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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Aft deck 8 cabins are available for a cruise we are interested in, but I am concerned about noise from the pool deck above. Has anyone stayed in VC8166 or VC8175 on the Nieuw Statendam? Thank you for your help!
  4. Another eight cruise ship day in Port Everglades. Eurodam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0445-1700. She is doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (30 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (01 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (01 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (02 Feb 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (05 Feb a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Jan 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (29 Jan 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (30 Jan 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (01 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Feb a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 21 from 0530-1600, Crown Princess at pier 2 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0545-1630, and Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. For the Addicts: Rotterdam will be in Aruba on Monday, 27 January. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, 29 January.
  5. Looking into possibly booking a cruise on the Amsterdam in 2021 from Montreal to Boston and considering the Lanai stateroom category. This would be our 1st Holland America sailing. Would appreciate pros/cons from those who have stayed in these cabins and on this ship in particular. TIA!
  6. Nieuw Amsterdam will be making her first visit to FLL this season and will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Oct d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (21 Oct 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (22 Oct 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (23 Oct 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Oct 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Oct a0700) Also in port is Majesty of the Seas at pier 19 from 0600-1600. Zaandam will be in Aruba from 0800-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Zuiderdam on 20 October.
  7. This thread will cover my two-week B2B aboard the Nieuw Statendam (NS) and provide answers to the recurring questions asked by CC members: ships officers, ship condition, check-in procedures, Customs/Immigration, electrical outlets, cooking demos, beverage packages, smoking in the Casino, EXC, what's for dinner, new High Score, B2B in-transit procedures, extra charges for entrees, Specialty Restaurant menu changes, what's new, internet speed and multiple-device connections, gala attire, Club Orange, etc. I will include my experiences and observations that may be useful to subsequent cruisers on the NS. As is my norm, I will be scanning every menu and brochure that I encounter. Feel free to post questions and I will do my best to find answers. For Judy, who will be in the same stateroom in a later cruise, I will be emailing lots of photos. My boarding tomorrow will be a test of the assigned-by-deck boarding process. More tomorrow.
  8. A busy Sunday in Port Everglades with seven cruise ships in port. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Nassau, Bahamas (13 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (15 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (16 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Jan a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545-1600. She is heading out on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (13 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (14 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (15 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (17 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (18 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Jan 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, 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/. For the addicts: Nieuw Statendam will be in Nassau on Monday, 13 January from 0800-1600. https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/. Veendam will be in Key West on Tuesday, 14 January from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Eurodam and Veendam on Wednesday, 15 January.
  9. We will be on the February 23, 2020 sailing and looking forward to our first cruise with Holland America! I have a silly question- does this ship have self serve soft ice cream stations? We have watched a few videos and I didn’t see any. Seems silly but that is something I look forward to. Thank you in advance for your help!
  10. I have searched high and low on the forums (I know it’s annoying to the regulars to answer questions over and over) and the HAL website. Cannot find the answer to this: Do Vista Suites on Nieuw Statendam receive early boarding/disembarkation privileges? I’ve read all about how little you gain from a Vista Suite, in comparison with other, higher ranking suites, but cannot find confirmation of what my travel agent told me about receiving those privileges. Thanks in advance!
  11. We have a delay getting off ship for some unknown reason. Walk off started at 8. It is now 8:25 and they have stopped people getting off. Just said bags have not been offloaded.
