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  1. Another busy day in Port Everglades with seven cruise ships in port. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0615-1700. She will be embarking on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 17 Key West FL Tuesday, December 18 At Sea Wednesday, December 19 Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Thursday, December 20 Roatan, Honduras Friday, December 21 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Fort Lauderdale, FL Zuiderdam will be at Pier 26 (Port to) from 0530-1600 (blocked for most of the day by Edge). She is going on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday cruise. Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 17 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, December 18 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, December 19 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Bonaire Saturday, December 22 Curacao Sunday, December 23 Aruba Monday, December 24 At Sea Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL Other ships in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 (0500-1600), Adventure OTS at pier 29 (0430-1730), Carnival Conquest at pier 4 (0330-1600), Celebrity Edge at pier 25 (0600-1600), and Harmony OTS at pier 18 (0515-1630). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/. Carnival Miracle is also in Tampa. Sunday, December 16 Tampa, FL Monday, December 17 Key West, FL Tuesday, December 18 At Sea Wednesday December 19 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Thursday December 20 Roatan, Honduras Friday December 21 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Tampa, FL Eurodam is in San Diego from 0700-1700. http://sundiegolive.com/ For the addicts: Both Volendam (0800-1700) and Rotterdam (1100-1800) will be visiting Key West on Monday, 17 December. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Volendam in Port Everglades on Tuesday, 18 December.
  2. Hoping for some help with a stateroom question. We are booked and within the final payment of our upcoming cruise in a VA category stateroom on the 6th deck and there will be 2 adults and our twin boys in the room. I noticed that there is a stateroom available, on deck 4, stateroom 4156 with a oversized balcony (their is a crew stair well next to the room, and that’s why the balcony is extra long) Is it worth it to contact our travel agent to move rooms, is it even worth it and would we lose our OBC?
  3. We will be sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 3 on the Nieuw Amsterdam; only our seconf Holland cruise. We usually sail on Carnival, and they usually play the Super Bowl on a large screen. Anything similar on Holland?
  4. Going on the Nieuw Statendam Feb 10 for the 14 day trip. The ship returns to Lauderdale after 7 days .What happens to the passengers that are continuing for the rest of the cruise? Do you have to leave the ship ? What is the procedure and time frame ? Would it be better to book an excursion while this takes place? This is the first cruise on HAL and we did get the drink package.
  5. Viking Sky is reported having engine troubles in a storm near Norway and drifting to the coast. Apperantly she has sent out a mayday and is beeing evacuated! https://news.sky.com/story/cruise-ships-1-300-passengers-to-be-evacuated-after-engine-failure-11673395 https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/23/cruise-ship-adrift-off-norway-to-evacuate-1300-passengers https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/23/reuters-america-update-1-cruise-ship-adrift-off-norway-to-evacuate-1300-passengers.html Hoping all passengers and crew will be in safety soon!
  6. We've enjoyed the complementary ice creams at Lido in previous HAL cruises. Also, I remember it was serving ice cream most of the day. Do you if it's also in the Nieuw Statendam? If so, is it open most of the day?
  7. Just off what a great trip food was fabulous booked another on this ship for next year yes there were some hiccups but overall a fantastic cruise any questions i would be happy to answer ps one thing our last stop was cozumel they never told us to wait to buy jewelry till mexico which they should have cause you get 8.9 % back from the mexican goverment sadly we bought in the cayman islands
  8. Is is closest to the Dive in restaurant or farther away?
  9. What are the perks of a spa room ?
  10. Cruising next month on our 5th HAL cruise, 14 days B2B Caribbean. Question for those who have already been on the new ship since christening last month. What is the status of the electrical outlets beside the bed? Are there USB ports bedside for phone/tablet charging? I have a new CPAP that will require a plug in reasonable proximity to the bed. Do I need to bring an extension cord or are there close outlets that will suffice? Any input will be much appreciated. Thanks.
