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  1. The straight answer is that there is no train or bus that goes right from Schiphol to the cruise terminal, BUT........ you mention the Movenpick being near the terminal....the Movenpick is right beside the AMSTERDAM cruise terminal, whereas this thread is discussing the ROTTERDAM cruise terminal and transportation. Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal will cost about €5 each by train. A taxi will cost about €80-100 depending on traffic. A taxi will take you directly to the Movenpick whereas you will need to walk from Centraal station to the hotel, though it is not too far.
  2. Here is a copy of the file if you wish to download it. HAL (ship-date) dry docks June 2024.docx
  3. Here is the latest update of 2024 for the Dry Docks, Charters & Groups information. There has been some activity since the March update, so check your dates! There are a few gaps in sailing schedules so I have included most of them as 'Possible Charter' or 'Possible Dry Dock' until more information can be found. For any errors, I apologise in advance! As usual, if you can provide any information on upcoming Dry Docks, Charters or Groups, then please post to this thread and I will update the information in the next file. New information since last update is shown in RED. PLANNED DRY DOCKS Eurodam 30 November 2025 – 14 December 2025 (Possible Dry Dock/Charter?) Koningsdam 15 March 2025 – 10 April 2025 (Possible Dry Dock/Charters?) Noordam 24 November 2024 – 08 December 2024 (Singapore)? Oosterdam 05 April 2025 – 19 April 2025 Volendam 19 October 2024 – 09 November 2024 Zaandam 18 January 2025 – 08 February 2025 Zuiderdam 22 November 2025 – 06 December 2025 (possible dry dock?) LAST COMPLETED DRY DOCK Eurodam 18 February 2023 – 04 March 2023 Koningsdam 25 March 2023 – 13 April 2023 (02 December 2018 - 09 December 2018) Nieuw Amsterdam 02 December 2023 – 16 December 2023 (07 December 2017 - 19 December 2017) Nieuw Statendam 09 November 2023 – 26 November 2023 Noordam 08 February 2022 – 02 March 2022 (29 September 2019 – 13 October 2019) Oosterdam 22 March 2021 – 08 April 2021 Brest, FR. (21 March 2018 - 02 April 2018) Rotterdam VII Volendam 08 February 2022 – 11 March 2022 Cadiz, ES. (18 – 31 October 2019) Westerdam 19 January 2023 – 03 February 2023 (04 – 15 January 2020) Zaandam 08 February 2022 – 01 April 2022 (21 - 30 September 2020) Zuiderdam 01 – 15 December 2022 (01 – 09 December 2019) CHARTERS (i.e. full ship charters) Eurodam: 27 July 2024 – 03 August 2024 : Alaska : Gaither Homecoming Alaskan Cruise 21 September 2024 – 28 September 2024 : Alaska : Olivia Charter 26 October 2024 – 02 November 2024 : S Caribbean : Legendary R & B Cruise 02 November 2025 – 09 November 2025 : Caribbean : Probable Charter 09 November 2025 – 16 November 2025 : Caribbean : Soul Train 2.0 Cruise 30 November 2025 – 07 December 2025 : Caribbean : Possible Charter 07 December 2025 – 14 December 2025 : Caribbean : Possible Charter Koningsdam: 26 October 2024 – 02 November 2024 : Mexican Riviera : Atlantis Charter Cruise 25 October 2025 – 01 November 2025 : Mexican Riviera : Legendary R&B Cruise #43 15 March 2026 – 22 March 2026 : Caribbean : Possible Charter or Dry Dock? 22 March 2026 – 29 March 2026 : Caribbean : Possible Charter or Dry Dock? 29 March 2026 – 05 April 2026 : Caribbean : Possible Charter or Dry Dock? 05 April 2026 – 10 April 2026 : Caribbean : Possible Charter or Dry Dock? Nieuw Amsterdam: 27 October 2024 – 03 November 2024 : Caribbean : Malt Shop Cruise 05 January 2025 – 12 January 2025: Caribbean : The Big Easy Cruise 12 January 2025 – 19 January 2025 : Caribbean : Sandy Beaches Cruise 19 January 2025 – 26 January 2025 : Caribbean : Country Music Cruise 26 January 2025 – 02 February 