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Aboard the ms Veendam
March 18–25, 2020

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

6/20/2019 UPDATE: Cuba should 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 an extended exhausting winter in Minnesota, and I’m in a temper for heat and pleasure subsequent winter and that can 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 gentle 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 in your dancing pleasure. The superb jazz singer Nellie McKay is coming, a robust pianist and ukulelist. Gospel can 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 high kind. Robin and Linda Williams are on board, as are Joe Newberry and April Verch. Heather Masse is coming, and Christine DiGiallonardo so Brooklyn can be represented. Maria Jette and Vern Sutton will sing from the piano bench tropical hits comparable to “Bésame Mucho” and “Perfidia.” In fact our appearing firm of Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman can be there, and due to 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 assist all of this and I can 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 visitors who win the limerick lottery. And singing with Heather and Christine, Robin and Linda.

If this cruise is as a lot enjoyable as I count on 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!
Hiya, Miss McKay
And the Espresso Membership Orch.


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As on earlier cruises, visitors may have the chance to get pleasure from music performances, lectures, and nature viewing in a number of places. We’ll collect on the Mainstage for stay A Prairie House Companion exhibits 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 stay music units in intimate settings such because the Ocean Bar and convey acoustic devices to choosing 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, road accordionist, sing-along enabler, Italian and French instructor, and bicycling vagabond. He’s been commissioned to write down and host plenty of stay applications mixing historical past, memoir, and music for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Tv. He performed on a dozen stay broadcasts of A Prairie House Companion and served as rehearsal pianist for Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and Lindsay Lohan through the making of the 2006 Robert Altman movie of the identical title.

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 gaggle 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 a lot of New York’s phases, from the plaza at Lincoln Middle to Metropolis Middle’s Encores! sequence. Their album of Melancholy-era in style 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 Middle’s Encores! productions of Excessive Button Sneakers, Me And My Woman, Brigadoon, The New Yorkers,Annie Get Your Gun, Girl, Be Good!, On Your Toes, Gents Favor Blondes, and Fiorello! She additionally performs solo and together 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 customary, 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 outdated blues, swing, R&B, and unique 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., taking part in 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 unique theatrical underscoring, main the home band, and performing as a featured soloist. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native additionally accompanied most of the present’s visitors, together with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Renée Fleming, and Kristin Chenoweth. Wealthy’s unique 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 carried out the acclaimed live performance variations of Carousel (Emmy nomination for Finest Music Director) and My Honest Girl, in addition to Mr. Keillor at 70. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! sequence at New York’s Metropolis Middle, he was offered 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 Put up 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 current albums embrace his Sacred and Profane set, Heavenly Hope and This Earthly Life (Arabica Data).

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 Track: 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, taking part in 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 listing 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. Just a few years later, he was a completely 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 track traditions — folks, pop, and bluegrass. A member of Billboard-charting folks group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has carried out at tons of of venues internationally. 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 Track — 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 Categorical.She co-created and starred within the award-winning off-Broadway hit Outdated Hats and has written a number of musical biographies, together with A Woman Named Invoice: The Life and Occasions of Billy Tipton, and The Huge Molinsky: Contemplating Joan Rivers.

Joe Newberry

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Recognized worldwide for his beautiful clawhammer banjo taking part in, Joe Newberry can also be a robust guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The Missouri native was raised in a household stuffed with singers and dancers. He took up guitar and banjo as an adolescent and realized fiddle tunes from nice Missouri fiddlers. After shifting to North Carolina, he rapidly turned an anchor of the unbelievable music scene there. The Gibson Brothers’ model of Joe’s track “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 Track of the Yr 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 sequence DOUG, PBS’s Between the Lions, and movies like Gremlins, Cocoon, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? He even created the sound of Outdated Devoted for Yellowstone’s Outdated Devoted Customer Middle — all along with his mouth. Creator of MouthSounds, he’s now at work on a brand new e book and sequence: 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 turned 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 remains 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 neighborhood. She not too long ago 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 attention-grabbing roles in movie and tv: ABC’s In An Immediate and the Netflix sequence Girl 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 together 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 Middle Opera Firm, which turned 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 inventive director of Opera within the Ozarks. Vern was a visitor on the primary broadcast of A Prairie House Companion and on innumerable exhibits after that.

