TWcrossroads Managing Editor Michael Nassaur and his wife
Heather are cruising the Panama Canal aboard Holland America's
Amsterdam. Today marks his final report from the ship.
ABOARD THE AMSTERDAM -- Our journey wound down today with a port
call at Holland America's private Bahamian island, Half Moon
This was a return visit for us to this sandy playground, but we
noticed a few changes since we were there earlier in the year.
Most notable is the addition of a number of activities to make
this stop more than a beach day. For example, golf chipping, water
aerobics and massages on the beach are good pastimes for those
seeking something besides soaking in the sun.
Additionally, since we shared our stop with Westerdam,
passengers with a competitive streak could enter into Amsterdam vs.
Westerdam volleyball game or tug-of-war.
Interestingly, the competition stops there, for when two ships
call at Half Moon Cay, one ship will handle the food arrangements
on the island and the other the beverages. This time Westerdam was
responsible for the food, since Amsterdam was returning after 19
days away from its Fort Lauderdale home port.
Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to sample the cuisine
because rainstorms chased us back to the ship.
When we returned to Amsterdam, final disembarkation information
was distributed -- a last reminder that our home for the past 10
days was going to be transfered to a new group of passengers in a
fleeting few hours.
So I'll just sign off now and start searching the stateroom for
the stuff we need to pack. Reality will be coming early
To read earlier Amsterdam entries, click below:Thought for food
A bistro & Coral World
Some suite service
The Panama Canal
San Juan del Sur
The Internet Cafe