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  1. I imagine that Captain Mercer is looking forward to his retirement! Hope all crew get ashore safely and stay healthy on their return to their hoes. I wonder if Cheryl will be boarding Amsterdam with Captain Schuchmann, and I especially wonder where Amsterdam will go next. What would we do without you, Rich, letting us know all this good stuff, with pictures, too! 🥂 (That's as close as I could come to a mimosa...)
  2. It will be a joyous day when this Amsterdam saga is over!!
  3. Philip Stolte, Restaurants Operation Manager on the Amsterdam is finally flying home. He posted this message while flying. ”i am in the air 😃 on my way to Doha with Qatar airlines, super service, super fast wifi for 10 dollars.” By Philip. As for the Filipino crew, they are still on board, but it is getting close. One of the Dining Room Wine Stewards, Russell, has posted that he has his certificate and is no longer in quarantine.
  4. Report # 1 San Diego, California Day One October 26, 2019 Saturday Sunny & Hot 23 Pictures Part #1 Of 1 Well, here we go again, beginning another adventure, which turned out to be a bit longer than we usually undertake. Late summer usually has us thinking of cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. But this year, HAL offered another South Pacific itinerary that really appealed to us. Aptly named “Tales of the South Pacific”, we booked this 51 day cruise, with a two day stay in San Diego. We will have a 12 day break in December to take care of a million things at home, including the holidays, then head off January 1st for the 128 day Grand World Voyage. It is exhausting just thinking about it, as it has taken much planning to make it work smoothly. So far, we’re off to a good start with the unexpected news from our travel agent yesterday that we had been given a complimentary upgrade from our outside room to a veranda. Miracles do happen. And it came at a good time, since the situation at home in California has been bleak recently. The dry weather conditions, mixed with low humidity and high winds has prompted power outages. At the time we left home, there had already been two phone calls from the power company warning us of blackouts that would begin Saturday evening. News about the many fires in the state have been beyond disturbing as well. Perfect time for us to leave, we guess. In August this year, we experienced a weekend of wild fires (arson-started), which closed our roads for two days. During that time, a doe had a fawn on our place, which is something that occurred once before this. So we have had a border, with the fawn staying within the safety of our fence, and the doe visiting to take care of her baby. It has been fun watching her grow and forage for the acorns from the oaks. She (we assume the fawn is a girl) has been joined by a large buck, who sustained an injury. He took refuge in our place too, rested for a week, then was on his way. Both animals, as well as several of their buddies have become almost tame as they allowed us to approach them with no fear. We do hope by the time we return, they will be gone and doing their thing elsewhere where they can find more feed. Once winter hits, there is little to sustain them. Much to our surprise, as our driver picked us up at 4:30am, we found that the main road had sustained a water leak that undermined the street. A crew was working in the dark fixing this leak, making it necessary to reduce the traffic to one lane. Good thing this was taking place on Saturday, and not during the commute work week. These things can never be predicted, sort of like Murphy’s Law. In all of the forty years we have lived here, this is the first time to experience these conditions. If this helps to prevent more devastating fires, then this will be the new normal. Back to our journey, the ride to SFO was just over an hour. Lucky again, we had both gotten the TSA pre-check, which worked well for one of us. But with the new knee brace, one of us got the xray and closer scrutiny. Wanded and swiped, I passed with flying colors. All went off according to schedule, and we arrived to San Diego before 10am. It had to be warmer here than at home….more like summer, and not autumn. Our hotel for the next two days is located within a few blocks of the cruise terminal. Today, the Star Princess and Eurodam were in port, so the activity in downtown was noticeable. Requesting early check-in, we were given a room immediately, instead of waiting until 4pm. Nice, since we had been up since 3am, and needed to relax for a bit. But only for a little bit. With some shopping we needed to do, we were off to get the job done. But first, after discovering the Westfield Mall was being re-modeled, and only a few stores were opened, we searched the Gaslight District for a suitable restaurant for lunch. Highly decorated for Halloween, we found the Sign of the Whale, a sports-type bar, was perfect. And besides, they had specials on ice cold beer today. Sharing a burger, we enjoyed watching the locals arriving dressed as witches for the occasion. This must be the weekend for parties. Even the pet dogs were decked out as pumpkins and ghouly ghosts. We did find the local pharmacy with the directions from our waiter, and found most everything we needed. Looking forward to some down time after the long walk today, back at the hotel, we did some emailing and TV watching. By 6pm, we headed out for dinner at Claim Jumpers, a few blocks away. We ordered our favorite salads while watching the Eurodam leave the scenic harbor. The sun was setting as we finished our meal, ending a nice, but busy long day. More tomorrow….. Bill & Mary Ann
  5. Thank you Rich and thank you Clara Barton. Not a lot of joy among waiters and waitresses but some beverage waiters should be reunited with their families and dining room waiters on the Nieuw Amsterdam are pretty much on the home stretch. A tough choice between doing something and doing nothing. A simple dinner for me, canned mac & cheese and some vegetables today. Still pretty cold here. I don't generally wear a mask outdoors and it was cold enough to wear a ski cap that covers my ears so I just hold the mask in front of my face when I pass people on the trail. Roy PS: My Cunard safari refund Cruise was cancelled 3/16) hit my credit card this morning.
