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  1. Sojourn 2018 B2B Alaska and America’s Gold Coast Vol. 15 #2 – Vancouver Sailaway! Embarkation day is finally here! There were 3 ships in port today. The first to arrive were HAL ships: the Amsterdam & Zaandam (both were in-transit which made our embarkation process go smoothly & quickly) and Seabourn Sojourn. After embarking the ship and having lunch in the Colonnade, I went to Seabourn Square and had my inaugural Skinny flat white hazelnut latte and sat in the corner and people watched. Then around 2 PM, the announcement was made that all suites were ready for occupancy, which triggered the “stampede to the Suites.” This was not a problem for me as all I had to do was walk forward from Seabourn Square and my suite was on the port side of the ship. Upon arrival. I saw that my heavily packed suitcase, entrusted to Luggage Forward 2.5 weeks ago, was on top of the bed for immediate unpacking, which is exactly what I did. I smiled and winked to the Seabourn Luggage Valet fairy who watched over my suitcase during shipment from my home to my suite. Soon after that my rollaboard arrived, that was also unpacked. My suite stewardess Julia came buy and introduced herself and we chatted for a moment and I chose my bar soap. Now that my Suite is all ship-shape for the cruise it is time to do some exploring around the ship. I am always glad when this part of the voyage is complete! Sailaway was delayed about an hour for all 3 ships. The Amsterdam got away before I could take a snap of her. The Zaandam was gracefully maneuvered away from the dock behind us to turn around and head out to sea. We were the last to leave the dock and the CD Robert Brendan then introduced the entertainment staff to enhance our sailing. After sailing under the Lions Gate Bridge and approaching the Pacific Ocean, it was cold and windy, thereby indicating it was time to get cleaned up for supper. I was a guest at the hosted table of Seabourn singer David Fearn in the Restaurant. It was a nice table and we all got along quite well together. I really enjoyed my dinner of Poached Shrimp Ceviche with avocado tartare, cilantro and lime; tomato salad, pickled red onion with Roquefort cheese, basil vinaigrette; caramelized scallops & shrimp, fettucine, green vegetables, pommery mustard cream; and capping it all off with a decalf cappuccino. As I walked upstairs, I peeked into The Club and was moderately busy. With the embarkation and sailaway excitement behind me, I stated to fade so I retired to my suite for the evening. The moment my head touched the fluffy pillows and I pulled the Scandinavian comforter over me, I was immediately transported back to my home at sea and slept soundly the entire night. Today’s Freeze Frames: Holland America Line Zaandam On Her Way Sojourn Sailaway 1 of 8 Sojourn Sailaway 2 of 8 Sojourn Sailaway 3 of 8 Sojourn Sailaway 4 of 8 - The Band & Amber Revs Up The Passengers Engines *** Sailaway Freeze Frames Continued in Next Post ***
  2. I can certainly give you our booking number so you can send us flowers for our stateroom! 11/26 on Nieuw Amsterdam! 😃 😉 I have been on about 4 times today with no problems using Chrome (still trying to get reasonably priced flights!)