  11. We sail on the Nieuw Statendam in June, departing from Amsterdam for a 21 day Norwegian Fjords cruise. It seems the Movenpick Hotel is very close to a passenger terminal. Do HAL cruises sail from this terminal? If so, is there far to walk to the ship? Sometimes it can be more convenient to use a hotel which is further away and get a taxi right to the ship. Any guidance would be appreciated.
  12. I Have benefited from numerous reviews so I thought it was time I returned the favor. Here is my review of the 2/24-3/3 Western Caribbean itinerary on the Nieuw Statendam. There were four of us – DH, DS and DD. We had two cabins. DH and I were in a Neptune Suite and our adult children were in a veranda room 7134. Nice size veranda but the smallest bathroom I have ever seen. Embarkation – easy we arrived at the cruise terminal around 11 and were on board by 12 noon and both rooms were ready. FYI – there were seven cruise ships in port that day. Several of them seemed to follow us all week. There has been a lot of chatter on CC regarding Club Orange. Since Club Orange is included in a NS I purchased the upgrade for our children so they could embark with us and join us for dinner and breakfast. I loved Club Orange. I did not feel like I was in a fishbowl or on display in any way. I appreciated the quiet attentive service, the soft jazz music playing in the background that added the perfect touch of ambiance without being intrusive. The staff is top notch and they got to know our family quite well. We dined there for dinner four times and breakfast twice. It never seemed too busy and that’s the point. I liked the calm quiet atmosphere. I am not sure how many extra passes were sold. I would be interested to know. I think there are 20 NS on this ship. The food is the same as in the main dining room with an extra entre offered each night. Most of the meal is prepared in the kitchen within CO. As I mentioned, I feel CO is a wonderful benefit for NS guests. However, I don’t think I would purchase it separately if I were in a different room. Because it is expensive. Retreat area – We purchased two retreat cabanas for the trip. The family cabana is not big enough for four people and I did not want to break the rules and try to stuff four into a standard cabana. It was hot up there but we had shade and a private hot tub which was really nice. There were three stewards taking care of the guests all week. Jeff, Gerald and Alwine. Great guys, helpful and accommodating. You can order lunch and drinks. The area is open 9-5 each day. This was my happy place for the week. Ports – Truth be told we do a Caribbean cruise to relax not necessary to get off the ship. However, we did do an excursion on HMC the ECO Bike and Kayak. DS, DD and I were the only three on the excursion which took us around parts of the island – stables, stingray cove and to the Bone Fish Lagoon where we kayaked. This was a fun way to spend the morning away from the crowds and to see parts of the island I had not seen before. And there were crowds the Koningsdam was also in port that day. I have never seen so many people on HMC in the four times I have been there. We left early to go back to the ship. We don’t like the BBQ lunch so the Lido Deck was calling. Ocho Rios – Reynolds Pier - WHAT A DUMP. Holland America should be embarrassed to dock at this pier. It looks like abandoned industrial pier. It is a good half mile from the shopping area in the main cruise port and from fellow passengers told me who attempted to walk it, not an easy walk or pleasant. You walk on the side of a busy road around construction while local children try to sell you trinkets. My DS and DD did do a ship tour the Tranopy & Bobsled tour and enjoyed the experience. Georgetown, Grand Cayman – Knowing there were seven ships in port that day so we arranged a private catamaran tour on Sail with Friends. We took a taxi to the Cayman Island Yacht Club, easy and Alice from Sale with Friends called head for a taxi to meet us when we got back. It was a great day and a highlight of our trip. Cozumel – We only got off the ship to have a drink at Margaretville. Dining: We ate once in the main dining room which was a disappointment. That night the menu was not that good. We ate twice in the Pinnacle Grill which was delicious both times. We each had something different each night and never had an issue with the quality of the food. Lido Market was really good, we ate B/L there most days. The Dive In is wonderful. The NYC deli sandwiches are good according to DH and DS. Entertainment: we listed to the BB King band – good; the classical music group each night – very nice and the dueling piano players once – just okay IMO. The in room movie selection is great and there is a different movie in the Lido pool area each night. Disembarkation - Again easy we took the Holland America bus transfer tot he airport. The ship is beautiful and the staff is amazing. We had a wonderful time. If anyone has any questions I will be happy to try to answer them. Bon Voyage!
