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  1. today is Citizenship Day & Constitution Day, and National Apple Dumpling Day Stop searching. Happiness is right next to you. Meal suggestion for today - Sauteed Radishes with Green Beans Drink of the Day - Planters Punch Wine of the day - Matervini Malbec Luján de Cuyo Finca Perdriel vintage 2015 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Willemstad eta 9/19 Koningsdam destination Willemstad eta 9/27 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kralendijk Bonaire Oosterdam destination Willemstad eta 9/27 Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Volendam Zaandam
  2. today is Chocolate Milk Shake Day, National Video Games Day, and National Day of Encouragement If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton Meal suggestion for today - Sausage & Feta Stuffed Tomatoes Drink of the Day - Chichi Wine of the day - Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough vintage 2014 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Scheveningen eta 9/14 Fuerte Amador Panama Koningsdam Oosterdam Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  3. I highly recommend holiday cruises. If one could include a Christmas segment with the New Year's cruise, it makes the experience even better, I think. I have experienced New Year's Cruises on Nieuw Amsterdam, Zaandam, Volendam, and Prinsendam. All were memorable and each--even though they were all aboard ships of HAL--were different in some respects. If you are interested in my experiences, please respond to this post and I will provide some details.
  4. today is Teddy Bear Day and International Buy a Priest a Beer Day Be braver -- you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. Meal suggestion for today - Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa Drink of the Day - Waikiki Punch Wine of the day - Karine Lauverjat Sancerre vintage 2016 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Scheveningen eta 9/14 At Sea Gulf of Aden Noordam destination Limassol eta 9/14 Zuiderdam destination Limassol eta 9/14 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Balboa eta 9/9 Oosterdam destination unknown at this time Gibraltar Westerdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  5. The biggest difference, in terms of the AK experience, between the ships is Konigsdam will have significantly restricted views from the Promenade vs. the Nieuw Amsterdam (due to the placement of the lifeboats). Having done 2 AK cruises on 2 different HAL ships, I found on the Glacier days I spent most of my time either on the bow, the forward facing decks (accessible from the passenger hallways), on the upper deck midship by the magrodome (open deck above Lido Pool), or by the aft pool. I used the promenade deck only minimally on both sailings so would not let that be my sole deciding factor. Others will disagree with me. Have you checked the AK port schedules to see how many ships are planned to be in port with you each day? That can be a bigger factor than the slight size difference between Konigsdam and Nieuw Amsterdam
  6. Today is Sewing Machine Day and Swap Ideas Day Meal suggestion for today - Grilled Tilapia Piccata Drink of the Day - Hawaiian Sunset Wine of the day - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley vintage 2017 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Scheveningen eta 9/14 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Balboa eta 9/9 Oosterdam destination unknown at this time Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  7. It looks like you were given good info to explore Alaska tour options. Ref the ships, I've cruised both and I recommend Koningsdam. HAL is not known for their entertainment....in fact, they're kinda known for not having it...but the new Pinnacle Class ships have the best entertainment in the HAL fleet. Plus, it has a specialty restaurant on board called Rudi's Sel de Mer that I think is excellent. I also cruised Eurodam last year, which is the same as Nieuw Amsterdam. After that cruise, I pretty much swore off HAL except for the new Pinnacle Class ships. It's a shame too because when I first cruised Nieuw Amsterdam, it was a really nice experience. They've just cut back too much of the things that made her special.
