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  1. Really frustrated to receive itinerary change - no longer docking at Amsterdam but at IJmuiden - a 40 minute bus ride away. We’re overnight in Amsterdam but what would have been really handy to pop back to the ship for a quick shower and change before heading into the city for dinner seems like an ordeal. Overnight in Amsterdam was the reason we booked the cruise and now it’s had the shine taken off it. No offer of any goodwill gesture from P&O but they’ve certainly had lots of complaints. Couldn’t tell me why, only that it was for operational reasons. Anyone know what’s happened?
  2. Has anyone had any experience with the aft cabins on Main Deck of the Amsterdam, specifically #2713? It looks a bit larger than the other OV staterooms and the location seems very convenient (ie, just out the door and up the stairs to the promenade deck).
  3. Hi everyone, We will be in Amsterdam from May 28 until May 31 when we board the Brillance of the Seas for our Baltic cruise. Of course, we are now planning our days in Amsterdam. On May 28, my husband and I have the day open as we are meeting friends who will be arriving that night May 28. We plan to go to Negen Straatjes for shopping. On May 29, we have tickets for the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh museum. I would like to take a canal cruise and am looking for suggestions on which boat to take. On May 30, we plan to take a hop on hop off boat to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and check out Red Light District when we return to Amsterdam. Any other suggestions would be appreciated as who knows when we will return to Amsterdam as there are so many places to visit.
  4. Searching for a good hotel, has anyone stayed in a hotel that they really liked? Have been looking but there are so many. Thanks for any help.
  5. ms Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Eurodam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Koningsdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Maasdam Wrangell (Alaska) United States 08:00-17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Skagway (Alaska) United States 07:00-21:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Stockholm Sweden 08:00-18:00 ms Noordam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Oosterdam Juneau (Alaska) United States 13:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Prinsendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Rotterdam Stavanger 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ms Veendam Piraeus (Athens) Greece 08:00-23:00 ms Volendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Westerdam Ketchikan (Alaska) United States 07:00-15:00 Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view/ Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-7/ ms Zaandam Charlottetown (Princ Canada 08:00-17:00 ms Zuiderdam Kirkwall (Scotland) United Kingdom 08:00-17:00
  6. We returned from the Westerdam last week where we bought a new Holland America t shirt with the names of the 8 ships in the fleet. Yes, just 8! It seems someone picked just 8 of the ships to list and for some, probably good choices. They are: Nieuw Amsterdam Maasdam Oosterdam Prinsendam Rotterdam Veendam Westerdam Zaandam I asked the shop manager if he knew why, but he said apparently Seattle decided to make cut backs and this was the result. Collectors item or dust cloth, you decide.
  7. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Eurodam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2300. Also in port are Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215 and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. Although clouds are predicted and there is a 20% chance of rain the high temperature is going to be a whopping 69F/21C. Low will be 48F/9C. Sunrise is at 4:22 am and sunset at 9:26 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  8. I’m on the verge of leaving on a round trip Transatlantic. The eastbound is on Holland America’s newest ship the Nieuw Statendam leaving Fort Lauderdale and ending May 5 in Amsterdam. It’s more than a direct way home but I board Queen Victoria in Kiel, Germany May 9 for a short 3-day cruise to Southampton (with a stop in Skagen) where I transfer May 12 to QM2. https://www.cunard.com/map/itineraries/V911B/images/en_GB_V911B_desktop_1x.jpg There’s a short 5-day getaway (Zebrugge and St Peter Port) before continuing on to a transatlantic, getting me back to New York May 24. https://www.cunard.com/map/itineraries/M912/images/en_GB_M912_desktop_1x.jpg For a trip like this I would normally do a thread on each forum as well as a thread covering the entire journey somewhere neutral. I can still do that but my understanding is that the Nieuw Statendam will be pretty much a twin of Cunard’s new ship (Queen Anne?) and there may be some interest on the Cunard forum from that angle. If I do post here I’ll try to envision what differences there would be with an implementation based on Cunard’s values. Assuming this is true I’ll start posting here Good Friday; otherwise you can look for me on May 9. Roy
