotterdam.

We had excellent service in all venues including the dining room and the bars. The promenade deck was a favorite place for those looking for a nice stroll any time of day. The Ritz Carlton used to be a first class lounge for music and dancing when the ship was used for Atlantic crossings, but we actually spent most of our time in the little piano bar just off that bar. We don’t have many pictures because every night we were in that lounge singing along with their versatile piano player who knew every show tune and standard ever written. Co-incidentally, I, Suzanne, also knew the tune and words to every show tune and standard ever written. That is where we spent every evening because people kept buying us drinks and asking me to come back each night. We only have one picture in the lounge, though, and it is of the piano player behind another patron because we are always having too good a time to fiddle with my old 35mm film camera and its cumbersome flash.

Holland America featured other fun events like high tea and Dutch night.

Formal nights were also great for dining and included the special baked Alaska parade that became famous on cruises during the 70’s.