If you’ve been following our blogs or working with us for a while you may remember Ed Buchholz.   He’s been enjoying retirement but still travelling regularly.   Currently he’s cruising the Pacific onboard Holland America’s ms Amsterdam.  They set sail on September 30th and will cruise until December 21st.    Follow along as he shares his 82 day experience with us!

We are now 5 days into our 82 day cruise, all of which have been days at sea.  The ship is wonderful and we have been exploring all that they have to offer, from guest speakers to digital classes, stretch to abs classes, wine tasting to cooking classes and so much more.  We are definitely not bored with so many daily offerings.

Eds cruise 1 - 2One cannot talk about cruising without talking about the food!  In an effort to NOT weigh 300 lbs when we get off the ship, we have been quite careful about how many calories to consume.  Since we do not take the elevators while on board and with the exercise classes and the daily walking on the designated track (3 – 5 km per day), we seem to be holding our weight at bay (but it’s really early in the cruise).  The food has been exceptional and kudos to Holland America for having reasonable portion sizes.

The evening shows have been reasonably good and of good variety.  We’ve had a comedian, various musicians and singers and tonight we have a Broadway style show.  We have 11 formal nights during our cruise so my tux will see some use but mainly, the dress is “sporty elegant”, which seems to be a polo shirt and casual or dress pants.  Quite a relaxed atmosphere!

The staff, as always, are exceptional and very friendly.  We are not suffering, that’s for sure!  One can easily get used to never making your bed, or cooking or washing dishes.  The worst is just trying to find time to have a nap!

Our first stop is Dutch Harbor, Alaska which is home to where they film “The Deadliest Catch” series.  I’ll update the blog after our brief stop there.  Thanks for reading and following along!

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