  6. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated March 27th, 2020 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). APRIL 2020 Maasdam - 15-Apr-20 - 12 day Mexico/Sea of Cortez 57redbird Luvtennis6060 RetiredNow - B2B2B with April 27th & May 4th Eurodam - 15-Apr-20 - 17 day Hawaii out of Seattle luvteaching - celebrating 43rd anniversary, Karen’s 67th & DH’s 80th birthday, 1st time to Hawaii Taters - B2B following April 11th Sequimcookie Veendam - 15-Apr-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Momma_Bear - sailing with 3 Bro’s & Brides celebrating 2 birthdays & BIL’s 50th anniversary Oosterdam - 18-Apr-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera Esmercos - 1st cruise, celebrating their 40th birthdays. Louise Knowles - 1st cruise celebrating 50th birthday Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome 1ANGELCAT CruisingAndDiving - becoming 2* on this cruise N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night Azores & Normandy Expedition TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board richwmn Queen of DaNile Zaandam - 21-Apr-20 - 11 night repo from FLL to Mtl NCTribeFan Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal kakalina - enjoy your 1st aft Neptune suite Maasdam - 27-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coast RetiredNow - B2B2B following Apr. 15th & with May 4th Sharon in AZ N Amsterdam - 28-Apr-20 - 12 day Mediterranean gailellen12 MAY 2020 Maasdam - 04-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Sue from Canada Av8rix RetiredNow - B2B2B following April 15th & 27th N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic DinkyDee67 Noordam - 17-May-20 - 11 day Triple Denali Reagan0712 - land & sea - 3 days in Denali pre-cruise, 1st time to Alaska Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Empires gwilli SeaVuPlay Koningsdam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaska mean - 1st HAL cruise Eurodam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer AJSkarbo Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter AlanF65 - first HAL cruise Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Veendam - 23-May-20 - Baltic Cruise highfields Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) Amsterdam - 26-May-20 - 11 day The Atlantic Coast HELENPSL - with brother and sil - surprise! JUNE 2020 Maasdam - 01-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska Aussie_traveller13 - celebrating 40th anniversary N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) N Statendam - 07-Jun-20 - 14 night Voyage of the Midnight Sun travelingla Westerdam - 14-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska VCR-Seward-VCR Himself Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska Veendam - 20-Jun-20 - 35 day Spitsbergen, Iceland & British Isles RetiredNow - celebrating 40th anniversary on board & 34th year cruising with HAL N Statendam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Norse Legends vicd1969 Westerdam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska, Seward to Vancouver KidCruze - with in laws, first HAL cruise N Amsterdam - 27-Jun-20 - 12 day Greek Odyssey calebandjess - celebrating 10th anniversary, CAleb’s birthday & 1st HAL cruise JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Zaandam - 04-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B with July 11th Zaandam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B following July 4th, 1st cruise as a solo Eurodam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Loreto - cruising with family & celebrating Loreto’s birthday on board N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser Empress of the Seas - 20-Jul-20 - 7 day Best of Bermuda rafinmd - B2B with July 27th Empress of the Seas - 27-Jul-20 - 7 day New England & Canada out of Bayonne rafinmd - B2B following July 20th Maasdam - 27-Jul-20 - 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise AUGUST 2020 N Statendam -02-Aug-20 - 14 day Northern Isles Cailey53 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th crystalspin Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Veendam - 22-Aug-20 - 17 day European River Explorer (Ams - Ven) Scrapnana - B2B with Sept. 8th Zaandam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 Day Historic Coast Crazy For Cats Koningsdam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 night Alaska sachinbapat - 1st cruise celebrating 25th anniversary Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Amsterdam - 07-Sep-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires & Adriatic Dream NikkiGR - celebrating 45th anniversary, 1st HAL cruise Veendam - 08-Sep-20 - 14 day Turkey & Greek Isles Explorer Scrapnana - B2B following Aug. 22nd N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th N Amsterdam - 19-Sep-20 - 12 day Adriatic Dream vcd1969 Westerdam - 20-Sep-20 - 17 day Circle Hawaii carlyshenk Divi - 1st time to Hawaii & on the Westerdam lynanken -1st time to Hawaii & on Westerdam Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar