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Aboard the ms Veendam
March 18–25, 2020

• Letter from Garrison

• Itinerary

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Word: A few of you might have heard rumors that U.S. residents will not be capable to go to Cuba by the point the ms Veendam units sail. Please know that at this second, we’re absolutely planning to maintain Cuba on the itinerary, however that now we have backup choices as effectively. Within the occasion that the itinerary adjustments, reservations won’t be canceled or refunded.

6/20/2019 UPDATE: Cuba have to be faraway from our itinerary. U.S. journey to Cuba for vacationer actions is now banned by the U.S. authorities.

Pricey Prairie House Cruisers,

It was a protracted arduous winter in Minnesota, and I’m in a temper for heat and pleasure subsequent winter and that will probably be The 12th Prairie House Cruise, a one-week jaunt from Fort Lauderdale with stops at Jamaica, Cozumel, the Cayman Islands, and Key West, crusing March 18, 2020.

All an individual must get via the blizzards and
darkness is a shiny mild on the horizon — a candle within the window — and so,
subsequent winter, I’ll dream of March 18, the flight to Fort Lauderdale, the
shock at seeing sunshine, inexperienced crops, individuals in shorts and T-shirts.

After which the cruise!!!

Rob Fisher and his 10-piece Espresso Membership Orchestra will carry out to your dancing pleasure. The superb jazz singer Nellie McKay is coming, a robust pianist and ukulelist. Gospel will probably be represented by Jearlyn Steele. Pat Donohue will be a part of us, as will Dakota Dave Hull, a veteran of early PHC days who’s in all-time prime kind. Robin and Linda Williams are on board, as are Joe Newberry and April Verch. Heather Masse is coming, and Christine DiGiallonardo so Brooklyn will probably be represented. Maria Jette and Vern Sutton will sing from the piano bench tropical hits comparable to “Bésame Mucho” and “Perfidia.” In fact our performing firm of Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman will probably be there, and because of them, Dusty and Lefty will journey the plains and Man Noir will scour the again alleys and Mother and Duane and Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian. Wealthy Dworsky and the Guys All-Star Shoe Band will help all of this and I will probably be there, as effectively. Speaking about Lake Wobegon, espresso, rhubarb pie, reminiscing about early radio days. Doing poetry. Emceeing the story hours. Writing limericks for friends who win the limerick lottery. And singing with Heather and Christine, Robin and Linda.

If this cruise is as a lot enjoyable as I anticipate it to be, perhaps
we’ll do one other. As Emily Dickinson wrote:

Wild nights — Wild nights! Had been I with thee
Wild nights at sea! With PHC!
Off to Jamaica! Freely we go!
Peel that banana! Let’s do a present.
Winter, goodbye!
Minnesota, New York!
Good day, Miss McKay
And the Espresso Membership Orch.

Be in contact,

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As on earlier cruises, friends may have the chance to take pleasure in music performances, lectures, and nature viewing in a number of areas. We’ll collect on the Mainstage for dwell A Prairie House Companion reveals adopted by dancing with the Espresso Membership Orchestra, the Crow’s Nest for early morning singing and late-night dancing, and the Wajang Theater for lectures. Friends can catch dwell music units in intimate settings such because the Ocean Bar and produce acoustic devices to selecting periods on the Explorer’s Lounge. In fact, bird-watching will happen ­­on the decks!

Dan Chouinard

Dan Chouinard is a St. Paul-based honky-tonk pianist, live performance soloist and accompanist, avenue accordionist, sing-along enabler, Italian and French instructor, and bicycling vagabond. He’s been commissioned to jot down and host a variety of dwell applications mixing historical past, memoir, and music for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Tv. He performed on a dozen dwell broadcasts of A Prairie House Companion and served as rehearsal pianist for Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and Lindsay Lohan in the course of the making of the 2006 Robert Altman movie of the identical identify.

The Espresso Membership Orchestra

The Espresso Membership Orchestra sprang into existence within the fall of 1989 when Garrison Keillor requested musical director Rob Fisher to place collectively a bunch for his radio present. Chosen for his or her breadth of expertise and their versatility, the Espresso Membership musicians delighted public radio listeners with their rambunctious renditions. Rob Fisher and the Espresso Membership Orchestra have since appeared on lots of New York’s phases, from the plaza at Lincoln Heart to Metropolis Heart’s Encores! collection. Their album of Despair-era widespread music, Shaking the Blues Away, was launched on EMI/Angel in 1992. They will also be heard on Kristin Chenoweth’s debut album, Let Your self Go.

Christine DiGiallonardo

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New York-based vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo is at house singing in early-music chamber ensembles in addition to jazz and rock bands. She has carried out in New York Metropolis Heart’s Encores! productions of Excessive Button Footwear, Me And My Woman, Brigadoon, The New Yorkers,Annie Get Your Gun, Woman, Be Good!, On Your Toes, Gents Choose Blondes, and Fiorello! She additionally performs solo and along with her sisters, Daniela and Nadia, as The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and her voice may be heard on industrial jingles for Aquafresh, Mr. Clear, Playtex, and Febreze.

Pat Donohue

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Grammy-winning fingerpicker and songwriter Pat Donohue has a devotion to acoustic guitar that has made him an American commonplace, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Charlie Parker, Muddy Waters, and Chet Atkins. A flexible guitarist’s guitarist, he wows followers with intricate fingerpicking, simple wit, and nimble interpretations of previous blues, swing, R&B, and authentic tunes. For over 20 years, Pat was lead guitar and songwriter for A Prairie House Companion’s Man’s All-Star Shoe Band. He now excursions the U.S., enjoying efficiency halls, golf equipment and coffeehouses, conducts workshops, and teaches at prestigious guitar camps.

Richard Dworsky

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For 23 years, Richard Dworsky served as pianist and music director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie House Companion, offering authentic theatrical underscoring, main the home band, and performing as a featured soloist. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native additionally accompanied lots of the present’s friends, together with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Renée Fleming, and Kristin Chenoweth. Wealthy’s authentic compositions for piano (and piano with ensemble or vocal) may be heard on his CDs All In Due Time, So Close to and Pricey to Me, and The Path to You.

Rob Fisher

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For 4 seasons, Rob Fisher served as APHC’s music director and led the Espresso Membership Orchestra. An internationally acknowledged music director, conductor, and pianist, and a number one determine in musical theater, he has been a visitor of each main orchestra within the nation as conductor or pianist. With the New York Philharmonic, Fisher performed the acclaimed live performance variations of Carousel (Emmy nomination for Greatest Music Director) and My Honest Woman, in addition to Mr. Keillor at 70. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! collection at New York’s Metropolis Heart, he was introduced the Lucille Lortel Award for Excellent Particular Achievement.