  13. We are used to the venue on another cruise line that has a pretty extensive offering of specialty coffee drinks. I liked having that fancy Vanilla Latte every morning. Can you all tell me what HAL has to offer, and where one would go for these specialty coffees? Thanks!!!
  14. Does anyone have photos of the fitness center on the Amsterdam? I am working with my trainer to create some new programs for me while I’m on the World Cruise. I can’t find any decent photos of the gym online that show the various types of equipment on board the Amsterdam. I’d appreciate any links to pics.
  15. any and all information on cabin 6066 on the Niew Amsterdam will be appreciated.
  16. Can anyone post a copy of the daily cruise planner from the Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Nieuw Statendam? Just want to see a typical day of activities onboard the ship. Thank you.
  17. Looking to see if anyone has had Aft cabin 7055 on the Amsterdam. Would love to see photos of the inside of the cabin as well as one looking out to see how much is obstructed by the stairway. I would be very interested in experiences and opinions of this cabin. I will be doing the 14 day Alaska roundtrip out of Seattle in July. Thanks in advance!!
  18. How many specialty Restaurants are there on Nieuw Statendam ,what do they serve & what are the cover charges ? Which one is your favorite & why ? TIA
  19. We sailed on the Nieuw Statendam 1/6-20/29 for a 14-day collectors cruise to the Western (week one) and Eastern (week two) Caribbean. Mitzi caught a head cold on the flight from MSP and did not feel great for a couple of days in week one. I caught something on board and felt icky for part of week two. There was definitely something going around the ship, even our assistant table steward missed a few days due to illness. We had a very nice cruise, but we are growing a bit tired of this itinerary. Here are some of our observations about the ship and ports. I didn't really notice any major problems related to this being an early cruise on a new ship. I am sure there are things I am forgetting to mention. If you have any questions, I would be happy to try to answer them! Embarkation- HAL sent instructions saying to arrive 1:30 (deck 8 & 11 boarding). But we were at the mercy of the Ramada Inn shuttle schedule which left at 11:45 am. We arrived a little after noon. The right side of the wickets had a fairly long line, the left side line, where we were supposed to go, was very short (even number decks I think). We were whisked around to the empty 4-5*/Neptune line and got our key cards very quickly. We were on board and to our room before 1:00. Our luggage arrived within an hour or two. We were unpacked long before muster drill time and set out exploring the ship and taking pictures. Muster drill was by the front desk for our group and was mostly painless. Our Room- Our Vista Suite 8090 was a very nice room. The bed is by the verandah and the desk/sitting area is by the bathroom and room entry. The room felt larger than the VF verandah we had on the Koningsdam, but it was hard to tell by how much since the layout was much different. There seemed to be more storage space than in a VF. Way more than enough for the two of us (but we have learned to pack fairly lightly). The loveseat was in a corner with an end cushion that made it a bit like a fainting couch – quite comfortable. There was a nice upholstered chair for the desk. The bathroom was the same as our Koningsdam VF, but somehow the angle of the toilet did not seem as objectionable. In comparing our pictures from this cruise and last year’s Koningsdam cruise, it is clear that they changed the angle of the toilet wall so that the throne is not point as directly towards the shower stall. A minor change that made a big difference! The Ship- It really did have a “new car smell” when we first boarded. It is very much like the Koningsdam in colors, layout, and artwork (quite modern, traditionalists might not be impressed). The big change is the creation of the Rolling Stone Rock Room and moving the Lincoln Center Stage to the “Queen’s Lounge” area which they now share with BB King. They also moved the appetizer bar in the Billboard bar into a corner from its original location in the middle of the room on the K. This worked much better IMO and allowed for a small dance floor area in the Billboard bar. The Crows Nest bar has changed and now incorporates the coffee bar. The old Explorations Café coffee bar area has been taken over by the EXC excursion desk. This seemed to work OK IMO. The Crows Nest still has lots of comfy seating, puzzle tables, and a reasonable number of books (cannot comment on the quality, we brought our own reading material). It remains a nice quiet spot to sit during the day. I