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  1. today is Rain Forest Day, Multicultural Diversity Day, and New Friends Day Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy. Meal suggestion for today - Carolina Pulled Pork Drink of the Day - Amaretto Sour Wine of the day - Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough vintage 2016 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam
  2. The public library in Amsterdam behind the Doubletree Hotel near Centraal Station; Rhine River.
  3. Ours finally came home on Tuesday! DHL has the contract for the luggage going to Canada. The US deliveries are being handled by FedEx, and much of it is taking its sweet time crossing those last few miles. @LawDog61, when we left the ship in Perth it was panic and chaos. The Australian government was changing the rules hourly, and the debark windows were small, few, and tightly controlled. There were border guards at the gangway making sure no one got on or off. Before we actually docked, basic permission to land at all was alternately permitted and revoked. When your assigned debark window came, you moved fast before permission was revoked and negotiations to debark passengers began again. And yes, that happened. More than once. On clearing customs, we were herded onto busses for transport to either the airport or a day hotel because waiting around in the airport was not permitted. Multiple ships full of passengers were vying for space on a shrinking number of flights as planes were grounded in droves and existing flight reservations were being cancelled by the airlines. There was neither the time nor the infrastructure to deal with amount of luggage 1200 people need to cover climates from Antarctica to the equator for 4 1/2 months. One of the many other ships in with us was the Princess world cruise, with a similar load. Taking it all with us was never an option. As we sailed around the Australian continent looking for permission to land somewhere, we were directed to pack and label our luggage and leave it in the cabins. We took only what we couldn’t leave behind. The plan was for the Amsterdam, minus passengers, to return to Fort Lauderdale and unload the luggage for shipment across country. We were warned it could take up to six weeks. Well, 2020 continued to happen. The Amsterdam never came home again. In the end, she was sold and the luggage was transferred to a freighter in Singapore. The freighter plugged around the globe port by port, finally reaching Florida at the end of August. After a further month of sorting and clearing US customs, it is finally making its way back to the homes it left back at New Years. Sorry this was so long, but I thought some background might be useful.
  4. That was my impression on Embarkation Day on the Nieuw Statendam. I did expect such a reaction, however. I quickly got used to the size and the layout. Beautiful? A bland decor in the Theater, a MDR with Yellow/White decor that got "old" quickly for me, and unlabeled art in which I found some interesting and some simply weird, The Promenade Deck is a disappointment. I was seriously un-dazzled by the Theater. The performances that I attended in such a hyped, high tech Theater were most underwhelming and certainly failed to use the 270 degree screen to its best use. My reviews on CC and to HAL that I wrote were most negative. I expected Wow! What I experienced: what was all the hype about? Prinsendam's PG had "character" that the the S and R Class ships lack/lacked. The PG's on the other ships that have tables arranged in "rings" are fine--if--if--one gets a table that is not on the outer most ring. Azamara will never find me aboard one of their current ships. They are the former ships of Renaissance Cruises. Friends who have more cruising experience than me sailed on them when they were Renaissance vessels. The physical layout and the noise due to the low ceiling of the MDR were important items that they disliked. The Azamara deck plans that I have seen do not show much alterations as to how the ships were originally built. cruisinbanjo, I know exactly how you feel. I have felt the same regarding my abandoning two organizations of which I have been a member for many years. I affiliated with one of those organizations in 1964.
  5. Just grabbed one of the last vista suite cabins on this New MS Rotterdam cruise from Amsterdam for 14 nights. This will be the first trip for this new ship. Looking forward to the many ports we will be visiting including Berlin and St Petersburg.
