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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #54)

    December 9, 2019

    your boat doesn’t have to come out of
    the water looking like this on sailboat ‘Brick House’ we’ll show you how we clean
    our bottom and then we’ll go to Hank Schmitt from Offshore Passage Opportunities to give his tips from the pros number four how to keep your bottom
    clean. Hello I’m Patrick Childress in over twelve years of living on our
    sailboat Brick house Rebecca and I have never found a bottom paint that does
    what it’s supposed to do what the advertising says that it will do
    we’ve always ended up having to scrub the bottom much sooner than ever expected so we
    normally use a hookah and up here we’ll put a link to video number 12 which
    shows how we use the hookah for scrubbing the bottom especially after
    we’ve been sitting for several months in one harbor and the marine growth really
    does accumulate and at the end of this video will show you some underwater
    scenes from that video but Hank Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities has
    a very good system for using a scuba tank which you don’t have to strap to
    your back and be so encumbered under the water so he’s going to show us how to
    start with scrubbing the waterline and then go deeper using the scuba tank and
    not wear it into the water okay so we’re getting set up to go ahead and clean the
    bottom of the boat I’ve been cleaning bottoms for about the last 25 or 30 years
    and at first we’d set up like most divers with a BC jacket and and
    regulator and all the weight belts and everything but I found it was much
    easier just to have a tank and a long 25-30 foot hose which I’ll set up right
    here in the middle of the boat and if you have a dinghy you could also put it
    in your dinghy but this keeps you from having to get a BC jacket and the weight
    belt when it’s time to clean your bottom and you’ll see how we can actually clean
    most of the bottom and we’ll demonstrate that in a little bit just by
    having the tank set up in the middle of the boat. we open it up so it’s
    ready for us we all the way open and back a little bit and I’ll just leave it
    right here in the middle I’ll go ahead and get set up to enter the water and as
    you’ll see I can clean most of the boat without having to use the tank and I
    just have that ready for me when I need it so I’ll go in the water and it’s all
    set to go when I need that for cleaning the prop for the bottom of the keel
    maybe the bottom of the rudder we’re gonna go ahead and get in the water now
    and we’ll show you how you can clean your boat pretty much about as big as
    forty forty five feet without using a tank if you didn’t have a tank if you
    weren’t certified but of course having a tank makes it certainly easier for
    cleaning off your prop or the bottom of your keel but really to clean the bottom of your boat
    the water isn’t that cold you don’t need a wetsuit or anything you just need a
    few things so we’re gonna go in with our swim fins
    a scraper of course for getting any barnacles or anything if you have
    barnacles on the bottom of your boat or anything then you really should you just
    be hauling the boat out and painting it a diver is not to keep from having to
    paint your boat once a year or once every two years for scrubbies they’re
    actually three different grades of scrubby’s one is like a sponge almost
    and that’s when you’re racing or you keep it clean a lot then the red want a
    little bit more abrasive and then you might be familiar with the black ones
    which are really for cleaning your barbeque grill and if you have to use a
    black one again I would usually just tell the owner of the boat save the
    money that I would charge you for diving and putting it towards a short haul so
    you shouldn’t have to be taking barnacles off the bottom of your boat if
    you have barnacles on the bottom you vote you need to paint but I know our
    bottom is not that bad so I’ll be able to use the lightest grade scrubby you
    can you don’t want to use anything more abrasive because then you’re taking the
    bottom paint off and again bottom paint as you know is very expensive 250 to 400
    dollars a gallon so the idea isn’t to put it on and then scrape it all off so
    again you want to use the the lightest scrub you can also very important are
    the suction cups because again imagine you’re in the water and as you’re
    cleaning the boat you’re pushing yourself away so they sell these at your
    marine supply stores also any glazier windows they also have suction cups for
    moving big pieces of glass so you want suction cups I put a line on there so I
    don’t lose that and then I’ll just have the scrubby on the other side I do use
    gloves again for barnacles you don’t want to scrape your hands if it’s really
    cold water you’d want to use a wetsuit but it’s not too cold today so just swim
    fins again if you want you can use booties my booties are more worn out
    than my gloves so I don’t use booties anymore and up here where the water’s
    dirtier I do like to put on a hoodie as well with a mask just any any mask I
    don’t use the snorkel at all because again I’m gonna be holding my breath
    cleaning the bottom of the boat and coming back up and you’ll see that
    demonstration in a little bit so again you don’t need a lot of a lot of tooling
    a minute ago you saw we set up our tank so we don’t have to worry about a BC a
    buoyancy control jacket or a weight belt even you’ll have enough with the suction
    cups to be able to take care of that so you’ll eliminate a lot of gear a lot of
    maintenance without the BC jacket so just a tank, a tank and long hose in the middle of
    the boat or you keep it your dinghy in the middle of the boat and I’ll just
    need that really for cleaning anything off the prop or the bottom of the keel
    so with that we’ll get suited up and see you in the water
    okay so I’m all suited up with my stickems – my suction cups…and hopefully I’ll get
    away with just my sponge type and I leave my other scrubby and my my putty
    knife near me so I could reach it when I’m in the water so just go in make sure
    you hold your mask okay we are in the water I generally
    like to start at the bow you see just okay so you could see the contrast where
    it was already cleaned and where it’s not and basically it’s my suction cups
    in one hand and I’m right-handed so I have this scrubby in the other and I’m
    just doing wipe wipe I hold my breath as I go down get to the middle of the
    bottom of the boat then work my way up the other side and I just continue that
    and that way I can do probably 90% of the boat without the having to use the
    tank or the regulator so it saves you from using a lot of air so when I was
    commercial diving I could do eight or ten bottoms with one tank so I wouldn’t have
    to make as many runs to do it and again if you’re out cruising around you don’t
    have to go and get your bottle filled as often. They do sell smaller pony bottles
    which you could probably do the whole boat bottom with just a small five or
    ten-minute pony bottle because again you only need it for your keel and for
    your your running gear your prop and your shaft if you have any barnacles
    there so it’s really just hold my breath wipe wipe….. and i come up again…work on down, more wipe wipe I don’t even have to hold my breath on
    the top. And I head back down. And i just keep going, all the way around. Probably once every 2 month if you’re not racing if you are racing then you
    might want to do it before each race. Very simple.
    okay so I’ve cleaned 80% – 90% of the bottom I have my regulator set up
    25-foot hose connected to the tank on deck. It could be on your Dinghy I just pull the
    hose down now because I’m ready to clean the bottom of the keel then I’ll get the
    putty knife and I’ll go ahead and clean the the strut, the prop, and the
    shaft and then we’re all done so I only need this for the last part of the last
    part of the cleaning the bottom. Thank You Hank I hope this video was
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and also click on the
    subscribe button if you haven’t already also there is a link to the tip jar in
    the video description if you don’t mind helping out in that
    direction now here’s some of those scenes from when we were anchored for
    three months in Sri Lanka (cleaning the hull, cleaning the chain, cleaning the prop on the bottom of our sailboat Brick House) Propspeed from Oceanmax worked great for 2 years, so it made cleaning our bottom a lot easier than before. After 2 years, we are applying it again (hauled out now for Coppercoat, Propspeed and more)

    What if a sailboat HITS A WHALE or a Whale Strikes a boat? (PC Sailing #53/ Tips from the Pros #3)
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    What if a sailboat HITS A WHALE or a Whale Strikes a boat? (PC Sailing #53/ Tips from the Pros #3)

