The cruise started brilliantly. Holland America Line had their embarkation procedures down pat. From the time we handed our car keys to the parking atendant on the wharf, to the time we walked into our cabin, was only 15 minutes.
And in our cabin (sorry, I should be saying stateroom!) there was a bottle of champagne, a plate of chocolate-dipped strawberries, a voucher for photos and a gift voucher for dinner for two at the Pinnacle Grill. A very nice surprise.
As we wandered around the 'Volendam' we took note of the Australia/New Zealand displays.
In the Aussie corner of the buffet dining room there were cute kangaroos and cuddly koalas.
On the other side of the room a stand showed the New Zealand flag, the silver fern, the teatowel with the map, the woolly sheep, the kiwis wearing black jerseys, the yellow-eyed penguins, the appealing little lambs and ...a wombat! A great big Australian native wombat!