  6. P&O IONA Norwegian Fjords from Southampton each week from 9 April 2022 - 17 September 2022 (7 nights) P&O VENTURA France Getaway from Southampton, 1 April 2022 (3 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 4 April 2022 (12 nights) France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 16 April 2022 (7 nights) Spain, Portugal & France from Southampton, 23 April 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 3 May 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 7 May 2022 (14 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 21 May 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 31 May 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 4 June 2022 (14 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 18 June 2022 (7 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 25 June 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 5 July 2022 (4 nights) Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 9 July 2022 (7 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 16 July 2022 (14 nights) Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 30 July 2022 (7 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 6 August 2022 (4 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 10 August 2022 (10 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 20 August 2022 (14 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 3 September 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 13 September 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 17 September 2022 (14 nights) France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 1 October 2022 (7 nights) Spain, Portugal & France from Southampton, 8 October 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 18 October 2022 (4 nights) France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 22 October 2022 (7 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 29 October 2022 (14 nights) P&O ARCADIA Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 12 April 2022 (19 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 1 May 2022 (16 nights) Guernsey Getaway from Southampton, 17 May 2022 (3 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 20 May 2022 (12 nights) Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 1 June 2022 (19 nights) Western Europe from Southampton, 20 June 2022 (3 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 23 June 2022 (12 nights) Iceland from Southampton, 5 July 2022 (14 nights) British Isles from Southampton, 19 July 2022 (14 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 2 August 2022 (16 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 18 August 2022 (12 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 30 August 2022 (7 nights) Canada & New England from Southampton, 6 September 2022 (30 nights) Northern Lights from Southampton, 6 October 2022 (12 nights) Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 18 October 2022 (19 nights) P&O AURORA Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 13 April 2022 (19 nights) Western Europe from Southampton, 2 May 2022 (3 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 5 May 2022 (19 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 24 May 2022 (16 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 9 June 2022 (12 nights) Iceland from Southampton, 21 June 2022 (14 nights) Guernsey Getaway from Southampton, 5 July 2022 (3 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 8 July 2022 (16 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 24 July 2022 (12 nights) Arctic Circle from Southampton, 5 August 2022 (21 nights) Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 26 August 2022 (19 nights) Guernsey Getaway from Southampton, 14 September 2022 (4 nights) Canada & New England from Southampton, 18 September 2022 (24 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 12 October 2022 (18 nights) Northern Lights from Southampton, 30 October 2022 (12 nights) P&O AZURA Transatlantic Crossing from Barbados to Malta, 17 March 2022 (14 nights) Western & Central Mediterranean from Malta each week from 31 March 2022 - 6 October 2022 (14 nights) (Also as 7 nights) P&O BRITANNIA Spain & France from Southampton, 8 April 2022 (7 nights) Spain & France from Southampton, 15 April 2022 (3 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 18 April 2022 (11 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 29 April 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 3 May 2022 (12 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 15 May 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 29 May 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 12 June 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 26 June 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 10 July 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 24 July 2022 (14 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 7 August 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 21 August 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 4 September 2022 (14 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 18 September 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 2 October 2022 (14 nights) Western Europe Getaway from Southampton, 16 October 2022 (5 nights) Can you tell us only these few itineraries please??? hahahahaha 😂🤣😂🤣😂
  7. @kazu you caught my interest with your ‘recommendation’ of Banks Mansion so I went ahead and booked four nights in Amsterdam for next September. I doubt you’ll get a kickback.
  8. We were on starboard side of the 4th deck on Nieuw Statendam. We loved the huge balcony, but even though we were all the way down to deck 4 we still had a lot of smoke. If you pick deck seven, I would make sure it is on the port side.
  9. @crusinbanjo @KirkNC Carnival Corp/HAL have made the future of the brand clear starting with the launch of the Zuiderdam in 2002. They have had nearly 20 years (since delivery of the Amsterdam in 2000) to develop & build ships in the size of the Prinsendam or S/R class vessels if they wanted to. Instead we got 4 Vista Class, 2 Signature Class and at least 3 Pinnacle Class. The writing has been on the wall for 20 years, and sadly the COVID crisis has only accelerated it. The future of HAL is going to be vessels of 2000 passengers and larger. They will continue to be marketed and sold as a mainstream premium brand. They will lose some of the specialized/boutique itineraries that only smaller vessels can operate. They will lose some of the passenger base that will only sail the smaller ships. Carnival Corp seems okay with all of the above for the HAL brand.
  10. A few reason but first it’s important to understand the chaos. We found out two or three days before we had to get off. There was a major scramble to book flights which were being cancelled as fast as we could make reservations. It took three reservations before ours stuck. Many people like us had driven to FLL and planned to drive home so we were unprepared for flying with what would have been eight suitcases for us (and we were traveling light compared to most). Second we were told by the ship/HAL that we would get our luggage around mid-May as the Amsterdam was going to Cape Town for fuel and then to FLL. That would take a month. A few weeks for customs and shipping and it would be home. That turned out to be no where close. At the time, that seemed far better then having to deal with that much luggage going to and from airports. Even in hindsight, I can’t imagine having to deal with that much luggage.
