Hi Bob---I've been on the ms Westerdam 5 times (she's my favorite ship) and I noticed on the last cruise (Jan. 2000) that she was getting run-down. I also noticed that the painters were not out-and-about doing their usual work. I guessed at that time that they were going to sell her and I was right. It truly is sad to see her looking this way. I knew the last time I walked away from her would be the last time. Now I'm searching for a new favorite ship...guess I'll have a good time while I'm searching. Thanks for taking me on "this cruise" with you. I enjoyed it!