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  1. today is National Lighthouse Day and Professional Speakers Day Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. -- Samuel Butler Meal suggestion for today - Caprese Salad Wine of the day - Terra Santa Île de Beauté White vintage 2017 At Sea Atlantic Rotterdam destination Rotterdam eta 8/10 At Sea Indian Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Balboa Panama Koningsdam Cochin Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Limassol Maasdam Piraeus Greece Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  2. I'm 48, so fall in the middle of the Gen-X cohort. I have been on 5 HAL cruises (Amsterdam, Eurodam, Oosterdam, Noordam and Ryndam), and have 2 future HAL cruises booked for 2021 and 2022 (Nieuw Statendam and Volendam). I have seen many changes and evolution's to the ships/product since I first sailed with HAL in 2007. HAL has been a good fit for my travel preferences along with Princess and Celebrity. I would like to see HAL going forward to concentrate on staying with their unique and comprehensive itineraries, as well as build up their enrichment program and feature true experts in the fields of History, Culture, Geography and Wildlife. Quality Enrichment offerings can really help bring the destination alive. I like the Entire Music Walk concept, but also feel they can enhance the offering by always having a live pianist or trio in the Ocean Bar throughout the evening playing music from the Great American Songbook. An acoustic guitarist by the pool or in the Crow's Nest would also be nice. I'd also like it if they would add back a full live Orchestra to back song/dance production shows and guest performers in the Mainstage. Overall I found the food good to borderline excellent on my last HAL cruise, but feel they could kick up the MDR menus a notch by featuring more locally inspired dishes and varied accompaniments with mains. I actually like the changes to the Crows Nest, which I know is an unpopular opinion on here. In general I'd like to see HAL build on what they have by fine tuning/upgrading some aspects of entertainment/enrichment and increase the quality and variety of food offerings. If they can fine tune their marketing to focus on destination immersion, enrichment, live music variety and dining, then deliver on it, they could really set themselves apart as a premium mainstream brand.
  3. Yes, it has. On the Nieuw Statendam, none of the art had plaques with a title or a description of what the artist intended. My opinion: some of the art was quite interesting and innovative, but what was the message that the artist was trying to covey? Some of the art was simply weird and I did not care for it. (Maybe a title or some type of description would have helped me understand what I was seeing.)
  4. today is National Fresh Breath Day and Wiggle Your Toes Day The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. Meal suggestion for today - Rustic Tomato Pie Wine of the day - Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard vintage 2014 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 Veendam destination Piraeus eta 8/7 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Baja California Balboa Panama Koningsdam Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Limassol Maasdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  5. Our Oct 2021 Rotterdam VI cruise was cancelled, and we were switched to Sept with a different itinerary. When the ship sold, we moved our FCC to Nieuw Statendam Aug 2021, which was also cancelled, shifting us to Ryndam later that month, now Rotterdam VII. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  6. today is National Underwear Day, National Oyster Day, and Work Like a Dog Day Meal suggestion for today - Easy Seafood Salad Wine of the day - Casa Santos Lima Lisboa Colossal Reserva vintage 2015 All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies. -- The Book of Bokonon / Kurt Vonnegut Jr. At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  7. I suggest that from now on, we all boycot the idiotic name Nieuw Statendam and call her by her correct name: Ms. Statendam.
  8. today is U.S. Coast Guard Day and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it. -- Andrew Young Meal suggestion for today - Layered aubergine & lentil bake Wine of the day - Marchesi di Barolo Barbera del Monferrato Maraia vintage 2017 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Westerdam destination unknown at this time Zuiderdam destination Jakarta At Sea Mediterranean Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Noordam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Off the coast of the Netherlands Off the Pacific Coast of Central America Indian Ocean Former fleet in the Med
  9. We were booked for July 9 on the 10 day Jewels of the Baltic and switched to August 22nd. Of course going from a 10 day cruise to a 12 day cruise works to our advantage, however, the date does not. My wife and I are teachers, so we booked in July for a reason. We would be missing around 11 days of school if we went in August. I just don't understand why Holland America did not switch the guests from the Ryndam (Rotterdam) to the Nieuw Statendam's itinerary?
