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  1. 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!
  2. We are thinking of doing a New England/Canada cruise next summer (2020). We are a family of 4 with a then 6 and 7 year old. My parents want to do this cruise and would like us to join them. Any preference between the Amsterdam or Vaandam? We have cruised before, but on Royal Caribbean, MSC and Disney (will do NCL this summer in Alaska). We have always been in a balcony room, but it looks like these ships do not have balcony rooms that sleep 4 unless you get a Neptune suite. It’s a little over $5000 for 4 in an ocean view and over $10,000 for 4 in a Neptune Suite! Are these normal prices for this itinerary? Are there any arcades on either ship? Thanks in advance!
  3. The two newest ships for Holland America are traveling together from St. Thomas to Half Moon Cay. This is Koningsdam as seen off the port side of Nieuw Statendam
  4. Does the Nieuw Statendam have any night lighting in the bathroom? thanks
  5. For those of you recently on the Nieuw Statendam do you know which days they offered High Tea service? Do they still offer a daily tea as well? That is one of my favorite parts of cruising so I want to plan my itinerary around it! Thanks in advance!
  6. tThe Nieuw Statendam seems to be almost a duplicate of the Koningsdam (aside from the artwork) except in one place. As I understand (haven't sailed it yet) the Crows Nest on the NS has been fitted out in the new style, with the Explorations Cafe merged into the bar, the Excursions office move up to the starboard side, the Captain's Room converted to a lecture space, and big video screens in the middle. We were afraid that the Koningsdam would be retrofit in that style during its December drydock, as has been happening to the older ships. Fortunately not ! The Koningsdam Crows Nest still has the traditional layout, except for being carpeted all the way across instead of having a dance floor. There are a large number of comfortable chairs of various styles in various groupings. A very pleasant place for a lot of passengers to relax.
  7. Doing an inside cabin for the first time on the Nieuw Statendam (cabin I-6112). Does anyone know if they have a fridge in these cabins? Thanks! Helen
  8. Has anyone been in this cabin? Photos? Was the cabin larger than normal verandas? Any reviews?
  9. We don't leave Civitavecchia until December 5, but we wanted to start the thread a bit early, so that others on the roll call can join in. We have an amazing roll call, over 200 people, and I'm sure we will have an amazing cruise!
  10. Where is the sauna located? Is there a fee? Are there separate saunas for men and women?
  11. Does anyone know if the balconies between staterooms can be opened on the Nieuw Statendam? Thank you.
  12. We're booked on NS next month. Could anyone provide me with a copy ot the (bottle ) wines offered in the MDR and prices (which I guess is part of the. Menu, or. Wine List)? Dont need info for specialty dining...wont be going. Also, what is their corkage fee? Trying to see if its worth it to bring on a couple of extra bottles of el cheapo wine & pay the corkage vs buying off the menu? Help? thanks. hic!
  13. Hi everyone, I apologise as this has doubtless been answered before - however I’ve trawled the various beverage threads to no avail! Sailing onboard Nieuw Statendam next month - I’m looking into purchasing the $25 for $50 soda card. I’m just a little unsure as to exactly which beverages are available via this - is it literally only fizzy soft drinks such as coke or sprite which would be included with this, or are there other soft drinks such as juices or ice tea? Thank you for your help!
  14. Taking a back to back cruise originating in Amsterdam, back to Amsterdam at 7:00am and then the cruise goes from Amsterdam to Rome on the same day at 5:00pm. If we are in the same cabin on both cruises, what is the usual procedure should we want to go on a tour at the end of the first cruise?
  15. Another nice day in port with a bit mix of ships and luckily we have two blue hulled beauties in Port Everglades today and another in Tampa. In Port Everglades we have the Nieuw Amsterdam heading off on the the 7 day RSVP charter. She is scheduled to be at pier 19. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (12 Feb 1200-2000); San Juan, Puerto Rico (13 Feb 0800-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (14 Feb 0800-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Feb 0900-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700 The Nieuw Statendam should be at pier 26 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (15 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700) And the second the 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (15 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0800 Other ships in port scheduled are Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Celebrity Edge (pier 25), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) and Celebrity Silhouette (pier 29). The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Sailing out of Tampa is the iconic Rotterdam. She is doing a 14 night Southern Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (10 Feb d1600); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Feb 0800-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (20 Feb 0700-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0900-1600); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb a0700) And a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Feb 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (25 Feb 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (27 Feb 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (28 Feb 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Mar 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Mar a0700) The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com Other ships in port in Tampa are the Carnival Miracle and the Norwegian Pearl. The website is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the sail a way Addicts - the Veendam will be Aruba and the Rotterdam in Key West on February 11th. Next Sail a Way scheduled is the Koningsdam on February 13th.
