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  1. Typed out a long response, and CC decided to delete it just when i hit "post". So typing it out again... bear with me :) To start with, some general comments and then further posts will dive in deeper. As a Deaf passenger with low vision, I wanted to give that perspective as compared to the "regular" perspectives. So feel free to ask questions, share concerns and comments, and I will be glad to address them all. Here we go! First of all - I am Deaf, newly 30, low vision due to Usher Syndrome - combined deafness, vestibular issues, and retinis pigmentosa. American Sign Language (ASL) is my main mode of communication. Ocean liner aficionado, introvert, voracious reader. Writer in the process of penning several projects. I do have bilateral cochlear implants - wore them inside the ship and on shore - but wisely took them off when I went out on deck - I didn't want to risk leaning over the railing and have them accidentally fall off - that'd be $7,000 per sound processor. Yeah... that'd be bad. I do hear everything but I can't always understand what I hear. I hear you all talking, but still need lipreading and / or signs to figure out the context. I do excellently with environmental sounds (ship whistles and alarms, for instance - hear them perfectly and can figure out which code the blasts stands for) and music (Adagio!) Plus I had Bear, my longtime companion who's the same age as I and has been to half of the states in the US and many national parks. So it only made sense to drag him along for the ride - and to get intel for a future book I'm writing. (Visit his Instagram page at www.instagram.com/kaitlynandbear ). Quite a few pictures from our shipboard experience there! "You're a bit young - why HAL?" Ocean liner aficionado here. I prefer ships that still look and act like ships - dark color hull, white superstructure, funnels, a wraparound teak promenade deck - which is required - with traditional deck chairs, afternoon tea, shuffleboard, and fixed dinnertime. I am not one for the "foo-foos" of on-land resorts that carries over to ships making them look and act less like ships (*eyes RC, NCL and Carnival*). I have sailed before on Carnival and found it too "busy" for me (sensitive to light, sound, crowds, and visual distractions). So that left Cunard and HAL as my choices (though I would make an exception for Disney - they do honor the old days with their decor and ship profile). I'm perfectly happy with a old fashioned deck chair on the Promenade Deck with a good book and the occasional game of shuffleboard. Can't afford Cunard at this point, and HAL plus the Panama Canal were on my bucket list - so glad to be able to cross two of them off! Also, this trip was a replacement trip for my cancelled European tour last summer. The trip was set up with a Deaf agency and pulled at the last minute due to low sign-ups. ALL hearing land tours won't provide interpreters (falls outside ADA jurisdiction) and the "disability-friendly" tours generally don't accommodate Deaf well due to communication barriers instead of physical barriers. So that left cruising as an option. The Panama Canal worked well due to the fact that it had 2 US ports, which made it eligible for ADA accommodation - hence the interpreters and in-cabin visual alert system. Did the 16 days Panama Canal crossing on the Nieuw Amsterdam from FLL to San Diego, Apr 9-25. In short, 14 beautiful sunny days and two "North Atlantic" days of overcast and choppy waves. Couldn't ask for better weather! First of all, thanks to HAL for providing an ASL interpreter. However, one interpreter is not enough for such a long cruise - 16 days, and I had to cut back on my requests for interpretation to avoid burnout on the interpreter's part. Also, what happens when the interpreter is incapable of performing his/her duty due to circumstances out of our control? As was the case when the interpreter got food poisoning from the Lido and was out of commission for 36 hours, meaning I had zero access to communication during that time frame. Granted it was on a day where I lucky didn't have any shore excursions planned, but did have the behind-the-scenes ship tour scheduled. (Thankfully the on-board marketing department was able to add another ship tour to accommodate me on a later date when the interpreter recovered, but I still got a shortened tour instead of the full one that I paid for). I would strongly encourage a practice of hiring 2 interpreters instead of one to avoid those issues. Also, I would encourage revisiting the compensation package for the interpreting services, as I had issues finding an interpreter that was willing to work for nothing, especially as competing cruise lines do pay the interpreter for their work (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Disney, etc).I encouraged HAL to reach out to several agencies and see what the current practice is. If HAL keeps up the practice of not paying interpreters, Deaf guests will be turned away and seek other cruise lines. (This is why HAL got a bad rap within the Deaf