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Aboard the ms Veendam
March 18–25, 2020

• Letter from Garrison

• Itinerary

• Expertise

• Ports

• FAQs

Notice: A few of you could have heard rumors that U.S. residents will not have the ability 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 we’ve backup choices as properly. Within the occasion that the itinerary adjustments, 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 Residence Cruisers,

It was an extended laborious winter in Minnesota, and I’m in a temper for heat and pleasure subsequent winter and that might be The 12th Prairie Residence 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 by the blizzards and
darkness is a brilliant 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 in your dancing pleasure. The wonderful jazz singer Nellie McKay is coming, a strong pianist and ukulelist. Gospel might be represented by Jearlyn Steele. Pat Donohue will be part of us, as will Dakota Dave Hull, a veteran of early PHC days who’s in all-time high type. Robin and Linda Williams are on board, as are Joe Newberry and April Verch. Heather Masse is coming, and Christine DiGiallonardo so Brooklyn might be represented. Maria Jette and Vern Sutton will sing from the piano bench tropical hits resembling “Bésame Mucho” and “Perfidia.” In fact our appearing firm of Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman might 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 might be there, as properly. 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, possibly
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.

Communicate,
Garrison

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As on earlier cruises, visitors could have the chance to get pleasure from music performances, lectures, and nature viewing in a number of areas. We’ll collect on the Mainstage for stay A Prairie Residence 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 selecting classes 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 numerous 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 Residence 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 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 a lot of New York’s phases, from the plaza at Lincoln Heart to Metropolis Heart’s Encores! sequence. Their album of Despair-era well-liked music, Shaking the Blues Away, was launched on EMI/Angel in 1992. They can 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 residence 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 Lady, Brigadoon, The New Yorkers,Annie Get Your Gun, Girl, Be Good!, On Your Toes, Gents Favor Blondes, and Fiorello! She additionally performs solo and along with her sisters, Daniela and Nadia, as The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and her voice could 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, straightforward wit, and nimble interpretations of outdated blues, swing, R&B, and authentic tunes. For over 20 years, Pat was lead guitar and songwriter for A Prairie Residence 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 Residence 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 visitors, 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) could 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 Girl, in addition to Mr. Keillor at 70. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! sequence 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 model spans a large musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely private mix of jazz, ragtime, people, 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 embody 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 varied 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 Residence 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 Residence 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 resembling 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 contains greater than 100 albums, in addition to a number of main film soundtracks and a whole bunch of economic jingles.

Richard Kriehn

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When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mother purchased him a mandolin; at 19, he’d received the Buck White Worldwide Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical facet, 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 Residence 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 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 a wide range of American tune traditions — people, pop, and bluegrass. A member of Billboard-charting people group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has carried out at a whole bunch of venues the world over. She was a frequent visitor on A Prairie Residence Companion, each with The Jennys and as a solo performer, and collaborated with artists resembling Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renée Fleming, and Emmylou Harris. Her recordings embody 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 received 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 Lady Named Invoice: The Life and Instances of Billy Tipton, and The Large Molinsky: Contemplating Joan Rivers.

Joe Newberry

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Identified worldwide for his beautiful clawhammer banjo enjoying, Joe Newberry can be a strong guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The Missouri native was raised in a household stuffed 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 rapidly turned 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, received 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 screen, cartoon and live performance corridor. For practically twenty years, he added myriad sounds to A Prairie Residence 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 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 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 Residence 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 Residence Companion, within the Coen Brothers’ A Severe Man, and reverse Christopher Lloyd in I Am Not a Serial Killer. Tim can be a movie critic on his weblog, Russellreviews.com.

Sue Scott

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After having fun with 24 years as the feminine forged member on A Prairie Residence Companion, Sue Scott has rejoined the colourful Twin Cities theater group. She 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 forged in some fascinating 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 Ladies.

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 typically with Grammy-winning harmonica participant Howard Levy. Home guitarist for the final two seasons of A Prairie Residence 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 varied different artists as properly, together with the Steeles, and his voice has been heard on soundtracks with the likes of Rod Stewart and Luther Vandross. Lately, 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 Youngsters. 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 Residence 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 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 College 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 Residence Companion and on innumerable exhibits after that.

April Verch

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Rising up surrounded by dwelling, respiration 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 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.” Immediately some may name it “Americana,” however these music masters had been dwelling and respiration this elixir 20 years earlier than that label turned a radio format. The 2 first appeared on A Prairie Residence 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 residence 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 people 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.

