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Can’t get across the river but we’ll try again – Garrison Keillor

Aboard the ms Veendam
March 18–25, 2020

• Letter from Garrison

• Itinerary

• Expertise

• Ports

• FAQs

Observe: Some of you’ll have heard rumors that U.S. citizens will not be capable of go to Cuba by the time the ms Veendam units sail. Please know that at this second, we are absolutely planning to maintain Cuba on the itinerary, but that we’ve backup options as properly. In the event that the itinerary modifications, reservations won’t be canceled or refunded.

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

Pricey Prairie House Cruisers,

It was an extended arduous winter in Minnesota, and I’m in a temper for warmth 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 needs to get via the blizzards and
darkness is a vibrant mild on the horizon — a candle in the window — and so,
subsequent winter, I’ll dream of March 18, the flight to Fort Lauderdale, the
surprise at seeing sunshine, green crops, individuals in shorts and T-shirts.

After which the cruise!!!

Rob Fisher and his 10-piece Coffee Membership Orchestra will
carry out on your dancing pleasure. The superb jazz singer Nellie McKay is
coming, a strong pianist and ukulelist. Gospel shall be represented by Jearlyn
Steele. Pat Donohue will be a part of us, as will Dakota Dave Hull, a veteran of early
PHC days who’s in all-time prime type. Robin and Linda Williams are on board.
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 shall 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. Rich Dworsky and the Guys
All-Star Shoe Band will help all of this and I might be there, as properly.
Talking 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 much enjoyable as I anticipate it to be, perhaps
we’ll do another. 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!
Good day, Miss McKay
And the Coffee Club Orch.

Communicate,
Garrison

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As on previous cruises, friends could have the opportunity to take pleasure in music performances, lectures, and nature viewing in a number of places. We’ll gather at the Mainstage for stay A Prairie House Companion exhibits adopted by dancing with the Espresso Club Orchestra, the Crow’s Nest for early morning singing and late-night dancing, and the Wajang Theater for lectures. Visitors can catch reside music sets in intimate settings akin to the Ocean Bar and convey acoustic devices to choosing periods at the Explorer’s Lounge. In fact, bird-watching will happen ­­on the decks!

Dan Chouinard

Dan Chouinard is a St. Paul-based honky-tonk pianist, live performance soloist and accompanist, road accordionist, sing-along enabler, Italian and French instructor, and bicycling vagabond. He’s been commissioned to write down and host a lot of reside packages mixing history, memoir, and music for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television. He played on a dozen stay broadcasts of A Prairie Residence Companion and served as rehearsal pianist for Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and Lindsay Lohan during the making of the 2006 Robert Altman movie of the similar identify.

The Espresso Membership Orchestra

The Coffee Club Orchestra sprang into existence in the fall of 1989 when Garrison Keillor requested musical director Rob Fisher to place collectively a gaggle for his radio show. Chosen for their breadth of expertise and their versatility, the Coffee 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 Middle to Metropolis Middle’s Encores! collection. Their album of Melancholy-era widespread music, Shaking the Blues Away, was released on EMI/Angel in 1992. They can be heard on Kristin Chenoweth’s debut album, Let Yourself Go.

Christine DiGiallonardo

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New York-based vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo is at residence singing in early-music chamber ensembles as well as jazz and rock bands. She has carried out in New York City Middle’s Encores! productions of Excessive Button Footwear, Me And My Woman, Brigadoon, The New Yorkers,Annie Get Your Gun, Woman, Be Good!, On Your Toes, Gents Favor Blondes, and Fiorello! She also 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. Clean, Playtex, and Febreze.

Pat Donohue

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Grammy-winning fingerpicker and songwriter Pat Donohue has a devotion to acoustic guitar that has made him an American commonplace, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Charlie Parker, Muddy Waters, and Chet Atkins. A flexible guitarist’s guitarist, he wows followers with intricate fingerpicking, straightforward wit, and nimble interpretations of previous blues, swing, R&B, and unique 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 tours the U.S., enjoying performance halls, clubs and coffeehouses, conducts workshops, and teaches at prestigious guitar camps.

Richard Dworsky

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For 23 years, Richard Dworsky served as pianist and music director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie House Companion, offering unique theatrical underscoring, main the home band, and performing as a featured soloist. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native additionally accompanied lots of the present’s visitors, including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Renée Fleming, and Kristin Chenoweth. Wealthy’s unique compositions for piano (and piano with ensemble or vocal) 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 four seasons, Rob Fisher served as APHC’s music director and led the Coffee Membership Orchestra. An internationally acknowledged music director, conductor, and pianist, and a leading figure in musical theater, he has been a visitor of each main orchestra in the country 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, as well as Mr. Keillor at 70. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! collection at New York’s Metropolis Middle, he was introduced the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Particular Achievement.

