We haven’t reached any ports yet (except Georgetown, Grand Cayman, which we have been to several times & didn’t love very much, so we stayed on the ship).  However, I wanted to see how the blog posting goes, particularly since our internet connection on the ship is spotty & VERY SLOW.  So, today we will share with you some photos taken aboard the ship.  Assuming this all works as it should, if you hover your mouse over a picture (ie. don’t press any buttons), a caption should pop up that will tell you what you are looking at.

First, here are a couple of paintings of the ship.  The first one is of the original Prinsendam, which sank in 1980 (everyone on board was rescued, but its not pleasant to think about, for those of us on board).  The second is of the ship we are on.

Painting of original Prinsendam

Painting of Prinsendam

On Thursday we sailed past Cuba, so here are a couple of pictures of Cuba:

Coast of Cuba 1

Coast of Cuba 7

Today we sailed past the Columbia Archipelago, a group of 3 islands in the Caribbean near the coast of Nicaragua (don’t know why they are Columbian, but they are).  Not much of a picture, but here it is anyway, just because I can:

Columbia Archipelago 2

And finally, some pictures aboard the ship: the Atrium, which contains the spiral staircase in the center of the ship, much more modest than on other ships we have been on, but more tasteful & less gaudy, in my opinion.  Also the aft dining deck, which is a great place for an outdoor breakfast or lunch (today we saw a whole lot of leaping tuna over the side of the ship there), the library (of course, for anyone who knows Mary), the view from our stateroom & some shots out on the deck.

Prinsendam Atrium, with etched & frosted glass ship pictureMary eating on aft dining veranda

Water on deck in sunPrinsendam Library

view from library window (with Rick's feet)View from our window

Mary looking out at Grand CaymenAft dining veranda

Oops, that wasn’t all!  Here is the piano trio playing in the lounge, & a huge painting of an unidentified sea battle (you can bet the Dutch are the good guys, since this is the Holland America Line) that is hanging rather impressively in that same lounge.

Rosario Strings in Explorations CafeRosario Strings Trio

Naval Painting in Explorers Lounge

Tomorrow we will stop at Bocas Del Toro, an island off the Caribbean coast of Panama, & the next day we will go through the Canal, & then to Ecuador.  So there should be more to post within a few more days.

7 responses

  1. Brian Robinson

    Very cool, an impressive blog for the first one! Looks like you have had decent weather so far, so I hope that continues. Maybe we’ll send items from Todos Santos when we are there.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  2. pk

    Where are the tuna?

    January 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    • They were too fast for me! Today we saw dolphins (or porpoises?) leaping out of the water near the ship’s wake. I’m still looking forward to the penguins, though.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  3. Barbara Bader

    sweet! Have you made any friends yet?

    January 8, 2012 at 1:48 am

    • A few. One of our tablemates at dinner (you sit with the same folks every evening) is a retired firefighter from Fort Worth.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  4. Irene

    Great fun–can’t wait to see more! xoxo to you both.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

  5. janet & joe

    This is great! Looking forward to a lot more! Love ya

    January 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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