Caribbean Cruise, Boarding Day

Staying at the Ritz... what a way to start a vacation!  From the moment we arrived, we were greeted warmly by each and every staff member we encountered.  Our room was spacious and beautifully appointed.  Our flight was delayed a couple hours, so we arrived at the hotel in time for a late dinner.  I couldn't decide between the meatballs and the pizza, so I asked the waiter how the chef felt about substitutions and additions.  His response was...."it's all about what YOU want".  I like it! 

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After a morning of golf for Jeff, and a long walk along the boardwalk for me, it was time to head to the pier.  It doesn't matter that this will be my 12th ocean cruise, boarding day is always exciting!!   We arrived at 2:00, which is the latest I've ever boarded a ship.  As soon as we stepped onboard Nieuw Amsterdam (NA), we had a nice sense of familiarity... five years ago, we had sailed her sister, Eurodam in Northern Europe. (Can't believe it was that long ago!). NA has a classic nautical ambiance. 

As I write this, we've just completed the mandatory muster drill.  It's time to unpack and settle living out of a suitcase like I do in a hotel!  After dinner we'll take in a show and see how friendly the blackjack tables are. Looking forward to a relaxing day at sea tomorrow. Just what the doctor ordered!