  10. I am not in the right age group for the poll, but I totally agree with your sentiment. My last couple of HAL cruises were on the Nieuw Statendam and the Koningsdam. Evening entertainment based around the music walk had the Rolling Stones room rotating with Billboard or through the doors you had BB Kings. You can then go down the corridor further to the Ocean Bar where you can sit with a drink and friends and look at the baby grand piano that was never played - or go to the Crow's Nest which had no entertainment. No problem with the entertainment they were performing but why not have someone playing some light music on the piano (don't need an entertainer - just some softer music to listen to) and/or add some softer music to the Crow's Nest or elsewhere on the ship. It doesn't have to be all one way or the other - some nights I am in the mood for different activities/entertainment. I realize Lincoln Center is included in their entertainment, but the schedule for them is not in the evenings on these ships so I didn't include them here.
  11. From our January 2019 Caribbean Collector's Cruise on the Nieuw Statendam - She still had the "new ship" smell! "Anchored" at Half Moon Cay - Hibiscus at the Ardastra Gardens, Nassau - Nassau Harbor Lighthouse -
  12. today is Assistance Dog Day and National Watermelon Day Life is a yo-yo, and mankind ties knots in the string. Meal suggestion for today - Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus salad Wine of the day - Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc High Valley vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam currently docked Zaandam
  13. Cancelled our April 1st Veendam cruise in March after the first email came from HAL about cancellations. Agent said I had FCC and taxes/fees would be refunded to cc. The latter was finally credited in early June, but still no FCC on my account. I originally wanted it put towards a Feb. Veendam cruise, but of course they sold the ship. Now booked on the Nieuw Statendam for an April cruise and want it put towards that one. I've called, chatted, emailed, and asked our PCC to do something and to no avail. Our three cancellations on Carnival were so easily handled with simple phone calls and no waiting. Our patience with HAL is wearing thin at this point!
  14. today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Friendship Day, and International Forgiveness Day Crime does not pay ... as well as politics. -- A. E. Newman Meal suggestion for today - Layered aubergine & lentil bake Wine of the day - Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes vintage 2017 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  15. As did I. I had previous experience with such screens on Carnival and Princess ships, so I had an idea what to expect. One evening, I watched some football on Nieuw Statendam with other fans of The Ohio State University. Bundled in blankets, it was a "new experience". It did not replace adequately watching the same game in the "atmosphere" of a ship's Sports Bar.
  16. I made friends during my Nieuw Statendam cruise who had sailed on Koningsdam. The change that they noticed was the location of the snack buffet at Billboard on Board (where we had our HH) was different and better located on Nieuw Statendam. If the width of the deck cannot be changed, then the size/type of furniture on that upper mid-ship pool deck needs to change.
  17. We booked our Nieuw Statendam cruise while on the Eurodam with the onboard FCC. The FCC suggested choosing the Nieuw Statendam cruise over a similar Konigsdam cruise. He was aware that enough changes were being made that he referred to the Nieuw Statendam as a Konigsdam Version 2.0. One of the reasons that the Promenade Deck narrows down at the stern is due to the larger kitchen supporting an additional restaurant and the Main Dining Room's additional passengers served. The engineers and designers have to work within given restraints. Adding additional deck to the Panorama Deck would add additional weight high in the superstructure that may affect stability. I would rather see different furniture in place of those huge couches located there. Passengers seem to stretch out on them in place of their intended use.My original thought on the huge screen was negative but I found it entertaining while having a gelato or desert in the evening. I agree that the current two ships do have shortcomings but that some are hopefully addressed with the new Rotterdam.
  18. Lifeboat placement was a factor in how the Promenade Deck had to be built. It's my impression that somehow in the design of Pinnacle Class #3, some type of modification will be able to be made to allow a more "usual type" of a Promenade Deck. Stay tuned; we'll see. There are some other design features that need to be incorporated into the new build. On the Nieuw Statendam, the upper deck surrounding the mid-ship's pool has areas where the deck space is too narrow, particularly at the forward end of that deck. One has to watch carefully that one does not trip over some furniture in spots. The space between the chairs along the railings and the cabanas on the outside seem too narrow as well to me. Adding another 12-18 inches to the width of that deck would, I think, be an improvement.