  3. We recently went France to visit friends and then on to Amsterdam to join a 21 day cruise on Nieuw Staatandam for a cruise thru Baltic and Norway. I recently was forced to acquire a scooter or electric wheel chair for traveling more than about 50 yards. This was first for us. We got off to a horrendous start when confusion at Singapore airlines meant my own folding scooter didn't travel with us!!. It was a bad start but we were determined to make the best of it. My friends were in France were able to find a company which would hire me one while I stayed with them. I contacted my booking agent at HAL Seattle and she sent me the names off 2 companies who could provide a scooter to the ship. I checked both websites and found that one of them had a scooter which would be suitable for me. Feeling a little cheeky I called Scootaround and was soon talking to someone in Winnipeg Canada. . I asked if it was possible to hire a scooter to be delivered to the ship in five days time and she said which one would you like and sent me the forms by email. One more phone call and it was paid for and when I boarded the ship it was waiting in my stateroom.I thought that was excellent service and it saved my cruise from being a disaster. I would not have been able to leave the ship without it. I have no hesitation in recommending the Scootarounds services. Before leaving home we had searched many websites looking for information about shore excisions. I found cruise critic to be very helpful. Many people recommended tours but they didn't want to take scooters or wheeled walkers. I found a thread from a fellow cruise critic mentioning they were able to book with T J travel so I searched their site and contacted them.Their office staff were extremely helpful and answered all my questions and yes they would be able to help us by accommodating my scooter We booked for st. Petersburg on their relaxed tour. We waited a few days for confirmation as they needed six people to go. By combining with someone off the Queen Victoria (to be moored alongside) were set to go. As they were so helpful we booked tours for Berlin and Helsinki as well. We cannot recommend their tours more highly. On our 2 day St Petersburg tour we saw so much more than we ever imagined. Our guide Alexis and driver Yuri gave us a wonderful experience. Yuri just picked up my scooter and loaded it into the bus effortlessly. He always found the closest drop off points to where ever we went and then magically appeared when we exited. We never had to queue and seamlessly went from one venue to another, Alexis displayed a great knowledge and love of her city and passed it on to us all. We saw all the sights including the Heritage, Peterhof gardens and fountains, Church of the spilled blood and even had a canal boat ride around the city. Despite what I had read earlier about scooters and wheelchairs not being allowed in Hermitage or Catherine's Palace and amber room, we were able to go everywhere. T.J. Travel also arranged all our visas and emailed them to us before we left home. For a small group tour at half the price of what ship was offering go with TJ Tours Comfort tour. Because we had booked SPB tour we were given a discount on the Baltic tours. We choose to go to Berlin from Warnamande and then Helsinki. When the train took ships booked passengers in an non air conditioned train to Berlin we speed along in a air con coach on a 36C. day.Our tour guides both on Berlin & Helsinki demonstrated a great knowledge and love of their respective cities and in both places we covered many sights. The drivers made us feel safe at all times and always managed to drop us off close to sights and magically reappear to pick us up when we had finished. We cannot recommend T.J. tours enough. It was a dream of mine to return to St Petersburg again after 42 years. TJ Tours allowed me to successfully do so and enjoy every minute of it, scooter and all.
  4. Hi, I recently booked this 7-day cruise on the Amsterdam from Montreal to Boston. My wife is an avid "Anne of Green Gables" fan . Unfortunately it does appear that most shore excursions for Tuesday 18th of August do not provide a lot of time at the house and museum. If there are another couple on this cruise interested in sharing a tour with Target Tours Atlantic - "Anne of Green Gables Adventure - private tour" (C$428 total). We are travelling from Australia, you can contact us at my email : altony@optusnet.com.au cheers Tony Evans
  5. My last cruise was with Celebrity -- while the food was great, I did find the late night food options to be lacking outside of set breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. The buffet in particular had the same stale pasta or pizza every night after 11. Room service was sort of an option with Celebrity but the choices limited and cost money after 11 for delivery. I've been on Princess many times as well and have always found it relatively easy to get varied food options later at night. Will be sailing with HAL in December on Nieuw Statendam. Are there a lot of late night options (late night meaning say 11PM - 1 AM). Is the buffet open? I've seen the after 11 PM room service menu and the Club Sandwich looks decent enough with a caesar salad. I think Dive In is open 24 hours as well (or at least is available for delivery 24 hours with $5 fee). Wondering mainly about the buffet if that's an option late night and if so is the food selection reasonable.
