Monday, August 4, 2008

Day 1 - Welkoam aan boord the Eurodam!

Hello, everyone! Dick and I will board this beautiful ship (christened just a month ago) today in Copenhagen as we begin a beautiful new adventure for pretty much the whole month of August. I will have an Internet connection, but the connections are always slow, so I have been busy collecting pictures of the ship and some of our destinations so that you can follow our itinerary each day to know where we are and what we are doing. I'll try to give a live update as often as possible.

Here are some Eurodam facts:

Ship's Registry The Netherlands
Passenger capacity 2,104
Crew members 800
Gross tonnage 86,000grt
Length 936 feet
Beam 105.8
Maximum speed 23.9 knots

Our only catastrophe thus far has been the handle breaking off one of our rolling suitcases. What, was it too heavy??? No, I think it was just poor construction:-) And yes, it was on the top of the pulling extension that broke....Dick got it fixed. He's a smart and talented fella. We've just got to get to the boat, then from the boat to the flight home at the end of the month. We'll manage if it breaks again. Just a small bump in the travel plans.

Jeff/Bjarne left this morning to fly to Bergen, Norway, so Jeff arranged for friend Mette to come over and join us for breakfast at the apartment. Mette and her twenty-something son were in the States last fall, staying with Brian (he met them on his cycling trip when he was here visiting). Brian brought them to Mayberry to experience an American Thanksgiving with us, so it was good seeing her again. It was raining this morning, so we didn't go for the walkabout we had planned on doing. That's OK...we enjoyed sitting and visiting with her all morning.

Life's short...go cruising......y'all come along for the ride! Hope your Monday is great!!!


Callie Ann said...

Have a great trip Girl. Can't wait to hear all your stories

HaleyD said...

Enjoy today's sights despite the rain and take lots of pictures!

WillThink4Wine said...

I'm loving my Vicarious Vacation so far, Sandy! ♥

the donG said...

wow! all set and ready.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wow 86000 tons? somehow i thought it was a larger ship. that's a baby! ha ha ha

but i know it's a beauty! enjoy enjoy enjoy! and dick can fix anything. you are a lucky girl there!

smiles, bee

Anonymous said...

YAY! We get to go, too! I can't wait!!!!

Loving Annie said...

Wow, that is a huge ship - like a small city !!! Have a wonderful month, Sandy. Looking forward to your and Dick's adventures and all the pictures from the ship !

Does it rock when it is that big ? Or does it feel totally smooth ? I'm wondering if a ship this large means no sea-sickness ?

Sarge Charlie said...

and away we goooooooooooo, nice ship and I know how much fun you will have.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Have a great time honey. Cruising rocks. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Joy said...

Happy cruising! I applied for my passport today so I can cruise in Feb! Am almost packed for tomorrow's trip, leaving (by car) at 6 AM from Pam's house. Will read when I can but will be thinking about you! Hugs.