Today was a fairly cold and blustery day in Ft. Lauderdale. I really hate it when Florida is like this. I know those of you experiencing the blizzard aren’t feeling my pain but I want you to know that we are affected as well. First of all, because of the winter storm our itinerary has changed. We are dropping Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk and are heading straight for Belize instead. That is disappointing to me since I haven’t been to Grand Turk before, oh well…. next time. The other storm impact is that our internet was knocked out. It seems that in some way we are reliant on systems in New Jersey which was being pounded by the winter storm. I had a great dinner in the Tamarind Asian Restaurant. I was joined by my friend Mike who is the Food & Beverage Manager… great evening. I met Mike in the Silk Den a very lovely lounge across from the Tamarind… nice. I really love my experience on the Nieuw Amsterdam… I chatted with Stein Kruse last night at a cocktail party and told him how wonderful everything was onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam. Captain Van Zaane has a superb team onboard. Before someone asks…. No I didn’t mention the Maasdam…it would have been inappropriate for that occasion. If he is interested, he will ask….