Nieuw Amsterdam Live Blog – Embarkation Day

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Today we boarded Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Luckily, for us, we stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel last night so getting to the cruise terminal was super easy (it was inside the hotel!). A cool service that the hotel offers cruise guests that stay there pre-cruise is that they collect your bags inside your room on […]

Cruise Line Nixes Controversial Plan

Last week, we told you that Disney’s not-so-secret plans to build a second private island were being met with opposition by locals who would be impacted. Now, the Miami Herald says that the plans have been shelved. What Went Wrong? Originally, Disney Cruise Line had hoped to develop a second Castaway Cay-style stop – complete with […]

Trip Report – Getting to Vancouver

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A couple days ago I headed to Vancouver for a seven-night Alaska cruise with Holland America. Ship: Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, launched in 2010 Itinerary: Seven-night, Roundtrip Vancouver through Glacier Bay Ports: Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Tracy Arm Inlet Getting There I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport prior to flying out because my […]