    December 8, 2019

    hello I’m Patrick Childress this is
    third in the series tips from the pros and in just a minute we’ll get with Hank
    Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities and see how he dealt with
    his whale strike the whale strike that you saw at the beginning of this video
    happened to my wife Rebecca and I while we’re sailing on our sailboat Brickhouse
    off the coast of Madagascar fortunately it was a small whale and it was a
    glancing blow so I’m sure he went away and very well unharmed
    there have been sea survival stories though about whales sinking sailboats and
    two of those books happened in the Pacific west of Panama and those people
    had to take to the life raft and spent months drifting around on the ocean
    until they were rescued in one book definitely the whale was out to sink the
    boat the other situation it’s questionable so it’s rare it seems like
    but it does happen and whale strikes can be a problem the second time I’ve had a
    Whale strike was when I was delivering a swan 48 from Bermuda to Rhode Island and
    we were well out of the ocean deep water and into about 200 feet of water coming
    up on the banks off the coast of Rhode Island and that’s when on this pleasant
    day full main sail full jib were sailing along and all of a sudden the boat just
    sort of lurched forward as though the keel was digging into a mud Bank and we
    came to a stop sails were full you look over the side no water is moving past
    the boat that was the strangest thing and then all of a sudden the boat
    lurched again and the bow picked up and we started sailing and getting speed on
    one croute happened to be watching behind the boat and did see a whale come
    up and then disappear so these things do happen fortunately it isn’t always a
    catastrophe like that sea survival stories but it is something to be
    concerned about there is a possibility of maybe operating the stereo or running
    some kind of acoustics to let whales know that you’re coming you think that
    they have great senses but somehow sailboats do sneak up on them
    so let’s get with Hank and see how he dealt with his whale encounter hello I’m
    Hank Smith captain of the Swan 48 avocation we’re here in beautiful
    Huntington Long Island but six weeks ago coming back from Bermuda we were in
    between Bermuda closer to New Jersey and we actually had our first whale strike
    at night we knew it was a whale because when we did hit we did fall forward but
    it wasn’t like hitting a container or a log where you just stopped instantly and
    after we got up took a look at by the time we said what was that I just looked
    over my shoulder and there we saw the whale so of course whale strike first
    thing you want to do is check and make sure you’re not taking any water on
    checking keel vaults and through holes for your transducers so that’s something
    we’ll do in a few minutes another thing that you might want to do is also check
    underneath to see what the bottom looks like because as you’ll see we didn’t
    have any damage down below but you still want to go down below and check and see
    if there’s any damage to the keel or the forward part of the boat we were not
    worried we knew we weren’t sinking we also want to go in the water and take a
    look and while we’re doing that we’re also going to take a look at the bottom
    of the boat but first we’ll go below and take a look where the keel boats are and
    the transducers that you would want to take a look at first and we get on our
    trusty tool to get our access we want to check our keel pulse transducers to get
    anything out of the way on Salons we have the suction cup to open up the
    floorboards to our through bolts right here or bilge pump we would see any
    water that might be coming in from another compartment but as we can see of
    course it’s dry here so that’s very good keel is nice and secure so your bilge
    and your kill bolts right here you have access to the center of the boat your
    kill bolts of course is what you attach your keel to so if you did have any
    damage from hitting something you would see some cracking or some
    looseness hopefully not any water ingress but everything certainly super
    tight here no issues at all other places where you would look for ingress would
    be the transducers for both your depth sounder and your speedo because they
    protrude a little bit and certainly hitting a whale or any
    object could open up a place for water to come in and then after that it might
    be thruhulls that you check it well but the big thing is just to see if you
    have any water coming back from any part of the boat so then you can get an idea
    if water is coming in which direction after 250,000 miles we had our first
    whale strike eventually things catch up to you so it was very still so very cold
    up in New York so we waited till we returned to Bermuda to go ahead and
    check of course we were very wondering what things look like below so we’re
    gonna jump in the water and take a look and see see you at the bottom looks like Thank You Hank for all that great
    information the two books that I referred to at the beginning of this
    video are survive the savage sea which was published in 1973 about the
    Robertson family spending 38 days in a dinghy after their boat was sunk by a
    whale the other book is 117 days adrift about the ordeal of Maurice and Marilyn
    Bailey after their boat was sunk and that book was published in 1974 of
    course we have all seen whales that breach and accidentally come down on a
    sailboat but can that really be intentional but even a simple collision
    between a sailboat and a whale can certainly leave a boat very damaged
    especially if it knocks out the rudder it does seem though that there’s an
    increase of collisions between sailboats and whales and there’s two good possible
    reasons for this one is whale conservation and the increased numbers
    of whales but then too there is a big increase of cruising sailboats passing
    through whale territory so why don’t whales just get out of the way whether a
    ship or sailboat there is speculation that whales being the biggest thing in
    the ocean they grow up never having to change course for anything they just
    don’t know to move our collision with the young humpback whale at the
    beginning of this video is a very good example of that that whale could have
    easily avoided us but it chose not to that might have been a very good
    learning experience for that young whale that not all large rounded things in the
    ocean are as soft and friendly as mother that learning experience just might save
    its life one day one would think that a whale should hear the approach of a
    sailboat apparently it is a very noisy ocean down there and becoming more noisy
    with the increase of ships fishing boats and all sorts of surface craft but also
    military submarines maybe in some extremely noisy areas close to
    civilization the whale might not hear the vessel coming however it could be well
    worthwhile for a sail boat in whalel territory to create noise by playing the
    stereo which can be heard through the hull
    turn on the depth sounder especially one of the new Raymarine depth Sounders that
    uses a sweep of frequencies not just the standard 50 or 200 kilohertz or even
    turn on the engine a diesel engine is very noisy underwater when in whale
    territory it would be good to slow down in some whale feeding areas ships are
    restricted to a speed of no more than 10 knots many sail boats would be fortunate
    to go that fast but the slower the better to give whales and the sailboat
    more opportunity to avoid each other know before your sail if your boat will
    be in a whale traffic area subscribe to Whale alerts for your particular area
    unfortunately these are concentrated in the USA but ask Google for something like
    whale tracking in South Africa should give you some information to be aware of
    try to travel during the day so you can see whales on the surface better some
    whale species spend a lot of time at night resting on the surface finally as
    if that wasn’t bad enough in their migrations and search for food
    many whales spend much of their lives and precisely those waters that are the
    most dangerous for them often frequenting both commercial shipping
    lanes and recreational hotspots taking the same route that migrating cruisers
    follow so keep a good lookout make a lot of noise and try not to hit any whales
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    Best Cruise Ship Cabins For 11 Different Traveller Types
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    Best Cruise Ship Cabins For 11 Different Traveller Types