NATURALISTS

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 presently 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 answerable for bringing marine science and analysis to the general public by a wide range 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 new Qur’anic gardens in Albania, Qatar, and Brunei Darussalam. Lytton is co-author of ​lately revealed Wildflowers of the Adirondacks (Johns Hopkins College Press). His different ​publications embody 2019’s Parasitic Vegetation in African Agriculture. Described as a “passionate botanist” by Garrison Keillor, Lytton obtained the Meritorious Educating Award from the Affiliation of Southeastern Biologists in 2019.

LECTURERS

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. Over time he has engaged these points by educational articles, radio and tv programmes, and newspaper columns. He’s presently a director on the Institute of Indigenous Data, Empowerment, and Analysis the place, amongst different issues, he works on a venture 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 Battle 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 well-liked cruise and tour lecturer.

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Ocho Rios beach

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Quite a lot 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, had been filmed close by.) And reggae
pioneer Bob Marley was born on this similar parish: St. Ann.

The world 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 positioned on the western shore of Grand Cayman. Right here, you’ll settle into simply the suitable tempo for you: prestissimo (very fast) or larghissimo (did somebody say sloth?). Take pleasure in swimming, snorkeling, diving, moseying by lush gardens, climbing by nature, bird-watching, sauntering alongside the fabled Seven Mile Seashore (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 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 historical 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. Lease a bicycle and pedal the island’s paved bike path. And go away a bit time for purchasing — leather-based items, Mexican handicrafts, silver, and possibly a brightly coloured hammock to doze in again residence in your personal yard.

Mangroves

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 number 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 among the nice American writers of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway, who known as Key West residence for greater than a decade. (And hold a watch 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. Loosen up.

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Right here you’ll discover solutions to the extra frequent
questions we’ve been requested about our cruises. We additionally tackle 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. You will see intensive and detailed details about crusing on their
ships. They’ve been within the cruise enterprise for much longer than we’ve — please
make use of their experience.

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS and INCENTIVES, INC. (EMI) is
your accomplice in journey. They’re your first cease for any assist you could want with
journey preparations or any query you could have. See EMI’s web site for extra info.

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

YOU MUST SEND EMI YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY BEFORE SAILING ON THIS CRUISE.

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 could be supplied through the OLCI (On-line Verify-In).

WHAT IF A PORT BECOMES UNAVAILABLE DUE
TO REASONS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF PRAIRIE HOME CRUISES AND HOLLAND AMERICA?

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 alteration was vital and the cruise will sail as scheduled March 18–25, 2020, there might be no refunds. Please discuss with EMI/PHC Phrases and Situations for extra element.

WHO ARE WE?

PRAIRIE HOME CRUISES (PHC) is an
impartial firm that was shaped beneath 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 answerable for all adjustments and additions made to the
repeatedly scheduled HAL cruise. We are going to present the APHC performers,
entertainers, and lecturers crusing with you.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINES (HAL) operates
and manages the Veendam; supplies for passenger security and luxury; and is
answerable 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.

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS and INCENTIVES (EMI) is our agent
in control of promoting our cruise and reserving your lodging. They’ll
offer you the very best ranges {of professional} travel-related companies.
They’ll e-book your passage on the ship. EMI will allow you to with transfers to
and from the cruise, cabin choice, and dinner desk seating, and can present
steerage for different onboard wants.

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

I. Reserving

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

What forms 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 enthusiastic about a Verandah cabin, we propose that you simply e-book early, since there are comparatively few of those obtainable. See HAL’s Deck Plan for photos, descriptions, and deck plans.

Is that this a distinct ship than we’ve sailed earlier than?
For these of you who’ve traveled with us earlier than, we might 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 just like earlier charters we’ve sailed. You’ll come aboard and instantly really feel at residence. Take a look at the Veendam Deck Plan.

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

Might
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 visitors should adjust to all customs and immigration specifics which are relevant to the port during which they embark/debark the vessel, together with any extra 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 might 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 extra prices incurred.

Sadly,
we’re unable to regulate the cruise fare or make a change to particular person invoices
to manually replicate the shorter cruise phase. Please be suggested that as a result of
this isn’t a typical embark/debark port with porters on employees, visitors might be
answerable for carrying their very own baggage off the ship. We remorse any
inconvenience and respect your understanding.