Dakota Dave Hull

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Fargo native Dakota Dave Hull calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Submit to DownBeat magazine, his fashion spans a large musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal mix of jazz, ragtime, people, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. He is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler alongside the broad highway of America’s music. Most of all, his music is nice fun. As Douglas Green (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts 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).

Maria Jette

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Versatile soprano Maria Jette was a frequent performer on A Prairie House Companion. She will sing dozens of operatic roles; she also performs pop songs, chamber music, oratorio, and show tunes. Maria spent a decade singing with the Twin Cities Baroque opera company Ex Machina, and has appeared with orchestras nationwide, including 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 both upright and electric bass. He’s a first-call studio musician in addition to a favorite with jazz musicians, enjoying with artists corresponding to Kenny Werner, Ramsey Lewis, Bruce Barth, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker, George Coleman, George Garzone, Phil Woods, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson, Patricia Barber — and the listing goes on. His discography consists of more than 100 albums, as well as several major movie soundtracks and a whole lot of economic jingles.

Richard Kriehn

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When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mother bought him a mandolin; at 19, he’d gained the Buck White Worldwide Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical aspect, he has performed 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 show broadcast from Washington State College, where Richard had just completed a master’s degree in violin performance and conducting. A couple of years later, he was a totally established member of the APHC house band.

Heather Masse

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Educated at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, Heather Masse is equally versed in quite a lot of American music traditions — people, pop, and bluegrass. A member of Billboard-charting people group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed at tons of of venues across the world. She was a frequent visitor on A Prairie Residence Companion, both 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 Music — 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, among them: Sister Orchid, My Weekly Reader, and Regular as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. She gained a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the movies P.S. I Love You and Downtown Categorical.She co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Previous Hats and has written several musical biographies, including A Woman Named Bill: The Life and Occasions of Billy Tipton, and The Huge Molinsky: Contemplating Joan Rivers.

Joe Newberry

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Recognized worldwide for his beautiful clawhammer banjo enjoying, Joe Newberry can also be a strong guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The Missouri native was raised in a household filled with singers and dancers. He took up guitar and banjo as an adolescent and discovered fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. After shifting to North Carolina, he shortly turned an anchor of the unimaginable music scene there. The Gibson Brothers’ version of Joe’s music “Singing As We Rise,” that includes visitor vocalist Ricky Skaggs, gained the 2012 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA Track of the Yr Award for “They Called It Music.”

Fred Newman

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

Tim Russell

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

Sue Scott

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After enjoying 24 years as the feminine forged member on A Prairie House Companion, Sue Scott has rejoined the vibrant Twin Cities theater group. She lately appeared in Barbecue at Combined Blood Theatre, Little Wars with Prime Productions, and in the sold-out run of Sisters of Peace at the History Theatre in St. Paul. A veteran voice-over expertise, Sue has also been forged in some fascinating roles in film and tv: ABC’s In An Prompt and the Netflix collection Woman Dynamite. In addition, 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 player Howard Levy. Home guitarist for the final two seasons of A Prairie House Companion, Chris joined Garrison Keillor and firm for the “America the Beautiful” and “Love and Comedy” excursions. This is his fourth appearance 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 numerous other artists as nicely, 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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Growing up in Indiana, Jearlyn Steele sang together with her siblings as The Steele Youngsters. One after the other, they moved to Minnesota and began singing together again. Now music is the family enterprise. She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall and at the 2018 Tremendous Bowl LIVE Verizon stage. In addition, Jearlyn is a public speaker (the singing speaker, she calls herself), an entertainment reporter for public television, voice-over talent, and host of Steele Talkin’, a Sunday-night radio show 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 major musical organizations as a singer, actor, director, and educator. He was a founding member of the Middle Opera Company, 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 at the College of Minnesota Faculty of Music, and for four summers he was inventive director of Opera in the Ozarks. Vern was a guest on the first broadcast of A Prairie Residence Companion and on innumerable exhibits after that.

April Verch

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Growing up surrounded by dwelling, respiration roots music, April Verch thought every little woman discovered to stepdance at the age of three and fiddle at the age of six. She determined early on that she’d be knowledgeable musician, and for decades she has been fascinating audiences across the globe. From her native Canada to Europe, Australia, China, the United Arab Emirates, and beyond, she has spread a signature sound that blends regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, nation, and Americana. In 2019, April released her 12th recording, Once A Day (Slab Town Data), a heartfelt homage to 1950s and ’60s basic country.

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.” At this time some may call it “Americana,” but these music masters have been dwelling and respiration this elixir 20 years before that label turned a radio format. The 2 first appeared on A Prairie Residence Companion in 1975, the similar yr they recorded their first album. In 2013, they launched Again 40 — marking 40 years on the street and 40 years of marriage.