madera1 Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - Seattle to Auckland B2B ending Nov. 7th sailingdutchy Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector gigianne - new horizons kazu richwmn OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Rotterdam - 03-Oct-20 - 29 day Iberian Adventure & Passage to America obriendan Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Reagan0712 - 1st time to Africa ger_77 & Honey Bunny - 5th Transatlantic N Statendam - 27-Oct-20 - 15 day Passage to America canadianbear Zaandam - 31-Oct-20 - 17 day Panama Canal Sequimcookie NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser packercruising - 3rd HAL cruise Eurodam - 08-Nov-20 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean saturn93 Zuiderdam - 08-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Crazy For Cats N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow N Amsterdam - 21-Nov-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean neuronbob N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Sunfarer Cruisinetta HAL Sailer - celebrating 25th anniversary DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 phyllisrf N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise GeriatricNurse Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Eurodam - 09-Dec-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 Amsterdam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Christmas & New Year richwmn NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children Zuiderdam - 27-Dec-20 - New Year’s Cruise fatcat04 - 3 generation cruise with grand moms, fatcat04 & kids JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult N Amsterdam - 02-Jan-21 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean summer slope doncarlos & Fishbabe Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Volendam - 04-Jan-21 - 74 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage StLouisCruisers - 2nd Grand Voyage, 3rd time to Antarctica Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Cailey53 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation bluesplayer N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise wdw1972 - with hubby & friends fatcat04 Veendam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Rotterdam - 25-Mar-21 - 16 day Panama Canal (San Diego - FLL) samsonmo - B2B with April 10th APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th MAY 2021 Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 7 day Premier Venice to Rome 1ANGELCAT richwmn - B2B with May 22nd Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 17 day Premier Voyage & European Splendor Cailey53 - 1st inaugural voyage Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 19 day Norse Legends & Jewels of the Baltics Stefanni0522 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 10 day Jewel of the Baltics Veenendaal6 - celebrating 28th anniversary Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board AUGUST 2021 Rotterdam - 12-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Crazy for Cats Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 vinonme2 HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  7. Thank you for the report. A couple of last minute changes. Zaandam is now docked in Ijmuiden, and the Nieuw Amsterdam seems to be diverting south. I hope not another major storm brewing in the Indian Ocean. Bad enough that Eurodam and Amsterdam need to face this without another ship needing to flee a storm. Ill go with yesterday's turkey breast tonight and my cookie will be oatmeal raisin. Our flags are at half staff for our fallen police officers. Roy
  8. 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/
  9. CNN just did a little blurb on crew still left on ships around the world. The Amsterdam was mentioned briefly. A couple (either American or Canadian from their accent) was working as Future Cruise Consultants were still on the ship. They mentioned that they are not being paid. I hope the interview was a few days ago and they indeed were able to get off the ship.
  10. Yes, I have called. They said they knew my situation but could not say when I wouid get my refund. This was from the Feb. 1 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise cancelled because of mechanical problems.
  11. I am still waiting for my refund. My Feb. 1 cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam was cancelled and I have an email from Jan. 24 stating I would get a check by March 24. This all happened before the virus hit. I am still waiting after almost four months. Very frustrated!
  12. We are booked on a 14 day cruise on the Rotterdam sailing May 29, 2021 out of Rotterdam. The ports of call are: Eidfjord Skjolden Alrsund Trondheim Hammerfest Honningsvag Bergen Stavanger Rotterdam We selected this itinerary because of reaching the Arctic Circle and the North Cape. We had visited Kristansand, Oslo and Copenhagen on a previous Baltic cruise. Copenhagen is worth staying over for a day or two, as is Amsterdam.
