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  1. Looking at these aft cabins on the NS and they are all available for a cruise...is there something wrong with them? Would love comments from anyone who has been in them. We're looking at taking our family (11) on a Caribbean cruise next year...these "sound nice". but concerned so many are available.
  2. Koningsdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0545-1700. She will be leaving for a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (17 Dec 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (18 Dec 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (19 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Dec 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Dec a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0400-1700. She is doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Dec 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Dec 0800-1700); A
  3. Life happens and we had to cancel plans for an October P&O Ventura Cruise. Things have stabilized and we were able to book this last minute cruise of 2 weeks on Nieuw Statendam. This is our First Holland America cruise and from what we’ve experienced in the first week it won’t be our last. We have really enjoyed the NS. Last week we visited Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. This week it will be Half Moon Cay again, then Falmouth Jamaica, Georgetown Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico. Boarding last week was smooth (brief hiccup I explain below) I believe we were
  4. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Dec 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (11 Dec 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (12 Dec 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (13 Dec 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Dec a0700 Also in port are Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, 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/.
  5. This thread will cover my two-week B2B aboard the Nieuw Statendam (NS) and provide answers to the recurring questions asked by CC members: ships officers, ship condition, check-in procedures, Customs/Immigration, electrical outlets, cooking demos, beverage packages, smoking in the Casino, EXC, what's for dinner, new High Score, B2B in-transit procedures, extra charges for entrees, Specialty Restaurant menu changes, what's new, internet speed and multiple-device connections, gala attire, Club Orange, etc. I will include my experiences and observations that may be useful to subsequent cruisers
  6. Greetings! We just got home from our Thanksgiving week voyage on the Nieuw Statendam, and wanted to do a little write up on our experiences. This was our first HAL cruise, and our second cruise ever (first was earlier this spring on the Celebrity Equinox), so we are still relatively new to cruising as a whole. Before I start, a quick preface to my upcoming wall of text. We tried very hard to not directly compare this experience with our first experience on Equinox, because different ships, different lines, different expectations. That said, sometimes it proved difficult to not sa
  7. My wife and I have not cruised on any of the HAL ships. We are about ready to book a holiday trip for this year. My question is...all things being equal with the exception of cabin selection, should we do an inside cabin on the Nieuw Statendam or a balcony on the Nieuw Amsterdam? The cost is roughly the same for the inside and balcony. The Nieuw Staendam is a relatively new ship, and the the Nieuw Amsterdam was recently refurbished in 2018. My thinking is since there is limited daylight hours to enjoy the balcony, perhaps the inside cabin on the newer ship
  8. Happy 1st Birthday December 5th. It’s hard to believe it’s a year ago that I boarded for the crossing.
  9. A very busy day in Port Everglades with eight cruise ships in port, one of which is making her first visit to FLL. Eurodam will be at pier 19 (port to) from 0515-1700 and then heading out on a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Dec 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (04 Dec 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (05 Dec 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (07 Dec 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (07 Dec 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (08 Dec 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (11 Dec a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be pier 2
  10. Happy Thanksgiving! What are the current shows on the main stage on the Nieuw Statendam? We’re sailing on her in a few weeks and am curious !
  11. Koningsdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is going out on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Kralendijk, Bonaire (27 Nov 1100-2000); Willemstad, Curacao (28 Nov 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Nov 0700-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (01 Dec 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (02 Dec 0800-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Dec 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Dec a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 No
  12. I understand that what is left of the library is now in the Crow's Nest. Are there any computers that passengers can use?
  13. Taking the Thanksgiving cruise next week on the NS. I am also trying to get a little Christmas shopping done. If anyone has been on the NS recently, do you know if they sell Garmin or Fitbit fitness trackers in the watch shop, or other shop onboard? Any opinion as to whether they are any kind of a deal would also be appreciated. I know that it's probably same or cheaper to buy online, but if it's close and I can talk to a human, that's a benefit. Recent physical limitations prevent me from doing alot of brick and mortar shopping this year. Will appreciate it!
  14. Aft deck 8 cabins are available for a cruise we are interested in, but I am concerned about noise from the pool deck above. Has anyone stayed in VC8166 or VC8175 on the Nieuw Statendam? Thank you for your help!
  15. Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700, She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Nov 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (20 Nov 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Nov 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Nov 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Nov a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0445-1600, Crown Princess at pier 21 from 0600-1600, Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0515-1600, and Allure OTS at pier 18. The Port Everglades schedule shows her arriving at 0230
  16. Had dinner with a group of five people at the Caneletto. 2 people were two stars. Two were 4 stars, and I am five stars. My four star friends paid the bill thinking it would be 9.50 pp. 50% discount from 19. Caneletto billed him the whole bill, but each meal was billed at the legitimate discount rate. Two at full price. Three at 50%. He was a little disappointed ,but I am glad they are checking. I have read posts where it was said who ever pays the bill gets their discount on the whole tab.
  17. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0400-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (12 Nov 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (13 Nov 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (14 Nov 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Nov 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Nov a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0515-1700. She is setting out on a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Nov 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (13 Nov 1300-2300); Willemstad,
  18. Greetings! My wife and I (mid-60's) are considering a Christmas cruise this year. Celebrity has always been our cruise line of choice but we thought about trying a HAL cruise this time. There are two cruises that fit our schedules and both seem to be very nice ships...The Eurodam and the Nieuw Statendam. We would try to secure an oceanview or verandah cabin. The ports of call are not that important to us on this trip. We would primarily like to enjoy the ship and all it has to offer (food, beverage, shows, meeting new people at dinner and around the ship). I guess we a
  19. Booking an Oceanview cabin on this transatlantic cruise. Some cabins are located on the Main Deck right below the Lower Promenade deck which has a lot of activity. Does the lower promenade activity disturb the cabins below it? We are light sleepers. Also, if we decide to go with a Balcony/Verandah cabin, are there any problems with smoking, vaping, or any other substance next door? I know that smoking is not allowed with exception of smoking areas. But, you know how people can be. Just need to know how well it is enforced on this ship? Thank you in advance for info provided. 🛳️
  20. I love Italian food more than any other cuisine. I visited Italy many times in each of the regions. My sister in law loves it too. I always said I wanted to eat my way through Italy! Anyone been there? Had a favorite dish?
  21. We usually sail during the Holiday season but this year are waiting until January 5th 2020. In seventeen cruises, we have never experienced a ship without Christmas decorations. Kinda looking forward to enjoying the Nieuw Statendam's elegant beauty without extra adornment. Can we expect that she will have been de-decorated by the time we board her?
  22. We have 4 couples traveling in January. Are there tables for 8 in the dining room?
  23. Holland America's newest and largest ship arrived here in Santorini this morning along with Celebrity's Edge, silver seas's wind and Crystal Serenity. Pretty rich company, but we are holding our heads high. Just finished the donkey trail walk to the top, so resting and posting.
  24. I am not a frequent HAL cruiser. Are the internet prices better once you are on board rather than on the HAL website in advance? I will be doing a 7 day Caribbean cruise from FLL.
  25. The Nieuw Statendam is such a beautiful, new cruise ship, and I took a ton of photos when I was on board. If you're planning to sail on this ship in the future and want a sneak peak, I've got a photo tour featuring my verandah cabin and all the public spaces on the ship! If you're missing the ship or counting down the days until your next cruise (aren't we all!), maybe this will help fuel your wanderlust for cruising and bring back some great memories! You can see my entire cruise ship photo tour here >> https://justinpluslauren.com/nieuw-statendam-cruise-ship-photo-tour/
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