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  1. Another busy day in Port Everglades with seven cruise ships in port. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0615-1700. She will be embarking on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 17 Key West FL Tuesday, December 18 At Sea Wednesday, December 19 Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Thursday, December 20 Roatan, Honduras Friday, December 21 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Fort Lauderdale, FL Zuiderdam will be at Pier 26 (Port to) from 0530-1600 (blocked for most of the day by Edge). She is going on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday cruise. Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 17 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, December 18 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, December 19 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Bonaire Saturday, December 22 Curacao Sunday, December 23 Aruba Monday, December 24 At Sea Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL Other ships in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 (0500-1600), Adventure OTS at pier 29 (0430-1730), Carnival Conquest at pier 4 (0330-1600), Celebrity Edge at pier 25 (0600-1600), and Harmony OTS at pier 18 (0515-1630). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/. Carnival Miracle is also in Tampa. Sunday, December 16 Tampa, FL Monday, December 17 Key West, FL Tuesday, December 18 At Sea Wednesday December 19 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Thursday December 20 Roatan, Honduras Friday December 21 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Tampa, FL Eurodam is in San Diego from 0700-1700. http://sundiegolive.com/ For the addicts: Both Volendam (0800-1700) and Rotterdam (1100-1800) will be visiting Key West on Monday, 17 December. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Volendam in Port Everglades on Tuesday, 18 December.
  2. My call name is notolddrifter, a proud tin-can sailor, 1957 to 1963. I know you're out there somewhere and I make it my life's work to get all the cruising vets together on all the cruises I take. Look for me and my wife. On my hat, I proudly wear my first ship USS Stickell, DDR888. It matters not which branch of the military you served in, nor the country. Some of our gatherings had very interesting people from as far back as WW2. The ships have been very good at letting us use space for our military tribute. My wife spends most of her days on board talking to the women about our tribute. My first tribute on board a cruiseline was a spontaneous event which was well attended. Hopefully you will take a little time while we're at sea to drop by. You'll probably find me on the Lido Deck where the coffee reigns supreme from around 0600 hours or eating breakfast there. Of course, the scuttlebutt works as well. If you would like to contact me, my email is notolddrifter@aol.com.
  3. I have the opportunity to "cash in" reward points from work towards a Holland America cruise. I am just short of the amount needed for an Oceanview (and the way it is structured I can't just pay out of pocket to get an OV) but do have enough points for an interior room. There are 3 of us. The child would be 4 years old at the time and I do not want him in a pullman berth. Drawings on deck plan sites show a small sofa in interior rooms, but any videos I have been able to find online do not show a sofa of any type in an interior room. can anyone tell me what a K code interior is actually like and is it suitable to cruise for 3 with a small child? If it has a loveseat that folds out that would be ideal I suppose.
  4. We're booked on a 7 day Vancouver - Alaska roundtrip on the Nieuw Amsterdam in a VD class balcony room aft deck 7. Looking at the deck plans it's hard to figure out how large the balcony is - standard 6ft?
  5. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (port to - rather unusual) where our view will not be blocked by Edge from 0615-1600. Most HAL ships have been leaving at 1700 so we will have to watch if this gets changed. She will be going on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Sunday, December 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 10 At Sea Tuesday, December 11 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, December 12 San Juan, Puerto Rico Thursday, December 13 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Friday, December 14 At Sea Saturday, December 15 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Silhouette from 0430-1600 (pier 29), Regal Princess from 0500-1600 (pier 2), Harmony of the Seas from 0515-1630 (pier 18), Celebrity Edge from 0530-1600 (pier 25), and Caribbean Princess from 0545-1600 (pier 4). With five ships set to sail at 1600 this might be a long sail-away. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ . Eurodam will be in San Diego, departing on a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise. http://sundiegolive.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Veendam on Monday, 10 December.
