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  1. What's the best way to get from the airport into the city, train, taxi? We're staying at the Movenpik which is were the ship docks. Allan
  2. My last cruise was with Celebrity -- while the food was great, I did find the late night food options to be lacking outside of set breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. The buffet in particular had the same stale pasta or pizza every night after 11. Room service was sort of an option with Celebrity but the choices limited and cost money after 11 for delivery. I've been on Princess many times as well and have always found it relatively easy to get varied food options later at night. Will be sailing with HAL in December on Nieuw Statendam. Are there a lot of late night options (late night meaning say 11PM - 1 AM). Is the buffet open? I've seen the after 11 PM room service menu and the Club Sandwich looks decent enough with a caesar salad. I think Dive In is open 24 hours as well (or at least is available for delivery 24 hours with $5 fee). Wondering mainly about the buffet if that's an option late night and if so is the food selection reasonable.
  3. ms Amsterdam Huatulco Mexico Riviera 07:00 - 16:00 ms Eurodam Hilo Hawaii Island 08:00 - 18:00 ms Koningsdam Naples Italy 07:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Gisborne New Zealand 11:00 - 18:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam Santa Barbara California 08:00 - 18:00 ms Rotterdam Amsterdam 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Veendam Boston Massachusetts 07:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Montreal Quebec Canada 07:00 - 16:00 ms Zuiderdam Charlottetown 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  4. Ship arrives at 6:00 a.m. on a Monday, 6/22/20. Only direct option home leaves at 10:25. If we walk our bags off the ship and get a cab, can we make this flight?
  5. “Service Dogs” on board ships....should they be allowed? I don’t often make comments on here, but I have been following John and Dianne’s Lucky Number 7 thread from the Amsterdam World Cruise with discussions about so called “Service Dogs” that are currently on board the World Cruise and decided to start a separate thread to see if other people also have an objection to these animals on board. Obviously they are approved by someone in an office who has no idea that they are not properly trained. I do love dogs.....love our two “Granddogs” ....but not on ships! I have no objection to a properly trained Service Dog that is on a harness, but have no time for these people who seem to be able to bring on their pets by calling them Comfort Dogs. The following is a quote from John and Dianne’s latest thread.... This morning in the gym, there wasn’t just exercising going on. A group of people, including the wife of one of the ship’s top officers, had an angry discussion going on about the dogs on board. I think I may have mentioned them before. A couple boarded the ship somewhere in Europe and, with HAL’s permission, brought aboard two “comfort dogs.” Apparently the husband had had heart surgery recently and felt he needed the comfort of his two dogs. Unfortunately, these are NOT service dogs, which I realized when one “escaped” their cabin one morning and ran helter-skelter down the hallway. Apparently the situation has become worse rather than better. During one show in the Queen’s Lounge, one of the dogs began to bark and then to howl, continuing until removed from the room. Also, one pooped in the elevator and another peed on the carpet somewhere on the ship. In addition, the couple brought their dogs to The Pinnacle for dinner and a conflict broke out with other diners which required that security be called. We don't know the outcome of that situation. Of course the person who approved this doesn’t have to deal with the consequences, but both passengers and especially crew do, and officers and crew at the very highest levels are really fed up with the whole thing. I realize that some people really do need their (well-trained) service dogs wherever they go, but noisy, badly-trained ankle biter dogs are certainly not a good idea. I know that it’s possible to find “service dog” certificates online, but I think the situation should require a letter from a vet certifying that the dog is actually a trained service dog as well as a letter from a physician explaining why the person needs such a dog. That would not violate the ADA, but it would keep situations like this from arising. Enough said. I have experienced first hand one of these dogs last year on the Prinsendam in Europe and Holy Land and decided to now share some of the stories from that cruise. A lady from New York had a “Service dog “. ...an Australian Sheepdog that is not bred to be a Service dog, but to round up and chase sheep!! This dog was totally out of control. It was apparently to protect her Personal Space! .....but invaded the space of many other passengers and crew! The first we were aware of it, my husband said there was a strange noise that sounded like a dog barking when he was on the balcony. This dog was seen by us and other passengers and crew..... ......bounding up the stairs on the ship on a very long lead ......off the lead in the Crows Nest, licking the tables and eating any dropped nuts off the floor and tables ......Off the lead on the back pool deck looking to be patted and jumping up on people ......pooping on the deck....instead of in his tray .......according to the Dining Room Manager it jumped up on waiters, and the lady was ordering the best steak off the menu and feeding it under the table....the Dining Manager said he objected to the dog being given the HAL dining china to eat off and he found it a plastic dish. There were many confrontations apparently in the dining room and the lady was moved from several tables when people objected! .......On an excursion the dog was in the front seat, with paws up on the partition over the driver and drooling on to the driver. ...... other passengers were asked by the lady if they would hold the lead while she went into some of the churches etc in Israel where dogs were not allowed. ......the lady was seen ashore on a few occasions without the dog in ports where it was not allowed (she was travelling with a friend so assumed the friend looked after it) ...the worst for me was while on an excursion, whilst climbing some stairs, this lady and her “Service Dog” raced passed me ......the dog went one side of me and the lady the other the dogs lead caugh my legs and I fell heavily on a landing on the stairs. This dog was NOT a service dog and should never have been allowed! I made this quite clear in our cruise evaluation also. Apart from the above, it is not fair to the dog to be confined like this I hope I never encounter these so called Service Dogs on a ship again.
