We sailed out of Rotterdam which I quickly saw how it used to be considered the World's largest port. It was pretty impressive. Our room is rather interesting in that we have a sliding door that you would have in a balcony room but instead of going out to a private balcony ours goes out onto the promenade deck where everyone can walk around. At first I thought I wasn't sure if I would like that but the doors are designed so that you cannot see into the room but we can see out which makes for some fun people watching. I guess that is why it was called a lanai room vs a balcony room. As a travel agent I think it is important to try out many different room types so I can say from experience what I think of a particular room type. Usually I would say the inside room is my favorite since I enjoy how dark they are so I can sleep late. On this itinerary though I am thinking the scenery as we go through the Fjords will make having a view from the room worth it. We also have 2 nice wooden lounge chairs outside our room that are reserved just for us. These are usually my favorite reading chairs so I am looking forward to having a warm day to sit out there. When we came back to the room after dinner our room host Ari had created a wonderful honeymoon towel animal along with some rose petals and chocolate covered strawberries in honor of our honeymoon! Overnight we sailed through the North Sea headed for Norway. It was pretty foggy and that was the first time on a cruise where the ship I had keep sounding the horn every so often due to fog.
Our first day is a Sea Day which is nice for recovering from jet lag and exploring the ship. This is my 5th cruise with Holland America and each time I have sailed on a different ship. This time we are on the Rotterdam which I quickly realized is very similar to the Amsterdam that we sailed on 2 years ago when we went through the Panama Canal and up to Alaska. I really like the size of these ships as they are not too small and not too big holding around 1200 guests. There is plenty to do and plenty of comfy places to hang out. One of my favorites is the Lido pool area with the retractable glass roof it can be nice a cozy warm when the sun is out and the roof is closed even when it is chilly outside. It was still pretty foggy for half the day and it was strange to be up on the 8th deck and look out the window and all you can see is white.
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