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  1. today is Amelia Earhart Day, Cousins Day, and National Tequila Day Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. -- Aristotle Meal suggestion for today - Tender Strips of Chicken Wine of the day - Vincenzo Ippolito Cirò White Mare Chiaro vintage 2018 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Westerdam destination Port Dickson Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Busan Korea, eta 7/25 Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Zuiderdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Lubuan Nieuw Amsterdam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam While MT shows Koningsdam to be at Puerto Vallarta, both maps show her headed south. CM shows a destination of Costa Rica. Singapore Anchorage Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  2. So you think HAL should have scrapped Amsterdam and Rotterdam rather than selling them to Fred Olsen?
  3. Hopeful that the next two ships to go will be the Imagination and Fascination. HAL has taken a disproportionate hit to their fleet, especially compared to Carnival and Princess' substantially larger fleets. The majority of Carnival's Fantasy class is older than at least the Veendam/Rotterdam/Amsterdam, and the transferring of the two Princess ships seems like just more CCL's shell games that they like to play with their various international brands rather than an actual sale/loss of ships. I understand HAL's ships are smaller and some may be less profitable, but for one line to lose 20% of its fleet overnight while the others to remain relatively untouched doesn't sit right with me.
  4. Hi Kazu, not a new Rotterdam booking, but if you could please add this one for us, that would be great. We switched over after HAL took our Amsterdam holiday cruise from us a few weeks ago. Not sure it will sail, but booked just in case. Volendam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Holiday & New Year’s Cruise Infi As always, thank you for maintaining this for all of us. Gives us something to look forward to during these times.
  5. Except that it's not just one line. Ruby Princess, Diamond Princess, Westerdam, Amsterdam, cruises departing in early March weeks after the Diamond was quarantined, virus concerns downplayed to encourage bookings, refusal to extend refunds to passengers concerned about the virus, crews stranded in foreign parts and now a cruise line that knew 4 crew were ill, isolated them and when they were diagnosed positive claimed the symptoms didn't look like COVID when they actually were. All the while, companies make soothing noises about the safety of their cruises and continue to take bookings.
  6. I have been in these cabins (1012) on both Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam and didn't have any noise issues inside the cabins. The only noise issue really was in the stair well just aft of these cabins with the sound coming down from the Music Walk. i don't know if that was a problem inside the cabins in that area.
  7. I replaced my cancelled Zaandam FLL-Montreal from this past April. Nieuw Amsterdam 01/09/2021 7-day Tropical Caribbean. Keeping fingers crossed!
  8. today is Vanilla Ice Cream Day, Gorgeous Grandma Day, and Hot Enough For Ya Day What you don't know can hurt you, only you won't know it. Meal suggestion for today - Pasta Carbonara Wine of the day - Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Mosel Zeltinger Himmelreich vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Lubuan Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Westerdam destination KLIP - not a listed destination? Looks to be rejoining Noordam etc. Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Busan Korea, eta 7/25 Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Zuiderdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam While MT shows Koningsdam to be at Puerto Vallarta, both maps show her headed south. CM shows a destination of Costa Rica. Singapore Anchorage Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Ships in the Singapore Area Ships leaving the Fleet Off the Pacific Coast of Central America
  9. I'm going to be optimistic and believe we're taking our river cruise planned for April 2021. Does anyone know of a grocery/supermarket near the river cruise port in Amsterdam?
  10. We would agree with JB that Paris is worthy of much more then a few hours. We have spent many weeks in Paris and would have flown over there late next month (for a few weeks) had the French not banned Americans. If we were advising a friend on that Reflection cruise (assuming it actually happens) we would suggest spending the Le Havre day exploring parts of Normandy. Once the cruise ends in Amsterdam, after a few land days in Amsterdam we would suggest hopping on the train to Paris (plenty of daily trains) and then spending several days (or weeks) in Paris before flying home of exploring more of Europe. Hank
  11. Interesting problem for the cruise lines,the likes of Venice & Amsterdam have already taken measures to restrict visiting cruise vessels,could smaller cruise ships be considered a better way to go before it becomes difficult to find places that still welcome the bigger vessels?
  12. today is National Daiquiri Day, National Ice Cream Day, and National Raspberry Cake Day A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. -- Daniel Webster Meal suggestion for today - Asian Beef and Noodles Wine of the day - Tenuta Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Zuiderdam destination Melaka eta 7/19 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Ningbo China eta 7/20 Port Dickson Eurodam Westerdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam MT has Westerdam in the same general area as Noordam and Zuiderdam, reporting this morning. CM has her in Singapore but with no updates in a month. West Coast North America Suez Canal - Amsterdam and Rotterdam don't seem to have moved in several days Nieuw Statendam and Zaandam off the coast of the Netherlands. NSDM running around a bit General Area around Singapore. Note that MT has Westerdam located near Eurodam
  13. After our Rotterdam (VI) cruise for the British Isles this year was cancelled, we decided to leave our deposit as a FCC. With the positive talk recently regarding a vaccine, our thoughts were to at least book a cruise for late 2021. If the timing doesn't work we are prepared to cancel and wait for 2022. We settled on the then Ryndam as we really enjoyed our 20 days on the Nieuw Statendam last year. The fact that the Ryndam is to do two Northern Isle cruises seemed like a decent alternative to the British Isles cruise. One was mid-July 2021 and the other is late August 2021. We opted for the later of the two 2021 Northern Isles cruises. My thought was if the completion is delayed, we stand a better chance of actually sailing as scheduled. Even though our PCC was told by HAL that Ryndam/now Rotterdam was on schedule, he felt that maybe we were making a wise decision. The difference in the two cruises, besides a bit later in the season, is visiting Molde instead of Alesund. Much to my surprise the other day reading on CC that the Ryndam was now to be known as the Rotterdam (VII)! Delivery had been pushed back to the end of July. Our cruise has kept its original schedule - and we will sail on a Rotterdam after all!