  6. With the new TVs post dry dock are the HDMI ports accessible if I wanted to hookup a laptop?
  7. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary. Sunday, December 2 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Thursday, December 6 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Friday, December 7 Cozumel, Mexico Saturday, December 8 At Sea Sunday, December 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Koningsdam will be headed to Freeport for dry dock. She will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1300 (although ships leaving for dry dock seldom leave on time). It is another busy day in Port Everglades with five ships joining the HAL ones. Adventure OTS will be at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Conquest at pier 4 from 0615-1600, Crystal Symphony at pier 19 (nice view for Roy) from 0515-1800, Harmony OTS at pier 18 from 0445-1630, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Rotterdam will be leaving Tampa for a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise. She will be in port from 0700-1700. Sunday, December 2 Tampa, FL Monday, December 3 Key West, FL Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 At Sea Thursday, December 6 San Juan, Puerto Rico Friday, December 7 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday, December 8 Antigua Sunday, December 9 St. Lucia Monday, December 10 At Sea Tuesday, December 11 Curacao Wednesday, December 12 Aruba Thursday, December 13 At Sea Friday, December 14 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Saturday, December 15 At Sea Sunday, December 16 Tampa, FL Carnival Miracle will also be in port. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/ . Oosterdam will be in Key West from 0800-1600 (https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/). For the addicts: On Monday 3 December Rotterdam will be in Key West from 1100-1800 (https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ ) and Volendam will depart San Diego at 1700 (http://sundiegolive.com/). Next up: Zuiderdam on Wednesday 5 December.
  8. My son and his family went on a 7 day cruise to some western Caribbean islands and Mexico 17-24 Nov and told me there were NO evening shows in the main theater other than port lectures. We heard HAL no longer has production shows, but have they stopped booking guest entertainers as well on the shorter 7 day cruises on the Nieuw Amsterdam as well? He said they had port lectures in the evening and had one game show, Majority Rules, on the last sea day. We know from recently cruising on the Amsterdam and Koningsdam, they sometimes advertise the main show times on the back page of the Navigator (?) rather than in the chronological daily event postings on pages 2-3. In fact when we were on the Amsterdam a year ago, a guy told us he missed the first 5 evening shows because he didn't notice them listed on the back page. Could my son have missed the evening shows in the main theater because of similar oversight or has HAL just stopped booking acts on the 7 day Caribbean cruises on the Nieuw Amsterdam?
  9. We have just booked this cruise - 1st timers on HAL! Married couple, early 50's, adventurous and up for meeting like minded souls on our cruise!
  10. Same itinerary, same price. Which one would you pick? One thing I know is Nieuw Amsterdam has a nice big promenade, right?
  11. Are all the after balconies (not wrap-arounds) the same size? This has probably been asked before, so if someone could direct me to a thread, that would be helpful. And are the middle aft cabins larger? Thanks!
  12. My husband and are booked on our first Christmas cruise! Any other FODs on board? We love Holland America ships and are very excited to escape the cold Mid West weather. Brad & Zell
  13. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0615-1700 and Zuiderdam will be at Pier 19 (Starboard to) from 0530-1700. Nieuw Amsterdam is headed out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Sunday, November 25 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, November 26 At Sea Tuesday, November 27 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, November 28 San Juan, Puerto Rico Thursday, November 29 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Friday, November 30 At Sea Saturday, December 1 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 3 Fort Lauderdale, FL Zuiderdam is doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Sunday, November 25 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, November 26 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, November 27 At Sea Wednesday, November 28 Aruba Thursday, November 29 Curacao Friday, November 30 At Sea Saturday, December 1 Panama Canal (Partial Transit) (Cruising) Saturday, December 1 Colon, Panama Sunday, December 2 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Monday, December 3 At Sea Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Harmony OTS (pier 18) from 0515-1630, Regal Princess (pier 2) from 0500-1600, Caribbean Princess (pier 4) from 0545-1600, and Celebrity Edge which is already in port and will be back at pier 25 (she had shifted between 18 and 25 all day Saturday) and is scheduled to leave at 1600. She has been doing 2-day trips to Nassau and back. Her official maiden voyage is not until December 9. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1700 heading out on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Sunday, November 25 Tampa, FL Monday, November 26 Key West, FL Tuesday, November 27 At Sea Wednesday, November 28 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Thursday, November 29 Roatan, Honduras Friday, November 30 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 1 At Sea Sunday, December 2 Tampa, FL Carnival Miracle and Norwegian Pearl are also in port so chances are we won't see much until she sails. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/. For the addicts: Rotterdam will be in Key West from 1100-1800 on November 26. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300 on November 28. http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Eurodam will be in San Diego from 0700-1700 on November 29. http://sundiegolive.com/ Next up: Veendam on Friday, November 30.