community for not being accommodating nor paying the interpreters while expecting them to work full days for free). Moving on, the shipboard staff and crew have been fabulous regarding the communication front. I never had an issue onboard when it came to communicating with the staff/crew. My portable whiteboard and marker came in handy, and the staff/crew were more than happy to write back and forth or use gestures to ensure effective communication occurs. Special note for the waitstaff in the dining room - not only did they recognize me by face, but also remembered what I liked/disliked, and learned a few signs such as "coffee?" and made sure to write down anything they said, even before I pulled out my whiteboard and marker. Ditto with the staff working the Front Desk - I was especially glad when one of them turned out to know enough basic sign to ensure barrier-free communication occurred. Carlos in the Showroom went above and beyond to making sure the interpreter had access to the show scripts, schedule, and rehearsals with the cast. Not only that, they never failed to remember to shine a light on the interpreter during a show - I never had to remind them to do so. Also, I got a special treat when they agreed to shine a light on the interpreter during a showing of "Rogue One" on the big screen after hearing that the in-cabin movie network had issues with the closed captioning. (As a fan of Star Wars, I was tickled to see it on the big screen, and even better, with an interpreter instead of captions for once). That reminds me - contacted the tech department and/or the film distributors to check into the software for the in-cabin movie listings as the closed captioning was wonky at best. Half of the movie would caption properly, the other half, the captions would literally blink on/off so fast that it was impossible to read. (I checked with several films, both in my cabin and several neighboring cabins and they all had the same issues, leading me to believe it was a network issue and not a TV issue). I think the captions had timing issues as my iPad copy of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" captions worked beautifully, and the movie captions didn't match up, especially how long the captions stayed on screen. (Used that movie as I had seen it several times and was very familiar with it - hence a good "control" film to test it with!) I would encourage research and development of a on-board texting app to be used on the ship. I had issues with ordering room service. If my (hearing) companion wasn't in the cabin, I was left with two choices - either walk downstairs to the Ocean Bar (closest public room) and place my order with the bartender who would phone it in (thank you Edgar!), or open my door and hope to catch one of the housekeeping staff working the hall and have them phone it in (thank you to whoever dropped their duty to do that - I regret that I did not catch their name). Having a onboard texting app would have resolved that issue for me and many other guests who can't use the in-cabin phone. It was especially problematic when I became sick one day and could barely dress and drag myself downstairs to Ocean Bar and have them call in tea and soup, and drag myself back upstairs and get back in bed. Also, I would like to thank the shore excursions folks for making it possible for the interpreter to accompany me on those trips - we were especially lucky in Costa Rica (Walk in the Clouds) and Antigua (Past & Present Colonial Antigua) to be blessed with guides that understood the purpose of an ASL interpreter and made sure we were in the front of the bus so the interpreter could hear and replay their spiels and checked in with me to make sure I was getting the info I needed. (Natasha in CR and Erick in Antigua). I do hope HAL continues this practice of sending the interpreter ashore with the Deaf guests at their request. On last thing - I would strongly discourage scheduling three major one-time only events on the same day/time. In doing the make-up ship tour, I missed out on On Deck for a Cause (had the shirt on and was ready) and the second Mariner's lunch. (There were two Mariner's lunches and I was invited to the second one). I was looking forward to doing all three, and unfortunately, the rescheduled ship tour took place at the same time as them. Just a small complaint on my part. (I was able to pick up my tile at a later time). During the trip I filled out at least 15 comment cards with commendations towards particular staff/crew members, expressed several concerns and whatnot. I do hope they were useful, and the staff/crew got their commendations and thank-yous. The ship library had copies of the Harry Potter books - which is VERY GOOD in my books! 50 points to whoever put them on the shelf - no library is complete without a set. (Okay, I confess - I'm still waiting for my belated Hogwarts letter to arrive!) Next post: in-cabin accommodations, embarkation zoo, muster drill, deck life, vestibular issues, mealtimes, excursions, getting sick, riding the elevators for an hour, low-vision issues, etc.
