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Aboard the ms Veendam
March 18–25, 2020

• Letter from Garrison

• Itinerary

• Expertise

• Ports

• FAQs

Observe: A few of you’ll have heard rumors that U.S. residents will not be capable of 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 now have backup choices as properly. Within the occasion that the itinerary adjustments, reservations won’t be canceled or refunded.

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

Pricey Prairie Residence Cruisers,

It was a protracted onerous winter in Minnesota, and I’m in a temper for heat and pleasure subsequent winter and that will probably 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 via the blizzards and
darkness is a vivid 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 vegetation, 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 will probably 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 prime kind. Robin and Linda Williams are on board, as are Joe Newberry and April Verch. Heather Masse is coming, and Christine DiGiallonardo so Brooklyn will probably be represented. Maria Jette and Vern Sutton will sing from the piano bench tropical hits resembling “Bésame Mucho” and “Perfidia.” In fact our performing firm of Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman will probably be there, and due to them, Dusty and Lefty will trip the plains and Man Noir will scour the again alleys and Mother and Duane and Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian. Wealthy Dworsky and the Guys All-Star Shoe Band will help all of this and I will probably be there, as properly. Speaking about Lake Wobegon, espresso, rhubarb pie, reminiscing about early radio days. Doing poetry. Emceeing the story hours. Writing limericks for friends who win the limerick lottery. And singing with Heather and Christine, Robin and Linda.

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

Wild nights — Wild nights! Have 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!
Howdy, Miss McKay
And the Espresso Membership Orch.

Keep up a correspondence,

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As on earlier cruises, friends 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 reveals adopted by dancing with the Espresso Membership Orchestra, the Crow’s Nest for early morning singing and late-night dancing, and the Wajang Theater for lectures. Company 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, avenue accordionist, sing-along enabler, Italian and French trainer, and bicycling vagabond. He’s been commissioned to write down and host plenty of stay packages 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 in the course of the making of the 2006 Robert Altman movie of the identical identify.

The Espresso Membership Orchestra

The Espresso Membership Orchestra sprang into existence within the fall of 1989 when Garrison Keillor requested musical director Rob Fisher to place collectively a bunch for his radio present. Chosen for his or her breadth of expertise and their versatility, the Espresso Membership musicians delighted public radio listeners with their rambunctious renditions. Rob Fisher and the Espresso Membership Orchestra have since appeared on lots of New York’s levels, from the plaza at Lincoln Heart to Metropolis Heart’s Encores! sequence. Their album of Despair-era fashionable 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 Sneakers, Me And My Lady, Brigadoon, The New Yorkers,Annie Get Your Gun, Woman, Be Good!, On Your Toes, Gents Desire Blondes, and Fiorello! She additionally performs solo and together with her sisters, Daniela and Nadia, as The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and her voice could be heard on business 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 normal, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Charlie Parker, Muddy Waters, and Chet Atkins. A flexible guitarist’s guitarist, he wows followers with intricate fingerpicking, simple wit, and nimble interpretations of previous blues, swing, R&B, and authentic tunes. For over 20 years, Pat was lead guitar and songwriter for A Prairie Residence 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 Residence Companion, offering authentic theatrical underscoring, main the home band, and performing as a featured soloist. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native additionally accompanied most of the present’s friends, together with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Renée Fleming, and Kristin Chenoweth. Wealthy’s authentic compositions for piano (and piano with ensemble or vocal) 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 carried out the acclaimed live performance variations of Carousel (Emmy nomination for Greatest Music Director) and My Truthful Woman, 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 Submit to DownBeat journal, his model 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 for the reason that 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 Residence Companion. She will sing dozens of operatic roles; she additionally performs pop songs, chamber music, oratorio, and present tunes. Maria spent a decade singing with the Twin Cities Baroque opera firm Ex Machina, and has appeared with orchestras nationwide, together with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.Amongst her recordings is The Siren’s Tune: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway, her second quantity of P.G. Wodehouse songs, each with pianist Dan Chouinard.

Larry Kohut

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Bassist for Prairie 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, taking part in 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 checklist goes on. His discography contains greater than 100 albums, in addition to a number of main film soundtracks and a whole lot of business 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 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 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 couple of years later, he was a totally established member of the APHC home band.

Heather Masse

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Educated on the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, Heather Masse is equally versed in a wide range of American music traditions — folks, pop, and bluegrass. A member of Billboard-charting folks group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has carried out at a whole lot of venues internationally. 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 embrace August Love Tune — on which she joins forces with trombone nice Roswell Rudd.

