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  1. Just back from a Cruise through the Fjords of Norway on board the Nieuw Statendam. A few thoughts: Embarkation: A rather long wait- but that might be because we picked a peek time – all in all well handled from HAL Ship: The Nieuw Statendam is just no our ship- to dark – to loud in some places. No deckchairs on the promenade deck- not even in some places. The wrap around pormmenade deck is nice - but the view blockes from the lifeboats. The most irritating part is the Lido – Buffet- Restaurant. The chairs and tables are by the windows- the style of said chairs and tables – well that’s a kind of “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"- for us it was the 70´s gone very wrong! The most disturbing fact of the Lido- Restaurant is that the waiting area in front of the stations doubles as walkway to the aft poo ldeck- so there was always “ traffic”- lot´s of people bumped into each other- the ones carrying their food to the tables and others walking through. The Dutch Café and Explorations – Crow´s Nest are both wonderful and nice places- nicely furnished too- both are self service- which is - in my book anyway- a deal- breaker. Especially in the Dutch Café- which is a very nice place - but way to small- waiter service would be much better- I witnessed some passengers struggling carrying their coffee- tea or whatever to their tables- some spilling their contents, some smashing vase´s in placing the stuff on the table. If you are so lucky to get a table, you had to put some stuff at the table- to mark it – “ in use”- ( so we turned into table- and chair hogs…) otherwise you get your stuff at the counter and are at loss where to put it- if there is no table or seat – happened to us twice- and we ended up at the bar- not a problem- but not very comfortable and not my idea of a Café! Oh just to mention it we are not yet in our dotting years- early 50s! The food in all Restaurants and especially in Rudi´s and the Pinnancle Grill were outstanding good. The service likewise. No complaints here! We had a verandah cabin on Deck 5- 5051- perfect location - perfect and extra large balcony- wonderful- the best bathroom i ever had on boad a ship- with the exception of Queen Mary2´s new single stateroom bathrooms. Would we sail HAL again- well- maybe on boad of one of the older ships- and if they change to table service in the Dutch Cafe and Explorations- for the time beeing it is either Cunard or Celebrity.
  2. Eurodam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2300 and Nieuw Amsterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Also in port are Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215, Regatta will be tendering from 1300-2100, and Solstice will be at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. The weather continues to be rainy but there is some sun predicted during the week. There is a 60% chance of rain throughout the day with a high of only 58F/14C and a low of 47F/8C. Sunrise is at 4:42 am and sunset at 9:25 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  3. Considering a future cruise on the Koningsdam but am concerned that it might “feel” more crowded as opposed to the slightly smaller NA. Sailed on the NA 1.5 years ago and did enjoy the cruise. Relaxing and never felt crowded. Sailed on several Celebrity ships and sometimes the ships felt VERY crowded. I know this is really a very subjective questions as feeling crowded can be a very personal thing. But any comments would be welcomed. Trying to decide to sail the K or just go back to the NA for a cruise. BTW, the time of the cruise would be wither October or December. And I would **think** that those times of years would not be incredibly crowded, but who knows!
  4. Any suggestions for Restaurants in Amsterdam we will be traveling there next spring via transatlantic cruise
  5. My wife and I are sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam from Vancouver to Alaska and back to Vancouver soon. The ship arrives Vancouver at 0700 and we are planning on doing walk off with our luggage. Anyone been on the Nieuw Amsterdam recently who can tell us approximately when you were off the ship and through Canada customs to get an idea when to book our return flight to Toronto.
  6. We are sailing Oct 29 and have veranda cabin 6114 which is by the elevator. Has anyone had a problem with traffic on this area?
  7. My d/w and I will be finishing a transatlantic and Norway fiord cruise aboard the Niew Statendam in Early May 2020 and am having a hard time with post cruise hotel in Amsterdam. Will probably stay in the city 3 days or so. Can anyone recommend a hotel central location that doesn’t break the bank?
  8. Hey all, Sailing from Vancouver with the HUZ on the Amsterdam in celebration of a milestone. . . (I won't say which one ;o) hope to see you aboard!
  9. The Signature Sisters will be making their weekly visit to Juneau with Eurodam at the AS dock from 1300-2300 and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Also in port are Seabourn Sojourn tendering from 0800-2000, Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215, and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. Monday is shaping up to be the nicest of the next 5 days with only a 10% chance of rain and partly cloudy skies. The high will be 73F/23C (the highest for the week) and the low 55F/13C. Sunrise is at 4:28 am and sunset at 9:39 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  10. I have just booked my first river cruise with Avalon - Tulip Time May 6, 2020 saling from Amsterdam. I am looking for hotel recommendations that are near the dock or close by as I will be arriving the day before the cruise starts. I tried to find out which dock in Amsterdam we would be sailing from; however, that information is not yet available. Thank you.
