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  1. Posting one day early. Latest Update: As Of October 18, 2019 PLEASE NOTE: Please use the following format when requesting to have your updates added to this thread April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Thank you. Keith ========================================= For anyone booking a cruise, please post to this thread so that we can include you on the future cruising lists for your cruise. This thread is also used for the Bon Voyage threads. Please use the following format: Date (Cruise Number) Embarkation and Ending City - Cruise Critic Name (your own first name(s) should you choose to want to include this) Example: April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) (1) If you are new to CrystalCruises also be sure to check out the thread, which is titled “Some Thoughts For First Time Crystal Cruisers” https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2377435-some-thoughts-for-first-time-crystal-cruisers/page/5/#comments (2) If you would like to attend the MEET AND MINGLE PARTY that Crystal Cruises hosts when there are 10 or more of us on board, you can do so by visiting the registration section of Cruise Critic. This link will take you there. https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall/cruiselinel2.cfm?cruiselineid=12 (3) If there is a ROLL CALL for your voyage post a message or questions for your voyage on that thread. Posts for a particular cruise might be better placed on the roll call so that the maximum people on that cruise may see it. These are the links for the roll calls and after you reach the thread then click on the area that takes you to the last (most current) page. Crystal Serenity Roll Calls https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall/cruiselinel2.cfm?cruiselineid=12 Crystal Symphony Roll Calls https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall/cruiselinel2.cfm?cruiselineid=12 Crystal Esprit Roll Calls https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/779-crystal-esprit/ Crystal Endeavor Roll Calls https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/2450-crystal-endeavor/ FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2019, 2020 & 2021 =========================================== FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2019 October 23 (OCY1911023-13) Athens to Barcelona - krb1000 (Kathie/Tim) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - 2Bobs (Bob/Bob) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - (Buzz_Rosenberg) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - rafinmd (Roy) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - krb1000 (Tim/Kathie) Nov 12 (OCY191112-09) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale (Buzz Rosenberg) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale - rafinmd (Roy) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale -krb1000 (Tim/Kathie) Nov 12 - (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Ft Lauderdale - suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Ft. 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Lauderdale R/T- skinexpert- Janis/Scott Dec 6 (OCY191206-08) Fort Lauderdale to San Juan - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen/Frank/Angela) Dec 6 (OCY191206-08) Fort Lauderdale to San Juan - Midtowngal (Georgia/Michael) Dec 14 (OCY191214-08) San Juan to Miami - (The Dylaness (thedylaness/mother) Dec 14 (OCY191214-08) San Juan to Miami - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) Dec 14 (OCY191214-08) San Juan to Miami - May B (Muriel/Phil) Dec 14 (OCY191214-08) San Juan to Miami - Midtowngal (Georgia/Michael) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2020 Jan 6 OCY200106-105 Miami to Rome - Roland (Larry/Monica) Jan 7 (OCY200107-15) Miami to LA - bierst (Steve/Marianne) Jan 22 OCY200122-89 Los Angeles to Rome - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Jan 22 (OCY200122-13) Los Angeles to Papeete – rafinmd (Roy) Jan 22 (OCY200122-13) Los Angeles to Papeete – suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Feb 4 (OCY200204-14) Papeete to Auckland – rafinmd (Roy) Feb 4 (OCY200204-14) Papeete to Auckland – suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Feb 