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  1. Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (20 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (21 Jan 1200-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (22 Jan 0800-1500); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Jan 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0630-1700. She has a 7-day Soul Train charter. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (21 Jan 0800-2359); St Croix, US Virgin Islands (22 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Eurodam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 19 January. Sorry, for some reasons the photos would not load no matter what I tried.
  2. It's taken a while for me to get my review posted, but here it is! For background, I sailed on NA from 12/21/19 - 12/28/19 with my 14 year old daughter. This was our first HAL cruise, though we have sailed on Royal Caribbean a number of times previously. I initially booked an inside room and about two weeks before the sailing I received an upsell offer to move to an obstructed window room. I took it since it was only $39 per person and I liked the idea of natural light. Then the week before our sailing, I received another upsell offer to move to a balcony room for just $79 per person. This was the BEST decision I've ever made. Our room was fantastic and I fell in love with the balcony (I'll never go back to an inside room again 😆). The things I loved: The food! It was amazing! Especially the NY Pizza! We ate there at least once a day and found ourselves rushing there at 11pm for a snack before they closed a few nights! I also loved that room service was included. Pinnacle Grill was one of our best dining experiences. The food, atmosphere, and service were outstanding. The Pinnacle Bar was my favorite place to have a cocktail in the evenings. The drinks exceeded expectations. The cocktail waitress was so sweet, knew us by name early in the week, and always went out of her way to find and bring my daughter's favorite snack to her that wasn't typically served there. BB Kings was the best evening entertainment for us. The performers were so good! The pool chairs by the pool were cushioned and so comfortable! It was one of the first things I noticed while exploring on embarkation day. The retractable roof over the pool saved the day when it rained The hand towels (wash clothes) in the public restrooms to dry your hands with instead of paper towels! It was such a nice touch and spoke to the overall sophisticated atmosphere on the ship. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and Christmas day and evening were very nicely done. It was a Gala night, so that made it extra special. There were about 300 kids onboard and I never even noticed them. This was one of the biggest advantages to sailing with HAL, especially over Christmas when there are usually a ton of kids on cruise ships. I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and quiet week! There were so many quiet and comfortable spaces throughout the ship. My favorite was the Explorations Cafe on deck 11. That view was amazing!!! The balcony in our stateroom was larger than I expected it to be. It was my favorite place to sit all week, like my own slice of heaven, if you will. I also loved that it was fully covered so we could still sit out there when it rained. Our room steward was the friendliest person I had ever met. He always had a smile on his face and chatted with us daily. The television and movie selections in our stateroom were awesome! I was surprised to see so many newer released movies available at no extra cost. We were even able to watch some football bowl games at sea and Sunday NFL games that we didn't want to miss! Maybe this is the norm on Royal Caribbean, I'm not sure because I'd always stayed in an inside room and never wanted to be in it long enough to watch a movie or game 😂. The bathroom was larger than I am used to and had a bath tub! As someone that's only ever been in a room with a stand up shower so small that you couldn't turn around without brushing against the wall, all the space in that bathtub/shower was everything!! Afternoon tea was one of my favorite activities! It was so nice and we loved the little sweets and sandwiches that we could only get there. A birthday cupcake and card were delivered to our stateroom on my daughter's birthday and the dining room stewards sang to her in the dining room. I didn't ask or mention her birthday, they just did it on their own. She felt so special. These were personal touches that mean the world to us! The laundry service was the unsung hero of the week. We used it twice and went home with mostly clean clothes. It's amazing how much you can fit in that little bag for $20! I really enjoyed the pool towels being readily available by the pool and not having to scan them in/out and the lines that come with that process. Finally, the bed was so comfortable. I slept like a baby every single night 🙂 Now for the few things I didn't love: We had the SBP and the Quench package but were still charged for a handful of drinks. I checked my statement daily and had to stand in the long guest services line have it corrected. This seemed to stop after the third day though. Speaking of Guest Services - that line was ALWAYS so long and SO SLOW! There wasn't much seating at the Lido pool. Sea days were near impossible to sit down in that area. I wasn't a fan of the MDR breakfast hours. I wished they were open longer than an hour and a half each morning. We initially had the any time dining but when we discovered we couldn't make dinner reservations for more than three nights ahead and saw the huge crowd of people waiting to be seated, we switched to the 8pm seating on the second night (the early seating was full). I didn't love eating that late but it was better than showing up to the dining room at dinner time and not being able to get in right away. I'd like to be able to make reservations for the week at my preferred time so that I don't have to think about it every few days. One of my bags that I put in the hallway the night before disembarking was missing once I got off the ship. It turned out that another guest took my bag by accident and didn't even realize it until HAL called him to let him know he left his bag behind in the terminal... I don't even think I can count this as a dislike because once my bag was found/recovered, HAL shipped it to my house overnight. I was impressed with the speed of that whole process. No harm, no foul 🙂 In short, I absolutely LOVED our time on Nieuw Amsterdam and sailing with HAL. I can't wait to sail with them again!! Last but not least - a special thank you to every one of you that answered my million questions over the last few months and helped to acclimate me to HAL along the way. I appreciate you ALL 🙂
  3. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0630-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (13 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Jan a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (Starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is doing a 7-day Sandy Beaches charter. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0900-1700); San Juan, Puerto Rico (15 Jan 0800-2000); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Jan a0700) Also in port are Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0430-1600, Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1630, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Statendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam on Sunday, 12 January.
