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Departing Copenhagen July 30, 2005
Today was an easy day, mostly because it was pouring rain
in the morning. Outside our window
in the canal there was an interesting site.
All morning there were people playing soccer on the canal in kayaks.
Matt, ďthe master of snap judgmentsĒ, was hard on one guy who was
knocked out of his kayak and had a problem getting back in.
He said the guy sucked, I felt he was being harsh.
It must have been some sort of league since they would empty the playing
area for a while and be replaced immediately.
Since it was raining we checked out at noon and took a
cab to the ship. The cost was
150.00 Danish Krona. We had thought
about taking the subway or bus but I didnít want to have to deal with our
luggage and the rain. The rain had
slowed to a drizzle but the clouds were ominous and there really wasnít and
close bus stops or subway stops to the hotel.
When we got the port they rushed to grab our bags out of
the taxi and take them away. One
problem was we didnít have our cabin number yet so our luggage tags had not
been marked. We had the one guy in
Copenhagen who didnít speak English well.
He kept trying to take the bags away and I kept trying to tell him they
didnít have the cabin number marked. Finally
another guy came over with a cabin list and I marked our cabin number on the
Embarkation was quick and painless.
There was a family checking in next to us and since I was wearing a
Redskin Polo shirt the little boy asked his dad if I was a pro football player.
Matt was upset that I didnít lie and tell them I was Russ Grimm.
I figured the dad would have figured any football lie out since training
camp begins during this week back home.
We got onboard and I wanted to drop my computer bag off
in the cabin but they were not ready yet. We
wanted to go back into town until the ship disembarked at 4:30 PM. We were
sidetracked at the Sports Bar with our first beer of the cruise, a Grolsch at
$4.95. I was told I could store my
bag in the Piano Bar but when I got there the attendant told me I could only
keep the bag there until 2:00 PM. This
didnít help since we would be back in town and I wouldnít be able to pick
the bag up. We decided to go eat.
The buffet in the Lido Restaurant was excellent.
By far the best Iíve had on a cruise.
They have many different stations to pick from including a sushi bar and
deli. The sushi was very good and I
had a panini prosciuto sandwich. It
was nice to not have worry about the price of eating.
Between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM they announced the cabins were ready.
I went down and dropped off my bag and we started to head off the boat
for a last look at Amsterdam. Matt
got discouraged at trying to fight the crowd that was trying to board the ship
and gave up. I made it off and
decided to catch a cab to the Little Mermaid Statue.
It was 60.00 Danish Krona but at least I didnít waste time wandering
aimlessly like usual. I figured if
the cab got me there I could get back.
The Little Mermaid is very small as we had been told and
there were tons of people there as we had been told. Apparently the town of Copenhagen isnít thrilled that the
Little Mermaid is the symbol of their town.
Its head has been chopped off numerous times. They have steel rods in the neck to help stop the
vandalizing. Not only were there
people on shore, but also tour boats would come and stop on the water to view
the statue. The statue gets no
respect either; you have people climbing all over it to get a picture.
I started to walk back to the ship and found a bus stop
that I thought would take me to the ship. Unfortunately
the bus was running an abbreviated scheduled and on went one stop.
This put me in the middle of the subway route that would have brought me
to the entrance to the shipyard. The
walk wasnít bad and at least the rain had stopped.
I got back to the room and Matt was there.
We had the lifeboat drill at 4:30 PM.
Matt waited until the last minute to get his life preserver so that he
could experience the drill like a real time drill.
Of course when the alarm went off he panicked and had problems getting
the life preserver out and putting it on. The
drill was nice and short and for the first time I can remember only in English.
We went up on deck after storing the life preservers back
in the room to watch the ship leave Copenhagen. Itís a very shallow channel out of the area and they need a
pilot to take the ship 16 miles outside of Copenhagen. You pass all the windmills on the departure on the outskirts
of town. We didnít realize they
were actually set up in the canal. There
are 28 supplying energy to Copenhagen and many more in Malmo, Sweden across the
We slowly left the area and realized the bridge, which is
called the Oresund Fixed Link, that connects Sweden and Denmark is really a
bridge and tunnel. The Westerdam
actually goes over the traffic in the tunnel and not under the bridge.
It really is a beautiful bridge, if bridges can be beautiful.
We had a beer in the Crowís Nest and enjoyed the view.
When we went back to the room we watched Meet the Fockers
for a while which is a real funny movie even though I canít stand Barbara
Streisand.Dinner was at 8:30 for us on the lower level of the Vista Dining Room.
Matt got his scotch for dinner and I headed to the table and met our
tablemates. They are two British
Couples, John and Jill from 40 minutes west of London and Ron and Barbara from
Wales. They seem to be in there
60ís and snap judgment maker, Matt thinks John is an Oxford type of fellow.
Again the meal was great, I had a mussel in lemon sauce
starter, substituted a salmon and avocado starter for salad and had grouper with
risotto for my meal. They had about
six different choices for dinner and it was hard to chose. Everything was
excellent. The dining room
doesnít seem like a cruise ship dining room, it seems more like a classy
restaurant. It might be because we
canít see any windows to the ocean very easily.