    December 7, 2019

    In this video you’re going to discover
    11 different cabin types for 11 different types of travelers, one of
    which is likely to be you. I’m Gary Bembridge of Tips For Travellers.
    In previous videos I’ve spoken about “10 types of cabins to avoid” and also “how to
    get an upgrade on a cruise”. In this video I want to talk to you about 11 perfect
    types of cabins for 11 different types of travellers. First of all what is the
    perfect cabin, especially if you’re worried about noise or other
    interruptions? This is probably the best and biggest tip that I can give anybody
    looking for a cabin. When you find a cabin, no matter what grade it is, whether
    you’re interested in an inside cabin, ocean view cabin, balcony cabin or even a
    suite, the best cabin to choose (which is going to give you the least amount of
    disruption and the least amount of noise) is a cabin that is surrounded by cabins on
    all sides. So you have cabins above you, you have cabins below, you you have
    cabins on either side (ideally with no inter connecting door) and either
    opposite you you have cabins or you have something that is going to be very very
    quiet. Those are perfect for everybody because you are going to have the least
    amount of interruptions. It’s going to be the quietest option on board. So, the
    perfect thing to do if you want a great quiet cabin is to go for a cabin that is
    surrounded by cabins on all sides. The second type of cabin is for people who
    are quite the opposite! They’re party people and they’re going to be out as much
    as they possibly can. So even if you are a party person, and are only going to
    spend five or six hours a night having sleep in your cabin, it is still
    the one place that you’re going to spend more time than anywhere else when you’re
    on a cruise. The cabin is still the place that you’re going to spend the most
    amount of time. And so I would strongly suggest that
    you go for an inside cabin. The great thing about those cabins is they’re dark,
    because they have no windows and you have no light coming in. So it’s perfect for
    people who want to go to bed really early in the morning and want to sleep
    late, because they want to be out and party. So an inside cabin is a great idea.
    The third thing to do is what if you want a cheap cabin? The perfect
    cabin for you, whether it’s an inside cabin or ocean view cabin or a balcony
    cabin or suite, you still want the cheapest at every level. The thing to do is to not
    choose a specific cabin but go for what’s known as a “guaranteed cabin”.
    Now, what that basically means is it’s the cheapest price that you can get for
    whatever level you’re going for, and the cruise line allocates a cabin to you. So
    what they do is, once people have gone and chosen specific cabins (because they
    want to be in a specific cabin), whatever’s left over people who have booked a guaranteed cabin get allocated one of the cabins by the cruise lines. It is
    the cheapest way to get whatever grade of cabin that you want. Now clearly the
    cheapest cabin of all is to go for a guaranteed inside cabin. If your main
    objective is to get the cheapest cabin possible book a guaranteed inside
    cabin. My next tip is if you’re concerned about getting seasick, the most important
    thing to do is choose a cabin which is in the middle of the ship and as low
    down as possible. The reason for that is when a ship moves, if there are rough
    seas, is it pivots. It pivots on an axis like this, and so in the center low
    down is where you have the least amount of movement. If you are worried about
    getting seasick, the middle of the ship and as low down as
    possible. What if you’re a solo traveler? The thing to watch out for
    is cabins are designed for two people to occupy, so if you’re occupying that as a
    solo traveler you’re going to be charged a surcharge – which could be anything
    between 50% to 100%. So it becomes very expensive. The great news is that most
    cruise lines are starting to have cabins specifically for solo travelers,
    which is fantastic because you can avoid all those surcharges. There are many
    many ships that do that but some of the most innovative of all are for example
    on Norwegian Cruise Line, where they’ve created a whole area for solo travelers.
    It has a specific key pass. It has a lounge area and all the cabins in that
    area are for solo travelers. But pretty much all cruise lines have them, whether it is Royal Caribbean, Fred Olsen, Cunard – all these
    cruise lines are starting to introduce solo cabins. What about families? Now
    there are two suggestions that I have. First of all let’s talk about families
    traveling with really young kids. Kids that need to be in the same
    cabin as you. The thing to do is to cruise on cruise lines that have
    specific created family cabins. Most of the big
    ships whether it’s Norwegian or Royal Caribbean, Disney obviously, so
    there’s a lot of cruise lines that cater for families. They’ve created family
    suites or family cabins so these are cabins that are designed and have
    configurations where mum and dad or parents can sleep and space for
    kids. A lot of them now have specific cabins which are designed and are big
    enough and have beds that you don’t need to pull out at night. For families any
    cruise lines that is basically advertising for families, take a look at those if
    your kids need to be in the same cabin. What if you’ve got older kids? What the big issue to look out for is most cruise lines will not
    allow you to register to have two kids under the age of 18 booked in a cabin alone. So if you’ve got young teenage kids you can’t book a cabin for them. This is a way around that. One of the things that I would suggest is to book
    cabins which have an inter-connecting door and book one adults with one child in
    one cabin each. However of course when you move in, the parents can be in one cabin and the kids can be in the
    other cabin but you have the connecting door so you can then be as one as a family but your teenage kids have their own space and their own
    cabin. Of course you don’t have to have an inter connecting door, you could
    just book two cabins that are close to each other but you will have to book it
    as one adult and one child if they are under the age of 18. Check with the
    cruise line because those regulations differ slightly, but you can’t book a
    cabin on most cruise lines just for children. If you want to go
    luxury, there are a lot of options in terms of Suites and luxury. If you’re
    looking for a great cabin, take a look at some of the cruise lines that have
    created ships-within-ships. So for example on MSC Cruises they have the
    Yacht Club. Norwegian cruise lines has the Haven, and these are little
    controlled areas where you use your key card to get into them, and then all the
    facilities for those people traveling in Suites are available. Many of them
    will have butler service. They’ll often their own swimming pool and deck. They might
    even have their own acces to the spa area. They’ll have a lounge where
    you have breakfast, drinks and canapés. So if you look it to go luxury,
    look for cabins that are in ships within ships. Of course there are many other
    options. Most cruise lines have suites. So, if you take for example Cunard their
    Queen’s Grill have butler service, they have a specific
    lounge, there’s a separate dining room. The other thing to do, of course, if you
    want to go in luxury is book a cabin on an all-suite ship. These are much
    more expensive to go with and include lines like Silversea or Seabourn. What is
    there’s a group of friends? Three or four of you traveling together
    and you want to share a cabin, because it ends up being much cheaper if there’s
    three or four of you in a cabin. The great thing with ships is basically you
    can have your cabin configured either twin beds or double beds, so you can then
    have two separate beds and then you have the sofa bed option. If you take a
    look at many cruise lines and look at the plans (or talk to your agent) find out which not only have a sofa bed but have a curtain between the bedroom
    area and the sofa bed area. So for example, many of the cabins on board
    Cunard ships like Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, but
    I’ve been on many many other cruise lines where there is a curtain – so the great thing is if you are with a group of friends some of you
    can be in the bed area and you can have the curtains closed so there is a little bit of privacy for when you’re getting dressed,
    changed or whatever. So look for cabins which have that option but also have a
    curtain dividing the two areas. I’ve spoken about party people, I’ve spoken about
    people that really like to go out and have a great time but what about people
    who want to go on a cruise and they want some little private time. On a
    cruise ship you could perhaps find a nice quiet corner but if you like the
    idea of retreating into your cabin and having your own little private space,
    what I would recommend you do is then book a balcony cabin. The great
    thing about a balcony cabin is you can then go out on your balcony and you have
    your little private space, little private time. So you can enjoy all the
    great features, benefits and activities on the cruise but if you
    just want a little quiet time, you can then retreat to your cabin and sit out the balcony and you can still have the sunshine ( if you’re in a nice warm
    climate) you can have the breeze and you can just relax you can sunbathe – but you
    have your own little quiet haven. So my next tips is about accessibility. So
    what if you have a wheelchair or you have limited mobility? Well this is
    kind of might be an obvious one, but all cruise ships have accessible rooms –
    and it’s really important if you’re going on a cruise to make sure that you
    book one of those if you do have a wheelchair or accessible issues. They
    tend have them at all grades, so inside, ocean view, Suites etc,
    they all have accessible cabins which have wider doors, more floor
    space to move around. They also have showers rather than baths that you
    can wheel into. In many of them they have things like call buttons and cupboard space and storage space which is accessible from wheelchair
    level. So do make sure that you book an accessible cabin. That’s a whole
    range of cabins for different types. The most important one of all is if you are
    going on a cruise I strongly recommend when you’re looking at your cabin (no
    matter what grade it is) book a cabin that has other cabins above you, below you, either side of you and opposite you – then this is going to be a cabin that has least
    interruptions and least amount of noise. So no matter whether you’re a party
    animal, you’d like to retreat into a quiet space – you are going find that it is going to give you the greatest chance of having a great
    space. Of course if you book that try and make sure that you do not have an inter-
    connecting door and then you basically you will have this little great space that you
    can retreat to no matter what type of Cruiser you are. I hope you enjoyed that
    video and if you did I’d love it if you gave the video a “thumbs up” or a “like”, but
    very importantly please subscribe to Tips For Travellers and get much more
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    World’s Largest Cruise Ship Tour! HARMONY OF THE SEAS!
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    World’s Largest Cruise Ship Tour! HARMONY OF THE SEAS!

