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  1. We cruised on HAL 10 years ago. Since that time, we have been exclusively Celebrity/RCCL and have "upper tier" status with both. We decided to try something different, and yesterday returned home from an 11 night cruise on Koningsdam. WOW. Loved the ship, entertainment, food, and service. I had heard that HAL was trying to appeal to a younger generation. Well, we are in our 70s and it must be our generation, because the Rock and Roll room and BB King's Blues Club were full each night with many people dancing and singing along with the songs. We enjoyed Tamarind and Pinnacle Grill, feeling both were superior to anything we have yet experienced on RCCL. We are scheduled for Zuiderdam this summer and Zaandam next January. We realize that the older ships cannot compare to a new ship, but, hopefully, the food, service, and entertainment will still be very enjoyable. I plan to share our great cruise with my friends on the RCCL board.
  2. On the Jan-Feb 2019 cruises (at least) on the Koningsdam, the CD Thomas Weber has been hosting a series of "Meet the Artist" sessions. These were about an hour long, and consisted of Thomas asking a few background questions and then taking questions from the audience. These featured the Lincoln Center group, the BB King group, the Rolling Stone Rock Room group, and the Billboard duo. Attendance was good, the questioning was lively, and the performers seemed happy to participate. Thomas said that this was somewhat of an experiment. Through the years I have noted on the HAL after-cruise surveys that it is unfair and disrespectful that the performers in its entertainment groups are not identified. Who were the HALcats, and the Neptunes, and the Adagio, and the Singers and Dancers ? At any other entertainment there would be a playbill, or handout flyer, or at least a poster naming the performers. There has been some progress on this - there now are occasional flyers with short bios of the Lincoln Center performers, and on the Koningsdam one of the video panels cycles through these. Due to an overlooked comment card I was able to meet the HD Santosh and he connected me with Mikey, the Entertainment Coordinator. He said that this issue has been discussed and some thought is being given to it. The Lincoln Center info is available because it is produced by RWS Entertainment (the contractor for LC Onboard) and given to HAL. BB King and Rock Room are contracted from Beale Street Blues Co, and they have not been providing that sort of directly usable promo material. The "Meet the Artist" sessions are nice, but they do not really address the need to identify the performers. Artists deserve that recognition. Clearly HAL knows who they are - it would not be very hard to put a poster with their names in each venue - even it it had to be updated every three months when the contracts changed. And it shouldn't be too hard for the HAL IT department to put up their bios on the video panels since they have the LC as a template.
  3. I've found the magnetic walls on Carnival ships very useful for hanging our paperwork, etc. I''ll be sailing on the Koningsdam soon and wondering if I should bring my magnetic hooks with me.
  4. Hi, very occasional cruiser (4, taken over 20+ years). I've always go straight to CC forums for info when I'm looking! I was thinking it was about time for the bucket list Alaska cruise when I saw HAL's reduced deposit promotion and decided to go ahead an do it. I've narrowed things down quite a bit and I'm looking at either the Koningsdam or Eurodam in late May 2020. The same standard Veranda in generally the same location is just about the same on each ship. The itinerary is slightly different, Eurodam sails from Seattle so there is a day at sea, while the Koningsdam has inside passage on two days, up and back from Vancouver. Eurodam does Sitka, Koningsdam does Skagway. We want to see Tracy Arm -- Koningsdam has a drop off for an excursion on the way to Juneau, whereas Eurodam says it sails up the Stephens Passage straight to Juneau, but we can catch an excursion from Juneau to Tracy Arm. So, there doesn't appear to be a ton of difference in itinerary, but maybe I'm missing something since we've never been to the area. I don't think we can go wrong, but I'd appreciate any feedback people have, especially people who have sailed on the Eurodam and Koningsdam (I know the Koningsdam hasn't sailed to Alaska before). Thanks everybody!
  5. Hold onto your hats folks because it’s going to be a very busy day in Port Everglades for this one. The three newest blue hulled beauties (N Statendam, N Amsterdam & Koningsdam) in the fleet will all be sailing away in Port Everglades and the gracious flagship, Rotterdam will be sailing out of Tampa. Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 26 & will be doing 2 different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700) And the second is the 14 day Western Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (28 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (01 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (05 Mar 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (06 Mar 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (07 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Mar a0800) Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to be at pier 19 and is doing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700) Koningsdam is set to be at pier 21 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar a0700) And the second is the 21 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (09 Mar 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (10 Mar 0900-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (11 Mar 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (12 Mar 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (13 Mar 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (14 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar a0700) Other ships in port sailing way are: Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) & Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam will be sailing out of Tampa on a 7 day Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (25 Feb 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (27 Feb 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (28 Feb 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Mar 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Mar a0700) The other ship in Tampa is the Carnival Miracle The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the Sail Away Addicts - the Oosterdam is in Key West on this date. And on February 25th, the Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Nassau & the Rotterdam will be in Key West. Next up - Zuiderdam on February 27th.
