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Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America operates 15 large and mid-sized deluxe cruise ships, all of which have Dutch names that end in "dam".

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Land's End at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Sunday April 20, 2014
Land's End and El Arco are the iconic views one always sees of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Isn't it beautiful at sunset?
Land's End and El Arco at sunset near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This photo was taken when we visited Los Cabos in January while on Oceania Cruises' Regatta.

Cabo San Lucas (c) Linda Garrison

Visit a Dutch Tulip Farm

Saturday April 19, 2014
When in Amsterdam on either ocean or river cruises, I've often gazed at the bunches of tulips in the flower markets and wondered how they were packaged so perfectly.
Tulips ready for shipping to the flower market
I got the chance to visit a Dutch tulip farm when I was in the city last year for the 2013 Viking Longship christening, and loved seeing the process for harvesting, cleaning, trimming, and packaging the tulip bunches.

The Munster family farm I visited is north of Amsterdam near Hoorn, so if you are fascinated by modern farming practices and high-tech machinery, you might want to plan a trip to see this working farm in action.

Tulips Packaged for the Flower Market (c) Linda Garrison

Hubbard Glacier - North America's Largest Tidewater Glacier

Friday April 18, 2014
Cruise ships sailing from Seward often stopover at Yakutat Bay on the Alaskan panhandle.
Hubbard Glacier in Alaska
As a ship enters Yakutat Bay, Hubbard Glacier can be seen from over 30 miles away. This massive Alaska glacier is a staggering 76 miles long, 6.5 miles wide, and 1200 feet deep. Its face is over 400 feet high, which is as high as a 30-40 story building. These photos of the blue ice of the Hubbard Glacier and Yakutat Bay do not begin to show just how large and spectacular this area of Alaska is. You'll have to cruise there and see for yourself!

Hubbard Glacier Photo (c) Linda Garrison

I Trained Dolphins at Cozumel!

Thursday April 17, 2014
While docked in Cozumel, Mexico on the Carnival Liberty, my husband and I shared an amazing experience.
Training a dolphin at Dolphinaris in Cozumel
We learned about dolphins at the Dolphinaris Center in Cozumel, prepared their food, learned several hand signals used to command the dolphins, and then worked with the dolphins just like the trainers do!

After putting the dolphins through their "tricks", we got in the water and interacted with them. The highlight was riding on a dolphin. Of course, after shaking hands/fins, rubbing their tummies, and being kissed by a dolphin, we came away loving these intelligent, amazing creatures even more than before. What a great day!

Dolphinaris Photo Gallery

Linda Garrison and Dolphin Photo at Dolphinaris, Used with Permission

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