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  1. We have a choice between Dolphin 1838 and Main 2556. Which is the better, quieter cabin? We will be going on a long cruise and I am a light sleeper. Thank you.
  2. Hi first sailing with Holland we just booked an Inside room.. i notice a clear square over half of our room on deck 8...this would be a closet maybe? I am wondering about noise? also if I change my room location do I lose my perks.. we got the Explore 4 with it... thks for any help
  3. We will be sailing on the The Nieuw Statemdam on Sunday. Can anyone comment on the closest garage. As usual I’ve packed to many bags! Many thanks!
  4. We booked our sailing on the HAL Amsterdam about 2 weeks ago, and there were only guarantee cabins available. We chose an unobstructed oceanview guarantee. We received our cabin assignment today -- 2713. What can you tell me about this cabin. It's on the back end, which we've never had before. From the diagram, it looks like there may be some type of walkway or something in front of our cabin? Is this cabin likely to be noisy? We don't mind walking to the staircase or elevators, but I'm hoping there is a quick way to get to the outside viewing areas from here.
  5. Looking to book a category FA (family cabin) as a party of five. It is very important to me that the pull down bunk be over the sofa rather than the bed. Does anyone know which FA staterooms have the bed over the couch? Holland America doesn't seem to know when asked over the phone. I was thinking that perhaps people who have been on the ship will have some insight.
  6. We bought two $50 soda fountain cards (bought for $25 each) for our upcoming sailing, before HAL gifted us with 2 beverage cards in lieu of a price adjustment. I doubt that we would be able to use $200 of soda and coffee in 14 days. Is the unused balance on either the soda card and/or the beverage card refundable? Or, do you think we could exchange the beverage cards for credit in the Pinnacle Grill? Thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments.
  7. Amsterdam is returning from herWorld Voyage. She will be at pier 21(starboard to) from 0430-1600. She will be headed out on a repositioning cruise - 17-days to Vancouver or 18-days to Seattle. Cartagena, Colombia (19 May 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (20 May 0500-0500); Corinto, Nicaragua (22 May 0800-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (23 May 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (24 May 1400-2300); Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (27 May 0700-1400); San Francisco, California (30 May 0800-1700); Victoria, British Columbia (01 Jun 1300-2300); Vancouver, Canada (02 Jun 0700-1700); Seattle, Washington (03 Jun a0700) She is the only ship in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Volendam in Juneau on Friday.
  8. It has been six years since we sailed on the Amsterdam. I am curious to know what has changed since the last drydock. We are booked in June for the 14 day Alaska cruise. Thank you for any input.
  9. Looking to book on the Nieuw Statendam for January but not sure about going for the Aft Vista Suite, the SY at the way front of the ship, or an SS on the bump-out middle. I know these are three different "animals" with different prices. But looking for your opinions and experience(s) in any or all. Also, anyone been in the Cat. SY at the front of the ship? Trying to figure out the balcony, and if strangers can walk past the bow window, as I see on the deck plan there is outdoor space that appears to wrap around the entire bow on Deck 5. Thanks!
  10. Looking at booking an aft Vista Suite on Nieuw Statendam for January. It is currently 1/2 the price of the Cat. SS! Any recommendations on which aft cabin? All on Deck 7 are available, and according to the deck plan, the middle cabin looks skinnier than the two at the side next to the Cat. SB wraparounds. Is the deck plan correct? Thanks for any info on these aft Vistas!!!
  11. Here is a link to an interesting article about this wonderful new ship that appeared in the LA Times We were on Nieuw Statendam's maiden voyage. Here's what we discovered By KARL ZIMMERMANN JAN 27, 2019 | 3:00 AM | ABOARD THE NIEUW STATENDAM https://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-cruise-nieuw-statendam-holland-america-20190127-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fsports%2Ffootball%2Fnfl+(L.A.+Times+-+Pro+Football)
  12. Can't find the answer to this anywhere: what type of key can I expect to find for this ship? It is it the flat hotel type (in which case all of my clothes will need pockets or a lanyard) or is it a wrist band of some sort, in which case I don't. Seems like a silly question, but I want to be able to not think about my key everytime I leave the room, but know it is either in my pocket or around my neck! [And other things besides potentially a lanyard that I would not think to bring? 😊]
  13. Looking at cabins on Amsterdam for the 14 day Alaska. We're already booked & paid but I'm looking at other available deck three inside cabins and considering trying to switch to a different cabin. We're looking at #3340, #3345, #3352. Anyone have advice on these three?
  14. We're considering a 14 day Alaskan cruise on the HAL Amsterdam. Does anyone know if the bathrooms in the oceanview cabins have been renovated, and if so, which ones? We did this cruise on the Amsterdam many years ago, and felt the cabin (that we had) was in dire need of renovation. We aren't booked yet, so if anyone has photos of the bathrooms and specific cabin numbers, we would appreciate it.
