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  1. 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)?
  2. 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.
  3. I searched the forum but did not find an answer: Is it possible to "plug in" something via USB at the TV - I miss the dvd players at Holland America - I loved to catch up my favourite series during a TA - I could do that on my phone but would prefer to watch it on a bigger screen.... Thanks Wendy
  4. We have had several aft facing balconies on other cruise lines, but are new to HAL. The ones we've enjoyed were "wrap around" balconies on the corners of ships. The one time we had an aft facing balcony that wasn't on a corner, it would get very hot on our balcony with very little air movement making it too uncomfortable to sit out for more than a few minutes. There are some aft facing category VS rooms still available on our upcoming Koningsdam cruise, but they are not on a corner because those rooms are suites. We were wondering if anyone has stayed in one of these VS category rooms and could comment about whether the balcony was enjoyable, or too hot and stuffy like we experienced on another cruise line?
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. I have another Q, or 2, regarding the staterooms on the leading edge of Koningsdam. We booked one of those Oceanview cabins at extreme front on the Sun Deck (D1102)--talked to one of their reservation staff while we were on the road, so didn't realize until later that this room is underneath the Observation Deck, below Crows' Nest. To the best of my photo and and ship's deck plan interpretation, this room is situated under the swivel chairs and loungers in the Crow's Nest. I know that there are some nights when there are late-night types of activities, including DJs, and so on. My question concerns NOISE LEVELS. Have you had one of these cabins, or talked with someone who has? I'm retired military, so I'm capable of sleeping in places and situations where more sensitive folk would throw up their hands and run for a sleeping pill to accompany their ear plugs and white noise machines. I have been retired for a while now and no longer have all the abilities I've had at other times in my life. But--particularly if you have first-hand experience with these rooms, I'd love to know what your experience was.
  12. 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
  13. I cruised Koningsdam for 24 days from 10/18/2018 to 11/11/2018. She is about 2 years old and appears to be in very good physical condition and is well maintained. That said, Koningsdam is a mixed bag of good, bad and ugly...in this writer's experienced opinion. THE GOOD By all appearances, the ship is being kept very clean. Wear and tear has not yet begun to show too much. Not much rust in sight. The theater (World Stage) is the best in the HAL fleet, and maybe in most fleets. Sight lines are excellent and there is hardly a bad seat in the house. Seating capacity is relatively generous and can fit about a third of the passengers at any one time (close to 800). That said, there were many occasions when the theater was totally filled and people were standing and/or sitting in the aisles (safety hazard?). The hi-tech stage uses a 270 degree computer controlled LCD screen as the backdrop and is the main apparatus of the otherwise sparse set decoration. Lincoln Center Stage is an outstanding plus for HAL. Koningsdam's venue for the very talented quintet is larger than other ships in the fleet and offers comfortable seating. Public seating is excellent and comfortable throughout the ship. The staterooms are a bit smaller on than most of HALs ships, but they are reasonable equipped. Electric and USB plugs are abundant and storage/closet space is good. THE BAD While Koningsdam is new and bright, HAL has done nothing to change the nickel-and-dime operation and product they offer. EVERYTHING they do is designed to get passengers to spend more money. Most of the daily on-board programs offered are for revenue and income production. Venues throughout the ship are too small for the large number of passengers, often filling an hour or more prior to a presentation. The Culinary Arts Center is the showcase venue for America's Test Kitchen, and it is very ill-suited for the purpose...very poor seating and sight angles. They also utilize this room for extra-cost dinning in the evening (much more suitable). The Mariners Program on Koningsdam appears to be treated more as necessary nuisance than as the customer building program it was originally designed to be. There does not appear to be a suitable venue on Koningsdam for a Mariners Reception, so only medallion recipients are invited, no matter how many medallions one has or how many cruise days you've logged. The multi-Star Mariners cocktail party is held in part of the Lido Pool area, while other people are in hot tubs on the other side. It's very clear that HAL management wants to change the demographic of its customers. They are looking for new, free spending blood. Staterooms are noisier than one would expect for a "new" ship. Even in slight seas there is creaking, rattling and banging...especially at night when you are trying to sleep. Fit and finish is not all that it could be. As an example, stateroom have a recessed "frame" for the wall mounted large screen TV. In my stateroom the TV was mounted well out of the center of the frame and lop-sided (one side higher than the other). The Main Dining Room is very noisy, especially on the lower deck (Deck2). There is little or no sound-absorbing material to soak up noise. There is no replay of the excursion or enrichment talks available on Koningsdam's closed circuit TV system or on stateroom TVs. You can, however, book extra cost dining, spa and excursion options via the interactive TV system. What little "art" there is on the ship is far removed from traditional seafaring art. All is very contemporary and the artwork appears to be photo-shopped pictures. There is NO art in stateroom passageways. Passage fore and aft on public decks 2 and 3 is restricted to one side of the ship, ensuring exposure to every selling station onboard. Traffic flow is poor, especially outside elevator locations where they have planted large modern sculptures (?), creating bottlenecks. The Promenade Deck is quite narrow and there are no deck