do not know if it was used much in the evenings. I did not head up there for drinks since they did not have a Crow’s Nest happy hour. The room on the port side of the Crow’s Nest (I had heard it referred to as the Captain’s Corner) now has rows of upholstered chairs facing a flat panel display. It was used for some EXC presentations but it seemed empty most of the times I wandered by. The ship can handle about 2700 passengers and I believe we were pretty full for week one. It never felt crowded anywhere on the ship. The MDR- The room was bright and pleasant IMO and very much like the K. We had late (8:00 pm) fixed dining (nice table for two by a window, but it was dark and you could not see anything). The dining room did not seem overly noisy to me. The first week seemed to have more tables occupied than the second week. There was no sign of the Yum Yum Man or his cart of goodies; hopefully it will show up eventually. The food was of the same high quality (IMO) that we have come to expect. My biggest complaint was that the menu for week two seemed identical to week one. I do not recall so much repetition from our previous 14-day collector’s cruises. Also, there were no chilled soups! Oh wailly-wailly (to quote Terry Pratchett)!! The staff was excellent as always. The Lido- We only had occasional breakfast and lunch bites in the Lido. It was laid out much like the K but had sinks for hand washing instead of the whirligigs you stick your hands into. The food was fine and it did not seem too crowded, but maybe my timing was just fortunate. It did not seem that hard to find tables, but many people went out by either pool with their food. There were sushi (rolls) and sashimi at lunch, but not a huge selection. We did not try any of the late-night offerings. And I did not see any bathrobes in the Lido! The Tamarind- We ate there once and it lived up to its billing as our favorite HAL restaurant. The room seemed bigger and they do use some outdoor seating (at least when in port). The deck plans for the K and NS seem to show they have identical square footage, so the apparent size difference may be due to the different layout for Nami Sushi and the Tamarind bar (we did not try either). The Pinnacle, Canaletto, and Sel De Mer- We skipped these this cruise. I have avoided Sel de Mer because the idea of an a la carte restaurant on a cruise ship bugs me. However, a new acquaintance on this cruise (Sir Robert) went and said his bill (including 5* discounts) was only about $20. I might have to get off my high horse and give it a try! The Dive-In- Same menu as on other ships and the burgers, dogs, & fries are delicious as always. But now they have milkshakes! We did not try them since we were already eating too much. I think they were around $5. The New York Deli- Again, same good quality as on other ships. We had pizza a couple of times but did not get any deli sandwiches this cruise. We also did not get around to trying the late-night snacks (too much food, groan!) although they sounded good. I found the NY Deli to be a great “secret” breakfast spot. They were never that busy when I stopped by, there were plenty of tables available, and pitchers of orange juice and coffee carafes that were self-serve. They have a good bagel selection, including a breakfast bagel with egg, cheese, and ham. The new treat was Breakfast Pizza! They had about 4 different choices. I tried one with cheese, bacon, and two sunny side up eggs which was very good. It was really enough for two people, but I managed conquer it eventually. The Dutch Café- This is a very pleasant spot for a snack. We only stopped once after a shore excursion and had pea soup, grilled ham & cheese sandwich, and fries – pretty good stuff. I kept meaning to stop for bitterballen, but never quite made it. Something to try on the next cruise! The Happy hours- The main Happy Hour was in the Billboard and Rock Room bars from 4-5 pm. Standard buy one get one for $2. It could get quite busy, but cleared out by 5:30. The self-serve appetizers (hot and cold) in the Billboard were usually pretty good and, for the most part, they kept appetizer bar stocked. We developed a small group of 3-7 people that would get together during happy hour for conversation. There was some kind of happy hour at the Blend at 9:00 pm. I never stopped by. It seemed like it was wine only and we always had enough wine with dinner. Club Orange- My travels around the ship did not take me by Club Orange very often. The few times I went by at breakfast or dinner, it did not seem very active. They did seem like they were using the kitchen area, but I could not tell if it was for food prep or plating-up. I actually like the room as a restaurant venue – I am not sure Club Orange is the best use for the space. America’s