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  1. We are looking at both the Amsterdam Vista and Neptune suites. What Vista Suite and/or what Neptune Suite would you ask about if you were making a new booking?
  2. today is Applesauce Cake Day and Hug Your Cat Day Wasting time is an important part of living. Meal suggestion for today - Tender Simmered Beef Tips At Sea Indian Ocean Nieuw Amsterdam destination Manila eta 6/6 Rotterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/5 Veendam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Volendam destination Manila eta 6/9 Zuiderdam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Jakarta Anchorage Westerdam La Paz Anchorage / Pichilingue Koningsdam Oosterdam Lubuan Maasdam Manila Anchorage Amsterdam Eurodam Noordam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam At Sea Indian Ocean La Paz Anchorage / Pichilingue Manila Anchorage Scheveningen NL Anchorage
  3. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated May 29th, 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). AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy SEPTEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 20-Sep-20 - 17 day Circle Hawaii carlyshenk Divi - 1st time to Hawaii & on the Westerdam lynanken -1st time to Hawaii & on Westerdam JeffElizabeth Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Eurodam - 26-Sep-20 - 22 day Seattle to FLL Himself - B2B following Sept. 19th Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - Pacific Coast Sharon in AZ - belated 65th birthday celebration from cancelled April cruise 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 - 40 day B2B Seattle to Auckland sailingdutchy OCTOBER 2020 Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Eurodam - 18-Oct-20 - ?????? cruzeluver - 1st HAL cruise 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 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean seagarsmoker 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 - B2B with Nov. 22 Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow Hhagatha N Amsterdam - 21-Nov-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean neuronbob Koningsdam - 21-Nov-20 - Mexican Riviera lazey1 N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Overhead Fred - with son & girlfriend celebrating his 30th birthday, B2B following Nov. 11 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 N Amsterdam - 05-Dec-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean PROCRUISE - 5th HAL cruise, 1st HAL cruise for friends Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer 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 Infi Koningsdam - 26-Dec-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera New Years Cruise ngaspar - celebrating their 53rd birthday & 2 grandsons’ graduations 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 doncarlos & Fishbabe Veendam - 03-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern/Western Caribbean summer slope Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Gail & Marty sailing away 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 Brewgirl1 - 1 more cruise with parents Norwegian Bliss - 10-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera dobiemom Veendam - 24-Jan-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean vms N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Eurodam - 07-Feb-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise Suzy Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar - celebrating 30th anniversary Volendam - 14-Feb-21 - 33 night final leg of Grand South America BJzink 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 Zuiderdam - 17-Mar-21 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise fatcat04 Veendam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Koningsdam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut - celebrating DW’s 71st birthday Rotterdam - 25-Mar-21 - 16 day Panama Canal (San Diego - FLL) samsonmo - B2B with April 10th Koningsdam - 27-Mar-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera WhiteStar1983 - family cruise celebrating sister’s birthday on board Oosterdam - 28-Mar-21 - 43 day Collector cruise New Zealand & Australia Traveling Dot APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Koningsdam - 10-Apr-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera ernieb - B2B with Apr 17 Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th Koningsdam - 17-Apr-21 - California Coastal ernieb - B2B following Apr 10th Koningsdam - 24-Apr-21 - 7 day Wine & Country Pacific Northwest lazey1 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 Maasdam - 17-May-21 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer AlanF65 Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe palmerett Zaandam - 22-May-21 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 9 day Norse Legends dobiemom 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 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 24 night Jewels of the Baltic & Northern Isles Lucie73821 Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board JULY 2021 Rotterdam - 10-Jul-21 - 16 day Viking Passage Vict0riann Zaandam - 17-Jul-21 - Voyage of the Vikings ( ending Aug. 21/21) VacationCharlene Oosterdam - 25-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Cruise Suzy - introducing DD, DS & their spouses to their first cruise Maasdam - 26-Jul-21- 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise 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 Rotterdam - 29-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Sue from Canada SEPTEMBER 2021 Maasdam - 06-Sep-21 - 14 night Alaska BJzink - with daughter & SIL OCTOBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 29-Oct-21 - 29 day Trans-Atlantic thecatservant NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne ger_77 - 5th TA, overdue celebration of ger’s significant birthday JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 vinonme2 Scrapnana Rotterdam - 19-Jan-22 - 24 day Panama Canal DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2022 Oceania Riviera - 19-Feb-22 - 17 day Caribbean DeeniEncinitas APRIL 2022 N Amsterdam - 09-Apr-22 - 17 day Panama Canal gypsymama5996 - 60th birthday celebration on board Volendam - 16-Apr-22 - 14 day Mexico thecatservant HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  4. Just wondering how ship and crew are faring?