  4. We’re sailing Feb 8 (hopefully) on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Can anyone tell me who the Piano Players were on your cruise and if you know how long their contract runs for. TIA Keith
  5. Rebooked my Alaska cruise for next year (fingers crossed....) Anyway, the room I booked has a connecting door to the next suite (Signature Suite Deck 6). Is there any downside to this? I wanted the port side and I didn't have much choice...... Does it take away from anything in the room? Thanks and stay healthy and safe....
  6. We are considering the Transatlantic on NA in April and wondering if there is anyone who can tell us about Club Orange on that ship. We plan to be in a Neptune suite as we have been in the past so we are concerned about dining. Normally we are on the upper level of MDR at a table for two at second seating and find the prospects of being in a roped off area in the dining room very unappealing. It would be out first experience on a ship with CO. I admit we have some trepidation about this program. I guess everyone may have different perspectives on that. Although we are 4 Star Mariners we have never cruised on NA and would greatly appreciate any information in general. Is Lincoln Center stage on NA? There is the possibility of waiting for Zuiderdam a few weeks later. Can anyone make a comparison? Thanks to all.
  7. Just finished reading a bunch of reviews about this ship dating back to December 2019 and January 2020 with many negative reviews about a broken propeller/engine. Does anyone know if this was fixed yet? It seemed to have had a very negative effect on the cruises. Most people were very suprised that HAL hadn't cancelled and I don't think people got anything more than a $50 credit. Does anyone know? Thanks...
  8. This was our first HAL cruise and our 7th overall. DW and I had wanted to try HAL for a few years and this was a great deal on the last minute sale. We booked a verandah guarantee about 3 weeks out, and about a week before sailing, were offered an upsell to a Signature Suite for just a few dollars more. We snapped that up and looked forward to getting on the Nieuw Amsterdam. EMBARKATION We had flown into Fort Lauderdale the day before, so were able to take an early shuttle to Port Everglades and be in line early. The terminal was opened up around 10:30 and we were checked in a few minutes later. We had to wait until 11:30 before boarding so used that time to visit with others in the waiting area. ON THE SHIP Nieuw Amsterdam was clean and elegant without the flash of some ships on other lines we had sailed. We were told our cabin was ready, but we wanted to make our Pinnacle Grill booking first. That was done with ease at the podium on Deck 1. CABIN We got up to Deck 5 and our Signature Suite, SS 5091. It was well appointed with plenty of room for the two of us. The bathroom had dual sinks as well as a jetted tub with shower and a separate shower stall. DW appreciated the bathroom size and comforts! Bed was very comfortable. The balcony for SS cabins on Deck 5 is not as deep as others due to the lifeboats immediately below, but with some organization we could arrange the chairs and stools to be able to stretch out. There was also a table of reasonable size. Met Darma and Tri, our stewards for the week and they kept the cabin spotless throughout. FOOD We were on As You Wish dining, which was new for us and I think we both still prefer the set seating, however we can see the benefits of being able to go anytime. Food is subjective so others may have different views, but we found the meals in the MDR very good, and for the most part, service was attentive. We ate in the MDR every night except for the Pinnacle Grill. The Pinnacle Grill did not disappoint. Excellent steaks, and the sides were pretty amazing. We did order the Clothesline Candy Bacon and it was very tasty. We also had these tater tot like things as a side with a blue cheese aioli dip. THAT was delicious and when I mentioned this to the chef who came out to see how the meal was, he asked if I wanted the recipe. He had that delivered to the cabin the following day! Will definitely book in Pinnacle again our next cruise. Food at the Lido was decent overall, we generally ate breakfast there and the egg dishes were always hot and tasty. We also ate lunch at Dive-In on a couple of occasions. Those were some of the best burgers and fries we’ve ever had!. ENTERTAINMENT As has been discussed on the Holland America boards, this was an area we felt could use improvement. The comedians were alright. The dancers good but certainly could have used live singers to make the performance more enjoyable. BB Kings was the best entertainment on the ship without question! Very talented performers and we would listen to