Dakota Dave Hull

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Fargo native Dakota Dave Hull calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Hailed by everybody from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Publish to DownBeat journal, his fashion spans a large musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely private mix of jazz, ragtime, folks, blues, Western swing, and classic pop. He’s a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler alongside the broad freeway of America’s music. Most of all, his music is nice enjoyable. As Douglas Inexperienced (Ranger Doug of Riders within the Sky) places it, “There is an imp within Dave Hull that always expresses itself on the fretboard.” His latest albums embrace his Sacred and Profane set, Heavenly Hope and This Earthly Life (Arabica Information).

Harmless Reggae Band

The Harmless Reggae Band is a Minneapolis-based reggae band that has been performing collectively because the 1990s. With members from from Tanzania, Trinidad, St. Croix and America, the band embraces the assorted rhythms of the diaspora to create a sound that embraces each the laidback lilt of reggae and the fiery sounds of Tanzania.

Maria Jette

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Versatile soprano Maria Jette was a frequent performer on A Prairie House Companion. She will be able to sing dozens of operatic roles; she additionally performs pop songs, chamber music, oratorio, and present tunes. Maria spent a decade singing with the Twin Cities Baroque opera firm Ex Machina, and has appeared with orchestras nationwide, together with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.Amongst her recordings is The Siren’s Tune: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway, her second quantity of P.G. Wodehouse songs, each with pianist Dan Chouinard.

Larry Kohut

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Bassist for Prairie House Companion’s home band, Larry Kohut is equally fluent on each upright and electrical bass. He’s a first-call studio musician in addition to a favourite with jazz musicians, enjoying with artists comparable to Kenny Werner, Ramsey Lewis, Bruce Barth, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker, George Coleman, George Garzone, Phil Woods, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson, Patricia Barber — and the record goes on. His discography consists of greater than 100 albums, in addition to a number of main film soundtracks and tons of of business jingles.

Richard Kriehn

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When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mother purchased him a mandolin; at 19, he’d gained the Buck White Worldwide Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical aspect, he has carried out with quite a few orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony. He first appeared on A Prairie House Companion in 2006, when the present broadcast from Washington State College, the place Richard had simply accomplished a grasp’s diploma in violin efficiency and conducting. A number of years later, he was a totally established member of the APHC home band.

Heather Masse

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Skilled on the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, Heather Masse is equally versed in quite a lot of American tune traditions — folks, pop, and bluegrass. A member of Billboard-charting folks group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has carried out at tons of of venues the world over. She was a frequent visitor on A Prairie House Companion, each with The Jennys and as a solo performer, and collaborated with artists comparable to Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renée Fleming, and Emmylou Harris. Her recordings embrace August Love Tune — on which she joins forces with trombone nice Roswell Rudd.

Nelly McKay

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Nellie McKay has launched a stack of acclaimed albums, amongst them: Sister Orchid, My Weekly Reader, and Regular as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. She gained a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and carried out onscreen within the movies P.S. I Love You and Downtown Specific.She co-created and starred within the award-winning off-Broadway hit Previous Hats and has written a number of musical biographies, together with A Woman Named Invoice: The Life and Occasions of Billy Tipton, and The Massive Molinsky: Contemplating Joan Rivers.

Joe Newberry

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Identified worldwide for his beautiful clawhammer banjo enjoying, Joe Newberry can also be a robust guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The Missouri native was raised in a household filled with singers and dancers. He took up guitar and banjo as a teen and realized fiddle tunes from nice Missouri fiddlers. After transferring to North Carolina, he shortly grew to become an anchor of the unbelievable music scene there. The Gibson Brothers’ model of Joe’s tune “Singing As We Rise,” that includes visitor vocalist Ricky Skaggs, gained the 2012 IBMA Gospel Recorded Efficiency Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA Tune of the 12 months Award for “They Called It Music.”

Fred Newman

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Fred Newman is an actor, author, musician, and sound designer for stage and display, cartoon and live performance corridor. For almost 20 years, he added myriad sounds to A Prairie House Companion. Initially from small-town Georgia, he labored with Jim Henson and created sounds, voices, and music for the Nickelodeon cartoon collection DOUG, PBS’s Between the Lions, and movies like Gremlins, Cocoon, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? He even created the sound of Previous Devoted for Yellowstone’s Previous Devoted Customer Heart — all along with his mouth. Writer of MouthSounds, he’s now at work on a brand new e book and collection: From the Sound Up (The New Anthropology of Sound).

Tim Russell

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Tim Russell labored on-air for WCCO Radio within the Twin Cities for some 33 years. In 1994, he grew to become an actor on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie House Companion till the autumn of 2018. The CD Tim Russell: Man of a Thousand Voices (HighBridge Audio) is a group of his work on APHC. Tim continues to be a person of many voices and a proud SAG-AFTRA Voiceover Artist. He appeared within the Robert Altman movie A Prairie House Companion, within the Coen Brothers’ A Critical Man, and reverse Christopher Lloyd in I Am Not a Serial Killer. Tim can also be a movie critic on his weblog, Russellreviews.com.

Sue Scott

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After having fun with 24 years as the feminine solid member on A Prairie House Companion, Sue Scott has rejoined the colourful Twin Cities theater group. She just lately appeared in Barbecue at Blended Blood Theatre, Little Wars with Prime Productions, and within the sold-out run of Sisters of Peace on the Historical past Theatre in St. Paul. A veteran voice-over expertise, Sue has additionally been solid in some fascinating roles in movie and tv: ABC’s In An Instantaneous and the Netflix collection Woman Dynamite. As well as, she is immersed in creating and producing her new podcast, Island of Discarded Girls.

Chris Siebold

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Chicago-based guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, and arranger Chris Siebold leads his personal bands — Lennon’s Tuba and Psycles — and collaborates usually with Grammy-winning harmonica participant Howard Levy. Home guitarist for the final two seasons of A Prairie House Companion, Chris joined Garrison Keillor and firm for the “America the Beautiful” and “Love and Comedy” excursions. That is his fourth look on an APHC Cruise. Chris lives in Batavia, Illinois, along with his four-year-old son, Julian.

