Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Smooth Jazz Cruise Hits the Beach at Half Moon Cay

Dressing to the nines for dinner is always special and never more so than on a cruise. Not only did the Pinnacle Grill meet our expectations once again—they set the bar pretty high the other night—but they exceeded them during our formal night last evening.

Like many people, I don’t do time zone change well, particularly when it means losing an hour. However, last night we also reclaimed the hour lost earlier in the cruise which meant the late-night comedy show starring Alonzo Bodden wasn’t too late, even for me. And I didn’t want to miss it.

This morning was a good one to sleep in just a bit since Westerdam’s scheduled arrival time at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island, wasn’t until 11am. (We shared Half Moon Cay today with passengers from fleetmate Maasdam, pictured above.) Another day in paradise awaited ashore where we enjoyed the pristine beach under an overcast sky. The clouds were no problem; it was still nice and warm but not overly hot and humid. Oh yes, there was food—a terrific barbecue and tropical drinks.

Alas, it’s time to think of packing up to disembark tomorrow. Our cruise has been a week of music, fun, activities, more fun, and making new friends. A fellow passenger from Montreal commented that if nations could follow the example of passengers aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise then we’d all live in a better world. I can’t disagree.

I’ve only hit the highlights from Westerdam this week. Watch in the coming days for more about The Smooth Jazz Cruise.

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