  11. Where is Nieuw Statendam parked?😉
  12. October 18, 2017 the Amsterdam visited Osaka. My tour visited Osaka Castle and Osaka tower. The Castle had 2 moats. The outer one at least in the present time is dry: The inner moat was filled with water: There were 190 steps to the top of the tower but the views were great: When we returned to the ship we were welcomed home: Roy
  13. Read through the Any news from the Amsterdam? thread... most of the luggage comments were posted there.
  14. I have been wondering if the Amsterdam world cruise passengers ever got their luggage. I tried to follow the luggage, but where I spent the summer rarely had internet. If any one knows could you post? Also I am a bit bummed out that there will be on world cruise blogs this coming January anyone rlse already missing the dailybriefings blogs as the time draws near?
  15. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. I've never had a beard so I guess that fits me. I'm not a fan of meatloaf and don't think I've ever had a toy camera. That quote is so true. Baked spaghetti sounds interesting but I don't think I'll have it. My alternate menu suggestion is Fruit Palette, Veal Cutlet, and Pineapple Crisp, as served on the Amsterdam October 18, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax with radiation looming Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers StLouisCruisers MIL in pain California and Colorado Wildfires Debbie’s nephew and his girlfriend Family and friends of Denise’s friend who died of cancer October 13 Sharon’s book club member and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers StLouisCruisers successful visit with her mother Fall colors Seasick Sailor’s coming birthday A getaway for Cruising-Along TiogaCruiser’s new gelato machine’ and Kazu’s sister covid-free Roy
  16. today is National Meatloaf Appreciation Day, No Beard Day, and World Toy Camera Day The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. --Walt Disney Meal suggestion for today - Baked Spaghetti Drink of the Day - Vesper Wine of the day - Château Gloria St.-Julien vintage 2015 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam
  17. There have been a lot of good comments here. Most of my days aboard have been on the S and R class ships. We tried to overlook some of the problems that came with the older ships because we did, as several of you said, enjoyed the advantages of a smaller ship. I was curious about the Koningsdam, so we did an 11 day Caribbean cruise. The ship was overwhelming at first, but beautiful in many ways. K'dam's MDR lacked any individual attention for the most part. The walk around deck without deck chairs was sad. We were dazzled by the theater. Everything worked and nothing leaked. Our only tender port was HMC, and with the bigger island tenders, it was fine. By the end of the 11 days, I thought I was converted. Lo and behold, a good price came up for the Veendam for an itinerary we liked. Would we still like the old Veendam after being on the new ship? Short answer; YES! Sadly, with the covid crunch, I don't see the Vista class ever replacing the itineraries of the S and R class, let alone the Prinsendam. The little P'dam was 30 years old when HAL sold her; the Amsterdam was just 20.
