2000-11-04 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Holland America Cruise Line is one of the best cruise lines in the industry and whenever I send clients in one of their ships they always come back with rave reviews. Now I can rave about the beautiful newest five star ship ms Amsterdam that I sailed on for an overnight tour/cruise last week.

As you enter the Atrium you marvel at the exquisite Astroblade Clock made partially of Eco Decor displaying planets that circle around the sun with animation.

There are more warm woods around the ship and the art is absolutely incredible, using new materials and techniques. You will see the famed Four Season sculptures saved from the Nieuw Amsterdam mounted on Eco Decor panels for lighter weight. The Fountaine dining room ceiling is in stained glass, while the Queen’s Lounge (showroom) has large figures of woman holding glass bowls above their heads serve as lamps done by Leibigre. Neoclassic gilt bronze torcheress frame the entrance, and diamond shaped fiber optic lights are in the ceiling.

This newest ms Amsterdam is run by the latest Azepod Propulsion System that affords larger space for passengers, increases fuel efficiency and the level of vibration is lower. It is the hottest technical innovation in cruise ships.

Needless to say the food is superb. I had huge lobster tails and filet mignon that were absolutely tasty, tender and delicious. The main pool, as they all are on Holland American ships, is more than ample in size with jacuzzi. Polar bears rising out of the pool and all bears on the ship were life sized.

One night is not enough. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a longer voyage in the future. She will be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to Costa Rica for 10 days, November ninth to the 19, but must be booked by November 19 for the price of $1099 inside and $1399 outside. Limited rooms are available.

Speaking of ships, the American Museum of Natural History held its opening celebration for their exhibition on Vikings, the North Atlantic Saga. This fascinating exhibition with more than 300 artifacts and historical documents portray the story of the Viking’s daring explorations their ways of life, how they sailed east to west in European waters, braved the unknown North Atlantic, found Greenland and Iceland, and finally, arrived in North America; the first Europeans to do so. Also the myth Vikings wore horned helmets is dispelled.

Chelsea Market was filled with celebs and donors for the eighth annual Cooks for Kids silent auction/benefit and eating frenzy.

Chefs from the best New York City restaurants doled out free food to the hungry crowd. Though everything was outstanding, my favorite dish was the pumpkin soup. Vodkas, wines and beers were also donated. This is a great event and the honorary chairs were: Susan Lucci; Libby Pataki, first lady of New York state; Donna Hanover, broadcast journalist and first lady of the city of New York; Lara Dutta, Miss Universe; Lynatte Cole, Miss USA; Ed Brown, honorary chief chair; and Cindy Hsu and Kaity Tong, media chairs. Why don’t you be a part of Cooks for Kids next year?

An Italian wine and food gala took place at the Marriott Marquis. Some of the outstanding wines, in my opinion, were the red Merlot Amorone, Bersano Brunello and Barello.

Congratulations to Barbara Morris, owner of West End Real Estate and resident of Rockaway for many years, on her appointment as first female grand marshal of the 2000 Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A busy lady indeed, Barbara is also president of the Columbiettes at the VFW Post in Rockaway Beach. We look forward to your march in the parade.

At the Breezy Point firehouse’s last monthly reception and dinner for the year, two sessions were combined to cover the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Every last Sunday of the month open bar and buffet are offered with a drawing for the members of $1,000, $150 and $100. The dues are $100 annually for two members in a family.

This months winners were: Art Gilligan of Ocean avenue and J. Moran from Oceanside, J. Parada jr. of Brooklyn won $150, Minsky won $150 and Bajan of 221 street won $150. Eileen and Arthur Meyers, Eileen and Charlie Giglio and Bob Collins were at my table and were very congenial folks. Overhead was that Eileen Nugent, 85, held a requiem/birthday party for herself, while she is alive. It was at the Silver Gull the preceding Saturday night. She invited 85 people. She made reservations for her 90th and will invite 90 people to that. Good for you Eileen. She looks no older than 59 and holding and we all sang happy birthday to her.

Ann Ahern was there celebrating 20 years with the co-operative office. Mike Shramm jr. was one of the cheerful and gracious bartenders along with his assistant, Steve Glavey. I had an interesting talk with Tom Kendrick who informed me of a book recently written on Korea.

Pray for Al Martin, he has been hospitalized for several weeks. Let’s hope he gets well soon. Also Ron McCarthy who fractured her tibia on the church steps two weeks ago and is in a cast. Speedy recovery Ron.

Some of you may watch the TV show "Open Mind" that appears on my channels, UHF 27/35 on Sundays 8:30 to 9 p.m. JoJo from Far Rockaway is one of the hosts. Tune in, she helps students prep for the nursing exam and also writes a column called Nurse’s Note in the Queens Times.

Travel:

Limited fare...ms Amsterdam, 10-day Panama Canal from $1,249, November 9 and 19.

Limited time offer...January 14—ms Westerdam, five day Key West and Bahamas...Sock Hop featuring Bowzer and the Stingrays, The Happenings, Stanley Livingston and Lauren Chapin from $399.

Fly for only $495, 20 day Christmas/New Years cruise. Fifteen day cruise, three night hotel stay in Buenos Aires, gala Christmas dinner, New Years party in Buenos Aires and Captain’s cocktail parties $3,145.

Mystery Cruise, 11 days from $1,099 OV $1,299. December 5, Norwegian Wind RT Miami.

Expires November 15...seven-day Caribbean sailings on Veendam, December 29, $899. Volendam, December 29, $999 and Zaandam, December 30, $999.

Brazil...RT Air/Land, Monday through Thursday departures from JFK $699 per person valid through March 31. December 10 to 31 is slightly higher.

Non-stop service is now available from JFK to Los Cabos.

Check out latest travel specials on WNYX-TV Monday to Friday at 12 noon except Thursday at 1 p.m.

Give me a call and away we go!


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