    December 6, 2019

    welcome to the largest cruise ship in
    the world the Royal Caribbean harmony of the Seas let’s go on a tour of this
    close to a quarter mile long cruise ship this is the harmony of the Seas next to
    another cruise ship size does matter when it comes to cruising baby fun fact
    this coat burns close to 66 thousand gallons of diesel fuel everyday at $3 a
    gallon that’s over two hundred thousand dollars worth of gas running at full
    power every single day fun fact there when you first enter the Harmelin seas
    you walk into the promenade which is larger than most malls in America full
    of shops bars and restaurants 24 elevators service to 16 floors for the
    6,000 people on board you’ve got a theater that is larger than most
    theaters on land there’s an ice skating rink yes you can go ice skating on a
    cruise ship in the middle of the ocean the casino rivals most normal Vegas
    casinos there’s five pools and a kiddie area don’t forget about the to flow
    riders on the back of the boat as well miniature golf anyone ping-pong don’t
    worry about the food because there’s more food on this ship than most third
    world country the main dining rooms and I meant room because there’s three
    storeys of dining rooms bars plenty of bars even robotic ones and ones that
    raised up and down all rhythm had a balcony and plenty of space or two
    people on the back of the ship there’s a diving pool they have an insane aquatic
    show that will impress even the most well-traveled person private island sure
    laven Haiti is Royal Caribbean’s very own private area for people to explore
    and enjoy a day on land board on the ship and want to walk through the park
    don’t worry there’s an outdoor park area with trees and plenty of sunshine yes
    that’s a carousel on the ship Starbucks yep they got that more food no problem
    ate too much good well don’t worry there’s a gymnast ball it’ll blow away
    even the pickiest Jimbo I’m sure I’m forgetting half of the stuff on the ship
    from top to bottom the Harmonists EES the cruise ship in its own class I’ve
    been on different ships and this one blows the rest out of the water when
    cruising turns into small town city living on the open ocean you have the
    harmony of the sea from Royal Caribbean this cruise ship is amazing


    Massive kitemare off the coast of Marocco – Ep99 – The Sailing Frenchman

    December 6, 2019

    All right, pretty good start we’re going Right, let’s start to look at the options. We have costal wind at the moment. It’s just the effect of the land
    which is warmed up by the sun The wind will be changing soon though. So we need to see a bit of options and for these we have time zero so as we see all the fleet here, moving And yeah, we’re not bad, we’re here,
    one here, two here, Not too bad so far, but you know, it’s a one month race, so much can go wrong then The weather, so that’s the weather
    that we’re gonna have soon Hisham, one month at sea what do you think? Looking forward to it, unless when I’m seasick But you won’t be right, you have your sea legs already from last race Alright, welcome to the doldrums We are right out of Portugal The first day and which has become a kind of weird area west of Gibraltar not much wind we placed ourselves not too bad, I think light wind, spinnakers helming smoothly and hopefully this afternoon we get some higher pressure This area here, see wind is coming in this area So we should benefit from this
    but let’s see how it turns out What are you up to Manuel?
    Can I help you? No you can’t
    No ? OK That’s a good thing so could you, have you been able to tighten it maximum or yeah, there’s a bearing it’s something inside, stuffing So this is actual footage from my bunk,
    I’m not even enhancing the sound, just wait for it… It’s the spinnaker sheet going through a low friction ring, and it’s like this every 30 seconds Have a good night This is not my hat It’s one of the maintenance guys that forgot it. I feel like I’m selling drugs in the desert Good morning Hugo, did you bought that hat or were you given it? It’s Blake’s He forgot it It just never stops All right, so it’s day three into the race,
    we left three days ago from Portugal We’re about like 500 miles into this journey, and we’ve been doing pretty good so far, sticking along the the Moroccan coast,
    gave us a good advantage. We are with a group of 5 boats, still such a long race It’s hard to say it if we we’re first or last, but we’re definitely not last, we are towards the front of the fleet, which is pretty good Yeah, everyone is working their ass off. So it’s pretty good. It’s starting to get warm as we go south A 100 miles away from Canaries now. Last time I came here was with my boat and just had the best time there.
    It’s sad not to stop and see my friend José Still a long race, still lots of things, working with daily problems But so far, the boat’s moving.
    So we hope we continue to do this way, getting really good at helming with spinnaker,
    so that’s nice I’m able to stay here in the nav station just do a bit of tactics and just overviewing the sail, it’s really nice. It’s going well You’ll see in the next day we should have more wind coming, as we pass Canaries and then we’ll go for the scoring gates. Scoring gate is just like 2 marks, 2 virtual marks, somewhere and the first boat to pass these two marks gets 3 points the second boat 2 points and the last boat one point and all the rest going through the gates gets nothing So it’s always good to go for these extra points like we did on first leg getting second on this ocean sprint so yeah, we’ll try to go for this Hi Josh, how are you doing ?
    We gybed, we are 1.6nm from Sanya Nice, good job What do you say a lot when you are at the helm?
    Bare away, head up, stop flogging, trim, trim trim….etc HeyJohn what does bare away mean ? which way ? Bare away, or the other way It’s left or right, 50/50 That’s our problem I think At that point we had been three or four days at sea and we had just passed the Canary Islands Making our way towards the Cap Verde and the scoring gate that was just north of it We were constantly under spinnaker our code 2 was up and we were doing good speed So good that we were in the lead with Visit Sanya, Jorge’s boat Sometimes second, sometimes first, switching places But the afternoon right after that watch I was having a nice nap in the sail locker when I felt the boat slowing down and some shouting starting I always keep my life jacket when I have a nap, so I jump on deck and can only witness the inevitable It’s there, the mother of all wraps. The spinnaker, because of mistakes from the helmsman got wrapped not only around the forestay,
    but also around the inner-forestay No way to solve this from deck Within seconds, I had the climbing harness on, and the crew swept me up the mast Started a now and off battle to enwrap our code 2, me from the top and the crew from the deck We eventually got it back on deck with only minor damage and within minutes we had our code 3 up and we were racing again But this one and a half hour at reduced speed made us lose quite some ground on Sanya and allowed Quingdao to come back to our level. This one mistake definitely played a huge role in the rest of that race So again, lessons learned, never ever let down your guard Never get complacent and never stop trying to do things better and faster


