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  1. Love your photos of Cartagena - reminds me of our visit a few years ago.
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    Veendam have Adagio?

    We are currently on the Veendam and have listened to Adagio several evenings. They generally begin at 15 minutes after the hour in the evenings. They have also performed on some days at 3:30 and at 5:00. The Veendam has not converted to the Lincoln Center style.
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    The Veendam is one of HAL’S older ships and some of the decor reflects that. We like the older ships because of their size and I like the more traditional look as compared to the more contemporary look of the newest ships. We’ve had no problems with the plumbing, a/c, service, etc. The only issue we’ll note in our survey relates to the elevators. Unlike most of HAL’S ships, the Veendam does not have a mid-ship bank of elevators, which really isn’t a problem for us but for one thing. At both the forward and aft elevators, only three of the four elevators are working. This has been the case for the entire cruise and we’ve seen no effort to make repairs. Additionally, after waiting a couple of minutes, we’ve seen elevators by-pass our floor and no, another elevator did not stop shortly thereafter. After a show or after a tender has arrived is the most frustrating time. Otherwise, our Veendam experience has been great.
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    We went to Trinidad yesterday on a ship’s tour and, for the most part, enjoyed our visit. The bus was comfortable, unlike the school bus we had in Belize. On the first leg of the trip, I sat in the aisle seat and DW sat next to the window on the second row. Turned out I had the better seat because I could see what was coming up, such as when the bus had to stop to allow a herd of cattle with cowboys go down the road. We saw very little of Cienfuegos, but the 90 minute drive to Trinidad was interesting. We were told to meet in the theater at 7:30 with a departure time of 7:45. The ship was delayed in getting cleared, supposedly because a Viking ship was also in port. We were one of the first off the tender and cleared immigration quickly. Numerous money exchange booths were open, allowing me to quickly convert $50. I got 43.45 in tourist pesos. Our bus left the port area around 8:40. Right outside the port gate were numerous taxis. They were bright yellow and some of the newest vehicles we saw all day. Trinidad, which has an approximate population of 72,000, is very, very poor looking. Virtually every building needs attention. Some places the sidewalk, although narrow, is in good shape, but then suddenly it is all broken up. All the streets we walked down were very rough. We had one person who had crutches and she managed, but I’m sure it was tough. You have to be conscious of where you’re walking, or else you could trip. I didn’t have a problem, but DW almost tripped over a small piped that crossed the sidewalk. Our first stop was a house museum. You could tell it was quite a house in its day. We then walked to a nearby square, which has been kept up pretty well. A short walk away was a bar where we were given a drink. Due to the large number of people from others buses from our ship as well as the other ship, I think I would have preferred to skip this experience. We then took the bus to a hotel for lunch. As soon as you walk in, you think you’re in a different country. The hotel is very nice. We did, however, have a long line for the buffet. Most items are served by the staff, with a few self serve items. A nice band played while we ate. After finishing lunch, we went to a potter’s house/studio. We then drove back to the ship, arriving a few minutes after the previously announced last tender time of 3:30. For those who are planning a private tour, I do want to point out a notice we received that stated those passengers not on a ship tour were to go to the Ocean Bar at 9:00 to get a tender ticket. Some photos from our time in Trinidad.
  5. Thanks, Thanks & more Thanks!
  6. DW and I are aboard the Veendam. The muster drill is scheduled for about 7 minutes from now. We’re ready!
  7. Bon Voyage! Hope you have a great cruise.
  8. Thanks for the well wishes (and the reminder it’s time to start packing)!
  9. This past Monday we received an email from HAL with the subject: Important Notification For Booking Number . . . . The email contained an attachment with this message: IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: This is a reminder that for Holland America Line sailings to Cuba, each guest must print out and complete the Cuba Travel Affidavit form available online at the following link: www.hollandamerica.com/Cuba-Travel-Affidavit This is a reminder that for Holland America Line sailings to Cuba, each guest must print out and complete the Cuba Travel Affidavit form available online at the following link: Affidavits must be printed out and completed prior to arriving at the pier and will be collected during the check in process before embarking the ship. Additionally, travelers to Cuba do need to bring with them a valid Passport; a Passport Card is not acceptable for entry into Cuba. We thank you for your attention to this very important matter and look forward to welcoming you on board. I see the link doesn’t include “book2”. When I initially responded, I had gotten the link from my browser history. I don’t know why the browser added the extra language!
  10. I just printed our Guest Affidavit for Travel to Cuba a few days ago. Once I found the right webpage, it was easy. I couldn’t use my iPad, so I went to my laptop. I always use Explorer when checking in on HAL’s website (a few years ago, I tried to use Edge on my new computer, but couldn’t make everything work. I called HAL and was told to use Explorer.). Try going to www.book2.hollandamerica.com/Cuba-Travel-Affidavit. Hope this works for you!
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    Former HAL Nieuw Amsterdam sold for scrap

    The Nieuw Amsterdam III was also my first HAL cruise - Thanksgiving week 1987. I’ll always remember how fun it was to watch the horse race and how the winning team was so excited with their by-a-nose win.
  12. I’m using an iPad Air 2 and this morning I’m still having the same issue. I’ll just stick with Bolding, which looks good on my screen. 😁
  13. I’ve tried to pull the posting box back down & have now learned that I am able to change color (after learning I must pull the box back down at least three times) and I can now change font size if I keep pulling the posting box down three or more times until the size box works. Since I’m happy with the default size as long as I turn Bold on, I’ll be a happy camper. It took about 10 attempts to get back to default color/size for this sentence.