  9. Report # 1 Ready – set – go January 15, 2019 Tuesday Rainy and 55 degrees Usually by now, we would be sailing southwest towards French Polynesia or the Hawaiian Islands as we begin the circumnavigation of the globe. However, we are starting three weeks later, on January 22nd instead. You may ask why? Well, we assume by popular request, the final segment will be northern Europe, not an area normally visited on a grand voyage. At least, not for the Holland America Line in recent years. The Amsterdam will be heading that way towards the third week of April, which should present us with cool temperatures, but on the way towards springtime. So where else are we going? After boarding in Ft. Lauderdale, we will have stops in Santa Marta, Colombia and the San Blas Islands, Panama. The ship will transit the Panama Canal, with an overnight visit in Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama. Salaverry, Peru is the next stop, followed by two full days in Callao (Lima), Peru. Arica, Chile, will be the final port before we head west for another Chilean visit….Easter Island, a most unique place in the Pacific. On the way towards French Polynesia, we will drop anchor at Pitcairn Island, which is loaded with history. Hopefully, the natives will be able to bring their treasures onboard to sell. The most beautiful ports in Polynesia will be Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, where we cross the International Date Line, thus losing one full day of the calendar. No worries, however, since Captain Mercer always promises to give back all of those missing hours one at a time before returning to Florida. There is only one stop in Tonga….no Fiji or Papua New Guinea this year. Heading south, we will visit Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, and Picton….all in New Zealand. Then going west, the next ports will be two days in Sydney, Townsville, Cairns, and Darwin….all in Australia. Then things get exotic such as stops in Komodo, Bali, and Semarang in Indonesia. Mid-March finds us in Singapore for two days, but no Hong Kong this time. Again, some favorite places have to be skipped to make time for northern Europe. Sri Lanka and two ports in India follow….namely Cochin and Mumbai. Then it is off for two days in Aqaba, Jordan with a transit through the Suez Canal. This will find the ship in the Mediterranean, but with only a few ports. We will head directly for Italy with a visit to Naples, followed by Barcelona and Cadiz, Spain. This is where the cruise turns north going to Lisbon, Portugal. One more visit to Leixoes in Portugal, and we sail to Cherbourg, France. A stop in Zeebrugge, Belgium, will give all a chance to see Brussels. One port in the Netherlands will be Amsterdam, then it is off to Copenhagen, Denmark. Cruising Oslofjord, we will stop in Oslo, Norway. Then off to Flam, viewing the Sognefjord in Norway. Portree Scotland will be a first for us, as will be Belfast, Ireland. We have been to Dublin and Cobh, Ireland, but it has been many years ago. The final European port will be Bantry in Ireland. Transatlantic sailing will bring us to Ft. Lauderdale, and going home for most. The two of us will be sailing onward towards Seattle, with stops in Colombia, the Panama Canal again, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, San Francisco, Victoria and Vancouver, Canada, and finally Seattle, where we fly home to SF on June 3rd. Great way to spend the first half of the year, right? In the meantime, much of the in-and-around the house chores have kept us busy. A couple of years ago, we had a 40 year old pine tree decide to kick the bucket. Figured it was a good time to have it taken down before it crashed the house and blocked the driveway. Splitting and stacking the future firewood was accomplished by the more industrious one of us. The other one of us has been occupied whipping up some new clothes for the trip, making good use of the fabric shopping abroad. Still trying to figure out what to do with the waxed fabric from Africa….. Our four duffels have made their way to Florida. Normally we track them from day one, only to be frustrated as they sometimes separate and go different ways. As we don’t need any extra worries, this time we waited until they all arrived four days later. Where they went in the interim, it doesn’t matter, since they are where they need to be. Now the last of the concerns has to do with the situation with the airport security check, namely the TSA agents. Due to the recent government partial shutdown, the security teams have been slow or missing in action. There is no control over this, so we simply pray for the best. Going to the airport very early is another option, which we have already planned to do. In addition, this is another reason we spend three nights in Ft. Lauderdale prior to a long cruise. It gives us a little wiggle room for possible delays. Bad weather this time of year comes to mind as well. So the next time you hear from us will be either at the airport, if we get stuck (heaven forbid), or when we check into the hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Looking forward to an exciting trip! To be continued….. Bill & Mary Ann PS This is where you can find the blog complete with photos when it is available: https://cruisingwithbillandmaryann.blogspot.com
