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  1. Has anyone been in obstructed view cabin 4061 on the Nieuw Amsterdam? Can you hear noise coming from the screening room that is on the deck directly below this cabin? Thanks.
  2. We are traveling with a group on this ship January 2021. Our rooms are on the 8th level, the pool is one above us on the 9th. Does anyone know if there is noise from the pool, such as, dragging the pool chairs for setting up the day? Our travel agent swears we will hear nothing, but I still question it. Thank you.
  3. Wondering about some family centric entertainment or activities on Nieuw Amsterdam. Do they show movies at night on the pool deck? If so, does anyone have a recent selection just to get an idea? Does Holland America have fly-in headliner/variety show acts in the theater ever? Do they have family arts and crafts, shows, etc? For those that have used the kids club, how did you like it? This pertains to a standard 7 day Caribbean cruise. Have the opportunity to book a trip aboard through a prize redemption program.
  4. I was originally booked on a guaranteed inside stateroom but opted to upgrade when I received the email offer to move to an obstructed outside view. Since it was only $39/pp and I liked the idea of natural light to know what time of day it is when I wake up (😆), I went for it... Now that it's done, I can't help wondering if I sacrificed privacy. From what I understand, it's a full ceiling to floor window obstructed by a life boat... Does anyone know if crew members typically work on/in the life boats while cruising? Is privacy going to be concern at all if the curtains are open? Thanks in advance 🙂
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. Good morning, all - I just got off the NA in a Neptune Suite, and here is what I observed with Club Orange: - We still had breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill. There is a sign outside the main dining room for Club Orange Priority Seating. I believe Club Orange guests were provided priority seating at breakfast and dinner. - I was in fixed seating on the upper deck of the dining room, so I did not take advantage of the priority seating. I can only report that I never saw a line downstairs at the CO sign, and I did observe people sitting at tables for 2 and 4. Perhaps they were CO; not sure. - The CO menu has one additional entree each evening. Otherwise, it matches the regular menu - We didn’t tender, so I can’t comment on priority for CO members there - No spiffy CO bag was found; just the same blue bag as other guests - The only other change I noticed was that there is a CO priority line at Guest Services - In summary; Club Orange seemed to be a non-event for my specific itinerary and dining experience
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She will be leaving on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (20 Feb 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (22 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) Eurodam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is headed off on a 14-day Panama Canal cruise. She will not be returning to Port Everglades this season. Eurodam will be doing a few trips to Hawaii before the Alaska season begins. Cartagena, Colombia (19 Feb 0800-1400); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (20 Feb 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (22 Feb 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (23 Feb 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (24 Feb 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (25 Feb 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (27 Feb 1000-2000); San Diego, California (01 Mar a0700) 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 overnighted at pier 4 will leave at 1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ For the Addicts: Zuiderdam will be in Aruba on Tuesday, 18 February from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, 19 February.
  11. I'm trying to decide between two sailings next year with identical itineraries. One is on Eurodam, the other on Nieuw Amsterdam. I've been reading photo reviews and watching YouTube videos about these two ships. It seems to me that the color scheme on the NA is far superior to that on the Eurodam. I like the lighter earthtones on NA as opposed to the darker, purpley colors on Eurodam. (Seriously, everything seems to be purple on the Eurodam). Am I incorrect? Maybe the photos I've seen of the NA have just been more flattering. In the end, the décor of a ship is not going to make or break my trip, but I just wanted to share my observation.
  12. Looking at obstructed ocean view cabin 4121 (Deck 4 Upper Promenade). Looks to be between two lifeboats and have cabins above and photo gallery below; but also appears slightly on the edge of a galley. Is there any view or is it totally blocked? Is this a quiet location or is there noise from galley below? I figure the photo gallery is pretty quiet, but kitchen operations not so sure. Eurodam is sister ship and should be very similar.
  13. For a 7 day Caribbean itinerary how many production shows will there be in the theater, and how many headliner/variety type shows? I was recently on a 8 day Carnival cruise and a few nights they had nothing in theater. No fly in headliner or variety shows. 1 night was an audience participation game show that was lame. Only 1 show in 8 days had a live band with it. Not a fan of piped in music; just "professional karaoke". Looking for some new experiences; we are not late night partiers but would appreciate some good shows, music, and variety in entertainment say 5 out of 7 nights. Anyone have recent schedules for Caribbean 7 night sailings on NA or sister ships?
