Veendam Dry Dock - Has the ship left yet?
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Have you been offered any compensation for the loss of 2 days of your cruise? I'm curious because my mother in law and her seniors club are booked on this cruise.
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sorry to hear that the veendam is leaving a day late and cutting short her first bermuda cruise of the seasonDoes 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.
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All of the position tracking sites I have found show the current location of the ship as unknown. It should have left for New York by now. Any updates? Getting nervous....
The May 1 sailing will be delayed by one day. Now sailing on Monday, May 2. Got an email from HAL this morning.
Probably still working on resolving all the issues related to a/c & plumbing!
I'm really curious what's going on with the Bow!!!
And the "Retreat" that many called a "swamp"...looks like that idea's getting reworked??
Anybody have any info?
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?
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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.
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.
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.
Thanks and Bon Voyage!