Nelly McKay

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Nellie McKay has launched a stack of acclaimed albums, amongst them: Sister Orchid, My Weekly Reader, and Regular as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. She 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 Outdated Hats and has written a number of musical biographies, together with A Lady Named Invoice: The Life and Occasions of Billy Tipton, and The Massive Molinsky: Contemplating Joan Rivers.

Joe Newberry

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Recognized worldwide for his beautiful clawhammer banjo taking part in, 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 youngster and realized fiddle tunes from nice Missouri fiddlers. After shifting to North Carolina, he rapidly grew to become an anchor of the unbelievable music scene there. The Gibson Brothers’ model of Joe’s music “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 Tune 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 practically 20 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 Outdated Trustworthy for Yellowstone’s Outdated Trustworthy Customer Heart — all together 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 grew to become 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 Critical 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 neighborhood. She just lately appeared in Barbecue at Blended Blood Theatre, Little Wars with Prime Productions, and within the sold-out run of Sisters of Peace on the Historical past Theatre in St. Paul. A veteran voice-over expertise, Sue has additionally been forged in some attention-grabbing roles in movie and tv: ABC’s In An Prompt and the Netflix sequence Woman Dynamite. As well as, she is immersed in creating and producing her new podcast, Island of Discarded Girls.

Chris Siebold

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Chicago-based guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, and arranger Chris Siebold leads his personal bands — Lennon’s Tuba and Psycles — and collaborates 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, together 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. 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 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 grew to become the Minnesota Opera, and composers Dominick Argento, Robert Ward, Conrad Susa, Stephen Paulus, David Thomas, Libby Larsen, and others have written for his voice. For 36 years, he taught on the College of Minnesota 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 reveals 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 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 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 may name it “Americana,” however these music masters have been residing and respiration this elixir 20 years earlier than that label grew to become 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 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 Training 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 neighborhood outreach packages. Earlier than becoming a member of Mote Marine Laboratory, Aly was Training 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 Training 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 at all times identified that marine biology was her ardour. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the College of West Florida, Kiley labored as a fisheries biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Fee. She is at present the Coordinator for Public Applications at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, an impartial, nonprofit analysis laboratory with a public aquarium. On this place, she is liable for bringing marine science and analysis to the general public via a wide range of packages 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 marketing consultant for brand new Qur’anic gardens in Albania, Qatar, and Brunei Darussalam. Lytton is co-author of ​just lately printed Wildflowers of the Adirondacks (Johns Hopkins College Press). His different ​publications embrace 2019’s Parasitic Crops 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 marketing consultant who resides in Trinidad and Tobago. Together with his ardour for Caribbean historical past and tradition he’s a sought-after speaker who is understood for delivering distinctive shows on a various vary of subjects. Over time 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 Information, Empowerment, and Analysis the place, amongst different issues, he works on a challenge that makes use of nature as a foundation for individuals to study 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 fashionable 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
closing voyage. Playwright Noël Coward lived within the neighborhood. So did swashbuckling
actor Errol Flynn and writer Ian Fleming. (Elements 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 positioned 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 (probably the greatest within the Caribbean), purchasing, or taking in historic websites and the Nationwide Museum. Or simply plunking down within the sand and daydreaming.

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

Cozumel ruin

Cozumel, Mexico

Twelve miles off the japanese 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. Lease a bicycle and pedal the island’s paved bike path. And go away slightly time for purchasing — leather-based items, Mexican handicrafts, silver, and perhaps a brightly coloured hammock to doze in again residence in your individual yard.


Key West, FL

Key West — the westernmost of the Florida Keys and the southernmost metropolis within the contiguous United States — has a ton of historical past, tradition, and appeal packed into just a few 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 good American writers of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway, who referred to as Key West residence 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. Loosen up.

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Right here you will discover solutions to the extra widespread
questions we now have been requested about our cruises. We additionally handle some essential
points particular to this cruise.

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

We suggest that you just go to the Holland America web site. One can find in depth 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 associate in journey. They’re your first cease for any assist you could want with
journey preparations or any query you’ll have. See EMI’s web site for extra data.

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


You need to additionally present particulars as to how you propose to
switch to and from the cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale. It is a Holland
America requirement and could be supplied in the course of 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 variation was essential and the cruise will sail as scheduled March 18–25, 2020, there will probably be no refunds. Please seek advice from EMI/PHC Phrases and Circumstances 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 liable for all adjustments and additions made to the
often scheduled HAL cruise. We are going to present the APHC performers,
entertainers, and lecturers crusing with you.

