Day 3 Aboard Holland America Rotterdam – Our Sea Day Was a Busy Day

We awoke with the knock on the cabin door announcing the arrival of breakfast. Jane opted for the continental breakfast assortment instead of us picking and choosing. It included yogurt, fruit and rolls. We added juice and hot chocolate.


Next, we headed up to the Lido Market on deck 9 to continue breakfast. We aren’t going overboard on food, but they have pasties that weren’t on our breakfast tray.


Coming up to the Lido Market makes sense because we can walk towards the rear of the ship and be on the aft sun deck. We stretched out in the same loungers as Saturday. We are creatures of habit. Afterwards we spent some time in the pool area covered by the glass retractable roof.


At noon we headed to the main dining room for lunch. That’s our preference and the main dining room is only open for lunch on sea days.


We asked for a table by the large stern windows. No problem. We enjoyed the view and a leisurely lunch. The calamari was excellent, served in metal wire baskets. I had the croque monsieur sandwich. Jane had the ravioli with red sauce.


At 2:00 I headed to the wine tasting featuring four selections from Argentina and Chile. It was held in the top level of the main dining room. About 80+ people attended. It was well done.


Afterwards, the Captain held a Q&A session for passengers. I was curious how the ship performed crossing the Atlantic the previous week. There were instances of rougher seas, but the passengers were fine. Since it’s a new ship, it has the latest technology in stabilizers.


3:00 PM and it’s time for Afternoon Tea. This was held in the Lincoln Center Stage (room). They do white glove service. I had the tea, which is the British brand PG Tips. I skipped the three-tiered stand of scones, pastries and finger sandwiches placed on each table. A pianist played a concert piano.


Tea led into nap time and reading time. We also were notified the glass bottomed boat tour be booked for the next day was cancelled as the tour operator expected rougher seas. A big ship can handle it, but smaller boats Bob up and down a lot. Safety comes first.


Today we missed team trivia and the Happy Hour at 4:00 PM. It’s literally impossible to fit everything in, even though the Navigator app on your phone helps you build your itinerary and sends you prompts where to be and when.


We stayed in our cabin until 7:00 when we dressed for dinner. Tonight, as with most nights, the dress was Smart Casual.


We stopped for a coffee on the Lido Deck, then headed to Canaletto, the Italian specialty restaurant. We had 8:00 PM reservations. They started us off with rustic olive bread with dips. I started with the antipasto, because I like seeing the presentation, in case we wanted to do something similar back home. My entree was the Bronzino. The fish was excellent. Pistachio gelato finished the meal.


In case you haven’t figured this out, we like to eat.


Usually we turn in about now, since dinner wraps up about 10:00. Instead, we headed to the Billboard lounge to check out the music. The Rolling Stone lounge is across the corridor and featured a rock band. The Billboard lounge featured a piano bar with two pianos. They took requests. It was a quiet crowd compared to the Rolling Stone audience.

Now it was time to turn in. Monday will be our first day at Half Moon Cay, the private island owned by Holland America Line since 1996.

Photos credit Bryce Sanders


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