Aug 31, 2012

On the Boat with Stefan and Janet

October 5-15

We had a wonderful time cruising on Holland America's ship, Noordam, for a ten day adventure in Eastern Europe with Stefan and Janet!  While we loved all of the ports that we visited, we also had a blast hanging out on the ship, and in good cruising form, gorging ourselves with one delicious meal after the next.  Here are some highlights from our time aboard the Noordam:

Stefan's Dad came to America on a Holland America ship, the Maasdam.  

Day 1 in the port outside Rome, excited to cruise!

The port was about an hour away from downtown Rome, so Stefan and Janet arranged their transportation in advance.  However, Brian and I decided to take the risky route - the "figure it out on the fly" in Italy is always an adventure : )  We rode the Metro to the main train station and rode a train to the port.  The below picture was taken after we found Stefan and Janet on the ship,  all excited to be on board!

Enjoying the view?  Just excited to be on vacation!

View of Greek islands in the distance from the boat

Janet and Stefan had a balcony, so they got lots of great pictures of us arriving and departing from the beautiful ports of call

Most evenings we went to the crow's nest for great views and happy hour!

Testing our our future look

Brian and Stefan enjoyed some intense games of oversized chess.  Janet and I enjoyed watching with cocktails : )

Crow's Nest Happy Hour

Cigars and whiskey

Our table for the cruise

Formal Night

Our amazing waiter for the cruise

More food : )