  10. We are due to board on Saturday for Indy's first cruise out of Southampton this year. We're doing a 7 night Northern Europe itinerary. SAT 18 MAY SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND D 16:30 SUN 19 MAY CRUISING C MON 20 MAY HAMBURG, GERMANY D 07:00 17:00 TUE 21 MAY CRUISING C WED 22 MAY OSLO, NORWAY D 07:00 17:00 THU 23 MAY CRUISING C FRI 24 MAY BRUGES,(ZEEBRUGGE),BELGIUM D 07:00 16:00 SAT 25 MAY SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND D 05:30 We did a fairly similar cruise last year on MSC but we swapped Oslo for an overnight in Amsterdam. This will be our first time to Oslo. We are Julie, 53 and my DH Mark, 54. We usually cruise a couple of times a year, Royal are probably our favourite cruise line but we do others too. I know when the ships leave the US there is a lot less info on here so hopefully this will help those cruising out of Southampton this summer. Feel free to ask questions. We haven't bought VOOM but with our 4 free 24hour D+ internet and free roaming in all the ports we should be covered for much of the week. I'm not one to take lots of photos so there won't be loads but I might pinch a few of Mark's along the way as I know many people like the pics. I've been checking the weather forecast daily and it seems to change but generally I think it will be around 18-20 deg c in ports with a mix of sunshine and showers, typical British weather! I don't think chair hogs at the pool will be a problem this trip☺️ We live about a 3 and a half to 4 hour drive from Southampton and have to work on Friday so it will be an early start for us on Saturday morning. We plan to leave home around 6 am. Hopefully the next 2 days won't drag too much.
  11. Looking for a private shuttle to get 6 people from the airport to our hotel in the Amsterdam city center. The hotel had a link to a web site Mozio.com that has a list of several companies, but I can’t find any reviews that would help us pick one. The top two listed are Taxico and 24uur Schiphol. Does anyone have experience with either of these? Any other advice for transporting 6 of us? No train or bus for us this time thanks.
  12. I haven't seen a roll call for the Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona cruise, April 15-28, 2020, so here we go!
  13. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING - Updated May 19th, 2019 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). MAY 2019 Oosterdam - 19-May-19 - 7 day Alaska slymkinzer - Tom & Julie - Party of 11 Westerdam - 19-May19 - 10 day Double Denali Cruisetour D6 Gnetgood - celebrating 45th anniversary Koningsdam - 20-May-19 - 12 day Mediterranean Legends trub - early summer culture trip DC1979- celebrating birthday, 1st trip to the Med Despegue - cruising with parents celebrating both their birthday on board and first cruise ever Volendam - 22-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage sppunk Rotterdam - 25-May-19 - 14 night North Cape - Voyage of the Midnight Sun Veenendaal6 Sue from Canada N Amsterdam - 25-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage Skoggs - Mom's memorial cruise with 6 first time HAL cruisers Maasdam - 28-May-19 - 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer (R/T San Fran) kplady & CPLBill joekerstef TampaMike Jaspersmycat Zuiderdam - 31-May-19 - 10-day Jewels of the Baltic txstephie - 10-day Jewels of the Baltic JUNE 2019 Koningsdam - 01-Jun-19 - 11 day Ancient Empires simplyrubies Oosterdam - 01-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer Sharon in AZ Eurodam - 01-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska 1ANGELCAT N Statendam - 02-Jun-19 - 7 night Viking Saga qoap24 Celebrity Reflection - 03-Jun-19 - 11 night Ireland and Iceland AZNative2000 Eurodam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Nattyg1723 -first ever cruise N Amsterdam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage theimanuelsbecruising - 4 new HAL cruisers and first time cruisers N Statendam - 09-Jun-19 - 14 day Voyage of the Midnight Sun TylerRose PotatoTrousers Oosterdam - 09-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer VintageGeo Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 14 day Northern Isle Cruise mjcruise101 AnnieBelle Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 26 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltics Stratheden N Amsterdam – 12-Jun-19 – 11 day Yukon & Double Denali Lucie73821 – B2B with June 23rd on Noordam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Amsterdam - 15-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Vcr Italy52 Himself- B2B with June 22nd Prinsendam – 17-Jun-19 – 14 day North Cape & Pearls of Norway – Prinsendam’s Final & Farewell Cruise samsonmo Maasdam – 18-Jun-19 – 21 day Great