Oosterdam - August 13, 2017

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  • Pierlesscruisers
    Pierlesscruisers August 10, 2017 2:14 pm
    Sorry, the "as of" date on the info in message # 21 above should have been 10 Aug, not 7 Aug. Really, I did update it, I promise! :confused: Tom
  • Pierlesscruisers
    Pierlesscruisers August 10, 2017 11:24 am
    Update of Seattle Weekend Events & Predicted Weather for Your Departure I've added a new link that you may enjoy and which I've described down below. NOTICE:Effective 4 Aug, 2017, CBP is no longer requiring guests to fill out a customs declaration at Pier 91 in Seattle, UNLESS THEY HAVE PURCHASED MORE THAN THE DUTY-FREE LIMIT ($800 PER PERSON) DURING THE CRUISE. The vast majority of guests now can clear CBP with only their passport or birth certificate + photo ID! Here's the latest update on your weekend Seattle weather and events as of 7 Aug. For those of you who will be arriving in Seattle on Friday, the 11th of Aug, the high for that day is predicted to be 83 degrees and sunny with a 10% chance of rain. Saturday, the 12th of Aug. is predicted to be 78 degrees with AM clouds/PM sun and a 20% chance of showers. Departure day, Sunday, the 13th of Aug., is predicted to have a high of 68 degrees and cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. This past Tuesday, 8 Aug., marked the 52nd straight day without any rain in Seattle which breaks the old record of 51 days set way back in 1951! They are saying that we may get some measureable rain this coming weekend possibly so be prepared for that momentous occasion! The Oosterdam will not be the only ship at the pier that day as the Emerald Princess will also be there and it is sold out. Thus there may be as many as 5400+/- total passengers getting off the pier on the 11th of June and another 5400+/- getting on. The predicted weather at the various stops in Alaska for the Oosterdam for the week can be found at this website: https://cruiseoutlook.com/report/holland-america_ms-oosterdam_7_nights_2017--08-13 I hope that y'all all have a safe trip to Seattle, a great cruise and a safe trip home. I'll provide an updated forecast on Friday if there are any major changes. Added 23 May 2017---I just discovered a new link that might be useful if you're going to have some time to spend either before or after your cruise. Some of the things that are available on the website is information on:Things To Do, Food & Drink, Lodging, a Blog, a list of FAQs, and links to other areas that you might find to be of interest. Here is the link: http://www.visitseattle.org/tv Here is a link to the rotating video camera on top of the Space Needle. This will allow you to see a live picture of the current weather in Seattle. If it's a clear day you're going to see some beautiful views as the camera rotates in a complete circle. http://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam Two websites you might want to check to see exactly what is going on this weekend are: http://seattlepipeline.com/events/aug and http://www.events12.com/seattle/aug Please make sure that you keep your travel documents (e.g. Passport, Passport card, birth certificate, etc.) in your possession and do not pack them in your bags!! You will have to show them when you arrive at the pier before you enter the building! If you notice any errors or typos in this, please let me know as I want to provide you with accurate info with no errors and I know that typos, and other small (hopefully) errors can and do creep in so please help me keep them to a minimum. Thanks. IMPORTANT NOTICE There is a new program initiated by the Port of Seattle for the Alaskan cruises originating in Seattle this year called Port Valet. What it involves is the transport of bags from Pier 91 from the piers to SeaTac airport free of charge. The plan is that your bags will be tagged for your flight and transported to the airport at no charge to you. This should simplify your debarkation from your ship and your transportation to the airport quite a bit since you will no longer have to pick up your bags at the pier. This is quite similar to Holland-America's Luggage Direct program and Princess' EZ-Check program. Note also that you will NOT be able to access your bags from the time they're picked up and night before you disembark until you reach your destination airport, that you should insure that you have all your travel documents, medicine and other important items you will need while in-transit packed in your hand-carried bags and not your checked items!! Also please note that further information on this program will probably be made available to you on board your ship toward the end of your cruise. As far as I know at this time,the only restrictions in the program are that your flight cannot depart prior to 11:00am on the day you arrive back at the pier and must depart prior to 1:00am that night. The only airlines that are participating in this program are Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United. For any other questions check the enrollment form which will appear in your stateroom toward the end of your cruise or contact Guest Services on your ship. If you find anything different from this, please let me know so I can update this info for future cruisers. NEW-Added 27 June 2017--For more info on the Port Valet program: http://www.visitseattle.org/things-to-do/cruise-information/port-valet or http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Pages/Port-Valet.aspx Tom