Billy Steele

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Youngest of the Steele siblings, Billy Steele, performs, writes, produces, and serves as assistant director for the Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness. He writes and produces for numerous different artists as effectively, together with the Steeles, and his voice has been heard on soundtracks with the likes of Rod Stewart and Luther Vandross. Not too long ago, he collaborated on the Disney soundtrack Legends, The John Henry Story, narrated by James Earl Jones. Billy is the musical director for Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jearlyn Steele

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Rising up in Indiana, Jearlyn Steele sang along with her siblings as The Steele Kids. One after the other, they moved to Minnesota and began singing collectively once more. Now music is the household enterprise. She has carried out with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Corridor and on the 2018 Tremendous Bowl LIVE Verizon stage. As well as, Jearlyn is a public speaker (the singing speaker, she calls herself), an leisure reporter for public tv, voice-over expertise, and host of Steele Talkin’, a Sunday-night radio present that originates on WCCO in Minneapolis. Amongst her solo CDs is Jearlyn Steele Sings Songs from A Prairie House Companion.

Vern Sutton

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Vern Sutton has collaborated with main musical organizations as a singer, actor, director, and educator. He was a founding member of the Heart Opera Firm, which grew to become the Minnesota Opera, and composers Dominick Argento, Robert Ward, Conrad Susa, Stephen Paulus, David Thomas, Libby Larsen, and others have written for his voice. For 36 years, he taught on the College of Minnesota Faculty of Music, and for 4 summers he was creative director of Opera within the Ozarks. Vern was a visitor on the primary broadcast of A Prairie House Companion and on innumerable reveals after that.

April Verch

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Rising up surrounded by residing, respiratory roots music, April Verch thought each little lady realized to stepdance on the age of three and fiddle on the age of six. She determined early on that she’d be an expert musician, and for many years she has been charming audiences throughout the globe. From her native Canada to Europe, Australia, China, the United Arab Emirates, and past, she has unfold a signature sound that blends regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, nation, and Americana. In 2019, April launched her 12th recording, As soon as A Day (Slab City Information), a heartfelt homage to 1950s and ’60s traditional nation.

Robin and Linda Williams

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For many years, Robin and Linda Williams have made it their mission to carry out the music they love: “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time, and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” In the present day some would possibly name it “Americana,” however these music masters had been residing and respiratory this elixir 20 years earlier than that label grew to become a radio format. The 2 first appeared on A Prairie House Companion in 1975, the identical 12 months they recorded their first album. In 2013, they launched Again 40 — marking 40 years on the highway and 40 years of marriage.

Jed Wilson

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A flexible pianist equally at house as an improviser and as an accompanist, Jed Wilson earned a level in jazz efficiency from the New England Conservatory of Music and has labored extensively within the worlds of jazz and folks music. Along with sustaining a long-term collaboration with singer Heather Masse, he has carried out or recorded with Aoife O’Donovan, Dominique Eade, and Rushad Eggleston. His most up-to-date recording is a solo piano EP titled Nocturnes.


Aly Busse

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Aly Busse is the Vice President for Schooling at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, a nonprofit analysis laboratory. She comes from a various background in casual science training, together with aquariums, museums, and group outreach applications. Earlier than becoming a member of Mote Marine Laboratory, Aly was Schooling Director at UnderWater World, Guam, and Youth and Household Applications Coordinator on the Pacific Science Heart in Seattle. She additionally held twin roles at Rutgers College because the Senior Program Coordinator for a science outreach program and Affiliate Director of the Rutgers Geology Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the College of North Carolina–Wilmington, a Grasp of Science in Science Schooling from Previous Dominion College, and is a PhD candidate on the College of South Florida.

Kiley Grey

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Initially from Florida, Kiley Grey has all the time identified that marine biology was her ardour. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the College of West Florida, Kiley labored as a fisheries biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Fee. She is at the moment the Coordinator for Public Applications at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, an impartial, nonprofit analysis laboratory with a public aquarium. On this place, she is liable for bringing marine science and analysis to the general public via quite a lot of applications for audiences of all ages and is an teacher for the Florida Grasp Naturalist program.

Lytton John Musselman

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Lytton John Musselman earned a Ph.D. in botany from the College of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was chair of the Division of Organic Sciences at Previous Dominion College in Norfolk, Virginia, the place he holds the Mary Payne Hogan Distinguished Professorship of Botany. He established the Blackwater Ecologic Protect in 1984 and is the Supervisor of that property. As well as, he has been a guide for brand spanking new Qur’anic gardens in Albania, Qatar, and Brunei Darussalam. Lytton is co-author of ​just lately revealed Wildflowers of the Adirondacks (Johns Hopkins College Press). His different ​publications embrace 2019’s Parasitic Vegetation in African Agriculture. Described as a “passionate botanist” by Garrison Keillor, Lytton obtained the Meritorious Instructing Award from the Affiliation of Southeastern Biologists in 2019.


Dr. Tyehimba Salandy

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Dr. Tyehimba Salandy is a Caribbean sociologist, lecturer, and guide who resides in Trinidad and Tobago. Along with his ardour for Caribbean historical past and tradition he’s a sought-after speaker who is understood for delivering distinctive displays on a various vary of matters. Through the years he has engaged these points via educational articles, radio and tv programmes, and newspaper columns. He’s at the moment a director on the Institute of Indigenous Data, Empowerment, and Analysis the place, amongst different issues, he works on a undertaking that makes use of nature as a foundation for individuals to find out about historical past, society, and self.

Jon Wiant

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Jon Wiant is an authority on intelligence and worldwide affairs. His senior intelligence profession spanned the Chilly Struggle and the safety challenges that adopted.  In retirement, this recipient of the Nationwide Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal has taught at Washington universities and is a broadly widespread cruise and tour lecturer.

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Ocho Rios beach

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

historical past is packed into Ocho Rios, Jamaica — or Ochi, because the locals name it.
Christopher Columbus was marooned close to this web site for greater than a 12 months, till a
rescue ship lastly arrived and the explorer returned to Europe. It was his
closing voyage. Playwright Noël Coward lived within the neighborhood. So did swashbuckling
actor Errol Flynn and creator Ian Fleming. (Elements of Dr. No, the primary James Bond film, had been filmed close by.) And reggae
pioneer Bob Marley was born on this identical parish: St. Ann.

The world is a
bonanza for nature lovers, that includes scenic hikes, spectacular waterfalls, and
sandy seashores. And the realm’s cross-cultural delicacies runs the gamut from spicy
jerk hen to the leafy greens of callaloo to ackee with saltfish (the nation’s nationwide dish).