Alaskan & Pacific Northwest Explorer Scluvsrain RuthC BumperII&Terry Eurodam - 22-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska cruise R/T Seattle rick0999- DW's birthday & early wedding anniversary, first cruise ever! Westerdam - 23-Jun-19 - 12 day Double Denali 4Wegirls- land portion begins June 20th, 1st cruise ever & 5th anniversary N Amsterdam - 22-Jun-19 - Alaska R/T VCR Himself - B2B following June 15th Emerald Princess – 22-Jun-19 – 14 day Adriatic & Western Mediterranean Medley StLouisCruisers – early 50th anniversary celebration, children and grandchildren joining in on the cruise and celebration Oosterdam - 23-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - celebrating the end of the schoolyear Noordam – 23-Jun-19 – 7 day Glacier Discovery Southbound Lucie73821 – B2B following June 12th on N Amsterdam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Statendam- 23-Jun-19 - 7 night Norse Legends mtown - 1st cruise ever & 2 college grad celebrations Zuiderdam - 24-Jun-19 - 12 day Jewels of the Baltic TheEmerson - DD's graduation present holacanada Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 13 day Mediterrean Legends suspaul - first HAL cruise LTC Motes Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 25 night Mediterranean Legends & Ancient Empires mrselhombre - 1st HAL & longest cruise N Amsterdam - 29-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana JULY 2019 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-19 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Rotterdam – 06-Jul-19 – 24 day Copenhagen to Boston mauimacho Amsterdam - 15-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer highfields - 55th Wedding Anniversary and attaining 4-Star Mariner Oceania Regatta- 09-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska ArtsyCraftsy -birthday cruise Noordam - 21-Jul-19 - 11 day Double Denali cruise terrydtx - 1st suite with HAL & DW & Grandson, (land portion after) Westerdam - 21-Jul-19 - Seward to Vancouver Jeafl - Party of 14 Volendam - 24-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Hoverdemon Oosterdam - 28-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska School library lady - with DH, aunt, and dad celebrating his 89th birthday Amsterdam - 29-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer puli Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain RetiredMustang AUGUST 2019 Scenic Gem - 07-Aug-19 - 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine- 1of4 - flying to Paris a week early of Aug. 7th sailing to celebrate DD's 18th birthday Eurodam - 03-Aug-19- 7 day Alaska grsnovi - 4th Alaska cruise - taking kids & grand kids N Statendam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Northern Isles we're sailing away..... - B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Oosterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska beaming90 - First HAL cruise & first time to Alaska, 2 friends celebrating 75th birthday Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day British Isles bigjohn42 - celebrating 30th anniversary Veendam - 07-Aug-19 - 12 day Adriatic Dream (Venice -Bcn) Kittie Ladie - 2nd cruise with HAL, DH's first N Amsterdam - 10-Aug-19 - Alaska Inside Passage kscarpetta2 -1st HAL cruise, celebrating 54th b'day & parents 55th anniversary Koningsdam - Aug-19 - 11 day Mediterranean Ancient Empires. Sailingdutchy - celebrating 50th anniversary & travelling with daughter, SIL & 2 grandsons who are on their first cruise Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Amsterdam - 12-Aug-19 - 14 day Alaska luvteaching - achieving 4* on this cruise LynnObie Moriah -celebrating 66th birthday on board Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Rotterdam - 02-Nov-19 – 18 day Journey to the New World Overhead Fred – 1st Rotterdam cruise Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise Veendam – 11-Dec-19 – 7 night Authentic Cuba madera1 Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Cuban Explorer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-20 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise FEBRUARY 2020 N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 07-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean TomAndJane Queen Elizabeth - 11-Apr-20 - 9 night Southern Japan AZNative2000 - 45th anniversary cruise Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Italy52 TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo JULY 2020 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England (Que - NY) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Rotterdam - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult FEBRUARY 2021 Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred MARCH 2021 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  14. Thank you Notamermaid for keeping us up to date with the Rhine water levels. We are doing a Moselle and Rhine cruise from Remich to Amsterdam starting on June 6. The weather forecast shows many days with showers; hope there are enough dry days to keep the river from flooding!