  5. June already, It would bring a smile to us if we could see the itinerary for the 2022 World Cruise. Most of the Amsterdam crew are almost home 😃
  6. Yes Sorry. someone mentioned Alaska and I was thinking Amsterdam and the old Alaska trips. We did a HAL Montreal - Boston years ago and was great (on Masdaam). Drove up through NE into Canada, sailed to Boston and drove home. Our own land tour with a cruise in between. Enjoy. The Neptune concierge will spoil you.
  7. Those of us on the World Cruise or previous World Cruises we’re given the opportunity to vote on 4 possible (stress possible) itineraries for the 2022 WC. All of them began on Jan . 4, 2022. The itinerary we preferred is one that not only included ports in Africa but went north and included Amsterdam and Rotterdam with the timing seeming to coincide with the tulips! If you look at Pete’s website (theinsidecabin.com) I think his link to the 4 possible itineraries is there. They also asked us to list places, ports, countries, etc. we wanted to visit, so all of those bits will be included in what they finally come up with.
  8. Those of us on the World Cruise or previous World Cruises we’re given the opportunity to vote on 4 possible (stress possible) itineraries for the 2022 WC. All of them began on Jan . 4, 2022. The itinerary we preferred is one that not only included ports in Africa but went north and included Amsterdam and Rotterdam with the timing seeming to coincide with the tulips! If you look at Pete’s website (theinsidecabin.com) I think his link to the 4 possible itineraries is there. They also asked us to list places, ports, countries, etc. we wanted to visit, so all of those bits will be included in what they finally come up with. https://www.theinsidecabin.com/2022-grand-world-voyage-survey/
  9. Well you can still do that leaving in January by putting that at the end of the cruise. The 2019 WC went to Amsterdam and easily could have included the Baltic.
  10. today is Repeat Day and Global Running Day A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance. Meal suggestion for today - Spicy roast veg & lentils At Sea Indian Ocean Nieuw Amsterdam destination Manila eta 6/6 Rotterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/5 Veendam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Volendam destination Manila eta 6/9 Zuiderdam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Jakarta Anchorage Westerdam (Marine Traffic shows destination Benoa India eta 6/5) La Paz Anchorage / Pichilingue Koningsdam Oosterdam Lubuan Maasdam Manila Anchorage Amsterdam Eurodam Noordam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  11. today is National Leave the Office Early Day "Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain." -- Lily Tomlin Meal suggestion for today - French Onion Chicken At Sea Indian Ocean Nieuw Amsterdam destination Manila eta 6/6 Rotterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/5 Veendam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Zuiderdam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Jakarta Anchorage Volendam Westerdam La Paz Anchorage Oosterdam Lubuan Maasdam Manila Anchorage Amsterdam (currently circling off Manila) Eurodam Noordam Pichilingue Koningsdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  12. I was notified last night that it was time to check in for our flight to Amsterdam today. The flight was cancelled along with our cruises (June 6 and June 20) back on March 17. (by us, not HAL). Delta doesn't even offer that flight anymore, so it's a ghost flight! No cruise or flight is listed on Holland America and no flight is listed on my Delta Sky Miles account. Crazy! As for a refund - nothing yet on my credit card. No emails from HAL about a small FCC we're owed or anything else for that matter. Today is 79 days and we're trying to be patient, but this is just plain stupid. One of us wants to wait a little longer to file a cc dispute and the other wants to move on with it. Because of this we may decide to cancel our two 2021 Grand Voyages. Are you listening Holland America?