  6. . In fact the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam DO have a full wraparound promenade deck although it is narrow in spots. What people are complaining about is the absence of LOUNGERS on the promenade deck. One of HAL's featured events is a walk for cancer including over 100 people. I've done one each on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam and they came off without a hitch. One matter of concern is that Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam are unable to go through the Panama Canal because their life boats hang over the side and future ships are rumored to mount the lifeboats a bit differently so that will not happen. It remains to see how that will affect the promenade deck. Roy
  7. Latest Update: As Of October 12, 2019 PLEASE NOTE: Please use the following format when requesting to have your updates added to this thread April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith Anne Marie) Thank you. Keith ========================================= For anyone booking a cruise, please post to this thread so that we can include you on the future cruising lists for your cruise. This thread is also used for the Bon Voyage threads. Please use the following format: Date (Cruise Number) Embarkation and Ending City - Cruise Critic Name (your own first name(s) should you choose to want to include this) Example: April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) If you are new to CrystalCruises also be sure to check out the thread, which is titled “Some Thoughts For First Time Crystal Cruisers”. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2463018 (2) If you would like to attend the MEET AND MINGLE PARTY that Crystal Cruises hosts when there are 10 or more of us on board, you can do so by visiting the registration section of Cruise Critic. This link will take you there. http://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall...ruiselineid=12 (3) If there is a ROLL CALL for your voyage post a message or questions for your voyage on that thread. Posts for a particular cruise might be better placed on the roll call so that the maximum people on that cruise may see it. These are the links for the roll calls and after you reach the thread then click on the area that takes you to the last (most current) page. 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  8. Our last 2 ocean cruises 2019 nd 2018 were on the MS Amsterdam and an Azamara ship. Both are old ladies. Cabin: We had a Neptune suite on HAL and a regular balcony cabin on Azamara. It is therefore not be quite fair to compare, but I hated our Azamara cabin for 1) the shower curtain and 2) the table and chairs that blocked the entire balcony 3) a chair instead of a sofa. I remember balcony cabins on HAL ships that were more spacious and better designed. Public space: The Azamara ship was fully booked and cramped on a dreary sea day. HAL had more space. Décor is a toss up, neither one is fresh and bright. Food: Food on HAL was good. Dinner on Azamara was more sophisticated, elegant and overall better. Offered local choices. Azamara pretends to be more destination oriented which was true for the food. Service: I think nobody surpasses the warm and friendly Indonesian/Philippino hotel crew on HAL. Signs of fatigue on Azamara. Supposedly Azamara officers interact with passengers, didn't see any of it. Itinerary/destination desk/enrichment: Excellent itinerary on both ships and the reason we booked. HAL had an experienced excursion desk staff. Excellent enrichment speakers. It was the Asia & Pacific Grand Voyage. Azamara cruise was around Japan. Her excursion desk people were inexperienced. The enrichment speaker made 3 factual errors on Japan within the first 30 minutes. If he really has been to Japan, he must have been totally oblivious to things around him. Very good: a Japanese ambassador with maps and advice for independent outings. Price: This Azamara cruise around Japan was as expensive as cruises on high end luxury ships but it did not provide the same experience. The HAL cruise was reasonably priced and in line with other HAL prices. Conclusion for us: We booked HAL again.
  9. We were surprised to get the invitation to the medallion ceremony back in April on Nieuw Statendam - hadn’t paid much attention to passing the 100 day mark. It was a nice event to attend and actually see the captain in a smaller venue, compared to some of the impersonal Mariner Luncheons with hundreds of people. The Mariner hostess even presented my service dog with a medallion which the dog wore with dignity.
  10. ms Amsterdam At Sea Pacific 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Piraeus Athens 00:00 - 23:00 ms Maasdam Mystery Island Aneityum 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Puerto Quetzal Guatemala 08:00 - 18:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Gibraltar UK 13:00 - 23:59 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 21:00 ms Rotterdam Cruising -- - -- ms Veendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Kushiro Japan 08:00 - 17:00 ms Zaandam Halifax Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Zuiderdam Cruising -- - --