chairs thereupon. The walking gets very bottlenecked at the stern end of the ship, so if one is walking behind slow walkers or encountering walkers who insist on walking upstream, it slows everyone down. Not important enough to write Congress about...just a mention. THE UGLY Whoever designed the toilets in the staterooms should be fired immediately. One cannot sit "on the throne" straightaway. You have to sit sideways because the glass shower enclosure is in the way, and you can't get your knees to squeeze in...unless you're 2 or 3 years old. Very awkward and uncomfortable. DINING This is a very subjective area and not all tastes are alike. So offering comments about the food and service aboard the Koningsdam is treading on very dangerous ground. That said, HAL has put together a fine group of chefs in what they call the Chef's Counsel, to help Chef Rudy design a dining program for the ship's various venues. They have created offerings that, in their test kitchen, appeal to all the senses. Great food requires great ingredients skillfully assembled by craftsmen who love their work. Unfortunately, the Chef's Counsel is not on board to supervise the final product. HALs logistics program is complex and mainly designed to minimize costs and maximize efficiencies. They do not take advantage of the terrific local products as they cruise from place to place. So freshness of ingredients is sacrificed in favor of program convenience. They claim there are reasons (or excuses) for this, but others seem to be able to take advantage of local fresh product availability. That's all I have to say about this topic. Everyone has to judge for themselves.
  14. Lots of sick passengers on the February 3rd sailing...
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Background: Nearly 30 years cruising. Diamond on Royal Caribbean, variety of other colors and jewelry across NCL, Carnival, MSC. Couple near 40, son will be a bit under age 5 at proposed time of sailing. Feel service is declining on Royal Caribbean. Don't care for some of the rowdiness have found lately on NCL and Carnival. Looking for decent kids club and activities; nightly entertainment until 10-11pm is plenty for us really. Good included in fare food; whether this be lido, pool deck, or MDR we expect good quality. Want to try a somewhat quieter and less crowded ship than the mega ships we have been going on. Like the Key West/San Juan/Grand Turk itinerary which can do on either ship it looks like. Which ship would you recommend, and why, for a young active family but not looking for a sports bar party like Carnival or NCL. Expecting something distinctly cut above Royal Caribbean, not necessarily fancy. Does NA have a full walking track around ship? That is something to consider for us also.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. It's going to be a very busy day in Port Everglades on the 13th. With over 22,500 passengers boarding, it could be a virtual zoo. There are 3 blue hulled beauties sailing from Port Everglades (and all the newest ships in the fleet) and one from Tampa & San Diego as well. The 3 blue hulled beauties in Port Everglades are the N Amsterdam, Koningsdam & N Statendam and should be at piers 19, 21 & 26 respectively. Sailing out we have firstly the Nieuw Amsterdam. She is sheduled to go at 4:30 pm & at pier 19. She is doing a 7 night Western Caribbean: Her itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (18 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) Koningsdam has two different itineraries for this one. She is set to sail at 5:00 pm & will be at pier 21. The first is the 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: His Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (16 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (18 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan a0700) The King's second itinerary today is the 21 night Seafarer/Wayfarer: His Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (16 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (18 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan 0700-1700); 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) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to sail at 5:00 pm from pier 26 and has a 7 night Eastern Caribbean: Her Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) And is also doing a 17 night Eastern/Souther Caribbean Wayfarer: Her itinerary Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (22 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (23 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (25 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (26 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (27 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Jan a0700) Also in port are: Carnival Conquest - scheduled for pier 04 & to leave at 4:45 pm Adventure of the Seas - scheduled for pier 29 & to leave at 4:30 pm Regal Princess - scheduled for pier 02 & to leave at 5:15 pm Harmony of the Seas - scheduled for pier 18 & to leave at 4:30 pm Celebrity Edge - schedule for pier 25 & to leave at 4:00 pm The webcams for these sailings are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Also sailing from Tampa is the lovely Rotterdam. she will be doing a 14 night Southern Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Oranjestad, Aruba (22 Jan 0700-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (23 Jan 0700-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0900-1600); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan a0700) as well as a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (13 Jan d1800); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (22 Jan 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Jan 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan 0700-1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1100-1800); Roatan, Honduras (30 Jan 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (31 Jan 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Feb a0700) The webcam for Tampa is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com And last but not least, sailing out of San Diego is the Eurodam. the San Diego website is located at https://sundiegolive.com Next sail a way is scheduled for January 14th - the Veendam.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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