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George City, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

George City, the capital of the Cayman Islands, is positioned on the western shore of Grand Cayman. Right here, you’ll settle into simply the fitting tempo for you: prestissimo (very fast) or larghissimo (did somebody say sloth?). Get pleasure from swimming, snorkeling, diving, moseying via lush gardens, climbing via nature, bird-watching, sauntering alongside the fabled Seven Mile Seaside (probably the greatest within the Caribbean), purchasing, or taking in historic websites and the Nationwide Museum. Or simply plunking down within the sand and daydreaming.

Then let the grazing start! A melting pot of cuisines and a magnet for prime cooks, Grand Cayman has culinary choices to swimsuit any palate.

Cozumel ruin

Cozumel, Mexico

Twelve miles off the jap coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, the island of Cozumel serves up a visible feast — from the beautiful seashores to an array of birds and tropical fish to historic architectural ruins of the Maya, whose settlements within the space date again to early within the first millennium A.D. Scuba dive or snorkel within the crystal-clear waters. Hire a bicycle and pedal the island’s paved bike path. And go away slightly time for purchasing — leather-based items, Mexican handicrafts, silver, and perhaps a brightly coloured hammock to doze in again house in your personal yard.


Key West, FL

Key West — the westernmost of the Florida Keys and the southernmost metropolis within the contiguous United States — has a ton of historical past, tradition, and appeal packed into a couple of sq. miles. John James Audubon, Tennessee Williams, and so many different notables drew inspiration right here. Tour historic buildings, together with the residence of one in all the nice American writers of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway, who referred to as Key West house for greater than a decade. (And maintain an eye fixed out for these six-toed cats!) Get pleasure from water- and nature-related actions. Take within the beautiful surroundings. Pattern luxurious seafood. Absorb the solar. Loosen up.

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Right here you can find solutions to the extra frequent
questions now we have been requested about our cruises. We additionally handle some necessary
points particular to this cruise.

Earlier than crusing
with us, you have to learn and signal EMI/PHC Phrases
and Circumstances, which spell out necessary and contractually binding
tips for our cruise.

We suggest that you simply go to the Holland America web site. You will see that intensive and detailed details about crusing on their
ships. They’ve been within the cruise enterprise for much longer than now we have — please
make use of their experience.

your companion in journey. They’re your first cease for any assist you might want with
journey preparations or any query you might have. See EMI’s web site for extra data.

CURRENT PASSPORT TO SAIL ON THIS CRUISE. Regardless that this cruise originates and returns to the identical home port,
you have to have a passport to sail this cruise. U.S. residents underneath the age of 16 might current an
alternate government-issued proof of citizenship, comparable to a beginning certificates. Please
discuss with Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.


You could additionally present particulars as to how you intend to
switch to and from the cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale. It is a Holland
America requirement and may be offered in the course of the OLCI (On-line Verify-In).


We had been scheduled for 2 (2) stops in Cuba — Havana and Cienfuegos, in addition to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and George City, Cayman Islands. Holland America makes use of this language of their agreements with passengers: “WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEVIATE FROM SCHEDULED ROUTE, CHANGE PORT OF EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION, SUBSTITUTE TRANSPORTATION, CANCEL CRUISE AND ACTIVITIES, AND CHANGE OR OMIT PORTS OF CALL; SUBSTITUTION.” As this transformation was essential and the cruise will sail as scheduled March 18–25, 2020, there will probably be no refunds. Please discuss with EMI/PHC Phrases and Circumstances for extra element.


impartial firm that was fashioned underneath the umbrella of PRAIRIE GRAND, LLC,
for the aim of chartering cruise holidays. PRAIRIE HOME PRODUCTIONS is the
sister firm that produces “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Author’s
Almanac.” PHC is liable for all adjustments and additions made to the
usually scheduled HAL cruise. We are going to present the APHC performers,
entertainers, and lecturers crusing with you.

and manages the Veendam; gives for passenger security and luxury; and is
liable for your cabin lodging, meals, drinks, recreation, and
purchasing whereas on board. Go to Holland
America web site
for extra details about life aboard the ship.

in command of promoting our cruise and reserving your lodging. They are going to
give you the best ranges {of professional} travel-related providers.
They are going to e book your passage on the ship. EMI will show you how to with transfers to
and from the cruise, cabin choice, and dinner desk seating, and can present
steering for different onboard wants.

different questions, e mail
us or name EMI’s Prairie House Cruise quantity at 908-458-3591.

I. Reserving

How a lot does the cruise price?
For pricing data, go to EMI’s pricing web page. We’ve got cabins in a variety of costs. You will see that that we’re providing favorable charges in comparison with our different cruises, particularly if you take a look at how a lot we’re charging per day.

What kinds of cabins are on the ship? The place are they positioned?
There are all kinds of cabins all through all ranges of the ship. You’ll all the time be near the motion on the Veendam. In case you are taken with a Verandah cabin, we advise that you simply e book early, since there are comparatively few of those obtainable. See HAL’s Deck Plan for footage, descriptions, and deck plans.

Is that this a distinct ship than now we have sailed earlier than?
For these of you who’ve traveled with us earlier than, we will probably be crusing on the unique class of ship with the Veendam. We sailed the identical ship for a seven-day journey to Alaska in 2006. This ship will really feel acquainted, because the structure is just like earlier charters now we have sailed. You’ll come aboard and instantly really feel at house. Try the Veendam Deck Plan.

How do I e book a cabin? What varieties are at the moment obtainable?
For reserving data, go to EMI’s pricing web page. You will notice a listing of the at the moment obtainable cabins. Simply click on on the one you have an interest in.

I sail solely a part of this cruise?
Deviations have to be requested prematurely of the crusing by way of EMI. We do want to make sure that you’re conscious of some stipulations. As with every journey, cruise friends should adjust to all customs and immigration specifics which can be relevant to the port through which they embark/debark the vessel, together with any further prices that could be concerned on the pier/port to embark/debark the friends. Moreover, whereas we endeavor to comply with our revealed itinerary, please perceive that unplanned circumstances might require that we modify or cancel our scheduled name to this port, or in any other case prohibit our potential to honor the deviation request. Ought to this happen, you because the visitor assume all accountability for any further prices incurred.

we’re unable to regulate the cruise fare or make a change to particular person invoices
to manually replicate the shorter cruise section. Please be suggested that as a result of
this isn’t an ordinary embark/debark port with porters on workers, friends will probably be
liable for carrying their very own baggage off the ship. We remorse any
inconvenience and recognize your understanding.

