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  1. Last Saturday they had a HAL rep set up at a table in the Montreal Cruise Port distributing various cruise brochures including the paper version of this 2020-2021 Cruise Atlas. The table was in a public access section as part of the celebration for 500,000 HAL passengers boarding through the port. So, the paper version is out there.
  2. The new Holland America Cruise Atlas for 2020-2021 is on-line. Select Travel Resources at the bottom of the main HAL page and then E-Brochures. As per the last couple of years, it is available to be read on-line in cenveomobile format or download as a PDF. This link is for the US website. You may be redirected for other nations. Note that they no longer have a link to the 2019-2020 version of the Cruise Atlas. it is always a good idea to download that PDF version. https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/ebrochures.html
  3. This thread discusses Nieuw Statendam room 11058. No picture of the TV but it is on the wall next to the window. I had no trouble watching TV from the bed, just a slight angle to see it. Laundry hamper is the desk chair, not comfortable to watch TV with no back. The room numbers appear to be identical for K and NS ships. Location is great with quick access to Crow's Nest, Lido deck and sky views on either side of the ship. Never been on Koningsdam, but I have seen a youtube drone video of Koningsdam which shows the same two windows next to the jogging track.
  4. I confirm that the Navigator app can trigger alerts on an iPhone, based upon selecting an event. For example, select Adagio playing at 5:30 and an alert will appear on screen without any extra effort. My default alert is 15 minutes before the event which is adequate time to walk from anywhere on Maasdam. Also, the Navigator app has a world map that depicts current position of every HAL ship.
  5. Some trips are in big demand, such as Voyage of the Vikings and do not see price drops. For the rest, keep watching those prices. I have a Vista class ship booked fully obstructed ocean view for New Years and hope that the larger availability of verandas on that class will help make a later upgrade more affordable.
  6. On my 2018 cruise Montreal to Boston, 7 days, we had a significant price drop just after final payment. Ocean view, as an example, was $800 less than my interior. I called in and upgraded for $550 to Lanai from interior. Those prices in CDN$, solo pricing.
  7. That moment when Morgan James kicks in for her turn at the mic!
  8. The HAL website can have old data, as we saw with the recent removal of self-service laundries. I just made a Zuiderdam booking for Dec, so if Club Orange appears as an option then we will know.
  9. This PDF from HAL lists all the dining and entertainment venues per ship. As advised in this thread, only Pinnacle class ships have Club Orange dining. HAL Ships at a Glance Chart
  10. Now I see their decisions are based on available days. As you described, my Volendam trip was 7 days, while later Zaandam went 14 days. We did Tracy Arm as a sea day on Zaandam and afterwards cruised slowly through the night for Juneau.
  11. As one who had a Veendam cruise to Bermuda booked, and then canceled, when she was re-scheduled for Cuba, I offer that Bermuda would be a good choice for future Veendam cruises. What I found odd was that the first visit to a Cuba port by Veendam was in July, seems a tad hot. Perhaps they wanted to take travel agents who would then promote the Dec January cruises?
  12. On my Volendam 2016 Alaska cruise, we transferred at sea to the (optional) smaller excursion boat for Tracy Arm. Too many bergs in the channel prevented cruise ships from making the journey that July. However, on a later Zaandam 2018 cruise, we went all the way up to glacier's edge in Tracy Arm and back out. Either way to see the arm, or both, will be well worth it. Even if you book the excursion and the cruise ship takes you up anyway, you will get a much closer look with a local tour guide on the smaller boat. Read your itinerary carefully when you are close to sailing to see if the Tracy Arm will be included on the big ship.
  13. Well said. I will be sailing on Maasdam for the third time this July and should get the 100 day recognition. The staff, the crew and the passengers make for such an enjoyable experience each time I have sailed HAL. When I see some of the inflammatory posts, especially for the same voyage on which I have sailed, it is apparent to me that the complainer could not have been on the same ship. At least that is my conclusion.
  14. The lunch is a set of reserved tables in Main Dining Room during one of the sea days. The MDR is typically only open for lunch on sea days. And yes, even two married people travelling without spouses, sharing a cabin, would be solos. There is not a formal check to confirm.
  15. Sorry, I did not mean to imply that your cousins are married to each other. OOOPS! 😂 😱
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