Are wheelchair-accessible rooms obtainable onboard? What about different particular wants?
Holland America, PHC, and EMI don’t discriminate towards individuals on the premise of incapacity. We search, to the fullest extent possible, to accommodate visitors with particular wants. Holland America affords 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 outside remark space will not be. To study extra about HAL’s choices for visitors with particular wants, see the Shipboard Life part of Holland America Regularly 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 could have.

II.
Cost/Funds

Is journey insurance coverage vital?
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 price additional?
Please discuss with EMI/PHC Phrases and Situations web page. Whereas on board, you possibly can spend a minimal quantity or incur important prices by the top of the cruise. You’ll actually have the ability to have an gratifying time irrespective of how little or how a lot you spend. Alcoholic drinks, soda, spa companies, the on line casino, and different onboard companies will not be included in your fare. We don’t embody 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 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 in your journey to Guide Shore Excursions.

How do I test in?
Verify-in and preparation in your cruise is an internet course of that HAL calls Specific Docs. All passengers are required to test in utilizing this method prematurely of the cruise. You will have your HAL reserving quantity to do that. You can be prompted to just accept Holland America Phrases and Situations on-line. As soon as that is clicked, the contract is accepted.  All paperwork vital in your cruise might be supplied on-line by Specific 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 obtainable at check-in. See EMI’s web site for step-by-step directions on use Specific Docs.

It’s important that you simply assessment all
paperwork totally and that you simply carry every part with you. This course of is
just like checking in for an airline flight, simply extra intensive. It’s
required.

Might I cancel my reservation?
You might
cancel, however we’ve 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 might 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 extra purchases made might be charged to passengers’ onboard accounts. These accounts should be settled earlier than disembarking.

In case you have not completed so already on-line, you will have to register your credit score or debit card so as to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of crusing, your card might be pre-authorized for U.S. $60 per individual for every day, or $420 per individual. Your account will then be activated, and you could 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 might be charged just for the precise quantity of your purchases. Please inform your credit score or debit card issuer prematurely that your card might be used on a Holland America Line ship. This can assist forestall delays in acquiring pre-authorization on board. Some banks might 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 gather a money deposit from you at time of boarding in the identical pre-authorization quantity. Any extra deposit might 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 will not be 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 presently is $14.50 (cabin) — $16.00 (suite) per individual per day, or $101.50 (cabin) — $112.00 (suite) per individual for the cruise. This might be shared among the many Veendam’s whole employees. As well as, an automated 15 p.c gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above that is fully as much as you. It is not uncommon, however not required, to tip for private service in your cabin. Spa companies embody a 15 p.c automated gratuity. Extra tipping for bar service, eating room service, or the ship’s transportation companies is just not anticipated. For more information relating to these prices see Gratuities and Service prices.

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

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

III.
Journey To/From the Cruise

Regardless
of who books your air journey, you have to ship EMI a duplicate of your flight itinerary. In the event you e-book
your personal journey, you have to nonetheless present EMI together with your flight itinerary. EMI
should present HAL with journey itineraries for all passengers. This can be a authorized
requirement: you may be denied boarding if you don’t present your journey
itinerary prematurely. 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 a great deal for journey to Fort Lauderdale.
EMI can assist you e-book your flights; see EMI’s web site for extra
info.

When will we go away? When will we come residence?

Please
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 serious 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 make sure to permit ample
time for journey problems, understanding that it is best to arrive to the
cruise terminal no later than 2:00 p.m. For people who select to fly into Miami
Worldwide Airport, driving time between the Miami airport and the port is roughly
40 minutes. Depart ample time to switch as you’d 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 have the ability to depart from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, if you want. We propose a departure time no sooner than 1:00 p.m.

What
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 every other 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 test their insurance policies fastidiously earlier than reserving your air
journey.

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 will not be included in your cruise fare. EMI won’t e-book a lodge 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 obtainable for each Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport and Miami Worldwide Airport

They’ll supply numerous choices; see
EMI’s web site for particulars. These transfers will
embody 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 fundamental 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 by myself?
This can be a great 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 baggage on the designated drop bag space for switch to the ship—a lot the best way you’d test baggage for a airplane flight. There isn’t any price for this service. Your baggage might be delivered on to your cabin. The same process will occur in reverse after we return to Fort Lauderdale.

If you first get on and final get off the boat, there might 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 could have with you.

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

Is there safety screening?
Earlier than embarking the ship, your baggage might be screened earlier than being loaded onto the vessel. If electrical gadgets or unlawful substances are detected, you may 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 beneath the age of 16. Passports should be good for six months past the period of the cruise. These laws are strictly enforced. Please discuss with Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.