  13. Elevators are not exposed to the cabins - you walk around the corner to where they are in their own little hallway and no, they're not noisy. We stayed in 7027 (opposite 7026) and couldn't hear them at all and are booked in the same location on Volendam (a sister ship) for 45 days in 2021. No reason to move back to 7030 unless you can't get 7026 or 7028. We met people on our 14 night cruise in Alaska two years ago on Amsterdam who were in 7016 and said never again (because of the noise from above). Post back and let me know what you wind up booking! Good luck!
  14. A great video to view. I appreciate it being posted. Given what these people have endured--not just on the Amsterdam, but on vessels of many cruise companies--why would they desire to return for service? I wonder if the next major challenge for cruise lines--if and when they will be able to return to service-- will be the recruitment and training of new crew members. Even if the previous crew members choose to return, the amount of time to re-train them before their ship enters revenue service service again will not be insignificant, I don't think.
  15. I posed this question in the Northern Europe Ports forum, but thought I would see if the trusted HAL patrons had any input. I am currently considering the following 9-night Norway itinerary and was wondering how this fare compares to other Norwegian fjord itineraries. I understand that a journey to the Arctic Circle is ideal, but I don't think we have the time to devote to that cruise at this point (perhaps in the future, though!). Are there any duds or winners among the ports? Amsterdam Flam Sognefjord Bergen Molde Geiranger Geirangerfjord Stavanger Kristiansand Oslo Copenhagen I was immediately attracted to the itinerary because of the different start and end cities. I know Amsterdam is wonderful but don’t know much about Copenhagen or the ports in between. Is this itinerary a 'winner'? Thanks in advance for your input!
  16. Angel, DRM Wine Steward, posted a video of the last group on the Amsterdam going ashore. Angel is the one who created several of the other excellent videos. Enjoy their happiness. https://youtu.be/HD9YlS5sWMg
  17. I also learned from HAL (phone) yesterday, when calling on an unrelated issue, that my refund of 3/28/20 Nieuw Amsterdam port fees/taxes refund had been processed 5/29. It hasn't shown up on my credit card yet, but based on what other people here are reporting, I may see it tomorrow...or 6/5. For the canceled cruise I took the Future Cruise Credit, which arrived on 5/7. The cruise was canceled when everything shut down in mid-March. Sue/WDW1972
  18. Good morning. Well,since our much anticipated cruise and land trip to Alaska was cancelled for this month,we had booked a cruise for August next year on the Ryndam.Then Covid 19 happened. I thought better of it,and discussed it with hub,and we decided flying may not be a good idea yet next year. So I rebooked our trip for a 2 week east west Caribbean on the Nieu Amsterdam with the Have it all perks,and got a Signature Suite on 6th floor midship. We're doing this for our anniversary in January. I've been reading about all the possible new things that may be taking place,and we'll be fine with it..We already live in Florida,and will enjoy all the nice weather.
  19. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated May 22nd, 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). AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy SEPTEMBER 2020 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 Eurodam - 26-Sep-20 - 22 day Seattle to FLL Himself - B2B following Sept. 19th Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - Pacific Coast Sharon in AZ - belated 65th birthday celebration from cancelled April cruise 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 - 40 day B2B Seattle to Auckland sailingdutchy OCTOBER 2020 Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Eurodam - 18-Oct-20 - ?????? cruzeluver - 1st HAL cruise 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 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean seagarsmoker 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 - B2B with Nov. 22 Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow Hhagatha N Amsterdam - 21-Nov-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean neuronbob Koningsdam - 21-Nov-20 - Mexican Riviera lazey1 N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Overhead Fred - with son & girlfriend celebrating his 30th birthday, B2B following Nov. 11 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 N Amsterdam - 05-Dec-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean PROCRUISE - 5th HAL cruise, 1st HAL cruise for friends Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer 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 doncarlos & Fishbabe Veendam - 03-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern/Western Caribbean summer slope Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Gail & Marty sailing away 