Are wheelchair-accessible rooms obtainable onboard? What about different particular wants?
Holland America, PHC, and EMI don’t discriminate in opposition to individuals on the premise of incapacity. We search, to the fullest extent possible, to accommodate friends with particular wants. Holland America provides a restricted variety of staterooms designed to be wheelchair and scooter accessible. Most public areas of the ship are wheelchair accessible; some areas such because the topmost out of doors commentary space aren’t. To study extra about HAL’s choices for friends with particular wants, see the Shipboard Life part of Holland America Continuously Requested Questions. You may discover the deck plan (Veendam Deck Plan) to see the place the wheelchair-accessible rooms are positioned. Please contact EMI instantly at 908-458-3591 to debate any particular wants you might have.


Is journey insurance coverage essential?
We strongly suggest buying journey insurance coverage. You’ll be reserving this cruise many months earlier than we sail; circumstances can simply change. Insurance coverage is your solely recourse for reimbursement within the occasion of change, delay, or disaster. For extra data, see EMI’s pricing web page.

What’s included within the fee and what’s going to price further?
Please discuss with EMI/PHC Phrases and Circumstances web page. Whereas on board, you’ll be able to spend a minimal quantity or incur important expenses by the tip of the cruise. You’ll definitely be capable to have an pleasing time regardless of how little or how a lot you spend. Alcoholic drinks, soda, spa providers, the on line casino, and different onboard providers aren’t included in your fare. We don’t embrace airfare, floor transportation, shore excursions, or different off-ship bills in our fares.

I’m a Holland America stockholder. Can I get a reduction on my cruise?
No. This cruise is personal and chartered.

I’ve booked my cabin. What’s subsequent?
EMI will verify your reservation with you electronically and supply an EMI affirmation quantity they’ll use to trace your reservation. Nearer to the cruise, EMI will present your Holland America reserving quantity and cabin quantity, which you’ll use to organize to your journey to E-book Shore Excursions.

How do I examine in?
Verify-in and preparation to your cruise is a web based course of that HAL calls Specific Docs. All passengers are required to examine in utilizing this method prematurely of the cruise. You will have your HAL reserving quantity to do that. You’ll be prompted to simply accept Holland America Phrases and Circumstances on-line. As soon as that is clicked, the contract is accepted.  All paperwork essential to your cruise will probably be offered on-line via Specific Docs, together with your cruise contract and your boarding cross. You will have to print out the boarding cross portion of those paperwork for every individual in your celebration and have the boarding passes obtainable at check-in. See EMI’s web site for step-by-step directions on how one can use Specific Docs.

It’s important that you simply overview all
paperwork completely and that you simply carry every little thing with you. This course of is
just like checking in for an airline flight, simply extra intensive. It’s

Might I cancel my reservation?
You might
cancel, however now we have a strict refund coverage. Inside TEN (10) DAYS of your
registration, your deposit turns into nonrefundable. On or after November 20, 2019,
your full cruise fare will probably be collected and isn’t refundable. Please see EMI/PHC Phrases
and Circumstances web page.

How do I pay for extras whereas on board?
Whereas on board, HAL maintains a “cashless society.” All further purchases made will probably be charged to passengers’ onboard accounts. These accounts have to be settled earlier than disembarking.

When you have not completed so already on-line, you will want to register your credit score or debit card with a view to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of crusing, your card will probably be pre-authorized for U.S. $60 per individual for every day, or $420 per individual. Your account will then be activated, and you might make purchases by merely exhibiting your visitor identification card and signing a receipt. On the finish of your cruise, you’ll obtain a closing assertion, and your card will probably be charged just for the precise quantity of your purchases. Please inform your credit score or debit card issuer prematurely that your card will probably be used on a Holland America Line ship. This may assist forestall delays in acquiring pre-authorization on board. Some banks might maintain the pre-authorization in place for as much as 30 days. If you do not need to make use of a credit score or debit card, the ship will accumulate a money deposit from you at time of boarding in the identical pre-authorization quantity. Any extra deposit will probably be refunded to you on the finish of the cruise. Traveler’s checks could also be cashed on the entrance workplace to make your deposit. Private checks aren’t accepted on board.

What about tipping? To whom and the way a lot?
A pay as you go gratuity is included in your cruise fare. The gratuity at the moment is $14.50 (cabin) — $16.00 (suite) per individual per day, or $101.50 (cabin) — $112.00 (suite) per individual for the cruise. This will probably be shared among the many Veendam’s whole workers. As well as, an computerized 15 % gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above that is completely as much as you. It’s common, however not required, to tip for private service in your cabin. Spa providers embrace a 15 % computerized gratuity. Extra tipping for bar service, eating room service, or the ship’s transportation providers is just not anticipated. For more information relating to these expenses see Gratuities and Service expenses.

In terminals, airports, ports of name, on-shore excursions, and at accommodations, we advise that you simply lengthen gratuities according to customary practices.

Are friends from outdoors the U.S. in a position to buy on-line?
Sure. Worldwide friends will be capable to e book their cabins on-line. All bank card expenses will happen in USD and be transformed to your native forex the day of the transaction.

Journey To/From the Cruise

of who books your air journey, you have to ship EMI a duplicate of your flight itinerary. If you happen to e book
your personal journey, you have to nonetheless present EMI along with your flight itinerary. EMI
should present HAL with journey itineraries for all passengers. It is a authorized
requirement: you may be denied boarding if you don’t present your journey
itinerary prematurely. You could present a cell or different cellphone quantity that may be
used to speak with you within the occasion of journey delays.

We suggest that you simply buy airline
tickets early. We hope you’ll find a very good deal for journey to Fort Lauderdale.
EMI will help you e book your flights; see EMI’s web site for extra

When will we go away? When will we come house?

word: This cruise departs and returns on a WEDNESDAY.

Boarding will start in Fort Lauderdale at
roughly 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020; please don’t arrive at
the terminal earlier than 11:00 a.m. You have to be on board no later than 3:00 p.m. We
sail at 4:00 p.m. native time and can’t look forward to delayed passengers.

Fort Lauderdale is a significant cruise port
and there are numerous choices for same-day journey from the airport to the cruise
terminal. The 2 are fairly shut to one another. Please be sure you enable ample
time for journey problems, understanding that it is best to arrive to the
cruise terminal no later than 2:00 p.m. For those who select to fly into Miami
Worldwide Airport, driving time between the Miami airport and the port is roughly
40 minutes. Go away ample time to switch as you’ll in any main metropolis.