  14. Our most cruise days are also on Celebrity, followed by Crystal. But if both offered world cruises, we’d pick Crystal. They’ve been doing world cruises since the mid-90’s and, our opinion, have it down pat. Our longest Crystal voyage to date is 19 days. Their vast array of offerings on sea days (variety of enrichment) is fantastic. Which I believe is a major component to a world cruise given the number of sea days. And nighttime entertainment is first class as well. I’d be a bit leery to sail Celebrity’s maiden world cruise. Like the first post-Covid sailing, I’m not interested in being part of an “experiment”. While Kelmac is correct their ships are older (Serenity sails the world cruises and hit the seas in 2003), they are impeccably maintained and frequently updated stylistically. HAL’s Amsterdam is older, I believe, and much more dated looking IMO. I’m thrilled you’ve booked 2022 world cruise on Crystal! 😉 Finally, I think it would be a cold day in Palm Springs before X would sail a world cruise on S-class due to the numbers. The best ship that would have suited an X world cruise, IMO, would have been the refurbished Century. And if not that, M-class. Bottom line, I think Azamara world be RCL/X’s answer to a world cruise. But we can dream. After all, it’s 2020, and we already know anything goes.
  15. Interesting to think about, but kind of sad, too; I hadn't realized that the Marella Spirit (Nieuw Amsterdam III) had been scrapped. With the current situation, can't help but think that others will follow. Ones that I can think of, with first year I sailed on them: 1984: Song of America -> Celestyal Olympia 1985: Noordam -> Marella Celibration (?) 1991: Royal Princess -> Artania 1992: Royal Majesty -> Crown Iris 1996: Norwegian Crown -> Balmoral 1999: Norwegian Sea -> SuperStar Libra 1999: R Three -> Pacific Princess 2000: Crown Princess -> Karnika 2001: Legend of the Seas -> Marella Discovery 2 2002: Zenith -> Peace Boat (?) 2007: Pride of Aloha -> Norwegian Sky 2007: Tahitian Princess -> Sirena 2015: Rotterdam -> ? 2020: Veendam -> ?
  16. today is Hammock Day, Summer Leisure Day, and National Hot Dog Day The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. -- Justice Louis D. Brandeis Meal suggestion for today - Turkey Sausage, Pepper and Onion Skillet Wine of the day - Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Finca Ygay Reserva vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Nieuw Amsterdam destination EOPL - not a listed destination? Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Westerdam destination KLIP - not a listed destination? Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) moored off Shanghai Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Zuiderdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam While MT shows Koningsdam to be at Puerto Vallarta, both maps show her headed south. CM shows a destination of Costa Rica. Singapore Anchorage Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  17. I did it once, and got the digital gift card within 24 hours. To make sure I don't lose the promo, I applied it towards our 2022 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise.
  18. Don't disagree, but if their interest is in "upping their game" and expanding into new markets, the additions of Amsterdam and Rotterdam to their fleet provides that opportunity. Wouldn't it be fun to be a "fly on the wall" of the Board Rooms of all of the cruise lines?
  19. I just booked a Neptune guarantee on the Nieuw Statendam (sister ship to Koningsdam) and was wondering about the 4 Neptune cabins that are far forward on decks 10 and 11. Has anyone stayed in these and if so, how did you like them?
  20. today is National Junk Food Day and Invite an Alien to Live with You Day "Speed is subsittute fo accurancy." Meal suggestion for today - Hot Chicken Salad Wine of the day - Failla Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch vintage 2017 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) docked at Ningbo China Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam While MT shows Koningsdam to be at Puerto Vallarta, both maps show her headed south, a good guess would be Punta Arenas Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Ships off the Netherlands The four "sold ships" Pacific Ships Ships in the Singapore area
  21. good morning kazu! The announcement says that those on the May 15th and May 22nd sailings will automatically be moved to the new maiden voyages on Aug 1st and 8th. Other sailings will be moved to other ships, mostly Nieuw Statendam. I received emails on my May 15th that it would change to the new inaugural, and Jun 1st would move to NSDM. I have already notified my PCC to change the second to the next cruise on Rotterdam. These changes have not appeared on my "Bookings" page yet, and the email predicts 4 - 6 weeks before they do.
  22. I was excited to get the Celebrity email showing a five day flash sale. I immediately went in and checked the prices. The same cabin on our cruise out of Amsterdam next September would be $500 more pp. When’s a sale not a sale?
  23. I believe you are correct. I don't recall the port, it was a small one. Amsterdam's berthing slot was between the stern of a freighter ahead and a breakwater astern. There was little space between the two spots. Captain van Zaane maneuvered the Amsterdam into that space. With no big league pitching arm, I could have thrown a baseball and hit the stern of the freighter as well as the breakwater at our stern.
  24. today is National Ice Cream Soda Day, National Space Exploration Day, and National Ugly Truck Contest Day The shortest distance between two points is under construction. -- Noelie Alito Meal suggestion for today - French Onion Chicken Wine of the day - Aubert Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast UV-SL Vineyard vintage 2017 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Zuiderdam destination Melaka eta 7/19 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Ningbo China eta 7/20 Port Dickson Eurodam Noordam Westerdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  25. Could you stay in a London area hotel the first night of your trip and the night before you board and get them to store a bag for the time in between? Another possibility if you're flying to a city other than London would be to use a forwarder. I got off one ship in Amsterdam and on another in Southampton 2 weeks later. Luggage Forward picked up the bag in Amsterdam and delivered it to Southampton for $345, a lot less than $750. Roy
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