  14. Which is the better one for a Caribbean cruise?
  15. Just off the Nieuw Amsterdam yesterday, a one week Eastern Caribbean itinerary as an anniversary getaway with my DW. Below is the review that I just posted, and happy to answer any questions. In short, we had a wonderful time - highlights were the onboard service, high tea, and Lincoln Center Stage. Lowlights were the embarkation process in Port Everglades, and service at Half Moon Cay. Begin review: The Nieuw Amsterdam to the Eastern Caribbean was an excellent choice for an anniversary getaway - we enjoyed exceptional service, good to very good food, a quiet stateroom with a spacious balcony, and extended time in the four ports of call. My wife an I are in our mid 40s, and found that we were definitely younger than the average age, there was a wide range of passengers from young to old on our mid-november sailing. Embarkation: from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale was organized, but slower than previous HAL cruises. We arrived at the port at 10:30, were fully checked in by 11, boarding began at 11:30, and we were finally onboard by 12:15. On previous cruises we were onboard by 11:30. Our cabin was ready when we boarded, however, and disembarkation was quick and efficient. The Ship: we have sailed on Holland America's R-class vessels previously; this was our first cruise on a larger Signature class ship. While we enjoyed the additional dining and entertainment options, and found the Nieuw Amsterdam to be very well maintained, the larger size and passenger numbers were noticeable at times. My wife and I prefer traditional, uncrowded ships -- and while we greatly enjoyed our cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam, we concluded the smaller ships are more to our liking. Cabin: We had a forward VE class balcony stateroom, 7013. The room was just right for two passengers, well appointed, very quiet, and with a wonderful balcony. We spent every evening and many hours of the day on the balcony, enjoying sound of the sea and the view of the water and stars. There were two reclinable chairs, separate footrests / ottomans, and a small table on the balcony. As there are staterooms above and below deck 7, we never heard noise from other areas of the ship. The interactive TV has 150+ movies on demand, the daily menus, five live TV channels (all news), and information about weather, ship position, and ports of call. The bathroom features a single sink, tub/shower combination, and Elemis toiletries. Service: Outstanding, as always for HAL. We were greeted by name by our cabin attendants, and everyone on the ship looked for opportunities to attend to and anticipate our needs. The one exception was staff onshore at HAL's private island, Half Moon Cay. Some of the Half Moon Cay staff were helpful, but several were brusque or rude when we asked questions or requested directions to places on the island. When a horseback riding shore excursion on Half Moon Cay ran long, we were dropped off at the island BBQ at 12:50, ahead of their 1 PM closing. Staff were already taking down the buffet, and refused to serve us lunch. As a result, we had to head back to the ship early for lunch rather than enjoying Half Moon Cay's beach. Dining: Food ranged from good to very good. As a foodie, none of the dishes were outstanding, but none of them were poor either. Dinner in the Tamarind restaurant was the best meal and dinner service we have experienced on a Holland America ship. Room service was efficient and complimentary - we enjoyed two dinners in our cabin, and had coffee and tea delivered to the room every morning. We also loved the high tea, served in the main dining room on fine china at 3 PM each afternoon. Entertainment: We loved Lincoln Center Stage - world class, classical chamber music performed in a dedicated concert venue - and attended their performances almost every night. BBC Earth, highlights from the series set to a live performance of the score, was wonderful. We also attended two enjoyable, if simple, America's Test Kitchen cooking demonstrations. HAL does not have the showy, nonstop entertainment offered by some other lines, and young children would find entertainment outside of the kids club to be limited to swimming in the pool, but we loved the more sophisticated approach to entertainment.