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

in command of promoting our cruise and reserving your lodging. They may
offer you the very best ranges {of professional} travel-related companies.
They may e book your passage on the ship. EMI will make it easier to with transfers to
and from the cruise, cabin choice, and dinner desk seating, and can present
steerage for different onboard wants.

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 data, 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 whenever you take 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 at all times be near the motion on the Veendam. If you’re all for a Verandah cabin, we advise that you just 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 unique ship than we now have sailed earlier than?
For these of you who’ve traveled with us earlier than, we will probably be crusing on the unique class of ship with the Veendam. We sailed the identical ship for a seven-day journey to Alaska in 2006. This ship will really feel acquainted, for the reason that structure is much like earlier charters we now have 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 at present obtainable?
For reserving data, go to EMI’s pricing web page. You will note a listing of the at present obtainable cabins. Simply click on on the one you have an interest in.

I sail solely a part of this cruise?
Deviations must be requested prematurely of the crusing through EMI. We do want to make sure that you’re conscious of some stipulations. As with every journey, cruise friends should adjust to all customs and immigration specifics which are relevant to the port through which they embark/debark the vessel, together with any extra prices which may be concerned on the pier/port to embark/debark the friends. Moreover, whereas we endeavor to observe our printed 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 skill to honor the deviation request. Ought to this happen, you because the visitor assume all duty for any extra prices incurred.

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

Are wheelchair-accessible rooms obtainable onboard? What about different particular wants?
Holland America, PHC, and EMI don’t discriminate towards individuals on the premise of incapacity. We search, to the fullest extent possible, to accommodate friends 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 commentary space are usually not. To study extra about HAL’s choices for friends with particular wants, see the Shipboard Life part of Holland America Continuously Requested Questions. You may discover the deck plan (Veendam Deck Plan) to see the place the wheelchair-accessible rooms are positioned. Please contact EMI instantly at 908-458-3591 to debate any particular wants you’ll have.


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

What’s included within the fee and what is going to price further?
Please seek advice from EMI/PHC Phrases and Circumstances web page. Whereas on board, you’ll be able to spend a minimal quantity or incur vital fees by the top of the cruise. You’ll actually be capable of have an fulfilling time irrespective of how little or how a lot you spend. Alcoholic drinks, soda, spa companies, the on line casino, and different onboard companies are usually not 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 are going to 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 test in?
Verify-in and preparation in your cruise is a web based course of that HAL calls Specific Docs. All passengers are required to test in utilizing this method prematurely of the cruise. You will want your HAL reserving quantity to do that. You may be prompted to just accept Holland America Phrases and Circumstances on-line. As soon as that is clicked, the contract is accepted.  All paperwork essential in your cruise will probably be supplied on-line via Specific Docs, together with your cruise contract and your boarding go. You will want to print out the boarding go portion of those paperwork for every individual in your get together and have the boarding passes obtainable at check-in. See EMI’s web site for step-by-step directions on easy methods to use Specific Docs.

It’s important that you just evaluate all
paperwork totally and that you just convey the whole lot with you. This course of is
much like checking in for an airline flight, simply extra in depth. It’s

Could I cancel my reservation?
You could
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 will probably be collected and isn’t refundable. Please see EMI/PHC Phrases
and Circumstances web page.

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

When you’ve got not performed so already on-line, you will want to register your credit score or debit card with a purpose to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of crusing, your card will probably be pre-authorized for U.S. $60 per individual for every day, or $420 per individual. Your account will then be activated, and you could make purchases by merely displaying your visitor identification card and signing a receipt. On the finish of your cruise, you’ll obtain a closing assertion, and your card will probably be charged just for the precise quantity of your purchases. Please inform your credit score or debit card issuer prematurely that your card will probably be used on a Holland America Line ship. This may assist stop delays in acquiring pre-authorization on board. Some banks might hold the pre-authorization in place for as much as 30 days. If you don’t want 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 will probably be refunded to you on the finish of the cruise. Traveler’s checks could also be cashed on the entrance workplace to make your deposit. Private checks are usually not 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 will probably be shared among the many Veendam’s whole workers. As well as, an computerized 15 % gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above that is completely as much as you. It’s common, however not required, to tip for private service in your cabin. Spa companies embrace a 15 % computerized gratuity. Further tipping for bar service, eating room service, or the ship’s transportation companies 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 inns, we advise that you just lengthen gratuities per customary practices.