Jed Wilson

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A versatile pianist equally at house as an improviser and as an accompanist, Jed Wilson earned a degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and has worked extensively in the worlds of jazz and people music. In addition to maintaining 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 research laboratory. She comes from a diverse background in informal science schooling, together with aquariums, museums, and group outreach packages. Earlier than joining Mote Marine Laboratory, Aly was Schooling Director at UnderWater World, Guam, and Youth and Household Packages Coordinator at the Pacific Science Middle in Seattle. She also held twin roles at Rutgers College as 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 University of North Carolina–Wilmington, a Grasp of Science in Science Schooling from Previous Dominion College, and is a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida.

Kiley Grey

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Originally from Florida, Kiley Gray has all the time recognized that marine biology was her passion. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, Kiley labored as a fisheries biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Fee. She is presently the Coordinator for Public Packages at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, an unbiased, nonprofit analysis laboratory with a public aquarium. In this place, she is liable for bringing marine science and analysis to the public by means of quite a lot of packages for audiences of all ages and is an teacher for the Florida Master Naturalist program.

Lytton John Musselman

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Lytton John Musselmanearned a Ph.D. in botany from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was chair of the Department of Biological 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 Manager of that property. As well as, he has been a marketing consultant for brand spanking new Qur’anic gardens in Albania, Qatar, and Brunei Darussalam. Lytton is co-author of The Fast Guide to Edible Crops (Johns Hopkins University Press). His other books embrace 2019’s Parasitic Crops in African Agriculture. Described as a “passionate botanist” by Garrison Keillor, Lytton acquired the Meritorious Educating Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists in 2019.

LECTURERS

Jon Wiant

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Jon Wiant is an authority on intelligence and worldwide affairs. His senior intelligence career spanned the Chilly Conflict 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 extensively well-liked cruise and tour lecturer.

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Ocho Rios beach

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Plenty of
history is packed into Ocho Rios, Jamaica — or Ochi, as the locals name it.
Christopher Columbus was marooned close to this website for greater than a yr, until a
rescue ship lastly arrived and the explorer returned to Europe. It was his
ultimate voyage. Playwright Noël Coward lived in the neighborhood. So did swashbuckling
actor Errol Flynn and writer Ian Fleming. (Elements of Dr. No, the first James Bond film, have 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 space’s cross-cultural delicacies runs the gamut from spicy
jerk hen to the leafy greens of callaloo to ackee with saltfish (the country’s national dish).

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George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

George City, the capital of the Cayman Islands, is situated on the western shore of Grand Cayman. Here, you’ll settle into just the proper tempo for you: prestissimo (very fast) or larghissimo (did someone say sloth?). Take pleasure in swimming, snorkeling, diving, moseying via lush gardens, climbing by way of nature, bird-watching, sauntering along the fabled Seven Mile Seashore (considered one of the greatest in the Caribbean), purchasing, or taking in historic websites and the National Museum. Or just plunking down in the sand and daydreaming.

Then let the grazing begin! A melting pot of cuisines and a magnet for prime chefs, 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 in the space date back to early in the first millennium A.D. Scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Lease a bicycle and pedal the island’s paved bike path. And depart a bit of time for buying — leather goods, Mexican handicrafts, silver, and perhaps a brightly coloured hammock to doze in back house in your personal backyard.

Mangroves

Key West, FL

Key West — the westernmost of the Florida Keys and the southernmost city in the contiguous United States — has a ton of history, culture, and appeal packed into a couple of square miles. John James Audubon, Tennessee Williams, and so many different notables drew inspiration here. Tour historic buildings, including the residence of certainly one of the nice American writers of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway, who referred to as Key West house for more than a decade. (And maintain an eye fixed out for these six-toed cats!) Take pleasure in water- and nature-related activities. Absorb the beautiful scenery. Pattern luxurious seafood. Take in the sun. Loosen up.

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Here you will see answers to the extra widespread
questions we’ve got been asked about our cruises. We additionally tackle some necessary
issues specific to this cruise.

Before sailing
with us, it’s essential to learn and signal EMI/PHC Terms
and Circumstances, which spell out essential and contractually binding
tips for our cruise.

We advocate that you simply go to the Holland America web site. You will see in depth and detailed information about crusing on their
ships. They have been in the cruise business much longer than we have now — please
make use of their expertise.

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS and INCENTIVES, INC. (EMI) is
your associate in journey. They are your first cease for any help you could need with
journey preparations or any query you’ll have. See EMI’s website for extra info.

YOU MUST HAVE A
CURRENT PASSPORT TO SAIL ON THIS CRUISE. Despite the fact that this cruise originates and returns to the similar domestic port,
it’s essential to have a passport to sail this cruise. U.S. citizens underneath the age of 16 might present an
alternate government-issued proof of citizenship, comparable to a start certificates. Please
confer with Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.

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

You have to additionally provide details as to how you propose to
transfer to and from the cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale. This can be a Holland
America requirement and may be offered during 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 have been scheduled for two (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 modification was essential and the cruise will sail as scheduled March 18–25, 2020, there shall be no refunds. Please discuss with EMI/PHC Terms and Circumstances for extra element.

WHO ARE WE?