  11. Thanks, Copper! I liked the Nieuw Statendam very much, so look forward to sailing the next Ryndam.
  12. Well, we've been home just over a week and I finally get my trip review written and submitted so I am posting here as well. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this board as I spent hours reading through threads in preparation for our trip. Hopefully this review helps someone else. We decided about 18 months ago to take a trip for our 15th anniversary and we went with close friends who were married the same year. We are 2 couples ranging in age from mid-40's to early 50's, We selected Holland America because of their history cruising in Alaska.We also liked the idea of a smaller, quieter ship. While we are not seniors we tend to go to bed early and don't need the night life that some other ships provide.We booked 18 months in advance and selected an aft balcony and our friends chose a port-side signature suite. Just before final payment the prices dropped considerably so we contacted the travel agent. Because of the promo we booked under they wouldn't credit us with the difference but they offered to upgrade us to Neptune Suites which we happily accepted. We ended up on Deck 6 port side and our friends were on Deck 7 starboard.Embarkation - I had heard that embarkation can sometimes be long waits at Port of Vancouver. We arrived around 10:45 and we were on the ship by 11:20 with no wait at any point of the process. Very smooth.Cabin - we were in 6064 and our friends had 7051 and we were all happy with the accommodations. The room stewards were so friendly and attentive. Our friends were directly across from the Neptune Lounge and we were one floor below which I honestly didn't mind.Neptune Lounge - the concierges Carina and Kristine were both lovely, welcoming and helpful. We didn't really use their services much except to cancel a pre-paid dinner and make one dining reservation but they were always happy to answer questions. Having access to tea/coffee and snacks was a nice bonus. I would often wander up there early in the morning to grab a tea and a croissant to bring back to the room.Lido - We went to the Lido for only 3 meals the entire cruise, mainly because it was like feeding time at the zoo! I found it chaotic, crowded and only mediocre food. Don't get me wrong, no one was going to starve and the food wasn't bad, just not good enough to make up for the atmosphere.Main Dining Room - Despite booking super early we had open dining. While we liked the flexibility of the Open dining I think it also affected the service in the dining room. We only ate dinner there 3 times and while the experience got better each time it was still not up to the level of past cruise dining experiences. I found the main dining room crowded, noisy and rushed. I felt like our waiters made no effort to connect with us, nor did their service elevate the meal in any way.Tamarind - FANTASTIC!!! We loved the food and service here so we ended up going twice. The servers were so welcoming and they memorized your names. When you saw them later in the cruise in a different location they remembered your names. So personal and lovely. Food was delicious. They even brought me a special cake for my birthday.Pinnacle - As Neptune suite guests we had access to the Pinnacle for breakfast and I have to say that was the best suite perk that we had. Breakfast choices provided a lot of variety and it was delicious. Staff in the Pinnacle were so welcoming and always remembered your requests from the day before. We also had one lunch and one dinner in the Pinnacle and they were both delicious.Excursions - We booked two different excursions through Holland America and we were happy with both. In Skagway we did the White Pass Rail to the Yukon which was a full day tour, including lunch. In Ketchikan we did the Wilderness Explorer Cruise and all-you-can-eat crab feast. Both excursions were well done. In Juneau we opted to rent a car and explore on our own.Entertainment - We visited Billboard one night. The female piano player had a beautiful voice but the man was not great. Mid-week we discovered BB Kings and we wish we had made the effort to check it out sooner because it was great. They do 3 sets every night and the place was packed! We didn't do any of the EXC talks in the main theatre as that's not our thing. We did watch the comedian Jim Short and the illusionist Leon Etienne. Both were great. They also did a variety show on the last night with both of them. We had planned to see the dancers one night but they were cancelled for their safety due to high waves and rocking ship.Disembarkation - We were in the first disembarkation group which was announced at about 7:45 am but since we didn't have a flight to catch until later in the day we had a leisurely breakfast before getting off the ship at about 8:30. From the time we scanned off the ship to when we were outside the terminal was less than 12 minutes. Super fast and efficient.Overall Impression - We found that the things people paid to upgrade (Neptune Suite, specialty dining, etc) were fantastic and provided the experience and level of service we expected of the cruise as a whole. Those things which were included (Lido, Main Dining Room, etc) were not up to par with what we were expecting. We didn't have a bad experience but our experience in the upgraded areas certainly made the cruise that much better. It's just unfortunate that we had to pay for the level of service that has been included on past cruises with other companies.
  13. Anyone else sailing on NS for the New Year Eve cruise -Dec 29? I didn't see a roll call for it. Our first time on HAL, have sailed many other cruise lines. Wondering if they will do something special for New Years Eve?
  14. They are supposed to be doing something with the positioning of the lifeboats (partially hanging overboard on her two older sisters) which will appease the Panama Canal Authority to the point that they will grant Ryndam IV permission to transit the Panama Canal, unlike Koningsdam and Nieuw S
  15. I was on the cruise for the entire 2 weeks. The ports of call were originally Amsterdam, then Bergen, Flam, and Geiranger Norway 3 days in succession, Akureyri and Reykjavik Iceland, Belfast and Dublin, Ireland. LeHavre was substituted for Amsterdam, but by the time we got there, the weather was too rough to dock. We sailed to our 3 ports in Norway and I shopped at the stores and had 3 beautiful excursions! Flam even had “The Mall of Norway” right adjacent to the port. It was announced while we were in Norway that the weather would have high winds & waves on our return itinerary from Iceland, so for safety of the passengers, Iceland was cancelled. Instead, we sailed to Hellesylt, then Aselund, Norway, again with stunning beauty! The only light rain I remember (with the emphasis on light) was on our walking tour in Bergen. Next we were to have 2 sea days then stop in Greenock, Scotland to also make up for missed ports. We sailed into the harbor and it was announced that a Naval vessel was at the dock we needed and it needed repairs. They said they figured our new arrival time would be 1-1/2 hour later. As we waited, the seas became really rough and the fog rolled in. I believe we had the port pilot onboard. It was announced to be too dangerous to dock. That’s when all the rioting began. I hear calls of “REVOLUTION!” In the stairwells. My husband and I chose to stay away. We had 1 more Sea day, then arrived in Belfast, Ireland. It did have some rain for a bit, but by the time we arrived at our tour destination, it was gone. The following day was Dublin, with partly cloudy weather to beautiful blue skies and , later, a few drops of rain. We had one Sea day as we sailed back to Southampton. Hope that clears it up for you!
