Holland America Line’s flagship ms Amsterdam cruised out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, on the 55th Grand World Voyage for the company.
Guests started arriving at Port Everglades Pier #26 at 10 a.m. and I greeted them along with Hotel Director Henk Mensink and Cruise Director Gene Young.
We were slightly overshadowed as guests reunited with fellow guests that they hadn’t seen since the 2013 Grand World Voyage! It was most definitely “old home day” as guests greeted each other looking forward the following 113 days they would be together! The energy in the pier was electrifying as guests proceeded through embarkation onto the ms Amsterdam.
The pier was decorated from stem to stern including a welcoming “Bon Voyage” sign engulfed with tropical flowers that greeted guests as they first arrived in the terminal.
Guests who want to take a Grand World Voyage can join us in 2105 when ms Amsterdam circles the globe again.