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  1. We were supposed to leave today for 30 days aboard NS, and we shifted those two cruises to similar cruises on NS in 2021 out of Copenhagen. 14-Day Northern Isles followed by 17 day Baltic and Norway. We also got emails yesterday that both of those cruises have changed. It seems like they're moving the NS itineraries around to possibly accommodate people that got bumped off a couple of the ships that were sold. They've told us they'll move us to comparable cruises on the new Rotterdam out of Amsterdam, but I think we'll likely cancel the whole thing and hope it's all back on track in 2022.
  2. I’m glad to see that more people want the Rotterdam to depart from Rotterdam, as it should do . I was on the Rotterdam VI cruise in july 2019 , departing from amsterdam, and the captain apologized . Many people in the Showroom at Sea cheered !
  3. As both Volendam and Zaandam are essentially the same hull design and spec as Amsterdam & Rotterdam there is no worry that they can fulfill any mission those ships undertook. Amsterdam was unique in that she had Azipod propulsion and a higher maximum cruise speed, whereas the other 3 R ships had traditional propulsion systems. The biggest difference is the mix of Pinnacle, Neptune and Vista Suites. Volendam and Zaandam have fewer Neptune Suites than either Rotterdam or Amsterdam and both only have 1 Pinnacle suite. This means less potential for upsells from Vistas as compared to Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Amsterdam had 2 Pinnacle Suites and 50 Neptunes, Rotterdam had 4 Pinnacle Suites and 34 Neptunes. By Contrast Volendam and Zaandam each have 1 Pinnacle and 28 Neptunes. Volendam and Zaandam have a higher number of Vistas however at 154 each compared to Rotterdam at 152 and Amsterdam at 120. The one notable difference between Zaandam and the other 3 R class ships is she has not yet been retrofitted with Lanai rooms, which makes the suites come at that much more of a premium over oceanview cabins. I am not sure if they will convert some C grades on Lower Promenade Deck to Lanai category before the Grand Africa 2021 or 2022 World cruise. Many seem to prefer Zaandam for this very reason over her siblings as there are more publicly available loungers on Promenade deck, rather than reserved for the Lanai rooms.
  4. Please don't get too excited about Bordeaux being on this itinerary. I'm booked for the 21 day inaugural cruise and that itinerary is a little different than the ten (now 14 day) itinerary for the same dates. The 21 day itinerary shows an overnight in Rotterdam before disembarkation in Amsterdam and no Bordeaux. I really don't think a ship of this size can get to Bordeaux; the only HAL ships that were recently in Bordeaux were the Prinsendam and, I think, the Veendam.
  5. We were supposed to be on this cruise as well. We were stoked about the itinerary and the fact that it enabled us to easily see both Amsterdam and Copenhagen. It's now a shell of its former self. We are thinking about canceling as well. Our vacation time is limited so we don't want to do a 14-day to see the ports that fit well into a 9-day. I'm glad you didn't book your flights yet!
  6. I have a similar feeling about Rotterdam VI. She had the "elegance and decor" that distinguished her as the "Grand World Cruise Liner" as well as the potential speed that the Amsterdam lacked. Clearly "water over the dam" now, I never have understood, having sailed on both of the ships, why the "preference" was given to the Amsterdam. Can asipods vs. traditional propeller propulsion make that much of a difference? Personally, I think that must have been the reason.
  7. Is the Pinnacle suite shower on the Nieuw Statendam the real small shower like in the pinnacle on the Volendam? The drawing shows it bigger but the only video i can find shows it being one of those round things that are very small.
  8. Morning, Here what I got, Rotterdam | Y149 | 8-Aug-21 14-Day European Splendor | Civitavecchia (Rome) to Amsterdam We will be going in this cruise Palmerett
  9. How did that occur? Even on the Koningsdam/Nieuw Statendam you must attend your muster station (being MDR, Pinnacle Grill, Main Stage etc).
  10. blacksmith: When you are able to make that trip: Suggest arriving at Cape Town several days before beginning a safari; which would be several additional days before actually getting on a ship. Stay at the Victoria & Albert Hotel. This is in the waterfront area about five miles from downtown. Wonderful, relaxing time for us while getting over jet-lag after two long-haul segments, SEATAC to Amsterdam; then Amsterdam to Cape Town. Many top restaurants in the immediate area. Concierge available to facilitate visits to local spots. Wonderful Hotel breakfasts complete with champagne included in the room rate. Due to powerful American dollar (at-least it was), very reasonable, about 1/3rd of what one would expect to pay at a large American city downtown 5 Star hotel. Regent ships dock (or used-to) in the immediate waterfront area. So, upon completion of a safari; and pick-up at Cape Town Airport, direct transfer via van right to the ship. GOARMY!
  11. today is Fresh Spinach Day and National Stress Awareness Day The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an approaching train. Meal suggestion for today - Marathon burritos Wine of the day - Rust en Vrede Syrah Stellenbosch vintage 2014 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Eurodam destination Hong Kong eta 7/15 Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Port Dickson Westerdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam docked at Ijmuiden Farewell to these grand ships Maasdam, Veendam, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam heading for new owners
  12. Having done 51 cruises, it's hard to pick the best one. But one of particular note was our repositioning cruise on the "old" Regal P, from Rome to Copenhagen in 2003. It was our first European cruise but we'd done some land tours within Europe before that. I thought it was a "magical" itinerary: Rome, Cannes, Barcelona, Lisbon, Vigo (Sp), Le Havre, Dover, Antwerp, and Amsterdam. We revisited all those ports, except the last two, on subsequent TA's. We did get back to Amsterdam when we did a river cruise from/to there.
