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  1. today is Mutts Day and National Raspberry Cake Day Anything is good and useful if it's made of chocolate. Meal suggestion for today - Garlic Butter Steak Wine of the day - Clos Fourtet St.-Emilion vintage 2014 At Sea Indian Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  2. We used Uber in Amsterdam from the hotel to the airport. Worked great and was less than a taxi.
  3. 😪 I just received a call and Vantage cancelled mine and parents river cruise. So disappointed. We were going on a Belgium/Amsterdam Tulips cruise the end of March 2020. The agent wouldn't say much but he kind of casually said "it was chartered". Of course they offered us another date but that was the only date that worked for all of us. So this late in the game there probable isn't another cruise that fits our dates-combined with it being 3 of us and I was able to book a single cabin. Has this happened to anyone before (via Vantage)? I have read on these boards that this has happened but was wondering if anything had experience with Vantage. I know I will get a full refund but did anyone get anything else for compensation? Like a credit off another cruise or free air or upgrade. Thanks for listening. Roxanne
  4. We were booked on this too and when I asked my PCC she said she is hopeful that something similar will come up but, of course, who knows at this point. I'm hoping that this itinerary will happen in 2022. Right now I'm thinking of doing the 14 day Northern Isles out of Amsterdam, going to Norway, Iceland, Shetland Islands and Scotland.
  5. I have experienced indoor muster on Celebrity Eclipse, Royal Princess, Nieuw Statendam, MSC Meraviglia and possibly others which I have forgotten. The attention span of the guests to the videos and oral instructions provided is more minimal than what I have experienced on ships that Muster outdoors. Meraviglia's was particularly poor. A jammed pack forward Theater with crew members already wearing their lifejackets and "hats" scattered around the room: NO attempt to silence the "talkers". I have no doubt that the ship has an "orderly evacuation" plan for those guests in that Muster Station. The concern that I have is simple. In a real emergency, how would those guests respond to whatever directions are given when they are part of hundreds/thousands in that Muster Station?
  6. As the Rotterdam & Amsterdam are headed to Fred Olsen Cruises would you sail w that line instead of HAL???
  7. The photo's have been fantastic and I've really enjoyed (tearfully) them. This is a picture of the Rotterdam, NL area with the cruise dock, where the Rotterdam is now and also the Damen Shipyards, where the RDam and the ADam will go for their required hull inspection. The Amsterdam left Gibraltar today after refueling and will arrive straight to the shipyard on the 15th. So sad to see these ships go.
  8. As of today no announced replacement. Unless they shift a ship from Europe to Canada/NE to replace the Amsterdam (or move Volendam from doing Alaska to Canada/NE), I would not expect them to replace the itinerary for 2021. Zaandam is now the only ship doing the 7 day Canada/NE and she is also scheduled for Voyage of the Vikings July 17th to August 21st. I suppose they could cancel the following Canada/NE Cruises at End of August/early September to do the Greenland sailing, but they would have to cancel (3) 7 day sailings (1) BOS-BOS (1) BOS-YUL and (1) YUL-BOS, add in the 17 day and create a new 4 day in order to do that, unless they made the new Greenland sailing 21 days. In short I'm guessing it's book the Princess 16 day or wait and see what, if anything, HAL offer for 2022. Celebrity are also offering (2) 14 day Iceland/Greenland Cruises in late July/August - one from Bayonne to Southampton and one from Southampton to Boston, both 14 days and both similar ports, which could be booked back to back to make a 28 day Bayonne to Boston sailing
  9. HAL would be showing it as well if they had not sold the Amsterdam.
  10. No Princess ships yet. Gone, not including transfers within CCL as this would not bring in cash: Costa neoClassica -> Bahamas Paradise Costa neoRomantica -> Celestyal Cruises HAL Amsterdam -> Fred Olsen HAL Rotterdam -> Fred Olsen HAL Maasdam -> 2nd buyer HAL Veendam -> 2nd buyer Sold to CMV who is in bankruptcy (cancel sale)? P&O Aus Pacific Aria P&O Aus Pacific Dawn Confirmed scrap: Costa Victoria P&O Oceana Carnival Fantasy Carnival Inspiration Carnival Fascination Carnival Imagination To Carnival-China JV: Costa Atlantica Costa Mediterranea [Costa neoRomantica was to go here but no longer so leaves space for another??] 86 were up for sale. Pacific Princess keeps popping up. Expecting more movement soon
  11. Since the news of Amsterdam leaving the fleet, I guess the next question is if and when cruising resumes, w:-)hich ship will be selected to do the annual HAL World Cruise when it is scheduled. Volendam is now the oldest ship in the fleet maybe HAL will use her. (Likewise HAL could also use Zaandam). I'm not sure HAL would use one of the larger ships as reading the blogs of passengers over the years it seems to me that Amsterdam was never at capacity. But I am not a HAL expert. Which ship do you think HAL will use for their "World Cruise" in the future??? Btw: just checked my favorite "go to" online cruising TA. Amsterdam, Maasdam and Rotterdam have already been deleted from HAL's list of ships.
  12. Thanks! The Amsterdam will go straight to Damen Shipyards. He won’t be able to take pics there . If I see any pics on websites from shiplovers in the area , I’ll ask if I can post those .
  13. @rotjeknor Thank your son for the great pics and I hope maybe he can do the same when the Amsterdam comes by? If possible? I don't believe she will actually dock there but if the dry dock is in the area, hopefully he can catch some pictures of her. Thank you, Linda R.