Test Kitchen- They had new recipes and the presentations were nicely done. The problem, IMO, was that the World Stage was not a good venue for it. You were far from the cooking area and they did not have good enough camera angles and close-up to allow you to see the details of the food preparation. Billboard Onboard- The piano duo of Debby and Nate (or was it Nat?) were very good, probably the best I have seen on HAL. The pianos were real! With strings!! They played very enthusiastically (and skillfully) and their singing was quite good. They usually drew a big crowd. As soon as their 45-minute set was done the Rolling Stone rockers started up. They switched on and off throughout the evening (three sets each). Rolling Stone Rock Room- This is a brand-new idea and probably needs some work to hit its stride. There were five guys (no fries) – two guitars, one bass, drummer, and keyboards. I enjoyed them but Mitzi was unimpressed – she did not like their versions of rock classics. Musically, I thought they were fine and talented. The vocals seemed like the weakness (not bad, just could stand improvement). I am not sure how extensive the playlist is, but I did not hear any duplications (but I was not there 14 nights straight!). It is loud, so I would not sit too close to the front. I definitely enjoyed it, but then I like hearing covers of songs that do not sound identical to the originals. Lincoln Center Stage- The five ladies were excellent musicians. I did not go too often, but was impressed when I did. The “Queen’s Lounge” area is a much better spot for them than where they were on the K (now the RSRR). Their performances were usually well attended. BB King- This iteration of BB King had a really nice sound. I did not recognize any of them from prior cruises. I also did not go often enough to tell if they suffered from the same problem I have seen with other BB Kings. That being a too small play list so that they seemed to be playing the same stuff over and over. They did play some of the same songs I have heard on other cruises, but they sounded great doing it! The Shops- The selection seemed minimal, but the quality seemed improved. Some prices seemed awfully high. I did buy a NS inaugural season Christmas ornament for next year’s tree for $7.99. Wine list/packages- The same basic Cellar 1, 2, and 3 wine packages were available and the wines offered were essentially identical to last year. Mariner discounts were applied. The regular wine list looked to be brand new with lots of more expensive choices. I wanted to get photos, but kept forgetting my camera or phone. I will try again this March. There were still some $35-45 per bottle choices, but they seemed scarcer. The Ports- Half Moon Cay – We did our usual clamshell and laid about on the beach and swam to cool off. The Island BBQ was the same as always - OK, not great. But laying out in the sun wears you down and one needs to refuel! We shared the island with the Zuiderdam. Montego Bay, Jamaica – None of the tours appealed to us and we were docked too far away from town to walk. So, we stayed on board to explore the new ship. Georgetown, Cayman Islands – There were at least six ships in port so we thought the town would be very crowded. The last tender from the island was around 3:30. It did not seem worth the tender ride in for a short, crowded visit to the various shops. Cozumel, Mexico – Mitzi was not feeling well so we abandoned our plans to stroll through town. Nassau, Bahamas – We went to the Ardastra Gardens after a small bus tour through town. It was a zoo getting off the ship and to the buses as there were 4-5 ships in port. The gardens were OK and the marching flamingos were amusing. I am glad we went once, but I will not be in a hurry to return. We had a picture taking stop at Fort Charlotte on the way back to the pier. There was not enough time to go into the fort and the entry fee ($5-6) was not included in the tour. San Juan, Puerto Rico – It was Calle San Sebastian festival day when we were in port (along with a Carnival ship). Even though the festival did not start until around 7:00 pm, the preparations had everything in a state of chaos. Our tour was to go to the two forts followed by shopping in Plaza Colon. The police would not let our bus drive to El Morro (the fort guarding the harbor) so we went to San Cristobal (the fort guarding the land-side of the city) first while our tour company tried to sort things out. San Cristobal is well worth seeing (2nd time for me) and was enjoyable again. When we got back to the bus, our guide said his boss talked with the police chief and we now had permission to head to El Morro (I am sure no money changed hands). The bus got as close as possible, but it was still a fair walk to the fort. The setting is