  15. RCI have started very early with port bookings for the summer 2020 European season. Port bookings at Gibraltar confirm that Anthem of the Seas will be based out of Southampton for the summer season in 2020 along with Indy. Jewel appears on May 5th and it is unclear if this is maybe a post dry dock re-entry to the MED or if the ship is heading out from the MED to another home port for summer of 2020. As Brilliance is booked at both Grand Cayman in 2021 and has a September 2020 at Gibraltar it looks like she will stay on the same pattern with Amsterdam and then later a Barcelona mini-season. Even with this early start it would seem that they are still booking Celebrity and some remaining Azamara before they really get serious with Royal port bookings.
  16. Report # 122 Transit the Panama Canal May 20, 2019 Monday Part # 1 of 4 80 Pictures It’s funny, but there was no weather prediction for today in the When & Where paper. Perhaps it was an oversight, or a deliberate mistake? As it turned out, it was a mixed bag throughout the entire day. One thing that was missing was the intense sun we normally experience in this part of the world. Thank goodness for small favors. By the time we woke up, the Amsterdam was entering the Panama Canal sometime around 6:30am. And our most favorite pastry, the Panama Rolls, were being served in the Crow’s Nest, Atrium deck 3, and outside on the bow. And no, we would not be going there to get some. Taking a quick stroll around the promenade deck, we could see the new bridge that spans the canal at the Colon side. It is another cable stay design, but it is not finished yet. By the time we went to the dining room for breakfast, we were through the Gatun Locks, which raised the ship 88 feet to Gatun Lake. The new set of expanded locks, Agua Clara Locks, could not be seen from our vantage point. It was most enjoyable watching the lake transit while ending our light meal with Panama Rolls that our waiter, Bangun, had found for us. We do expect these delights to be the last we will see until next year. We have to admit that today’s temperatures had to be the most pleasant ever. Taking some photos during our AM walk, we hoped for a sighting of the American crocodiles or even monkeys. We saw neither. By the way, there are no alligators in this part of the world. The expert Panamanian lecturer that joined us today had to be one of the best we have heard. He was easy to understand, and came across the speakers loud and clear. The best part was that he kept the dialogue interesting, as well as answering many of the guest’s questions along the way. For the entire sailing through the massive lake, it was partly cloudy with a nice breeze. This never happens, but unfortunately, it would not last. Today’s continuing talk included the usual facts about the canal, but also was full of little unknown facts such as the types of vessels that do this transit the most. Number one are the LNG ships (liquefied natural gas), then ships that transport grains, mainly corn, wheat and soybeans. The third most numerous ships are the carriers of fuel, such as jet fuels, oil, and liquefied petroleum gas or LPG. Rainfall is the key element for the canal to operate. It is the ultimate use of working with nature. The flow of the fresh water would end up in both of the oceans, so people are just using it before it is dispersed. So when the rain began to fall at 10am, everyone had to take cover. At that time, we had been visiting with friends, Ellen and Aart, by the Seaview Pool, but had to leave to save the cameras. These showers, which turned torrential at times, are unpredictable in this “El Nino” year, according to the speaker. The canal zone has either gotten too much rain at times, or too little. More hidden facts concerned the special engines called mules, used to center ships in the locks. Each one cost 2 million dollars, many years ago. And it takes six mules to do the job at each set of locks. The new locks do not use mules, but have six tug boats at 11 million dollars each to center the ships in the much wider locks. The other