  16. Sunday brings our first "seven cruise ships in port" day of the season. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0600-1600. She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Sunday, November 18 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, November 19 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, November 20 At Sea Wednesday, November 21 Montego Bay, Jamaica Thursday, November 22 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Friday, November 23 Cozumel, Mexico Saturday, November 24 At Sea Sunday, November 25 Fort Lauderdale, FL Volendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0530-1600. She is headed out on a 15-day transit of the Panama Canal. November 18 Fort Lauderdale, FL November 19 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas November 20 At Sea November 21 At Sea November 22 Cartagena, Colombia November 23 Panama Canal (Full Transit) (Cruising) November 24 At Sea November 25 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica November 26 Corinto, Nicaragua November 27 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala November 28 Huatulco, Mexico November 29 At Sea November 30 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico December 1 At Sea December 2 At Sea December 3 San Diego, CA Other ships in port are Carnival Conquest at pier 4 from 0615-1600, Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Harmony OTS at pier 18 from 0445-1630, Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, and Silhouette at pier 26 from 0515-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1600 and is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean sailing. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/ . Sunday, November 18 Tampa, FL Monday, November 19 Key West, FL Tuesday, November 20 At Sea Wednesday, November 21 Roatan, Honduras Thursday, November 22 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Friday, November 23 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, November 24 At Sea Sunday, November 25 Tampa, FL Koningsdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1700. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ . Next up: Veendam on Monday, November 19.
  17. On the Nieuw Amsterdam: Can the balcony partitions (dividers) be removed on any of the balcony (verandah) cabins? Or, just certain ones? Specifically, I'm looking into cabins on Deck 7 aft VE and VD categories. We'll be getting several in a row and would like the dividers removed, if allowed. In those same cabins, are there refrigerators? Thanks!
  18. Hi all - I have a girlfriend who is sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam next month. She hasn't cruised much and has a couple questions regarding internet. She owns a pretty successful Etsy store and needs to be able to access her Etsy store daily. She has customers asking questions, artwork that needs to be uploaded or emailed, etc. She saw that she can buy a block of internet minutes, but she's wondering how that works as it relates to uploading or emailing artwork. Do the number of minutes it takes to upload a file simply come off the block of minutes she's purchased? What if she uploads multiple files at the same time? I was thinking that her best option might be to simply get an international plan with her cell provider and use that to access her store. There are only 2 sea days in their itinerary. Just looking for some more detailed info on how the internet plans work and any suggestions everyone might have for her. TIA!! 🙂
  19. Where does Nieuw Amsterdam dock in St Thomas, Havensight (spelling?) or Crown Bay? Is there a way to print out airplane boarding passes on the ship? Any good tips about this ship? We're doing St Thomas, Grand Turk, and Puerto Rico.
  20. November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the armistice to end what was then called "The Great War". Whether you call this day Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, or Veteran's Day, it is the time to give special recognition to all the people who have served in the military. November 11th brings six cruise ships to Port Everglades. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (Port to) from 0430-1700. She is embarking on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Sunday, November 11 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, November 12 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, November 13 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, November 14 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Thursday, November 15 At Sea Friday, November 16 Bonaire Saturday, November 17 Curacao Sunday, November 18 Aruba Monday, November 19 At Sea Tuesday, November 20 At Sea Wednesday, November 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 19 (Starboard to) from 0515-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise which includes Nassau, a port HAL visits infrequently. Sunday, November 11 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, November 12 Nassau, Bahamas Tuesday, November 13 At Sea Wednesday, November 14 San Juan, Puerto Rico Thursday, November 15 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Friday, November 16 At Sea Saturday, November 17 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, November 18 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Regal Princess at Pier 2 (0500-1600), Caribbean Princess at Pier 4 (0530-1600), Independence OTS at Pier 18 (0445-1700), and Majesty OTS at Pier 29 (0415-1600). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com . Eurodam will be in San Diego departing at 1700 ( webcam - sundiegolive.com). For the addicts: On Monday, November12 Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Nassau 0800-1600 ( https://www.portnassauwebcam.com) and Prinsendam in St. Maarten 0800-1700 (https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com ). Next up: Zuiderdam on Wednesday the 14th.