beautiful, but there were a lot of festival preparations going on. The fort is older than San Cristobal and rather different in construction and purpose. It was well worth the visit and long walk. After the forts we did walk around Plaza Colon for a few minutes, but we were hungry for a Dive-In burger so we headed back to the ship. St. Thomas, USVI – We were docked in Havensight along with a Viking cruise ship. We did the St. Thomas Island Drive which took us to Mountain Top. There are impressive views once you get through the huge gift shop (in their defense, the prices and selection were OK). We were then supposed to go to Drake’s Seat, but the Viking guys had the parking area filled up. So, we went to the “Valdemar A. Hill, Sr. Drive Scenic Overlook” instead. There were impressive views of the Havensight pier, downtown, and Crowns Bay. You could also see Saint Croix in the distance. There was the option of being dropped off in town, but no one was interested. I did wander about the Havensight Mall before going back to the ship. Half Moon Cay – Another clamshell day. I also tried to lay in the sun to try to bake away my head cold (while trying to avoid sunburn). We shared the Island with the Volendam.
  20. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary. Sunday, December 2 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Thursday, December 6 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Friday, December 7 Cozumel, Mexico Saturday, December 8 At Sea Sunday, December 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Koningsdam will be headed to Freeport for dry dock. She will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1300 (although ships leaving for dry dock seldom leave on time). It is another busy day in Port Everglades with five ships joining the HAL ones. Adventure OTS will be at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Conquest at pier 4 from 0615-1600, Crystal Symphony at pier 19 (nice view for Roy) from 0515-1800, Harmony OTS at pier 18 from 0445-1630, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Rotterdam will be leaving Tampa for a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise. She will be in port from 0700-1700. Sunday, December 2 Tampa, FL Monday, December 3 Key West, FL Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 At Sea Thursday, December 6 San Juan, Puerto Rico Friday, December 7 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday, December 8 Antigua Sunday, December 9 St. Lucia Monday, December 10 At Sea Tuesday, December 11 Curacao Wednesday, December 12 Aruba Thursday, December 13 At Sea Friday, December 14 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Saturday, December 15 At Sea Sunday, December 16 Tampa, FL Carnival Miracle will also be in port. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/ . Oosterdam will be in Key West from 0800-1600 (https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/). For the addicts: On Monday 3 December Rotterdam will be in Key West from 1100-1800 (https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ ) and Volendam will depart San Diego at 1700 (http://sundiegolive.com/). Next up: Zuiderdam on Wednesday 5 December.
  21. Has anyone stayed in this cabin? Looks like a larger obstructive balcony with some ocean view.
  22. Years ago on the Veendam there was a bit of ballroom type dancing in the Oceans Bar. Is there still a dance floor and or the little combo called the Neptunes?
  23. Looking for others that are going to be on this trip
  24. We are booked on a B2B Caribbean on the NA over Halloween. I recenlty found a link to a CC posters personal site that had wonderful pictures from the 2017 Halloween cruise. Unfortunately I lost the link and can not locate it. If anyone knows where I can find this link or site please let me know.:D
  25. Hi ... first time cruiser bringing two of my sons (age 24 and 21) with me. We're American and it's our first trip overseas for all of us. I'm looking at the Norse Legends tour on the Nieuw Statendam. Ship specific activities that are particularly important to them are food, the pool, and music (where they all have pretty eclectic tastes). I'm trying to figure if this would be a good fit as several people have told me that HAL is too "old." However, these folks are more familiar with HAL's smaller ships, like the Rotterdam. Would appreciate some input from those who have been on HAL's larger ships. What times do activities "shut down" on the Nieuw Statendam? The pools on the pictures look a bit small and rather pedestrian. How large are these? I'm considering one of the VH, partially obstructed balconies on the 4th level. Is that a mistake? Any other things I should consider? Thanks! Stuart
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