  15. We will be flying to Amsterdam to join the Princedam for a cruise to Norway next week. We will be staying at a hotel very near the cruise docks. Does anyone know if we can use Uber from the airport to the hotel? I know the train is easy but we have our bags to shlep and we are not as young and agile as we used to be. Also, is it reasonable to use Uber for a very short ride (from the DoubleTree near Central Station) to the cruise terminal. If I had thought about it, I may have picked another hotel. I have ave never used Uber so it may be an adventure. Doggy Daddy
  16. Took the red eye from Los Angeles to FLL. No sleep for 30+hours and hung out at FLL till boarded. Take a taxi for the 2 mile $15 ride to the terminal. Hint, have your photo ID handy at the terminal gate even if you are in a cab! the line up is at 10:15 bit they didn’t let us in to check in till 11:00. Was on the boat at noon. This ship hip has the best cruise ship bathroom ever! The solid glass door is so much cleaner and better than a vinyl curtain. It’s the worlds best shower because no matter how long you run the hot shower with the door closes the mirror does not fog up!!! the ship is a beauty and I live the music theme which includes names of decks,!music venues and artwork. The artwork and feel is fun and more like the Celebrity Reflection or a very toned down Carnival. The internet works and price $139 unlimited is fair. You can also use the same account in multiple devices just not at the same time. The menu looks improved over what I had on a Holland cruise two years ago. The grand cafe is a waste and is all pay extra. The pizza was amazing. The flourless chocolate cake flawless. The free ice cream in the Lido buffet is not made in board. Only the extra pay gelato is made here. The free waffle cone was delicious. The only complaint I have is the service in the main dining room tonight was very slow. I went 5:15 not busy when arrived but all courses were very slow. If that happens again I’ll need to say something. The new spa has a deal if $199 for one or $200 for two persons and up to 25 passes are sold for their spa sauna facilities. I was tempted bit passes. Maybe next time. Hopefully the poor MDR service was a one time event. But I really like this ship so far.
  17. I've looked at the spa brochure and it describes the Greenhouse Retreat and the Greenhouse Hydrotherapy Pool, but has an asterisk that states it is not available on all ships. Is there anyone who has used the spa facilities on the Amsterdam? Do they only have the steam rooms and heated lounges or is there a pool of some sort also available in the spa area? Thanks in advance for your answers.
  18. Hello and welcome aboard our cruise on the Nieuw Statendam starting tomorrow. Currently we are leaving cold Ohio and heading toward warm Ft Lauderdale. On on our trip, I’ll be providing information and photos of the ship, hotels and food. If if you have questions, please ask. Thank you you and welcome aboard!
  19. I know that ship doesn't have as many dining options as some of the newer ships. What are our options for embarkation lunch, and what would be your choice? Any special "not to be missed" menu items we should watch for? Thanks in advance!
  20. Currently on board. Lots of folks have given reviews of ship. She is nice and new! I will focus on ports of call. 1) Half Moon Cay - very nice. Easy tendering - no wait. We were the only ship there. :-) 2) Ocho Rios - ugly industrial port. 10 min walk to shops: restaurants. Be prepared to be bombarded by locals trying to get you to take tours. Most start by trying to shake your hand ( I don’t shake ANYONE’s hand-fist pump for me). They are offended if you refuse and call you racist. Then they start yelling at you. There is nothing within the industrial port so don’t bother to get off ship. Tomorrow is Cayman Islands. I will report back.
  21. It has been a few years since we have sailed on HAL. We love the smaller ships, however for the Mediterranean there appears to be two options that I am seeing for spring 2020 - Niew Amsterdam and Zuiderdam. I am looking at three different 24 day itineraries. Each double up their visit to ports we have been to previously with the B2B co-mingled. I think that our preferred itinerary may be sailed by Zuiderdam. I realize NA is the newest ship and that is attractive. That said, all three itineraries have bonus ports for us. Several we have visited and several we have not. We most likely will book a Verandah and all three are super limited on availability, therefore we need to decide quickly. Particularly with the latest promotion. Suites are just as limited in availability on all three. I would really appreciate some some input on these two ships - we don’t care about casinos, art auctions, photos, shopping, and honestly the entertainment is not huge although we typically enjoy a few shows. Food & restaurants, wine selections, our stateroom, our deck, outside promenade for walking are more important to us. Any insights or feedback would sure be appreciated. Thank you so much for assistance
  22. So, Wikipedia lists Nieuw Ryndam as the name of the third Pinnacle class ship. Rumor or fact? It's on the internet, it must be true!