April Verch

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Rising up surrounded by residing, respiration roots music, April Verch thought each little woman realized to stepdance on the age of three and fiddle on the age of six. She determined early on that she’d be knowledgeable musician, and for many years she has been fascinating 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 Data), a heartfelt homage to 1950s and ’60s basic 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 have been residing and respiration this elixir 20 years earlier than that label turned 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 street 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 schooling, together with aquariums, museums, and neighborhood outreach applications. Earlier than becoming a member of Mote Marine Laboratory, Aly was Schooling Director at UnderWater World, Guam, and Youth and Household Packages Coordinator on the Pacific Science Middle 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 Outdated 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 recognized 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 present the Coordinator for Public Packages at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, an impartial, nonprofit analysis laboratory with a public aquarium. On this place, she is chargeable 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 Outdated 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 advisor for brand spanking new Qur’anic gardens in Albania, Qatar, and Brunei Darussalam. Lytton is co-author of ​not too long ago 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 acquired the Meritorious Educating 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 advisor who resides in Trinidad and Tobago. Along with his ardour for Caribbean historical past and tradition he’s a sought-after speaker who is thought for delivering distinctive displays on a various vary of subjects. Through the years he has engaged these points via educational articles, radio and tv programmes, and newspaper columns. He’s at present a director on the Institute of Indigenous Data, Empowerment, and Analysis the place, amongst different issues, he works on a challenge 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 Warfare 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 in style cruise and tour lecturer.

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Ocho Rios beach

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A variety of
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
last voyage. Playwright Noël Coward lived within the neighborhood. So did swashbuckling
actor Errol Flynn and creator Ian Fleming. (Components of Dr. No, the primary James Bond film, have been filmed close by.) And reggae
pioneer Bob Marley was born on this identical parish: St. Ann.

The realm is a
bonanza for nature lovers, that includes scenic hikes, spectacular waterfalls, and
sandy seashores. And the world’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 situated on the western shore of Grand Cayman. Right here, you’ll settle into simply the proper tempo for you: prestissimo (very fast) or larghissimo (did somebody say sloth?). Take pleasure in swimming, snorkeling, diving, moseying via lush gardens, mountain climbing via nature, bird-watching, sauntering alongside the fabled Seven Mile Seaside (top-of-the-line within the Caribbean), procuring, 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 high 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 a bit time for procuring — 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 attraction 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 considered one of the nice American writers of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway, who known as Key West house for greater than a decade. (And hold an eye fixed out for these six-toed cats!) Take pleasure in water- and nature-related actions. Take within the beautiful surroundings. Pattern luxurious seafood. Take in the solar. Calm down.

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Right here you can see solutions to the extra frequent
questions we now have been requested about our cruises. We additionally deal with some vital
points particular to this cruise.

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

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

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

CURRENT PASSPORT TO SAIL ON THIS CRUISE. Although 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 could current an
alternate government-issued proof of citizenship, comparable to a delivery certificates. Please
seek advice from Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.


You should additionally present particulars as to how you propose to
switch to and from the cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale. This can be a Holland
America requirement and may be supplied through the OLCI (On-line Verify-In).


We have 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 alteration was crucial and the cruise will sail as scheduled March 18–25, 2020, there can be no refunds. Please seek advice from EMI/PHC Phrases and Situations for extra element.


impartial firm that was shaped 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 chargeable for all modifications and additions made to the
usually scheduled HAL cruise. We’ll present the APHC performers,
entertainers, and lecturers crusing with you.

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

in control of promoting our cruise and reserving your lodging. They may
offer you the very best ranges {of professional} travel-related providers.
They may e book your passage on the ship. EMI will enable you 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 value?
For pricing info, go to EMI’s pricing web page. We’ve got cabins in a variety of costs. One can find that we’re providing favorable charges in comparison with our different cruises, particularly while you take a look at how a lot we’re charging per day.

What sorts of cabins are on the ship? The place are they situated?
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 fascinated with a Verandah cabin, we advise that you simply e book early, since there are comparatively few of those out there. See HAL’s Deck Plan for photos, descriptions, and deck plans.

