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  1. The Signature Sisters will be visiting Juneau on a busy Monday. Both are scheduled to be in port from 1300-2200. Eurodam will be at the AS dock and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock. If you love rain, Juneau is the place to be this week. There is rain forecast for every day. Monday will have steady light rain in the morning and showers in the afternoon. 80% chance of rain. The high will be 60F/16C and low 51F/10C. Sunrise is at 4:17 am and sunset at 9:49 pm. Also in port are Regatta tendering from 1200-2300, Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2200, and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam on Tuesday.
  2. Hoping for some help with a stateroom question. We are booked and within the final payment of our upcoming cruise in a VA category stateroom on the 6th deck and there will be 2 adults and our twin boys in the room. I noticed that there is a stateroom available, on deck 4, stateroom 4156 with a oversized balcony (their is a crew stair well next to the room, and that’s why the balcony is extra long) Is it worth it to contact our travel agent to move rooms, is it even worth it and would we lose our OBC?
  3. My extended family (9 of us) took an Alaskan cruise (Vancouver/Vancouver, Inside Passage) in the middle of July and noticed a vibration in the ship at various times. There are some other threads about this here on CC, but I just wanted to say it is still there. A few bullets: We had cabins on decks 6 midship suite, 8 and 10 (a bit more forward) verandah and felt the vibration in all cabins. The vibration happened predominantly in the evenings and overnight. Imagine waking up to a "magic fingers" vibrating bed...that's basically what it is like. The vibration happened as the skip of the speed eclipsed 21 knots (note: the ship has a channel on the TV which shows where the ship is at and the speed). I think THIS is the primary tie in to the vibration. The faster the boat went, the stronger the vibration. It really feels like a vibration isolation issue (i.e. engine or other reciprocating parts not adequately isolated from the rest of the ship) or something is out of balance. The issue was hardly catastrophic and we still had a great time (indeed, I would sail this ship again), but ideally they would get this addressed (especially since it appears to have been going on for a while now).
  4. any and all information on cabin 6066 on the Niew Amsterdam will be appreciated.
  5. My wife and I are considering a cruise on the Amsterdam to South America. I know that HAL has abandoned Ballroom Dancing on many of its ships. However, on the web site it says that there is Live Music and Dancing in the Ocean Bar in the evenings. Is this still true? Are they still playing music suitable for ballroom dancing? We have sailed on the Amsterdam many times in the past and the dancing was quite good. However, it seems they are moving away from this and we don't want to have the wrong expectations. Thank you in advance for this information.
  6. Is there any special or sale on internet pricing on the NS? Does HAL give out coupon books onboard? If so, how do I obtain one? Thank you.
  7. Does anyone have photos of the fitness center on the Amsterdam? I am working with my trainer to create some new programs for me while I’m on the World Cruise. I can’t find any decent photos of the gym online that show the various types of equipment on board the Amsterdam. I’d appreciate any links to pics.
  8. Wednesday will mark Nieuw Statendam's first visit to the U.S. as well as her first sighting in Port Everglades. She is due to be at Pier 26 (Starboard to) from 0330-1700. Her first cruise from FLL will be a short 4-day trip to the Bahamas. Wednesday, December 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Saturday, December 22 Nassau, Bahamas Sunday, December 23 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Caribbean Princess at pier 2 from 0545-1600 and Costa Deliziosa at pier 19 from 0430-2300. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Friday we will have a threefer with Koningsdam, Prinsendam, and Veendam
  9. As the title says, what's your opinion? Same week, basically the same price. V is eastbound. NA is westbound. I did a partial on Zaandam years ago. I remember the air conditioning struggled. Still loved the ship. Maasdam is my all time fav.
  10. What are the perks of a spa room ?
  11. I was wondering about a midship cabin on a lower deck... And now I am seeing that it looks like the one Gangway is right there, mid-ship, off the Atrium on Decks 1 and 2. Is that. true. that would be a traffic area on Port Days. I am also wondering about noise from B.B.Kings. (which is forward on Deck 2 on the N.S.) in cabins near the Atrium on Deck 1. Would the sound/beat travel that far? Can any of you offer any good info?