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 Brewgirl1 - 1 more cruise with parents Veendam - 24-Jan-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean vms N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Eurodam - 07-Feb-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise Suzy Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar - celebrating 30th anniversary Volendam - 14-Feb-21 - 33 night final leg of Grand South America BJzink 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 Zuiderdam - 17-Mar-21 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise 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 Koningsdam - 27-Mar-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera WhiteStar1983 - family cruise celebrating sister’s birthday on board Oosterdam - 28-Mar-21 - 43 day Collector cruise New Zealand & Australia Traveling Dot APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Koningsdam - 10-Apr-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera ernieb - B2B with Apr 17 Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th Koningsdam - 17-Apr-21 - California Coastal ernieb - B2B following Apr 10th Koningsdam - 24-Apr-21 - 7 day Wine & Country Pacific Northwest lazey1 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 Maasdam - 17-May-21 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer AlanF65 Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe palmerett Zaandam - 22-May-21 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf 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 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 24 night Jewels of the Baltic & Northern Isles Lucie73821 Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board JULY 2021 Rotterdam - 10-Jul-21 - 16 day Viking Passage Vict0riann Zaandam - 17-Jul-21 - Voyage of the Vikings ( ending Aug. 21/21) VacationCharlene Oosterdam - 25-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Cruise Suzy - introducing DD, DS & their spouses to their first cruise Maasdam - 26-Jul-21- 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise 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 Rotterdam - 29-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Sue from Canada SEPTEMBER 2021 Maasdam - 06-Sep-21 - 14 night Alaska BJzink - with daughter & SIL NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne ger_77 - 5th TA, overdue celebration of ger’s significant birthday JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 vinonme2 Scrapnana Rotterdam - 19-Jan-22 - 24 day Panama Canal DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2022 Oceania Riviera - 19-Feb-22 - 17 day Caribbean DeeniEncinitas APRIL 2022 N Amsterdam - 09-Apr-22 - 17 day Panama Canal gypsymama5996 - 60th birthday celebration on board HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  20. I wanted to start a new thread so we all can keep in touch and let each other know how getting home is/has been. Plus, after getting home what trials we had to overcome. Shopping, not being able to go home yet if your residence has been rented out til May, etc. Probably a big question will be is how all the reimbursing/refund business goes for everyone. For us, we are flying out Monday at the crack of dawn. We had originally planned on staying in AU and trying to weather it out as I really don’t fly. Haven’t in well over 20 years and back then , the couple times I did, didn’t end well all all. Tad of panic flying happening there...not a good thing. But, I have 25+ hours ahead of us and I’m armed with some meds and between that, my incredible DH, Business class on the shorter legs and First class on the 15 hour one, hopefully I’ll survive without going bonkers. Safe travels to all, Linda R.
  21. today is Don't Give Up The Ship Day and Dare Day Paul's Law: You can't fall off the floor. Meal suggestion for today - Chicken Minestrone At Sea Indian Ocean Nieuw Amsterdam destination Manila eta 6/6 Rotterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/5 Veendam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Zuiderdam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Jakarta Anchorage Volendam Westerdam La Paz Anchorage Oosterdam Lubuan Maasdam Manila Anchorage Amsterdam Eurodam Noordam Pichilingue Koningsdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  22. today is National Smile Day and Save Your Hearing Day "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars." -- J. Paul Getty Meal suggestion for today - Smoky hake, beans & greens At Sea Indian Ocean Eurodam destination Manila eta Nieuw Amsterdam destination Manila eta 6/6 Rotterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/5 Veendam destination Reunion eta 6/5 Volendam destination Jakarta eta 6/1 Westerdam destination Jakarta eta 6/1 Zuiderdam destination Reunion eta 6/5 La Paz Anchorage Oosterdam Lubuan Maasdam Manila Anchorage Amsterdam Noordam Pichilingue MX Koningsdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  23. 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.
