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  1. 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/
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Flossie, we too are enjoying your cruise, thank you 😉 We are currently staying in a beautiful converted canalside property (formerly 20-odd houses and warehouses) in Amsterdam and it has been bliss until this afternoon when the music industry seems to have descended on the city for a conference or whatever the hip people call such an event now. Right now, we'd give our eye teeth to be there on board with you! What lucky ducks, you are!
  6. Hi, how is sailing on HAL solo? Male 64 yrs. Going on Nieuw Statendam.
  7. I have been sailing with HAL for well over 30 years. Have i tried other lines, yes and enjoyed them, but always come back to HAL where i find I am at home on HAL. With that said, my family of 17 or so and i sailed on HAL’s Koningsdam last March, which is sister ship to the NS. Our age group was from 23 years old all the way up to 80+....everyone had such a great time on this ship that most re-booked for 2021 on the Nieuw Statendam. Free drinks are lemonade, iced tea, juices in the morning, coffee, assorted hot teas, glasses of water With your meals. If i missed any I am sure someone will chime in. Dining room foods, yes you can order all you want at no charge. Entertainment on the K’dam we found to be good, I think better than some other ships I have sailed. They have the Music Walk where you will find BBKing’s, Rolling Rock Room, dueling pianos and some great shows in the Center Stage, oh and movies under the stars. Funny the 20 somethings were first to book the next cruise as they had so much fun, the older folks followed suit. I think you will enjoy the NS, just don’t sweat the small stuff, go with an open mind, you will have a great time. That’s my opinion on the new Pinnacle Class ships.......
  8. 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!
  9. I've been on Nieuw Amsterdam twice, 8 nights total, and a 7 night cruisetour in Alaska. I'll compare the food quality I experienced on X from 2014 - 2018, not Spring of this year, which was awful. I agree with most of what the OP has said. 1. Food: HAL wins, a slightly superior MDR, better room service menu, freshly served buffet food, and even better junk food. The intimate setting of Blu is missed, unless you book a superior suite. 2. The Ship: X wins on interesting and modern design, at least for my taste in my early 40's Though for scenic places like Alaska, the Crow's Nest comes in quite handy. 3. Cabins: HAL wins, with a mattress that's more comfy, better storage, foot stools, and more movies on demand. Suite perks however are reduced. 4. Loyalty Program: X wins with happy hour drinks at Elite. HAL's happy hour however, allows us light drinkers at lower tiers, an affordable way to drink without a package. 5. Itineraries: HAL wins, with vastly more options. They don't do Galapagos though... Enjoy your cruise ghstudio!
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. {color=blue]ms Amsterdam[/color] Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Oranjestad Aruba Island 08:00 - 17:00 Web Cam https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam Livorno Florence-Pisa 07:00 - 19:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Mazatlan Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 17:00 ms Rotterdam Gibraltar 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM ms Veendam Sydney Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Newport/Rhode Island 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. We were on Ovation in May as it headed north.....Lisbon to Amsterdam and had much of the same crew. I must agree wholeheartedly that they were best of the best. Handre & Captain Pedder & were always visible & engaging.....the crew was superb. The cruise was delightful with interesting ports.....yes we were a happy ship too. We just love the Ovation & her sister Encore & hope to sail one of them in 2021.....just wish those schedules would be released.
  17. 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!
  18. Everyone is heading to enjoy sun, sand, warm weather and beautiful blue seas. Whether they are planning to enjoy the Mexican Riviera or the Caribbean, we hope they have fun on land and sea and, of course, we wish them safe travels, fair winds and smooth seas. Bon Voyage to Eurodam - 7 night Mexican Riviera: msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific Coastal Bon Voyage to Nieuw Amsterdam - 7 day Eastern Caribbean: DFD1 Bon Voyage to Nieuw Amsterdam - 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean: saturn93 Bon Voyage everyone!!!!! Have a great cruise and a WONDERFUL time!!!!!
  19. Has anyone stayed in this cabin? Looks like a larger obstructive balcony with some ocean view.
  20. How would the Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam compare to the S class Celebrity ship?
  21. Is Distilled water available on the Nieuw Amsterdam. How do you request it?
  22. 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?
  23. The Nieuw Amsterdam was built in 2010 and refurbished in 2018. A Signature-class ship, as is the Eurodam, she's my favourite HAL ship without even considering the non-smoking issue. We've sailed the newer Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, but don't enjoy these Pinnacle-class ship nearly as much; bigger doesn't always mean better.
  24. Any suggestions? Will be on a 7 night cruise. It's possible our 1 year old will be with us although I may be able to get babysitting from other family members on one or two nights when we try specialty dining. I've never sailed with HAL before. I watched some videos online and think I want to try the Asian place (Tamarind) and Pinnacle Grill. Not sure about the Italian place as I see it gets mixed reviews. Will we get dirty looks if we bring our kid with us? Any other complimentary food items specific to HAL that I should make sure I try/don't miss out on? The burgers in the videos look really good lol. Since we will have our 1 year old with us we may have to use the buffet a few nights -- do they serve some of the same dishes as the Main Dining Room? Can we get MDR as room service instead if we need to stay in? On Princess I've always been able to get them to deliver MDR food to my stateroom by calling Room Service and just asking (unadvertised benefit YMMV). Not sure how HAL handles it.
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