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  1. That won’t work. To go from one US port and end in another, you have to stop in a “distant foreign port”. Ensenada does not qualify. The only legal trips, are round trip, stopping in at least one foreign port or a one way originating in a US port and ending in a non-US port or vice-versa. Waiver (if they would grant) is the only solution.
  2. It was 2009. I went to Alaska that year on her and it was all the talk earlier that year (before the season) about the “Signature of Excellence” renovations. She also got the Lanai cabins during that dry dock.
  3. Cruise ships sailing from Athens actually sail from Pireaus, the port city for Athens. Athens is inland from the sea. If you look at Google maps, you can get a good idea of that city’s layout, including the cruise terminal.
  4. The hoist shown is “RY” (“Romeo Yankee”) and it means that “vessels passing me should do so at slow speed”
  5. Yes - Nieuw Amsterdam getting new boilers (which, if memory serves, she got from a US Naval ship)
  6. Definitely Maasdam. I zoomed in in your photos (very ethereal - beautiful pics!) and the funnel is definitely an S-class ship. Since there were only two S-class ships left in the fleet in 2019, and Veendam was in Europe and Maasdam in Alaska, it could only be Maasdam.
  7. We did - great trip. Fourth time on Veendam (and didn’t realize at the time it would be our last). Here’s our view of you...
  8. Was this February 5? If so, I was on board!
  9. They just announced- Ryndam will be named Rotterdam instead - and be the flagship. See here: https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-rotterdam/holland-america-line-changes-name-of-newbuild-to-iconic-rotterdam/
  10. I think because it’s viewed out of context. The Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938 was Art Deco - and was the pride of The Netherlands. The artists and craftsmen that built and decorated her were a source of great pride. Here’s what these pieces looked like as installed in the Main Deck/A Deck foyer of the Nieuw Amsterdam:
  11. You mean this one. Also a favorite of mine. I took this in February this year when I was aboard Veendam for my fourth (and last, I did not know then!) time. I have in my collection of memorbilia the press package for Veendam’s debut in 1996. In it is a description of various art pieces, including Captain Card’s paintings. This painting depicts a date in September 1982 which was Captain Card’s first day as Harbormaster in Bermuda. He also served aboard the tug shown pulling Veendam (III) off the berth.
  12. If I had to guess, I don’t think Boudicca and Black Watch are long for the world, sadly. I know their pedigree and that they have been well maintained, but the reality is they are closing in on 50 years of age. Amsterdam is nearly 30 years younger! Fred. Olsen is certainly taking advantage of a unique opportunity with this purchase. Pre-COVID, HAL expected to get another 5-10 years out of these ships themselves, I suspect.
  13. When Mr. Lanterman was CEO of HAL, he came with the package when Carnival bought HAL - probably an agreement that he got a seat in the board. So many years later, there is not so much of an appetite to have non-independent directors on a board of a public corporation. So, you have Micky Arison as Chairman of a the Board and Arnold Donald as President and CEO as members of the board. That’s it. All the other directors are independent (i.e. non-employees).
  14. I don’t know the crew breakdown by nationality, but while Indonesians serve in the dining rooms and as room stewards (and some other passenger service areas), they also serve as the deck and engine crew (ratings). Plus some probably also serve in the crew galley - the ship needs to run still (deck and engine crew) and they all (remaining officers and crew) need to eat too - so, not all Indonesians would have disembarked.
  15. You are apparently a person of integrity. The fact that you “don’t like to” go the route of the credit card dispute shows good faith on your part, but you have nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about! In the circumstances we are in we all have to look out for our own financial situation because no one else is. You were perfectly in your rights to file the dispute. What would have been shady is to make final payment, then after deadline you cancel (assuming there was no pandemic - just because you had a change of heart) and then filed the dispute. That would be shady. But in this case,
  16. Just my opinion... Transatlantic cruises are sold so ships don’t have to “deadhead” (sail empty) when moving between North America and Europe. If the ships have no reason to go over to Europe, I don’t think they’ll be sailing the fall transatlantics.
  17. Actually, Majestic, Diamond, Sapphire, and Golden are registered in the UK. All the other Princess ships are registered in Bermuda. And, IIRC, the P&O Ausralia fleet is registered in the UK as well.
  18. Rotterdam does not have Azipods. Amsterdam (last of the R-class ships) was the only one to get them (and first of all the ships subsequently built for HAL). Both Rotterdam’s and Amsterdam’s greater speed comes from a slightly larger installed power plant (diesel generators) and modified hull form and design from the S-class.
  19. Agreed. Way too much hysterical speculation by some on here. Enough already.
  20. Rotterdam is actually scheduled to be in Europe going forward (spring and summer), so it appears she is getting “on the right side” of the Canal for whatever ultimately happens. Also, Captain Albert Schoonderbeek is actually on Rotterdam as a Traveling Master for training, audits, etc. His stay on Rotterdam got extended because they aren’t allowing changes of personnel as of a few weeks ago. Rotterdam is under the command of Bas Van Dreumel.
  21. Bunkering fuel is not the issue here. If it were, doing an unrep (underway replenishment) is NOT an option in any event. That’s a perilous evolution under the best of circumstances. You certainly don’t do it on a passsenger ship full of passengers.
  22. Top: Maasdam in Bar Harbor, ME July 2014 Bottom: Veendam in San Juan, PR February 2020
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