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When I consider how my time is spent – Garrison Keillor

Aboard the ms Veendam
March 18–25, 2020

• Letter from Garrison

• Itinerary

• Expertise

• Ports

• FAQs

Observe: A few of you could have heard rumors that U.S. citizens will not be capable of go to Cuba by the time the ms Veendam sets sail. Please know that at this second, we’re absolutely planning to maintain Cuba on the itinerary, however that we’ve got backup choices as properly. Within the occasion 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. travel to Cuba for vacationer activities is now banned by the U.S. authorities.

Pricey Prairie Residence Cruisers,

It was an extended onerous winter in Minnesota, and I am in a mood for warmth and pleasure next winter and that can be The 12th Prairie Residence Cruise, a one-week jaunt from Fort Lauderdale with stops at Jamaica, Cozumel, the Cayman Islands, and Key West, crusing March 18, 2020.

All an individual must get by way of the blizzards and
darkness is a vibrant mild on the horizon — a candle in the window — and so,
next winter, I will 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 Espresso Membership Orchestra will
perform in your dancing pleasure. The superb jazz singer Nellie McKay is
coming, a strong pianist and ukulelist. Gospel will probably be represented by Jearlyn
Steele. Pat Donohue will be a part of us, as will Dakota Dave Hull, a veteran of early
PHC days who is 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 comparable to “Bésame Mucho” and “Perfidia.” In fact our appearing company of Sue
Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman might be there, and due to them, Dusty
and Lefty will experience the plains and Guy Noir will scour the again alleys and Mom
and Duane and Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian. Wealthy Dworsky and the Guys
All-Star Shoe Band will help all of this and I can be there, as properly.
Speaking about Lake Wobegon, coffee, 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 fun as I anticipate 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 show.
Winter, goodbye!
Minnesota, New York!
Good day, Miss McKay
And the Espresso Club Orch.

Keep up a correspondence,
Garrison

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As on previous cruises, visitors could have the opportunity to take pleasure in music performances, lectures, and nature viewing in a number of places. We’ll collect at the Mainstage for stay A Prairie Residence Companion exhibits adopted by dancing with the Coffee Membership Orchestra, the Crow’s Nest for early morning singing and late-night dancing, and the Wajang Theater for lectures. Visitors can catch reside music units in intimate settings such because 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, concert soloist and accompanist, road accordionist, sing-along enabler, Italian and French instructor, and bicycling vagabond. He’s been commissioned to write down and host quite a lot of reside packages mixing history, memoir, and music for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Tv. He played on a dozen reside broadcasts of A Prairie House Companion and served as rehearsal pianist for Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and Lindsay Lohan through the making of the 2006 Robert Altman movie of the identical identify.

The Espresso Membership Orchestra

The Espresso Membership Orchestra sprang into existence in the fall of 1989 when Garrison Keillor requested musical director Rob Fisher to place together 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 launched 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 house singing in early-music chamber ensembles in addition to jazz and rock bands. She has performed in New York Metropolis 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, Gentlemen Favor Blondes, and Fiorello! She additionally performs solo and together with her sisters, Daniela and Nadia, as The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and her voice may be heard on 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, 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 House Companion’s Man’s All-Star Shoe Band. He now excursions the U.S., enjoying efficiency 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 also accompanied most of the show’s friends, including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Chet Atkins, Renée Fleming, and Kristin Chenoweth. Rich’s unique compositions for piano (and piano with ensemble or vocal) may be heard on his CDs All In Due Time, So Close to and Pricey to Me, and The Path to You.

Rob Fisher

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For four seasons, Rob Fisher served as APHC’s music director and led the Espresso Club Orchestra. An internationally acknowledged music director, conductor, and pianist, and a number one 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 concert 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 Excellent 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 Publish to DownBeat journal, his fashion spans a large musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely private blend of jazz, ragtime, people, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. He is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler alongside the broad freeway of America’s music. Most of all, his music is great enjoyable. As Douglas Inexperienced (Ranger Doug of Riders in 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).

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 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.Among her recordings is The Siren’s Music: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway, her second quantity of P.G. Wodehouse songs, both with pianist Dan Chouinard.

