After a short check-in process we are aboard Holland American Veendam for our weeklong cheap cruise.

We parked right at the terminal and walked almost right up to the checkin desk and were quickly sitting in “those chairs” with boarding card #16 in hand. They were calling group 4 when we sat down.

So far so good until I looked at our keycard packet and realized that I wasn’t Gwen and Mike wasn’t Stephanie! So back to the desk. We booked an inside guarantee and were assigned #809 which was on the outside of the envelope. They remade our keys and the old envelope had us in a different room number. So I suspected Gwen and Stephanie were upgraded from 809 and we are in their old room. By the time they got us the correct packet, they were calling Group 15. A minute or two later it was our turn and we were onboard.

The rooms were ready so we headed there to drop off our carryon bag. Hmmm, our keys won’t open the door so we will have to visit guest services. The upgraded oceanview room is nice and I am sure we will enjoy the loveseat but not so sure about the tub.

We are now waiting for lunch in the main dining room. Looks like Stateroomgate maybe more complicated than first thought. The restaurant shows me in Room 824 and Mike in 664! Should make for an interesting discussion at Guest Services!

I am not going to blog during the cruise since we won’t have internet. If you want to keep up with us either follow our Instagram: ClaynMike or follow Mike on Facebook: Mike Burton.