  24. One of the most common questions we get on these boards, particularly from new members, is about the different "classes" of HAL ships - the Vista-class, S-class, and so on. Naturally, everyone wants to know which ships are in each class, and what the differences are. With that in mind, I decided to post this "sticky" post explaining the different "classes". I hope this clarifies the situation. Now, let's meet the different HAL ships, starting with the smallest and oldest: PRINSENDAM PRINSENDAM - Built 1988 - 37,983 Gross Tons - 793 passengers The smallest and oldest HAL ship, she is in a class by herself. She generally does the longest and most expensive cruises. She is the only HAL ship not built for the line, she was built in 1988 as the ROYAL VIKING SUN, became SEABOURN SUN in 2000 and then PRINSENDAM in 2002. Among things that separate her from the rest of the HAL ships - she does not have a two-deck dining room or main lounge, an indoor/outdoor pool, or dedicated children's facilities. Her smaller, more intimate size and off-the-beaten path itineraries are appreciated by her increasingly loyal following. S-class STATENDAM - 1993 - 55,810 GT - 1,251 pax MAASDAM - 1993 - 55,451 GT - 1,251 pax RYNDAM - 1994 - 55,819 GT - 1,251 pax VEENDAM - 1996 - 55,451 GT - 1,251 pax These four ships are the "backbone" of the HAL fleet. They are virtually identical except for color schemes and artwork. They were the first new HAL cruise ships to have features like the atrium, the two-deck high dining room and main lounge, and the indoor/outdoor Lido pool. These very versatile ships have done everything from 7-day Caribbean and Alaska cruises to full World Cruises. Recently they have been upgraded with features like the Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant and the Neptune Lounge concierge lounge (for suite passengers). R-class ROTTERDAM - 1997 - 59,652 GT - 1,316 pax VOLENDAM - 1998 - 60,906 GT - 1,440 pax ZAANDAM - 1999 - 61,396 GT - 1,440 pax AMSTERDAM - 2000 - 61,484 GT - 1,380 pax The R-class ships are very similar to the S-class, but a bit longer and wider. Unlike the S-class, they are not all identical. The first of the four was ROTTERDAM. Specially designed for longer cruises, she is the fastest ship in the fleet. She also introduced new features like an alternative restaurant, concierge lounge, and Internet Cafe (all since retrofitted to the older ships as well). VOLENDAM and ZAANDAM followed; they are similar to ROTTERDAM but slower (the same speed as the S-class ships) and are a bit larger because the aft pool was moved up one deck, creating more indoor space on the deck below. Unlike ROTTERDAM, they were designed for yeoman duty in the Caribbean and Alaska though they also are suitable for longer cruises. Like the S-class ships, only decor separates these twins. The final R-class ship, like AMSTERDAM, like a hybrid of ROTTERDAM and VOLENDAM/ZAANDAM. She is faster than VOLENDAM or ZAANDAM but not as fast as ROTTERDAM. Like ROTTERDAM, she was built specially for longer voyages. ROTTERDAM and AMSTERDAM, together, are considered HAL's "flagships" and along with PRINSENDAM they usually do the longest and most prestigious cruises - the World Cruise along with the various Grand Voyages. Vista-class ZUIDERDAM - 2002 - 81,769 GT - 1,848 pax OOSTERDAM - 2003 - 81,769 GT - 1,848 pax WESTERDAM - 2004 - 81,811 GT - 1,848 pax NOORDAM - 2006 - 82,318 GT - 1,918 pax These are the biggest and newest HAL ships currently in service. They were designed mainly for shorter (less than two weeks) cruises in the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe. Like the S-class, they represented a departure from previous HAL ships in size and design. While bigger than HAL's other ships, they are still much smaller than some competitors' ships which are now sometimes bigger than 150,000 GT and can carry over 3,500 passengers (Royal Caribbean have now ordered a ship that will be 220,000 GT and carry over 5,000 passengers). These ships are notable because of the exceptionally high number of private balconies - over two-thirds of cabins have them. They are called the Vista-class because they are named after the points of the compass in Dutch - Zuid (South), Oost (East), West, and Noord (North). The first three are identical; NOORDAM incorporates a few design changes which make her larger and have a slightly higher passenger capacity. Signature-class This will be two (or more) ships which will be larger, improved versions of the Vista-class, much as the R-class can be considered improved versions of the S-class. Right now there are few details but they will probably be about 90,000 GT with a passenger capacity of about 2,000.
  25. Thank you! The current estimated plan is to spend 2.5 days in Amsterdam before the cruise and 2 full days in Copenhagen after the sailing, making for a solid 14-15 day trip.
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