  • Pierlesscruisers
    Pierlesscruisers August 7, 2017 3:40 pm
    Seattle Weekend Events & Predicted Weather for Your Departure I've added a new link that you may enjoy and which I've described down below. NOTICE:Effective 4 Aug, 2017, CBP is no longer requiring guests to fill out a customs declaration at Pier 91 in Seattle, UNLESS THEY HAVE PURCHASED MORE THAN THE DUTY-FREE LIMIT ($800 PER PERSON) DURING THE CRUISE. The vast majority of guests now can clear CBP with only their passport or birth certificate + photo ID! Here's the latest update on your weekend Seattle weather and events as of 7 Aug. For those of you who will be arriving in Seattle on Friday, the 11th of Aug, the high for that day is predicted to be 83 degrees and partly cloudy with a 10% chance of rain. Saturday, the 12th of Aug. is predicted to be 81 degrees and partly cloudy with a 10% chance of showers. Departure day, Sunday, the 13th of Aug., is predicted to have a high of 76 degrees and mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. The Oosterdam will not be the only ship at the pier that day as the Emerald Princess will also be there and it is sold out. Thus there may be as many as 5400+/- total passengers getting off the pier on the 11th of June and another 5400+/- getting on. The predicted weather at the various stops in Alaska for the Oosterdam for the week can be found at this website: https://cruiseoutlook.com/report/holland-america_ms-oosterdam_7_nights_2017--08-13 I hope that y'all all have a safe trip to Seattle, a great cruise and a safe trip home. I'll provide an updated forecast on Friday if there are any major changes. Added 23 May 2017---I just discovered a new link that might be useful if you're going to have some time to spend either before or after your cruise. Some of the things that are available on the website is information on:Things To Do, Food & Drink, Lodging, a Blog, a list of FAQs, and links to other areas that you might find to be of interest. Here is the link: http://www.visitseattle.org/tv Here is a link to the rotating video camera on top of the Space Needle. This will allow you to see a live picture of the current weather in Seattle. If it's a clear day you're going to see some beautiful views as the camera rotates in a complete circle. http://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam Two websites you might want to check to see exactly what is going on this weekend are: http://seattlepipeline.com/events/aug and http://www.events12.com/seattle/aug Please make sure that you keep your travel documents (e.g. Passport, Passport card, birth certificate, etc.) in your possession and do not pack them in your bags!! You will have to show them when you arrive at the pier before you enter the building! If you notice any errors or typos in this, please let me know as I want to provide you with accurate info with no errors and I know that typos, and other small (hopefully) errors can and do creep in so please help me keep them to a minimum. Thanks. IMPORTANT NOTICE There is a new program initiated by the Port of Seattle for the Alaskan cruises originating in Seattle this year called Port Valet. What it involves is the transport of bags from Pier 91 from the piers to SeaTac airport free of charge. The plan is that your bags will be tagged for your flight and transported to the airport at no charge to you. This should simplify your debarkation from your ship and your transportation to the airport quite a bit since you will no longer have to pick up your bags at the pier. This is quite similar to Holland-America's Luggage Direct program and Princess' EZ-Check program. Note also that you will NOT be able to access your bags from the time they're picked up and night before you disembark until you reach your destination airport, that you should insure that you have all your travel documents, medicine and other important items you will need while in-transit packed in your hand-carried bags and not your checked items!! Also please note that further information on this program will probably be made available to you on board your ship toward the end of your cruise. As far as I know at this time,the only restrictions in the program are that your flight cannot depart prior to 11:00am on the day you arrive back at the pier and must depart prior to 1:00am that night. The only airlines that are participating in this program are Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United. For any other questions check the enrollment form which will appear in your stateroom toward the end of your cruise or contact Guest Services on your ship. If you find anything different from this, please let me know so I can update this info for future cruisers. NEW-Added 27 June 2017--For more info on the Port Valet program: http://www.visitseattle.org/things-to-do/cruise-information/port-valet or http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Pages/Port-Valet.aspx Tom
  • gillygal
    gillygal July 19, 2017 11:52 am
    Hi Carol, We live in Scottsdale. Have friends in Sun City. Hope we get to meet you. Gayle N. Gillygal
  • goblualum
    goblualum July 18, 2017 11:08 pm
    Hi Gayle My husband and I are coming from AZ too. Sun City. Carol (goblualum)
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