The AMADolce visits Arnhem, site of an excellent WW2 museum

By Frank Farber

Special to AllThingsCruise

First, a little housekeeping.

Thick terrycloth robes and slippers are provided in the cabins. Hot water comes right out — no waiting — and the showers are very nice, providing three levels of water height. For the men, the best shaving water I think I’ve ever dealt with.

There are no children on board. A wonderful adult cruise.

After breakfast we went on a morning tour of Arnhem. A major World War 2 battle was fought here and there is an excellent museum that we visited. There are interactive displays and as we are here at the time that the Netherlands was freed from German occupation, there were television interviews being conducted with survivors from that era along with Dutch celebrations and remembrances.

The drive to the museum was through lush green landscaping and the homes that we passed were extraordinarily kept, especially Oosterbeek with its flowering gardens.

The weather was a bit cool, about 51 degrees and although we had the opportunity to visit Arnhem in the afternoon, we passed. As Floridians it felt even colder. Alex, one of the waiters, told me he forgot to hit the warm button but would remember to do it for tomorrow. I hope so.

After dinner there was a 1960’s theme party in the lounge with some costuming and free rum punches. Following some games, the dance floor was crowded to the tunes of Elvis, the Beatles, and the Stones.

Everybody was involved.

Tomorrow is Antwerp: Belgian waffles and diamonds. Also, an optional trip to Brussels.

May 5, 2011

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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