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  1. Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (04 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (05 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Feb a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam was supposed to be going on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise but due to her azipod problems she will be heading to Freeport to fix the issue. She will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0515-1200. Also in port are Adventu
  2. Have booked the above cruise for May this year. I'm just after opinions on this company and itinerary. APT generally gets good reviews but I'm after recent experience if possible. Thanks in advance!
  3. We will be on the February 23, 2020 sailing and looking forward to our first cruise with Holland America! I have a silly question- does this ship have self serve soft ice cream stations? We have watched a few videos and I didn’t see any. Seems silly but that is something I look forward to. Thank you in advance for your help!
  4. Hi, we are traveling on Nieuw Amsterdam in May with a group of 18. We booked with a TA and asked for balcony rooms. We are in 5087 and I’m wondering if it’s an obstructive view. Wish we booked direct as I don’t think TA is looking out for our best interests. TIA
  5. We are considering the Transatlantic on NA in April and wondering if there is anyone who can tell us about Club Orange on that ship. We plan to be in a Neptune suite as we have been in the past so we are concerned about dining. Normally we are on the upper level of MDR at a table for two at second seating and find the prospects of being in a roped off area in the dining room very unappealing. It would be out first experience on a ship with CO. I admit we have some trepidation about this program. I guess everyone may have different perspectives on that. Although we are 4 Star Mariners we have n
  6. Does anyone know how much the ship airport to cruise port transfers are? Thank you
  7. Another eight cruise ship day in Port Everglades. Eurodam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0445-1700. She is doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (30 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (01 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (01 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (02 Feb 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (05 Feb a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Tropica
  8. Are there chairs on the outside promenade deck of the Nieuw Amsterdam? Recently was on the Koningsdam and they had none. Used to sail Holland and remember the teak wood lounge chairs under the life boats on the promenade deck.
  9. I have searched high and low on the forums (I know it’s annoying to the regulars to answer questions over and over) and the HAL website. Cannot find the answer to this: Do Vista Suites on Nieuw Statendam receive early boarding/disembarkation privileges? I’ve read all about how little you gain from a Vista Suite, in comparison with other, higher ranking suites, but cannot find confirmation of what my travel agent told me about receiving those privileges. Thanks in advance!
  10. Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (26 Jan 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (28 Jan 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (29 Jan 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (31 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (01 Feb a0700 Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0400-1700. She is doing a Country Music charter. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (28 Jan 0800-2359); San Juan, Puerto Rico (29 Jan 1100-2300); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
  11. Am looking ahead to 2020 Caribbean schedule. Specifically, would like some input into which deck would be best on the stern to try to ensure it would be reasonably quiet. Any help appreciated.
  12. Does anyone know where the shuttle bus drops off in Amsterdam?
  13. How many different shows will they have? Do they repeat? Do headliners come on board when in a port? we only have 4 ports. thanks for any help.....
  14. Does anyone happen to have the 7 day Eastern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale (Key West, Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay) daily programs that they can upload? I am dying to see what they have to offer during the day. Also, trying to see when Gala nights are....etc. We are sailing this March! Can't wait! Thank you!!
  15. We’re sailing Feb 8 (hopefully) on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Can anyone tell me who the Piano Players were on your cruise and if you know how long their contract runs for. TIA Keith
  16. We are considering one of these ships, I know that they are both going into dry dock within the coming months. We plan on going in either late August or early September. Which ship would you choose? Also any idea what changes or updates to either of the ships?
  17. I have tried to locate more information on the cabanas by the pool on the Nieuw Statendam. Is the charge of the cabana per person in the cabin or just per cabin? We are in an inside cabin, so I thought this would be a nice way to enjoy being by the pool. Would it be worth it to by the cabana for the week or just a day or two? How do you book the cabanas before the cruise starts? Thanks for any help!
  18. We are looking to take our first cruise on HAL. Can anyone give me some input as to whether an aft facing balcony in the Mediterranean is a good pick?
  19. I have just gained access to the Lloyds Register of Shipping Classification Society records for Nieuw Amsterdam. There is a Note to her Classification status of Imminent Action required related to her inoperative Starboard Azimuth Podded Propulsor. The Imposed Date of this required action was 14 Dec 2019 and the Due Date of this required action is 02 Feb 2020. While there is nothing new here relative to what we have learned over the last 36 days, it appears that Lloyds would not have let this situation go on for very much longer. (The word Imminent is shown below a red triangle with a red exc
  20. 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.
  21. We will be getting off the Silhouette in Southampton and want to travel to Amsterdam by train. What is the best way to get to train station in London and then to Amsterdam?
  22. Ken and I are on board for the crossing and on to Norway. We've already spoken to Mark and Ken who will be on board. How many more "friends" will be on board???
  23. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Legendary Rhythm and Blues charter. Costa Maya, Mexico (21 Jan 0900-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (22 Jan 0800-1700); Roatan, Honduras (23 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Jan a0700 Also in port are Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600 The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also
  24. Last year, we traveled on the Nieuw Amsterdam and booked in part because we are big Scott Bradlee fans and were excited to see their shipboard show. The agent who made our reservation assured us they would be on the Nieuw Amsterdam. She was wrong, but we had a great time and booked the same ship for this year’s winter getaway. Subsequently we’ve read that SBPMJ will be rotating through HAL ships. Does anyone know if they are on the Nieuw Amsterdam in February? Thanks!
  25. Hi all, We have booked on the NA - Tropical Caribbean - I am looking at the available cabins at the sale price - on deck 8, the ship layout as provided by HAL has Neptune Suites on both sides of the ship. When I look at the cabins online, they have each been converted into two aft balcony cabins. Question - does anyone know if the cabins are the same size as the other aft balcony cabins? For the ones on the far port and starboard, do you get the large part of the wraparound balcony? So tempted to try and get one of these - but worried about the balcony si
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