Upon our return to Fort Lauderdale, disembarkation might start as early as 7:30 a.m. and can finish by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Passengers ought to simply be capable to depart from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, if you want. We recommend a departure time no sooner than 1:00 p.m.

if my baggage will get misplaced by the airline?
Within the occasion your luggage are delayed,
Holland America will make each effort to work with native operators to assist
your luggage meet up with the ship. Friends might want to submit a declare on the
airport earlier than becoming a member of the vessel, as soon as onboard the Veendam, friends should submit
their declare together with some other particulars to the Visitor Service desk. Please word
that some main low cost air carriers require that misplaced or delayed baggage be
signed for personally by the proprietor on the
airport. Please examine their insurance policies rigorously earlier than reserving your air

The place can I keep in Fort Lauderdale?
EMI has blocked out rooms in a close-by lodge, earlier than and after the cruise. See EMI’s web site in case you are . Fort Lauderdale lodge rooms aren’t included in your cruise fare. EMI won’t e book a lodge room for you until you ask them to take action.

What are the preparations for journey from airport to ship?
We suggest that you simply buy a switch bundle from EMI if you buy your cruise — they’re obtainable for each Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport and Miami Worldwide Airport

They are going to provide a variety of choices; see
EMI’s web site for particulars. These transfers will
embrace baggage dealing with. EMI won’t
e book any of those choices for you until you request them. Prices for these
transfers are along with your cruise fare. Listed here are the essential choices:

– Airport to lodge on March 17th, lodge that night time, and switch to the ship on the 18th

– Airport to ship on March 18th.

– Ship to airport on March 25th.

– Ship to lodge March 25th, lodge that night time, and switch to the airport on the 26th.

How about attending to Fort Lauderdale alone?
This can be a very good choice for a lot of of our passengers. There are parking amenities obtainable at or close to the terminal, together with a storage adjoining to the terminal.

How do I get my baggage onto the ship?
They do it for you! As soon as on the port terminal, you’ll go away your luggage on the designated drop bag space for switch to the ship—a lot the best way you’ll examine luggage for a aircraft flight. There is no such thing as a price for this service. Your luggage will probably be delivered on to your cabin. An identical process will occur in reverse once we return to Fort Lauderdale.

Whenever you first get on and final get off the boat, there will probably be a prolonged time frame when you’ll not have entry to your baggage or to your cabin. Please be ready with a small carry-on bag to carry the objects you want, together with all your journey paperwork, drugs, and any valuables you might have with you.

Each time your luggage are being transferred
for you, please be sure you respect deadlines for having your bag prepared, correctly
tag your luggage, and reclaim them promptly. Specifically, keep in mind that simply as
at an airport, you’ll all the time want to say your baggage within the cruise
terminal. It won’t robotically be transferred to your lodge.

Is there safety screening?
Earlier than embarking the ship, your baggage will probably be screened earlier than being loaded onto the vessel. If electrical units or unlawful substances are detected, you may be referred to as to safety to confirm your objects.

Will I would like a passport?
All passengers 16 years of age and over want passports. There are exceptions for infants and minors underneath the age of 16. Passports have to be good for six months past the length of the cruise. These rules are strictly enforced. Please discuss with Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.

Might guests come onboard?
Holland America does enable for friends to have onboard guests. If friends are taken with having a visitor on board, they will go to the entrance workplace to search out out the phrases and situations.

What about after the cruise, in Fort Lauderdale?
We arrive early in Fort Lauderdale, permitting an important alternative to discover all the realm provides. EMI has blocked out lodge rooms in Fort Lauderdale for the night time following the cruise, when you’d like to remain in a single day.

EMI will give you the choice of reserving
a switch on to the airport in case you are flying instantly following the

You’ll require a minimal of two (2)
hours to switch off and get from the ship to the airport, plus time to
navigate the airport itself. We recommend reserving flights out of Fort Lauderdale
that go away after 1:00 p.m.

IV. Touring

Will I would like a passport?
Sure, all passengers should carry a passport that expires a minimal of six (6) months following the cruise. For this home origination cruise, infants and minors underneath the age of 16 might show citizenship with a government-issued beginning certificates, and copies are acceptable. Please discuss with Holland America’s Passport Tips.

Do I would like pictures?
We aren’t conscious of any particular vaccinations or immunizations required for the areas to which we’re touring however please discuss with Immunization Suggestions for extra data. Please discuss with Journey Advisories for present particulars relating to all advisories.

What languages will probably be spoken at our ports of name?
English is the official language in Ocho Rios and George City. In Mexico, the official language is Spanish, although many voters communicate English.

What about forex?


The forex of Jamaica is the JAMAICAN DOLLAR. ATM machines will probably be obtainable to attract funds, however with arrival in Jamaica on a Sunday, banks will probably be closed. Bank cards are broadly accepted.


The forex of the Cayman Islands is the CAYMAN DOLLAR, however the U.S. greenback is quickly accepted. Bank cards are broadly accepted.


The forex of Mexico is the MEXICAN PESO, though US {dollars} are nonetheless broadly accepted in most native companies in Cozumel. Your greatest guess is to make use of Mexican Pesos as an alternative of different currencies to pay to your purchasing, eating out, and different purchases as native enterprise trade charges are normally not good. Alternatively, you’ll be able to pay along with your bank card and be charged your financial institution’s trade charge.

For ATMs, it’s best to withdraw Mexican Pesos, as you’ll pay to transform your cash twice when you withdraw USD.

V. Leisure

What’s going to we do on board?
Boredom is just not a problem. By no means has been, by no means will probably be. We are going to schedule a full slate of musical performances. In the primary showroom and in smaller venues all through the ship, you’ll have ample alternative to take pleasure in your favourite “Prairie Home” performers. There will probably be sing-alongs and storytelling and gatherings with Garrison. We are going to add lectures, readings, and different occasions to HAL’s common cruise choices.

The APHC occasions are along with the entire actions you’ll anticipate on a cruise ship: eating, swimming, spa providers, consuming, enjoyable, sports activities, playing, purchasing, consuming, leisure, different particular occasions, and extra consuming.

When will we attend the night performances?
Our fundamental attraction on board is the night efficiency in the primary showroom. These may be just like APHC broadcast reveals, or they are often music concert events, and even reveals that includes the assorted skills of your fellow passengers. Regardless, everybody desires to return see them.

The showroom solely holds about half of the ship’s passengers, which is why we repeat the present every night time. The issue comes when individuals attempt to see each reveals. This could deny your fellow passengers the chance to see the present, so we use a plan that we hope you suppose is truthful.