PRAIRIE HOME CRUISES (PHC) is an
unbiased firm that was shaped underneath the umbrella of PRAIRIE GRAND, LLC,
for the objective of chartering cruise vacations. PRAIRIE HOME PRODUCTIONS is the
sister firm that produces “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Author’s
Almanac.” PHC is chargeable for all modifications and additions made to the
frequently scheduled HAL cruise. We’ll provide 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
liable for your cabin accommodations, food, beverages, recreation, and
buying whereas on board. Go to Holland
America web site
for more details about life aboard the ship.

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS and INCENTIVES (EMI) is our agent
in command of promoting our cruise and reserving your accommodations. They may
give you the highest levels of professional travel-related providers.
They may guide your passage on the ship. EMI will assist you to with transfers to
and from the cruise, cabin selection, and dinner desk seating, and can provide
steerage for other 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 value?
For pricing info, visit EMI’s pricing page. We’ve got cabins in a wide range of prices. You will see that we’re offering favorable rates compared to our other cruises, especially if you take a look at how a lot we’re charging per day.

What kinds of cabins are on the ship? The place are they situated?
There are a wide variety of cabins all through all levels of the ship. You will all the time be close to the motion on the Veendam. In case you are desirous about a Verandah cabin, we propose that you simply ebook early, since there are comparatively few of those obtainable. See HAL’s Deck Plan for footage, descriptions, and deck plans.

Is that this a special ship than we’ve got sailed earlier than?
For these of you who’ve traveled with us before, we can be sailing on the unique class of ship with the Veendam. We sailed the similar ship for a seven-day journey to Alaska in 2006. This ship will really feel familiar, since the format is just like earlier charters we’ve sailed. You will come aboard and instantly feel at residence. Take a look at the Veendam Deck Plan.

How do I ebook a cabin? What varieties are at present obtainable?
For booking info, go to EMI’s pricing page. You will notice an inventory of the presently out there cabins. Just click on the one you have an interest in.

Might
I sail only part of this cruise?
Deviations have to be requested prematurely of the sailing by way of EMI. We do want to make sure that you are aware of some stipulations. As with all journey, cruise friends should comply with all customs and immigration specifics which might be relevant to the port through which they embark/debark the vessel, together with any further prices that could be involved at the pier/port to embark/debark the friends. Moreover, whereas we endeavor to comply with our revealed itinerary, please understand that unplanned circumstances might require that we modify or cancel our scheduled call to this port, or in any other case prohibit our means to honor the deviation request. Should this happen, you as the visitor assume all duty for any further costs incurred.

Unfortunately,
we are unable to adjust the cruise fare or make a change to individual invoices
to manually mirror the shorter cruise phase. Please be advised that as a result of
this is not a normal embark/debark port with porters on employees, friends might be
liable for carrying their very own luggage off the ship. We regret any
inconvenience and recognize your understanding.

Are wheelchair-accessible rooms out there onboard? What about other particular wants?
Holland America, PHC, and EMI do not discriminate towards individuals on the basis of incapacity. We seek, to the fullest extent possible, to accommodate friends with particular wants. Holland America provides a limited variety of staterooms designed to be wheelchair and scooter accessible. Most public areas of the ship are wheelchair accessible; some areas corresponding to the topmost outside remark space usually are not. To study more about HAL’s options for visitors with special wants, see the Shipboard Life section of Holland America Steadily Requested Questions. You possibly can discover the deck plan (Veendam Deck Plan) to see where the wheelchair-accessible rooms are situated. Please contact EMI instantly at 908-458-3591 to discuss any special needs you could have.

II.
Cost/Finances

Is travel insurance crucial?
We strongly advocate buying travel insurance. You may be booking this cruise many months before we sail; circumstances can simply change. Insurance coverage is your only recourse for reimbursement in the occasion of change, delay, or disaster. For more info, see EMI’s pricing web page.

What is included in the cost and what is going to value additional?
Please discuss with EMI/PHC Terms and Circumstances web page. Whereas on board, you’ll be able to spend a minimal amount or incur vital fees by the finish of the cruise. You’ll definitely have the ability to have an gratifying time regardless of how little or how a lot you spend. Alcoholic drinks, soda, spa providers, the on line casino, and other onboard providers aren’t included in your fare. We do not embrace airfare, floor transportation, shore excursions, or other off-ship expenses in our fares.

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

I’ve booked my cabin. What’s subsequent?
EMI will affirm your reservation with you electronically and provide an EMI confirmation quantity they may use to track your reservation. Closer to the cruise, EMI will provide your Holland America reserving number and cabin quantity, which you will use to organize in your journey to Ebook Shore Excursions.