them for hours. Billboard Onboard was a letdown. Like food, music is subjective. We sat down to listen to the piano players do a county set and DW, who is a country fan, wanted to leave after 2 songs. They pretty much butchered those and we just didn’t enjoy any of their other music, so never went back. PORTS We stopped in Key West and just wondered around on our own. We were supposed to make a stop in Grand Turk, but after a couple of tries at docking, the Captain came on and said it was well above the wind threshold for the ship, so sadly we had to just wave at the island. Port fees were refunded and the bars were opened up to free beer and wine for an hour that afternoon. Our next port was Amber Cove and we booked the Monkeyland excursion through the ship. We both enjoyed the little squirrel monkey’s more than we thought we would. Half Moon Cay was outstanding as our final stop. Silky smooth sand, and lots of room as we were the only ship there. DISEMBARKATION Sometime between Half Moon Cay and getting close to Port Everglades, Nieuw Amsterdam apparently developed steering issues with one of the azipods. I say apparently because there were no announcements on-board saying there was an issue. A lot of us figured out something was wrong when they used tugs to get us turned around and docked. The only announcements we heard were “we are delayed and expect to be docked soon”. It was later on, reading cruise critic boards we learned of the reason. We docked about an hour after scheduled time and it was about 30 minutes after that before the first passengers were allowed off the ship, us included in that group. While we made our 10:50 flight with plenty of time to spare, there were a lot of upset and angry passengers waiting in the line. I’m betting if there had been better communication from the bridge and cruise/travel director, it may have calmed some of the people a little bit. SUMMARY Despite the issue with disembarkation, we both thoroughly enjoyed our first Holland America Cruise. We purchased 2 Future Cruise Deposits on-board so we will be sailing with them again. Yes, the entertainment could use a big overhaul and perhaps add a singer or two in a couple of the lounges to help out. Neither of us has to be entertained 24/7, we just would have preferred a couple more options. Our cruise “needs” of clean ship, friendly and attentive staff, and good food were met. Warren
  9. Happy Days Are Here Again! The piano was not being used, but was ready to play, complete with the sheet music for “Happy Days Are Here Again! We finished checking our 4 bags to Fort Lauderdale and were heading to the TSA checkpoint when we spotted the piano sitting at the end of the concourse. What a great sign of the wonderful adventure to come. Cruising in general is delightful, long cruises even better, but being blessed to be able to go on a 128-day Grand World Voyage is a special treat. I had to sit down and plink a little on the keys, wishing now I had spent more time taking piano lessons, so I could have been able to bang out “Happy Days Are Here Again” which perfectly describes our mood as we start our Grand World Voyage. Planning for this cruise started in March of 2018 when we put down our deposit to hold our spot. Having a cruise deposit is like having a lottery ticket. While a cruise costs more than the lottery ticket, they both give you a chance to dream and anticipate a wonderful future. Unlike the lottery ticket, however, the cruise is a sure thing and the anticipation and planning is almost as sweet as the cruise itself. Over the next 4 months, we will be sharing our adventures and providing insight to help future cruisers as well as some observations to all the virtual cruisers around the world. Happy days are here again! Pete and Judy The Inside Cabin See the blog for pictures, menus and more! www.theinsidecabin.com
  10. I do not normally rant about something in print, but this time I am just plain mad! We just received notice that we have been rebooked on the Zuiderdam on Feb 1 with a 7 CATEGORY DOWNGRADE from our Neptune Suite to a lower level promenade deck 5 balcony cabin. We received no communications from our travel agent, and nothing other than a notice of our new cabin number from Holland and an email with our new confirmation number. They did not even identify the new ship nor the reason for this change. I was able to contact my travel agent a few minutes ago and he did not receive notice either. After many many minutes on hold at Holland America, I finally got to a supervisor who informed me that the Nieuw Amsterdam was going into repair and our cruise had been cancelled. We have been "reassigned to a cruise sailing on the same day to the best available cabin." I am thoroughly disgusted with the lack of communication