  6. tThe Nieuw Statendam seems to be almost a duplicate of the Koningsdam (aside from the artwork) except in one place. As I understand (haven't sailed it yet) the Crows Nest on the NS has been fitted out in the new style, with the Explorations Cafe merged into the bar, the Excursions office move up to the starboard side, the Captain's Room converted to a lecture space, and big video screens in the middle. We were afraid that the Koningsdam would be retrofit in that style during its December drydock, as has been happening to the older ships. Fortunately not ! The Koningsdam Crows Nest still has the traditional layout, except for being carpeted all the way across instead of having a dance floor. There are a large number of comfortable chairs of various styles in various groupings. A very pleasant place for a lot of passengers to relax.
  7. The two newest ships for Holland America are traveling together from St. Thomas to Half Moon Cay. This is Koningsdam as seen off the port side of Nieuw Statendam
  8. We are recently back from the Koningsdam - 2019 Jan 23 - Feb 13. We were not impressed with the menus or the preparations in the MDR (as compared to previous HAL cruises) and so took advantage of Rudi's Sel de Mer. (Rather than Pinnacle, since we are not big steak eaters.) HAL launched the Sel de Mer (by Rudi Sodamin) concept on the Koningsdam, as a companion to the Pinnacle. As I recall, it was pitched as a seafood brasserie, an alternative to the steak-heavy Pinnacle. On the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam it is a stand-alone space entered around the atrium from the Pinnacle. They share an access hall to the kitchens. On the older ships Sel de Mer is a pop-up in the Pinnacle space with a special menu. We have not experienced it that way. It would seem that the 'primarily seafood' concept was not popular, and on the Koningsdam this restaurant is now pitched as "Rudi's" - with the Sel de Mer in small print. It now has a very varied and interesting menu. For some reason HAL made Rudi's menu a la carte, as opposed to the fixed price in Pinnacle. However, the cost of a meal is about the same. Rudi's offers the same discounts as Pinnacle for 3/4/5* Mariners. The a la carte pricing seems to be a psychological deterrent. Rudi's space is smaller than Pinnacle, feeling like a small fine restaurant. It has about a dozen tables of various sizes. When we were there, there were two very attentive hostesses (Lise and Rahul) and four waiters, all European professionals. In our six visits it was never full, and some nights some of the staff was detached to help in the MDR. Regardless, service was very good. Finally, to the menu. Roger Jett's scan of Rudi's menu It has enough variety for repeated visits - we ate there six times. The portions are large, so on the first visit we learned that an appetiser and main, or main and dessert, was plenty. The Fruits de Mer was a tower and more, and needed an auxiliary table. Looked great if you like that sort of thing. The Foie Gras was more than generous (by US restaurant standards) and expertly sauteed. The Pot au Feu is a meal - cast iron pot of rich broth and braised beef. The ratatouille side dish was very good, and a whole bowl, not a dollop. On the fish side of the entrees, the Branzino and the Dover Sole were both excellent and the moules (a pot with enough for two) very good. On the meat side, the cassoulet and the rack of lamb were excellent. We had the roast chicken in the MDR on "chef's night" and it was a full half chicken - very tasty but too much. Of the desserts, we liked the chocolate pot de creme best. The others were all big enough for two, and very good. Only the cheese plate fell down - just the same assortment as in the MDR. We would have sampled more of the menu if we had time. (Admittedly, as 4* we ate at 50% off) We encourage you to try it out. We are worried that HAL might decide to swap some bigger revenue-producer into the space if dinership does not pick up.
  9. Hoping to have answered a couple questions prior to our trip: 1. on 11 day (south east Caribbean): when are gala nights? We depart from Ft. L, then 2 sea days, islands, then 2 days prior to disembarkment, another sea day back? 2. does anyone have access to the "daily news" sheets that cruise lines usually give the nite prior? What is the name of the "news"? We would love to view them! 3. do they do "wine blending classes" or wine tasting classes? 4. is there any photo packages? if not, how much are individual pics? 5. is there a "welcome" drink when boarding? thanks so much to all that can help here, getting excited about the cruise as it comes closer! FC
  10. Sailing on the Koningsdam in March - first time on this class of ship. On other HAL ships, we have enjoyed the lounge chairs on the Promenade decks looking out over the ocean. I understand this is not available on the Koningsdam. Where can one enjoy the ocean and relative quiet on a lounge chair in the shade on this ship (we do not have a verandah)?