19 (OCY200219-13) Auckland to Sydney – rafinmd (Roy) March 3 (OCY200303-17) Sydney to Singapore - Margie2 (Margie/ Ron) March 3 (OCY200303-17) Sydney to Singapore - Flak999 (AndyC) March 20 (OCY200320-14) Singapore to Mumbai - Margie2 (Margie/Ron) March20 (OCY200320-14) Singapore -Mumbai SnoBirdCruise (SnoBirdCruise Pat/Ray) April 3 (OCY200403-18) Mumbai to Rome - Margie2 (Margie/ Ron) April 3 (OCY200403-18) Mumbai -Rome SnoBirdCruise (Pat/Ray) April 21 (OCY200421-12) Rome to Monte Carlo - SusieQft (Karen/John) May 3 (OCY200503-07) Monte Carlo to Venice - SusieQft (Karen/John) May 10 (OCY200510-12) Venice to Barcelona - SusieQft (Karen/John) May 22 (OCY200522-09) Barcelona to Rome - SusieQft (Karen/John) May 31 (OCY200531-07) Rome to Venice - Summer Time- (Kate/Ellen) May 31 (OCY200531) Rome to Venice - gabelle (Nancy/Ken) June 7 (OCY200607) Venice to Athens - gabelle (Nancy/Ken) June 7 (OCY200607-07) Venice to Athens - Summer Time - (Kate/Ellen) Aug 30 (OCY200830-13) Barcelona to Quebec - bitob Dec 9 (OCY201209-14) Miami R/T - suitedreams - (Len/Marilyn) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2021 2021 Full Word Cruise Jan 5 (OCY210105-139) Miami to London - Quacky (Christeen/Carl/Patti) Jan 5 OCY210105-16 Miami to Los Angeles - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Jan 5 OCY210105-16 Miami to Los Angeles - AZMama2017 (Frank/Pam/Jordan) Jan 5 (OCY200106-105) Miami to Rome - Vics65 (Vicki/Gordon) Jan 21 (OCY2101-21) Los Angeles to Brisbane - Bitbob Jan 21 (OCY210121-21) LA to Brisbane - SusieQft (Karen/John) Feb 11 (OCY210211-18) Brisbane to Hong Kong - SusieQft (Karen/John) Mar 1 (OCY210301-12) Hong Kong to Tokyo - SusieQft (Karen/John) Apr 21 (OCY200421-19) Rome to Venice - Vics65 (Vicki/Gordon) Aug 27 2021 (OCY 210827 and OCY210905) b2b Dover to New York - Bitob Aug 27 OCY210827-09 London/Dover to Dublin - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Sep 5 OCY210905-12 Dublin to New York - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Sep 5 OCY210905-12 Dublin to New York - CharleMarg (Charles/Margaret) Sep 17 OCY210917-08 New York to Quebec - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Sep 25 OCY210925-08 Quebec to New York - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) October 26 (OCY211026-24) New York to the Amazon - krb1000 (Kathie/Tim) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2019, 2020 & 2021 ============================================== FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2019 Oct 25 (OCS191025-14) New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale - May B (Muriel/Phil) Nov 8 (OCS191108-09) Miami R/T - Riandei (Rich/Eileen) Nov 8 (OCS191108-09( Miami R/T- AZMama2017 (Frank/Pam) Nov 17 (OCS191117-07) Miami R/T - Texas Tillie (Patty) Nov 17 (OCS191117-07) Miami R/T - Beardedshark (Chris/ Lindsey) Nov 24 (OCS191124-07) Fort Lauderdale R/T - rafinmd (roy) Nov 24 (OCS191124-07) Fort Lauderdale R/T - FeliciaLee (Glenn/Felicia) Nov 24 (OCS191124-07) Miami to Miami - jbandkb (Jeff and Kevin) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera - Naval Architect (Mikko) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera – CingularOne (Dennis/Summer) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera – maadimom (Mike/Cheryl) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera – Dec 1 (firstcuff91 (Tom/Mary) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera - 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CharlesMarg (Charles/Margaret) Sept 20 (OCS200920-49) Athens to Dubai - sunandsealover (Lauren) Oct 11 (OCS201011-12) Barcelona to Athens - Texas Tillie (Patty) Oct 30 (OCY200830-13) Barcelona to Quebec - refined (Roy) Oct 30 (OCY201030-22) Quebec City to Miami firstcruise91 (Tom/Mary) Nov 08 (OCS201108-29) Dubai to Singapore - sunandsealover (Lauren) Nov 21 (OCS201121-16) Mumbai to Singapore Buzz_Rosenberg (Buzz) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2021 Jan 27 (OCS210127-15) Singapore to Hong Kong - sunandsealover (Lauren) Feb 11 (OCS210211-8) Hong Kong to Singapore - sunandsealover (Lauren) Feb 19 (OCS210219-17) Singapore to Mombasa - sunandsealover (Lauren) Mar 08 (OCS210308-14) Mombasa to Cape Town - sunandsealover (Lauren) Mar 22 (OCS210322-22) Capetown to Lisbon - Buzz_Rosenberg (Buzz) Mar 22 (OCS210322-40) Cape Town to Rome - sunandsealover (Lauren) May 1 (OCS210501-17) Rome to Rome - JVNYC (Joe & Todd) Sep 5 (OCY210905-12) Southampton to NYC firstcruise91 (Tom/Mary) Sep 17 (OCY210917-08) NYC to Quebec City firstcruise91 (Tom/Mary) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2022 May 19 (OCY220529-16) San Pedro to San Pedro firstcruise91 (Tom & Mary) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL ESPRIT 2019, 2020 & 2021 ============================================= FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR 2020 & 2021 Oct 15 YEN201015-16 - Bali to Cairns - Roland (Larry/Monica) SEP 15 EN210915-13 - Tromso to London - Roland (Larry/Monica) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES 2019, 2020 & 2021 ============================================== FUTURE BOOKINGS RIVER CRUISES 2019 FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL MOZART– 2019 Nov 4 (RMZ191104-07) Vienna to Budapest – mskatiemae (Catherine/Alexander) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL BACH – 2019 Oct 27 (RBA191025-07) Amsterdam to Basil - rafinmd (Roy) FUTURE BOOKNGS- RAVEL - 2019 Oct 26 RDB191026-07 Basel to Amsterdam Pep65 (Frank/Laura)
  2. This is exactly what we did. We were 2 points off Elite status before a14 night Caribbean cruise. I felt as you are feeling, so decided to book a 2 night repositioning cruise, Amsterdam to Southampton. Repositioning / short cruises are very rare from UK, but this one was a late addition due to an altered itinerary. Constellation had been taken away from Israel and moved to Amsterdam. Then in the Autumn, she was doing some wine cruises down to the Bordeaux region of France. We had never been to Amsterdam, so it was a good opportunity. We had some friends who did the same cruise, for the same reasons, but they were more points away from Elite than we were. They booked a concierge cabin, we booked inside. Minimum spend/ Maximum gain. The reason I wanted to become Elite was for the priority tendering. We had spent 3 hours trying to get off Eclipse in Split in 2010 and I never wanted to experience that long wait again. I also find the bag of free laundry very, very useful on a longer cruise, which all ours are. As mentioned previously, there are not many shorter ones from Southampton and if we fly to embark then we want to make the most of the effort of flying.
  3. As I suggested in krb1000's thread my extended absence from Crystal ships is nearing an end. There are actually 4 ships involved: Queen Mary 2 to Southampton departing October 18 Crystal Bach Amsterdam to Basel October 27 Crystal Serenity Barcelona-Lisbon-Ft. Lauderdale on November 5 Crystal Symphony Caribbean Cornucopia on November 24 I started the ball rolling on this way back at the beginning of or even a bit before the 2018 World Cruise while on the Panama Canal Voyage leading to the WC start. The Bach was originally a 14-day cruise but it got shortened first to 10 and then to 7 days. At that time I also booked the Serenity Transatlantic out of Lisbon. Once the River cruise got shortened there was time to add the Barcelona-Lisbon segment in the newly created gap. The QM2 voyage fit in perfectly. At first I was flying the day of QM2's arrival to meet the Bach, something I was willing to do as it started with an overnight. While it's a single booking my Serenity voyage is a bit of a strange animal. I'm in my usual Serenity choice (a C2 cabin) for the transatlantic but the Barcelona-Lisbon is my 25 cruise milestone and I'm in a balcony for that, moving down to my new cabin in Lisbon. The other change was that the Symphony and Serenity were supposed to meet November 24 in Fort Lauderdale. Symphony got moved to Miami so that is no longer such an easy transition, but the 2 ships will still meet 2 days later in Grand Turk. With the policies against having river information on this forum, my reporting will be a bit complicated. My blog with Reflections, menus, more photos, and all will be at one I haven't used for Crystal before: https://getawaysfrom21044.wordpress.com/ I will have a total of 4 Cruise Critic threads for this melange. The one for the entire trip will be on the Maryland Cruisers forum: This is the one for my first segment on Queen Mary 2: I've also established a thread on the River Cruise Board and will post a link to it later. Roy
