Sunday, August 26, 2012

Baltic Cruise - Amsterdam

Hi, My wife, Ruthe, and I returned on Friday, 8/24, from a very nice 12 night cruise in the Baltic Sea area of Europe.  Our cruise aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines Constellation began and ended in Amsterdam, Holland.

We arrived in Amsterdam early on 8/12 after an overnight flight from Washington - Dulles International Airport.  We were taken out to the ship and while we waited for our room to be ready we stayed on the pool deck. 

It was a beautiful day in Amsterdam and the pool deck was a great vantage point.  Many of the locals were enjoying a day on the water and there was some commercial traffic too.  The tanker below was coming to fuel another ship docked just upstream from out ship.

The ship docked behind us, a Costa Cruise Line ship, departed first.  At this point I had moved up to deck 11, one above the pool deck.

This house boat was located in a marina we passed.

The cruise port was less than a mile upstream from the central railroad station.

This is the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.  It includes a Cinematography museum and film archives.  It opened last April.

I photographed a number of boats as we headed down river and out to see.

This old light ship is now in a museum,

as is this former Greenpeace vessel at the same dock.

I spotted a number of offshore drilling platforms along the river.

There also were dry docks in the same are.  Here a small container ship is being worked on.

The next installment will be from Stockholm, Sweden.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.

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