Friday, July 15, 2011

Heading back for the States on the M.S. Rotterdam

When I booked this leg, I didn't realize that this was a special trip for Holland America's flagship M.S. Rotterdam. It was a one-time, commemorative anniversary trip, featuring a onboard news crew, a performance by the Dutch Frank Sinatra, and what looked like most of the city of Rotterdam turning out to wish us goede reis. There was an electric charge in the air when we left the dock.
One day out from the sole port of call, Southampton, we encountered a nice gail that registered 8 on the Beaufort scale. We changed course and beat it for the calmer coastal waters of Ireland. This was a cool, wet crossing compared to the Queen Mary 2 a month earlier; but still infinitely better than flying.
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A fitting end to a big day

Here's wishing you all of the best and a lifetime full of joy and happiness together, ragazzi. We loved getting to be a part of your big day.
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Back to Fregene for the celebration

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After the service