How do I verify in?
Verify-in and preparation on your cruise is a web-based course of that HAL calls Categorical Docs. All passengers are required to verify in using this technique prematurely of the cruise. You will want your HAL booking quantity to do that. You may be prompted to simply accept Holland America Phrases and Circumstances online. Once that is clicked, the contract is accepted.  All documents essential on your cruise will probably be offered online by way of Categorical Docs, together with your cruise contract and your boarding move. You will want to print out the boarding cross portion of these documents for each individual in your get together and have the boarding passes obtainable at check-in. See EMI’s website for step-by-step directions on the way to use Categorical Docs.

It is important that you simply evaluation all
documents completely and that you simply deliver all the things with you. This process is
just like checking in for an airline flight, simply extra in depth. It’s
required.

Might I cancel my reservation?
You might
cancel, but we’ve got a strict refund coverage. Within 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 is not refundable. Please see EMI/PHC Phrases
and Circumstances web page.

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

In case you have not completed so already online, you will have to register your credit or debit card so as to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of sailing, your card will probably be pre-authorized for U.S. $60 per individual for every day, or $420 per individual. Your account will then be activated, and you might make purchases by simply displaying your visitor identification card and signing a receipt. At the end of your cruise, you’ll obtain a remaining assertion, and your card might be charged only for the precise amount of your purchases. Please inform your credit score or debit card issuer prematurely that your card shall be used on a Holland America Line ship. It will help forestall delays in acquiring pre-authorization on board. Some banks might maintain the pre-authorization in place for as much as 30 days. If you don’t want to make use of a credit or debit card, the ship will gather a money deposit from you at time of boarding in the similar pre-authorization amount. Any excess deposit can be refunded to you at the finish of the cruise. Traveler’s checks could also be cashed at the entrance workplace to make your deposit. Personal checks will not be accepted on board.

What about tipping? To whom and the way much?
A prepaid gratuity is included in your cruise fare. The gratuity at present is $14.50 (cabin) — $16.00 (suite) per individual per day, or $101.50 (cabin) — $112.00 (suite) per individual for the cruise. This can be shared among the Veendam’s whole employees. In addition, an automated 15 % gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above that is solely up to you. It’s common, but not required, to tip for personal service in your cabin. Spa providers embrace a 15 % automated gratuity. Further tipping for bar service, dining room service, or the ship’s transportation providers isn’t anticipated. For more info relating to these costs see Gratuities and Service expenses.

In terminals, airports, ports of call, on-shore excursions, and at resorts, we propose that you simply prolong gratuities in keeping with customary practices.

Are visitors from outdoors the U.S. capable of purchase online?
Yes. International friends will be capable of e-book their cabins online. All bank card expenses will take place in USD and be converted to your native foreign money the day of the transaction.

III.
Journey To/From the Cruise

Regardless
of who books your air journey, you should ship EMI a replica of your flight itinerary. In the event you guide
your personal travel, you will need to still provide EMI together with your flight itinerary. EMI
must present HAL with travel itineraries for all passengers. This can be a legal
requirement: you’ll be denied boarding if you don’t present your journey
itinerary prematurely. You need to provide a cell or different telephone quantity that may be
used to communicate with you in the event of travel delays.

We advocate that you simply buy airline
tickets early. We hope yow will discover a very good deal for journey to Fort Lauderdale.
EMI will help you ebook your flights; see EMI’s website for extra
info.

When can we depart? When can we come house?

Please
notice: This cruise departs and returns on a WEDNESDAY.

Boarding will start in Fort Lauderdale at
approximately 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. local time and can’t look forward to delayed passengers.

Fort Lauderdale is a serious cruise port
and there are lots of options for same-day travel from the airport to the cruise
terminal. The two are fairly shut to one another. Please make sure 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 people who choose to fly into Miami
International Airport, driving time between the Miami airport and the port is roughly
40 minutes. Depart ample time to transfer as you’d in any main metropolis.

Upon our return to Fort Lauderdale, disembarkation might begin 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.

What
if my luggage gets misplaced by the airline?
In the event your luggage are delayed,
Holland America will make every effort to work with native operators to assist
your luggage meet up with the ship. Visitors might want to submit a declare at the
airport earlier than becoming a member of the vessel, as soon as onboard the Veendam, visitors must submit
their declare along with some other particulars to the Guest Service desk. Please notice
that some main low cost air carriers require that misplaced or delayed luggage be
signed for personally by the proprietor at the
airport. Please examine their policies rigorously earlier than booking your air
travel.

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

What are the arrangements for travel from airport to ship?
We advocate that you simply buy a transfer package deal from EMI once you purchase your cruise — they’re obtainable for both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport and Miami International Airport

They may supply various choices; see
EMI’s website for details. These transfers will
embrace luggage dealing with. EMI won’t
e-book any of these options for you until you request them. Costs for these
transfers are in addition to your cruise fare. Listed here are the primary options:

– Airport to lodge on March 17th, lodge that night time, and transfer 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 getting to Fort Lauderdale alone?
This can be a very good choice for a lot of of our passengers. There are parking amenities out there at or close to the terminal, together with a storage adjoining to the terminal.

