Getting to the pier and onto the ship is the worst part of going on a cruise. But that's done now. Fortunately, we knew from experience that we did not have to wait at the hotel with the horde of other passengers for our assigned, noon-ish bus. Instead, we jumped in a cab around 10:30 AM and took it straight to Pier 26. Even with the glitch of computers going down at the Holland America check-in, we were roaming around on the M.S. Noordam by 11:00 or 11:15. Staterooms weren't ready until 1:30 or 2:00, so we toured the ship and had lunch.
This ship is similar to last year's, but a little bigger, nicer, and more options for eating 24 hours a day. We've been onboard for four hours and I've had five meals. Just kidding.
We have a good strong Wi-Fi signal in our room. That's good because the Library, a Wi-Fi HotSpot, must be at least a three or four minute walk from here.
There's something fishy about the bar next to the pool on the Lido Deck.