2025 : Caribbean : Soul Train Cruise 16 February 2025 – 23 February 2025 : Caribbean : The SuperCruise Charter 23 February 2025 – 02 March 2025 : Caribbean : All Star Irish Charter 02 March 2025 – 09 March 2025 : Caribbean : Jo-Co Cruise Nieuw Statendam: 22 March 2025 – 29 April 2025 : Caribbean : Inspiration/Live Like No One Else Cruise 29 March 2025 – 05 April 2025 : Caribbean : Olivia Charter Noordam: 28 September 2025 – 12 October 2025 : no itinerary listed : possible charter? Oosterdam: 18 August 2024 – 25 August 2024 : Greek Islands : All Star Irish Cruise 24 May 2025 – 29 May 2025 : Barcelona to Civitavecchia : Possible Charter? Rotterdam VII : 10 January 2025 – 17 January 2025 : no itinerary listed : possible charter? (RBC?) 26 January 2025 – 02 February 2025 : Caribbean : Legendary R & B Cruise 07 June 2025 – 14 June 2025 : Iceland : Dave Koz Cruise 14 June 2025 – 21 June 2025 : Iceland : Dave Koz Cruise Volendam: Westerdam: 18 August 2024 – 25 August 2024 : Alaska : Effy Jewelry Charter 27 July 2025 – 03 August 2025 : Alaska : Vacaya LGBTQ+ Charter 04 January 2026 – 18 January 2026 : no itinerary listed : possible charter? Zuiderdam: 08 June 2024 – 29 June 2024 : Ultimate Viking : Knitting Group 05 October 2024 – 12 October 2024 : Canada & New England : Quilting Group Zaandam : GROUPS ONBOARD Eurodam: 08 June 2024 – 15 June 2024 : Alaska : Nautical Knockers Knitting Group 22 June 2024 – 29 June 2024 : Alaska : Christian Counselors Renew Alaska Group 29 June 2024 – 06 July 2024 : Alaska : Salem Media Patriots Group 06 July 2024 - 13 July 2024 : Alaska : Presentonwood Baptist Church Group 13 July 2024 – 20 July 2024 : Alaska : Turning Point Ministries Group 20 July 2024 – 27 July 2024 : Alaska Explorer : Continuing Education Group 10 August 2024 – 17 August 2024 : Alaska Explorer : Quilting Group 17 August 2024 – 24 August 2024 : Alaska Explorer : Quilting Group 31 August 2024 – 07 September 2024 : Alaska Explorer : Sport Horse Group 30 December 2024 – 08 January 2025 : Southern Caribbean Seafarer : Turning Point Ministries 22 March 2025 – 02 April 2025 : Southern Caribbean Wayfarer : Quilting Group 02 April 2025 – 12 April 2025 : Western Caribbean Explorer : Quilting Group 24 May 2025 – 31 May 2025 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 05 July 2025 – 12 July 2025 : Alaska : Michael W Smith Inspiration Group 12 July 2025 – 26 July 2025 : Fjords & Celtic Origins : Quilting Group 02 August 2025 – 09 August 2025 : Alaska : Quilting Group 06 September 2025 – 13 September 2025 : Alaska : Quilting Group Koningsdam: 08 June 2024 – 15 June 2024 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 15 June 2024 – 22 June 2024 : Alaska : Pathway to Victory Group 22 June 2024 – 29 June 2024 : Alaska : Heartland Church Group 20 July 2024 – 27 July 2024 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 21 September 2024 – 28 September 2024 : Alaska : Christine Kesteloo & Dune Jewelry Group 09 November 2024 – 16 November 2024 : Mexican Riviera : Tony Evans Christian Group 30 November 2024 – 10 December 2024 : Sea of Cortez : Knitting Group 10 December 2024 – 21 December 2024 : Mexican Riviera : Bridge Group & Slots Tournament 22 March 2025 – 29 March 2025 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 30 August 2025 – 06 September 2025 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group Nieuw Amsterdam: 23 March 2024 – 30 March 2024 : Caribbean : Rebel News Group 28 July 2024 - 04 August 2024 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 10 November 2024 – 17 November 2024 : E. Caribbean : MRC Post Election Group 01 December 2024 – 08 December 2024 : E. Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 08 December 2024 – 15 December 2024 : W. Caribbean : The Nation Group 02 February 2025 – 09 February 2025 : E. Caribbean : Gospel Music Celebration Group 13 July 2025 – 20 July 2025 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group Nieuw Statendam: 07 September 2024 – 21 September 2024 : Iberian Adventure : Knitting Group 21 September 2024 – 05 October 2024 : Med Ancient Mysteries : Travelrite Australian Group 11 January 2025 – 18 January 2025 : W. Caribbean : Phil Coulter Tranquility Cruise Group 18 January 2025 – 25 January 2025 : Tropical Caribbean : Inspiration/Daniel & Revelation Group Noordam: 08 December 2024 – 22 December 2024 : Indonesia : Quilting Group 16 March 2025 – 30 March 2025 : Japan & South Korea Discovery : Quilting Group 30 March 2025 – 13 April 2025 : Circle Japan : Road Scholar Group 13 April 2025 – 27 April 2025 : Circle Japan : Knitting Group 27 April 2025 – 11 May 2025 : North Pacific Crossing : Knitting Group Oosterdam: 25 August 2024 – 01 September 2024 : Adriatic Gems : Continuing Education Group 28 January 2025 – 19 February 2025 : South America & Antartica : Knitting Group 28 January 2025 – 19 February 2025 : South America & Antartica : Travelrite Australia Group 14 May 2025 – 24 May 2025 : Med Medley : Continuing Education Group 30 August 2025 – 10 September 2025 : Med Mosaic : Continuing Education Group 21 September 2025 – 01 October 2025 : Adriatic & Aegean Gems : Continuing Education Group Rotterdam VII: 08 November 2024 – 17 November 2024 : E Caribbean : Quilting Group 29 November 2024 – 08 December 2024 : S. Caribbean : Inspiration/Bible Cruise Group 02 February 2025 – 14 February 2025 : Panama Canal : Quilting Seminar Grp & Slots Tournament 12 July 2025 – 26 July 2025 : Norway & Iceland : Quilting Group 19 July 2025 – 26 July 2025 : UK & Iceland : Continuing Education Group Westerdam: 09 June 2024 – 07 July 2024 : Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice : Knitting Group 04 August 2024 – 11 August 2024 : Alaska : Focal Point Ministries Group 02 February 2025 – 16 February 2025 : Australia & New Zealand : Road Scholar Group 02 March 2025 – 16 March 2025 : Australia & New Zealand : Road Scholar Group 20 July 2025 – 27 July 2025 : Alaska : Mercy Me at Sea Group Volendam: 31 August 2024 – 10 September 2024 : Canada & New England : Knitting Group 25 January 2025 – 07 June 2025 : Pole to Pole : Road Scholar Group Zaandam: Zuiderdam: 08 June 2024 – 29 June 2024 : Ultimate Viking : Knitting Group 07 September 2024 - 14 September 2024 : Canada & New England : Pastor Benny Tate Group 21 September 2024 – 28 September 2024 : Canada & New England : Deeper Faith Group 05 October 2024 – 12 October 2024 : Canada & New England : Quilting Group 12 October 2024 – 19 October 2024 : Canada & New England : Travelrite Australian Group 04 October 2025 – 11 October 2025 : Canada & New England : Continuing Education Group If anyone has any further information, please post it here and I will include it in the next update. Thanks! E & O.E. 24 May 2024
  4. THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED! PLEASE POST ANY INFO TO THE LATEST THREAD (LINK BELOW)
  5. Have you got access to your HAL account yet? You can purchase internet for one person and it is discounted if you purchase before sailing.
  6. The easiest answer is to store all phone numbers in the international format!
  7. If it is the Nieuw Statendam then the ship is at anchor overnight. On our cruise last year the tenders ran until about 2am and then stopped for a few hours.
  8. If you are looking to share a cab, then you should post on your Roll Call. Presuming that you are sailing on Nieuw Statendam you will find your Roll Call here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/824-nieuw-statendam/ Check through to find the date you are sailing and make see if anyone else wants to share.