  12. I wanted to post a trip report on our recent HAL Nieuw Statendam sailing. The TL;DR version was that we enjoyed the cruise and purchased future cruise credits. As a bit of background, DW and I are both mid-30s and experienced cruisers with this being our 4th New Year's holiday sailing (RCL 12/08, PCL 12/17, HAL 12/18). I wouldn't describe us as food or entertainment "connoisseurs", but we've been to various broadway shows, eaten at a few fancy restaurant, and lived in the "big city" for a while. Embarkation went smoothly. I think we got to the port about 9:45 AM and waited outside in line for about 15 mins, then were allowed in to clear port security, get cruise cards, and then wait to board the ship. Boarding started right around 11:30 AM and we were in group 1, which boarded following handicap and "priority" boarding groups (e.g., suites and multi-star mariners). When they allowed us to board they said that rooms were already open for guests. We booked as a balcony guarantee and were assigned Cabin VD7049 about 3-4 days before embarkation. This was a forward cabin basically in line with the elevator hallway of the front elevators, it was also a "ambulatory accessible" room which had a shower (no tub) with fold down chair and some grab handles in the shower. The room was also a connecting room, meaning there was a door that could be opened to the adjacent stateroom (VD7051). I think the room size and layout was fine. The downsides to this cabin were that the door seemed less soundproof than a full wall (we could hear muffled phone calls and talking from our neighbors, but nothing too disruptive) and there is a butler closet opposite VD7047 so we got some noise from the stateroom attendants in the AM. We aren't normally trying to sleep in on a cruise so not a biggie for us, but could be a frustration for some people. This is very subjective, but I never got comfortable on the bed the entire cruise and felt like the mattress had an indent and already felt worn out - in contrast DW said she thought the bed was fine; as I said though this is a very subjective thing. Stateroom attendants were FANTASTIC, and they even did towel animals starting the 2nd day and onward. We did the fixed 8p seating for dinner and requested a table for 2. Our table request came through, but one thing to note was that the table was a 6-person table for the early seating and then they removed the table expander and got two 2-person tables at the same spot for the late seating. Food in the MDR was all tasty and well executed, I've got pictures/pdfs of the menus and will try to get those posted sometime soon. Breakfasts in Lido got repetitive, and it felt like it could be hard to find seating during busy periods. We ended up doing room service for breakfast 3 of the mornings. Dinners in Lido were good, some dishes overlapped with the MDR (although they suffered from being served buffet style versus plated for MDR service) but the menus were by no means identical. Service in the MDR was attentive with prompt delivery and clearing of plates, they also took care to remember food preferences and even seating. Service in the Lido was slower and not very impressive, but nothing overtly bad. Just slow and gave they impression that they weren't trying very hard there. We remarked that these were some of the best MDR dinners we remember having. The rollout of the "cruise and travel director" w/EXC talks is interesting. Our C(T)D did a good job delivering the EXC talks (e.g., history of HAL, and a couple nature themed talks, plus one on off-shore banking and cryptocurrency focusing on the Bahamas). But it felt like there was less offered during the day on the ship than previous years. I liked the talks and learned something from them... but also felt a little bored other parts of the sea days in particular. If you like reading it was fine, but if you like programmed activities you may find it a bit sparse. In contrast, I preferred where the CD did more programming and then a separate person did additional talks (we were lucky last year on Oosterdam and we had a naturalist on board who did some talks on marine biology and ecology). Naturalist in the Caribbean is unusual though, and for cost reasons I get how the new CTD role is a way to help reduce overhead. Nieuw Statendam has a nice sound and visual system integrated into the main theater. Instead of a live band/orchestra they used canned music and then had a dance troupe of 6 people called Step One. The first show, "Humanity", was more of a dance show and was great. The second show, "Stages", attempted to be more of a narrative show told through dance and was not at all engaging or entertaining (DW fell asleep, and I may have nodded off a few times). Talking to another couple the next day, they also thought it was a pretty lackluster show. Nit picky, but even the costuming was poorly thought out for stges as one of the guys was in a light gray suit that had horrible sweat marks all over by the end of the show. We skipped the magician and the other performance done by a musical duo, but chatter was that both were solid and the magician was especially entertaining/good. Being a holiday sailing I think the pax population skewed younger and more multi-generational than your average HAL sailing. I wouldn't hesitate to travel with kids during a holiday sailing, but I imagine kids might feel like a small minority outside of the traditional kid-heavy sailings like holidays and school breaks. We also had two affinity groups on board, Dancers at Sea who would take over Billboard Lounge to practice dancing during the day (and who displaced our Meet and Greet I might add), and a Baptist christian group called "Turning Point Ministries". TPM didn't displace any of the entertainment as far as I could tell, but I definitely heard some weird conversations in elevators and public spaces. I've always been taught that religion is not considered polite conversation in public, and hearing people randomly start pushing both religious and political views in the public spaces on a ship is not my cup of tea. I will actively try to avoid affinity groups like TPM moving forward. Helpfully, they all had distinctive cruise cards they wore on board and also often carried their TPM specific programs. Ports were Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, and HMC AC: we did the taste of Dominican tour