Larry Kohut

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Bassist for Prairie House Companion’s house band, Larry Kohut is equally fluent on each upright and electrical bass. He’s a first-call studio musician as well as a favorite with jazz musicians, enjoying with artists comparable to Kenny Werner, Ramsey Lewis, Bruce Barth, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker, George Coleman, George Garzone, Phil Woods, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson, Patricia Barber — and the record goes on. His discography consists of greater than 100 albums, as well as several main film 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 International 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 University, the place Richard had just completed a master’s degree in violin efficiency and conducting. A number of years later, he was a totally established member of the APHC house 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 quite a lot of American music traditions — people, pop, and bluegrass. A member of Billboard-charting people group The Wailin’ Jennys, she has carried out at lots of of venues the world over. She was a frequent visitor on A Prairie House Companion, both with The Jennys and as a solo performer, and collaborated with artists reminiscent of 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 released a stack of acclaimed albums, among them: Sister Orchid, My Weekly Reader, and Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. She gained a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and carried out onscreen within the films P.S. I Love You and Downtown Categorical.She co-created and starred within the award-winning off-Broadway hit Previous Hats and has written a number of musical biographies, including A Woman Named Invoice: The Life and Occasions of Billy Tipton, and The Huge Molinsky: Contemplating Joan Rivers.

Joe Newberry

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Recognized worldwide for his beautiful clawhammer banjo enjoying, Joe Newberry is additionally 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 track “Singing As We Rise,” that includes visitor vocalist Ricky Skaggs, gained the 2012 IBMA Gospel Recorded Efficiency Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA Music of the Yr Award for “They Called It Music.”

Fred Newman

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Fred Newman is an actor, writer, 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. Originally from small-town Georgia, he labored with Jim Henson and created sounds, voices, and music for the Nickelodeon cartoon collection DOUG, PBS’s Between the Lions, and movies like Gremlins, Cocoon, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? He even created the sound of Previous Trustworthy for Yellowstone’s Previous Trustworthy Customer Middle — all together with his mouth. Writer of MouthSounds, he’s now at work on a brand new e-book and collection: From the Sound Up (The New Anthropology of Sound).

Tim Russell

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

Sue Scott

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

Chris Siebold

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Chicago-based guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, and arranger Chris Siebold leads his personal bands — Lennon’s Tuba and Psycles — and collaborates typically with Grammy-winning harmonica player Howard Levy. Home guitarist for the last 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 different artists as nicely, including the Steeles, and his voice has been heard on soundtracks with the likes of Rod Stewart and Luther Vandross. Just 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 collectively once more. Now music is the household enterprise. She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall and on the 2018 Tremendous Bowl LIVE Verizon stage. In addition, 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 show that originates on WCCO in Minneapolis. Among her solo CDs is Jearlyn Steele Sings Songs from A Prairie House 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 Firm, which turned the Minnesota Opera, and composers Dominick Argento, Robert Ward, Conrad Susa, Stephen Paulus, David Thomas, Libby Larsen, and others have written for his voice. For 36 years, he taught at the University of Minnesota Faculty of Music, and for four summers he was inventive director of Opera in the Ozarks. Vern was a guest on the primary broadcast of A Prairie House 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 on 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 launched her 12th recording, Once A Day (Slab City 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 perform 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.” Right now some may name it “Americana,” but these music masters have been dwelling and respiration this elixir 20 years earlier than that label turned a radio format. The two first appeared on A Prairie House Companion in 1975, the identical 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 within the worlds of jazz and people music. Along with sustaining a long-term collaboration with singer Heather Masse, he has performed or recorded with Aoife O’Donovan, Dominique Eade, and Rushad Eggleston. His most recent recording is a solo piano EP titled Nocturnes.

NATURALISTS

Aly Busse

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Aly Busse is the Vice President for Schooling at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, a nonprofit analysis laboratory. She comes from a diverse background in casual science schooling, including aquariums, museums, and group outreach packages. Before becoming a member of Mote Marine Laboratory, Aly was Schooling Director at UnderWater World, Guam, and Youth and Household Packages Coordinator on the Pacific Science Middle in Seattle. She also held dual roles at Rutgers University 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 College 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 Gray

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Initially 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 College 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. On 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 instructor 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 Division of Organic Sciences at Previous Dominion College in Norfolk, Virginia, where he holds the Mary Payne Hogan Distinguished Professorship of Botany. He established the Blackwater Ecologic Preserve in 1984 and is the Supervisor 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 Quick Information 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 international affairs. His senior intelligence career spanned the Cold 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 in style cruise and tour lecturer.