  23. Arriving at the pier around 11:15, there was already a good sized line waiting to start the check-in process, but the line moved quickly and the check-in process was efficient and quick. I was done by 11:30, but the cabins were not ready. At check-in we were given boarding group numbers (Mariner Star status did not seem to matter), and at 11:45 the embarkation began. Numbers were called steadily and I was on board shortly after Noon. The Shore Staff did an excellent job in handling the embarkation. After leaving my carry-on in my stateroom, I began my "must do items" soon after embarkation. A visit to the Spa to get my daily pass for the Hydrothermal Pool and Thermal Suite was first on the agenda. A visit to the Ocean Bar to get the once offered $50-$100-$250 beverage card. No longer available, I was told by the bartender. "Buy the Signature Beverage Package instead. That is what they want you to do." No thanks: Disappointment #1. Embarkation Lunch in the MDR followed and was seated with very pleasant folks whom I kept running into during the cruise. The service and food were excellent. Returning to the stateroom, one piece of luggage arrived and I started to unpack for the 2 weeks. During that time, my Stewards Abe and Ratno introduced themselves. Throughout the cruise, they were pleasant and did an excellent job. Dinner time arrived after pre-dinner drinks at the Ocean Bar. 2nd Seating, at a rectangular table for 6 (I prefer a round table for 6 and did obtain that at the start of the 1/13/19 segment of my itinerary), 4 other very pleasant and good conversationalists joined me with one gentleman starting his first cruise. (That was fun because the rest of us were experienced cruisers and, I hope, were helpful in introducing him to cruising.) Stewards Gete A. K. and Putu were proficient in their jobs. (And, they were still my Stewards for the 2nd segment since my table was near the original one.) The first Wine Steward left a bit to be desired, I thought, but Edgardo was my 2nd Wine Steward and deserved the additional gratuity that I provided to him. It was an excellent start and really special to be a guest on one of the ship's initial cruises for the season. Public Rooms: The news of the demise/disappointment of the Crow's Nest has been overdone, I think. It's there, yes with the former Exploration's Cafe coffee bar. That Bar also is a full Bar, something that I determined after lunch. Plenty of comfortable seating with lots of room for more, a library area with many reference books, many empty shelves, and a very few of paperbacks that I think previous guests left. A digital display connected to the Bridge in the front of the room drew alot of interest. (I was expecting a display of the Bridge's location map that the Amsterdam had, but was not available.) The EXC office and their inter-active displays took up some room, but not a significant amount. Surprisingly, a non-carpeted dance floor type had been installed in the middle of the room, aft of the Bridge digital display. Why? This makes me think that the new concept of the Crow's Nest is still a work in progress. Happy Hours could be held there, if HAL should choose, and reduce the overload in the two lounges that have them. There are lots of empty shelves for books if HAL would choose to provide them. Billboard on Board, with the two pianolists, across the hall from The Rolling Stone Rock Room was were Happy Hour was held and both rooms were very busy. The Bar Manager was behind the Bar once to help the bartenders; the servers were "stretched" and some seemed to be still learning on how to order drinks on the Ipads. The evening entertainment in Billboard was great. The Rock Room's band was loud, the performers were good, I thought, but the songs didn't change nightly and only one, in 2 weeks, was one that I knew. People were using the dance floor in that Lounge. Aft of that area was what had been called on the Koningsdam the Queen's Lounge, the BB King's Blues Club that was also the site of Lincoln Center Live with a string quintet. Both groups were very good, playing a variety of music. The dance floor there was filled when the BB King group was on stage. Obvious to me, that HAL is putting much money into this Music Walk concept. Maybe suffering, as a result, are the nightly programming at the World Stage. The 270 degree video wall was poorly used, in my opinion. The individual performers were enjoyable to OK. The main shows consisted of a modern dance company. I attended the first and did not attend the others. The ship's main orchestra were excellent. No BBC Earth presentations and I heard other guests expressing their unhappiness to the CD about this. The most innovative programming that I experienced was "Officers on Deck" during a Gala Night around the mid-ship's pool. Deck chairs had been cleared, tall tables erected with a beverage area at the forward area of the deck. Many of the ship's Officers, from the Captain on down, were present and could be approached in an informal manner if one wished to do so. MDR: Breakfasts and lunches were consistently excellent. My dinner experience was mixed. The first 7 days seemed better than the last 7 days. Being a b2b, this was a 2 week experience in the MDR when the menu was exactly repeated, day by day. For a Collector's Cruise, this is not acceptable. I wrote this off as a sole example of being on an early cruise for the ship. (Really, no other "teething" issues appeared for me.) Lots of emphasis on presentation of the food, I think. Recipes have been tweaked for some items, i.e. Escargots, since January, 