  13. Do you have a preference for the Zaandam or the Amsterdam? We are looking at rebooking a cruise for next year.
  14. Thanks so much for doing this report. I enjoy your new additions. I just want to point out that the Nieuw Amsterdam left Reunion Island on the 19th and is now on her way to Jakarta according to Cruise Mapper and Cruisin also shows her passing just south east of Mauritius.
  15. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated March 20th, 2020 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). APRIL 2020 Maasdam - 15-Apr-20 - 12 day Mexico/Sea of Cortez 57redbird Luvtennis6060 RetiredNow - B2B2B with April 27th & May 4th Eurodam - 15-Apr-20 - 17 day Hawaii out of Seattle luvteaching - celebrating 43rd anniversary, Karen’s 67th & DH’s 80th birthday, 1st time to Hawaii Taters - B2B following April 11th Sequimcookie Veendam - 15-Apr-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Momma_Bear - sailing with 3 Bro’s & Brides celebrating 2 birthdays & BIL’s 50th anniversary Oosterdam - 18-Apr-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera Esmercos - 1st cruise, celebrating their 40th birthdays. Louise Knowles - 1st cruise celebrating 50th birthday Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome 1ANGELCAT CruisingAndDiving - becoming 2* on this cruise N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night Azores & Normandy Expedition TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board richwmn Queen of DaNile Zaandam - 21-Apr-20 - 11 night repo from FLL to Mtl NCTribeFan Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal kakalina - enjoy your 1st aft Neptune suite Maasdam - 27-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coast RetiredNow - B2B2B following Apr. 15th & with May 4th Sharon in AZ N Amsterdam - 28-Apr-20 - 12 day Mediterranean gailellen12 MAY 2020 Maasdam - 04-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Sue from Canada Av8rix RetiredNow - B2B2B following April 15th & 27th N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic DinkyDee67 Noordam - 17-May-20 - 11 day Triple Denali Reagan0712 - land & sea - 3 days in Denali pre-cruise, 1st time to Alaska Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Empires gwilli SeaVuPlay Koningsdam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaska mean - 1st HAL cruise Eurodam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer AJSkarbo Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter AlanF65 - first HAL cruise Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Veendam - 23-May-20 - Baltic Cruise highfields Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) Amsterdam - 26-May-20 - 11 day The Atlantic Coast HELENPSL - with brother and sil - surprise! JUNE 2020 Maasdam - 01-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska Aussie_traveller13 - celebrating 40th anniversary N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) N Statendam - 07-Jun-20 - 14 night Voyage of the Midnight Sun travelingla Westerdam - 14-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska VCR-Seward-VCR Himself Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska Veendam - 20-Jun-20 - 35 day Spitsbergen, Iceland & British Isles RetiredNow - celebrating 40th anniversary on board & 34th year cruising with HAL N Statendam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Norse Legends vicd1969 Westerdam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska, Seward to Vancouver KidCruze - with in laws, first HAL cruise N Amsterdam - 27-Jun-20 - 12 day Greek Odyssey calebandjess - celebrating 10th anniversary, CAleb’s birthday & 1st HAL cruise JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Zaandam - 04-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B with July 11th Zaandam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B following July 4th, 1st cruise as a solo Eurodam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Loreto - cruising with family & celebrating Loreto’s birthday on board N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser Empress of the Seas - 20-Jul-20 - 7 day Best of Bermuda rafinmd - B2B with July 27th Empress of the Seas - 27-Jul-20 - 7 day New England & Canada out of Bayonne rafinmd - B2B following July 20th Maasdam - 27-Jul-20 - 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise AUGUST 2020 N Statendam -02-Aug-20 - 14 day Northern Isles Cailey53 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th crystalspin Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Veendam - 22-Aug-20 - 17 day European River Explorer (Ams - Ven) Scrapnana - B2B with Sept. 8th Zaandam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 Day Historic Coast Crazy For Cats Koningsdam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 night Alaska sachinbapat - 1st cruise celebrating 25th anniversary Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Amsterdam - 07-Sep-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires & Adriatic Dream NikkiGR - celebrating 45th anniversary, 1st HAL cruise Veendam - 08-Sep-20 - 14 day Turkey & Greek Isles Explorer Scrapnana - B2B following Aug. 22nd N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th N Amsterdam - 19-Sep-20 - 12 day Adriatic Dream vcd1969 Westerdam - 20-Sep-20 - 17 day Circle Hawaii carlyshenk Divi - 1st time to Hawaii & on the Westerdam lynanken -1st time to