    Navigator of the Seas Deck-By-Deck Ship Tour

    December 5, 2019

    Hello, Wanderers! Welcome to Royal
    Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas! We just spent nine nights aboard this Voyager
    Class ship and we put together a deck-by-deck tour for you. Let’s get it
    started. Race you to Deck 1! So this is Deck 1. This is where you get
    on and off the ship when you’re in port. Also, if you’re feeling sick while you’re
    aboard, here’s where you’ll find the medical facility. Let’s not race to any
    more decks…Here you can see passengers preparing to disembark. Staff have
    beverages ready for purchase and hand out towels for guests to borrow. Just
    scan your Sea Pass and you’re ready for a day in Port. On Deck 2, the Conference
    Center offers several rooms for group events or meetings. The Photo Gallery on
    Deck 3 is where you can view, order and download the photos taken by the
    professional photographers onboard. The kiosks make the process quick and easy. Also on Deck 3 is Studio B, which hosts
    everything from parties to game shows, cooking demonstrations and more! There
    are also professional ice skating performances throughout your cruise for
    you to enjoy, and open skate times for passengers. No reservations are needed
    and all gear is included. Deck 4 is where the real fun begins.
    The Schooner Bar, a nautically themed piano bar, is one of our group’s go-to
    spots. You can usually find us gathered around a scorecard for trivia or singing
    along to nightly serenades piano-side. Next to the Schooner Bar is the ship’s
    casino featuring video poker, slot machines, blackjack, roulette and more. The Sapphire, Navigator’s main dining room, boasts three levels of seating
    accessible from Decks 3, 4, and 5. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seating
    arrangements vary and although your table is assigned to you by the ship, you
    can choose to either sit with just your group, with specific passengers, or with
    random guests. You can also choose to dine at prearranged times or do My Time
    Dining, which allows you to arrive to dinner when you want. Also on Deck 4 is one of Navigator’s
    specialty restaurants. Sabor is a for-fee restaurant that offers traditional
    Mexican dishes like burritos, tacos and quesadillas, plus homemade guacamole and premium tequila flights! Boleros is Navigator’s Latin-inspired lounge with
    ample room to hang out or dance along to live music. They can also whip up a mean mojito. Art Auctions are popular events onboard
    cruise ships. They usually have the various pieces set up around the lobby
    for guests to view. Hi, Wanderers! The Metropolis Theater is the best place to find entertainment throughout your cruise. During the day the ship hosts
    informative lectures on topics ranging from marine life to shopping. At night,
    catch a comedy act, acrobatic performance or musical revue. Bar service is offered
    to guests with waiters bringing drinks right to your seat. Moving up to Deck 5, the Royal Promenade is a major hub of activity at all hours of the day. The
    four-story mall features various shops selling high-end fashion and accessories,
    souvenirs and convenience items. Live music plays as you stroll through the
    mall on your way to grab a quick snack, coffee, or Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone
    at Café Promenade. The café has a nice seating area where
    you can relax with the daily paper or play games with friends. Numerous bars
    and restaurants line the Promenade, like Two Poets, an English themed pub serving imported beers and ales and Vintages, Royal Caribbean’s wine bar, which offers
    a vast sampling menu, wine tastings and classes. Off the Promenade you’ll find
    the Connoisseur Club, Navigator’s smoking lounge and the Star Lounge where events
    like the art auction take place with music and dancing offered at night. Deck 5’s R Bar, a dark and cozy lounge, offers custom cocktails and drink specials we
    often enjoyed before dinner. Have a question, concern or complaint? Speak to a staff member at Guest Services. If you want to book a port tour, visit the Shore
    Excursions desk next door. Lastly, you can access the ship’s helipad from Deck 5.
    Featuring a great view of the sea and opportunities to reenact silly movie
    moments, the helipad is a bit of a secret onboard but is open to the public most
    days. Going up to Deck 6, you’ll find Next
    Cruise – where passengers can speak with company agents to book future cruises. On Deck 7 is the Library and Card Room, a quiet oasis where you can borrow books,
    grab a daily Sudoku puzzle or play games with friends. For a fee, Royal Caribbean Online on Deck
    8 connects you to the internet and allows you to print documents, too. The
    Concierge Lounge is exclusively for guests staying in specialty Suites and
    Diamond+ and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor members. So Deck 10 doesn’t have any public areas – it’s just a lot of staterooms and all of the stateroom hallways look just like
    this! So now you know! Deck 11 is probably where we spend most of our time. First up, the food. The Windjammer is Navigator’s buffet-style restaurant and is also the most popular place to eat.
    It’s open most hours of the day and you can enjoy everything from American Breakfast favorites, to international specialties, sandwiches, soups and
    desserts. It’s all included in your cruise fare so why not try a little bit
    of everything? Next to the Windjammer is Chops Grille, a for-fee restaurant specializing in steaks and seafood and Giovanni’s Table, another for-fee
    restaurant that brings Italian fare, served family-style, to the high seas.
    After you eat your fill, you may want to hit the gym for a good workout. At
    Vitality, you’ll find treadmills, weight machines, dumbbells and more. There’s even a space for group classes. Visit the spa for a massage or manicure. Heading outside on Deck 11 is the best place to soak up the sun. The pool deck features
    two pools and four whirlpools. Grab a lounger to relax, listen to live music
    and order a drink. Or boogie along with fellow passengers. Make sure you get
    there early so you don’t miss the belly flop contest – a guest favorite. The Solarium, an adults-only pool area,
    has padded loungers and offers a quiet refuge away from the main pool. Hidden away at the front of Deck 11 is the Peek-A-Boo bridge, a set of windows that allows passengers to look down into the happenings of the bridge while you sail. Up on Deck 12 you’ll find the running track, open to walkers and runners. For
    families, you’ll find the nursery as well as the Aquanauts Club for three to five
    year olds, Adventure Ocean, designed for three to 17-year olds, and The Living
    Room, a teen hangout. Outside, Johnny Rockets serves up classic burgers, fries, and milkshakes for a small per person fee. And to round out Deck 12, visit the
    Challenger’s Arcade, stock full of your favorites like Pac-Man, claw games, racing simulators, air hockey and Skee-ball. Deck 13 is an active deck. First up, the
    Flow Rider, a simulated surfing experience, gives passengers the ability to surf or
    boogie board. Private lessons are also available. Check out Ryan’s skills before he wipes out! Climb the rock wall and get an
    unparalleled view of the sea when you make it to the top. Play against your friends
    and family at Navigator Dunes, the nine hole mini-golf course. Choose to keep
    score or not but make sure to brag if you win! The Sports Court hosts
    volleyball and basketball too. Perched high above the sea on Deck 14, you’ll find the Viking Crown lounge and Cosmopolitan Club, offering the best view of the pool deck
    and surrounding landscapes. During the day, grab a book and relax in
    the spacious lounge. At night, get ready for karaoke, live music and dancing. The Diamond Club is also located adjacent to the Viking Crown Lounge. Our final restaurant on Navigator is Izumi, a for-fee Japanese restaurant featuring
    popular sushi rolls, hot rock dishes and traditional noodles and soups. And last but not least on Deck 15 is the Skylight Chapel, which can accommodate 40 people for a small service or intimate wedding ceremony. So that’s Navigator of the Seas! We hope you enjoyed our deck-by-deck tour. As you can see, our bags are packed so we’re leaving the ship but hopefully you’ll be
    getting on soon! If you liked this video, be sure to Subscribe to our channel, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. We’ll see you next time, Wanderers!

    10 Reasons To Stay On Your Cruise Ship In Port
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    10 Reasons To Stay On Your Cruise Ship In Port

    December 4, 2019

    What are the 10 good reasons to stay on board
    a cruise ship in port. This is Gary Bembridge and this is another
    of my Tips For Travellers. I am on a cruise and I’m staying on board
    in port today, and that got me thinking why don’t I share with you 10 reasons that I think
    are great ones to stay on board and not explore a port, starting with this one. It is important to remember that cruises is
    also vacation time. It’s a time to relax and if you are on a port
    intensive cruise you could end up coming back from your cruise tired, because you are exploring,
    coming back and eating, drinking, going to a show, staying up late. Taking a day out one day when the ship is
    in port and just relaxing, sleeping late as it is going to be much quieter and it is just
    a time to slow down and relax, and make your day a total relaxing day. After all you’ve come for a great time but
    also to unwind. It’s a really good reason to stay on board. The second good reason is if the ports are
    not interesting, either because you have been before or it is just not interesting to you,
    or very appealing or the weather is not great , either too rainy or hot. Or, perhaps you already have seen all the
    key sights and even the secondary sights are just not very interesting. Another good reason for staying on board is
    if the port is going to be crazy busy. I take a look in sites like
    and take a look at how many ships are going to be in port. You could be going to some ports where there
    could be 15,000 to 20,000 passengers coming off ships and making the place busy crazy,
    and so you it might be nicer to stay on board the ship in those ports where it is going
    to be crazy busy. Plan in advance and use sites like
    and see how busy the ports will be and perhaps choose one of them which is going to be crazy
    busy and stay on board and not fight all the crowds.The fourth reason for staying on board
    depends on the type of ship you are cruising on. If it is a big resort ship which has huge
    amounts of facilities, like rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, go karting and 4D
    rides and huge amount of facilities. It is worth spending one or two days on the
    ship because the ship is part of the vacation, which you have paid for in your fare. If you are out exploring ports all day you
    won’t have time to experience them all. If it is a resort ship I like to plan day
    on board rather than going to the port as it is a resort in its own right. On smaller ships with much less facilities
    it may less worthwhile and much more about the ports. If you are cruising on a ship with lots of
    facilities it is a good idea to spend at least a day on board. Another good reason for staying on board is
    you will find on port days there is usually a lots of offers. So, particularly the spa will have discounts
    or 2-for-1s which making going to the Spa much cheaper. There might be happy hours and cocktails of
    the day or other activities which are much cheaper. It is a great way of doing some of the things
    you want to do but for much less money. I love going to the spa but its really expensive
    and going on port days is what I do as its much cheaper. When you are on a cruise you know that finding
    space and time in the laundry can be quite difficult. On port days the laundry is usually quiet,
    you can get a machine and drier and you can do it much easier. A great reason for staying on board is simply
    the ship is not that busy. And that is particularly around the pool,
    finding a great lounger and good spot close to the pool can be a challenge or using the
    hot tubs. You’re going to find great loungers, use the
    hot tubs, many of the other facilities around the ship, restaurants, afternoon tea if you
    want to go to that will be quieter, if you want to do flow riders, use the waterslides
    you are going to able to do it multiple times without lining up. The ship is much quieter , things you want
    to try and do will just be completely empty or free to do. Find a fantastic lounger in a great spot,
    use the pool and hot tubs is a great reason to stay on board. Another great reason to stay on board is even
    if there are not lots of facilities in board there will be lots of activities to do on
    the ship like trivia, craft classes, fitness classes. There will always be a full schedule of events. The ship will have a full program of things
    for people who stay on the ship to do, even if you are on a small ship. So, if you are yearning to win that trivia
    competition, the advantage on a port day is there will be less people and less competition
    and increased chance of winning. But definitely there will be loads of things
    to do, so don’t think that there will be nothing to do as there will be a full daily program
    of events. One of the key reasons I stay on board on
    port days is I can get around the ship and take videos and photographs of the ship when
    it is not crowded and full of people. You can get great pictures of your friends
    and family and port days are a good time to do that, as you will be able to take nice
    photos of the ship, posing on staircases. So, I will stay on board in one or more ports
    so I can take my photos and videos without having lots of people in them. It’s a great way of exploring and seeing the
    ship and taking the photos you want, and really important of course is the photos taken by
    the ship photographers are pretty expensive. It is a time to explore and take great photos
    you want. Staying on board will also help with your
    budget. If you go out on excursions, it could costs
    quite a lot of money. Cruise excursions can cost quite a lot of
    money from $50 – $100 and upwards per person per excursion. So, that can ramp up quite fast. Even if self exploring you will have costs
    for touring and entrance fees for museums and sights, eating out, drinks and so on. So staying on board can help you with your
    budget by avoiding some of those costs like food and entertainment are included in your
    fare on the ship. It is a good way of helping to manage your
    budget. So, if there are some excursions you really
    want to do in some ports then staying on board on other days could help make them possible
    within your budget. Staying on board is one way of managing your
    budget. There is a lot of good reasons for staying
    on board in port. Those are the ones I think are good ones. If you have any others let me know. If you enjoyed this video, why not watch another
    one of my tips videos right now