through the ship which involved tasting coffee, rum, and chocolate across several different stops, as well as learning about cigars and how they're hand rolled. It also included a stop for lunch at a local "farm" (more of a touristy farm than actual farm imho) which consisted of rice over sancocho (a local meat and veggie stew). San Juan: We were there on New Years Day, so I think we had fewer tour options than other times of the year. Most stores and shops were open, but closed earlier due to the holiday. We just walked Old San Juan as we've been to SJU/OSJ several times including a long weekend visit there. El Morro is always a fun spot to visit, and OSJ is easy to tour on your own. We also hit up CVS for some small toiletries and gifts - CVS and Walgreens are both close to OSJ port with CVS prices running a little cheaper (but little further from the port). I picked up local PR coffee at the drug stores and it was cheaper than any of the coffee options at gift shops. St. Thomas: We just did a taxi independently to the beach, and then taxi back. Taxi prices are fixed, but you may end up waiting a bit if it's a bigger bus taxi as they'll try to find a few more pax before they head out, or try to add a few pax as they pass through town back to the ship. HMC: We were lucky and cleared to tender, the previous week they had to scrap this stop due to weather. We had two ships in port, so it was fairly crowded (although not terrible) and if you want more space just keep walking further down the beach. Our ship was first on site, so we had the pick of the chairs and clamshells. Clamshells were sold out by the time we embarked on the ship, so that's one I'd recommend pre-purchasing and especially if there's 2 ships visiting. The line for the tender at the end of the day was long and slow, we got in line at ~2:40 (last tender was posted as 3:30 for our ship) and I think we took a solid half hour to get loaded and actually leave the island. I think we'd have been better either leaving earlier, or just waiting to take the last tender at 3:30. New Years Eve: Surprisingly, NYE was not a gala night but instead was noted as "festive attire". They did a fancy gala-style dinner in the MDR that evening, complete with fancy menus (which did say Gala <shrug>). NYE dinner was also the lobster tail night, so what I would consider the fancier of the two gala night menus imho. The main event was a party on the pool deck that was scheduled to start at 10:45. They had reserved the couches on the deck overlooking the pool deck (not sure if it was held for suite guests or a separate "vip" pkg) and seating around the deck was pretty sparse. Entertainment was the BB King blues band and singers, and they may have been handing out some free beverages around midnight? As parties go, this was nothing close to what we experienced on Crown Princess a few years back - but I'd give it a solid 7/10. If you want a lively party with a DJ and dancing I'd look elsewhere though. Disembarkation was smooth, with no complaints. We did Luggage Direct, form was left in our door "mailbox" something like 2nd day and was due mid-week to guest services. Price is still $25/pp plus luggage fee and only certain airlines and flight times were eligible. I have a copy of the form if anyone needs more details. One thing to note is that Terminal 26 at Port Everglades does not support mobile passport, so clearing US CBP took about ~30 minutes and we were one of the earliest groups to disembark. I think from leaving our stateroom to being curbside at the FLL airport was less than 1 hour though. I hope the above was helpful. I saved the daily When & Wheres and have all the MDR dinner menus saved as either pics or PDFs and I'll try to get the menus uploaded over the next week or so. We had a great cruise, met some fun people (especially at trivia, shout out to afreudgirl and her traveling companions), and we are looking forward to sailing on Holland America Line again!
  13. I've read about some changes in the entertainment on HAL. Is is safe to say that there will be some show taking place in the main theater each evening at 8 & 10 when we are on the NA in a few weeks?
  14. Everyone is "getting out of Dodge" for the holidays - there are eight ships in port! For those of you who are up very early, there will be non-stop sail-ins for about two hours. Koningsdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing an 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (25 Dec 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (26 Dec 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (27 Dec 0800-1700); St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines (28 Dec 0800-1700); Roseau, Dominica (29 Dec 0800-1600); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (30 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (01 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Jan a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Southern Caribbean Holiday cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Dec 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (25 Dec 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (26 Dec 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (29 Dec a0700) Also in port are Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0500-1630, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0545-1530, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 29 from 0430-1600, Costa Luminosa at pier 19 from 0415-2300, Pacific Princess at pier 4 from 0345-1600, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0445-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Nassau from 0800-1700. https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/ For the Addicts: Lots of webcam activity - On 24 December Volendam (0800-1700) and Zuiderdam (0800-1500) along with four other ships (!) will be in St. Maarten. https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/ On 25 December Koningsdam will be in St.Maarten from 0800-1700 https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/ and Nieuw Statendam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300 https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ On 26 December Rotterdam will be in Aruba from 0800-1800. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Zuiderdam on 27 December. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to you all!