Is that this a unique ship than we now have sailed earlier than?
For these of you who’ve traveled with us earlier than, we can 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 format is much like earlier charters we now 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 sorts are at present out there?
For reserving info, go to EMI’s pricing web page. You will notice an inventory of the at present out there 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 upfront 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 visitors should adjust to all customs and immigration specifics which can be relevant to the port by which they embark/debark the vessel, together with any further prices which may be concerned on the pier/port to embark/debark the visitors. Moreover, whereas we endeavor to observe our revealed itinerary, please perceive that unplanned circumstances could require that we alter or cancel our scheduled name to this port, or in any other case prohibit our capacity 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 mirror the shorter cruise phase. Please be suggested that as a result of
this isn’t an ordinary embark/debark port with porters on workers, visitors can be
chargeable for carrying their very own baggage off the ship. We remorse any
inconvenience and respect your understanding.

Are wheelchair-accessible rooms out there onboard? What about different particular wants?
Holland America, PHC, and EMI don’t discriminate towards individuals on the idea of incapacity. We search, to the fullest extent possible, to accommodate visitors with particular wants. Holland America presents 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 remark space aren’t. To be taught extra about HAL’s choices for visitors with particular wants, see the Shipboard Life part of Holland America Often Requested Questions. You’ll be able to discover the deck plan (Veendam Deck Plan) to see the place the wheelchair-accessible rooms are situated. Please contact EMI instantly at 908-458-3591 to debate any particular wants you might have.


Is journey insurance coverage crucial?
We strongly suggest buying journey insurance coverage. You can 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 info, see EMI’s pricing web page.

What’s included within the cost and what is going to value additional?
Please seek advice from EMI/PHC Phrases and Situations web page. Whereas on board, you may spend a minimal quantity or incur vital fees by the top of the cruise. You’ll actually be capable to have an pleasing time irrespective 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 non-public and chartered.

I’ve booked my cabin. What’s subsequent?
EMI will affirm your reservation with you electronically and supply an EMI affirmation quantity they may 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 arrange in your journey to E-book Shore Excursions.

How do I examine in?
Verify-in and preparation in your cruise is an internet course of that HAL calls Categorical Docs. All passengers are required to examine in utilizing this technique upfront of the cruise. You will have your HAL reserving quantity to do that. You can be prompted to simply accept Holland America Phrases and Situations on-line. As soon as that is clicked, the contract is accepted.  All paperwork crucial in your cruise can be supplied on-line via Categorical Docs, together with your cruise contract and your boarding move. You will have to print out the boarding move portion of those paperwork for every individual in your celebration and have the boarding passes out there at check-in. See EMI’s web site for step-by-step directions on find out how to use Categorical Docs.

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

Could I cancel my reservation?
You might
cancel, however we now 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 can be collected and isn’t refundable. Please see EMI/PHC Phrases
and Situations web page.

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

You probably have not carried out so already on-line, you will want to register your credit score or debit card as a way to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of crusing, your card can be pre-authorized for U.S. $60 per individual for every day, or $420 per individual. Your account will then be activated, and chances are you’ll make purchases by merely displaying your visitor identification card and signing a receipt. On the finish of your cruise, you’ll obtain a last assertion, and your card can be charged just for the precise quantity of your purchases. Please inform your credit score or debit card issuer upfront that your card can be used on a Holland America Line ship. This can assist stop delays in acquiring pre-authorization on board. Some banks could hold 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 acquire a money deposit from you at time of boarding in the identical pre-authorization quantity. Any extra deposit can 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 present is $14.50 (cabin) — $16.00 (suite) per individual per day, or $101.50 (cabin) — $112.00 (suite) per individual for the cruise. This can be shared among the many Veendam’s whole workers. As well as, an computerized 15 p.c gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above that is solely as much as you. It is not uncommon, however not required, to tip for private service in your cabin. Spa providers embrace a 15 p.c computerized gratuity. Extra tipping for bar service, eating room service, or the ship’s transportation providers just isn’t anticipated. For more information concerning these fees see Gratuities and Service fees.

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

Are visitors from outdoors the U.S. capable of buy on-line?
Sure. Worldwide visitors will be capable to e book their cabins on-line. All bank card fees 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 replica of your flight itinerary. In the event you 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. This can be a authorized
requirement: you’ll be denied boarding if you don’t present your journey
itinerary upfront. You should 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 yow will discover deal for journey to Fort Lauderdale.
EMI might help you e book your flights; see EMI’s web site for extra

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

be aware: 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 should 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 lots of choices for same-day journey from the airport to the cruise
terminal. The 2 are fairly shut to one another. Please you should definitely permit ample
time for journey issues, understanding that you need 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’d in any main metropolis.