from Holland - there has been no information made available to us at all. I am not willing to spend the amount we spent on a suite with an itinerary we wished to experience on an balcony cabin on promenade deck to an itinerary I don't want to take. If I wanted to do that I would have booked that cabin in the first place. I have monies tied up in speciality dining, airline fares (that I did on my own) hotel, rental car, and a retreat cabin for the cruise ($400). I have a house sitter scheduled for the time off, have taken time off from my tutoring job and rescheduled a sub etc. etc. I honestly get that things happen, but when they do, you set up your maximum customer service operation and try to make it right for your customers. Shame on you Holland America for making me chase you down to try to get back what should be owned me and shame on your for assuming that I would be happy to think that I would be ok being downgraded 7 categories on a different ship with a different itinerary without even offering me a choice? Will you be trying to keep my fare? Will you give me hard time over refunding me money for things I am not going to be able to enjoy or even experience? Shame on you - this is simply greedy and self-serving. Its easy to reassign cabins by computer, its harder to give someone a choice. And its even harder to treat someone with respect. You have lost a customer forever.
  11. Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam was notified at 9:30 a.m. local time in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, that the Florida Governor’s office had supported an order requested by Broward County officials to hold disembarkation of guests from the ship in order to do a COVID-19 test on a guest who sadly passed away during this cruise. The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with the U.S. CDC, had already cleared the ship for disembarkation after reviewing the medical specifics of this case. Approximately 65% of guests have already disembarked based on this clearance and are on their way home. Results are not expected back until late afternoon or early evening today. 871 guests remain on the ship and all hotel services are fully operational and they are able to use their staterooms. We have advised those with flights before this evening to rebook them. We are also looking at options for anyone who may now need overnight accommodations for flights tomorrow, including the option to overnight on the ship. There were no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 on this cruise. Nieuw Statendam just returned from a 7-day Caribbean cruise that departed Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 8, 2020.
  12. Does anyone happen to have the 7 day Eastern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale (Key West, Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay) daily programs that they can upload? I am dying to see what they have to offer during the day. Also, trying to see when Gala nights are....etc. We are sailing this March! Can't wait! Thank you!!
  13. I have not seen any posts about the status of Nieuw Amsterdam's broken azipod other than that she got back to Port Everglades today and has left for the new cruise. I asked on FB if anyone knew if they actually fixed the azipod and someone pointed me at a post from HAL earlier in the week which said "The ship has been cleared as safe to sail by several regulatory authorities and meets all international safety standards." Between that and the previously announced plan to return an hour late to Port Everglades next Saturday, I wonder if she isn't running on one azipod and got approval to operate that way. After all, why would they say what they did if the ship was running under normal power? Or maybe I'll just suspicious. I have not seen any posts here or on FB from anyone currently on the ship.
  14. My 2 sisters, daughter ( who just turned 50) and I are sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam this Saturday, January 11. I want to treat her to a special birthday dinner at Tamarind. Can anyone recommend which night would be best to reserve? Thanks!
  15. Hi all, We have booked on the NA - Tropical Caribbean - I am looking at the available cabins at the sale price - on deck 8, the ship layout as provided by HAL has Neptune Suites on both sides of the ship. When I look at the cabins online, they have each been converted into two aft balcony cabins. Question - does anyone know if the cabins are the same size as the other aft balcony cabins? For the ones on the far port and starboard, do you get the large part of the wraparound balcony? So tempted to try and get one of these - but worried about the balcony size (and of course the noise from the lido one deck above). Thoughts? TIA!