How do I get my baggage onto the ship?
They do it for you! As soon as at the port terminal, you’ll depart your luggage at the designated drop bag space for transfer to the ship—much the method you’d examine luggage for a aircraft flight. There isn’t any value for this service. Your luggage might be delivered on to your cabin. An identical procedure will occur in reverse once we return to Fort Lauderdale.

Whenever you first get on and last get off the boat, there will probably be a lengthy time period when you’ll not have access to your baggage or to your cabin. Please be prepared with a small carry-on bag to hold the gadgets you want, together with your whole travel paperwork, drugs, and any valuables you might have with you.

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

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

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 period of the cruise. These laws are strictly enforced. Please discuss with Holland America’s website for Passport Tips.

Might guests come onboard?
Holland America does permit for visitors to have onboard guests. If friends are curious about having a visitor on board, they will visit the front workplace to seek out out the terms and circumstances.

What about after the cruise, in Fort Lauderdale?
We arrive early in Fort Lauderdale, permitting an amazing opportunity to discover all the space gives. EMI has blocked out lodge rooms in Fort Lauderdale for the night time following the cruise, in case you’d like to stay overnight.

EMI will offer you the choice of booking
a switch on to the airport in case you are flying instantly following the
cruise.

You’ll require a minimum 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 depart after 1:00 p.m.

IV. Traveling
Overseas

Will I want a passport?
Yes, all passengers should carry a passport that expires a minimum of six (6) months following the cruise. For this home origination cruise, infants and minors beneath the age of 16 might prove citizenship with a government-issued start certificate, and copies are acceptable. Please confer with Holland America’s Passport Tips.

Do I want photographs?
We aren’t conscious of any special vaccinations or immunizations required for the areas to which we’re traveling but please seek advice from Immunization Recommendations for extra info. Please seek advice from Journey Advisories for current details relating to all advisories.

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

What about foreign money?

JAMAICA:

The foreign money of Jamaica is the JAMAICAN DOLLAR. ATM machines might be obtainable to draw funds, but with arrival in Jamaica on a Sunday, banks shall be closed. Bank cards are extensively accepted.

CAYMAN ISLANDS:

The foreign money of the Cayman Islands is the CAYMAN DOLLAR, but the U.S. greenback is quickly accepted. Credit cards are extensively accepted.

MEXICO:

The foreign money of Mexico is the MEXICAN PESO, though US dollars are nonetheless extensively accepted in most local businesses in Cozumel. Your greatest guess is to make use of Mexican Pesos as an alternative of other currencies to pay in your purchasing, eating out, and different purchases as native business change charges are often not good. Alternatively, you’ll be able to pay together with your credit card and be charged your financial institution’s trade price.

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

V. Leisure

What is going to we do on board?
Boredom isn’t a problem. By no means has been, never might be. We’ll schedule a full slate of musical performances. In the fundamental showroom and in smaller venues throughout the ship, you’ll have ample alternative to take pleasure in your favourite “Prairie Home” performers. There can be sing-alongs and storytelling and gatherings with Garrison. We’ll add lectures, readings, and different occasions to HAL’s common cruise offerings.

The APHC events are along with all of the actions you’d anticipate on a cruise ship: eating, swimming, spa providers, eating, enjoyable, sports activities, playing, buying, eating, entertainment, different particular occasions, and extra eating.

When can we attend the night performances?
Our primary attraction on board is the night performance in the primary showroom. These might be just like APHC broadcast exhibits, or they are often music live shows, or even exhibits that includes the numerous skills of your fellow passengers. Regardless, everybody needs to return see them.

The showroom only holds about half of the ship’s passengers, which is why we repeat the present every night time. The problem comes when individuals try to see each exhibits. This will deny your fellow passengers the alternative 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 determine which show you could attend every night time. We’re going to examine this identification for each principal night present, just as we might take tickets for a daily performance. We’ll clear the auditorium after every show, and we won’t permit individuals to reserve seats prematurely.

Will you publish a schedule of activities?
We’re all the time adding new things to do, proper as much as the day of departure. Whenever you arrive on the ship, we may have for you a schedule of activities for the whole cruise. As soon as aboard, we regulate the schedule every day. HAL and APHC will publish an official day by day schedule, which can be delivered to your cabin each morning.

Will I truly SEE Garrison and different performers?
The Prairie House Firm shall be visitors of Holland America identical to you, dwelling in cabins right down the corridor or perhaps subsequent door. You’ll see them in the elevators, on the Lido Deck, at the buffets and bars, and, in fact, on stage. Don’t hesitate to say hello, ask questions, or inform us you liked a specific occasion, but do perceive that we could also be operating to our next task or just need a while on our own.

Should I deliver a musical instrument?
Positive! On this cruise we plan to provide our passengers opportunities to play together and we’ll schedule “jam” periods with a number of of our performers. In casual — purely unplugged — settings you’ll have the probability to share your musical skills together with your shipmates. Acoustic instruments solely — Garrison wouldn’t have it another method!