  11. Hi there, We are a couple from Montreal, Canada and leaving on the Niew Amsterdam on April 4, 2020 to April 28, 2020 from Fort Lauderdale and are looking for fellow cruisers that are doing the same cruise to share experiences and information and maybe even meet on the ship. Are you one of us????
  12. Our cruise had a port stop in Rotterdam. We have booked a NCL bus from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. It only says that the drop off/ pick up will be at a central location in Amsterdam. Does anyone know where that location may be? I've called the excursion help line and they couldn't tell me anything. I have done a search both here and on the port of call board and didn't find anything. Thanks
  13. Just wondering if anyone has stayed in this cabin or one like it. It has the angled balcony which looks like it might be slightly larger than some and the cabin looks a little bit longer. Trying to decide between this and one in the same V category with the obviously larger balcony. Not sure if there's much difference in cabin size, and if not, would rather have the larger balcony on the other one. Thanks!
  14. We will be ending our Basel to Amsterdam Avalon river cruise this October. Unfortunately we will be only spending one night in Amsterdam before catching our flight home. Any suggestions for a hotel close to dock where we can store luggage prior to check-in? Thanks in advance. Pat
  15. Amsterdam is currently being inspected. No word yet on the score.
  16. I confess to being a Celebrity "lifer". However, we have booked a transatlantic on the Nieuw Statendam and have a question about the cabin as I can't find any info on line. Cabin number is 5225 which is a category VS aft facing. Does anyone have any info on this cabin? TYIA
  17. We were on NA in April of 2017, and the casino was non-smoking after renovations to the piano bar area across the way... I had assumed it would remain non-smoking, but the HAL website - supposedly updated to June 2019 - does NOT list Nieuw Amsterdam as one of the completely non-smoking casinos. Can someone who has sailed recently tell me whether HAL has reverted to smoking in the NA casino? Our booking depends on the answer... Many thanks!
  18. I'll say up front I never had any particular interest in cruising- it just seemed to be too structured for my taste. But when my parents suggested doing a river cruise with the kids for their 50th anniversary, I channeled the words of the immortal Carrie Fisher 'If George Lucas offers to put your head on a Pez dispenser, do it!' and ended up as part of a travel party with my parents, my Spousal Unit and my sister the vegetarian volksmarcher for a June trip of the Viking Ulur. I was going to go into the experience with an open mind and a determination to maximize fun. Pre-cruise- we went through the Viking Air option that let you pick your own flights and alternate airports because my home airport- VPS- tends toward expensive air fare and the Viking option was significantly cheaper than booking flights on our own. I'm chasing status this year, and got the same Delta MQMs for the ticket I'd get on any other V class ticket from them. Spousal Unit asked to do a few days in Switzerland beforehand and since he was even more ambivalent about cruising than I was, I wanted to find someplace special for him. After some research, I decided on the Jungfrau region of Bernese Oberland. So we set up our tickets to fly into Zurich since it let us do a single connection to get there instead of a double one with plans to take trains from there to Lauterbrunnen. The flights to Switzerland were uneventful, but we did have some issues with the normally reliable and pleasant Swiss rail system. We had unknowingly planned a travel day on a public holiday and every train was slammed with folks who were making a long weekend of it and enjoying one of the first really good weather periods of the season. We actually had strangers apologizing to us about how the experience as 'Not Swiss!' and all you can really do is shrug and say it will be a story to remember when we're n the old folks home. Despite the train issues, the Jungfrau region really does live up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful places on the planet, our hotel room at the Hotel Oberland had a perfect view of Staubbach Falls, and there were enough trails that were snow-free at that point that we could have lots of fun exploring the region. Since neither of us eat red meat and the Spousal Unit has to avoid fried food and hot peppers, the restaurant scene in theory should have seemed limiting after a while, but when you're sitting at a restaurant on the cliffs at Murren looking at paragliders soar in front of the mountains, it's easy to get through yet another margherhita pizza for lunch. With regret and plans to get back there someday, preferably in August when all the trails were open and with a condo/chalet rental option so we could cook for ourselves some of the time we did some laundry in Lauterbrunnen and headed toward Basel to meet up with the rest of the family. (My parents were doing Viking's pre-cruise option in Basel while my sister had spent a week rambling through the German Alps.) Since we were past the typical return date for the public holiday, there was plenty of open space for ourselves and our bags on the trains to Basel. We decided to walk to our hotel, the Motel One (a well-regarded German 'budget design' chain) in the center of town rather than take the tram since it seemed close and after a few wrong turns because Google and Apple Maps aren't great at picking up on closures due to ongoing construction, met up with my sister and my parents that had come over from the cruise hotel. We did a little emergency shopping to replace a forgotten camera battery charger, and had a really good dinner at the Union Diner. The menu is a fairly simple list of beef, chicken, and veggie burgers with a few sides, but everything they do, they do well.