  6. We were surprised to get the invitation to the medallion ceremony back in April on Nieuw Statendam - hadn’t paid much attention to passing the 100 day mark. It was a nice event to attend and actually see the captain in a smaller venue, compared to some of the impersonal Mariner Luncheons with hundreds of people. The Mariner hostess even presented my service dog with a medallion which the dog wore with dignity.
  7. What are the current night-time activities on the main stage? Any news of things changing before the holidays? thanks!
  8. Thanks, Copper! I liked the Nieuw Statendam very much, so look forward to sailing the next Ryndam.
  9. Cruise December 2019 Holiday. Family of 6. Fifth time on HAL, 1st Holiday trip. Does anyone know if HAL has a "special" night planned in the dining room for Christmas? We usually book one or two nights of our trip at one of the specialty restaurants while on board. Not sure how we should plan for the holiday this trip. Thanks much to all.
  10. We have sailed on both the Nieuw Amsterdam and the Nieuw Statendam and enjoyed them both. The N.S. is slightly bigger and has a couple of more dining options. It also has a few more entertainment options. I love the showers on the N.S. -best bathrooms at sea we have ever had. I think either ship is a good choice, but if I had to pick one I would say pick the N.S.
  11. They are supposed to be doing something with the positioning of the lifeboats (partially hanging overboard on her two older sisters) which will appease the Panama Canal Authority to the point that they will grant Ryndam IV permission to transit the Panama Canal, unlike Koningsdam and Nieuw S
  12. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Oahu Island Hawaii 07:00 - 23:00.Honolu ms Koningsdam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Maasdam Tauranga Rotorua 08:15 - 18:45 Web Cam https://www.port-tauranga.co.nz/cargo-and-shipping/tauranga-web-cams/ ms Nieuw Amsterdam Puerto Vallarta Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Naples Italy 09:00 - 19:00 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam San Diego California 07:00 - 17:00 ms Rotterdam Zeebrugge 07:00 AM - 04:00 PM ms Veendam Bar Harbor Maine 07:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Puerto Chiapas Mexico 08:00 - 17:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Quebec City Canada 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Saint Lawrence Gulf
  13. 👍 I agree. I am encouraged that whomever in Seattle decided not to name the new Pinnacle Class ship "Nieuw Ryndam". Holland America Line has a distinguished history and it needs to be recognized and honored by naming their new ships after those vessels who so well served their guests in the past.
  14. Just got back from the Aug 24 Nieuw Amsterdam 7-day Inside Passage and wanted to give a shout out to our portrait photographer, Melinda. Melinda is one of the two "Black Label" portrait experts on the Nieuw Amsterdam and we (DW, DD, and myself) decided to sit for a session with her. Melinda was a delight to work with and captured some of the best portrait photographs we've ever had taken of us. Even DD, who was convinced that B&W photos are dumb and has the normal body issues of a 15yo, loved the results. Yes, the prints and/or digital files are expensive, but we were so pleased with the results that we ordered the digital files for nine of the images. It added up to a lot, but now we have plans for holiday presents for the grandparents, so that's good . So, if you're on the Nieuw Amsterdam and thinking about getting a portrait done, ask for Melinda!