  11. We'll be on the Kongingsdam in March sailing to/from Grand Turk & the Southern Caribbean which we've read is a great island/area for whale watching at that time of year. Has anyone seen whales in March on this or any other Southern Caribbean sailing? We have a balcony cabin. Thank you for sharing your experience!
  12. Lots of sick passengers on the February 3rd sailing...
  13. Anyone going on this cruise and would like to chat? It is our first time on Koningsdam, first time to Croatia. Any tips on the ship, the shore excursions? Anything?
  14. Just book D7004 for a 10 day cruise. A little concerned with the side blank areas next to the room and the view out the window. Is that a deck out the window that people can walk on? Anything strange about this room? Please tell me you experiences with this room or D7001, D7002 or D7003. Pictures would be nice. Thanks
  15. The Oosterdam is set to sail out of Port Everglades and, of course we are all hoping that our captain’s finger will get ‘stuck’ on the horn again. She is doing two different segments for this one and is scheduled to be at pier 26. The first is the 7 day Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) And the second is the 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (24 Feb 0800-1600); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (26 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (27 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (01 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Mar a0700) Other ships in port are the Carnival Conquest (pier 04), Coral Princess (Pier 02) and Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29). The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts - the Koningsdam is scheduled to be in St Maarten. The website for it is located at https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com Next up - a busy blue hulled beauty day in Port Everglades on February 17th with the Zuiderdam, Nieuw Statendam & Nieuw Amsterdam all schedule to sail.
  16. Just one ship in Port Everglades for this sail a way and it is the King! I never know what to call the Koningsdam in the title. The other ships are ms so does that make the Koningsdam mr? 😉 The Koningsdam is scheduled to be at pier 26 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: Cruise Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700) It’s other itinerary is the 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar a0700) The webcams are located at https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://ftlauderdalewebcam.com Next up is the Oosterdam on the 16th.
  17. Does Koningsdam have set Gala Nights, we cant find anything on the HA website relating to them? We want to book speciality dining but dont want it to clash with these nights. Also what do we need to wear, is it formal or is a casual jacket and collared shirt okay? Once again thanks in advance.
  18. Hello we are 1st time cruisers from the UK and looking forward to our cruise to ABC Islands on MS Koningsdam in February. We have never cruised before so any tips, hacks or suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks in advance.
  19. I have never tried to do a review before, so my apologies in advance for any redundancies or boring information! I don’t want to miss anything, so I may wind up being wordy. DH and I were on the January 13 southern Caribbean cruise on the Koningsdam. We have cruised several other times with HAL, but not on the bigger ships, and we were not sure whether we would like it. We did! We were supposed to be cruising with my DB and DSIL, but they had to cancel due to family and job issues. This was a real problem, because they had a suite and we had an inside cabin. We planned on spending many evenings on their balcony! We were a little bummed, but an inside cabin is sure better than being home or at work. EMBARKATION We arrived at the cruise terminal right around 11 AM and were in group 6 to board. We were on the ship close to 11:45 and I have to say this was probably the smoothest embarkation we have ever had. We were directed to the Lido, but we took a chance that the main dining room was open and it was. After a lovely lunch, we discovered that our luggage had arrived so we unpacked and set out to explore the ship. DECOR The art is very different from what I’ve come to expect from Holland America – I really liked some of it (the cello ship on deck 12) but some of it I just did not get. I did see two of what I think were two of Captain Card’s paintings in the meeting rooms adjacent to the Crow’s Nest, which made me feel more at home. The decor overall is really lovely and understated compared to the ships we have sailed previously. The last time we sailed HAL was on the Veendam, and it was the old garish color combinations. POOLS One thing we really missed was any kind of music at the aft pool. We understand the limitations on live bands, but some kind of music would’ve made an incredible improvement to the environment. Drink service was very good in the area, and seating capacity was OK. Several afternoons there were no clean towels at the aft pool and occasionally under cover seating was slim pickings because one side was designated for smoking. Although it was not full, asthma made that side not an option for us. We did not spend any time at the Lido pool. It seemed crowded, and being mostly enclosed it was pretty warm. We had an informal meet and greet at the aft pool with our roll call, and it was very nice to put names and faces together with folks whose posts I have enjoyed in the past. A lot of great information was passed back-and-forth on our roll call, which was greatly appreciated. STATEROOM We were getting ready for gala dinner on Monday