  8. today is Labor Day, National Salami Day, Neither Rain nor Snow Day, and National Beer Lover's Day $100 invested at 7% interest for 100 years will become $100,000, at which time it will be worth absolutely nothing. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love" (Robert Heinlein) Meal suggestion for today - Zucchini & Cheese Roulades Drink of the Day - Hurricane Wine of the day - di Meo Greco di Tufo G vintage 2016 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/9 At Sea Gulf of Aden Noordam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Zuiderdam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Punta Arenas Koningsdam Oosterdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  9. Right now, while it looks vaguely familiar, but I don’t have a clue. It took DH, mainly, and me the better part of two days to figure it out. So far, what we did for Corfu, has not helped, except to eliminate other ports instead of Corfu. To be honest, the picture of the Nieuw Amsterdam and your signature helped. Maybe, my brain will work better tomorrow. Lenda
  10. today is International Literacy Day, Natonal Ampersand Day, and National Date Nut Bread Day To every Ph.D. there is an equal and opposite Ph.D. -- B. Duggan Meal suggestion for today - Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles Drink of the Day - Volcano Wine of the day - Gorman Zachary's Ladder Red Mountain vintage 2014 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/9 At Sea Gulf of Aden Noordam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Zuiderdam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Balboa eta 9/9 Gibraltar Volendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  11. today is National Tailgating Day, National Hummingbird Day, and Cheese Pizza Day The Roman Rule The one who says it cannot be done should never interrupt the one who is doing it. Meal suggestion for today - Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Drink of the Day - Blue Hawaii Wine of the day - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley vintage 2017 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/9 At Gulf of Aden Noordam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Zuiderdam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Aigio Greece Maasdam Katakolo Veendam Punta Arenas Koningsdam Oosterdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  12. Yes, winner! 🙂 Statendam III is departing from HAL's 5th Street Pier in Hoboken, N.J. with the aid of one of Morgan Towing Corp tugs (hence, the big "M" on her stack) for her trek across the pond back to Rotterdam. Here's another one, this time of the "Darling of the Dutch," Nieuw Amsterdam II, departing Hoboken, again with the aid of several Morgan tugs (no side thrusters yet) around 1952/1953
  13. today is Fight Procrastination Day, Read a Book Day, and National Pet Rock Day Hummingbirds never remember the words to songs. Meal suggestion for today - Honeydew & Prosciutto Salad Drink of the Day - Lava Flow Wine of the day - Cambria Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Katherine's Vineyard vintage 2017 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/9 At Gulf of Aden Noordam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Zuiderdam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Aigio Greece Maasdam Katakolo Veendam Punta Arenas Koningsdam Oosterdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  14. This is the 1983 version so don't panic - this is the Nieuw Amsterdam III. On Google Earth I looked at Alang India, where ships go to die and there was either the Nieuw Amsterdam III or the Noordam III. The satellite view was dated in January of 2019 so the ship would be cut up by now. HAL had leased both ships but was still listed as the owner. Did HAL send one of them to Alang to be broken up ? The ship on the satellite view looks like either the Nieuw Amsterdam III or the Noordam III. We sailed on both ships and have many good memories. Sad to see them go.
  15. today is National Food Bank Day, Newspaper Carrier Day, and College Colors Day (Red and Black) The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov Meal suggestion for today - Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and Corn Drink of the Day - Aloha Pina Colada Wine of the day - Château Branaire-Ducru St.-Julien vintage 2016 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/9 At Sea in the Red Sea Noordam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Zuiderdam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 At Sea Pacific Oosterdam destination Punta Arenas eta 9/4 Aigio Greece Maasdam Katakolo Veendam Punta Arenas Koningsdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  16. Nieuw Amsterdam will be making yet another appearance in Port Everglades, FL, tomorrow, Monday, 20 April 2020 for bunkering and provisioning. She is scheduled to arrive at Berth 26 at 0700 hrs local. Her scheduled departure time, although not yet confirmed, is 5:00 PM local. Nieuw Amsterdam, is one of the ships designated by the HAL Group to "ferry" designated non-essential crew from other laid up HAL Group ships back home and she, Nieuw A, will consequently be sailing to Asia shortly. The only other cruise ship in PE port tomorrow will be Regal Princess (0600-4:00 PM; Berth #2) Regal P. is another Holland America group vessel designated as a "crew ferry ship". She'll be ferrying crew back to Southampton and Rotterdam. The remaining "crew ferry" ships in the group are Volendam, Veendam, Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Island Princess and Seabourn Quest. This does not include Amsterdam and Eurodam already enroute to Indonesia and the Philippines to disembark non-essential crew You can watch the action tomorrow on only one webcam (Port Everglades) since the other (Ft. Lauderdale) is under renovation https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/
  17. Here is a link to my photo review of the Koningsdam: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/photo-reviews/ms-konigsdam-on-board Here is a link to my photo review of the Nieuw Amsterdam: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/photo-reviews/ms-nieuw-statendam-images
  18. today is Global Forgiveness Day and Just Because Day Weinberg's Principle: An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy. Meal suggestion for today - Beef and Blue Cheese Penne with Pesto Wine of the day - Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough vintage 2017 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) is in port at Miami At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Fortaleza Brazil eta 9/7 Volendam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/9 At Sea Indian Noordam destination Limassol eta 9/10 Zuiderdam is still listed as being at Port Klang but is sailing with Noordam At Sea Pacific Oosterdam has left Punta Arenas and is headed South. Destination as yet unknown Piraeus Maasdam Katakolo Veendam Punta Arenas Koningsdam Rotterdam Amsterdam - at Rotterdam Botlek Rotterdam - headed out to sea to join ZDAM / NSDM Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  19. Yes, those (Regent and Oceania) plus some land tour are the brochures that have appeared in our other wise empty mail box. However, that emptiness is now changing with the myriad of political ads. We had perfect plans for this year. Vote early in person due to age and being away, take a Seabourn cruise, spend one night in Barcelona, then board a HAL ship for the Nieuw Amsterdam for a Collector's Voyage back to FLL. OOOPPPS! I just miss the planning of trying to combine tours/land adventures/tours right now!!!!! Let's get rid of this crud.....