most unusual story we heard today was about the growing of a special coffee in this region. Thinking we heard the name of the coffee is geisha, it commands a price of $800 a pound. And one cup costs $65, with no refills. It is sold in places like NYC and the United Arab Emirates, where the hefty price is not questioned. Panamax ships were the largest ones allowed in the old locks as they measured 965 feet long, 106 feet wide, and were under 90,000 gross tons. Up until the new locks were used, any vessel larger than the Panamax group could not transit the canal. As the day advanced, the ship finally reached the Chagres River and Calebra Cut. By the time we arrived to the Centennial Bridge, it was hard to see, since it was raining so hard. Gold Hill had waterfalls pouring out from the sides. Although the estimated time of arriving to the last set of locks was 12:30pm, we think it was later than that. More like 1:30pm. It took longer than the normal time to enter the San Pedro Locks, and the Miraflores Locks. There was a small crowd at the building where everyone lines up to watch ships being lowered back down to sea level. The final frosting on the cake was sailing under the longest highway in the world – the Pan-American Highway, via the Bridge of the Americas. Now we were entering the mighty Pacific Ocean. But the best surprise was coming when we spotted a small herd of deer grazing on the right banks of the canal. Never even knew they lived here. On the opposite side, we searched for the super-large capybaras, the largest rodents in the world. And we saw them this time…..at least 5 or 6 of them. The cooler wet weather must have roused them to come out of hiding. Also we saw so many birds we could not believe it. The largest numbers had to be the pelicans, followed by frigates, egrets, herons, cormorants, and boobys. What a display we saw of the diving birds as we entered the Pacific Ocean, an indication of abundant sea life. It was 5pm by the time we headed back to our room. Of course, there were hundreds of photos to download, so that kept us busy until dinnertime. Not too terribly hungry, we both had soup, salad, a shared tortellini dish, and one stuffed bellpepper. Marco brought us four little chocolate biscotti cookies for dessert along with some ginger. It was ample, but we were once again too early for the show tonight. The singers and dancers performed On Tour, a concert style music extravaganza, a show we have seen a few times already. It had been a very long day for most cruisers, so we think from looking at the lower dining room, many guests dined early, and retired early as well. And the clocks went back one more hour tonight. That is always a plus. Bill & Mary Ann
  17. Sailing HAL Nieuw Amsterdam in Fall of 2019. Are there any theme nights (i.e., 70s, white, Caribbean)? TIA
  18. The person in question has not been on a cruise which included Amsterdam as far as I know. I seem to remember there was one in the future but as we have been told all future ones have been cancelled.
  19. Could be Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. They are scheduled to announce their October 2020 cruise on June 25th. They have used a few HAL ships. October 2019 they charter Eurodam to Mexican Riviera and January 2020 they have Nieuw Statendam in Western Caribbean.
  20. We are sailing from Amsterdam this summer on the Reflection. Does anyone know if we can drop our luggage, check in and then leave the ship so we can fit in a little more sightseeing in the city?
  21. We booked our sailing on the HAL Amsterdam about 2 weeks ago, and there were only guarantee cabins available. We chose an unobstructed oceanview guarantee. We received our cabin assignment today -- 2713. What can you tell me about this cabin. It's on the back end, which we've never had before. From the diagram, it looks like there may be some type of walkway or something in front of our cabin? Is this cabin likely to be noisy? We don't mind walking to the staircase or elevators, but I'm hoping there is a quick way to get to the outside viewing areas from here.