  16. It is another full house in Port Everglades with eight cruise ships in port. Eurodam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday Cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Dec 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (31 Dec 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (01 Jan 0800-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (03 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0645-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Dec 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (31 Dec 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (01 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (02 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan a0700) Veendam will be at pier 19 (port to) from 0545-1700. She is doing an 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday Cruise. Nassau, Bahamas (29 Dec 0800-1400); San Juan, Puerto Rico (31 Dec 1100-1800); Basseterre, St. Kitts (01 Jan 1000-1800); St Johns, Antigua (02 Jan 0800-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (03 Jan 0800-2300); Tortola, British Virgin Islands (04 Jan 0700-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (06 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Jan a0700) Also in port are Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Independence OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1630, Majesty OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1600, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 29 December.
  17. Eurodam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She is going on a 7-day Western Caribbean Holiday cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Dec 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (24 Dec 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Dec 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (26 Dec 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28 Dec a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) until 1700. She arrived on the 20th at about 8 pm and hopefully she is all fixed. She is headed out on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday. cruise. Nassau, Bahamas (22 Dec 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (24 Dec 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (25 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Dec 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28 Dec a0700) Rotterdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 17-day Panama Canal Holiday cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Dec 0800-1700); Willemstad, Curacao (25 Dec 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (26 Dec 0800-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (28 Dec 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (30 Dec 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (31 Dec 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (01 Jan 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (02 Jan 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (04 Jan 1000-2000); San Diego, California (07 Jan a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0430-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0545-1530, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also Nieuw Statendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 22 December.
  18. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (04 Mar 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (05 Mar 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Mar a0800) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, and Caribbean Princess who is overnighting and leaving at 1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Key West from 0800-1700.https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Koningsdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1700. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Veendam on Wednesday, 4 March.
  19. Report # 1 San Diego, California Day One October 26, 2019 Saturday Sunny & Hot 23 Pictures Part #1 Of 1 Well, here we go again, beginning another adventure, which turned out to be a bit longer than we usually undertake. Late summer usually has us thinking of cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. But this year, HAL offered another South Pacific itinerary that really appealed to us. Aptly named “Tales of the South Pacific”, we booked this 51 day cruise, with a two day stay in San Diego. We will have a 12 day break in December to take care of a million things at home, including the holidays, then head off January 1st for the 128 day Grand World Voyage. It is exhausting just thinking about it, as it has taken much planning to make it work smoothly. So far, we’re off to a good start with the unexpected news from our travel agent yesterday that we had been given a complimentary upgrade from our outside room to a veranda. Miracles do happen. And it came at a good time, since the situation at home in California has been bleak recently. The dry weather conditions, mixed with low humidity and high winds has prompted power outages. At the time we left home, there had already been two phone calls from the power company warning us of blackouts that would begin Saturday evening. News about the many fires in the state have been beyond disturbing as well. Perfect time for us to leave, we guess. In August this year, we experienced a weekend of wild fires (arson-started), which closed our roads for two days. During that time, a doe had a fawn on our place, which is something that occurred once before this. So we have had a border, with the fawn staying within the safety of our fence, and the doe visiting to take care of her baby. It has been fun watching her grow and forage for the acorns from the oaks. She (we assume the fawn is a girl) has been joined by a large buck, who sustained an injury. He took refuge in our place too, rested for a week, then was on his way. Both animals, as well as several of their buddies have become almost tame as they allowed us to approach them with no fear. We do hope by the time we return, they will be gone and doing their thing elsewhere where they can find more feed. Once winter hits, there is little to sustain them. Much to our surprise, as our driver picked us up at 4:30am, we found that the main road had sustained a water leak that undermined the street. A crew was working in the dark fixing this leak, making it necessary to reduce the traffic to one lane. Good thing this was taking place on Saturday, and not during the commute