  21. For those of you who have sailed her with HAL. On 29 Oct 2018, Marella Cruises announced that their Marella Spirit had been sold for scrap. Marella Spririt is the former Nieuw Amsterdam III (her sister was Noordam III, currently still sailing for Marella Cruises as Marella Celebration). Nieuw Amsterdam III was built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France and delivered to HAL on 1 July, 1983 as the first of two identical sisters which would be known as the "N"-class with HAL. Her younger sister, Noordam III followed just under a year later from the same yard. They would be the last new-builds for the, at that time, Dutch-owned Holland-Amerika Lijn. She was the third ship to bear the name Nieuw Amsterdam in Holland America Line’s then 110-year history. Nieuw Amsterdam or New Amsterdam, was named after the 17th-century Dutch colonial settlement on the island of Manhattan that served as the capital of the New Netherland territory and later became New York City. The ship is currently in Piraeus, Greece awaiting her last voyage to the breakers (more than likely Alang, India) for which she has been renamed 'Mare S' Nieuw Amsterdam’s keel was laid on 14 November 1981 and her hull floated out on 21 August 1982. Successful technical trials took place off the Normandy coast on 12, 13 and 14 March 1983. The official delivery was scheduled for 11 May 1983. Then the problems started! First, a strike by Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard workers forced the hand-over date back to more than a month later, to 17 June 1983. This is when HAL actually took possession of the vessel and on 23 June, Nieuw Amsterdam departed St. Nazaire for Le Havre, France with a number of VIPs onboard, arriving there the next day. The naming ceremony as well as her maiden voyage was scheduled to take place two days later, on 26 June 1983. On 25 June however, one of Nieuw Amsterdam’s main electrical switchboards burned out which resulted in severe technical problems. HAL was forced to postpone the dedication ceremony and several of the VIP’s and naming ceremony guests had no choice but to return home. Replacement parts to repair and rebuild the ailing switchboard were actually removed from her younger sister Noordam, still under construction in St. Nazaire, but the process took almost a month to complete. Now two weeks behind schedule, the lead ship of the “N” class was finally named by her godmother, HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, on 9 July 1983. Nieuw Amsterdam then departed Le Havre on a trans-Atlantic crossing to New York City on 10 July 1983 under the command of HAL Captain Frederik “Freek” van Driel. She arrived in New York Harbor, complete with two stowaways from the African country of Ghana, on 18 July where she received the traditional fireboat welcome from the FDNY. As part of her inaugural visit and maiden voyage festivities, Nieuw Amsterdam sailed two cruises to ‘nowhere’ on 19 and 20 July 1983 from New York for VIPs, travel professionals and media representatives. On 21 July 1983 she departed New York with her first revenue passengers on her maiden voyage, a roundtrip bound for Hamilton, Bermuda, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI. For the 1983 winter season, Nieuw Amsterdam repositioned via the Panama Canal to San Francisco, CA on the U.S. west coast, from where she operated 14-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera, as far south as Acapulco in the state of Guerrero. In 1984 she was registered to Sint Maarten-based Holland America Tours N.V. while being managed by Seattle, WA-based Holland America Line-Westours. Also in the summer of that year, she operated her first Alaska season from Vancouver, BC calling at Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Valdez. The 1984-1985 winter season found her sailing 7-day cruises to the Western Caribbean out of Tampa, Fl. With port calls at Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and George Town on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. And this pattern would continue for the next several years. As the HAL fleet grew from the late 1980s onwards, Nieuw Amsterdam’s itineraries widened to various destinations around the world. A longer, thirty plus day South Pacific cruise was on her agenda in the fall of 1991. In 1996 she began using New Orleans, LA as a seasonal home port for some of her Western Carib cruises, substituting Montego Bay for Ocho Rios. Nieuw Amsterdam would wind up serving the Holland America Line for seventeen years. On 10 August 1999, American Classic Voyages, then parent company of Delta Queen and American Hawaiian Cruises, announced that it had purchased Nieuw Amsterdam from Holland America Line for $114.5 million dollars, to operate an inter-island Hawaii service alongside their ss Independence. After her final Alaska season