  16. so....we just booked NS for a 7-day Caribbean run in April. Anyone been on 'er? Please tell me all about her? Thanks!
  17. Good morning friends. I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale yesterday around 3:30 PM after a nice flight on United. I have a room on the starboard side mid ship on the Navigation deck. The upgrade ferry tried to get ahold of me but I didn't go on line until late last evening. Oh well, better luck next time. IIt was supposed to rain this morning but so far, so sunny. I can see Port Everglades from my hotel room anr the Oosterdam is visable as is the Caribbean Princess. More later.
  18. To start off, there is no indication yet, that Holland America will not use the Amsterdam cruise terminal this year and following, but yesterday Dutch papers reported that after the earlier withdrawal of MSC and Cruise and Maritime Voyages from the Dutch capital, now Carnival Corp has decided to withdraw the port visits of P&O and Cunard too. This is all because of the newly implemented tourist city tax, that now every visiting cruise passenger has to pay. The amount is Euro 8 per person and if a ship remains overnight, it is double that, because the charge is per day. The newly introduced tax in this way backfires, because most ships will provide busses for transport to the city out of IJmuiden, avoiding paying tax, but still visiting the city, in buses that do not really add to already bad environmental impact that they have on the air in the city. In total, because of the new tax, 81 cruise visits to Amsterdam have been cancelled, 33 in 2019 and 48 in 2020. There are still 153 remaining, but maybe only due to the fact that no alternative port was available (yet). To be continued. One of the papers, in Dutch, but Google translate will do the trick; https://www.ad.nl/amsterdam/meer-rederijen-laten-passagiersterminal-links-liggen~a29f5a8b/
  19. Thinking of trying an inside cabin for a 1 week cruise. I keep reading mixed information regarding a love seat in these cabins. Does anyone know for sure if any of the inside cabins have a love seat? Thanks so much. Helen
  20. 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.
  21. It's a busy day in Port Everglades on the 6th with 3 blue hulled beauties all set to sail. Zuiderdam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm for it's 10 night Panama Canal Sunfarer and should be a pier 04. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (09 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (10 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (12 Jan 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (12 Jan 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (13 Jan 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Jan a0700) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm on a 7 day Western Caribbean at 5 pm (scheduled for pier 26). Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1600); Montego Bay, Jamaica (09 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (11 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700 Nieuw Statendam is also doing a 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1600); Montego Bay, Jamaica (09 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (11 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean at pier 19: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (08 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700) and is also doing a 14 night Caribbean Eastern/Western Adventurer: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (08 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (18 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) It will be interesting to see if our HAL ships can form a parade and leave nearly on time. Also in port will be the Royal Princess scheduled for pier 02 at 4pm, Harmony of the Seas pier 18 at 4:30 pm, Crown Princess pier 21 at 4:00 pm & Celebrity Edge pier 25 at 4:00 pm. The websites for the Port Everglades sail a ways are https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://fortlauderdalewebcam.com Sailing out of Tampa is the Rotterdam. She will be doing the 7 day Western Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (07 Jan 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (09 Jan 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (10 Jan 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (11 Jan 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (13 Jan a0700 as well as the 21 day Western/Southern Caribbean. Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (07 Jan 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (09 Jan 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (10 Jan 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (11 Jan 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (13 Jan 0800-1800); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (22 Jan 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Jan 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan a0700) The website for Tampa is located at https://tampawebcam.com Sailing out of San Diego is the Eurodam doing a 7 day Mexican Riviera. And.. for the Sail a Way Addicts - The Rotterdam will be in Key West on January 7th and the Koningsdam will be St. Maartens on January 8th. The next sail a way currently I have scheduled is January 12th, 2019 but I will be double checking.