  2. We are looking at booking an Alaskan 14 day cruise tour for June/July 2021. They have the same itinerary. Which ship would you choose? Thank you for your input!
  3. I noticed on MarineTraffic that the Rotterdam and the Nieuw Amsterdam are headed for South Africa and the Veendam set course for Gibraltar. Does anybody know why ? All three ships were ( hopefully are) due for European cruises. So at least the Veendam is going in the right direction but the others aren’t. As far as I am concerned they are welcome in their homeport of Rotterdam . They can join the World Dream that has been berthed in port since a drydock in Rotterdam four weeks ago. Plenty of space at an unused container terminal.
  4. This is the 1983 version so don't panic - this is the Nieuw Amsterdam III. On Google Earth I looked at Alang India, where ships go to die and there was either the Nieuw Amsterdam III or the Noordam III. The satellite view was dated in January of 2019 so the ship would be cut up by now. HAL had leased both ships but was still listed as the owner. Did HAL send one of them to Alang to be broken up ? The ship on the satellite view looks like either the Nieuw Amsterdam III or the Noordam III. We sailed on both ships and have many good memories. Sad to see them go.
  5. Is there any where to go to view what the menu will be, day by day, in the MDR for a specific ship/cruise? I will be on the Nieuw Amsterdam in the Caribbean on February 15, 2020.
  6. Had checked in on the ships out in the anchorages where the ships have been hanging out south of Grand Bahama earlier today and noticed there was a lot of tender activity between the ships. Today was apparently the day that crew was moved accordingly for their rides home. They have all 3 left the area where they have been with a destination showing up on their AIS. Nieuw Amsterdam says Durban, South Africa. Volendam lists Bridgetown (probably Barbados) and Veendam is now en route to St. Thomas. They are all 3 doing 15- 17 knots located south of Abaco. Here's hoping a safe journey home for everyone and a safe return of the 3 ships in the fall. Will give me something to do to follow their journey. Eurodam is into her journey across the Pacific and in tandem with the Royal Princess and Carnival Panorama northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. This is also to bring crew home. Stay safe and healthy everyone. www.marinetraffic.com https://www.cruisemapper.com/
  7. Nieuw Amsterdam will be making yet another appearance in Port Everglades, FL, tomorrow, Monday, 20 April 2020 for bunkering and provisioning. She is scheduled to arrive at Berth 26 at 0700 hrs local. Her scheduled departure time, although not yet confirmed, is 5:00 PM local. Nieuw Amsterdam, is one of the ships designated by the HAL Group to "ferry" designated non-essential crew from other laid up HAL Group ships back home and she, Nieuw A, will consequently be sailing to Asia shortly. The only other cruise ship in PE port tomorrow will be Regal Princess (0600-4:00 PM; Berth #2) Regal P. is another Holland America group vessel designated as a "crew ferry ship". She'll be ferrying crew back to Southampton and Rotterdam. The remaining "crew ferry" ships in the group are Volendam, Veendam, Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Island Princess and Seabourn Quest. This does not include Amsterdam and Eurodam already enroute to Indonesia and the Philippines to disembark non-essential crew You can watch the action tomorrow on only one webcam (Port Everglades) since the other (Ft. Lauderdale) is under renovation https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/
  8. Thinking of booking cabin 4166 because of the large balcony. This would be for a 18 day Panama Canal cruise. Any information on noise issues with either of these cabins? Thanks for any info.
  9. Hello. We finally got squared away on a BtoB on this ship and are very pleased. We had sailed on Eurodam previously and liked many things about her (BB Kings, Cabanas, size,etc.). I tried doing searches on VE cabins but could not find any info/ recommendations. We had booked 7111 and I saw subsequently 8013,14,20,23,24 were available. We generally like being higher and to the front of the ship but it would be greatly appreciated to hear any comments. What I gathered from skimming 33 pages of a post on a different site was that some balconies may be narrower, have more obstructed railings, and that some cabins may have shower vs/tub shower? None of the cabins above were listed specifically. So our laundry list questions would be: Would some cabins have larger balconies? Larger overhangs (prefer smaller) Potential noise issues? Walk in shower-preferred Thanks in advance for any guidance, Heathy and Happy Cruising.