  13. today is National Sour Candy Day and National Listening Day Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. Meal suggestion for today - Roasted Dijon Herb Crusted Pork Loin Wine of the day - Bodegas Palacios Remondo Rioja La Vendimia vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Noordam destination Singapore eta 7/18 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Zuiderdam destination Melaka eta 7/19 Port Dickson Eurodam Westerdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Port Said Maasdam Veendam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam docked
  14. My cruise from Dubai to Savona (transfer to Nice) was cancelled, with a lot less than 24 hours notice. I ended up flying home, via Nice through Paris, after my flight through Amsterdam was cancelled when Netherlands closed its borders. You need to look at specific flights, on specific dates, with specific non-EU citizen rules to figure out what practical solutions were. The OP doesn't say what travel insurance is reimbursing, or whether they chose to self-insure. It took me maybe three minutes to book flights after I decided on the stopover Nice to salvage a bit of my vacation, even though it cost me a few extra dollars. I can't comprehend why it was necessary for someone in Canada to do the booking. I'm guessing there's more to this story than has been admitted.
  15. We are scheduled on the Reflection next April for a T/A to Amsterdam. One of the stops is in LeHavre. We want to go to Paris. We have heard that there is a commuter train or something like it that takes you directly into Paris. Does anyone have info about how to get to Paris from Le Havre? I know that the ship will offer some sort of transfer - but - is there another option? If so - Any Idea about how much it costs?
  16. Mexican Riviera on the Oosterdam celebrating Mitzi's retirement in February 2005. I think you can guess the location- Nieuw Amsterdam 14 day East/West Caribbean in Nov/Dec 2015 for my retirement - yes, she made me keep working for ten years! Ocean Bar Happy Hour and Key West Butterfly Conservatory -
  17. today is Peach Ice Cream Day, World Emoji Day, and Yellow Pig Day You know you have a small apartment when Rice Krispies echo. -- S. Rickly Christian Meal suggestion for today - Chicken Minestrone Wine of the day - Nervi Conterno Gattinara vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Noordam destination Port Klang eta 7/18 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Port Dickson Eurodam Westerdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Volendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam docked
  18. Just booked British Isles next May do they offer the City stay program for Amsterdam? Agent said it was no posted information at this time. Has anyone done this in previous years? How was it and what was the cost? Do you recommend it? Also how far out can you get quote on Celebrity Air.
  19. Veendam had construction quality issues when I sailed on her when she was 2 years old. No knowledge about Maasdam. Amsterdam had water line leak issues during my 2008 world cruise as well as my more recent 14 day Alaskan cruise aboard her. "Rusting from within" was reported by an Officer to a President's Club member (that I have been told as being incorrect by another respected CC poster). Rotterdam, I have no knowledge. (I saw no issues during my VOV on her.) None of us know with certainty why these 4 ships were sold. I submit that their condition may well have played a part of why HAL was willing to part with them. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has "been around the block" several times in the cruise industry. They have experience with cruise ships that have seen lots of water under their keels. They have been successful. Their decision to add Rotterdam and Amsterdam to their fleet must be a decision that they believe will further enhance their Company.
  20. I also don't think P&O will lose Arcadia or Aurora. Once this is all over, there's a gap in the market left by the demise of CMV in the UK and a lot of people, including loyal existing customers who prefer small / mid sized ships. Other Carnival owned brands don't sail out of the UK, except Princess using either a Grand-class or Regal/Royal Princess and Fred seem likely to dispose of their two smallest ships in the next couple of years following their acquisition of HAL's Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
  21. I was on the Koningsdam in late February and early March and it was still there It is also on the Nieuw Statendam..
  22. Both Rotterdam and Amsterdam now coming to Verolme-Damen Shipyard in Rotterdam for a one-week drydock for their new owner Fred Olson, but moved back to September (from August)
  23. Our last voyage was on the Rotterdam in March. Our next Holland America cruise will be on the Rotterdam/Ryndam in September. Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale. From 1200 to 2500.
  24. In connection with Carnival Corporation & plc’s (the “Company,” “we,” and “our”) actions to maximize liquidity, we previously announced, on July 10, 2020, plans to remove nine ships from our fleet in the next 90 days. The plans for the disposal of these ships are in addition to the sale of four ships, which were announced prior to fiscal 2020. We have made a decision to remove a further two ships from our fleet. These decisions are intended to align the fleet with the expected phased restart of guest cruise operations while also generating cost savings. The four reported prior to fiscal 2020: Costa Atlantica - sold to Carnival-China JV Costa Mediterranea - sold to Carnival-China JV P&O Aus Pacific Aria - sold to CMV - CMV/TransOcean into administration 20 Jul 2020/ceased trading P&O Aus Pacific Dawn - sold to CMV - CMV/TransOcean into administration 20 Jul 2020/ceased trading The nine confirmed as sold: Costa Victoria - sold for scrap P&O Oceana sold to Greek buyer for Chinese interests HAL Maasdam sold to Blue Seas Cruises but actual buyer unconfirmed as of yet HAL Veendam sold to Blue Seas Cruises but actual buyer unconfirmed as of yet HAL Rotterdam sold to Fred Olsen HAL Amsterdam sold to Fred Olsen Costa neoRomantica - sold to Celestyal Cruises Carnival Fantasy - sold for scrap, already at the Aliaga, Turkey shipyard Carnival Inspiration - sold for scrap ETA Izmir, Turkey 03 Aug Internal transfers within Carnival Group plc: Golden Princess - internal transfer to P&O Australia Star Princess - internal transfer to P&O Australia Long term layup/defacto decommissioned: Carnival Imagination - moved to long term layup; no timeline for return to service Carnival Fascination - moved to long term layup; no timeline for return to service
  25. That was short lived. It now says Balboa. In any case, it would seem far easier to use Nieuw Statendam, already in Europe, for that purpose. Roy
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