  15. The tradition with HAL, for several recently retired captains, has been a limo ride from the dock to the airport, after a series of blows on the ship's whistle, and an emotional farewell to the captain from the assembled crew. There usually is some sort of gift included Unlike the airlines, no water cannon salutes from fire or tugboats. Some ship captains are in the habit, when possible, to recruit and hold on to certain staff, especially on ships like the Amsterdam and her annual grand world voyage. Having said that, unlike a last flight of an airline captain, the last voyage of a ship's captain usually comes at the completion of a three-month contract so, picking a crew for just that last voyage is not always possible since they (the other officers) are all dealing with their own contracts and vacation time contr
  16. We are new to HAL but not new to cruising. We will be on Nieuw Amsterdam for Christmas this year. I am traveling with my daughter and in all the years we've cruised, we have never had dinner in a specialty restaurant. After reading all of the great reviews of Tamarind and the Pinnacle Grill, I am tempted to try them since it will be a special week for us (Christmas and my daughter's 14th birthday). I believe she will be too old to count as a "kid" for kid pricing with the regular menu, but can anyone tell me if it's worth trying these two restaurants with a teenager that can be somewhat picky? She frequently orders off the kids menu, even in the MDR (at least she could do this with RCL), so the second part of my question is if she orders a off of the kids menu at Tamarind or Pinnacle Grill, will I be charged a kids price (even though she's not under 12) or will she still be charged as an adult? The website mentions that if kids under 12 order from the regular menus, they are half price and if they order from the kids menu, they are free. I know she will not be free because of her age but if she orders from the kids menu, do they make any kind of reduction? I don't mind paying the extra fee to eat in the specialty restaurants, but I would hate to pay $39/$25 for my daughter to eat chicken fingers 🙂 Thanks in advance!!
  17. Totally agree. Loved Amsterdam and had a great and interesting five days there. Our cruise towards Budapest, at least for us, was full of the history, castles, lovely small towns, wonderful scenery, food and wine that we like. Thankfully we had no river water issues. Fell in love with both Budapest and Prague and tacked on four days in each. We came home very tired but very happy with our choices. Paris however is a whole other animal. My favourite city but gosh it takes a lot of time to see the sites, visit the galleries, enjoy the food etc etc etc. I've been three times and still have not really scratched the surface. So much to see dear travellers, so much to see. 🙂
  18. I have not sailed on Nieuw Statendam yet; Nieuw Amsterdam 2 or 3 times and thought it was a great ship. I did a 18 day Southeast Asia cruise on NCL Star about 3 years ago. In my review of the Star, I likened it to the Staten Island ferry. I realize that cruise line comparisons are very subjective but in terms of food quality, shipboard amenities and design and service, my experience is that Nieuw Amsterdam is vastly superior to the Star and I'd expect the same would hold true for Nieuw Statendam.
  19. The person you quoted was asking about the N.S.: "... but then look at YouTube videos from the Nieuw Statendam and see refrigerators showing in every cabin. Were these paid for in advance? " Not true. The four Vista class ships have coolers in every cabin. Except I think the Pinnacle Suites have full-sized, true refrigerators in the pantry.
  20. Step 1 Dancers: not good news based on my Nieuw Statendam experience. Altering the Piano Club/Mix Area for more space to enjoy the performers is good news as long as the performers are worth it. As a Dolphin Deck "resident"--always keep looking for my oars in my closet, just in case 😀, knowing that I can expect floor to ceiling showers is good news. I really liked what I experienced on Nieuw Statendam. The stateroom's TV systems, at least on her sister Zaandam, do need upgrading as best they can do.
  21. Whenever I tell people I've taken a river cruise, they immediately think I sailed on Viking. I assume this is due to all of Viking's advertising and sponsorship of Downton Abbey. Yesterday I was watching something on the Smithsonian network and saw a Uniworld ad, and this morning I was watching a program on Sundance and saw the same ad. Anyone else observe this or was I just not paying attention before? Uniworld keeps extending the deadline for a discount on their 2020 cruises. Prices are still too high for me. I'm looking at other lines and other options, including a land tour of Amsterdam and the Netherlands arranged by me.
  22. 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. The nice weather continues for a couple more days. Monday should be mostly sunny with a high of 70F/21C and a low of 47F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:14 am and sunset at 7:35 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  23. If it was my first river cruise and my first visit to the area, I would choose Amsterdam to Budapest. You can still add Prague at the end of your cruise to Budapest - Prague is absolutely amazing! Would you arrive AMS prior to your cruise - lots to see in AMS. Wondering why Paris? We love Paris but it seems that you may be adding too much - sometimes a little less is more. I would save Paris for another visit where I could spend 4 days to a week - so much to see and do in Paris - large city. So, if it were me, I would arrive AMS early, spend a few days in AMS, cruise to Budapest and spend an extra few days in Budapest & then several days in Prague.
  24. I would choose something other than Amsterdam to Budapest for 2 reasons: (1) that itinerary goes through the notorious low-water stretch and so maximizes the chances of disruptions, and (2) some people discover that river cruising just isn’t for them so a 2-week cruise leaves a lot of unhappy days ahead. If your frame of reference is ocean cruises, take a look at AmaMagna. It’s twice as wide as any other river cruise ship, so there’s more room for everything and more ‘things.’ It also stays in the deep water part of the Danube.
  25. This is true only on the S&R class ships. The person you were answering was asking about the Nieuw Statendam.
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