Might guests come onboard?
Holland America does permit for visitors to have onboard guests. If visitors are enthusiastic about having a visitor on board, they’ll 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 incredible alternative to discover all the world affords. EMI has blocked out lodge rooms in Fort Lauderdale for the night time following the cruise, in case 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
cruise.

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 propose reserving flights out of Fort Lauderdale
that go away after 1:00 p.m.

IV. Touring
Overseas

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 beneath the age of 16 might show citizenship with a government-issued delivery certificates, and copies are acceptable. Please discuss with 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 discuss with Immunization Suggestions for added info. Please discuss with Journey Advisories for present particulars relating to all advisories.

What languages might 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?

JAMAICA:

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

CAYMAN ISLANDS:

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

MEXICO:

The forex of Mexico is the MEXICAN PESO, though US {dollars} are nonetheless broadly accepted in most native companies in Cozumel. Your finest guess is to make use of Mexican Pesos as a substitute of different currencies to pay in your purchasing, eating out, and different purchases as native enterprise alternate charges are normally not good. Alternatively, you possibly can pay together with your bank card and be charged your financial institution’s alternate fee.

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

V. Leisure

What is going to we do on board?
Boredom is just not a difficulty. By no means has been, by no means might be. We are going to schedule a full slate of musical performances. In the principle showroom and in smaller venues all through the ship, you should have ample alternative to get pleasure from your favourite “Prairie Home” performers. There might 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 all the actions you’d count on on a cruise ship: eating, swimming, spa companies, consuming, stress-free, sports activities, playing, purchasing, consuming, leisure, different particular occasions, and extra consuming.

When will we attend the night performances?
Our foremost attraction on board is the night efficiency in the principle showroom. These could be just like APHC broadcast exhibits, or they are often music concert events, and even exhibits that includes the varied skills 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 night time. 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 truthful.

You’ll obtain a color-coded Holland America ID card. This can establish which present you could attend every night time. We’re going to test this identification for every foremost night present, simply as we might take tickets for an everyday efficiency. We are going to clear the auditorium after every present, and we won’t permit 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. If you arrive on the ship, we could have for you a schedule of actions for the whole cruise. As soon as aboard, we regulate the schedule every day. HAL and APHC will publish an official every day schedule, which might be delivered to your cabin each morning.

Will I truly SEE Garrison and different performers?
The Prairie Residence Firm might be visitors of Holland America similar to you, dwelling in cabins proper down the corridor or possibly 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 really liked a selected occasion, however do perceive that we could also be working to our subsequent project or simply want a while on our personal.

Ought to I carry a musical instrument?
Positive! On this cruise we plan to offer our passengers alternatives to play collectively and we’ll schedule “jam” classes with a number of of our performers. In informal — purely unplugged — settings you’ll have the possibility to share your musical skills together with your shipmates. Acoustic devices solely — Garrison wouldn’t have it every other manner!

Will any of the exhibits be broadcast?
No, however they are going to be recorded for doable later use. We might function some video, photographs, 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 classes in coordination with the present outlets on board. Verify in with a Prairie Residence or EMI employees member on board in case you have questions on this.

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

VI.
Eating

When will we schedule our eating? Might we sit collectively at dinner?
If you register for the cruise, you’ll request your seating preferences for eating. EMI will do every part doable to honor seating requests. In most each case it is possible for you to to take a seat close to family and friends (assuming you need to!). You might meet new mates at your desk as properly. Notice 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 Major Present Lounge every maintain half of the ship’s passengers, so all of us have to rotate.
—EARLY seating passengers will eat on the first seating of dinner, at 5:30 p.m. Then they go to the second Major Lounge present, at 8:30 p.m.
—LATE seating passengers see the Major 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 typically be made, as a result of reputation of our night exhibits, we’ll use assigned dinner occasions: the “As-You-Wish” eating program obtainable on common HAL cruises won’t be used.

If I’ve meals allergy symptoms or different dietary wants, will the ship have the ability 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 can be requested once more while you test in to Holland America to obtain your Boarding Paperwork. Any particular wants needs to be famous right now (e.g. want for distilled water for CPAP machines, and so on.). You may study extra beneath Shipboard Life at Holland America Regularly Requested Questions.

What’s the Gown 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 might be part of you.

The one time there might be an precise
gown code is within the eating rooms through the night meal. On most nights, the
gown code might 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 ladies. 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 typically means sport coat and possibly a tie for males; and
a gown, skirt, or pantsuit for ladies. These nights are a possibility for you
to decorate up, and the crew will put on their gown uniforms, however it isn’t a
strict requirement.