Hawaii & on Westerdam Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar madera1 Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - Seattle to Auckland B2B ending Nov. 7th sailingdutchy Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector gigianne - new horizons kazu richwmn OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Rotterdam - 03-Oct-20 - 29 day Iberian Adventure & Passage to America obriendan Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Reagan0712 - 1st time to Africa ger_77 & Honey Bunny - 5th Transatlantic N Statendam - 27-Oct-20 - 15 day Passage to America canadianbear Zaandam - 31-Oct-20 - 17 day Panama Canal Sequimcookie NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser packercruising - 3rd HAL cruise Eurodam - 08-Nov-20 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean saturn93 Zuiderdam - 08-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Crazy For Cats N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow N Amsterdam - 21-Nov-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean neuronbob N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Sunfarer Cruisinetta HAL Sailer - celebrating 25th anniversary DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 phyllisrf N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise GeriatricNurse Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Eurodam - 09-Dec-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 Amsterdam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Christmas & New Year richwmn NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children Zuiderdam - 27-Dec-20 - New Year’s Cruise fatcat04 - 3 generation cruise with grand moms, fatcat04 & kids JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult N Amsterdam - 02-Jan-21 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean summer slope doncarlos & Fishbabe Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Volendam - 04-Jan-21 - 74 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage StLouisCruisers - 2nd Grand Voyage, 3rd time to Antarctica Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Cailey53 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation bluesplayer N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise wdw1972 - with hubby & friends fatcat04 Veendam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Rotterdam - 25-Mar-21 - 16 day Panama Canal (San Diego - FLL) samsonmo - B2B with April 10th APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th MAY 2021 Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 7 day Premier Venice to Rome 1ANGELCAT richwmn - B2B with May 22nd Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 17 day Premier Voyage & European Splendor Cailey53 - 1st inaugural voyage Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 19 day Norse Legends & Jewels of the Baltics Stefanni0522 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 10 day Jewel of the Baltics Veenendaal6 - celebrating 28th anniversary Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board AUGUST 2021 Rotterdam - 12-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Crazy for Cats Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 vinonme2 HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  16. today is Fatigue Syndrome Day and International Nurses Day Two can Live as Cheaply as One for Half as Long. -- Howard Kandel Meal suggestion for today - Tender Strips of Chicken At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam off Capetownn destination Jakarta eta 5/26 Nieuw Statendam English Channel destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/18 Veendam destination Cape Town eta 5/21 Zaandam English Channel destination Ijmuiden NL eta 5/12 Zuiderdam off Rio Grande Do Norde Brazil destination Salvador Brazil eta 5/14 Cape Town Anchorage Volendam At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Puerto Vallarta eta 5/13 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 La Paz Anchorage Oosterdam Manila Anchorage Eurodam At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Manila eta 5/12
  17. Our cruises were paid for in November and were for 48 days cruise commencing February 16, 2020. So, I'm not talking about cancelling a future cruise. We were onboard when the world began to shut down early to mid March. We were deep in the South Pacific at Rarotonga with our itinerary "blown out of the water". We weren't allowed to refuel or re-provision in French Polynesia. Two ports in Tonga were cancelled, all four ports in French Polynesia, Christmas Island, etc. A revamped cruise was organized and would have salvaged some of the time with lots of extra days in Hawaii. That plan lasted less than a day. We were told that we would prematurely debark in Hilo. A few days later, after flights were booked, this was changed to Honolulu. New flights were booked, and we were at the pier in Honolulu for 12 hours and 12 minutes, bunkered and received basic provisions and sent on our way. The Governor of Hawaii would not allow our healthy ship to debark passengers even though all passengers had flights booked and cruise line had arranged chartered buses directly to airport. Only two people in great need of medical care and eventually six to eight Hawaii residents were allowed off the ship. We then were redirected to sail to San Diego to debark! New flights again were