You’ll obtain a color-coded Holland America ID card. This may determine which present you might attend every night time. We’re going to examine this identification for every fundamental night present, simply as we might take tickets for a daily efficiency. We are going to clear the auditorium after every present, and we won’t enable individuals to order seats prematurely.

Will you publish a schedule of actions?
We’re all the time including new issues to do, proper as much as the day of departure. Whenever you arrive on the ship, we may have for you a schedule of actions for your complete cruise. As soon as aboard, we alter the schedule every day. HAL and APHC will publish an official every day schedule, which will probably be delivered to your cabin each morning.

Will I truly SEE Garrison and different performers?
The Prairie House Firm will probably be friends of Holland America identical to you, residing in cabins proper down the corridor or perhaps subsequent door. You’ll see them within the elevators, on the Lido Deck, on the buffets and bars, and, in fact, on stage. Don’t hesitate to say hello, ask questions, or inform us you liked a selected occasion, however do perceive that we could also be operating to our subsequent task or simply want a while on our personal.

Ought to I carry a musical instrument?
Certain! On this cruise we plan to offer our passengers alternatives to play collectively and we are going to schedule “jam” periods with a couple of of our performers. In informal — purely unplugged — settings you’ll have the prospect to share your musical skills along with your shipmates. Acoustic devices solely — Garrison wouldn’t have it some other approach!

Will any of the reveals be broadcast?
No, however they are going to be recorded for doable later use. We might characteristic some video, images, and audio segments by way of garrisonkeillor.com inside a month or so of our return.

Will there be alternatives for autographs?
Whereas on board, be happy to ask for autographs at your leisure. We will even schedule autograph periods in coordination with the present outlets on board. Verify in with a Prairie House or EMI workers member on board when you have questions on this.

Will there be APHC merchandise on the market?
Sure. Try the present outlets on board. We’ll have clothes, books, and many music that includes your “Prairie Home” favorites.


When will we schedule our eating? Might we sit collectively at dinner?
Whenever you register for the cruise, you’ll request your seating preferences for eating. EMI will do every little thing doable to honor seating requests. In most each case it is possible for you to to sit down close to family and friends (assuming you wish to!). You might meet new associates at your desk as effectively. Word that your eating time desire determines which efficiency of the night Showroom occasions you’ll attend.

What’s the distinction between early seating and late seating?
The Eating Room and the Fundamental Present Lounge every maintain half of the ship’s passengers, so all of us must rotate.
—EARLY seating passengers will eat on the first seating of dinner, at 5:30 p.m. Then they go to the second Fundamental Lounge present, at 8:30 p.m.
—LATE seating passengers see the Fundamental Lounge Present first, at 6:00 p.m. They then go to dinner on the second seating, at 7:45 p.m.

Whereas lodging can usually be made, as a result of recognition of our night reveals, we are going to use assigned dinner instances: the “As-You-Wish” eating program obtainable on common HAL cruises won’t be used.

If I’ve meals allergic reactions or different dietary wants, will the ship be capable to accommodate these?
Sure, however you have to inform us prematurely. Upon your preliminary reserving by way of the EMI web site, you may be requested about dietary restrictions. You’ll be requested once more if you examine in to Holland America to obtain your Boarding Paperwork. Any particular wants must be famous at the moment (e.g. want for distilled water for CPAP machines, and many others.). You may study extra underneath Shipboard Life at Holland America Continuously Requested Questions.

What’s the Gown Code?
As a result of we’re chartering the ship, APHC has the liberty to set our personal costume code insurance policies. We’re significantly extra relaxed than the usual cruise. Sunday-go-to-church garments is about as fancy as we get. If you happen to like to decorate up, please be happy, and many people might be a part of you.

The one time there will probably be an precise
costume code is within the eating rooms in the course of the night meal. On most nights, the
costume code will probably be “smart casual.” This implies lengthy pants and sports activities shirt or
sweater for males, and skirt or lengthy pants and sweater or shirt for girls. We
ask that you simply not put on informal T-shirts, swimsuits, bathrobes, tank tops, shorts,
and the like within the eating room. Additional, we are going to designate one or two evenings
as “semi-formal.” This typically means sport coat and perhaps a tie for males; and
a costume, skirt, or pantsuit for girls. These nights are a chance for you
to decorate up, and the crew will put on their costume uniforms, however it isn’t a
strict requirement.

we dine elsewhere?
Holland America provides many different
choices for eating. You aren’t obligated to affix us within the eating room,
though you might wish to let your seatmates know you gained’t be becoming a member of them.
Eating choices embrace a personal desk on the Pinnacle Grill or the Canaletto
Restaurant, casual eating on the Lido Deck, and Room Service obtainable 24/7. The
Pinnacle and Canaletto choices require a modest surcharge — effectively value it for
the top quality of meals, stage of service, and environment. Do not forget that the
eating room is a stunning, peaceable, choice for breakfast and lunch — and it’s included.

VII. Life Aboard

How do I contact an EMI or APHC workers individual? How will they be recognized?
We are going to workers an information desk close to the entrance desk. And we’ll all attempt to put on our ID lanyards.

After boarding the ship, how lengthy earlier than I can get into the cabin?
Boarding for the ship begins a number of hours earlier than we solid off. You’ll be capable to settle in as soon as your stateroom is ready. HAL has streamlined this course of to an important diploma however please perceive that they’ve to show round lodging for greater than 1,200 individuals in a really brief time frame. Loads of onboard actions will probably be obtainable whilst you wait. Make preparations to your week. And the buffet strains will probably be open.

An announcement will probably be made when your staterooms are prepared; that’s when you’ll be able to meet your cabin steward and get unpacked.

What sort of facilities will I discover in my
Cabins on the Veendam are outfitted very similar to a very good lodge room. You will see that
them to be snug, properly embellished, environment friendly, and clear.

All linens and bedding will probably be equipped.
Your toilet comes full with towels, toiletries, and your very personal onboard
bathrobe. You will see that ample closet and drawer area, a dressing desk,
cabin-controlled air-con, quite a lot of cabin lighting, and a
tv with shipboard programming.

All staterooms are outfitted with commonplace 110 AC (U.S.  port) and 220/240 AC (2-prong European port) energy retailers. Private care objects and electronics will work simply as they do at house. Hair dryers can be found in all staterooms. You might want to carry a journey alarm clock since they aren’t offered, though your cabin cellphone accesses an efficient wake-up name system.