  20. Seems that snail mail is going the way of the dodo bird... or so it seems. I still love it when I get an handwritten letter, let alone the VERY rare postcard (my aunt still sends me one when she travels). My question is about ship postcards - or rather, postcards with the image of ships that you're sailing on. I got one onboard the Carnival Inspiration (may she RIP) back in 2010. Sent it via the ship mailbox (they had one onboard!) The postcard arrived after 6 weeks, long after I had returned from my sailing! Then a hiatus of sailing until 2017 when I sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam (LONG review on the HAL boards from the perspective of a DeafBlind person). It wasn't until I disembarked that I realized that I hadn't seen a ship postcard in the shops, nor a mailbox to mail it from. Did they disappear between 2010 and 2017? (Or if it was me who missed them with my less-than-normal eyes, were there any ship postcards available for HAL ships?) Which cruise/ship lines still have ship postcards available onboard? Any that still have the mailboxes in the lobby/near Guest Services desks? Any favorites of yours that you've kept over the years (either from a friend or mailing to yourself?) Is it still possible to mail stuff from the ship (given that you have postage ready)?
  21. today is Skyscraper Day and US Bowling League Day When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers. -- The Wall Street Journal Meal suggestion for today - Palad with Kalamata-Hazelnut Vinaigrette Drink of the Day - Beachcomber's Gold Wine of the day - Oberon Merlot Napa Valley vintage 2015 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Fortaleza Brazil eta 9/7 Volendam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 Westerdam destination Gibraltar eta 9/8 At Gulf of Aden Noordam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 Zuiderdam destination Suez Canal eta 9/8 At Sea Pacific Oosterdam destination Punta Arenas eta 9/4 Aigio Greece Maasdam Firth of Forth Anchorage GB Rotterdam Katakolo Veendam Punta Arenas Koningsdam Rotterdam Amsterdam - at Rotterdam Botlek Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  22. I noticed on MarineTraffic that the Rotterdam and the Nieuw Amsterdam are headed for South Africa and the Veendam set course for Gibraltar. Does anybody know why ? All three ships were ( hopefully are) due for European cruises. So at least the Veendam is going in the right direction but the others aren’t. As far as I am concerned they are welcome in their homeport of Rotterdam . They can join the World Dream that has been berthed in port since a drydock in Rotterdam four weeks ago. Plenty of space at an unused container terminal.
  23. Is there any where to go to view what the menu will be, day by day, in the MDR for a specific ship/cruise? I will be on the Nieuw Amsterdam in the Caribbean on February 15, 2020.