arranged, all on our credit card. My point is that I'm grateful that we were well taken care of and on a healthy ship (Maasdam) with a fantastic complement of Officers and Crew. We paid for three extra flights each to come home as debarkation port kept changing. It was stressful, and also our long awaited special cruise was cut short. Yes, we expect reimbursement, some refund and FCC. I think it will happen within 90 days. We left the ship on March 28. After we arrived home, the Zaandam passengers were next priority, some ill with Covid-19 and transferred to hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Rotterdam helped with some passengers. Amsterdam's World Cruise was abbreviated in Fremantle, Australia, some passengers being too elderly and/or frail to fly. Now, the HAL ships are busy repatriating our wonderful crew members, and the Maasdam is just north of Philippines tonight. Some of the ships are expected to go into long layup in Malaysia. Am I concerned about receiving our FCC's and reimbursement? YES! But, I'm trying to be patient and understand what others have gone through and are still going through to get home. There have been a few deaths. The world has been turned upside down. Cruising is such a wonderful way to travel, and all cruise lines have been decimated. There are approximately 23 cruise ships today anchored in the bay at Manila, Philippines. I am hopeful and have been promised reimbursement and FCC's, but I'm trying to be patient and wait. We are thankful to be home safely and grateful for the Maasdam's Officers and Crew for their diligence, safety concerns, frequent updates on board, and all care and attention. Take good care. Be kind, be patient and stay safe.
  18. The light just came on as to your inquiry; it's a jarhead thing 😉 So Stein Kruse got his current job as CEO of the HAL Group effective December 1, 2013. Prior that that date he was president and CEO of Holland America Line Orlando Ashford joined HAL as president and CEO effective December 1, 2014, in fact taking over from Kruse one full year after the latter became CEO of the group It appears to me that for a full year, Stein Kruse kept running HAL in his function as CEO of the HAL Group until Orlando Ashford was hired as president and CEO of HAL The only explanation I can come up with as to how you saw him (Ashford) onboard Amsterdam in March 2014 in Southis that he must have been a special invitee by Kruse and that they were already looking at him to take over. At the time you saw him on Amsterdam, Ashford was still officially president of the Talent Business segment of Mercer, a global consulting firm Good catch Sir!
  19. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated March 13th, 2020 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). MARCH 2020 Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Seasick Sailor - B2B2B following March 7th & with March 21st Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Loreto Zuiderdam - 18-Mar-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Crazy For Cats Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Seasick Sailor - B2B2B following March 7th and 14th N Amsterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean wdw1972 - solo cruise neuronbob - with DW, DS & MIL, 3rd HAL cruise - achieving 2* Volendam - 22-Mar-20 - 14 day Southern Caribbean smokesmom - celebrating 27th anniversary Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise StartrainDD sailingdutchy MaisonRose Vict0riann Zuiderdam - 08-Apr-20 -11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer goddessofchaos Eurodam - 11-Apr-20 - 4 day Pacific Coastal Taters - B2B with April 15th N Statendam - 12-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean seagarsmoker luvtwotrvl & trvlcrzy Maasdam - 15-Apr-20 - 12 day Mexico/Sea of Cortez 57redbird Luvtennis6060 RetiredNow - B2B2B with April 27th & May 4th Eurodam - 15-Apr-20 - 17 day Hawaii out of Seattle luvteaching - celebrating 43rd anniversary, Karen’s 67th & DH’s 80th birthday, 1st time to Hawaii Taters - B2B following April 11th Sequimcookie Veendam - 15-Apr-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Momma_Bear - sailing with 3 Bro’s & Brides celebrating 2 birthdays & BIL’s 50th anniversary Oosterdam - 18-Apr-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera Esmercos - 1st cruise, celebrating their 40th birthdays. Louise Knowles - 1st cruise celebrating 50th birthday Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome 1ANGELCAT CruisingAndDiving - becoming 2* on this cruise N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night Azores & Normandy Expedition TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board richwmn Queen of DaNile Zaandam - 21-Apr-20 - 11 night repo from FLL to Mtl NCTribeFan Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal kakalina - enjoy your 1st aft Neptune suite Maasdam - 27-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coast RetiredNow - B2B2B following Apr. 15th & with May 4th Sharon in AZ N Amsterdam - 28-Apr-20 - 12 day Mediterranean gailellen12 MAY 2020 Maasdam - 04-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Sue from Canada Av8rix RetiredNow - B2B2B following April 15th & 27th N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic DinkyDee67 N Amsterdam - 10-May-20 - Europe Summer Venice to Rome richwmn Noordam - 17-May-20 - 11 day Triple Denali Reagan0712 - land & sea - 3 days in Denali pre-cruise, 1st time to Alaska Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Empires gwilli SeaVuPlay Koningsdam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaska mean - 1st HAL cruise Eurodam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer AJSkarbo Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter AlanF65 - first HAL cruise Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Veendam - 23-May-20 - Baltic Cruise highfields Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) Oregonpoppa - 4th HAL cruise, celebrating 59th wedding anniversary Amsterdam - 26-May-20 - 11 day The Atlantic Coast HELENPSL - with brother and sil - surprise! JUNE 2020 Maasdam - 01-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska Aussie_traveller13 - celebrating 40th anniversary N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) Veendam - 06-Jun-20 - 14 day North Cape & Gems of Norway StLouisCruisers - B2B with June 20th N Statendam - 07-Jun-20 - 14 night Voyage of the Midnight Sun travelingla Westerdam - 14-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska VCR-Seward-VCR Himself Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska Veendam - 20-Jun-20 - 35 day Spitsbergen, Iceland & British Isles RetiredNow - celebrating 40th anniversary on board & 34th year cruising with HAL StLouisCruisers - B2B following June 6th N Statendam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Norse Legends vicd1969 Westerdam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska, Seward to Vancouver KidCruze - with in laws, first HAL cruise N Amsterdam - 27-Jun-20 - 12 day Greek Odyssey calebandjess - celebrating 10th anniversary, CAleb’s birthday & 1st HAL cruise JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Zaandam - 04-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B with July 11th Zaandam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B following July 4th, 1st cruise as a solo Eurodam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Loreto - cruising with family & celebrating Loreto’s birthday on board N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser Empress of the Seas - 20-Jul-20 - 7 day Best of Bermuda rafinmd - B2B with July 27th Empress of the Seas - 27-Jul-20 - 7 day New England & Canada out of Bayonne rafinmd - B2B following July 20th Maasdam - 27-Jul-20 - 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise AUGUST 2020 N Statendam -02-Aug-20 - 14 day Northern Isles Cailey53 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th crystalspin Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Veendam - 22-Aug-20 - 17 day European River Explorer (Ams - Ven) Scrapnana - B2B with Sept. 8th Zaandam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 Day Historic Coast Crazy For Cats Koningsdam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 night Alaska sachinbapat - 1st cruise celebrating 25th anniversary Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Amsterdam - 07-Sep-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires & Adriatic Dream NikkiGR - celebrating 45th anniversary, 1st HAL cruise Veendam - 08-Sep-20 - 14 day Turkey & Greek Isles Explorer Scrapnana - B2B following Aug. 22nd N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th N Amsterdam - 19-Sep-20 - 12 day Adriatic Dream vcd1969 Westerdam - 20-Sep-20 - 17 day Circle Hawaii carlyshenk Divi - 1st time to Hawaii & on the Westerdam lynanken -1st time to Hawaii & on Westerdam Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar madera1 Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - Seattle to Auckland B2B ending Nov. 7th sailingdutchy Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector gigianne - new horizons kazu richwmn OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Rotterdam - 03-Oct-20 - 29 day Iberian Adventure & Passage to America obriendan Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Reagan0712 - 1st time to Africa ger_77 & Honey Bunny - 5th Transatlantic N Statendam - 27-Oct-20 - 15 day Passage to America canadianbear Zaandam - 31-Oct-20 - 17 day Panama Canal Sequimcookie NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser packercruising - 3rd HAL cruise Eurodam - 08-Nov-20 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean saturn93 N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Veendam - 22-Nov-20 - 14 day Southern Caribbean Crazy For Cats Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Sunfarer Cruisinetta HAL Sailer - celebrating 25th anniversary DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 phyllisrf N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise GeriatricNurse Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Eurodam - 09-Dec-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 Amsterdam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Christmas & New Year richwmn NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children Zuiderdam - 27-Dec-20 - New Year’s Cruise fatcat04 - 3 generation cruise with grand moms, fatcat04 & kids JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult N Amsterdam - 02-Jan-21 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean summer slope doncarlos & Fishbabe Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Volendam - 04-Jan-21 - 74 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage StLouisCruisers - 2nd Grand Voyage, 3rd time to Antarctica Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Cailey53 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation bluesplayer N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise wdw1972 - with hubby & friends fatcat04 Veendam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Rotterdam - 25-Mar-21 - 16 day Panama Canal (San Diego - FLL) samsonmo - B2B with April 10th APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th MAY 2021 Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 7 day Premier Venice to Rome 1ANGELCAT richwmn - B2B with May 22nd Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 17 day Premier Voyage & European Splendor Cailey53 - 1st inaugural voyage Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 19 day Norse Legends & Jewels of the Baltics Stefanni0522 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 10 day Jewel of the Baltics Veenendaal6 - celebrating 28th anniversary Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board AUGUST 2021 Rotterdam - 12-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Crazy for Cats Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  20. today is Eat What You Want Day and National Women's Checkup Day You never know how many friends you have until you rent a house on the beach. Meal suggestion for today - Southwestern Taco Salad At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/12 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Cape Town eta 5/21 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Marine Traffic shows San Antonio Chile as Zaandam's destination but she is sailing in the same general area as Nieuw Statendam so I left the destination as Rotterdam [Fortaleza Brazil[/b] Zuiderdam At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Puerto Vallarta eta 5/13 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 La Paz Anchorage Oosterdam Manila Anchorage Eurodam At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Manila eta 5/12
  21. Btw, Amsterdam, Royal Princess and Sapphire Princess have now joined the Manila Bay group with Carnival Spirit and Pacific Area still underway 1. Eurodam - Holland America Line 2. Amsterdam - Holland America Line 3. Royal Princess - Princess Cruises 4. Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises 5. Golden Princess - Princess Cruises 6. Sea Princess - Princess Cruises 7. Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises 8. Sun Princess - Princess Cruises 9. Majestic Princess - Princess Cruises 10. Queen Elizabeth - Cunard 11. Voyager of the Seas - Royal Caribbean 12. Ovation of the Seas - Royal Caribbean 13. Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises 14. Costa Venezia - Costa Crociere 15. Costa Neoromantica - Costa Crociere 16. Costa Serena - Costa Crociere 17. Carnival Splendor - Carnival Cruise Line 18. Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line 19. Pacific Explorer - P&O Australia 20. Pacific Dawn - P&O Australia 21. Explorer Dream - Dream Cruises Enroute/on the way: 22. Pacific Aria (the former HAL Ryndam) - P&O Australia 23. Carnival Spirit - Carnival Cruises
  22. 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.
  23. Some people on our cruise got post cruise surveys. We did not. I wrote to HAL and got the following reply. If you didn't get a survey and want one you may want to contact HAL. 📷 May 18, 2020 Mr. Richard McClear Mrs. Susan McClear Email: rich@mcclear.net RE: Case: 1-8474623051 Booking: Dear Mr. McClear: Thank you for contacting us regarding your sailing on ms Amsterdam. We understand that you would like to have a Guest Satisfaction Survey sent to you. Our system is set up to send a survey to each email address associated with a booking, and we regret if you did not receive one. We do value all guest comments and are happy to send you a mail-in survey; we simply ask that you complete the survey and return it to us using one of the methods listed below. Please be assured the information you submit will have equal value to the surveys that are sent electronically. Please return your completed survey to: Holland America Line Attn: Guest Relations 450 Third Ave West Seattle, WA 98119 Email: guestrelations@hollandamerica.com Fax: 206-905-8962 You may either reply to the questions on the attached PDF in the body of your e-mail reply, or each print out the form to fill in by hand and send scanned copies to us or mail the physical copies to our mailing address noted above. Please be advised that we are receiving a higher volume of guest communications and regretfully our response time is delayed. As such, kindly allow us sufficient time to review your comments with the attention and care they deserve, and you can expect a response in approximately 3-4 weeks. We sincerely apologize for any resulting inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience during this time. Thank you again for contacting us with your inquiry, and we look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Ilene Barton Special Advisor Office of the President
  24. Oceanic was a memorable vessel on which I cruised. Homeric: as a visitor prior to a sailing, she was as "old world elegant" as the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938 was when I visited her in 1971.
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