  12. On Koningsdam, the aft-corner Neptune Suites can combine with the adjacent cabin. There is a door in the hallway, which when closed means the two rooms become effectively connecting. Is this hallway door also present on the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, so that the two adjacent rooms become a kind of “suite”???
  13. Monday brings the Signature Sisters back to Juneau. Eurodam will be at the AS dock and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock. Both are scheduled in port from 1300-2200. Most of this week is looking pretty decent (at least by Juneau standards;)). Monday has only a 10% chance of rain and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The high will be 68F/20C and the low 50F/10C. Sunrise is at 3:58 am and sunset at 10:05 pm. Other ships in port are Seabourn Sojourn tendering (0800-2200), Ruby Princess at the FKL dock (1100-2200), and Solstice at the AJ dock (1330-2200). The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam on Tuesday.
  14. We're on our way to Rome, to spend a couple of days in the Eternal City before boarding the Nieuw Statendam for its 14-Day Premiere Voyage from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. We are excited to experience this new ship, and some of its new amenities like the Rolling Stone Rock Room and a new wine packages from James Suckling, Holland America's Wine Curator. Tell us what you are curious about on the new ship. As internet access allows, we plan to post regular updates along the way.
  15. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=628021&et_cid=3110946&et_rid=50395697&et_referrer=Boards I will be happy to answer any questions. And please ignore the typos and grammatical errors. I thought I had proofread!
  16. My husband and I are going to Alaska later this month on the Nieuw Amsterdam and I have a few questions I hope you can help me with. We are in an accessible cabin, 6001, and are wondering: ~ approximately how tall is the bed? ~ is the roll-in shower next to the toilet (thinking easier transfers? ~ will I be able to roll my wheelchair out onto the balcony? ~ are there accessible bathrooms or family bathrooms that my husband and friend can help me or will I need to go back to the cabin? Either way is fine, just trying to see how independent i can be ;-) Thanks!
  17. We are on board the Nieuw Amsterdam on way to Vancouver. I was denied change of us$ to cad$. It seems a bit odd to get such a poor service. We were in 2 Westmark hotels(owend by Holland America) in the Yukon and there to could not change money too. What a shame. Sent from my Mi A1 using Forums mobile app
  18. I have narrowed our options down to these two ships for our family (2 adults & 2 kids - 8 & 11) for summer 2019. Any suggestion on which of these ships to choose? The itinerary is the same, just different departure dates (Wed vs. Sat). Volendam is slightly more expensive. We would want a Neptune Suite if that makes any difference. Also, if one of us drinks alcohol and the other prefers soft drinks, does it still make sense to book using the Explore 4 promotion? Cost is about $850 more (offset by OBC for suite), but includes Pinnacle Grill, etc. Sorry if this is an obvious questions, but I'm a first time cruiser.
  19. The Press Release below is dated August 28th. It is great news for those booked on the Premiere Voyage (we already 137 Cruise Critic members on our Roll-Call). Thought you might like to read it: ================================= Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam Reaches Milestone and Successfully Completes Sea Trials Seattle, Wash., Aug. 28,2018 — Holland America Line’sNieuw Statendam, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet, returnedto Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy Wednesday, Aug. 22, aftersuccessfully completing two sets of sea trials off the coast. Nieuw Statendam left Marghera Aug. 10 and performed the first set of sea trialsover two days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard,where the trial’s data was reviewed and standard hull maintenance wasperformed. The ship sailed its second sea trials Aug. 18, making its way backto Marghera Aug. 22 where the finishing touches will be completed. “The sea trials are ahighly anticipated milestone for any newbuild because it takes us one stepcloser to delivery, and we’re thrilled that Nieuw Statendam gave a strongperformance out in open water,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’spresident. “There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Nieuw Statendam and theinnovations we’re introducing on board. The ship is going to have an excitingdebut in early December.” During the sea trials, NieuwStatendam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems,machinery and engines. The shipyard’s team of nautical officers, navalarchitects, engineering officers and builders tested the ship’s maneuveringcharacteristics and safety systems. About Nieuw Statendam Due for delivery Dec. 1,2018, Nieuw Statendam will explore the Caribbean in winter and then moveto northern Europe, Iceland and the Mediterranean in summer during itsinaugural year. The 2,666-guest, 99,500-ton ship will reflect the ongoingevolution of Holland America Line. From familiar elements that reflect a richheritage and classic style to state-of-the-art enhancements that chart a boldnew course forward, guests on board Nieuw Statendam will delight indetails that are artfully inspired and perfectly presented to create theultimate Pinnacle-class experience. While much of the ship’sdesign will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, NieuwStatendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created byleading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect BjørnStorbraaten. The ship will feature all of the hallmarks of Pinnacle-Classdesign: grand, light-filled spaces; visual drama; and sumptuous interiorsinspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments. Holland America Line’sfirst ship to be called Statendam sailed in 1898, and this will be thesixth ship in the company’s history to carry the name. In combining the Dutchword for "new" with the classic "Statendam," HollandAmerica Line celebrates the company’s past, present and future.