  4. It's finally here - the start of the 2019-2020 Port Everglades sail-away season! For anyone new or who may have forgotten, here is the map of Port Everglades. Zaandam will be at pier 26 (where most of the HAL ships dock) port to from 0530-1700. She will be heading out on a 17-day Inca and Panama Canal Discovery cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Oct d1700); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Oct 0800-2300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (21 Oct 0500-0500); Panama City, Panama (21 Oct 2000(+1)1700); Manta, Ecuador (24 Oct 0500-1900); Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru (26 Oct 0300-1700); Callao (Lima), Peru (27 Oct 1000(+1)1800); Pisco, Peru (29 Oct 0700-1600); Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile (01 Nov 0700-1600); San Antonio, Chile (02 Nov a0700) There are no other ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Aruba from 0800-1700. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.portarubawebcam.com/. For the addicts - Zuiderdam will be in New York City on 17 October from 0800-1800 (https://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ and https://www.portnywebcam.com/). Volendam will be in FLL on the 18th from 0700-1200. She will be heading to Freeport for drydock so her departure may be much later than noon. I am not going to start separate threads for these two. We can use this one if anyone is watching and wishes to post. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on 19 October.
  5. ms Amsterdam Guayaquil Ecuador 08:00 - 17:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Naples Italy 07:00 - 19:00 ms Maasdam Sydney NSW Australia 07:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 21:00 ms Rotterdam Cartagena/Spain 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Veendam Halifax Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Busan South Korea 08:00 - 23:00 ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam New York City 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM Web Cam https://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam https://www.portnywebcam.com/
  6. We've sailed twice on the Nieuw Amsterdam, most recently in February 2019, and on the Eclipse 3 times, most recently in March 2018. In each case, we've been very happy with the ship and would embark again on either one without hesitation. The Eclipse, whose maiden voyage was in April 2010, holds 2850 passengers. The slightly smaller Nieuw Amsterdam, which holds 2106 passengers, had her maiden voyage three months later. Based on our latest sailings, both are in excellent condition. There are far too many potential points of comparison to try to go through, and many are pretty subjective. For example, the Nieuw Amsterdam doesn't have the larger production shows like Topper, but does have things like the B.B. King Blues Club. The Eclipse has its lawn, but the Nieuw Amsterdam has a full promenade deck. Given identical itineraries, pricing, cabins, etc., I'd be very hard pressed to make a choice between the two. It would probably come down to something as minor as Café al Bacio versus the Explorations Café. The former used to be my favourite coffee shop on land or at sea, but the crowding is destroying it. The Explorations Café and the wonderful views from the Crows Nest make it hard to beat. All in all, my nod might go to the Nieuw Amsterdam, yet my next two bookings are on the Eclipse and the Equinox.
  7. This is NOT good news based on what I experienced on Nieuw Statendam during my 2 January cruises. If Ian will be on the ship through the Grand Cruise, that means he will be the CD during my Christmas/New Year's Cruise. (I must assume he knows about which he speaks.) I did not care for the Step One Dance Company's performances on the Nieuw Statendam. The backdrop of the expensive LED screen on the Nieuw Statendam was poorly and uncreatively used. BB KIng's Club? Yes, I do enjoy that, but I also expect more variety in entertainment in the Main Showroom than simply a "dance company" of whatever quality that others perceive.