  22. It's going to be a very busy day in Port Everglades on the 13th. With over 22,500 passengers boarding, it could be a virtual zoo. There are 3 blue hulled beauties sailing from Port Everglades (and all the newest ships in the fleet) and one from Tampa & San Diego as well. The 3 blue hulled beauties in Port Everglades are the N Amsterdam, Koningsdam & N Statendam and should be at piers 19, 21 & 26 respectively. Sailing out we have firstly the Nieuw Amsterdam. She is sheduled to go at 4:30 pm & at pier 19. She is doing a 7 night Western Caribbean: Her itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (18 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) Koningsdam has two different itineraries for this one. She is set to sail at 5:00 pm & will be at pier 21. The first is the 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: His Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (16 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (18 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan a0700) The King's second itinerary today is the 21 night Seafarer/Wayfarer: His Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (16 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (18 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (26 Jan 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (27 Jan 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (29 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (30 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb a0700) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to sail at 5:00 pm from pier 26 and has a 7 night Eastern Caribbean: Her Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) And is also doing a 17 night Eastern/Souther Caribbean Wayfarer: Her itinerary Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (22 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (23 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (25 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (26 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (27 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Jan a0700) Also in port are: Carnival Conquest - scheduled for pier 04 & to leave at 4:45 pm Adventure of the Seas - scheduled for pier 29 & to leave at 4:30 pm Regal Princess - scheduled for pier 02 & to leave at 5:15 pm Harmony of the Seas - scheduled for pier 18 & to leave at 4:30 pm Celebrity Edge - schedule for pier 25 & to leave at 4:00 pm The webcams for these sailings are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Also sailing from Tampa is the lovely Rotterdam. she will be doing a 14 night Southern Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Oranjestad, Aruba (22 Jan 0700-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (23 Jan 0700-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0900-1600); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan a0700) as well as a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (13 Jan d1800); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (22 Jan 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Jan 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan 0700-1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1100-1800); Roatan, Honduras (30 Jan 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (31 Jan 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Feb a0700) The webcam for Tampa is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com And last but not least, sailing out of San Diego is the Eurodam. the San Diego website is located at https://sundiegolive.com Next sail a way is scheduled for January 14th - the Veendam.
  23. Considering a Transatlantic on NS in 2020. (New to HAL, former Princess cruisers). Can anyone answer the following: Are the aft veranda staterooms (VS category) covered, specifically on Deck 8? Other decks? Is there a mini-fridge or cooler in the stateroom? Can I bring aboard canned soda (tonic water, LaCroix, etc.) Is there still a sitting area, couch, loveseat, etc. Princess is removing seating from their balcony cabins which is why we are changing lines. Thanks for any advice!
  24. We have 4 blue hulled beauties for this sail a way. Two are in Port Everglades and one is sailing from Tampa and the other from San Diego. There are 7 ships in total sailing from Port Everglades so this will be a busy day. Zuiderdam is scheduled to sail from pier 21 at 5 PM for her 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (28 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (30 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (31 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (02 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (02 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (03 Feb 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Feb a0700) The Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to sail from pier 26 at 5 PM on a 7 day Country Music Charter. There’s no itinerary pic for her as it is a charter, but here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan d1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1200-2359); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 1000-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb a0700 Other ships in Port Everglades are the Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony of the Seas (pier 18), Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) and Celebrity Edge (pier 25). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Eurodam is scheduled to sail out of San Diego on a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise. Here is her itinerary: San Diego, California (27 Jan d1700); Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (29 Jan 1000-1800); Mazatlan, Mexico (30 Jan 0800-1800); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (31 Jan 0800-2300); San Diego, California (03 Feb a0700) The San Diego webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com The Rotterdam is scheduled to sail out of Tampa for a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. Here is her itinerary: Tampa, Florida (27 Jan d1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1100-1800); Roatan, Honduras (30 Jan 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (31 Jan 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Feb a0700) The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com The Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be in Aruba. Aruba’s webcam is found at https://www.portarubawebcam.com For the Addicts - The Rotterdam is scheduled to be in Key West on the 28th and the Zuiderdam is scheduled to be in Aruba on the 30th. Next up is the Oosterdam on February 2nd.
  25. I realize that the self-serve laundry has been removed on most ships but am wondering if HAL has taken them out on the Amsterdam? Their deck plans still show the "laundrettes" but I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean you can depend on that information... 😉 Thanks in advance for your response!
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