Sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam

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My photo of the group 2=Dad 4=Mom 7=Sister, 6=Aunt, Cousins and friends 1,3,5, 8 and 9

We sailed from New York. In those days, people could come aboard and 'see you off'.  My father's sister Margaret and three of her children came to see us off.  I took a photo of the group, and my dad took (better photos with a better camera) a photo of the group also.

We were Tourist Class.   We had two bunk beds in the cabin and a sink and a toilet.  If we wanted a bath, there was a bathtub in a separate room and you signed up on a sheet outside for the time you wanted, and the steward would draw your bath for you. 

Tourist class had a separate (smaller) salt water pool than First Class.  We had our own reserved deck chairs (with blankets) and they would bring soup or tea to you on the deck.  There was shuffleboard, and they had Bingo (we did quite well at Bingo).  The big card game of the time was Canasta, and we did well at that too.  There was also Horse Racing (a dice game where they rolled the dice for the horse/jockey figures to move) and you could bet on that.  We coudn't play - our dad had to place the bets.  We had a set table and time to eat.  All the crew was Dutch.

The weather was a little rough and that made us late - I think there was a hurricane.  The ship stopped first at Southampton in England

grandmar says:
I am not absolutely sure where the photos were taken in Switzerland - we went up the Gornergrat to Zermatt and I think the photo was taken on that part of the trip. But I was only 12 and I was just following where my parents took me
Posted on: Feb 03, 2018
Paulovic says:
Congrats on your featured blog. Very nice to write from back then.
Posted on: Jan 27, 2018
german_eagle says:
Congrats on the featured blog! Love the main picture, view from Diavolezza in Switzerland, if I am not totally wrong :-)
Posted on: Jan 27, 2018
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