  22. I am just wondering if this is a good option to get our bearings and see Amsterdam. Thanks in advance!
  23. Day QM8, Monday May 20, At Sea, Queen Mary 2, Gala Nieuw Statendam is in Helsinki. QV is at sea from Southampton to Skagen. Stormy weather continues to be a theme. The wind was so strong I decided right away to only walk 4 laps in the morning, just under 1 ½ miles. I did not directly see the sun but it did give a hint of it's presence behind the ship about 5:40. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/sunlives20.jpg The wind was quite strong and I mostly avoided promenade deck doors although most were officially open. I actually walked 3 ½ laps outdoors leaving by the forward doors, making 3 complete circles, and re-entering the ship at the aft on deck 6. That deck is open to everybody on the starboard side while the port side is part of the kids club with pools in between. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/6af6.jpg The deck above the promenade deck also has a pool, probably the largest of those on the ship. Deck 8 access is a bit restricted, either by exterior stairs from deck 7 or by an interior stairway from 7 near the entrance to the Princess Grill. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/8aft.jpg At the foot of the interior stairs to 8 aft there's a model that looks a little out of place. It's a gift from the shipyard on completion of Queen Mary 2. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/model.jpg I went to the library for my internet access. It's quite large with a book shop 2 librarians, comfy chairs, and 10,000 books. It does get crowded on sea days but I was able to get in and out before the crowd built up. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/library.jpg It was a busy day for Cunard Insights although I did not follow all the lectures. Captain Tom Orchard started things off at 10 with a description of a typical day in the life of a Concorde, from pre-flight planning to the destination gate. I skipped Joan Harris' talk about her book at 11. I did go up to my usual spot for Captain Hashmi's noon update although the wind may have overpowered the original Queen Mary's whistle. He called our track a great circle route although he admitted we are far south of that trying to avoid the worst of the weather. The 12:15 lecture was Art Historian Seth Gopin on Rockefeller Center. There's a lot more to the center than I realized. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/gopin.jpg I had to squeeze a quick lunch at Kings Court (pizza, green beans, and skim milk) before the next lecture, Ambassador Chase Untermeyer on the Muslim World. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/untermeyer.jpg When I returned from Untermeyer's lecture there was a packet on my door, a complete and scanable set of labels for Luggage Forward. Glad to have that resolved. I did make one final lap around the ship, outside from the bow on 7 back to 6 aft and back inside the ship. We have been alternating "Smart" and "Gala" nights and this was the second of 3 Gala nights. The Britannia restaurant is probably about as well situated for stormy weather as possible, on decks 2 and 3 (1 is essentially just the tender landing) midship. In the little collage the top 2 views are deck 3 and the bottom 2 are deck 3. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/britannia.jpg We had 1 unexplained absence but 9 of us were present. My choices were the chicken consomme, roast turkey, and chocolate coconut cake. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/dishes20.jpg The Cunard World Club party was held between dinner seatings. We had almost 1500 people new to Cunard and only about 1/3 had reached the Gold Level to be invited to the party. I am in the top 7% of those on board for status but far behind the leaders. The top cruiser has 981 days on Cunard, far above my 131 days. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/wcparty.jpg The featured entertainment was half some numbers by the Royal Court Theater Company and half Suzanne Godfrey with her flute. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/godfrey.jpg After the show I found myself drowsy and really accomplished nothing after the show, even though I did not really wake up enough to get to bed until 11:30. I think part of that is that dealing with rough seas does consume energy. Today's parting is a note that the weather for almost the entire crossing so far has been quite challenging but that no other ship can even come close to handling those challenges as well as Queen Mary 2. She is really in her element. Roy
  24. Does anyone know if HAL provides binoculars on the Nieuw Amsterdam Inside Passage Cruise ?
  25. Hello fellow cruisers! We recently returned from a 7-night voyage on the Nieuw Statendam, and I thought I would try and write a little photo review to share with you! Just testing this photo...More to come!
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