The MS Amsterdam, one of Holland America’s mid-sized cruise ships, was at sea all day today passing north and in sight of Cuba at 19 knots or about 21 miles per hour. It feels faster and, at this moment, the wind is creating quite a roll. I enjoy being one of 1380 guests, pampered by 604 crew members in 6 restaurants, 9 lounges, 6 entertainment venues, a fitness center, spa & salon, 2 swimming pools, several shops, a library, game room and casino.
So many activities were offered, I was frustrated when I wanted to do three things at once. In addition to all the ship’s activities, Road Scholar offered the first of our daily lectures during days at sea. This lecture series, presented by Dr. Catherine Skokan, a geophysical engineer, includes lectures on plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes, all of which are significant to Central America and the Pacific Basin, where we are headed.
Not all is serious and educational. My Mah Jongg buddies may be interested to know that I met about twenty Mah Jongg players and won the first of four games. This evening’s show featured Jeff Burghart, a comedian who has been seen on Comedy Central and Star Search. His routine was hilarious. Before we learned that the stars are flown in and out to different ships, we said a comedian would have to be good to keep us laughing for four months. After hearing him, I think Jeff could keep me laughing the whole way. More tomorrow.