  19. I am amazed with all of the combined knowledge that is expressed on CC that no one mentions that the design change of the Pinnacle Class Promenade deck is due to SOLAS regulation changes required for lifeboats, later than the Nieuw Amsterdam completion. Access required for the lifeboats have been changed from earlier designs which now require lower positioning of the davits. Lifeboats must be able to fall when a 15 degree list either side is constant. This contributed to the 2012 disaster of the Costa Concordia where only 23 of 26 lifeboats were able to launch as three on the port side could not launch due to the ship's list. Also included in the updated design regulations are the requirement for disabled passenger, including access in case of an emergency. Hopefully the lifeboats never need to be utilized for their intended purpose. Also by definition a Promenade Deck is for walking, thus "Promenading." There are the deck benches on the Pinnacle class for life vest storage that can be used for short-term sitting. Yes, the view from the Promenade Deck is limited. But there are gaps that can be utilized and the large open starboard rail by the Dutch Cafe and corresponding port side rail. When we sailed on the Nieuw Statendam last year we found that we would just sightsee more from the Sun Deck. This was exceptional for the stunning views of the erupting volcano on Stromboli where the captain did a "Glacier-view" turn. We are looking forward to our next year's cruise on the new Rotterdam. For those that do require the HAL Promenade the four Vista, two Signature, and currently two remaining Rotterdam classes still have them.
  20. I reached the same conclusion and booked 11058 on Nieuw Statendam (inside on deck 11, but has a window looking to the jogging track). The pics show that 1012 and 11058 have similar floorpans, except for window and TV locations. Nieuw Statendam stateroom 11058
  21. I have been in these cabins (1012) on both Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam and didn't have any noise issues inside the cabins. The only noise issue really was in the stair well just aft of these cabins with the sound coming down from the Music Walk. i don't know if that was a problem inside the cabins in that area.
  22. today is National Girlfriends Day, National Mahjong Day, and National Mountain Climbing Day Enzymes are things invented by biologists that explain things which otherwise require harder thinking. -- Jerome Lettvin Meal suggestion for today - Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon Wine of the day - Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard vintage 2016 At Sea Indian Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Eurodam Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  23. After our Rotterdam (VI) cruise for the British Isles this year was cancelled, we decided to leave our deposit as a FCC. With the positive talk recently regarding a vaccine, our thoughts were to at least book a cruise for late 2021. If the timing doesn't work we are prepared to cancel and wait for 2022. We settled on the then Ryndam as we really enjoyed our 20 days on the Nieuw Statendam last year. The fact that the Ryndam is to do two Northern Isle cruises seemed like a decent alternative to the British Isles cruise. One was mid-July 2021 and the other is late August 2021. We opted for the later of the two 2021 Northern Isles cruises. My thought was if the completion is delayed, we stand a better chance of actually sailing as scheduled. Even though our PCC was told by HAL that Ryndam/now Rotterdam was on schedule, he felt that maybe we were making a wise decision. The difference in the two cruises, besides a bit later in the season, is visiting Molde instead of Alesund. Much to my surprise the other day reading on CC that the Ryndam was now to be known as the Rotterdam (VII)! Delivery had been pushed back to the end of July. Our cruise has kept its original schedule - and we will sail on a Rotterdam after all!
  24. The economics, not only of operations cost efficiency, but of capital cost per passenger berth pretty much means that you will not see a new build out of HAL less than 2400 passengers. The Amsterdam cost 241,000 per berth in 2000, the larger Nieuw Amsterdam cost $175,000 per berth in 2010, the even larger Nieuw Statendam cost $163,000 is 2018 (even with inflation in costs between each of those 3 ships during the 18 years from the first until the last) The capital cost per passenger goes up significantly as ship size goes down. Small ships will be the domain of the premium lines in the future. Or the smaller EU lines that are willing to run older ships, but it is up to each person to decide how their fare/experience quality works out for them.
  25. Nieuw Amsterdam makes sense because that is what the Dutch called Manhattan Island when the purchased it from the Native Americans. That ship has a New York flavor to it. Nieuw Statendam makes no sense.
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