2018 on the Zaandam. And the tweaking was not to my liking. A new executive in Seattle in charge of the beverage--maybe the food area as well--department thought the wine list needed to be improved. What improvement that I saw was the elimination of my favorite wine that was replaced by a wine that cost $29/bottle more. The Grand Dutch Cafe: a winner and a venue staffed by Dutch personnel. Only complaint: Bitterballen was only available 4:30 P. M. The venue is on Deck 3 when the HH venues are on Deck 2. Making this Dutch snack available earlier would prevent one from having to go to Deck 3 to get the snack and then return to HH. Dinner at Sel de Mar was the most excellent dinner I had aboard. Service, food, ambiance: all excellent. I ordered Escargots (a different recipe from the MDR's, but still needed more garlic), Dover Sole, and Crepes Suzette. With my Mariner discount, the cost for such a dinner was a bargain. Tamarind was good. Pinnacle Grill The first visit I ordered lamb chops. No lamb taste. The second visit I ordered the Rib Eye. This will be the last piece of beef I will ever order at the PG. Having just come from a cruise on Royal Princess where their Crown Grill still uses Sterling Silver Beef that HAL once used in the PG, I was disappointed once again in the PG's beef. There is simply no beef taste. My previous 3 up-scale restaurant visits before this visit to PG, I ordered a Rib Eye. PG's ranked #4 of the four restaurants (two locally as well as Crown Grill). Service at both visits was by the same waitress and she deserved the gratuity that left for her. Because my part-of-package wine had been transferred to the PG, the Wine Steward's indifferent service mirrored what I have had in most PGs on other ships. The Lido Restaurant is laid out as the other Marketplace concepts are on the other ships. Easy to use without the chaos that I experienced on Royal Princess with their Horizon Court/Bistro concept. The New York Deli as well as the Dive-in were excellent choices when one did not want much to eat. The sandwiches at the Deli were excellent and it was a thoughtful touch that Iced Tea, Lemonade, and water were available, self-serve. The pizza I ordered for one lunch was just the right size and the Panna Cotta with fruit for dessert was very good. Room Service for Breakfast was usually on time or just before the time requested. Only once, the tray had been set up for a minimal order from me with no silver ware or napkin. I became creative and found that a croissant can be buttered with a spoon if there is no knife. (But, I did have two coffee cups/spoons for an order for one.) Breads and baked goods were excellent wherever I enjoyed one. The interactive TV worked well once I figured out how to use it. I enjoy the option having a variety of entertainment choices available and surely enjoyed the music channels. In my opinion, two venues need to be re-worked in Pinnacle #3. Club Orange: Canaletto would be a better place for this dining facility. When one dines at Canaletto, one is still dining in the Lido Restaurant. Make Canaletto more special. The Ocean Bar is no longer the prime bar on a HAL ship. The Bar seating is too small for so many guests and with most of the seating out in the corridor passing the bar, I avoided it. The room is divided into half and that causes the ambiance as well as whatever music is available to be enjoyed. And, whomever thought that the Stewards and bartenders should wear hats during the evening should be given a different responsibility for making such decisions. The ship is beautiful. The art work is modern and many pieces makes one wonder what was the intention of the artist. It is not crowded for the number of guests present. The crew were as expected with their service and friendliness. Most, if not all, were involved in Venice in bringing this ship to life. (And, I pity the poor crewmen who had to carry the chairs destined for Billboard on board. I can guarantee you, those chairs are so heavy to move that in any heavy sea, if everything else is moving: they won't be!) They are proud of the Nieuw Statendam as they should be. The handling of 538 b2b guests in Fort Lauderdale by the HAL Shore Staff needs to be recognized for their efforts. Jeff kept us informed very well during the process and the procedure went well. (As always, there was one "gentleman" who was tardy in disembarking and clearing ICE so that the ship could be declared zero down allowing the rest of us standing in long lines waiting to be re-embarked. Such is life.) Disembarkation on 1/20/19 took longer than expected because the ship needed to have its position at the pier slightly moved twice due to the strong winds from the East. Also, the terminal had an electrical failure for awhile during this time. But, when I disembarked, all was normal and I was was on my way quickly. Did I enjoy my cruise? Yes, I did and did truly enjoy meeting the folks that I did. I'd be glad to sail with these good people again!
  24. I would normally get my hair cut and highlighted prior to sailing, but I'm running out of time! I've never used the hair salon on HAL. For those of you who have, what was your experience? Would you consider the quality of the services to be comparable to a good land-based salon, or more like a Super Cut type of experience? Do you tip the stylist during the visit, or are the gratuities included in the cost of the service?
  25. No photos on Halfacts - looking at fully accessible V5055, 5057, or 5052, 5054 Has anyone any information on these? Thx 😊
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