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    BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    The last part of April, my mom, sister and I decided to celebrate our birthdays and go on a repositioning cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. - and since I had the camera, I'm not in many of the pictures, sorry.

    San Diego was just beautiful, a little windy, but sunny (something we hadn't seen in Idaho for a very long time). We quickly boarded the MS Oosterdam and found our room.







    The pool decor


    I don't know the name of this ship - but it was cool.




    Don't slip!


    We got settled into our room just in time for the lifeboat drill!!! It was really funny that some people didn't show up to the mandatory drill - we saw them the next afternoon in a little room doing the drill by themselves!



    My mom and sister


    Me and my sister


    We headed out to the Lido for a little lunch at the all you could eat buffet. I forgot to take a lot of food pictures, but my sister thought that my choices were a little unusual.

    Mmmmm - sushi and cookies.


    The first night we decided to take in the show. Oh dear. It was so bad it was worth watching. It was called Road House - I think it was supposed to be all about roadhouse music.

    All I can say is Brokeback Mountain, meet the Oosterdam. Nothing says road house like crushed purple velvet with rhinestones around the collar. The men were very good dancers, but I felt like I was attending a cleaner version of the Chippendales.







    Each evening we would come back to a different towel animal. I thought they were so cute, that I bought a book explaining how to make them!





    We only had one port during the 4 days and that was Seattle. So, we spent 2 very windy and rainy days at sea. But, we had so much fun. We participated in almost every cheesy game and trivia contest. We sang at the piano bar, gambled in the casino and I got to go dancing for the first time in 9 years.

    It was actually a dark disco - but, with the flash it looks like I'm just out doing my own thing.


    The dinners were really good. And the 24 hour ice cream bar with cookies was my favorite.

    I got a birthday cake one night - it was Holland America's signature chocolate cake - yummy!


    Crab and Scallops - more yummy


    I spent one evening wandering the ship taking pictures of a few things.









    Insert your own Jungle Cruise joke here


    Fresh orchids and other flowers were everywhere.


    I loved these bar stools


    Massive Chess board anyone?


    Seattle was cloudy, but still fun. We headed downtown for a little shopping and then to Pike's Place to see the market and do a little more shopping!

    Safeco field - Melonballer, I thought of you!














    After Seattle we arrived in Vancouver and docked at Canada Place.



    It was pretty funny watching all the ship decor go from Mexican to Alaskan


    We went to my sister's apartment (oh she lives in Vancouver - Kitsilano to be exact) and dumped off our stuff and went for a walk around her neighborhood.

    I don't think you can really tell, but this house is 11 feet in width. But, it's fully functional. It was in some architectural digest.


    And if you can't afford Palm Trees - just paint them on.


    No trip to Vancouver would be complete with out a stop at Granville Island



    This market makes vegetables look so good


    Gross looking fish


    More flowers


    The public library - it looks like something out of Rome.


    We headed out to the Bay and took my sister's dog for a run. Just in time to see our ship heading out to Alaska. Funny thing was that it started doing 360's in the bay. Turns out that once a year they have to test the magnetic compass - and I guess that was the day.







    It was a great trip - less than $200.00 + airfare. For 4 days and all you can eat food and entertainment, it was an amazing deal.

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report



    This one looks durty

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    looks like you had a great time! The three of you are beautiful....wonderful trip report!




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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    beautiful pics and a gorgeous ship!

    Looks like you ladies had a good time!

    And I LOVED those bar stools! FUN!
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    I got an A!!!! Yay!!! Thank you Professor O'nut!

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    I have been waiting quit a while for this trip report, how awsome!!! and wow the price was amazing. You three are absolutly beautiful !!! Thank you for sharing these pics, I enjoyed it and hope to see more

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    OMG! I've been on the Oosterdam too! I went with the whole family on a cruise to Alaska in 2005 on the Oosterdam. I have a little xmas ornament of the ship. I still have the bottle of Grey Goose vodka I bought in the store there. Neat. Thanks for posting the report and the photos of the "dam" ship (Holland cruise line inside joke.)
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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    Just a few more random pictures

    San Diego
    A giant statue of the sailor kissing the girl -


    The bridge to Coronado


    The Port that we checked into


    The very large Atrium


    Crow's Nest Entrance


    Pool Chairs


    I don't know how I missed getting a picture of our room - but here was 1/2 of it. We had two double beds and a hideaway. Also, a little deck.


    The show cracked me up so badly, I took a bunch of pictures - the hip action was obscene!!! hee hee





    Me, chipping for Dam Dollars (I totally missed the ball on the first swing)


    Food!



    The whole ship has a nautical theme - except for this



    Random Shots around the ship




    Bye Bye Luggage


    More Canada Place


    More Vancouver


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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Melonballer View Post
    OMG! I've been on the Oosterdam too! I went with the whole family on a cruise to Alaska in 2005 on the Oosterdam. I have a little xmas ornament of the ship. I still have the bootle of Grey Goose vodka I bought in the store there. Neat. Thanks for posting the report and the photos of the "dam ship (Holland cruise line inside joke.)
    Yes, it's dam this and dam that. From all of my "joining" I did earn quite a few dam dollars and was able to cash them in for a dam ships pullover. I had to go to my kids' school one day and didn't think a thing of it until a few little girls saw me and gasped, then started whispering. I realized they thought I had a swear word on my jacket! I found a piece of masking tape and covered it up for the rest of the afternoon!

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    What fun! Makes me want to go on a cruise!

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    Looks like a wonderful trip! Great report. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    Wonderful report and photos, Jen! You, your sis and mom are all so beautiful! Your mom doesn't look old enough to be your mom! (Good thing for you as people will say the same to you when your kids get older!)

    I loved the photos of my hometown too! I wish we could have met for coffee at Pike Place! Now I want to go to Vancouver! Your sister's place is darling.

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    You are quite the traveler, Jen. What a fun way to spend some quality time with your mother and sister. Thanks for taking the time to post those great photos. The cowboy shots made me laugh out loud!

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    Re: BFJen's Holland America Getaway Trip Report

    Great trip report! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time



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    I don't know the name of this ship - but it was cool.
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