Bare Necessities on the Nieuw Amsterdam, 2014


This cruise on Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam IV was a special charter offered by Bare Necessities Tour and Travel and included stops in Hall Moon Cay (Bahamas), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), George Town (Grand Cayman Island), and Mahogany Bay (Honduras). The videos in this album in include an overview of the itinerary, a tour of the works of art aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam, and footage (mostly underwater) from the clothing-optional catamaran sail and snorkel excursions I took from Ocho Rios and Mahogany Bay.

I did not go ashore at Half Moon Cay or George Town. I have been to both places several times before and do not like having to tender in and out. Half Moon Cay is just one big beach and George Town is always very crowded. Instead, I stayed aboard and enjoyed the amenities of the ship, which I had practically all to myself. For videos of Half Moon Cay, see my trips on the Carnival Miracle in 2009 and the Maasdam in 2007 (both also clothing-optional). For videos of George Town, see my trips on the Celebrity Summit in 2004, on the Carnival Legend in 2008, and on the Carnival Freedom in 2013.

For this trip, I used a Canon T4I for principal photography and a Sony RX100 for casual and candid photography. For underwater photography, I used the Sony DSC-TX30. (This was my first outing with this handy little camera. Over the years I have used many different cameras for underwater photography. The TX30 is, by far, the best so far.)

This is Vimeo album 2796123.

  • Overview of the Cruise [0:16:04] :   An overview of all eight days of the cruise.(!)

  • Catamaran Sail and Snorkel from Ocho Rios [0:09:43] :   Good snorkeling with a new underwater camera! more... While snorkeling, I was buffeted by the swell quite a bit and I used the telephoto setting too often. Consequently I had to apply a stabilization algorithm in post-processing to much of the raw underwater footage. I used the Sony stabilize plugin in Vegas Pro, which did a good job of tracking the primary focus of the footage, but introduced a slight wiggle to the surrounding scene. Despite the wiggle, the result was much more watchable than the original.(!)

  • Catamaran Sail and Snorkel from Mahogany Bay [0:09:18] :   Another great snorkeling adventure! The sea was calmer and I dove down for closer shots rather than relying on the use of the camera's telephoto lens.(!)

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam Art Tour [0:17:23] :   My photos synchronized to an audio tour downloaded from the Holland America website (*Ü*) more... From the Holland America website... "An important collection of antique and contemporary art celebrating the historic connections between New York and Amsterdam through the centuries can be found onboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. You'll find a magnificent mural called Nieuw Amsterdam by Harald Vlugt showing the historical ties between Nieuw Amsterdam and New York. There are major works by Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichstenstein as well as iconic photographs of the famous from Elvis to Paul Newman by paparazzo Ron Galella. Elsewhere there are examples of contemporary Dutch art and two intricate, inlaid marble tables crafted by artisans in the town of Pietrasanta, Italy. The atrium centerpiece is Skyline Reflections, a massive abstract sculpture New York's iconic profile."(!)

  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam [0:00:29] :   This slideshow displays images of Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Also available on Flickr (*Ü*) or the Pixel Pot (*Ü*)(!)