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Ocho Rios beach

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Loads of
historical past is packed into Ocho Rios, Jamaica — or Ochi, because the locals name it.
Christopher Columbus was marooned near this website for more than a yr, till a
rescue ship finally arrived and the explorer returned to Europe. It was his
ultimate voyage. Playwright Noël Coward lived in the vicinity. So did swashbuckling
actor Errol Flynn and writer Ian Fleming. (Elements of Dr. No, the primary James Bond movie, have been filmed nearby.) And reggae
pioneer Bob Marley was born on this similar parish: St. Ann.

The world is a
bonanza for nature lovers, featuring scenic hikes, spectacular waterfalls, and
sandy seashores. And the world’s cross-cultural cuisine runs the gamut from spicy
jerk hen to the leafy greens of callaloo to ackee with saltfish (the nation’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 simply the proper tempo for you: prestissimo (very fast) or larghissimo (did somebody say sloth?). Take pleasure in swimming, snorkeling, diving, moseying by way of lush gardens, mountaineering by means of nature, bird-watching, sauntering along the fabled Seven Mile Seashore (among the best in the Caribbean), buying, or taking in historic websites and the National Museum. Or just plunking down within the sand and daydreaming.

Then let the grazing start! 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 beaches to an array of birds and tropical fish to historic architectural ruins of the Maya, whose settlements within the space date again to early in 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 depart slightly time for buying — leather items, Mexican handicrafts, silver, and perhaps a brightly colored hammock to doze in again residence in your personal yard.

Mangroves

Key West, FL

Key West — the westernmost of the Florida Keys and the southernmost city in the contiguous United States — has a ton of historical past, 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, together with the residence of considered one of the good American writers of the 20th century: Ernest Hemingway, who referred to as Key West house for more than a decade. (And hold an eye fixed out for these six-toed cats!) Take pleasure in water- and nature-related activities. Take within the beautiful scenery. Sample luxurious seafood. Take in the solar. Loosen up.

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Here you will see solutions to the extra widespread
questions we have now been asked about our cruises. We also handle some essential
points particular to this cruise.

Earlier than sailing
with us, you should learn and sign EMI/PHC Terms
and Circumstances, which spell out necessary and contractually binding
tips for our cruise.

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

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS and INCENTIVES, INC. (EMI) is
your companion in travel. They are your first cease for any assist you might need with
travel arrangements or any question you might have. See EMI’s website for more info.

YOU MUST HAVE A
CURRENT PASSPORT TO SAIL ON THIS CRUISE. Despite the fact that this cruise originates and returns to the same home port,
you need 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, reminiscent of a start certificate. Please
check with Holland America’s web site for Passport Tips.

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

You have to also present details as to how you propose to
switch to and from the cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale. This is a Holland
America requirement and may be offered in the course of the OLCI (On-line Examine-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, as well as Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and George City, Cayman Islands. Holland America makes use of this language of their agreements with passengers: “WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEVIATE FROM SCHEDULED ROUTE, CHANGE PORT OF EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION, SUBSTITUTE TRANSPORTATION, CANCEL CRUISE AND ACTIVITIES, AND CHANGE OR OMIT PORTS OF CALL; SUBSTITUTION.” As this alteration was mandatory and the cruise will sail as scheduled March 18–25, 2020, there shall be no refunds. Please check with EMI/PHC Phrases and Circumstances for more detail.

WHO ARE WE?

PRAIRIE HOME CRUISES (PHC) is an
unbiased firm that was shaped beneath the umbrella of PRAIRIE GRAND, LLC,
for the purpose of chartering cruise vacations. PRAIRIE HOME PRODUCTIONS is the
sister company that produces “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s
Almanac.” PHC is answerable for all modifications and additions made to the
recurrently scheduled HAL cruise. We’ll present the APHC performers,
entertainers, and lecturers crusing with you.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINES (HAL) operates
and manages the Veendam; supplies for passenger safety and comfort; and is
liable for your cabin accommodations, meals, beverages, recreation, and
purchasing while on board. Go to Holland
America web site
for more information about life aboard the ship.