when we received a call from guest services. It seemed they have been trying to reach us since embarkation and wanted to upgrade us to a balcony room down the hall. At no charge!! I thought it was a joke, or that DH was not asking the right questions to verify the up charge! Gina from guest services came by to show us the cabin and make sure the cabin was satisfactory. What, I’m going to say “no, I’d rather be inside”??? Our wonderful cabin stewards Andry and Freddy came along to help us move and voilà! We were in a veranda cabin! Pour the champagne! That was a most wonderful moment! Note: The inside cabin was fine, but let’s be real! DINING We purchased the ultimate dining package, and would not do it again. We have loved the Pinnacle in the past and have heard such good things about Tamarind that we felt like it was a great deal. We went to the Pinnacle the first night, and I have to say we were disappointed. The food was good, but our server really gave us the impression that we were a bother. He took our order and was never seen or heard from again. In a complete contrast, Rozelle, our wine steward, was fast and friendly. I had thought to try POA1’s suggestion about ordering all of our wine at once to avoid a wait, but we never had a delay. I will definitely keep it in mind for the future though. The Tamerind was excellent, service and food alike. We actually dined there twice because guest services gifted us with dinner there due to the terrible inconvenience of moving. We did not say no. We also participated in DiLibrije, and I was again disappointed in the service. We received our sparkling wine and the wine for the first course before we ever received the amuse bouche. The food was stellar, but we had the same server we had previously and he was inattentive in the extreme. Canaletto was fine, the food was good and the service was good as well, but nothing was awe inspiring. I was surprised that it did feel like a separate area; I was concerned that we would feel like we were still in the Lido. Dive In was good, and was much quicker than I expected based on previous comments. The Lido is the Lido – lots of choices, with a better layout than previously. The salad station was much appreciated as you could ask for and receive anything in your salad that was available, and DH loved the eggs Florentine for breakfast. The dutch café was terrific. We had lattes from there every morning, and the bitterballen was superb. Our best experience by far was in the main dining room. We were upstairs at a two top, and our waiters (Abu and Silmi) were attentive and friendly. Being on the third floor makes a big difference in the acoustics, and we never felt that it was too loud. The food was very good, and because we had the EBP, we didn’t feel that we had to coordinate our menu choices the way we do when we bring our own wine. I did feel that the selection of red wines by the glass was not great, but that also be my personal taste. Lester, our wine steward was fast, made good recommendations, and was really funny. We really felt like we had our own personal entertainment in the main dining room. One of the things that was fun was when we asked about the celebration song performed by the waiters for birthdays, they arranged to have a celebrated with our neighboring two top just because! DH was the one who had been interested, so I filmed it and took the video and cake to the poker table (have party, will travel). ENTERTAINMENT We very much enjoyed the Rolling Stone rock room, and the BB Kings blues club. The pianists were excellent also, as were the Lincoln Stage performers. All drew huge crowds, but we never really had a problem finding a seat although they may have been tucked in the back corner. We also enjoyed the casino. DH came out ahead, as did I (but barely). sidebar: How can their only be 1 to 2 bottles of Makers Mark on the entire ship? I can’t see leaving the Crow’s Nest at 7 PM to go down to the aft pool to get myself a Makers Mark Manhattan. PORTS Half Moon Cay is a beautiful island, and we were fortunate in that the weather was flawless. Tendering was a breeze and the water was like glass. We did not have lunch on the island, too many options available on the ship and with no crowds! We didn’t do much on Grand Turk – we mostly wandered up and down the streets. They have some nice beaches, but we did not visit them. Bonaire has a very nice and close by downtown area. They had a farmers market going on, and many locals were getting lunch from the guy cooking barbecue. There was lots of really nice jewelry (not expensive), and miscellaneous handmade things to be had. Curaçao was our absolute favorite island. The buildings with the historic Dutch style, and the cafés along the waterway and the swinging pontoon bridge all made for a lovely day. We spent the afternoon wondering the streets, and ended with cocktails and beer at one of the waterside cafés. The weather was lovely, there was a live band performing nearby, and we were able to watch the pontoon bridge open and close several times. We left right at sunset, which was beautiful over the Koningsdam. The waterfront buildings and the bridge are lit up with multicolored lights which makes it so festive. I did not get off the ship in Aruba, but DH did. He took the path from port to town, and said it was enjoyable. I found it enjoyable that he found several little gifts to bring back to me! In summary, it was a wonderful cruise – one we would do again. Holland America has the service model down, and I sure hope they don’t fix what isn’t broken. The ship is lovely, the entertainment is great, but best of all we were on vacation! It’s hard to find fault with that. PS: I forgot to include that Elvis was on the ship!