  20. Off we go! Mostly photos to follow, though apparently not from the aircraft. This message may have been drafted using voice recognition. Please forgive any typos.
  21. We are actually boarding on October 21 for a 14 day B2B. Moderator recommends separate roll calls for each leg so here is a thread for part 2. Welcome everyone.
  22. Greetings- Trying to confirm if the Nieuw Amsterdam's casino is 100% non-smoking. (Info on Hal Web site seems inconsistent; thus, if anyone can confirm, much appreciated.) Sent an email inquiry to HAL a week or so ago, but, no answer as of yet. Wishing all a great day, EngSet
  23. As always I find the info on these boards so helpful in planning cruise holidays - especially when trying a new cruise line for the first time! Housework suffers with all the poring I do over threads, however I feel so much more prepared with all the great information shared here - so thank you for making our first HAL experience a terrific one! We have sailed recently with Princess and Norwegian, usually with my parents. This trip was just my husband, my 8 yo son and I and since we live in Vancouver the Alaska itinerary from home port was so easy we couldn't resist - and there were some super-great prices about a month before departure. Overall, we very much enjoyed HAL. My husband and I both agreed the common areas were lovely -nicer than either of the Princess ships we've been on, and as mentioned in several threads, with the exception of the Lido a few times, the ship really was spacious and we never felt crowded. Boarding was very easy and quick - we arrived at port about 1145 and were on the boat in our stateroom in under 45 minutes. Disembarking was even faster - breakfast in the Lido about 830 and then a very short lineup off the boat (maybe 5 minutes) and no delays whatsoever with customs (no lineup, hand the declaration forms and we were out!). Our stateroom was great - we had a veranda with the solid wall - it was fine, if we could have changed to a glass wall we would have but it didn't affect us. We were located forward - we would opt for aft next time if it was available, but we also like to walk so it wasn't a big deal. After much deliberation we purchased the elite beverage package. I'm sure we ended up ahead as we started with mimosas for breakfast and had what we wanted throughout the day - I was glad we went with the elite as we were able to chose from the wines we wanted (I think the only one above $15 was Veuve Cliquot)... wine by the glass options were adequate - we missed the Vines wine bar on the Princess ships though and would have preferred a few more choices. We ended up with one bar charge on our last day at sea (not sure why) but a quick trip to the front desk to inquire and they assured it would be adjusted. Bar service was awesome all over the ship - in the Lido, at the pool, in the lounges - there were always staff available and ready to help everywhere we went. We are probably in the minority on the dining room - we didn't love it. We ended up at Tamarind the first night and had 2 bookings in advance at the Pinnacle Grill so only had 4 nights planned in the dining room. Our first experience (night 2 Gala) seemed very rushed and not at all like other Gala nights - it just didn't feel much like a dining room (way too bright for our liking) - and there was absolutely nothing special at all about the service. Our second night was the opposite - slow and again, very little attention (the head waiter did apologize and say they had a bunch of new passengers as we picked up in Skagway and they were having some issues). The food was great, so if that's all that matters it'd be fine, but we enjoy dining for the service and the ambiance, and we found it seriously lacking in the dining room. However, the specialty restaurants were awesome. We agreed next time we would just splurge and book specialty or else perhaps do room service as that would have been preferable to our experience. Very personal what's important to one cruiser vs another though so this is totally subjective as I have seen many rave reviews for the dining room on this forum. I don't love buffets but I do have to say we all agreed we preferred the HAL practice of serving from the buffets. The food was great at the Lido - there were tons of options at breakfast, however for us it would have been nice to see some new things from day to day but nothing to complain about! We migrated for lunch from pizza (good) to the Dive in (fair) but often had the salads from the Lido - I'm surprised I hadn't come across nods to this here as we loved this - they make the salads to order for you from a ton of options and then dress/toss them for you - they were awesome! So were the soups for the most part. We