For security causes, the ship respectfully requests that you don’t iron clothes in your stateroom. Ironing amenities can be found within the self-service laundry rooms to your comfort. Full laundry, dry-cleaning, and valet providers can be found on the Veendam.

The place can I smoke?
Please word that Holland America has a strict coverage of prohibiting smoking in all staterooms. This coverage will probably be strictly enforced. Substantial charges will probably be charged for cleansing your cabin when you smoke inside. In Verandah cabins, smoking is permitted outdoors on the balconies solely.

In deference to our performers and your
fellow passengers, it is a “non-smoking” cruise with even stricter insurance policies
than common cruises. You might smoke solely in a single designated public space on one
outdoors deck of the ship. Our cruise designates all inside areas (together with
all lounge and restaurant areas) as non-smoking the place smoking is perhaps
permitted on different HAL cruises. See the Holland America
Smoking Coverage.

How can I be reached in case of an emergency?
Holland America has procedures in place for conditions that require emergency contact along with your family members. Please discuss with Emergency Cellphone Numbers for extra data.

What if I would like medical consideration?
Absolutely educated medical professionals are on board always, and a whole medical facility is out there. Aspirin and seasickness capsules can be found at visitor providers, however you might have to pay for different objects or providers.

Can I name my associates of their cabin? Can I name house?
Your stateroom comes outfitted with telephones that can be utilized to name your fellow passengers simply as in a lodge. They will also be used for ship-to-shore communication, nonetheless important expenses apply. Please discuss with Ship-to-shore communication for extra data.

Passengers might not see our visitor roster, and we won’t give out cabin numbers.

Will my cellphone work?
Most likely not whereas on board, virtually definitely whereas in port — however watch out. Name your service for particulars to your plan. We recommend buying an information roaming bundle or ensuring you deactivate your roaming characteristic earlier than you allow port. Mobile at sea could be very costly.

Will I’ve entry to the web?
Sure. You might carry your personal laptop or use ones offered by HAL. You should buy minutes for browsing the web at any level all through the journey. Wi-Fi is out there all through your complete vessel, together with your stateroom, and is charged underneath the identical system. Please remember that the costs are excessive and may add up shortly. Please discuss with Web Use for extra particulars.

We all know that on earlier cruises, many
of our passengers haven’t been happy with the web service on board.
HAL continues to do what they will to enhance service. Nonetheless, a ship on the
open ocean will solely be capable to entry a certain quantity of bandwidth and there
will certainly be service outages. On your data, the most important issues
on our cruises happen when all of us attempt to get on the web between leaving
port and having dinner.

We suggest that you don’t plan on accessing the web to
stream video, maintain convention calls, interact in an exercise that requires to you
to take care of one constant connection, or some other exercise requiring
high-quality web service. You must anticipate to have the ability to examine your e mail
and sustain on primary social media however there will probably be instances when service is
merely not obtainable. Additionally it is advisable that you simply LOG OFF when you could have
completed utilizing the web.

On this cruise specifically, dependable
high-quality web service will probably be available in all of our ports.

Can I get married on board ship?
No. It is a personal, chartered cruise. No weddings. No divorces, both.

Will there be stuff for my youngsters to do?
Holland America gives a spread of actions for youths via their Membership Hal program. See HAL Onboard Actions for particulars. The Membership HAL room is usually obtainable with video games digital and in any other case, and has every day particular group actions. The schedule of occasions is set by the variety of youngsters who sail with us; we are going to embrace APHC programming of their schedule.

How ought to I costume for the climate?
March is without doubt one of the prime months to sail the Caribbean, when the seas are typically calm and climate temperate. Anticipate good seaside climate.

When on deck, it may possibly all the time be windy and funky; be ready for that. In fact, be ready for rain. Remember to carry snug footwear for strolling on deck or on shore.

Ought to I carry the rest?
In case you are taken with “knowing stuff,” you would possibly wish to carry alongside your binoculars and a subject information or three (birds, marine mammals, wildflowers, and geology are just some). Earlier friends have discovered profit from bringing a digicam, a journal, an instrument, or their most up-to-date knitting undertaking.

What’s going to sea situations be like?
We may have calm seas. We may have giant waves. The ship might glide placidly together with barely a perceptible motion. The ship might rock forwards and backwards, making even the stout of coronary heart (and abdomen) attain for the Dramamine. We are going to most likely see a little bit of every little thing. Holland America schedules cruises for favorable climate, one thing we’ve definitely skilled through the years. It’s unlikely that we are going to expertise extreme climate, and HAL does a wonderful job of monitoring and avoiding storms as essential.


You’ll discover all the data you want at Shore Excursions. You’ll obtain an e mail discover when they’re obtainable to your overview and reserving.

Booked friends might verify shore tour requests prematurely of crusing. After getting your Holland America reserving quantity and cabin quantity, you might use it to view shore tour data particular to your itinerary. To finish a reserving, please proceed via all screens on the HAL reserving web page till you obtain affirmation from them that your reserving is full.

Earlier than you allow from house, we advise
you make use of a helpful characteristic on the web site: you’ll be able to generate a whole
schedule of your cruise that features your pre-booked actions.

Friends might pre-book shore excursions on-line till 5 days previous to crusing. In case your departure date is lower than 5 days away, please name Shore Excursions at 1-888-425-9376 to e book instantly with an agent. All shore tour requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve foundation. Wait-listed requests for sold-out shore excursions will probably be processed previous to requests made on board. Kids underneath 18 have to be accompanied by a mum or dad or accountable grownup over 25.

Tour cancellations might incur a
cancellation price, and any refund could also be issued within the type of credit score to your onboard
account. Excursions have particular person deadlines after which no refund or credit score
is given. Please discuss with Shore Excursions for particulars.

All excursions are the accountability of
impartial tour operators. HAL acts solely as an agent that will help you e book your
excursions. We’ve got no monetary or operational relationship with them. Whereas
excursions could also be organized instantly with impartial operators on shore, you
may have restricted recourse within the occasion of an unsatisfactory expertise.

All of our ports afford the chance
to discover on foot for free of charge or by native transportation. We may have further
data on all of our ports for you earlier than and in the course of the cruise. Please
be happy to set out as you want.

Wherever and nonetheless you discover, be
certain to be again on time. Ensure that your watch is ready to ship’s time; native
time on land may be totally different. The ship can not wait previous scheduled departure

IX. Contact Us

or name EMI’s Prairie House Cruise quantity at 908-458-3591.

See EMI’s web site for cabin pricing

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