  19. Our very first cruise was to Alaska in 2014 on the Westerdam. This was our 3rd trip to Alaska and we went back to Holland. It was amazing! I think the passengers can make the cruise fun and we had some really great fellow cruisers. Ages from 20s - 70s but all young at heart and ready for fun. Boarding: was easy. got to the port by 11AM and on board by noon. Room: 7079 Signature Suite. Perfect size and balcony had lots of room with two loungers and table. It was pretty warm the entire trip so we used the balcony a lot. Entertainment: BB King was fantastic. This group had been together for the last 5 months and this was their last week and then a new group was coming. They really got the crowd going and dancing. They do three sessions each night 8:30/ 9:30 and 10:30 with a 15 minute break in between. We got their early for the first show to get a seat and never left. The string quartet was fabulous as well. They were from Russia and really sounded like a recording. Just beautiful We went to one variety show and a dancer was injured due to the rocking of the ship. They ended up cancelling the second show. Two nights were pretty rocky during the week. Spa: I got the salt water spa package with the heated spa lounger. It is $136 on line, but I waited too long and couldn't book before I left. When I went to sign up, they wanted to charge me $215, then after i protested $169 but finally got them to $136. I felt the workers at the spa were a bit snooty and not very helpful. There is also no water available to drink. So be sure to bring your own. Really loved the salt water after a day of touring. Excursions: We did the Tracy Inlet cruise and it was amazing. Rained most of the time, but the views were spectacular. We saw a "herd"? of sea lions and their babies splashing in the water. Must have been about 50 of them. a lot of harbor seals and one whale. Afterwards we we took the tram up Mt. Roberts and had dinner. Food was OK. Views were spectacular. The train/bus tour in Skagway. I messed up and had the bus portion first and then the train coming back. I would do the RT train if I had to do it over. The train has nicer views IMO and much more comfortable than the bus. There is also supposed to be a club car with big plush chairs. I'd look into that option. Ketchikan: We did the Ketchikan Taxi cab tour with Tim White. Went to herring cove which is beautiful and to Potach park to see the Totems. Also went to the Rotary park. Saw lots of eagles. Didn't see any bears this time. Then went to a Jazz club in town. Good times Food: We ate in the main dining room the first night. Then Rudy's on Thursday night. This is the one night special chef deal. It was incredible! The remainder we ate in the buffet. Had the pizza and brought to our balcony. Also had the burger at the Dive In. They were very good as were the french fries. Casino: My husband played the slots. (his addiction) and won $910.00. So I'd say the slots are fairly loose. disembarking: We had an early flight so we did the self walk off. It was easy. Lines were long at customs as there were 4 ships in port. But moved fairly quickly. LOVED this cruise Dawn
  20. Hello, Does HAL usually have any kind of Halloween night party or event on Nieuw Amsterdam? We will be sailing on 10/31/19 and am wondering if we should bring even the simplest of costumes to make it more festive. Thanks!
  21. Still working on our review of our first trip on HAL, but wanted to share a link to pictures of MDR menus and food here. I know food is subjective, but we really enjoyed most of our meals.
  22. Amsterdam will be at the AS deck from 0800-2200 and Volendam at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Also in port is Disney Wonder at the AJ dock from 0645-1645. Mostly cloudy skies are predicted with some rain showers (40% chance). High will be 69F/21C and the low 53F/12C. Sunrise is at 5:22 am and sunset at 8:41 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam on Monday.
  23. Eurodam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2300 and Nieuw Amsterdam at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Also in port are Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215 and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. Weather is back to normal in Juneau - rain is predicted for each day this week - there is even a flood warning for part of Monday. The high temperature will be 65F/18C and the low 54F/12C. Sunrise is at 4:15 am and sunset at 9:51 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  24. We're looking at the Nieuw Statendam's verandah staterooms on deck 4 (VH) that are described as obstructed or partially obstructed view. The price is very attractive but for someone who loves to spend time on her cruise ship balcony, I'd like to know what that obstruction looks like. Hoping someone has photos or just an experience with one of these staterooms.Thanks in advance for your help. Really having trouble deciding!
  25. Arriving in Amsterdam from ATL 5:55 AM, Viking transfer included to ship. Any ideas what to do besides resting in the ship lounge and having lunch? Not even sure what time we'll be able to board. Cabin to be ready by 3 PM
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