in 2000, Nieuw Amsterdam sailed, without passengers, to Sydney, Australia where she served as a hotel ship for the Summer Olympics between 12 September and 3 October 2000. Following those games, she sailed to Honolulu, where about 60 crew came aboard from the newly formed United States Lines (under American Classic Voyages) and then continued on to Portland, Ore. On 18 October 2000, American Classic Voyages officially acquired the ship with the transfer occurring in a somewhat unusual ceremony at sea, approximately fourteen miles off Portland. At the same moment her registry was changed to Honolulu, she reverted to the U.S. flag, and was renamed ms Patriot. Patriot proceeded to Cascade General Shipyard in Portland, Ore, arriving on 18 October 2000, where she underwent a multi-million dollar dry-docking and refurbishment afterwhich she sailed to the Hawaiian Island. Upon arrival in Honolulu, she began operating 7-day cruises for United States Lines on 9 December 2000, departing every Saturday evening with port calls at Nawiliwili, Kauai, Kahului, Maui, Hilo, Hawaii, and Kona, Hawaii, before returning to Honolulu. On 19 October 2001, American Classic Voyages, Inc. announced that it had filed for bankruptcy/Chapter 11 protection and would cease most sailings. Both ss Independence and ms Patriot stopped sailing on Saturday, 20 October after completing their cruises and were laid up at pier 24 in Honolulu. Patriot’s main creditors at this time were still the Carnival Corporation (also the owners of HAL) and they sought a federal court action to, among other things, prohibited the ship from leaving port. As a result, Patriot was arrested in Honolulu harbor on 26 October 2001. On 27 January 2002, she was auctioned off at the federal court in Honolulu. Carnival Corporation took possession, and the ship reverted back to her original name of Nieuw Amsterdam, however under Bahamian flag and registered to HAL’s subsidiary Wind Surf. Nieuw Amsterdam departed Honolulu on 15 March 2002, initially for dry-dock at Freeport, the Bahamas. Those plans, and her destination, were changed on 28 March 2002 and a new course was set for Charleston, NC, where she arrived on 2 April 2002 for a wet-dock and general maintenance work. Approximately two weeks later, it was announced that Carnival Corporation had reached a 10-year bareboat charter agreement for the ship with Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines. This was followed by another announcement on 18 April 2002 that Louis, in turn, would sub-lease the ship to Luton, England-based travel operator Thomson Holidays/Thomson Cruises, initially for three and a half years, and then changed to ten years. On 3 May 2003, and now renamed Thomson Spirit, she operated her first cruise for Thomson Cruises, a Mediterranean itinerary from Palma de Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic islands. Thomson Spirit usually sailed in the Mediterranean during the northern hemisphere winter season and could be found in Northern and Western Europe in the summer. Following the announcement on 09 October 2017, that Thomson Cruises would be renamed Marella Cruises, the owners, TUI Group, also announced that Thomson Spirit would be renamed 'Spirit' at the end of October 2017. In December 2017 however, Marella Cruises revised this decision by announcing that the vessel would be renamed 'Marella Spirit'
  22. I just got off the Nieuw Amsterdam after a two week cruise. Any questions for me? I'm happy to answer anything I can!
  23. I don't want to step on Scrapnana's or Boytjie's toes but with Cruise Critic having been down overnight I don't think they do a lot of morning posting so here goes. We have Nieuw Amsterdam on a Malt Shop Memories charter 7-day cruise to Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Kitts. She came in really early this morning. Zuiderdam is 10-day Partial Panama Canal cruise to Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, the canal, Colon, and Puerto Limon. She came in later this morning. Also in port are Anthem of the Seas and Celebrity Reflection (both briefly), Carnival Conquest, and Adventure of the Seas. In Tampa the Rotterdam leaves at 5 for a 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise to San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Johns, St. Lucia, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Cayman. Also in port are NCL Pearl and Carnival Miracle. The Tampa webcam is http://portttampawebcam.com and for Ft. Lauderdale http://ftlauderdalewebcam.com and http://portevergladeswebcam.com
  24. I cannot locate the roll call for our sailing on December 2nd, 2018 out of Ft. Lauderdale on the Nieuw Amsterdam. I see one for Dec 9 but not specifically for our dates. Any suggestions?
  25. Is is closest to the Dive in restaurant or farther away?
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