Might
we dine elsewhere?
Holland America affords many different
choices for eating. You aren’t obligated to hitch us within the eating room,
though you could need to let your seatmates know you received’t be becoming a member of them.
Eating choices embody 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 — properly value it for
the top quality of meals, degree of service, and environment. Keep in mind that the
eating room is a stunning, peaceable, choice for breakfast and lunch — and it’s included.

VII. Life Aboard
Ship

How do I contact an EMI or APHC employees individual? How will they be recognized?
We are going to employees 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 forged off. You’ll have the ability to settle in as soon as your stateroom is ready. HAL has streamlined this course of to an incredible 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 might be obtainable when you wait. Make preparations in your week. And the buffet strains might be open.

An announcement might be made when your staterooms are prepared; that’s when you possibly can meet your cabin steward and get unpacked.

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

All linens and bedding might be equipped.
Your toilet comes full with towels, toiletries, and your very personal onboard
bathrobe. You will see ample closet and drawer house, a dressing desk,
cabin-controlled air con, a wide range 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 residence. Hair dryers can be found in all staterooms. You might want to carry 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 amenities can be found within the self-service laundry rooms in your comfort. Full laundry, dry-cleaning, and valet companies 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 might be strictly enforced. Substantial charges might be charged for cleansing your cabin in case 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 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 together with your family members. Please discuss with Emergency Cellphone Numbers for extra info.

What if I want medical consideration?
Absolutely skilled medical professionals are on board always, and a whole medical facility is out there. Aspirin and seasickness drugs can be found at visitor companies, however you could have to pay for different objects or companies.

Can I name my mates of their cabin? Can I name residence?
Your stateroom comes outfitted with telephones that can be utilized to name your fellow passengers simply as in a lodge. They can be used for ship-to-shore communication, nevertheless important prices apply. Please discuss with Ship-to-shore communication for extra info.

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

Will my cellphone work?
In all probability not whereas on board, nearly actually whereas in port — however watch out. Name your service for particulars in your plan. We propose buying a knowledge roaming package deal or ensuring you deactivate your roaming function 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 pc 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 whole vessel, together with your stateroom, and is charged beneath the identical system. Please bear in mind that the costs are excessive and might add up rapidly. 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’ll to enhance service. Nonetheless, a ship on the
open ocean will solely have the ability to entry a specific amount 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 keep up one constant connection, or every other exercise requiring
high-quality web service. It’s best to count on to have the ability to test your e mail
and sustain on primary social media however there might be occasions when service is
merely not obtainable. It’s also advisable that you simply LOG OFF when you might have
completed utilizing the web.

On this cruise particularly, dependable
high-quality web service might 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 youngsters to do?
Holland America supplies a spread of actions for youths by their Membership Hal program. See HAL Onboard Actions for particulars. The Membership HAL room is repeatedly 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’ll embody APHC programming of their schedule.

How ought to I gown for the climate?
March is among the prime months to sail the Caribbean, when the seas are typically calm and climate temperate. Anticipate good seashore climate.

When on deck, it could actually 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 anything?
In case you are enthusiastic about “knowing stuff,” you may need to carry alongside your binoculars and a discipline information or three (birds, marine mammals, wildflowers, and geology are just some). Earlier visitors have discovered profit from bringing a digicam, a journal, an instrument, or their most up-to-date knitting venture.

What is going to sea circumstances be like?
We might have calm seas. We might have massive 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 part. 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 vital.

VIII.
Excursions

You’ll discover all the knowledge you want at Shore Excursions. You’ll obtain an e mail discover when they’re obtainable in your assessment and reserving.

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

Earlier than you allow from residence, we propose
you make use of a helpful function on the web site: you possibly can 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 might be processed previous to requests made on board. Youngsters beneath 18 should be accompanied by a dad or mum 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 can assist 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
could have restricted recourse within the occasion of an unsatisfactory expertise.

All of our ports afford the chance
to discover on foot for gratis or by native transportation. We could have additional
info on all of our ports for you earlier than and through the cruise. Please
be happy to set out as you want.

Wherever and nevertheless you discover, be
positive to be again on time. Ensure that your watch is about to ship’s time; native
time on land could be totally different. The ship can not wait previous scheduled departure
occasions.

IX. Contact Us

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

See EMI’s web site for cabin pricing

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