Are friends from exterior the U.S. capable of buy on-line?
Sure. Worldwide friends will be capable of 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 will need to ship EMI a replica of your flight itinerary. In the event you e book
your individual journey, you will need to nonetheless present EMI along with your flight itinerary. EMI
should present HAL with journey itineraries for all passengers. It is a authorized
requirement: you’ll be denied boarding if you don’t present your journey
itinerary prematurely. You need to present a cell or different telephone quantity that may be
used to speak with you within the occasion of journey delays.

We suggest that you just buy airline
tickets early. We hope you 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

When can we go away? When can we come residence?

notice: This cruise departs and returns on a WEDNESDAY.

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

Fort Lauderdale is a significant cruise port
and there are lots of choices for same-day journey from the airport to the cruise
terminal. The 2 are fairly shut to one another. Please you’ll want to permit ample
time for journey problems, 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. Depart ample time to switch as you’ll in any main metropolis.

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

if my baggage will get misplaced by the airline?
Within the occasion your luggage are delayed,
Holland America will make each effort to work with native operators to assist
your luggage meet up with the ship. Company might want to submit a declare on the
airport earlier than becoming a member of the vessel, as soon as onboard the Veendam, friends should submit
their declare together with every other particulars to the Visitor Service desk. Please notice
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 rigorously 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 if you’re . Fort Lauderdale resort rooms are usually not 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 just buy a switch bundle from EMI whenever you buy your cruise — they’re obtainable 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 here are the fundamental choices:

– Airport to resort on March 17th, resort 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 resort March 25th, resort that night time, and switch to the airport on the 26th.

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

How do I get my baggage onto the ship?
They do it for you! As soon as on the port terminal, you’ll go away your luggage on the designated drop bag space for switch to the ship—a lot the best way you’ll test luggage for a airplane flight. There isn’t any price for this service. Your luggage will probably be delivered on to your cabin. An identical process will occur in reverse once we return to Fort Lauderdale.

Whenever you first get on and final get off the boat, there will probably be a prolonged time 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’ll have with you.

Every time your luggage are being transferred
for you, please you’ll want to respect deadlines for having your bag prepared, correctly
tag your luggage, and reclaim them promptly. Specifically, do not forget that simply as
at an airport, you’ll at all times 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 will probably be screened earlier than being loaded onto the vessel. If electrical gadgets or unlawful substances are detected, you’ll be referred to 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 have to 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 friends to have onboard guests. If friends are all for 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 amazing alternative to discover all the world presents. EMI has blocked out resort rooms in Fort Lauderdale for the night time following the cruise, when you’d like to remain in a single day.

EMI will give you the choice of reserving
a switch on to the airport if you’re 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 advise 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 might show citizenship with a government-issued beginning certificates, and copies are acceptable. Please seek advice from Holland America’s Passport Tips.

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

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

What about forex?


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


The forex of the Cayman Islands is the CAYMAN DOLLAR, however the U.S. greenback is 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 guess is to make use of Mexican Pesos as an alternative of different currencies to pay in your purchasing, eating out, and different purchases as native enterprise alternate charges are normally not good. Alternatively, you’ll be able to pay along with your bank card and be charged your financial institution’s alternate charge.

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

V. Leisure

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

The APHC occasions are along with all the actions you’ll 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 can we attend the night performances?
Our primary attraction on board is the night efficiency in the principle showroom. These could be much like APHC broadcast reveals, or they are often music live shows, and even reveals that includes the assorted skills of your fellow passengers. Regardless, everybody desires to return see them.

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

You’ll obtain a color-coded Holland America ID card. This may establish which present you could attend every night time. We’re going to test this identification for every primary night present, simply as we’d 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 at all times including new issues to do, proper as much as the day of departure. Whenever you arrive on the ship, we could have for you a schedule of actions for the whole cruise. As soon as aboard, we modify the schedule every day. HAL and APHC will publish an official every day schedule, which will probably be delivered to your cabin each morning.

Will I truly SEE Garrison and different performers?
The Prairie Residence Firm will probably be friends of Holland America identical to you, residing in cabins proper down the corridor or perhaps subsequent door. You’ll see them within the elevators, on the Lido Deck, on the buffets and bars, and, 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 operating to our subsequent project or simply want a while on our personal.

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

Will any of the reveals be broadcast?
No, however they are going to be recorded for potential later use. We might characteristic some video, photographs, and audio segments through 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 can even schedule autograph periods in coordination with the reward retailers on board. Verify in with a Prairie Residence or EMI workers member on board when you’ve got questions on this.