  14. With the loss of the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maasdam & Veendam, I have removed all sailings on the future cruise listing for anyone sailing on the 4 sold ships. (Hopefully I didn’t miss anything 🙏🏻). It’s entirely possible that HAL might transfer some of these sailings to other ships that are remaining in the fleet. If that is the case for you, please repost your cruise details on the Future Cruise Listing just as you did originally. Here is the link for this week’s listing - Thank you 🙂
  15. According to Marine Traffic, Rotterdam arrived in Rotterdam this morning. Amsterdam appears to be anchored off Gibraltar. They must be doing whatever they need to do to the ships separately, which is logical I guess.
  16. The naming of the Nieuw Amsterdam also caused confusion on the part of guests when the Amsterdam was still in service. People need to do more researching about what they are trying to book than some choose to do.
  17. I'm 48, so fall in the middle of the Gen-X cohort. I have been on 5 HAL cruises (Amsterdam, Eurodam, Oosterdam, Noordam and Ryndam), and have 2 future HAL cruises booked for 2021 and 2022 (Nieuw Statendam and Volendam). I have seen many changes and evolution's to the ships/product since I first sailed with HAL in 2007. HAL has been a good fit for my travel preferences along with Princess and Celebrity. I would like to see HAL going forward to concentrate on staying with their unique and comprehensive itineraries, as well as build up their enrichment program and feature true experts in the fields of History, Culture, Geography and Wildlife. Quality Enrichment offerings can really help bring the destination alive. I like the Entire Music Walk concept, but also feel they can enhance the offering by always having a live pianist or trio in the Ocean Bar throughout the evening playing music from the Great American Songbook. An acoustic guitarist by the pool or in the Crow's Nest would also be nice. I'd also like it if they would add back a full live Orchestra to back song/dance production shows and guest performers in the Mainstage. Overall I found the food good to borderline excellent on my last HAL cruise, but feel they could kick up the MDR menus a notch by featuring more locally inspired dishes and varied accompaniments with mains. I actually like the changes to the Crows Nest, which I know is an unpopular opinion on here. In general I'd like to see HAL build on what they have by fine tuning/upgrading some aspects of entertainment/enrichment and increase the quality and variety of food offerings. If they can fine tune their marketing to focus on destination immersion, enrichment, live music variety and dining, then deliver on it, they could really set themselves apart as a premium mainstream brand.
  18. I have sailed on Amsterdam during one and one-fourth world cruises. I can attest that Amsterdam has the ability to dock in very tight places. One Asian port where we docked, the bow was very close to the stern of the freighter ahead of us and our stern were short meters away from the breakwater behind us.
  19. Thanks everyone for the pictures. Watched some of the sail in, but missed a lot of it. I hope the Amsterdam arrives an hour or two later than RDM. (Secretly, I had hoped that RDM would have been delayed slightly!)
  20. A deal breaker? No. My favorite Norwegian cruise was a North Cape Cruise and it was a 14 day sailing from Copenhagen. Your plan for a pre-cruise visit to Belgium and a post cruse visit to Amsterdam sounds wonderful. (In Amsterdam, watch out for the trams, the bicycles, and the small cars driving on some sidewalks!) Of the two itineraries you mentioned, I would choose #1. Why? Because of the visit to Geiranger. Tours up into the mountains are memorable; sailing through the fjord past the Seven Sisters Waterfall, very scenic. Flam has its own attractiveness as a port. During my North Cape cruise, both were on the itinerary and I really enjoyed both equally. When in Bergen, do try to plan for a seafood lunch in the cafes surrounding the waterfront. The best seafood chowder I have ever eaten!
  21. I tend to prefer 7-10 days for cruises in Europe, as it allows about a week for land touring. Many in our group are still of working age, so a 14-15 day trip is about all we can handle. 20 days perhaps, someday, but doubtful. For this departure out of Amsterdam, I'm considering spending some time in Belgium pre-cruise and Amsterdam/Holland post-cruise. I assume what you're getting at is a 14 day itinerary that goes farther up to the Arctic Circle? I think that sounds amazing, but many of those itineraries seem to skip some of the fjord stops like Flam and Geiranger. Is that a deal breaker?
  22. I had heard a couple of weeks ago that the Rotterdam would arrive in Rotterdam on August 10th and that she will leave on the 28th as a Fred Olsen named ship . F O will receive a couple of wonderful ships , I hope some of the historical art works and Captain Cards paintings will show up on the HAL new builts , something we have really missed on the Koningsdam and the Nieuw Statendam . Tony
  23. today is National Cheesecake Day, Father-in-Law Day, and International Day of Friendship Any small object that is accidentally dropped will hide under a larger object. Meal suggestion for today - Winter vegetable curry with fruity raita Wine of the day - San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico vintage 2016 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 At Sea Pacific Oosterdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/31 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Zuiderdam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Port Klang Nieuw Amsterdam Volendam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  24. This appears to vary by ship. I received the discount on the Nieuw Statendam last December. On the Westerdam last summer, the discount was available from the Explorations Cafe barista on her workstation but not available on the bar workstation just a few feet away.
  25. today is International Tiger Day, National Chicken Wing Day, and National Lasagna Day The chief cause of problems is solutions. Meal suggestion for today - Baked Boneless Chicken Wine of the day - Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Sagrantino vintage 2011 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Oosterdam Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Zuiderdam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Port Klang Nieuw Amsterdam Volendam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
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