  24. Early 30s here. I started out on the Fantasy class ships of Carnival (not my choice - it was a Deaf group cruise), and while it was a good starting point, it was not the right fit for me. Like Bramcruiser said, this is my sentiment as well. Give me a steamer chair, a wraparound Promenade deck, traditional dining and tea, and shuffleboard any time and I'm content. I go not only for the itinerary but the ship as well. I would love to see more "history" onboard - let's not wipe the 147 years of HAL for something "new" - find a way to marry the new and the old. For me, even as a 8 year old back then, I still would have chosen HAL for the same reasons I choose it today. I became interested in ocean liners at that age, and by 13, I wanted to design ships (sadly that did not come to fruition as I was swayed by naysayers saying that girls shouldn't be interested in ships...). A good friend of the family did encourage this and picked up those brochures from TAs (back then when they still had deck plans included in them) and I would pour over them until they were dog-eared. I also had the coffee table books of the classic ocean liners with THEIR deck plans and beautiful pictures of their public rooms. I followed the construction of the RMS Queen Mary 2 diligently (despite not YET SAILED ON HER - something I need to remedy). I dragged my friend around the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, and she did not understand why I was perfectly content to sit on the Promenade Deck (she would be a great fit for RCI type cruises, needing to "do-do" stuff). At one point when I was 14, I toyed with what HAL would have looked like had they kept their colors of the 1930s-1950s and sketched over a profile of the Disney Magic/Wonder (I forget which one I used as example) and colored in with a white/gray hull and green/yellow/white funnels and yellow lifeboats. (I chose those two as they still had the "ocean liner" profiles). The sketch turned out well. Which brings me to branding - is there a reason why HAL consistently switches up its branding and logo? The others have recognizable branding and funnel colors that haven't changed (much) over the years, and are still recognizable. HAL on the other hand - funnels colors change from yellow/green/white to orange to white to blue/white with the Halve Maen superimposed onto the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938, and then the little ship disappears and it's just NA. What's up with that? If they keep this up, then it might become unrecognizable. Even Carnival has stuck to their colors (and whale tail) over the years... This only adds to their 'being lost and not finding a direction" feelings. I saw on a thread from a few years ago that P&O had a similar sentiment about the changing of colors ("If the Old Guard doesn't like it, they can move over to Cunard" was one line that stuck out). So I'm torn on this - marketing strategies needed to rebrand to keep the lines going, but at the same time... ahhh. So what do I want to see? More enrichment options that is active, not passive (ie not just sitting and watching). While I love the lectures/port talks, I found the music options a bit too much (partly because I am Deaf, and partly because it's a bit overdone). I would love to see a return of organized deck sports (shuffleboard is already a given, but what about deck quoits? Scavenger hunts? (I so wanted to join the children on that one...) Betting on horses. Keep the "On Deck for a Cause" (though I don't believe they do that on the Koningsdam and (Nieuw) Statendam (let's drop the Nieuw on that one, shall we?), do they? Since they don't have room on their Promenade Decks for this? Please correct if I'm wrong). More arts/crafts/hands-on activities on the ship. (Many aspects of the children's actives is something I would have enjoyed). Bring back the libraries, but keep some of the EXC (they can work together - modern libraries do, so why can't that carry over shipboard? They can work together hand in hand.) Would love to see more shows in the showroom - dance revues would be fun! (Or musicals similar to HMS Pinafore, Anything Goes, Sail Away, (and I hear a Moby Dick show is coming in the theater world...) Another thing is that I would have enjoyed is the different decor theme ship by ship. (But definitely not to the extreme level of Farcus - - one can be nautical and celebrate the seafaring history of HAL, and the four Vista class ships - and the Eurodam - could have done a regional theme that actually matches their names...) While I understand the "branding" entertainment, I would have liked to see a different variety on the ships - they don't need to be cookie-cutter versions of each other. I was so grateful to have sailed the Nieuw Amsterdam prior to her Dec 2017 refit (which eliminated the library, took down "Manhattan" from the dining room name, and rebranded with the music stuff). That one had a character to her, and still felt "unique" despite sharing the same structure and layout as her sister. My friend, who is also a 30s something commented that many ships she has sailed on, lacked the "character" and was just "a ship" - a means of transportation to get from Point A to B and back to A, but she commented that the NA had "character" and could very much feel the "soul" of the ship itself. I think the decor for that one worked well, as they worked together to recreate the NYC feel (and the nods to history, given the photos in the corridors and the mini-museum of prior ships named the NA on the bottom of the atrium). I want the ship to feel like an old friend. I do hope that they do have SOME ties to the older Rotterdams on the newbuild, like they did with the Nieuw Amsterdam. So that's my two cents. And yes, I would be willing to shell out a bit more to keep the quality level instead of cutting corners, and keep the itineraries as they say, "savor the journey". To me, the "journey" is as much the itinerary as the shipboard life. So let's not forget one in favor of the other.
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