  9. Yes we had a problem with loading tenders and shore based tender when the tide was running fast.
  10. Here is a copy of a post I made on a 'Live From' after a visit to Holyhead. Even at the port entrance it was unbelievably busy, with many, many trucks entering and leaving. I have used the port numerous times as the gateway back to Ireland after a UK visit, so, I think if I was back there again then I would stay on the ship, unless I felt the need to visit, Boots or Marks and Spencer (in Bangor) or similar. Copy of Post: Day 7 Holyhead Tuesday Pronounced Holly head! This was on the front cover of the Daily Program for today. Holland America tour buses were pulled up at the bottom of the gangway whereas all others were required to take the free shuttle to the cruise terminal to meet their private tours/taxis etc. Holyhead is a very busy ferry port with numerous ferries running to various ports in Ireland. this is the Irish Ferries 'Ulysses' doing a quick 180 before reversing into its dock. Before heading down to our meeting place at the world stage we went to Dutch cafe for a quick latte. We were greeted by a smiling Captain Eric who was enjoying a bowl of Dutch Pea Soup! Today was the second of our 'cheap' tours thanks to HIA. We went to Caernarfon Castle which was the location for the investiture of the now King Charles as Prince of Wales on 1st July 1969. The drive there was pretty uninspiring. A lot of flat agricultural land a few sheep some horses and a lot of cattle. The Anglesey Agricultural Show was being held today and tomorrow near to Holyhead, but we didn't even meet much traffic. (I will just mention here that there were no priority bus tickets for the port shuttle bus, but there was not much of a wait for those that needed them). Some views of the castle On the way back to the ship we stopped at that village with the unpronouceable name of 58 letters. An interesting enough day, but I would not feel the need to rush back!
  11. Were they not using the shore based ferries as tenders? They can take up to 200 passengers each time.
  12. Correct. Similar to the pronounciation of the girl's name Niamh! Yes, mh and bh have the same 'soft v' sound. Cobh is not an Irish word, but an Irish version of the town's original name. It was originally called 'Cove' and then changed to 'Queenstown' in 1849 to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria to Ireland. In 1921 it was changed back to an Irish version of its original name, so Cove became Cobh. (and Victoria became known as the Famine Queen, but that is another story!) With apologies for thread drift.
  13. There is a metro station near the cruise terminal. Maybe 5 minutes walk. The metro goes to Rotterdam Centraal Station and take the train to Schiphol from there. Or take a tram. You can pay by debit or credit card, but each person needs their own card.
  14. Viator are an intermediary. They do not run the transfer. It will be booked with a local supplier and you will be able to book it cheaper with the local supplier too.
  15. Glad you enjoyed Cork, Midleton and Cobh. Sorry that the 'sprinklers' turned on a little earlier than expected 😉 Just for information you are referring to the 'Common Travel Area' which permits unhindered travel between Ireland and UK, even though UK is not in EU. Cobh is a great town on a nice day, and you had a nice day. Hope you come back again! 👋
  16. Thanks for spelling it correctly, but unfortunately it is the incorrect name! It is St Colman's Cathedral that you can see in Cobh, but if you go to Cork City you can see St Fin Barre's Cathedral. St Colman's is Roman Catholic and St Fin Barre's is Church of Ireland.
  17. Well, the exception which proves the rule, was Bruce on Thursday night. It was a typical Irish spring evening with misty rain between the downpours. So he opened with John Forerty's "Have you ever seen the rain/who will stop the rain" and ended with The Pogues' "Rainy Night in Soho". In the middle he covered "Nightshift" by the Commodores and "Twist and Shout" made famous by the Beatles. He also performed Patti Smith's "Because the Night" but then he was co writer! Still a great night even with the 'covers' 😉 😁
  18. I went to Bruce Springsteen gig last week and had been to one a few years ago. Even he played a lot of the same songs each night. It is the nature of the beast. Going to Van Morrison at the end of the month and he just better be singing the same songs as last time 😉
  19. It does state unlimited non-alcoholic drinks on this page! https://www.hollandamerica.com/en/eu/onboard-packages/beverage-packages
  20. There are buses at the dock gates that do tours to Olympia. Just walk up and they go when full. The price in 2022 was €15 per person. 30 minutes drive to Olympia, 2 hours free time and then 30 minutes back to Katakalo. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Katakalo (it is near the 'train terminus'). It is very interesting.
  21. The nearest taxi stand is located on Marine Road, just across from the train station and 150 yards up the road straight in front (towards shopping centre). However, I would prefer to use the train to get into Dublin centre quickly. Better use of time and money. Just so you will know for next time 😉
  22. Wow! 10.15pm last night "Summer of Love" in Rolling Stone Lounge. That could have been a great playlist.........did you go to the happening and hear some great music?
  23. I have done this with Aer Lingus. Very good prices. Also, you do US Preclearance in Dublin so you do not need to wait in the horrendous immigration line in Miami. EI are offering flights from MAN to MIA. One caveat is that Dub- MIA is seasonal, so check dates. Use the Multi City option https://www.aerlingus.com/app/plan/multi-city You will probably have to purchase a one way ticket from Dub to BCN as EI does not fly BCN-MAN. Your routing would be MAN-MIA and then BCN-DUB + DUB-MAN or LPL Check the prices and consider that PreClearance is a great boost to the trip when you arrive in USA
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