    How A Cabin On Viking Is Better Than Other Cruise Ships
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    How A Cabin On Viking Is Better Than Other Cruise Ships

    December 4, 2019

    I want to give you a little tour of
    a typical cabin on a Viking Ocean cruise. Now this is what’s known as a Deluxe Veranda cabin… And it’s one of the least expensive
    cabin categories on Viking ships. There are some nice little things
    that Viking has done with these cabins… That makes them better than the basic cabins you’ll find on most other cruise lines. First off, I should mention that every cabin
    on every Viking ocean cruise ship has a balcony… And they’re all at least as big as what you see here. Some are quite a bit bigger
    if you choose a higher cabin category… But the point is that there are
    no inside cabins without windows… And no oceanview cabins
    with just a window but no balcony. Can you imagine yourself sitting out on
    this balcony enjoying the amazing views? We’re in the Caribbean this week
    but no matter what itinerary you choose… Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Australia…
    or even a world cruise… You’re going to love the views from your balcony. Inside the cabin, I want to show you a couple of
    really nice things that Viking has done… On both sides of the bed there are electrical outlets and USB charging
    ports. So, it’s easy to charge your cellphone
    and wake up with it right next to you… Or to use a CPAP machine. You’d be really surprised at how many of the other cruise lines… Still don’t bother to put electrical outlets
    and USB ports on both sides of the bed! At the desk, there are multiple electrical outlets
    and five USB charging ports. I’ve never seen that on any other cruise line. Oh and I want my friend Emma to see my desktop background on my laptop this week. It’s the Viking sea with Emma there in the foreground! And there’s Wi-Fi throughout the ship. You can use it on all of the electronic devices
    you brought with you… And all at the same time if you want. No need to log out of one device
    before you log in with another. You can stay connected for
    the entire cruise… On multiple devices at no additional charge at all. It’s all included in your cruise fare. And the Internet works really well! I uploaded big HD videos to YouTube
    from the ship with no problem. Now there were times that the Internet service
    wasn’t as fast as it was at other times, but… It mostly worked really well. I also want to show you how Viking has come up with
    one of the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen
    on a cruise ship in a
    fairly low stateroom category like this. Remember, I’m not in some expensive suite here! What I’m about to show you is true on even
    the least expensive cabin on a Viking Ocean ship. To appreciate how great the bathroom
    on a Viking Ocean cruise is… We have to start down on the floor of the bathroom. It’s got radiant heating built in to it. So, when you step on it with bare feet
    in the middle of the night it’s not cold…
    it’s warm! And if you touch the mirror you realize it’s heated, too. Why would you want a heated mirror? Because it will not fog up
    no matter how long of a shower you take. Speaking of the shower…
    I’ve been in some teeny-tiny
    cruise ship showers before. This is not one of them! It’s quite roomy and modern
    considering that this is just a basic cabin, not a suite. And the shelf is nice for storing
    shampoo and conditioner… Or for the ladies to prop up a leg for shaving. We’ll come back out here to the bedroom area
    and show you the storage. They didn’t cheap out and try to save money
    in building these cabins. The drawers have soft-close mechanisms. And the closet has a light inside of it. If you’re NOT one of those people that packs light
    for a cruise and you need a lot of
    extra drawers to store things… Step up just a little bit when you book
    your cabin. The cabin category known as a penthouse veranda
    has quite a few more drawers than
    the two lower priced cabin categories do. I want to show you this sitting area over in the corner
    of the cabin next to the window out to the balcony. This is the way it’ll be arranged
    when you arrive onboard… And this is the way that I like to rearrange mine… To get that coffee table out of the flow of traffic… And give a more spacious feel. I want to show you the television. You can check the balance on your spending account. You can bring up a map to see where you are… Including being able to zoom in
    and zoom out whenever you want which… I’ve never seen on any other cruise ships. You can get one concise list that shows you
    every reservation you’ve made for both shore excursions and dinner reservations, all on one screen. But here’s the best part… A lot of cruise ships offer pay-per-view
    movies on the stateroom TVs… But on Viking,
    you don’t pay extra to watch a movie on demand. It’s all included in your cruise fare. One thing I should warn you about is that they don’t get the big American broadcast networks like… NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox… So, set your DVR at home to record your
    favorite TV shows while you’re away. For news, I was a little surprised to see that they did not have
    CNN… But they did have MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox News. There’s a thoughtful design
    to the desk in the staterooms. You just flip up the desktop to reveal a mirror
    which is perfect for doing your makeup. And there’s some nice storage below the mirror for jewelry or any other little items that you might have. Under the desk, there’s a refrigerator… And Viking is not out to nickel-and-dime you
    so help yourself to any of those
    things in the fridge at no additional charge. In all but the lowest cabin category, they are refilled daily. If you’ve ever sailed with Carnival you know how the swinging balcony doors tend to slam shut quite loudly. Viking was smart to use sliding doors on all of their balconies. They close softly and quietly. Finally before I wrap this thing
    up let me show you one of my little cruise tricks. I bring an indoor/outdoor thermometer with me… And attach it to the wall with a 3M command strip… Near the controls for the air conditioner. And I attach the wireless outdoor sensor… Out on my balcony up high where it won’t get any direct sunlight. This way it’s easy to see both the temperature of the stateroom and the temperature outside. I’m Jim Zim.
    If you want to book a cruise on Viking
    it’s very helpful to have a travel agent
    doing the work for you. If you don’t already have a good travel agent,
    use mine: Caitlin Gallagher of Ambren Travel. She’s really easy to communicate with,
    she’ll take very good care of you… And she’ll watch out for you
    and keep you from making any mistakes. Her fees are paid by the cruise line.
    So, visit her website and put her to work for you…
    at their expense!