Will any of the exhibits be broadcast?
No, but they are going to be recorded for attainable later use. We might function some video, pictures, and audio segments by way of garrisonkeillor.com within 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 also schedule autograph periods in coordination with the present outlets on board. Examine in with a Prairie House or EMI employees member on board if in case you have questions on this.

Will there be APHC merchandise for sale?
Sure. Take a look at the present outlets on board. We’ll have clothing, books, and plenty of music featuring your “Prairie Home” favorites.

VI.
Dining

When can we schedule our dining? Might we sit together at dinner?
Whenever you register for the cruise, you’ll request your seating preferences for dining. EMI will do every part attainable to honor seating requests. In most each case you will be able to take a seat close to family and friends (assuming you need to!). Chances are you’ll meet new pals at your desk as properly. Notice that your eating time choice determines which efficiency of the evening Showroom occasions you will attend.

What is the distinction between early seating and late seating?
The Eating Room and the Foremost Present Lounge every hold half of the ship’s passengers, so we all have to rotate.
—EARLY seating passengers will eat at the first seating of dinner, at 5:30 p.m. Then they go to the second Important Lounge show, at eight:30 p.m.
—LATE seating passengers see the Essential Lounge Show first, at 6:00 p.m. They then go to dinner at the second seating, at 7:45 p.m.

Whereas lodging can typically be made, as a consequence of the reputation of our night exhibits, we’ll use assigned dinner occasions: the “As-You-Wish” dining program obtainable on regular HAL cruises won’t be used.

If I have food allergic reactions or other dietary wants, will the ship have the ability to accommodate these?
Yes, but you have to inform us prematurely. Upon your preliminary reserving by way of the EMI website, you’ll be asked about dietary restrictions. You’ll be asked again if you examine in to Holland America to obtain your Boarding Documents. Any special needs ought to be noted presently (e.g. want for distilled water for CPAP machines, and so forth.). You’ll be able to study extra beneath Shipboard Life at Holland America Ceaselessly Asked Questions.

What’s the Gown Code?
Because we are chartering the ship, APHC has the freedom to set our own gown code policies. We are significantly more relaxed than the normal cruise. Sunday-go-to-church clothes is about as fancy as we get. In the event you like to decorate up, please be happy, and many people might be a part of you.

The only time there can be an precise
gown code is in the dining rooms throughout the night meal. On most nights, the
gown code can be “smart casual.” This means long pants and sports 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 in the eating room. Additional, we’ll designate one or two evenings
as “semi-formal.” This usually means sport coat and perhaps a tie for males; and
a gown, skirt, or pantsuit for ladies. These nights are a chance for you
to dress up, and the crew will wear their gown uniforms, but it isn’t a
strict requirement.

Might
we dine elsewhere?
Holland America provides many other
choices for eating. You aren’t obligated to hitch us in the dining room,
although you might need to let your seatmates know you gained’t be joining them.
Eating options embrace a personal table at the Pinnacle Grill or the Canaletto
Restaurant, casual dining on the Lido Deck, and Room Service out there 24/7. The
Pinnacle and Canaletto options require a modest surcharge — nicely value it for
the top quality of food, degree of service, and environment. Keep in mind that the
dining 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’ll employees an information desk near the entrance desk. And we’ll all try to put on our ID lanyards.

After boarding the ship, how long earlier than I can get into the cabin?
Boarding for the ship begins several hours earlier than we forged off. You’ll have the ability to settle in once your stateroom is prepared. HAL has streamlined this course of to an amazing degree but please perceive that they’ve to show round lodging for greater than 1,200 individuals in a very brief time period. Plenty of onboard activities will probably be obtainable when you wait. Make arrangements on your week. And the buffet strains shall be open.

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

What sort of amenities will I discover in my
cabin?
Cabins on the Veendam are outfitted very similar to a superb lodge room. You will see
them to be snug, nicely adorned, environment friendly, and clean.

All linens and bedding shall be provided.
Your rest room comes complete with towels, toiletries, and your very own onboard
bathrobe. You will see ample closet and drawer area, a dressing desk,
cabin-controlled air con, quite a lot of cabin lighting, and a
tv with shipboard programming.

All staterooms are outfitted with normal 110 AC (U.S.  port) and 220/240 AC (2-prong European port) power retailers. Private care gadgets and electronics will work just as they do at residence. Hair dryers can be found in all staterooms. You might want to deliver a travel alarm clock since they don’t seem to be offered, though your cabin telephone accesses an effective wake-up name system.

For safety reasons, the ship respectfully requests that you don’t iron clothing in your stateroom. Ironing amenities can be found in the self-service laundry rooms on your convenience. Full laundry, dry-cleaning, and valet providers are available on the Veendam.

