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  1. Dan from Louisiana !! He was on our Baltic cruise on the Rotterdam and Trans Pacific on the Volendam. Absolutely the best we had.Nice , friendly interaction with crowd. Stryker by far the most annoying.
  2. We’ve had several free upgrades from OV to Vista. I guess we just got lucky .... and they they were in good locations as well . Midships on the Rotterdam. Also some upsells from OV to Neptune, with an upsell you can choose the cabin. Always hoping one comes along.
  3. Same here. Spreadsheet, colorcoded all the received FCC and OBC when applied to next (cancelled) cruise . Easy to follow , haven’t been shortchanged at all.
  4. The Westerdam is currently at Damen Shipyard Verolme in the Rotterdam Botlek area . She will possibly leave this coming friday. According to several websites in the Netherlands they are "CDC-proofing" the Westerdam . Her European season starts in april 21 with Mediterranean cruises. Pictures are courtesy of Jan and Bert.
  5. Almost at the end , the “ Groote Beer” , a former Victory ship ( ss Costa Rica Victory) which was rebuild into a passenger ship . Mainly for carrying immigrants . It was managed by the HAL. In 1963 , a Rotterdam newspaper called Het Vrije Volk, chartered the Groote Beer and the Waterman , another converted Victory, to transport football fans from Feyenoord Rotterdam to Lissabon for the semifinal of the European Cup against Benfica. An epic journey for several thousand fans. Too bad we have take airplanes today to go to European away matches....
  6. Or not . HAL at that time had a large fleet of freighters as well , all sold eventually. Last ones early 70’s . Besides the freighters also lots of interests or ownership of companies active in harbor, transport and storage activities. The company was simply referred to as “ The Line” in the Rotterdam area and everybody knew what you were talking about. The whole port area of Rotterdam has changed tremendously. Ships getting bigger , introduction of container vessels , bulk carriers etc. Most traditional cargo handling is gone and the harbor has extended into the North Sea , especially
  7. The monologue is by Simon Carmiggelt, a famous Dutch writer . Did you notice the production company ? Corona film NV ......
  8. Booked april( Westerdam) and august 2021(Statendam) . Both in Europe. But I might do one sooner on another cruiseline in European waters, see how TUI and Costa ( not my choice under normal circumstances) are faring the next couple of months. So far hardly any problems. TUI had some positives , but those turned out to be false. 🤞🤞🤞🤞
  9. For me the model of the ss Nieuw Amsterdam 😊
  10. Back to the high seas... which ship ?
  11. Olympic Stadium is not used for league football anymore, just athletic games and sometime amateurs play friendly games there.
  12. They do some nice pre-match actions as well. Thanks to stopping the league last march (due to corona) they didn't relegate... Three weeks ago Feyenoord -ADO Den Haag 4-2 😄
  13. The seal of the the city of Rotterdam is displayed here on the biggest hand painted banner ever to used in a football (soccer) stadium in Europe. It measured 105 by 50 meters and was completely handmade ( I know, I worked on it...). It was displayed before the cup game between the eternal rivals Feyenoord of Rotterdam and Ajax from amsterdam in october 2015. Feyenoord won the game ;-). As you can see , my avatar also displays this seal. This one in the tunnel before players reach the pitch in the Feyenoord stadium in Rotterdam. If you're ever in Rotterdam again, do a stadium tour !
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