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS and INCENTIVES (EMI) is our agent
answerable for selling our cruise and booking your accommodations. They may
give you the very best ranges of professional travel-related providers.
They may ebook your passage on the ship. EMI will assist you to with transfers to
and from the cruise, cabin selection, and dinner table seating, and can present
steerage for other onboard needs.

For
other questions, e-mail
us or call EMI’s Prairie House Cruise number at 908-458-3591.

I. Booking

How much does the cruise value?
For pricing info, visit EMI’s pricing page. We now have cabins in a wide range of costs. You will discover that we are providing favorable rates in comparison with our different cruises, particularly if you take a look at how a lot we are charging per day.

What kinds of cabins are on the ship? The place are they situated?
There are all kinds of cabins all through all ranges of the ship. You will all the time be near the motion on the Veendam. In case you are all for a Verandah cabin, we advise that you simply ebook early, since there are relatively few of those out there. See HAL’s Deck Plan for footage, descriptions, and deck plans.

Is that this a unique ship than we’ve sailed before?
For these of you who’ve traveled with us before, we might be crusing on the original 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 familiar, because the format is just like previous charters we have now sailed. You’ll come aboard and instantly really feel at residence. Take a look at the Veendam Deck Plan.

How do I guide a cabin? What varieties are presently out there?
For booking info, visit EMI’s pricing web page. You will notice an inventory of the presently out there cabins. Just click on the one you are interested in.

Might
I sail solely a part of this cruise?
Deviations have to be requested prematurely of the sailing by way of EMI. We do need to make sure that you’re aware of some stipulations. As with all journey, cruise friends must comply with all customs and immigration specifics which are applicable to the port through which they embark/debark the vessel, including any further prices that could be concerned on the pier/port to embark/debark the friends. Additionally, while we endeavor to comply with our revealed itinerary, please perceive that unplanned circumstances might require that we modify or cancel our scheduled name to this port, or otherwise prohibit our means to honor the deviation request. Should this happen, you as the guest assume all duty for any further prices incurred.

Unfortunately,
we’re unable to adjust the cruise fare or make a change to individual invoices
to manually mirror the shorter cruise phase. Please be advised that because
this is not a normal embark/debark port with porters on employees, visitors will probably 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 idea of incapacity. We search, to the fullest extent possible, to accommodate friends with particular wants. Holland America presents a restricted number of staterooms designed to be wheelchair and scooter accessible. Most public areas of the ship are wheelchair accessible; some areas such because the topmost outside remark area usually are not. To study more about HAL’s options for visitors with particular needs, see the Shipboard Life part of Holland America Ceaselessly Asked Questions. You possibly can discover the deck plan (Veendam Deck Plan) to see the place the wheelchair-accessible rooms are situated. Please contact EMI immediately at 908-458-3591 to debate any particular needs you might have.

II.
Cost/Finances

Is journey insurance needed?
We strongly advocate buying journey insurance coverage. You’ll be reserving this cruise many months before we sail; circumstances can easily change. Insurance is your only recourse for reimbursement in the event of change, delay, or crisis. For extra info, see EMI’s pricing 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 possibly can spend a minimal quantity or incur vital costs by the top of the cruise. You will definitely have the ability to have an pleasant time regardless of how little or how much you spend. Alcoholic beverages, soda, spa providers, the casino, and different onboard providers will not be included in your fare. We do not embrace airfare, floor transportation, shore excursions, or different off-ship expenses in our fares.

I’m a Holland America stockholder. Can I get a discount 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 supply an EMI affirmation number they may use to trace your reservation. Closer to the cruise, EMI will present your Holland America booking number and cabin number, which you’ll use to organize in your trip to E-book Shore Excursions.