  10. For those of you used to watching the sail-aways out of Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades, HAL's Veendam will be making a rare appearance today, Saturday, March 28, 2020 in order to take on fuel, water and some stores, as well as a small bit of crew turnover. She is due in at 0530 hrs and going to berth 19. Prelim departure is scheduled for 9:00 PM One hour later at 0630 hrs, HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled in Port Everglades for the same purpose, and is assigned her routine berth 26. Prelim departure is scheduled for 4:00 PM - You've got to watch Nieuw A's departure for a surprise from her captain as she goes by the condos!! The third cruise ship in port on Saturday is CCL's Carnival Sunrise, arriving at 0800 hrs. local and assigned berth 04 The webcams can be found at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/
  11. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (15 Mar 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (17 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (20 Mar 0700-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (21 Mar a0700) Also in port are Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0430-1600, and Adventure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1730. Sky Princess will be arriving at pier 2 at 0500. She is scheduled to leave at 1600 but with the cancellation of all Princess cruises, who knows. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Statendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 15 March.
  12. I am scheduled to go on the Nieuw Amsterdam ship out of Fort Lauderdale on April 4th to Spain April 17th. We booked it through HAL directly, including the flight back. I'm trying to figure out if this will be canceled or changed in some way. Details are sparse from HAL directly. If Spain becomes a Corona virus target, would the ship go elsewhere, or would they potentially cancel the 13 day cruise entirely? Will HAL help with the flight back as it was booked through them? Definitely still looking forward to the trip, but also don't want to be in Quarantine for a month!
  13. G'day from down under! I am posting this early because I expect to be out all day walking around Sydney. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day JoCo Cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (08 Mar); Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (10 Mar); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (12 Mar); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Mar) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Island Princess at pier 21 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0545-1600, and Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1700. https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Zuiderdam on Sunday, 8 March.
  14. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26(starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (01 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (03 Mar 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (04 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (06 Mar 0700-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (07 Mar a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0430-1545, Adventure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1730, and Caribbean Princess at pier 19 from 0530 until 1600 on March 1 (the internet has been too awful for me to research why she is overnighting in PE). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 1 March.
  15. My wife and I have sailed several times on the Nieuw Amsterdam and on our last trip from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, via the Panama Canal we booked a family cabana for the entire cruise. It was delightful and I would be glad to answer questions on the Cabanas if anyone is interested.
  16. Please note: We have now left North American time zones and in a few days will cross the International Date Line which means the sail-away threads will likely be posted at strange times. Please check the second or third page just in case the thread has slipped down. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (25 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (26 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (27 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (29 Feb a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1630, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0445-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Statendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: A full house on Sunday, 23 February with eight cruise ships including Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.
  17. Excited to be enjoying spring break on the Holland Nieuw Amsterdam ship leaving Fort Lauderdale on March 14. Anyone else going? Heading out with my boys.
  18. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (port to)from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (16 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (19 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Feb 0700-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Feb a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0615-1700. She will be doing an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (18 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (21 Feb 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (22 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (22 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (23 Feb 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Feb a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Crown Princess at pier 19 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, and Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730. Caribbean Princess will be overnighting in Port Everglades, arriving at pier 4 at 1800. Also, Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1700. Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Eurodam on Sunday, 16 February. The internet today has been anywhere between poor and non-existent all day today so I was happy to get this up!
  19. Been off the boards a few weeks, and last I had read, the NA was in shipyard having one of the engines fixed, and a cruise was cancelled. Is she back in the water and ok these days? we have a mid march cruise coming up
  20. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 19 (Starboard to) from 0400-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (11 Feb 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (12 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Feb a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (12 Feb 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (14 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Feb a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0445-1600, Independence OTS at pier 29 from 0030-1630, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0515-1600, and Oasis OTS at pier 18 from 0100-1430 (headed to Miami). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Eurodam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Statendam on Saturday, 9 February.
  21. I was looking at the deck plans for the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, and did not see the Lido Cabanas, Did they do away with them?