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


When can we schedule our eating? Could we sit collectively at dinner?
Whenever you register for the cruise, you’ll request your seating preferences for eating. EMI will do the whole lot potential 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 wish to!). You could meet new mates at your desk as properly. 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 Major 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 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 reveals, we’ll use assigned dinner instances: the “As-You-Wish” eating program obtainable on common HAL cruises won’t be used.

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

What’s the Gown Code?
As a result of we’re chartering the ship, APHC has the liberty to set our personal 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 will probably be an precise
gown code is within the eating rooms in the course of the night meal. On most nights, the
gown code will probably be “smart casual.” This implies lengthy pants and sports activities shirt or
sweater for males, and skirt or lengthy pants and sweater or shirt for ladies. We
ask that you just 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 perhaps 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’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 you could wish to let your seatmates know you received’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 obtainable 24/7. The
Pinnacle and Canaletto choices require a modest surcharge — properly price it for
the prime quality of meals, stage 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 are going to workers an information desk close to the entrance desk. And we’ll all attempt to put on our ID lanyards.

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

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

What sort of facilities will I discover in my
Cabins on the Veendam are outfitted very like a great resort room. One can find
them to be snug, properly adorned, environment friendly, and clear.

All linens and bedding will probably be provided.
Your lavatory 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, a wide range of cabin lighting, and a
tv with shipboard programming.

All staterooms are outfitted with normal 110 AC (U.S.  port) and 220/240 AC (2-prong European port) energy retailers. Private care objects and electronics will work simply as they do at residence. Hair dryers can be found in all staterooms. You could want to convey a journey alarm clock since they aren’t supplied, though your cabin telephone 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 companies can be found on the Veendam.

The place can I smoke?
Please notice that Holland America has a strict coverage of prohibiting smoking in all staterooms. This coverage will probably be strictly enforced. Substantial charges will probably be charged for cleansing your cabin when you smoke inside. In Verandah cabins, smoking is permitted exterior 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 could smoke solely in a single designated public space on one
exterior deck of the ship. Our cruise designates all inside areas (together with
all lounge and restaurant areas) as non-smoking the place smoking may 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 data.

What if I want medical consideration?
Absolutely skilled medical professionals are on board always, and a whole medical facility is offered. Aspirin and seasickness tablets can be found at visitor companies, however you’ll 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 resort. They can be used for ship-to-shore communication, nonetheless vital fees apply. Please seek advice from Ship-to-shore communication for extra data.

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

Will my mobile phone 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 advise buying an information roaming bundle or ensuring you deactivate your roaming characteristic earlier than you permit port. Mobile at sea may be very costly.

Will I’ve entry to the web?
Sure. You could convey your individual 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 offered all through the whole vessel, together with your stateroom, and is charged underneath the identical system. Please bear in mind that the costs are excessive and may 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 happy 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 of entry a certain quantity of bandwidth and there
will certainly be service outages. On your data, the most important issues
on our cruises happen when all of us attempt to get on the web between leaving
port and having dinner.

We suggest that you don’t plan on accessing the web to
stream video, maintain convention calls, interact in an exercise that requires to you
to keep up one constant connection, or every other exercise requiring
high-quality web service. You must count on to have the ability to test your e-mail
and sustain on primary social media however there will probably be instances when service is
merely not obtainable. It’s also advisable that you just LOG OFF when you’ve
completed utilizing the web.

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

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

Will there be stuff for my children to do?
Holland America gives a variety of actions for youths via their Membership Hal program. See HAL Onboard Actions for particulars. The Membership HAL room is often 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 children who sail with us; we’ll embrace 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 seaside climate.

When on deck, it will possibly at all times be windy and funky; be ready for that. In fact, be ready for rain. Remember to convey snug footwear for strolling on deck or on shore.

Ought to I convey anything?
If you’re all for “knowing stuff,” you may wish to convey alongside your binoculars and a area information or three (birds, marine mammals, wildflowers, and geology are only a few). Earlier friends have discovered profit from bringing a digital camera, a journal, an instrument, or their most up-to-date knitting challenge.

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


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

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

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

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

All excursions are the duty 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 further
data on all of our ports for you earlier than and in the course of the cruise. Please
be happy to set out as you would like.

Wherever and nonetheless 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 completely different. The ship can’t wait previous scheduled departure

IX. Contact 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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