How do I verify in?
Examine-in and preparation on your cruise is a web-based process that HAL calls Categorical Docs. All passengers are required to examine in utilizing this technique prematurely of the cruise. You’ll need your HAL reserving quantity to do that. You may be prompted to simply accept Holland America Phrases and Circumstances on-line. As soon as this is clicked, the contract is accepted.  All documents vital in your cruise might be offered on-line by means of Categorical Docs, including your cruise contract and your boarding cross. You will want to print out the boarding cross portion of those documents for every individual in your social gathering and have the boarding passes out there at check-in. See EMI’s web site for step-by-step directions on how to use Categorical Docs.

It is essential that you simply evaluate all
documents completely and that you simply deliver the whole lot with you. This course of is
just like checking in for an airline flight, just more in depth. It is
required.

Might I cancel my reservation?
Chances are you’ll
cancel, but we’ve a strict refund coverage. Within TEN (10) DAYS of your
registration, your deposit becomes nonrefundable. On or after November 20, 2019,
your full cruise fare might be collected and is not refundable. Please see EMI/PHC Phrases
and Circumstances page.

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

If in case you have not carried out so already online, you’ll need to register your credit score or debit card with a view to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of crusing, your card might be pre-authorized for U.S. $60 per individual for every day, or $420 per individual. Your account will then be activated, and chances are you’ll make purchases by merely displaying your guest identification card and signing a receipt. At the finish of your cruise, you’ll obtain a ultimate assertion, and your card will probably be charged only for the precise amount 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 can assist forestall delays in obtaining pre-authorization on board. Some banks might hold the pre-authorization in place for up to 30 days. If you don’t want to use a credit or debit card, the ship will acquire a cash deposit from you at time of boarding in the same pre-authorization amount. Any excess deposit shall be refunded to you at the end of the cruise. Traveler’s checks could also be cashed at the entrance workplace to make your deposit. Private checks usually are not accepted on board.

What about tipping? To whom and how a lot?
A prepaid gratuity is included in your cruise fare. The gratuity presently is $14.50 (cabin) — $16.00 (suite) per individual per day, or $101.50 (cabin) — $112.00 (suite) per individual for the cruise. This might be shared among the many Veendam’s complete employees. In addition, an automated 15 % gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above this is solely up to you. It is widespread, but not required, to tip for private service in your cabin. Spa providers embrace a 15 % automated gratuity. Further tipping for bar service, eating room service, or the ship’s transportation providers is not anticipated. For more information relating to these expenses see Gratuities and Service expenses.

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

Are friends from outdoors the U.S. capable of purchase on-line?
Sure. Worldwide visitors will have the ability to ebook their cabins on-line. All bank card costs will happen in USD and be converted to your local foreign money the day of the transaction.

III.
Travel To/From the Cruise

Regardless
of who books your air journey, you should send EMI a replica of your flight itinerary. In case you guide
your personal journey, you have to nonetheless present EMI together with your flight itinerary. EMI
should present HAL with journey itineraries for all passengers. This is a legal
requirement: you may be denied boarding if you do not provide your journey
itinerary prematurely. You have to present a cell or other telephone quantity that can be
used to speak with you within the occasion of travel delays.

We advocate that you simply buy airline
tickets early. We hope you’ll find a great deal for journey to Fort Lauderdale.
EMI may also help you guide your flights; see EMI’s web site for more
info.

When can we depart? When can we come house?

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

Boarding will begin 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 four:00 p.m. native time and cannot await delayed passengers.

Fort Lauderdale is a serious cruise port
and there are numerous options for same-day journey from the airport to the cruise
terminal. The two are fairly close to each other. Please make sure to permit ample
time for travel problems, understanding that it is best to arrive to the
cruise terminal no later than 2:00 p.m. For people who choose to fly into Miami
Worldwide Airport, driving time between the Miami airport and the port is approximately
40 minutes. Depart ample time to switch as you’d in any main metropolis.

Upon our return to Fort Lauderdale, disembarkation might begin as early as 7:30 a.m. and will finish by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Passengers ought to simply have the ability to depart from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, if you want. We propose a departure time no sooner than 1:00 p.m.

What
if my luggage gets lost by the airline?
Within the occasion your luggage are delayed,
Holland America will make every effort to work with local operators to assist
your luggage catch up with the ship. Friends might want to submit a declare at the
airport before joining the vessel, once onboard the Veendam, friends should submit
their claim together with another details to the Guest Service desk. Please word
that some major discount air carriers require that misplaced or delayed baggage be
signed for personally by the proprietor at the
airport. Please examine their insurance policies rigorously earlier than reserving your air
travel.