  16. 👍 I agree. I am encouraged that whomever in Seattle decided not to name the new Pinnacle Class ship "Nieuw Ryndam". Holland America Line has a distinguished history and it needs to be recognized and honored by naming their new ships after those vessels who so well served their guests in the past.
  17. The person you quoted was asking about the N.S.: "... but then look at YouTube videos from the Nieuw Statendam and see refrigerators showing in every cabin. Were these paid for in advance? " Not true. The four Vista class ships have coolers in every cabin. Except I think the Pinnacle Suites have full-sized, true refrigerators in the pantry.
  18. This is true only on the S&R class ships. The person you were answering was asking about the Nieuw Statendam.
  19. My family will be going on a 14 day cruise back to back on the Nieuw Statendam. What is the procedure of the back to back cruise? Will my family be required to get off the ship and wait in the cruise terminal as the initial embarkation?? Your feedback is much appreciated. Leeson112
  20. We’re contemplating a fall 2020 transatlantic cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam in an aft-facing cabin when the new itineraries come out and we are interested in hearing from folks that have sailed on a HAL transatlantic cruise in the past year or two. We are in our mid 60s and enjoy lectures, playing trivia, walking laps around the promenade and pretty much having organized fun on sea days. Also, do the cabins sill have DVD players? During slow times and in the evening after the show, as we don’t really like hanging out in the various lounges, we also bring along some dvds to keep us entertained. And finally how is the internet service in the cabins, especially in the aft-facing ones, as my DW needs daily access for work purposes. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
  21. We have booked this cruise from Amsterdam to Boston in Sept 2020. Ports of call in Greenland and Iceland. What is the likelihood of getting a look at the northern lights? I think that would be a high point if it happened.
  22. NIEUW STATENDAM,the newest ship of Holland America ,makes her maiden arrival at Piraeus Port
  23. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Lahaina Maui Island 08:00 - 17:00 ms Koningsdam Piraeus Athens 08:00 - 23:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Puerto Chiapas Mexico 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Cartagena Spain 08:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam Mazatlan Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 17:00 ms Rotterdam Portland/England 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM ms Veendam Prince Edward Island Charlottetown 08:00 - 18:00 ms Volendam Puntarenas Puerto Caldera 08:00 - 18:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Sydney Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Zuiderdam Quebec City 06:00 AM - 05:00 PM Happy Hump Day to everyone! I wish to take this time to acknowledge everyone who posts a "thank you" daily on the Fleet Thread. I do appreciate those that take the time to respond and keep the thread on the first page. I also want to thank the people that view the page. It helps to know that over 100 people a day derive a small amount of joy from knowing where the fleet is. I will request, again, that if anyone receives a notification of itinerary change that they let me know so I can update the database and keep the information correct. Starting Sunday the Fleet Report will be posted later in the day. Thanks again to all Rich
  24. Hello All, I'm back again for advice for those of you that know the Nieuw Statendam. I am currently booked in a Spa OV on a February trip to the Caribbean. I just noticed that the Save on Sunshine package for the month of October adds the SBP (although a non-refundable fare). The Spa OV cabins are sold out. Can you recommend OV cabins that you like? I would be most interested in not having a cabin above or below busy public spaces. Thank you, BaltimoreCruise
  25. New to Holland America and booked a 51 day So Pacific cruise. To my surprise I don't see a library on the deck plans. Please tell me there is a decent library on board. Husband and I are avid readers and kindle is not our favorite way to read.
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