Picking the right cruise line, the right cruise ship, to match your personality as well as the environment you are heading off to visit. A good example of the little stuff that can make a big difference is the main pool area. Depending on who you are and what you enjoy the main lido pool area will be something you visit often, or at the very least it is an area that you will walk through on your way to the buffet on most ships.
Take Alaska for example... it is a rain forest. It never rains heavy, but it can rain a mist like drizzle everyday. Even when the weather is clear, it is rarely over the mid 60's and with the breeze of the moving ship, it can be chilly to say the least.
To account for this (and other weather anywhere in the world), Holland America Ships have a retractable roof over the lido pool... on every single one of their ships.
On a sunny, warm day you get an outdoor pool, with the sun shining though (above)... but look close, you see the dark rain clouds approaching. A few minutes later (below) you can see that the roof is closed and the pool area is still a great place to be.
These photos were taken on the Holland America Koningsdam, in Fort Lauderdale. The majority of the people by the pool are on a back to back sailing, and they are waiting for the next set of passengers to join them. The Koningsdam is a beautiful ship. More to come in future blog posts.
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