(Continued from Day 2, Pt. 1) … After breakfast, the teens went back to their cabin, and we went back to ours to gather our things for the day. We gathered up the GoPro camera to take with us to document the areas on the ship, as it seemed that when we booked the trip, there were very few photos and videos available of the MS Amsterdam. I suspect this is because of the general demographic of the ship, which is notably older than the crowd on many other cruise lines, in conjunction with the fact that the Amsterdam is often used for the World Cruises.
We strolled around the ship and took photos and video of the public areas as possible. The weather was cold, damp, and windy so swimming was not much of an option. At some point, we made our way up the lido pool area, where the teens were alternating between playing on the giant chess board, and playing ping pong. Because we had heard so much about the Dive In at the Terrace Grill, we ordered a few things for the teens and ourselves. We arrived there shortly after they opened, and placed our order. Frankly I was still full from breakfast, but I had to give it a shot anyway. When you order, they give you a vibrating pager thing to alert you when your order is ready.
After a few minutes, the order was ready and we picked it up and took it back to our table near the giant chess board. The fried onions that were served on some of the items were quite tasty, and it would be worth checking to see if you can just get a side of those to nibble on with your order. The dogs and burger were good, but not as magical as they looked. The cheese sauce that we ordered on them was not terribly “cheesy”.
By now, you may have noticed that this review involves a lot of food. I love to cook, and I love to eat… so food plays a (maybe too) large part of my life. That, and the weather was not as remarkable as we maybe would have preferred… but a good time was still had by all.
There were a few spots on the aft of the ship that I had heard referred to online as being nice, quiet places to hang out so we went and checked them out as well. Deck 2 and deck 3 had little semi-enclosed areas where you could look out on the sea and the foam stretching to the horizon from the engines. Both decks, but especially deck 2 were noisy from mechanical sounds, but not overbearing. There were nice deck chairs sitting out there as well, and several times we spotted people sitting there reading and enjoying the lack of crowds. Since this was at the aft of the ship, it was sheltered from the cold wind…. (Continue to Day 2, Pt. 3)