    MS Veendam Cruise Ship Tour – Holland America Cruise Line
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    MS Veendam Cruise Ship Tour – Holland America Cruise Line

    December 4, 2019

    One of the more intimate vessels in Holland America Line’s fifteen ship fleet, the 720-by-101 foot MV Veendam is the final member of the Statendam Class quartet of ships built in the early-to-mid-1990s. Named for the town of Veendam in the northeastern part of Holland, the Veendam was built in 1996 by Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy. The ship’s godmother is famed actress Debbie Reynolds. Shown in this image as built, Veendam measured 55,758 gross tons with a capacity for 1,258 passengers. In 2009, the ship was given a comprehensive Signature Of Excellence modernization and slightly enlarged with a new capacity of 1,350 guests and an increased tonnage of 57,092. This is another early view of Veendam, showing the appearance of its stern and aft decks before the rebuilding. And this is the aft portion of the ship after the 2009 rebuilding, showing the additional deck of suites atop the stern and the ducktail sponson that was added to compensate for the extra weight. Since its inception in 1873, all Holland America passenger ships were given names with a “dam” suffix. The Veendam’s lineage can be traced via renowned maritime artist Stephen Card’s paintings, which are displayed in its forward stairtower. This is first Veendam, which sailed for HAL between 1888 and 1898. The second Veendam was a popular and handsome fixture in Holland America’s transatlantic and cruising fleet between 1922 and 1952. The third Veendam was originally Moore McCormack Line’s Argentina of 1958 and joined the Holland America fleet in 1973, sailing on and off for HAL for the next decade. After several subsequent careers, the ship was finally scrapped in India in 2003. Today’s Veendam has nine passenger decks, beginning at the very top of the ship with Deck 13 or Sky Deck, which has an open observation platform that surrounds the base of the radio mast. This is a view facing aft from Deck 13, showing the midships sunning and pool areas. The aft portion of Deck 13 is a teens-only space called The Oasis. This was added in 2009 and contains a wet area and sunning space. A staircase leads down to The Loft teen club. The teak-covered external portion of Deck 12 or Sun Deck begins midships and overlooks the pool area with sunning space and a shuffleboard court. Veendam’s pool area is covered by an all-weather steel and glass Magrodome that can be closed with the flick of a switch in inclement weather. On the starboard side of Deck 12, there is a basketball court at the base of the funnel. The port side of Deck 12 contains a practice tennis court at the base of the funnel. Deck 11 or Lido Deck begins with a narrow observation terrace that overlooks the bow. The midships portion of Deck 11 is home to the pool and two Jacuzzis, which are fronted by a bronze dolphin sculpture by Susanna Holt. The casual, buffet style Terrace Grill serves up burger fare on the forward/starboard side of the pool. The Pool Bar is directly aft of the pool and provides drink service for the pool area and Lido Restaurant, just aft. The teak covered aft portion of Deck 11 was added in the 2009 refit and now sports three Jacuzzi tubs underneath a giant LED adjacent to the Slice pizzeria and bar. On forward Deck 9 or Verandah Deck, there is another teak-covered open observation area overlooking the bow. The open fo’c’sle area on Deck 8 or Upper Promenade Deck is a designated crew area that is sometimes opened up to guests in scenic cruising areas such as Glacier Bay. A popular fixture on all Holland America ships are the teak lined, fully encircling promenades, which on the Veendam are found on the Lower Promenade Deck or Deck 6. Four times around equals one mile. The Loft teen club for 13 — 17 year olds is located in the aft portion of Deck 12 on the starboard side and features a lounge and night club area with a staircase that leads up to The Oasis open deck area. Adjoining The Loft on aft Deck 12 is Club HAL, the children’s play area. Activities for 3 – 7 and 8 – 12 year olds include pirate treasure hunts, hands-on pizza making, Xbox and Wii tournaments and more. The 290-seat Crow’s Nest is located on forward Deck 12 and features a large dance floor and bar as well as intimate alcoves on either side, all framed in floor-to-ceiling windows. Veendam has an excellent fitness center that adjoins the Greenhouse Spa on forward Deck 11. It offers a wide selection of cardio and weight machines, free weights and a stretching/aerobics area. A thermal suite is located in the forward portion of the Greenhouse Spa on Deck 11. There are several treatment rooms in the Greenhouse Spa, offering a menu of massages and skin therapies. In the aft portion of the spa, there is a beauty salon that provides manicures and pedicures in addition to hair dressing. The casual, buffet-style 362-seat Lido Restaurant is on aft Deck 11 and lined in full length windows that overlook the sea. It has numerous action stations serving sandwiches, hot entrées, Asian food, a salad bar and desserts. The Lido Restaurant also has an excellent pasta station with selections cooked to order. The forward/port section of the Lido Restaurant houses Canaletto, a reservations-required Italian dinner venue that seats 58. The per person tariff is $10.00. Located on midships Deck 10 or Navigation Deck, between the port and starboard passageways, the Neptune Lounge is a private concierge lounge reserved for guests occupying the top three suite categories. It seats 24. Spanning two levels, the 600-seat Showroom at Sea is Veendam’s main showroom where twice nightly productions, magicians and comedians take the stage. The space, which fronts the public areas on Decks 7 and 8, was completely revamped in 2009 with tiered seating on the lower level. The 125-seat Ocean Bar is a handsome space with full length windows on the starboard side of Deck 8 or Upper Promenade Deck, just aft of the showroom. It features a marble dance floor and a bandstand for live musicians. The Veendam’s Atrium spans three levels from Deck 6 up to Deck 8 in the heart of the ship. Its centerpiece is a striking Murano glass sculpture entitled “Jacob’s Ladder” by Venetian artist Luciano Vistosi. The Casino follows the Atrium on the port side of Deck 8. It offers gamers 5 blackjack tables, 1 roulette table, 1 stud poker table, 1 Three-Card poker table and 97 slot machines. The Mix is a 175-seat bar complex adjacent to the shopping area on starboard Deck 8. This portion of the ship was modernized considerably in the 2009 refit and includes a champagne bar, a spirits and ales bar and a martini bar. An alcove with a piano bar is immediately aft of The Mix. Merabella is a exclusive jewelry shop on Deck 8. A trio of spaces, including the original card room, library and puzzle corner were rebuilt in 2009 into the inviting Explorations Cafe, a combination coffee bar, library and internet space on aft or port Deck 8 accommodating up to 88 guests. Explorations has a menu of coffee specialties priced a la carte that come with delicious baked treats such as cookies, cakes and croissants. On the starboard side of the ship, the Explorer’s Lounge is a favorite pre-and post-dinner gathering place. With views of the sea through full length windows, it accommodates 75 guests. The Pinnacle Grill is an award-winning, 64-seat a la carte restaurant on the starboard side of Deck 8. For a tariff of $29.00, guests can choose from a menu of Pacific Rim specialties. Pinnacle Grill table settings include beautiful custom Bvlgari chargers. On the port side of Deck 8 near the entrance to the Rotterdam Dining Room, the Queen’s Room doubles as a private dining alcove and the Digital Workshop computer learning center. The soaring, 661-seat Rotterdam Dining Room occupies aft Decks 8 and 7. Grand staircases on either side of a musician’s balcony and a rows of flower-shaped chandeliers are key focal points. Rotterdam Dining Room table settings include Rosenthal china, Riedel stemware, silver plate cutlery and Frette linens. Deck 7 or Promenade Deck begins aft of the lower portion of the Showroom At Sea with a photo gallery on the port side. Located on the Deck 7 landing overlooking the Atrium, the Front Office houses the Veendam’s reception and shore excursion offices. The 210-seat Wajang Theater doubles as the Culinary Arts Center and can be found on Deck 7 just aft of the Atrium. An art gallery is located at the entrance of the Culinary Arts Center/Wajang Theater. Added in the Signature of Excellence Refit, a Wine Tasting gallery is across from the Culinary Arts Center/Wajang Theater. The Half Moon is the larger of two meeting rooms on aft Deck 7. When paired with the adjacent Hudson Room, it can accommodate up to 120 guests. This is the Hudson Room, the smaller of two meeting rooms aboard the Veendam. All Holland America ships have a fascinating collection of permanent art on display and the Veendam is no exception. This is a gilded iron figurehead in the Deck 4 vestibule. The Veendam has six main categories of accommodation. At the top of the tier is the 1,159 square-foot Pinnacle or Penthouse Verandah Suite, which has a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and living room with sofa bed that can accommodate two guests, a mini-bar, refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Penthouse Verandah Suite also has a private dining room that can seat up to eight guests. The bathroom in the Penthouse Verandah Suite is outfitted in marble surfacing and features a Jacuzzi tub as well as a separate rainforest shower. The Penthouse Verandah Suite has a large walk-in closet. Cushioned loungers and a dining table are provided on the Penthouse Verandah Suite balcony. Separate from its main bathroom, there is a powder room in the Penthouse Verandah Suite. The Penthouse Verandah Suite has its own pantry and kitchen. Several pieces from the Veendam’s art collection grace the Penthouse Verandah Suite. Located in the entryway, this is a Dutch cabinet and set of bronze mortars from the 17th Century. Veendam has twenty eight 556-square-foot Neptune or Deluxe Verandah Suites, all of which can be found on Deck 10. They feature a spacious bedroom with 2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling windows. Deluxe Verandah Suites have a large dressing room and wardrobe next to the bedroom. Deluxe Verandah Suite bathrooms have twin sinks and a whirlpool bath. Deluxe Verandah Suite balconies are fitted with cushioned wicker loungers and a dining area. Veendam has 164 Vista or Verandah Suites that measure 292-square-feet. They feature 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling windows. Vista or Verandah Suite bathrooms have a full tub with shower. Vista or Verandah Suites have large, teak-lined balconies with cushioned wicker furnishings. Converted from standard Oceanview staterooms in the 2009 refit, the Veendam’s 38 Lanai Staterooms measure 197-square-feet and open up onto the fully encircling Lower Promenade Deck. They feature 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and sliding glass doors Deck chairs on Lower Promenade Deck are reserved for the exclusive use of occupants of the adjacent Lanai Suites. There are 306 Standard Outside Staterooms measuring 197-square-feet that feature 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed. Standard Outside Stateroom bathrooms have showers. 138 Standard Inside Staterooms measure 182-square-feet and feature 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed. There are eight wheelchair accessible staterooms on the Veendam in various categories. This is a Standard Outside with modified controls, wider doors and floorspace for wheelchairs to turn. Wheelchair access staterooms have modified bathrooms with large showers to accommodate wheelchairs. Holland America Ships use high quality Elemis amenities in wall-mounted, environmentally friendly dispensers, eliminating wasteful mini-plastic bottles.