  8. I will be sailing the Caribbean in November on the holland america nieuw statendam. I never been on holland this will be my first time. Ok so what kind of drinks are included for free on this ship I heard lots of different things we don't drink alchohol so I don't care about those drinks. Main dining food on other cruise lines main dining food is all you can eat so if you want extra you always get it no extra cost does Holland do the same thing. Do things really close before midnight. We are a group of young adults will we be the only young ones How does Holland compare to royal Caribbean
  9. Is anyone familiar with this suite? It's one of the last available and we weren't sure about it's aft location. The concern is noise from above or below, ease of getting on/off for excursions. Thanks!
  10. Hi, how is sailing on HAL solo? Male 64 yrs. Going on Nieuw Statendam.
  11. Is Distilled water available on the Nieuw Amsterdam. How do you request it?
  12. Hello, My friend and I booked a free cabin on a casino deal (I believe) I got in the mail for the 10/26 sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam and the cabin was listed just as N until eariler this week when they assigned us cabin L5184 cabin on the Veranda deck eariler this week. Has anyone here been given another cabin when arriving for check in on a free or super cheap booking deal? Is the L cabin on Veranda a step up from an N cabin on the the 4th deck? I am completely happy however it turns out since it was basically free but hoping HAL may want to impress my room companion who is new to Holland America(I am not) and wondering if the assigned cabin is set in stone at this point. TIA for any replies! Excited as it's almost time to go!
  13. These two more closely resemble Celebrity's M-Class ships, to me. S-Class are larger and hold more people. They also have more specialty restaurants. I've been on Nieuw Amsterdam twice in the last year and love it.
  14. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated October 11th, 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). OCTOBER 2019 Veendam - 12-Oct-19 - 11 day Canada & New England with repositioning Biorag Noordam - 13-Oct-19 - 26 day Vancouver - Sydney holacanada 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 CoastalZ msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera CabinForOne Zaandam - 16-Oct-19 - South America - Fort Lauderdale to Santiago Idog 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 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana 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 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 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 Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow cruzn single - B2B following Oct. 9th 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 Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom travelnap 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 Veendam - 06-Nov-19 - 7 day Caribbean seeriteR N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing 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 Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday 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 Oosterdam - 30-Nov-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera canadianbear - B2B with Dec. 7th DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board Koningsdam - 04-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Mtn2Sea Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Oosterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera canadianbear - B2B following Nov. 30th N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B with Dec. 14th (on their longest cruise) N Amsterdam - 14-Dec-19 - Eastern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B following Dec. 7th Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam 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 Eurodam - 21-Oct-19 - 7 day Western Caribbean holacanada Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal 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 Coral Princess - 05-Jan-20 - 16 day Antarctic and Cape Horn (Santiago - BA) StLouisCruisers Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America Oosterdam - 11-Jan-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera gknep N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children 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 Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope 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 CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Loreto Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise StartrainDD N Statendam - 12-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean seagarsmoker Maasdam - 15-Apr-20 - 12 day Mexico/Sea of Cortez 57redbird Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - celebrating 25th anniversary & followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer 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 Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 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 Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th 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 N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector kazu 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 N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  15. Does any know if Open Dining is the same as My Time Dining? Also on The Nieuw Statendam what time is Open Dining? Thank you
  16. Enjoyed your comparison. We sail both lines about equally but I prefer HAL overall, as a better value. Always enjoy the full promenades, and I find the ships to deliver a lot of class and comfort vs X’s trendiness. That said, I think the X repeater benefits and suite amenities are superior. Regarding the therapy pool, have you sailed any of the Millenium class X ships with the Thalassotherapy pool? It’s the solarium, adults only pool, not located in the spa. I loved it on Constellation, Regarding the entertainment, I really enjoyed the Music Walk on Nieuw Statendam this year - lots more variety in several venues, making for an evening’s worth of good performances worth staying up for, vs what we’ve seen on past HAL cruises.
  17. It was there on the Nieuw Statendam in August as well. That said, as much as I love the dates and the mints, my perception changed one evening when the woman in front of me grabbed the little fork sitting in the ginger, speared a piece, put them both into her mouth, then put the fork back in the ginger. I called her on it immediately, but she was rude and unapologetic. But I did inform the Maitre D to replace the fork and the ginger.