The place can I stay in Fort Lauderdale?
EMI has blocked out rooms in a nearby lodge, before and after the cruise. See EMI’s website in case you are interested. Fort Lauderdale lodge rooms will not be included in your cruise fare. EMI won’t ebook a lodge room for you until you ask them to do so.

What are the preparations for travel from airport to ship?
We advocate that you simply buy a switch package deal from EMI if you purchase your cruise — they’re obtainable for both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 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 those choices for you until you request them. Prices for these
transfers are along with your cruise fare. Listed here are the essential choices:

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

– Airport to ship on March 18th.

– Ship to airport on March 25th.

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

How about getting to Fort Lauderdale on my own?
This may be a very good choice for many of our passengers. There are parking amenities obtainable at or close to the terminal, including a garage adjoining to the terminal.

How do I get my luggage onto the ship?
They do it for you! Once on the port terminal, you’ll depart your luggage on the designated drop bag area for switch to the ship—a lot the best way you’d verify luggage for a aircraft flight. There is no value for this service. Your luggage might be delivered directly to your cabin. An analogous procedure will happen in reverse once we return to Fort Lauderdale.

When you first get on and final get off the boat, there can be a prolonged period of time when you’ll not have access to your baggage or to your cabin. Please be ready with a small carry-on bag to hold the gadgets you need, including all your travel paperwork, drugs, and any valuables you might have with you.

Every time your luggage are being transferred
for you, please remember to respect deadlines for having your bag ready, 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 within the cruise
terminal. It won’t mechanically be transferred to your lodge.

Is there safety screening?
Earlier than embarking the ship, your baggage might be screened before 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 need a passport?
All passengers 16 years of age and over need passports. There are exceptions for infants and minors beneath the age of 16. Passports have to be good for six months beyond the period of the cruise. These laws are strictly enforced. Please seek advice from Holland America’s website for Passport Tips.

Might guests come onboard?
Holland America does permit for friends to have onboard guests. If visitors are fascinated with having a guest 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 alternative to discover all the world presents. EMI has blocked out lodge rooms in Fort Lauderdale for the night time following the cruise, when you’d like to stay in a single day.

EMI will give you the option of reserving
a switch directly to the airport in case you are flying instantly following the
cruise.

You’ll require a minimum of two (2)
hours to transfer 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 need 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 underneath 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 aware of any special vaccinations or immunizations required for the areas to which we are touring but please discuss with Immunization Suggestions for extra info. Please check with Journey Advisories for present details relating to all advisories.

What languages shall be spoken at our ports of call?
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 will probably be obtainable to draw funds, however with arrival in Jamaica on a Sunday, banks can be closed. Credit cards are extensively accepted.

CAYMAN ISLANDS:

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

MEXICO:

The foreign money of Mexico is the MEXICAN PESO, though US dollars are nonetheless extensively accepted in most local companies in Cozumel. Your greatest guess is to use Mexican Pesos as an alternative of different currencies to pay in your buying, dining out, and other purchases as local business trade rates are often not good. Alternatively, you possibly can pay together with your credit card and be charged your financial institution’s trade price.

For ATMs, it is greatest to withdraw Mexican Pesos, as you will pay to convert your cash twice in the event you withdraw USD.

V. Leisure

What is going to we do on board?
Boredom is not a problem. By no means has been, by no means can be. We’ll schedule a full slate of musical performances. In the primary showroom and in smaller venues throughout the ship, you’ll have ample opportunity to take pleasure in your favorite “Prairie Home” performers. There might be sing-alongs and storytelling and gatherings with Garrison. We’ll add lectures, readings, and different events to HAL’s regular cruise choices.

The APHC occasions are in addition to all the activities you’d anticipate on a cruise ship: dining, swimming, spa providers, eating, enjoyable, sports activities, gambling, buying, eating, entertainment, other special events, and more consuming.

