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    Holland America
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    San Juan

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  1. It was the Veendam. These ones below were from the Eurodam, also a very quiet place onboard.
  2. On an older / smaller / more traditional ship, many have wider promenade teak deck with lounge chair. This is my favourite quiet place on a sea day/evening, and even better on a port day.
  3. Do shop around as perk can be different. Also seeing very good price for HAL 7-day Mexican Riviera sailing out of San Diego. There is a particular week in April where both Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam are doing the same itinerary ... excess capacity = low price!
  4. Our last 2 cruises were on the Veendam and Oasis of the Seas. Our next 2 cruises will be on the Koningsdam and Anthem of the Seas. We like HAL for its itinerary, better food and service at a mass market price, and a more sophisticated experience. We like Royal Caribbean for its onboard activities, entertainment, and more options cruising out of NY/NJ.
  5. Our children started cruising when they were 5 and 7 and they are now 14 and 16. We cruised DCL, RCL and HAL ... from Veendam being the smaller/older to Oasis/Anthem of the Seas being the largest and the Disney Dream being the most beautiful. It is true that Disney's entertainment and service are unique and you can't find it anywhere else. But for the price they are asking now vs paying less than half or 1/3, I find better deal elsewhere. We like RCI for their onboard activities; we like HAL for the destination, itinerary and overall more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The kids had fun on all of them.
  6. Thanks for sharing! I like how the cruiseline is handling the situation.
  7. Yes, there will be. If this is a typical 7-day itinerary during April then you should see people from a wide range of age group., although relative to a similar cruise on Carnival or Royal Caribbean, there will be more people in the younger demographics there than you'd see on Holland America.
  8. Westerdam April 2020 circling around Japan for 14 days.
  9. We cruised Oasis of the Seas last month; prior to that we were on HAL Veendam in April. Both were 7-day Eastern Caribbean. Oasis OTS is the same class as Symphony OTS but 9 years older; Veendam is an even smaller and older ship than Oosterdam. Royal Caribbean is better known for their onboard activities and entertainment. They want to give you a WOW experience every minute - everything is so upfront and they want to impress you with the biggest show, biggest ships, and best entertainments. On the extreme opposite, Holland America is better known for their traditional ambience, itineraries (usually longer), and services. Onboard experience is low profile and tranquil, and among the mass market lines, I feel that I am getting a more refined experience on HAL. Onboard activities / entertainment is certainly not HAL's strength ... although I still enjoy the variety of live music onboard, but certainly you can't find flowrider, zipline, ice skating, rock climbing, iFly, bumper car ... which are all activities you can find on Royal Caribbean Oasis/Quantum classes, and are the type of activities my teenage children love. For a typical 7-day Caribbean cruise, HAL is not as competitive as Royal Caribbean (I know this is a general statement). Based on basic demand and supply, RC can charge more than HAL. Symphony is the newest RC ship so you will be pay a premium on top of that. In terms of demographics, you will see more families and younger people on Symphony than Oosterdam. However, you will still see people of all ages on a HAL ship in a 7-day Caribbean cruise. On the other hand, HAL has more 10+ days itineraries going to exotic places and very often price can stay pretty strong for those cruises. Guess what is the demographic of the people who can spend 2 weeks or 3 weeks or more on a cruise? Definitely not families nor people who have a day job.
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