  18. The Nieuw Statendam is such a beautiful, new cruise ship, and I took a ton of photos when I was on board. If you're planning to sail on this ship in the future and want a sneak peak, I've got a photo tour featuring my verandah cabin and all the public spaces on the ship! If you're missing the ship or counting down the days until your next cruise (aren't we all!), maybe this will help fuel your wanderlust for cruising and bring back some great memories! You can see my entire cruise ship photo tour here >> https://justinpluslauren.com/nieuw-statendam-cruise-ship-photo-tour/ Here are a few photos from the Nieuw Statendam! And feel free to ask me any questions!
  19. Less than a week to go before my mom and I embark on our second Tauck River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest. This time we are on the ship for 14 days! We LOVED the Versailles, Paris, Seine and London one we did last year on Tauck, but preferred the ship food and staff over the land amenities. I have been SO busy at work that I really haven’t had time to pack or prep for this cruise. Doing that today. We are doing a pre-stay night in Amsterdam, which is a perk given free to past Tauck travelers. NICE! I was able to score tickets to the Anne Frank House, so we will be seeing that and doing the hop-on hop-off canal tour the day before the cruise starts. I can’t wait for that awesome Tauck pampering! 🤗🤗 I will I’ll be posting here LIVE daily. Feel free to ask questions as we go. Mom flies in Thursday and we fly out Friday morning at 10:30 LA time. We booked our flights through Tauck because they were MUCH cheaper! We have a layover in San Fran then non-stop to Amsterdam. Not bad. I try to sleep on the long leg out so I’m not exhausted when I get there. Worked well last year so.. crossing fingers! Time me to Pack! Hope you enjoy following along.
  20. My partner Charles and I look forward to another HAL TA crossing. Took the Koningsdam last year and had a wonderful cruise. Great food and service all around. Love the Tamarind Specialty Dining restaurant. This year spending 3 days in Rome pre-embarkation.
  21. I'm starting a series of cruises which will include a segment from Amsterdam to Basel on the Crystal Bach (after Eastbound TA on QM2 and returning from Barcelona on Crystal Serenity). I do mostly ocean cruising but have a little river experience. My only European river past is in 2004 on Viking, Budapest to Nuremberg but I've also sailed the Nile and Yangtze (both Uniworld) and upper Amazon, plus several North American rivers, mostly on small ocean ships. I'll mention a couple of other Cruise Critic threads I've set up: I'll cover the entire Journey on the Maryland Cruisers forum: I've also set up a thread on the Cunard forum: And I will create one later on the Crystal Forum. I maintain a blog which has the same content plus things like menus and daily schedules: https://getawaysfrom21044.wordpress.com/ I welcome questions but may be slow to answer. Roy
  22. We'll be visiting Amsterdam next year, and both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum say they limit the size of what you can bring in to small bags up to "A4 size." I'm a female and don't normally use purses or handbags when traveling (small backpacks are my preference), so I am a bit confused here. I have of course done some internet research before posting here, and it seems that A4 is pretty much 8.5 x 11 inches, but when it comes to a handbag, what does that really mean? A Google search for A4 handbags turns up zillions in varying sizes in terms of width, etc. They all look different, and some look like they would be too big. When traveling, I usually have a wallet, phone, camera batteries, map, Purell, odds and ends like that; I'm trying to get a handle on what will be acceptable in terms of the bag size. Also, the Van Gogh Museum says "no rucksacks." If I have a small "backpack" that I only carry on one shoulder (more like a sling purse than a backpack, though it could be worn as a backpack), does anyone know if that would be prohibited? I would appreciate any information and advice. Thanks!
  23. Has anyone stayed in this cabin? Looks like a larger obstructive balcony with some ocean view.
  24. Just checking about drinking water available on the NA. Is there a place on board that has water for filling water bottles other than the tap in the nearest sink?
  25. I was on the Nieuw Amsterdam 4 years ago, and the TVs had been replaced by larger, on-demand format then. I don't know if they've been replaced again in this short time period.
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