When can we attend the night performances?
Our major attraction on board is the evening efficiency in the primary showroom. These could be just like APHC broadcast exhibits, or they are often music live shows, and even exhibits featuring the varied skills of your fellow passengers. Regardless, everyone 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 attempt to see both exhibits. This will deny your fellow passengers the opportunity to see the present, so we use a plan that we hope you assume is truthful.

You’ll receive a color-coded Holland America ID card. This can determine which show chances are you’ll attend every night time. We are going to verify this identification for each important night present, simply as we might take tickets for a daily performance. We’ll clear the auditorium after each show, and we won’t permit individuals to order seats prematurely.

Will you publish a schedule of activities?
We’re all the time including new issues to do, right up to the day of departure. When you arrive on the ship, we may have for you a schedule of actions for all the cruise. Once 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 every morning.

Will I truly SEE Garrison and other performers?
The Prairie House Company shall be visitors of Holland America identical to you, dwelling in cabins right down the corridor or perhaps subsequent door. You’ll see them within the elevators, on the Lido Deck, on the buffets and bars, and, in fact, on stage. Don’t hesitate to say hi, ask questions, or tell us you liked a specific occasion, but do perceive that we may be operating to our next task or just want some time on our personal.

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

Will any of the exhibits be broadcast?
No, but they will 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?
While 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 when you have questions about 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 eating? Might we sit together at dinner?
When you register for the cruise, you’ll request your seating preferences for eating. EMI will do every thing attainable to honor seating requests. In most each case it is possible for you to to take a seat near friends and family (assuming you need to!). You might meet new buddies at your desk as properly. Observe that your dining time choice determines which performance of the evening Showroom events you’ll attend.

What is the distinction between early seating and late seating?
The Eating Room and the Major Show Lounge each hold half of the ship’s passengers, so all of us 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 Foremost Lounge show, at eight:30 p.m.
—LATE seating passengers see the Fundamental Lounge Show first, at 6:00 p.m. They then go to dinner at the second seating, at 7:45 p.m.

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

If I have meals allergic reactions or different dietary wants, will the ship have the ability to accommodate these?
Sure, but you will need to inform us prematurely. Upon your initial booking by way of the EMI web site, you may be requested about dietary restrictions. You may be asked once more whenever you verify in to Holland America to receive your Boarding Documents. Any particular wants must be famous at this time (e.g. want for distilled water for CPAP machines, and so on.). You possibly can study more underneath Shipboard Life at Holland America Ceaselessly Requested Questions.

What is the Gown Code?
As a result of we are chartering the ship, APHC has the freedom to set our own gown code insurance policies. We’re considerably extra relaxed than the standard cruise. Sunday-go-to-church garments is about as fancy as we get. In the event you like to dress up, please be happy, and many of us might be a part of you.

The only time there can be an actual
gown code is in the dining rooms through the evening meal. On most nights, the
gown code shall be “smart casual.” This implies lengthy pants and sports shirt or
sweater for men, and skirt or lengthy pants and sweater or blouse for ladies. We
ask that you simply not wear casual T-shirts, swimsuits, bathrobes, tank tops, shorts,
and the like in the dining room. Further, 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, nevertheless it is not a
strict requirement.

Might
we dine elsewhere?
Holland America presents many other
options for dining. You are not obligated to hitch us within the eating room,
although you could need to let your seatmates know you gained’t be becoming a member of them.
Dining options embrace a personal table at the Pinnacle Grill or the Canaletto
Restaurant, casual eating 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
eating room is a stunning, peaceful, 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 identified?
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 before 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 process to an ideal degree however please perceive that they’ve to turn round accommodations for greater than 1,200 individuals in a really brief interval of time. Loads of onboard activities shall be obtainable when you wait. Make preparations on your week. And the buffet strains might be open.

An announcement can be made when your staterooms are prepared; 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 very good lodge room. You’ll discover
them to be snug, properly adorned, efficient, and clear.

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

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

For safety causes, 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 can be found on the Veendam.

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

In deference to our performers and your
fellow passengers, this is a “non-smoking” cruise with even stricter insurance policies
than common cruises. Chances are you’ll smoke only in a single designated public area on one
outdoors deck of the ship. Our cruise designates all inside areas (including
all lounge and restaurant areas) as non-smoking where smoking is perhaps
permitted on other 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 situations that require emergency contact together with your family members. Please seek advice from Emergency Telephone Numbers for more info.

