Amsterdam Weekend July 2007
Syd & June Burns
A busy Amsterdam street
On Friday morning after all the horrendous wet weather we have had all summer, the day was fine. For once in his life, younger son Nick was on time, waiting the birthday boy Ian who was 40 and his wife to drive us to Newcastle upon Tyne to board the ferry to Amsterdam. The company is DFDS We had bought Ian and Sheena a Commodore suite aboard the King of Scandinavia for his birthday gift. This really was like flying first class. June and I had an accessible cabin and Nick was somewhere in the bowels of the ferry, which suited him fine. We arrived early and visited a nearby local pub which really catered for the disabled. June said the toilet was more than adequate for wheelchair needs. Now that was a good start. Fish and chips with a pint at a reasonable price even made things better.
Getting on board was a very slick operation. We were met at the entrance by a steward and whisked away to our cabin.
It was a ferry not a luxurious cruise liner so we were not expecting anything spectacular. What we got was more than sufficient. Large cabin, roll-in-roll-out shower. two single beds, wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Sufficient for one night out and one back. On time the ferry departed, the bars, nightclubs, casino and restaurants all opened up. We stayed in the bar and decided to go posh and have an ala cart meal. It was a waste of space. Nick is veggie and there was no provision for him, The choice for us was mediocre, so we abandoned and went to the buffet instead. What a difference. We were well met, showed to a delightful table attentive service and the amount of food available was mind boggling. June managed nearly everything but if something was out of her reach a steward was there to help. After the meal the rest of the evening was spent in the bar. It was really expensive. A beer was about three times the price in a pub. Being a special occasion it mattered not. Amsterdam is a favourite for stag and hen nights and we were well entertained by a bevy of young "ladies" seeing one of their friends off into married life. Great fun.
|June cruises a Chinatown street in Amsterdam.|
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