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Correction, I have been advised that the original notification of the changes contained the wrong return date and they are not in fact returning to New York a day early. So just one day missed, not two.
I'm sorry to hear about the delay. We were afraid of that happening, which is why we booked the May 8th sailing instead. I did call HAL this morning, and they confirmed that the ship is leaving dry dock today. Hope everything is "ship shape", so to speak.
sorry to hear that the veendam is leaving a day late and cutting short her first bermuda cruise of the season
Does anyone know what they will do about the shorter time in Bermdua? My guess would be to skip St Georges and go directly to Hamilton.
Kathy The THIRD generation in my family to sail on a Cunarder 28 QE2 - including 2 Midnight Sun, 2 Panama Canal, 6 TAs, 4 Canada/New England, and various Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe itineraries 6 QM2 - 4TAs, Caribbean, Royal Circumnavigation of Australia 1 Caronia - Baltic 1 Princess 2 RCCL 5 NCL - including 2 on SS Norway (RIP) 6 HAL 1 Uniworld River Cruise (Tulips and Windmills) 1 American Cruise Line - Queen of the West, Columbia & Snake Rivers
We had originally booked the May 1 sailing. Glad we switched to May 8.
One appealing thing about Bermuda is we are kind of close to NYC - 4-5 hours drive. And driving to NYC on a Sunday should be a nice easy ride. I feel so bad for the May 1 sailing people as they will now have to drive to NYC on a Monday or spend the night.
Does anyone know how often a dry dock takes longer than expected? Also are they sailing the Veendam empty to NYC?
Wow take a look at this! This was on the HAL blog earlier but then this, and the rest of the photos (which showed torn up aft section) were taken down.
Fair Winds, And Following Seas
(Old) Westerdam-Eastern Carib
Costa Serena-Eastern Med
Carnival Magic-Western Med
I just had a bad feeling about this one. HAL has been really open about the Maasdam dry dock, posting details, pictures and updates throughout, but no mention whatsoever of the Veendam dry dock. It almost makes you wonder what they're really working on and why all the secrecy.
[quote=siebelqueen; It almost makes you wonder what they're really working on and why all the secrecy.[/quote]
They are probably working on that new sonar tracking system that allows them to search out cruise ships from other cruise lines so they can scan their on board computers to see how much they are making on onboaard revenue.
Quite simply they are working on repairing storm damage that the ship sustained down in the South Atlantic some months ago. Some passengers would panic if they thought that a wave (s) did this. Most of the damage would have been largely cosmetic. Would you book a limo that had a crumpled front fender? No secrecy at all.
Any word on if the Retreat is still there or not? I am thinking of booking another cruise to Bermuda on the Vendaam but I did not like having to share only 1 pool with all the passengers. It is not enough for a whole ship, even if it is a small one. I wanted to know that information before booking.
According to the image I just received from marinetraffic.com, Veendam, as of 9:50 (EDT) this morning (Saturday), was still in the Freeport drydock facility, next to Grand Princess.
If that image is accurate, and I have no reason to believe it isn't, then if the Veendam's crew is going to have their ship in New York for a Monday morning arrival (best case scenario), they best be leaving rather soon.
By my calculations, it is 1,021 straightline miles (887 nautical miles) to New York from Freeport. Traveling at an average speed of 20 knots per hour, it would take her a little over 44 hours to get there if she left this second.
It is doable but it sounds as if the line did not allow enough time for such a major undertaking as the bow re-do and whatever they plan on doing with the infamous Retreat and other updates to the ship.
If they are delayed further, my best bet is that HAL will simply scratch the first cruise and try to appease the displaced passengers the best they can, either with accommodations on a future Bermuda sailing, and/or substantial on board credits or a percentage off towards another cruise.
Either way, it is not a good situation to be in, and even casts more suspicion on what's been transpiring during this previously so-called secretive drydock, which in fact as one poster pointed out is not so secret at all.
But, the fact remains, it is interesting to note how much effort the line went to in publicizing Maasdam's recent drydock via the HAL Blog and kept extremely hush hush on what they were doing to her younger sibling, Veendam.
The truth is, we shall all know soon enough, but, evidently, not as soon as some of us (especially those on this weekend's sailing!) would have liked.
This just in. The Veendam, according to marinetraffic.com, is now under way and heading to New York. She was seen leaving the Freeport drydock just before noon local time, which means she should be in New York as scheduled (a day late) on Monday morning, if all goes well in transit. This should be good news for those souls sailing on her first Bermuda cruise.
To anyone out there who boards her on Monday, please post a brief report on any noticeable changes that are visible to the naked eye. Photos would be great as well, but at least a graf or two would be great.