What if I need medical attention?
Absolutely educated medical professionals are on board always, and an entire medical facility is out there. Aspirin and seasickness tablets are available at visitor providers, however you’ll have to pay for different gadgets or providers.

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

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

Will my cellphone work?
In all probability not whereas on board, virtually definitely while in port — however be careful. Name your service for details on your plan. We advise purchasing a knowledge roaming package deal or making sure you deactivate your roaming function earlier than you allow port. Mobile at sea is very costly.

Will I have access to the web?
Yes. You might deliver your personal pc or use ones offered by HAL. You should purchase minutes for surfing the internet at any level throughout the trip. Wi-Fi is obtainable throughout the complete vessel, together with your stateroom, and is charged underneath the same system. Please remember that the prices are excessive and may add up shortly. Please seek advice from Internet Use for more details.

We all know that on earlier cruises, many
of our passengers haven’t been glad with the internet service on board.
HAL continues to do what they will to improve service. Nevertheless, a ship on the
open ocean will only be capable of entry a specific amount of bandwidth and there
will definitely be service outages. On your info, the most important issues
on our cruises occur when all of us attempt to get on the web between leaving
port and having dinner.

We advocate that you do not plan on accessing the internet to
stream video, hold conference calls, interact in an exercise that requires to you
to take care of one consistent connection, or some other activity requiring
high-quality web service. You must anticipate to be able to examine your e mail
and sustain on primary social media however there shall be occasions when service is
simply not obtainable. It is also advisable that you simply LOG OFF when you could have
completed using the web.

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

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

Will there be stuff for my youngsters to do?
Holland America supplies a variety of activities for teenagers via their Club Hal program. See HAL Onboard Actions for details. The Membership HAL room is frequently obtainable with games digital and in any other case, and has day by day special group actions. The schedule of events is decided by the variety of youngsters who sail with us; we’ll embrace APHC programming of their schedule.

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

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

Should 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 discovered profit from bringing a digital camera, a journal, an instrument, or their most recent knitting venture.

What is going to sea circumstances be like?
We might have calm seas. We might have giant waves. The ship might glide placidly along with barely a perceptible movement. The ship might rock forwards and backwards, making even the stout of heart (and stomach) attain for the Dramamine. We’ll in all probability see a little bit of the whole lot. Holland America schedules cruises for favorable weather, something we’ve definitely skilled through the years. It is unlikely that we’ll experience extreme climate, and HAL does a superb job of monitoring and avoiding storms as essential.

VIII.
Excursions

You’ll find all the knowledge you want at Shore Excursions. You will receive an e-mail discover when they’re out there on your evaluation and reserving.

Booked visitors might affirm shore tour requests prematurely of crusing. After you have your Holland America reserving number and cabin quantity, you might use it to view shore excursion info particular to your itinerary. To finish a reserving, please proceed by means of all screens on the HAL reserving web page until you obtain confirmation from them that your reserving is complete.

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

Visitors might pre-book shore excursions online till five days prior to sailing. If your departure date is less than 5 days away, please name Shore Excursions at 1-888-425-9376 to guide instantly with an agent. All shore excursion requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait-listed requests for sold-out shore excursions can be processed prior to requests made on board. Youngsters beneath 18 have to be accompanied by a mum or dad or accountable grownup over 25.

Excursion cancellations might incur a
cancellation payment, and any refund could also be issued within the form of credit score to your onboard
account. Excursions have individual deadlines after which no refund or credit
is given. Please seek advice from Shore Excursions for details.

All excursions are the duty of
unbiased tour operators. HAL acts solely as an agent that will help you e-book your
excursions. We’ve got no monetary or operational relationship with them. Whereas
excursions may be organized instantly with unbiased operators on shore, you
may have limited recourse within 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 could have additional
info on all of our ports for you before and in the course of the cruise. Please
be happy to set out as you would like.

Wherever and nevertheless you discover, be
positive to be again on time. Make certain that your watch is set to ship’s time; local
time on land might be totally different. The ship can’t wait previous scheduled departure
occasions.

IX. Contact Us

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

See EMI’s web site for cabin pricing

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