work week. These things can never be predicted, sort of like Murphy’s Law. In all of the forty years we have lived here, this is the first time to experience these conditions. If this helps to prevent more devastating fires, then this will be the new normal. Back to our journey, the ride to SFO was just over an hour. Lucky again, we had both gotten the TSA pre-check, which worked well for one of us. But with the new knee brace, one of us got the xray and closer scrutiny. Wanded and swiped, I passed with flying colors. All went off according to schedule, and we arrived to San Diego before 10am. It had to be warmer here than at home….more like summer, and not autumn. Our hotel for the next two days is located within a few blocks of the cruise terminal. Today, the Star Princess and Eurodam were in port, so the activity in downtown was noticeable. Requesting early check-in, we were given a room immediately, instead of waiting until 4pm. Nice, since we had been up since 3am, and needed to relax for a bit. But only for a little bit. With some shopping we needed to do, we were off to get the job done. But first, after discovering the Westfield Mall was being re-modeled, and only a few stores were opened, we searched the Gaslight District for a suitable restaurant for lunch. Highly decorated for Halloween, we found the Sign of the Whale, a sports-type bar, was perfect. And besides, they had specials on ice cold beer today. Sharing a burger, we enjoyed watching the locals arriving dressed as witches for the occasion. This must be the weekend for parties. Even the pet dogs were decked out as pumpkins and ghouly ghosts. We did find the local pharmacy with the directions from our waiter, and found most everything we needed. Looking forward to some down time after the long walk today, back at the hotel, we did some emailing and TV watching. By 6pm, we headed out for dinner at Claim Jumpers, a few blocks away. We ordered our favorite salads while watching the Eurodam leave the scenic harbor. The sun was setting as we finished our meal, ending a nice, but busy long day. More tomorrow….. Bill & Mary Ann
  20. I finally got my cabin assignment, and this cabin is located near the forward elevators, with a handicapped VD on one side and an oceanview on the other. When I looked at the deck plan, the cabin itself looks like it's set a little farther back than some others and the balcony looks to be a bit deeper than the corresponding VDs on that deck. Is this correct? Has anyone ever stayed in either this cabin or the corresponding one on the starboard side? I assume the configuration is the same on the Eurodam, so if anyone has experience with these cabins on either ship, I'd love some feedback. Two pluses -- I'll be close to the elevators both near the piano bar and the Crow's Nest!
  21. Another early post. And speaking of early, the ships are scheduled to leave earlier than usual. Something to do with DST maybe???? Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0430-1600. She will be leaving on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Mar 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (12 Mar 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (14 Mar 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0515-1600. She will be doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (11 Mar 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (12 Mar 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (14 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (14 Mar 1500-2100); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (15 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Mar a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0400-1500, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 form 0500-1430, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0300-1500, and Adventure OTS at pier 18 from 0415-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, 11 March.
  22. We are just off a one week cruise (3/9) on the Nieuw Statendam. I wanted to write a little bit about sanitation onboard in light of the ongoing Corona Virus situation. I was disappointed and I think Holland America needs to step up its game if it is going to stay in business. THE GOOD: - Hand santizing stations are abundant and filled; - Bathrooms are equipped to allow exit without touching door handles after hand washing (paper towel and garbage adjacent to entrance) - Spray sanitizer encouraged by staff for passengers returning to boat and at first three nights of dinner service THE BAD: - Our room stewards did not use gloves when cleaning room, touching surfaces in room or changing linens. Current best practices would require a fresh pair of gloves at each new room and washing/sanitizing between rooms. - The buffet at half-moon cay had an open buffet with open service. The handles for the salads and accompaniments were being touched by tens if not hundreds of passengers enjoying the buffet. - Dining room stopped offering spray sanitizer after third night. Also, we witnessed multiple people refusing the sanitizer when it was offered and being allowed to proceed in. - Dining staff touching surfaces (table tops, playing card tricks with guests, etc.) and then serving food. - Cruise staff hugging passengers. I realize this is a nice touch, but it's time for social distancing and it would be best modeled by these team members. The reality is that the spread of this virus is only as strong as its weakest link and there are some weak links on Holland America. It's just a matter of time before a crew member or passenger is infected and the spread becomes overwhelming in part because of these lax practices. Just my two cents worth, others may disagree.
  23. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0630-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (16 Dec 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Dec 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (20 Dec 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (21 Dec a0700) Also in port are Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0430-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1630, Majesty OTS at pier 19 from 1015 (???seems late since she is coming from Nassau)-1600, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also: Eurodam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 15 December.
  24. Do you have a preference for the Zaandam or the Amsterdam? We are looking at rebooking a cruise for next year.
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