Artic winds were blowing and temperatures were in the single digits in Boston a few weeks ago as more than a thousand guests got a sneak preview of the new MS Noordam, the 13th ship in Holland America Lines' fleet, before it set sail for its winter home port of New York City. As I shivered through security and stepped into the welcoming warmth of this tasteful floating resort, I closed my eyes and fantasized that we were about to embark for a leisurely week in the Caribbean. Alas, this was ...

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