Another Sea Day

Trip Start Oct 31, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2010

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Holland America Volendam

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Today was a rough sea day. We gave an hour back since we were headed back west .  We give another hour back tonight to be back on Sydney time. I ordered our breakfast for 7:30 since it was a sea day.  Asher woke up at 6:30 starving.  Nothing I could do.  Just had to listen to whining for an hour.  I tried a more healthy breakfast this morning; Muesli.  I didn't know it would come with the milk already in it but it was pretty good.  I also had fresh melon and fresh squeezed orange juice.  Asher had his normal fruit loops but I wrote in "whole banana" and we got not one but two.  He was ecstatic.

After breakfast he went to Club HAL and I went to the explorations café to look at email and read a little.  I was able to get a skype call through to Terry’s mobile which made me feel better.  My phone was also working so I was able to check email and upload to facebook.  Last night was very rough and I did not sleep much.  Asher slept straight through.

For lunch we went to the lido and Asher had bowtie pasta with meat sauce, sushi, cheese and some bread sticks.  I had a slice of beef loin and some fresh steamed vegetables.  I also had a nice bowl of pepper pot soup.

After lunch we tried to take a nap but Asher was not agreeable.  He went back to kids camp at one and I went to an Australian/New Zealand wine tasting.  It was really good.  After that I tried to work a little but I didn’t have the correct reports.  I picked him up at 4 and managed to lock myself out of the room.  We had to go down to the front desk and have a steward walk up with us and unlock the room.

We went to dinner a bit early tonight and were assigned a different table.  I am not sure why.  After we had been seated the maitri d came and asked us if we wanted to move to our normal table.  We declined.  We had our first incident with truly boorish Americans.  After we were seated and they had brought my expensive reisling and put it in a wine bucket by our table, a couple from Pennsylvania came along to be seated near us.  The man tripped over my ice bucket and began to berate the staff for the placement of the ice bucket.  He never apologized for the ice he had thrown all over Asher or the expensive wine he had spilled.   Because of his attitude I eavesdropped on his conversation.  He was seated with a couple from Adelaide and another couple that were quiet and reserved.  He loudly went on and on about Alaska and how he loved to cruise there and how much he knew about it.  Halibut was on the menu.  The man of the second couple quietly asked what he thought about halibut.  The Pennsylvania man said he didn’t know where it came from but he thought it was white fish.  The quiet man smirked and never said another word.  (For those of you that don’t know most Halibut comes from Alaskan waters).  I laughed internally and shared a quiet smile with the gentleman.  (Asher and I were both being served the Halibut about that time.)

We both had a broiled mushroom dish as a starter.  Asher had Manhattan Clam chowder and I had a corn chowder with shrimp. Then we had the halibut with steamed vegetables.  Asher had black forest cake for desert and I had and amaretto Java sundae.  After dinner Asher went back to kids camp and I relaxed and worked a bit.  Tomorrow is Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia, our last stop before going back to Sydney.
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cctally on

Even I remember the halibut was always on the menu at the restaurants in Alaska and very good :-)
Guess now you know first hand why some countries seem to think all Americans are RUDE.....

Toni on

Sorry about the incident with the rude American....every country has them I think but but many Americans have the income to travel internationally so unfortunately all American's reputation suffer from the rudeness of a few. In Europe I think the Northern Europeans, particularly the Germans are louder and more rude than Americans. French people are very nice except I think people from Paris are very rude. Your meal sounded heavenly, broiled mushrooms, halibut and yummy doesn't get any better than that!

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