Back to the room and we basically called it a night. The room steward who has seen Matt pass the room 10 times today finally switched the beds to two beds from one. We actually have a huge room since it is a handicapped accessible room. The bathroom is enormous. My only beef with the room is the width of the beds, which I seemed to be holding on all night not to fall off. Matt ordered a bottle of Cutty Sark and three club sodas for $27.00 and was very happy when he found the Wild Bunch on television. Not so happy when the Magnificent Seven came on after midnight. He fell asleep sometime during his fourth Scotch and second movie. We lost an hour so slept until 10:00 AM local time.
at Sea July 31, 2005
Matt got showered and was upset that he had learned
heíd slept too long and taken too long to shower to make breakfast.
Now he can only have nine breakfasts.
He left about 11:00 AM to go to the Bloody Mary Bar.
Iíve been typing yesterdayís journal through right now and organized
my clothes in the closets. Itís
about noon right now and since weíve got a day at sea I really donít plan on
doing anything after our first week of nonstop touring.
I needed a day of rest before the next eight days of port stops.
|I completely relaxed today. I went and checked the art auction and talked to one of the
girls there who got me the starting price for an Alexander Chen that I had seen
before on a cruise and not purchased. Iíd
been kicking myself since then because I really liked the serigraph. It is a
painting of Waikiki and Diamond Head in Hawaii.
They had a bunch of New York Chenís but Iíve passed on those in the
past. They had a lot of Speed Racer
and the Betty Boop ceracel that I purchased on the last cruise.
They also had a Betty Boop print that was signed put it was going to
start at $500.00. The Hawaii
Alexander Chen was going to start at $135 I was told so I put a sticker on it
and would decide when it came up for bid. The
nice thing was it was a take off edition.
Matt went to work out and eat lunch while I checked out
my art auction. When I caught up
with him later he had all kinds of issues including, an old man that was right
ahead of him on his lifting cycle that was lifting way more than Matt and the
confusion of there being no marking as to whether the sauna was male of female
or for both. No fair asking someone
to clear this up.
Before the official art auction began I went up to the
Lido Dining Room and had lunch. The
place was packed. I had rigatoni
with alfredo sauce, a couple slices of pizza, sushi, a couple of salmon cakes,
weinerschnithzel, a tomato stuffed with bay shrimp and an avocado stuffed with
chicken salad. Matt had predicted a
salmon meal since they had salmon for dinner the night before.
The cruise lines are the masters of using everything.
Again the food was outstanding.
The auction started and my Alexander Chen was the third
picture to come up and the second to be bid on. To my surprise the opening bid was $95.00 not the $135.00
they had told me. I put in the bid
and no one matched so my Alexander Chen portfolio increased. Where I will put it is another question.
Being the second one to put in a bid I won a free piece of artÖ..again.
This actually messed me up since the Chen was a take off. The free piece cost me shipping.
I guess I could have turned it down but I didnít.
The auction was packed and I was sitting behind a pillar
and really couldnít see anything. After
awhile I headed to the room to get my camera.
I got back right at the end for the drawing for free art but didnít win
I went back to the room and met up with Matt.
We walked around for a while and got a couple of pieces of pizza and beer
at the Lido Bar at the pool. We
went back to the room and ended up being lazy and watching Friday Night Lights
and the Magnificent Seven. At 6:45
I went to sign for the art I had won and we decided to skip the formal night we
decided to have lunch at the casual are at the Lido Dining Room.
Surf and Turf was the menu with shrimp cocktail for starters. Matt got into one of his Kohlís outfits he purchased
directly off a mannequin and he looked like Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice.
The jokes continued from me for quite a while until Matt reminded me he
was going to have to wear this outfit again and I should save some.
Matt had now gotten into his scotch and the bottle has
taken a beating. He wanted to go to
the casino, which cost him dearly last cruise.
I wanted to hit the hot tub. I
ordered a six pack in the room which only cost $18.75 as opposed to $22.50
separately. For the second night in
a row Matt got up and as he headed to the door to figure out how to get ice, the
guy showed up with my beer. Matt
tried not to, but couldnít believe the irony of this happening two days in a
row. He can sniff out the alcohol
coming to the room. I got beer sent
to the room because all the bars near the pool closed at 8:00 PM or earlier.
I went to the hot tub with my Red Rabbit book and three
Miller Liteís; in a bag with the ice I stole from Mattís scotch ice.
I hung out for about an hour and came back to the room at 9:45 PM.
Matt was back from the casino and claims to be down 25 to 75 cents. This is mostly because he couldnít stop putting money into
the slots on the way out. He might
also be wrong because he started trying to make fun of his evening dinner outfit
and used Tockett and Crubbs instead of Crockett and Tubbs.
I tried to hook up the dial up system on my computer but either we canít get access where we are or the line was loose. I had to hold the line into the modemís jack. Matt got the munchies and went up to get himself ice cream and brought me back some cookies. We sail into Tallinn in the morning so weíll get a good nights rest. We really donít have much of a choice as Matt said he looked in the disco and saw mostly skeletons. Heís reading a book now and Iím signing off.
Continue To Tallinn, Estonia August 1, 2005
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