Upon our return to Fort Lauderdale, disembarkation could 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 baggage are delayed,
Holland America will make each effort to work with native operators to assist
your baggage 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, visitors should submit
their declare together with another particulars to the Visitor Service desk. Please be aware
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 fastidiously earlier than reserving your air

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

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

They may provide plenty 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 except you request them. Prices for these
transfers are along with your cruise fare. Listed below are the essential choices:

– Airport to resort on March 17th, resort that evening, and switch to the ship on the 18th

– Airport to ship on March 18th.

– Ship to airport on March 25th.

– Ship to resort March 25th, resort that evening, and switch to the airport on the 26th.

How about attending to Fort Lauderdale by myself?
This can be possibility for a lot of of our passengers. There are parking services out there 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 baggage on the designated drop bag space for switch to the ship—a lot the way in which you’d examine baggage for a aircraft flight. There is no such thing as a value for this service. Your baggage can be delivered on to your cabin. The same process will occur in reverse once we return to Fort Lauderdale.

If you first get on and final get off the boat, there can be a prolonged time period 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 your whole journey paperwork, drugs, and any valuables you might have with you.

At any time when your baggage are being transferred
for you, please you should definitely respect deadlines for having your bag prepared, correctly
tag your baggage, 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 resort.

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

Will I want 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 should be good for six months past the length of the cruise. These rules are strictly enforced. Please seek advice from Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.

Could guests come onboard?
Holland America does permit for visitors to have onboard guests. If visitors are fascinated with having a visitor on board, they will go to the entrance workplace to search out out the phrases and circumstances.

What about after the cruise, in Fort Lauderdale?
We arrive early in Fort Lauderdale, permitting an important alternative to discover all the world presents. EMI has blocked out resort rooms in Fort Lauderdale for the evening 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 want 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 could show citizenship with a government-issued delivery certificates, and copies are acceptable. Please seek advice from Holland America’s Passport Tips.

Do I want pictures?
We’re not conscious of any particular vaccinations or immunizations required for the areas to which we’re touring however please seek advice from Immunization Suggestions for added info. Please seek advice from Journey Advisories for present particulars concerning all advisories.

What languages can 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 can be out there to attract funds, however with arrival in Jamaica on a Sunday, banks can be closed. Bank cards are broadly accepted.


The forex of the Cayman Islands is the CAYMAN DOLLAR, however the U.S. greenback is instantly 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 finest wager is to make use of Mexican Pesos as a substitute of different currencies to pay in your procuring, eating out, and different purchases as native enterprise trade charges are often not good. Alternatively, you may pay along with your bank card and be charged your financial institution’s trade fee.

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 is going to we do on board?
Boredom just isn’t a problem. By no means has been, by no means can be. We’ll 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 get pleasure from your favourite “Prairie Home” performers. There can be sing-alongs and storytelling and gatherings with Garrison. We’ll add lectures, readings, and different occasions to HAL’s common cruise choices.

The APHC occasions are along with the entire actions you’d count on on a cruise ship: eating, swimming, spa providers, consuming, stress-free, sports activities, playing, procuring, 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 much like APHC broadcast exhibits, or they are often music live shows, and even exhibits that includes the assorted abilities of your fellow passengers. Regardless, everybody needs to come back see them.

The showroom solely holds about half of the ship’s passengers, which is why we repeat the present every evening. The issue comes when individuals attempt to see each exhibits. This may deny your fellow passengers the chance to see the present, so we use a plan that we hope you assume is honest.

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

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. If you arrive on the ship, we may have for you a schedule of actions for the complete cruise. As soon as aboard, we alter the schedule day by day. HAL and APHC will publish an official day by day schedule, which can be delivered to your cabin each morning.

Will I truly SEE Garrison and different performers?
The Prairie House Firm can be visitors of Holland America similar 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, after all, 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 working to our subsequent task or simply want a while on our personal.

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

Will any of the exhibits be broadcast?
No, however they are going to be recorded for attainable later use. We could function 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 may even schedule autograph periods in coordination with the present retailers on board. Verify in with a Prairie House or EMI workers member on board when you’ve got questions on this.

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


When will we schedule our eating? Could we sit collectively at dinner?
If you register for the cruise, you’ll request your seating preferences for eating. EMI will do every thing attainable 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. Observe that your eating time choice 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 Important 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 Important Lounge present, at 8:30 p.m.
—LATE seating passengers see the Important 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 exhibits, we’ll use assigned dinner occasions: the “As-You-Wish” eating program out there on common HAL cruises won’t be used.