    The Next Great Cruise Ship: Odyssey Of The Seas
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    The Next Great Cruise Ship: Odyssey Of The Seas

    December 3, 2019

    We’re now less than a year away
    from the debut of a really great
    new cruise ship from Royal Caribbean. It’s called Odyssey Of The Seas,
    and if you live in North America… This is a new ship you should book a cruise on. It’s a sister ship to Anthem Of The Seas,
    one of the best cruise ships I’ve ever been on… But it’s not an exact copy,
    because in the years since
    this class of ships was first introduced… Royal Caribbean has come up with a few improvements,
    and a few completely new ideas. I sailed on Anthem Of The Seas out of the
    New York City area two and a half years ago… And I said then — and I still believe today —
    that it’s one of the greatest cruise ships in the world. So when I heard about the new version,
    based on Anthem and her sisters, but improved… I started to pay attention to Odyssey Of The Seas,
    and you should, too. The #1 thing I loved about her sister,
    Anthem Of The Seas… Was the adults-only area at the front of the ship,
    known as the Solarium. It’s kind of a combination of
    an observation lounge, sun-deck, pool deck,
    and luxurious relaxation area all in one. With no screaming kids, and no loud music playing. It’s kind of like if you took the core idea
    for Carnival’s Serenity Deck… But actually did it right,
    unlike the way Carnival does it. That’s the Solarium I experienced
    on Anthem Of The Seas… And they’ve carried that over to the new one,
    Odyssey Of The Seas. I also totally loved the unique entertainment venue
    at the back of the ship known as Two Seventy. During the day,
    it’s just a quiet observation lounge
    with great views behind the ship
    through a wall of big picture windows. But at night, that wall becomes
    a giant video screen… And the room becomes
    an amazing high-tech entertainment venue
    unlike anything I had ever seen before! None of the other classes of Royal Caribbean ships
    have a venue like this… Nor do any of the other cruise lines. Royal Caribbean basically invented
    an entirely new form of cruise ship entertainment… And it knocked my socks off when I first saw it. But that’s just one of many high-tech innovations
    that you’ll find on the new Odyssey Of The Seas. The ship has many other big WOW features, like… North Star, a very cool observation pod
    on the end of a robotic arm… That allows it to extend way up high above the ship… To give you fantastic views of everything around… And it can pivot out over both sides of the ship, too. Odyssey Of The Seas will also have
    Royal Caribbean’s famous robotic bartenders. Place your order on a video screen,
    and the robots will do the rest! And there’s an indoor sports complex
    known as SeaPlex… A multipurpose venue that can be a sports court… A place to experience
    the acrobatics of a circus trapeze… A big dance floor… Or my personal favorite, a bumper car track! Bumper cars on a cruise ship! Nobody but Royal Caribbean’s got that. And there’s no extra charge for it. One way that Odyssey Of The Seas will be
    different than Anthem Of The Seas… Pertains to the arrangement of the swimming pools. Anthem cruised year ‘round out of New Jersey
    so it was necessary to enclose one of the pools
    to protect from bad weather. But Odyssey will be sailing out of Florida,
    so the mid-ship pools are fully open to the sun. Odyssey will also have a completely
    different kind of Italian Specialty restaurant. The all-new
    Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar. Odyssey Of The Seas will also have
    Playmakers Sports Bar And I think this is a brilliant move:
    They’re placing it on the second level of SeaPlex,
    directly above the bumper cars. That is a smart design choice,
    and Royal Caribbean obviously has
    a great design team, because… Inside the cabins, there’s a
    whole slew of great design ideas on display
    that the other cruise lines should copy. In our balcony cabin on Anthem Of The Seas…
    look how they split up the closets. Instead of making one big closet that
    only one person can get in to at a time… They made two closets,
    one on each side of the couch… So there’s a lot of separation between the two. And that allows two people to easily get dressed
    at the same time without bumping in to each other. There’s a simple,
    brilliant design to the curtains, too. There are two curtains, each on their own track,
    and they overlap by quite a bit… So you get a perfect seal,
    blocking out all the light so you can sleep in
    past sunrise in the morning, if you want to. In the bathroom of your cabin,
    there’s a nightlight built in to the lighting fixture… So that even when you turn out the bathroom lights… The bathroom doesn’t go completely dark. And the bath towels all have loops on them,
    so it’s easy to hang them up to let them dry out. During my cruise on Anthem Of The Seas,
    I liked the cabin design of
    their basic balcony cabins so much… That there was absolutely no need
    to book anything more expensive
    than a standard balcony cabin. If you’ve watched a lot of my other cruise videos… You know I often book some really expensive suites
    on other cruise lines… But on this class of Royal Caribbean ship,
    I didn’t see any need to do so. The basic balcony cabins are great! When I’m on a cruise vacation,
    I love seeing live music performances. And they’ve got a great music venue on this class
    of Royal Caribbean ship called The Music Hall. If you like listening to live music,
    you’ll love Odyssey of The Seas. And if you’re bringing young kids with you
    on your Caribbean cruise… They will love Royal Caribbean’s Splashaway Bay. Odyssey Of The Seas will be based
    in Ft Lauderdale, Florida… And will be cruising to some great destinations… 8 night cruises to the Southern Caribbean… 7 night cruises to either
    the Western or the Eastern Caribbean… And even some 5 and 6 night cruises, too. Plus, many of the cruises
    will include a stop at Coco Cay… Royal Caribbean’s fantastic private island
    in the Bahamas. Odyssey Of The Seas is currently under construction
    at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. This is an artist’s concept of what the ship
    will look like when construction is complete, next year. Her first cruise will be in November of 2020. So, if you’re looking to do a Caribbean cruise
    in 2021, or late 2020… It’s time to make reservations now. If you found this video to be interesting,
    do me a favor and hit the thumbs-up button. That will be a signal to YouTube’s algorithm
    that this is a good video… That they should recommend
    to other people interested in cruising. Feel free to use the services of
    my travel agent, Caitlin Gallagher. She can help you find just the right cruise
    on Odyssey Of The Seas… Or any cruise ship you’re interested in… And she’ll be happy to answer all your questions. Her services cost you nothing at all…
    her fees are paid for by the cruise lines. I’m also going to put some links up on the screen here… To some of the videos I made
    about Anthem Of The Seas. They will give you some good insights on
    what to expect from Odyssey Of The Seas… Royal Caribbean’s latest and greatest! I’m Jim Zim.
    Thanks for watching!