Every year the approximately 7500 members of the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society, the people who likely spend more time on cruise ships than anyone else, vote on their choice for ship of the year.

The society sends out a survery that puts ship against ship in a number of categories, comparing over 150 different cruise ships under all the major brand banners.

I am currently writing this blog from this years winner…And a winner of a ship it is.

This certainly seems to be the quietest vessel we have ever sailed on…And while all ships stabilizers are now state of the art and we have not encountered any serious seas of note, this is an amazingly smooth ride.

For the most part however the award s based on service and while my experience with Holland America has been posative in this manner, clearly they are out to impress during these early months. The Nieuw Amsterdam was only launched in July of 2010.

Yesterday our port stop was the Grand Turk and a number in our group went on the WaveRider in the Margaritaville complex, a giant connection of bar, restaurant, pools, and cabanas.

What a hoot! Watching people surfing, spinning, and getting tossed in a raging stream of water only about 25 feet long was fun…And everyone who participated enjoyed it.

Back on board, another great meal in the Manhattan restaurant. Last night I had the chef recommended Red Tuna on coconut rice. Really impressive.

My lost weight may come back soon if I don’t stay away from the delicious desserts…but it’s tough to do.

The excercise room, which is totally impressive, has been trying hard and I intend to continue but I am not sure the output is equalling the input.

Today we are at sea and a day of meetings

My wife Rae twisted her knee yesterday so a day of rest will likely do her good.

Tomorrow we land in Grand Cayman. A day of golf then lunch at the Westin. Once again not too hard to take.

Want to know more about the Nieuw Amsterday. I’ll be back in the office next week. Call me at 204 942-5000.

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