  20. Wow it’s a busy sail a way day. Lots of blue hulled beauties sailing today from different ports. (Sorry, couldn’t fit all the different ports in the title) Sailing from Port Everglades for this one we have the newly christened Nieuw Statendam (there may be a bit of hoopla as she sails out - fingers crossed), the Koningsdam & the Nieuw Amsterdam. The Nieuw Statendam is doing a Legendary Rhythm & Blues Charter and is scheduled to be at pier 26 - here is here itinerary (sorry, CC has a problem uploading pics tonight and itinerary maps 😞 kinf of frustrating when I’ve uploaded them 😉 ) Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (04 Feb 0900-1500); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (06 Feb 1100-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (07 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb a0700) The Koningsdam is headed out for a 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer and he is scheduled to be at pier 21: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb a0700) as well as a 21 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700 And the Nieuw Amsterdam which is scheduled to be at pier 19 is doing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (05 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (06 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (07 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb a0700 Other ships in port scheduled are the Regal Princess, Harmony Of The Seas & Celebrity Edge. The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam is sailing out of Tampa for a 7 day Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (04 Feb 1100-1800); Trujillo, Honduras (06 Feb 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (07 Feb 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (08 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (10 Feb a0700) As well as a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (04 Feb 1100-1800); Trujillo, Honduras (06 Feb 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (07 Feb 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (08 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (10 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Feb 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb a0700) the Tampa webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com And the Eurodam is sailing out of of San Diego for a 17 day round circle Hawaii: the San Diego is webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com For the Sail Away Addicts - the Oosterdam is scheduled to be in Key West. Our next sail a way is scheduled for February 4th. Hopefully then CC will let the itinerary maps work “sigh” as we watch the Veendam head off for the Amazon and Carnaval.
  21. Background: This was a Girls cruise with my twin sister. We are 46 and have been lucky to travel on several cruise lines, just the two of us, and with our respective families. We’ve cruised several times each on Carnival, Royal Caribbean (Suite and non-Suite), Norwegian (Haven and non-Haven), Princess and Celebrity. My sister has also cruised on Disney and I have cruised on MSC (Yacht Club – love it!). This was our first experience on Holland America and our decision to try HAL was based on 1)price, 2)cruise duration of 9 nights as opposed to the normal 7 we cruise), 3)itinerary (fabulous) and 4)curiosity about the HAL experience. Hotel Pre-Embarkation: We both live outside of Philadelphia so we flew American Airlines from Philly to Fort Lauderdale and spent a night at the Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port. It was a good choice for us. They offer a free shuttle to/from the airport, but the shuttle was taking a little too long so we took a cab to the hotel. The shuttle run includes guests that were staying at a nearby Holiday Inn, too. Check-in and the room were great, but having a restaurant and bar at the hotel was fantastic. No need to venture out for dinner after a day of traveling and we had a full (not continental) breakfast the next morning. There is also a CVS right around the corner within walking distance that was convenient. At check-in we signed up for a shuttle bus ride to the Port. $8/each. I believe the departures were in 30 minute increments and our time was 11:15 AM. More to come shortly.
  22. Has anyone else noticed that this Koningsdam tile has been misprinted? The outline of the top of the Hotel New York in Rotterdam is upside-down! Turning it right-side-up and placing it at the bottom (as it is done on some other tiles) would overprint the artwork of the ship. Looks like they needed to draw another view of the ship. Oops!
  23. Disclaimer: Everyone is different and this is what makes life exciting. Please read my review with that thought in mind. An issue that might be of concern to me might not be to you. We had a great time on the Koningsdam cruise. We met many wonderful people and danced ourselves to exhaustion. This was our 44th cruise.docx
  24. We are scheduled to board Koningsdam at Port Everglades on Wednesday, Feb 13. Sailing time is 5:00. Our boarding passes say embarkation time is 1:00. Is that when it begins, or when they suggest we board to "stagger" arrivals? When do they begin to allow passengers to board? We had hoped to have lunch in the DR on boarding day. Would a 1:00 pm boarding allow us to do that? This is our first HAL cruise in about 10 years, so any information/advice is welcome. Thank you.
  25. Koningsdam will be the only cruise ship in Port Everglades so there should be some good views to be had. The King will be at pier 26 and is scheduled to sail at 5:00 PM for two different itineraries: An 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (26 Jan 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (27 Jan 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (29 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (30 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb a0700) and a 21 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan d1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (26 Jan 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (27 Jan 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (29 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (30 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb 0700-1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb a0700) The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts, the Rotterdam is scheduled to be in Aruba. You can view her at https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next up is the Veendam on January 25th.
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