  14. My husband and I joined by life long friends sailed last week. We are 2 stars but have not sailed HAL in several years. We primarily look at itinerary and sail dates to choose our cruises. We got a good price on this cruise so the 4 of us jumped on the good deal. All of us have cruised different lines. We booked a guaranteed VH but were moved up to a VB. I was sad to see the decline in service throughout the ship. We never went into the main dining room as we were assigned 5:30 seating. We asked to be switched and were told we could not switch, so we ate in the Lido. Service was so so...and most of the time we did our own beverage refills and one night even moved our own plates to another table to have room for dessert. Our area was not busy, in fact there were only 4 tables occupied. The server stood and visited with another table the whole time. This was the only time I actually saw someone not working hard to keep up. Servers in all areas were friendly, cordial and were always on the go. The food was good..nothing spectacular but plenty of choices. We enjoyed relaxing and spending time together. The crepe station was nice. I especially liked the salad options. I ate a salad of some kind almost every meal. We ordered at the Dive In and really thought the burgers etc and fries were really good as well as the one time we got pizza. Our friends tried to order pizza right after we ordered and were told 30 minutes...they told them 60 minutes...too long to wait. We did order room service several times but found ourselves on hold 10-12 minutes...food arrived in the time frame we were told or specified. We made the choice not to pay extra for dining. Overall the ship seems dark and dreary...not dirty or dingy...just not bright and airy. I missed the beautiful fresh flowers HAL used to have throughout the ship...another cutback... We enjoyed the BBKings All Star Band. Their shows were great, high energy, with lots of fun dancing. Venue is too small as most nights it was packed. Would have liked to listen to pianos but once again not enough seats and we are too old to stand. I thought entertainment was lacking. We did our own excursions in port so I can not speak to that aspect of cruise. We most often found plenty of chairs on deck 12 forward to sun and read. Pools were always crowded. We chose not to purchase an Internet package as I feel this is just another way HAL is gouging passengers. Too costly...for reported spotty service.. Could not not believe we could not get a major college game onboard Saturday afternoon but on Sunday NFL game was offered on the same channel. Bar staff told us the channel was available. We liked the option to self dis-embark with our luggage. We got in line at 7:30 and were loading our luggage in our car at 8 am. We love cruising...and we did have a great time with friends...met some interesting people and would recommend HAL to anyone but as I stated disappointing to see all the changes. This is is my opinion...and someone else may disagree...but since I like to read all the reviews my fellow cruisers share I hope this might help someone else...
  15. Been many years since our last cruise. Will be booking a Caribbean cruise and will be first time using HAL. I've been reading numerous posts about the lack of things to do onboard. Is there a place where I could find a copy of one of the daily/weekly onboard activities/entertainment? Years ago I would copy and paste to this site our particular ships' activity daily paper for others to see what's going on. Our previous cruises have only been on Princess and it was always nice to have a daily scavenger hunt, or trivia games, etc. Any help would be appreciated!
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  17. Hello all, My parents (late 70s) will be traveling on the Nieuw Amsterdam in a few weeks. Does anyone have recent Caribbean dailies (the voyages with St Thomas & San Juan)? How was the entertainment? Were there any lectures / learning on board? Thanks for any insight / advice / feedback!
  18. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is embarking on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Oct 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (29 Oct 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (30 Oct 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (01 Nov 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Nov a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730 and Carnival Magic at pier 19 from 0445-1530. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, October 30.
  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. Do you have a preference for the Zaandam or the Amsterdam? We are looking at rebooking a cruise for next year.
  21. DH wants to bring a 6 pack of Pepsi on our next cruise, which is on HAL Nieuw Amsterdam. As we understand it, they do not carry Pepsi, only Coke products. Does anyone know if this is allowed? Thanks.
  22. We just returned from May 7-14, 2016 Alaska cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We decided to book a fully obstructed cabin, knowing we just need to see some daylight in our room and would be on other decks of the ship a lot. We were pleasantly surprised with our view in HH 4127: This is at the back of a lifeboat. Note that there are three taller tenders on each side of the ship that would obstruct your view further. The window is floor to ceiling but does not open. Hope that helps a future cruiser in this type of cabin. Cheers! klvn8r
  23. Can anyone tell me if the Thermal Spa on the Nieuw Statendam has a steam room? The write up says it has steam but did not say steam room. I did try looking it up before asking. I just haven’t had any luck finding an answer.
  24. Eight cruise ships in port on a busy Sunday. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (25 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (26 Feb 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (27 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (01 Mar a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0445-1700. She is doing a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (25 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (26 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (28 Feb 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (29 Feb 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (01 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 21 fro, 0545-1600, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Rotterdam on Monday, 24 February.
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