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

In deference to our performers and your
fellow passengers, this can be a “non-smoking” cruise with even stricter policies
than regular cruises. You could smoke only in one designated public area on one
outdoors deck of the ship. Our cruise designates all interior areas (together with
all lounge and restaurant areas) as non-smoking the place smoking could be
permitted on other HAL cruises. See the Holland America
Smoking Policy.

How can I be reached in case of an emergency?
Holland America has procedures in place for situations that require emergency contact together with your family members. Please discuss with Emergency Telephone Numbers for extra info.

What if I want medical consideration?
Absolutely educated medical professionals are on board always, and an entire medical facility is obtainable. Aspirin and seasickness drugs can be found at visitor providers, but you might have to pay for other gadgets or providers.

Can I call my buddies in their cabin? Can I name house?
Your stateroom comes outfitted with telephones that can be utilized to call your fellow passengers just as in a lodge. They may also be used for ship-to-shore communication, nevertheless vital fees apply. Please check with Ship-to-shore communication for more info.

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

Will my cellular phone work?
In all probability not whereas on board, virtually definitely while in port — but be careful. Call your service for particulars in your plan. We advise purchasing a knowledge roaming package deal or making sure you deactivate your roaming function before you allow port. Mobile at sea could be very expensive.

Will I have entry to the internet?
Sure. You might convey your personal pc or use ones offered by HAL. You should purchase minutes for surfing the web at any level all through the trip. Wi-Fi is on the market throughout the complete vessel, including your stateroom, and is charged beneath the similar system. Please remember that the costs are high and may add up shortly. Please seek advice from Internet Use for extra details.

We know that on previous cruises, many
of our passengers haven’t been glad with the web service on board.
HAL continues to do what they will to improve service. Nevertheless, a ship on the
open ocean will solely have the ability to access 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 try to get on the internet between leaving
port and having dinner.

We advocate that you do not plan on accessing the web to
stream video, hold convention calls, interact in an activity that requires to you
to take care of one constant connection, or another exercise requiring
high-quality internet service. It is best to anticipate to have the ability to examine your e-mail
and keep up on primary social media but there will probably be occasions when service is
merely not obtainable. It’s also advisable that you simply LOG OFF when you will have
finished utilizing the internet.

On this cruise particularly, reliable
high-quality internet service might be available in all of our ports.

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

Will there be stuff for my youngsters to do?
Holland America supplies a variety of actions for teenagers by way of their Club Hal program. See HAL Onboard Actions for particulars. The Membership HAL room is repeatedly out there with video games electronic and otherwise, and has every day particular group activities. The schedule of events is decided by the variety of youngsters who sail with us; we’ll embrace APHC programming of their schedule.

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

When on deck, it could actually all the time be windy and cool; 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?
In case you are concerned about “knowing stuff,” you may need to deliver alongside your binoculars and a subject information or three (birds, marine mammals, wildflowers, and geology are just some). Earlier friends have found benefit 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 might have calm seas. We might have giant waves. The ship might glide placidly together with barely a perceptible motion. The ship might rock forwards and backwards, making even the stout of coronary heart (and stomach) reach for the Dramamine. We’ll in all probability see a little bit of every little thing. Holland America schedules cruises for favorable climate, something we’ve definitely skilled over the years. It’s unlikely that we’ll experience extreme climate, and HAL does a superb job of monitoring and avoiding storms as needed.

VIII.
Excursions

You’ll discover all the info you need at Shore Excursions. You’ll obtain an e mail notice when they are out there in your assessment and reserving.

Booked visitors might affirm shore tour requests prematurely of sailing. Upon getting your Holland America booking quantity and cabin number, you might use it to view shore excursion info specific to your itinerary. To finish a booking, please proceed by means of all screens on the HAL reserving web page till you receive affirmation from them that your booking is full.

Earlier than you allow from residence, we advise
you make use of a useful function on the website: you’ll be able to generate an entire
schedule of your cruise that includes your pre-booked activities.

Friends might pre-book shore excursions on-line till five days prior to sailing. In case your departure date is less than 5 days away, please call Shore Excursions at 1-888-425-9376 to guide immediately with an agent. All shore tour requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait-listed requests for sold-out shore excursions can be processed previous to requests made on board. Youngsters underneath 18 have to be accompanied by a mother or father or responsible adult over 25.

Tour cancellations might incur a
cancellation payment, and any refund could also be issued in the form of credit to your onboard
account. Excursions have individual deadlines after which no refund or credit score
is given. Please check with Shore Excursions for particulars.

All excursions are the duty of
unbiased tour operators. HAL acts solely as an agent that will help you guide your
excursions. We’ve got no financial or operational relationship with them. While
excursions could also be arranged instantly with unbiased operators on shore, you
may have limited recourse in the event of an unsatisfactory expertise.

All of our ports afford the opportunity
to discover on foot for free of charge or by native transportation. We may have additional
info on all of our ports for you before and through the cruise. Please
be happy to set out as you would like.

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

IX. Contact Us

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

See EMI’s website for cabin pricing

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