  15. Anyone out there have pictures of this suite? I've heard conflicting stories about the aft suites being smaller or having weird furniture arrangements. I guess pictures of any of the other decks aft Neptune suites would also answer this question. Thanks!
  16. I have tried to locate more information on the cabanas by the pool on the Nieuw Statendam. Is the charge of the cabana per person in the cabin or just per cabin? We are in an inside cabin, so I thought this would be a nice way to enjoy being by the pool. Would it be worth it to by the cabana for the week or just a day or two? How do you book the cabanas before the cruise starts? Thanks for any help!
  17. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Legendary Rhythm and Blues charter. Costa Maya, Mexico (21 Jan 0900-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (22 Jan 0800-1700); Roatan, Honduras (23 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Jan a0700 Also in port are Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, 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/. Also, Koningsdam (0700-1700) and Rotterdam (0800-2300) will be in Aruba. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Veendam on Wednesday, 22 January.
  18. Good morning, My husband and I are considering take the 7 day cruise out of Boston in June. We'll be on that side of the country for other reasons and thought it would be a nice option since we'll be there. We have never cruised Holland America before. We've been on Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and I was on RC eons ago. I usually just book online myself directly through the cruiseline website but I am having the hardest time with their website. Every time I try to choose a specific room the site blanks out. I've tried to book through Costco and Expedia to see if the same issue persists and it does not. Is this a common problem with the website or is it just me (I have tried different browsers, clearing cookies, all the standard trouble shooting efforts). That aside, anything you would like to share about the line would be appreck iated. It'll just be me (49) and DH (47) for the week. We're looking at a suite in order to get a balcony/veranda. Probably won't do a drink package this time around as neither of us are big drinkers and this seems like a pretty laid back itinerary but may opt for wine.
  19. My husband and I will be cruising on May 10 on the Western Mediterranean. Does anyone have any recommendations for excursions at any of the ports?
  20. I am now booked on a HAL( came back from Princess) cruise sailing on the beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam. I booked a balcony cabin on deck 5, next to the elevator. I have been in a cabin like this before, but it was a while ago, and I don't remember. I would like to know how much of a view do you get from the elevator into my cabin. I not worried about the balcony view, just the cabin. Thank you
  21. The musical program attracted me to HAL but I have seen several reviews of how loud it is... I stayed on a lower deck on our last cruise and liked it (quiet, didn’t get motion sickness/very stable, and disembarkation on shore days was super easy as it was one level down) but the configuration of NS is very different. I was at first excited to see that the Plaza Level and entertainment options (and MDR) are just one level up but now I am afraid of the noise. Would love opinions/thoughts from those who have cruised on NS, esp those who stayed on Main Deck. It is the only remaining question I have before confirming the trip. Thanks!!!
  22. Hi all I did try hard to find the answer to this easy question. Which deck is set standard seating dining on deck 2 or 3?. Also is late seating still 8pm ?. Any thoughts on table choices for 2 - table 230,224 look good .
  23. Just got back from the Aug 24 Nieuw Amsterdam 7-day Inside Passage and wanted to give a shout out to our portrait photographer, Melinda. Melinda is one of the two "Black Label" portrait experts on the Nieuw Amsterdam and we (DW, DD, and myself) decided to sit for a session with her. Melinda was a delight to work with and captured some of the best portrait photographs we've ever had taken of us. Even DD, who was convinced that B&W photos are dumb and has the normal body issues of a 15yo, loved the results. Yes, the prints and/or digital files are expensive, but we were so pleased with the results that we ordered the digital files for nine of the images. It added up to a lot, but now we have plans for holiday presents for the grandparents, so that's good . So, if you're on the Nieuw Amsterdam and thinking about getting a portrait done, ask for Melinda!
  24. Can anyone tell me whether Neptune Suites on Amsterdam which are located below the Lido Market are noisy and if so at which times of day?
  25. Is anyone familiar with this suite? It's one of the last available and we weren't sure about it's aft location. The concern is noise from above or below, ease of getting on/off for excursions. Thanks!
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