  22. Seven ships in port today with a possibility of 19,000 passengers debarking and an equal number embarking (glad I am not going to be at the FLL airport!). Eurodam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She will be doing an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (05 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (07 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (08 Jan 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (10 Jan 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (11 Jan 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (11 Jan 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (12 Jan 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Jan a0700) . Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0630-1700. She is heading out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (06 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (07 Jan 1100-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (08 Jan 0800-1500); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (11 Jan a0700) Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0430-1600. We are leaving on the 128-day Grand World Voyage. I would be extremely surprised if we actually left at 1600, however. First of all, the paperwork we received said 1700 and secondly, there has not been a GWV departure before 2000 since I began watching the webcam. In fact, some have not left until closer to midnight. Roseau, Dominica (08 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (09 Jan 0800-1700); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (11 Jan 1200-1800); Belem, Brazil (13 Jan 0800-1700); Recife, Brazil (16 Jan 0800-1700); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (19 Jan 0800(+1)1700); Punta Del Este, Uruguay (23 Jan 0800-1600); Buenos Aires, Argentina (24 Jan 0800-1800); Montevideo, Uruguay (25 Jan 0800-1700); Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (28 Jan 0800-1700); Ushuaia, Argentina (05 Feb 0700-1400); Punta Arenas, Chile (06 Feb 0800-2000); Puerto Montt, Chile (09 Feb 0800-1700); San Antonio, Chile (11 Feb 0700-1700); Easter Island, Chile (16 Feb 0800-1800); Pitcairn Island (19 Feb 0800-1200); Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia (22 Feb 0800-1800); Rarotonga, Cook Islands (24 Feb 0800-1700); Nukualofa, Tonga (28 Feb 0800-1700); Auckland, New Zealand (02 Mar 0700(+1)1800); Bay of Islands, New Zealand (04 Mar 0800-1600); Sydney, Australia (07 Mar 0800(+1)1900); Townsville, Australia (11 Mar 0800-1700); Cairns, Australia (12 Mar 0800-1800); Darwin, Australia (16 Mar 0800-1700); Komodo Island, Indonesia (19 Mar 0700-1600); Bali, Indonesia (20 Mar 0800-1800); Surabaya, Indonesia (22 Mar 0700-1600); Semarang, Indonesia (23 Mar 0700-1800); Singapore (25 Mar 0900(+1)1700); Colombo, Sri Lanka (30 Mar 0800-2300); Male, Maldives (01 Apr 0800-1800); Mahe, Seychelles (04 Apr 1200(+1)1700); Mombasa, Kenya (08 Apr 0800(+1)1700); Zanzibar, Tanzania (10 Apr 0800-1700); Mayotte, Comoros (12 Apr 0800-1700); Nosy Be, Madagascar (13 Apr 0800-1600); Maputo, Mozambique (16 Apr 0800-1700); Richard's Bay, South Africa (17 Apr 0800-2300); Durban, South Africa (18 Apr 0800-2300); Cape Town, South Africa (21 Apr 0800(+1)2300); Luderitz, Namibia (24 Apr 0800-1700); Walvis Bay, Namibia (25 Apr 0800-1600); Saint Helena (28 Apr 1000-1800); Ascension Island (30 Apr 1000-1800); Bridgetown, Barbados (07 May 0800-1800); Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe (08 May 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 May 1000-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (12 May a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0400-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0330-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1700. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Volendam on Sunday 5 January. On that topic, I am going to post Sunday's sail-away this evening (Friday) because I may not have time on Saturday to post. Please note arrival and departure times will likely change between now and then and even the piers could change. If I have the time Saturday night I will put in a revised schedule and bump up the post.
  23. Anyone have any info on how the repairs on the Nieuw Amsterdam are going? TIA
  24. We are onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam for today’s sailing. The captain just announced that due to a technical issue we won’t be leaving on time. No ETA on sailing currently. Assuming worst case, what is the Standard Operating Procedure in this case?
  25. We are looking to take our first cruise on HAL. Can anyone give me some input as to whether an aft facing balcony in the Mediterranean is a good pick?
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