  18. Fred Eversen was "the other" captain of the Amsterdam when Jonathan Mercer was on vacation. He did some of the long voyages but not the grand world. To my knowledge, he never worked for Crystal, poss. a similar sounding last name but a different captain. Hopefully, the "Crystal expert" here, Roy will pitch in 😉
  19. Tip-toeing round the name of the building?! He-he, fun! I am not going to say anything. No photo ready. Edit: so, jpalbny, the name is out! Does that make it the Ijssel or the Amsterdam Rhine Canal? Doesn't really matter that much. dogs4fun, it is a big reminder of how sort of all over Europe the Hapsburg dynasty was. Thank you for the video of Liszt. A virtuoso and really pleasant piece of music. With a great player, no doubt. It has been a while since I have been to a classical concert. notamermaid
  20. P&O IONA Norwegian Fjords from Southampton each week from 9 April 2022 - 17 September 2022 (7 nights) P&O VENTURA France Getaway from Southampton, 1 April 2022 (3 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 4 April 2022 (12 nights) France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 16 April 2022 (7 nights) Spain, Portugal & France from Southampton, 23 April 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 3 May 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 7 May 2022 (14 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 21 May 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 31 May 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 4 June 2022 (14 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 18 June 2022 (7 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 25 June 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 5 July 2022 (4 nights) Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 9 July 2022 (7 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 16 July 2022 (14 nights) Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 30 July 2022 (7 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 6 August 2022 (4 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 10 August 2022 (10 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 20 August 2022 (14 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 3 September 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 13 September 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 17 September 2022 (14 nights) France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 1 October 2022 (7 nights) Spain, Portugal & France from Southampton, 8 October 2022 (10 nights) Amsterdam Getaway from Southampton, 18 October 2022 (4 nights) France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton, 22 October 2022 (7 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 29 October 2022 (14 nights) P&O ARCADIA Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 12 April 2022 (19 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 1 May 2022 (16 nights) Guernsey Getaway from Southampton, 17 May 2022 (3 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 20 May 2022 (12 nights) Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 1 June 2022 (19 nights) Western Europe from Southampton, 20 June 2022 (3 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 23 June 2022 (12 nights) Iceland from Southampton, 5 July 2022 (14 nights) British Isles from Southampton, 19 July 2022 (14 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 2 August 2022 (16 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 18 August 2022 (12 nights) Spain & Portugal from Southampton, 30 August 2022 (7 nights) Canada & New England from Southampton, 6 September 2022 (30 nights) Northern Lights from Southampton, 6 October 2022 (12 nights) Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 18 October 2022 (19 nights) P&O AURORA Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 13 April 2022 (19 nights) Western Europe from Southampton, 2 May 2022 (3 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 5 May 2022 (19 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 24 May 2022 (16 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 9 June 2022 (12 nights) Iceland from Southampton, 21 June 2022 (14 nights) Guernsey Getaway from Southampton, 5 July 2022 (3 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 8 July 2022 (16 nights) Norwegian Fjords from Southampton, 24 July 2022 (12 nights) Arctic Circle from Southampton, 5 August 2022 (21 nights) Central Mediterranean from Southampton, 26 August 2022 (19 nights) Guernsey Getaway from Southampton, 14 September 2022 (4 nights) Canada & New England from Southampton, 18 September 2022 (24 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 12 October 2022 (18 nights) Northern Lights from Southampton, 30 October 2022 (12 nights) P&O AZURA Transatlantic Crossing from Barbados to Malta, 17 March 2022 (14 nights) Western & Central Mediterranean from Malta each week from 31 March 2022 - 6 October 2022 (14 nights) (Also as 7 nights) P&O BRITANNIA Spain & France from Southampton, 8 April 2022 (7 nights) Spain & France from Southampton, 15 April 2022 (3 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 18 April 2022 (11 nights) Iberian Coast from Southampton, 29 April 2022 (4 nights) Canary Islands from Southampton, 3 May 2022 (12 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 15 May 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 29 May 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 12 June 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 26 June 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 10 July 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 24 July 2022 (14 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 7 August 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 21 August 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 4 September 2022 (14 nights) Baltic Cities from Southampton, 18 September 2022 (14 nights) Western Mediterranean from Southampton, 2 October 2022 (14 nights) Western Europe Getaway from Southampton, 16 October 2022 (5 nights)
  21. One year ago we disembarked the Nieuw Statendam, spent the night in Civitavecchia, and boarded the Koningsdam the next day. Here are some photos of that day -- boarding the hotel shuttle, one of the kitties at the hotel, and beautiful flowers on the grounds.
  22. Morning (or afternoon) all: I think that this cruise interlude is a fantastic opportunity for all the cruise lines, but particularly Seabourn, to review and tweak their itineraries, especially in regards the Baltic/Northern Europe areas. Currently, for example, it appears (from what I can see) that if you want to visit St. Petersburg, your only options are either a 7-day or a 21 day. Most of SB's competitors offer a 14-17 day option, which would be perfect if not for that they are not SB. I would love to visit SP and see at least some of the fjords and start/stop from Amsterdam. As I have told our direct SB agent, we would be all over this, and I think that many other Americans, presuming that we can ever leave the country, would be as well. As Fletcher and others have noted, this time of delays/cancellations/rescheduling could be a golden opportunity to engage, if the current listing set were not so "boring" or, for us, too misplaced. Best, jdk
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