only tried room service for snacks/desserts and it was fine but they take forever to come get the trays (one night we waited for an hour and then gave up - they never did come... I don't leave them in the hallways after reading on here how hard it is for people with scooters to get by) As for things to do - we are pretty good at entertaining ourselves and my husband and son always spend a LOT of time at the sports courts, ping pong etc This cruise was no exception - the court was just fine for what they wanted, maybe a little smaller than others but perfectly fine. We enjoyed the EXC/crows nest for games (although it is a VERY busy space on days at sea and was a bit hard to find a table, we did make room and it is a lovely place to relax and spend a couple of hours. I really enjoyed the kitchen demos and wished I'd made time to go to more of them. My son loves the bingo so we went a couple of times - there was virtually no one there (for the free cruise one I think there were 4 people playing!!!) so good odds of winning :) Hands down, our favourite experiences were at the piano bar and BB Kings for the jazz band - all 3 of us had such a terrific time at these venues. We went to the first showings and always found a seat at the piano or a booth at the lounge, it gets busier as the evening goes on. For these 2 venues alone we would book HAL again, we have not found anything comparable on NCL or Princess and for us, live music is so much fun after dinner. We didn't go to any of the shows except the end of the illusionist - the theatre was very nice and even at the end of the first show there were still seats available if you wanted them. The pool area was beautiful!!! (again the nicest pool areas on a cruise ship we've seen) I was so glad they opened the roof on port days - we never had trouble finding a seat but wonder how busy it would be on a caribbean trip - I think we would book the retreat cabanas on a hot itinerary to ensure seats. We also went to a couple of the EXC talks and enjoyed them very much as well - the gentleman that was speaking was highly entertaining and knowledgeable about Alaska. My son went to the kids club for an hour or two most evenings - it was fine, the staff were great but it wasn't the highlight of the trip for him - nice for a diversion... they do x-box from 7-8 and that was what he was most keen to get to for a bit of a break. As for the destination - it's gorgeous! Living in Vancouver I think we take for granted how beautiful our scenery is - quite honestly I feel the inside passage is an extension of what we see every day (yes, we are lucky!). But the glassy waters, glaciers, and mountains really are so peaceful and we couldn't help but relax and decompress with the scenery. It didn't hurt that we had the most spectacular weather - gorgeous, bright sunny and warm/hot every port day as well as our day in Glacier bay - we know how lucky that is! We have been to Alaska before so were familiar with the ports. We only booked on excursion - the helicopter and glacier sled dog in Juneau. It was awesome - but definitely a once in a lifetime we booked solely for the special memories with our son. Seeing the glaciers from the sky is awesome (I keep using that word I know - it's intentional there really isn't another one to capture it). Last trip we did the Misty Fjords seaplane which was equally breathtaking. I love Ketchikan and we just wandered the town and had a great lunch on the pier there. In Skagway we just went for a hike down main street - we stopped in at the visitors centre and watched the free 35 minute movie on the Klondike rush - it was great and very informative. Glacier bay was very special - we spent most of the morning on the promenade deck in the comfy teak chairs... had several glasses of bubbly to celebrate a beautiful day! We should have taken binoculars - I would recommend packing at least one pair. Overall we both agreed we would definitely do HAL again - I loved this ship and would be reluctant to try a different one as there was so little we found issue with!
  24. If it's Monday, it is the Signature Sisters' visit. Eurodam will be at the AS dock and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock. Both will be in port from 1300-2200. Believe it or not, the Monday forecast is for partly cloudy skies (only 10% chance or precipitation) and a high of 75F/24C! Low will be 54F/12C. Sunrise is at 3:50 am and sunset at 10:08 pm. It is a busy day in Juneau with three ships besides the HAL ones. Seven Seas Mariner will be tendering from 0800-1500. At the FKL dock will be Ruby Princess (1100-2200), and Solstice will be at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam on Tuesday.
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