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  1. We leave on Jan 12 on the Nieuw Statendam. We had a VE Verandah guarantee and were given a VQ Spa Verandah 10021. This appears to be an upgrade although I'm not sure these cabins are that much better. We normally prefer cabins toward the back of the ship. Curious for those that have had one of these cabins. Did you like it? What did you like about it? Was it really windy on the verandah while at sea? Is the spa showerhead any better than the regular ones? We have been on the Koningsdam and loved the shower in a regular Verandah cabin. Is there a tub or an enclosed glass shower?
  2. My partner and I just booked this cruise and are so looking forward to this! Hope to meet up with some friendly G&L fellow travelers on board.
  3. This will be our first time ever in Europe – 14 days Baltic Cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. My DH and I will be arriving 4 days before the cruise, staying at the Element Amsterdam, and using public transit. We are a couple of old fogies who are still mobile and travel light with a couple of carry-on. Our plan is to get the 3-day (€28) unlimited transit pass for getting us to the hotel and touring around Amsterdam. We plan to take the NS Intercity train and transfer to Bus 62 to get to the hotel. For the 4th day, we plan to get the 1-hour pass (€3.20) to get to the cruise terminal. Does anyone s
  4. What is the schedule times for BB King, Rock and roll and other enterainment ?
  5. We are looking for recommendations for a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam in June. Not sure of the areas we should be looking in. Near the cruise port? City Center? Any and all advice is welcome. This is our first cruise leaving from an international port and we would like to make the most of our time in Amsterdam.
  6. Has anyone stayed in this cabin? Booked it on my next cruise to the Baltic in May and wondering if the noise will bother us?
  7. Hi! It's been ages since I've been on a cruise but my 10 year old son and I are looking at the summer ones out of Boston or Montreal and choosing between these two ships. I know HAL not usually "kid friendly" but he grew up in NYC, knows how to behave and doesn't need a lot of hoopla. Just wondering what might be a better ship for us! We are all about relaxation! 😉
  8. Sunday brings our last HAL sail-away of 2019. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (31 Dec 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (01 Jan 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (02 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (04 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (05 Jan a0700) It is another busy day in port with Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity E
  9. It is another full house in Port Everglades with eight cruise ships in port. Eurodam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday Cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Dec 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (31 Dec 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (01 Jan 0800-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (03 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0645-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise.
  10. What did HAL learn from the Koningsdam that they have changed on the Nieuw Statendam?
  11. The musical program attracted me to HAL but I have seen several reviews of how loud it is... I stayed on a lower deck on our last cruise and liked it (quiet, didn’t get motion sickness/very stable, and disembarkation on shore days was super easy as it was one level down) but the configuration of NS is very different. I was at first excited to see that the Plaza Level and entertainment options (and MDR) are just one level up but now I am afraid of the noise. Would love opinions/thoughts from those who have cruised on NS, esp those who stayed on Main Deck. It is the only remaining question I hav
  12. This was our first HAL cruise and our 7th overall. DW and I had wanted to try HAL for a few years and this was a great deal on the last minute sale. We booked a verandah guarantee about 3 weeks out, and about a week before sailing, were offered an upsell to a Signature Suite for just a few dollars more. We snapped that up and looked forward to getting on the Nieuw Amsterdam. EMBARKATION We had flown into Fort Lauderdale the day before, so were able to take an early shuttle to Port Everglades and be in line early. The terminal was opened up around 10:30 and we were checked
  13. I have not seen any posts about the status of Nieuw Amsterdam's broken azipod other than that she got back to Port Everglades today and has left for the new cruise. I asked on FB if anyone knew if they actually fixed the azipod and someone pointed me at a post from HAL earlier in the week which said "The ship has been cleared as safe to sail by several regulatory authorities and meets all international safety standards." Between that and the previously announced plan to return an hour late to Port Everglades next Saturday, I wonder if she isn't running on one azipod and got approval to opera
  14. Everyone is "getting out of Dodge" for the holidays - there are eight ships in port! For those of you who are up very early, there will be non-stop sail-ins for about two hours. Koningsdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing an 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (25 Dec 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (26 Dec 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (27 Dec 0800-1700); St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines (28 Dec 0800-1700); Roseau, Dominica (29 Dec 0800-1600); St Thomas, US Virgin Isl
  15. Eurodam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She is going on a 7-day Western Caribbean Holiday cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Dec 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (24 Dec 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Dec 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (26 Dec 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28 Dec a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) until 1700. She arrived on the 20th at about 8 pm and hopefully she is all fixed. She is headed out on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday. cruise. Nassau, Bahamas (22 Dec 0
  16. All, we had a fantastic Thanksgiving cruise on the Nieuw Statendam, and I meant to write a nice little trip report as soon as we got home, but sickness, school, and parenting a five year old got in the way— please excuse my tardiness and please take this little review at its value! Overall we had a fabulous trip! I’ve attempted a photo upload— just a few pictures; I hope it works as planned. We flew to FLL a day early, and spent the night in Dania Beach at the Hilton Home2Suites. We like Home2 as a nice alternative to other Hilton properties— room layout is good for family travel, la
  17. Would love some information about how you found Club HAL on the Nieuw Statendam. Our grandkids loved it on the New Amsterdam, but it looks like it's a lot smaller on the NS. Kids will be 8, 14, 16 at the time of sailing. I know the older ones can do what they want, but the younger one will need some HAL activity perhaps.
  18. Presumably repaired, Nieuw Amsterdam is under way and headed for Port Everglades
  19. Looking at these aft cabins on the NS and they are all available for a cruise...is there something wrong with them? Would love comments from anyone who has been in them. We're looking at taking our family (11) on a Caribbean cruise next year...these "sound nice". but concerned so many are available.
  20. We will be on the New Year's sailing on the NA in a signature suite. My husband uses a CPAP so I'm wondering if there are any outlets next to the bed or whether I need to request an extension cord. Thanks
  21. We are considering doing the Uniworld's "Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland" 11 day river cruise next October. Wondering if anyone has taken the Jewish Option excursions & did they feel they were worthwhile? Were there any towns that you thought you would have been better off doing one of the other excursions?
  22. We are currently on the Nieuw Amsterdam that is stranded in Port Everglades due to machanical issues. Cabin has strong mildew/musty odors and we didn't have a response for 4 hours after reporting the issue to shipboard services. When we didn't get a response from shipboard services within a couple hours I called HAL directly and finally got our stewards to show up to check out the odor issue (4 hours after reporting it). We're from Florida so we can stay in a hotel in Lauderdale any time we like which essentially is what we are doing now. Surprisingly several bars are out of certain spirits
  23. Koningsdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0545-1700. She will be leaving for a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (17 Dec 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (18 Dec 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (19 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Dec 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Dec a0700) Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0400-1700. She is doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Dec 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Dec 0800-1700); A
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