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

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

The one time there can be an precise
gown code is within the eating rooms through the night meal. On most nights, the
gown code can 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’ll designate one or two evenings
as “semi-formal.” This usually means sport coat and perhaps a tie for males; and
a gown, skirt, or pantsuit for girls. These nights are a possibility for you
to decorate up, and the crew will put on their gown uniforms, however it’s not a
strict requirement.

we dine elsewhere?
Holland America presents many different
choices for eating. You aren’t obligated to affix us within the eating room,
though chances are you’ll wish to let your seatmates know you gained’t be becoming a member of them.
Eating choices embrace a non-public desk on the Pinnacle Grill or the Canaletto
Restaurant, casual eating on the Lido Deck, and Room Service out there 24/7. The
Pinnacle and Canaletto choices require a modest surcharge — effectively price it for
the top quality of meals, degree of service, and ambiance. Keep in mind that the
eating room is a stunning, peaceable, possibility 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’ll workers an data 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 quick time period. Loads of onboard actions can be out there whilst you wait. Make preparations in your week. And the buffet strains can be open.

An announcement can be made when your staterooms are prepared; that’s when you may 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 resort room. One can find
them to be comfy, properly adorned, environment friendly, and clear.

All linens and bedding can be equipped.
Your rest room comes full with towels, toiletries, and your very personal onboard
bathrobe. One can find ample closet and drawer house, a dressing desk,
cabin-controlled air con, quite a lot of cabin lighting, and a
tv with shipboard programming.

All staterooms are outfitted with customary 110 AC (U.S.  port) and 220/240 AC (2-prong European port) energy shops. 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 deliver a journey alarm clock since they don’t seem to be supplied, 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 services can be found within the self-service laundry rooms in your comfort. Full laundry, dry-cleaning, and valet providers can be found on the Veendam.

The place can I smoke?
Please be aware that Holland America has a strict coverage of prohibiting smoking in all staterooms. This coverage can be strictly enforced. Substantial charges can 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, this can be 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 could be
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 seek advice from Emergency Telephone Numbers for extra info.

What if I want medical consideration?
Totally educated medical professionals are on board always, and an entire medical facility is out there. Aspirin and seasickness tablets 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 resort. They will also be used for ship-to-shore communication, nonetheless vital fees apply. Please seek advice from Ship-to-shore communication for extra info.

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

Will my cellphone work?
Most likely not whereas on board, nearly actually whereas in port — however watch out. Name your provider for particulars in your plan. We recommend buying a knowledge roaming package deal or ensuring you deactivate your roaming function earlier than you permit port. Mobile at sea could be very costly.

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

We all know that on earlier cruises, many
of our passengers haven’t been glad with the web service on board.
HAL continues to do what they will to enhance service. Nevertheless, 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 info, the largest 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, have interaction in an exercise that requires to you
to take care of one constant connection, or another exercise requiring
high-quality web service. You must count on to have the ability to examine your e mail
and sustain on fundamental social media however there can be occasions when service is
merely not out there. It’s also advisable that you simply LOG OFF when you’ve got
completed utilizing the web.

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

Can I get married on board ship?
No. This can be a non-public, chartered cruise. No weddings. No divorces, both.

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

How ought to I gown for the climate?
March is without doubt one of the prime months to sail the Caribbean, when the seas are usually calm and climate temperate. Count on good seashore climate.

When on deck, it could possibly all the time be windy and funky; be ready for that. In fact, be ready for rain. Make sure to deliver comfy footwear for strolling on deck or on shore.

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

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


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

Booked visitors could affirm shore tour requests upfront of crusing. Upon getting your Holland America reserving quantity and cabin quantity, chances are you’ll use it to view shore tour info 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 permit from house, we advise
you make use of a useful function on the web site: you may generate an entire
schedule of your cruise that features your pre-booked actions.

Friends could 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 can be processed previous to requests made on board. Kids underneath 18 should be accompanied by a dad or mum or accountable grownup over 25.

Tour cancellations could incur a
cancellation payment, 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 seek advice from 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 without charge or by native transportation. We may have additional
info on all of our ports for you earlier than and through the cruise. Please
be happy to set out as you would like.

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

IX. Contact Us

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

See EMI’s web site for cabin pricing

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