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  1. Rebooked my Alaska cruise for next year (fingers crossed....) Anyway, the room I booked has a connecting door to the next suite (Signature Suite Deck 6). Is there any downside to this? I wanted the port side and I didn't have much choice...... Does it take away from anything in the room? Thanks and stay healthy and safe....
  2. I had to look the code up: “out of service”. He definitely needs it after all the adventures aboard the Amsterdam. The saga still continues. Hopefully, the Filipino crew will depart soon now that Captain Jereon is aboard.
  3. May I remind you that HAL was coming back from difficult years. They were financially healthy and had just acquired Home Lines with two vessels , the Homeric and Oceanic. The Homeric was lengthened in Papenburg, Germany and sailed as Westerdam for HAL. Early 80’s also saw two newbuilds, Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam. The Rotterdam V had a major refit in 1989 .The occupancy rate was in the 90’s . The real reason for selling to Carnival was that the major shareholder and CEO, van der Vorm, had no luck in finding an adequate successor. He sold the company and started an investment fund which his sons took over and is one of the most successful funds in the Netherlands, HAL investments . They use the old NASM flag as their logo ...
  4. Hey Rich; just an FYI - Nieuw Amsterdam and Volendam now off Cape Town, South Africa; Zaandam and Nieuw Statendam in the English Channel, and Zuiderdam off the Brazilian state of Rio Grande Do Norte
  5. Aruba - Last October we took a tour of the island with a taxi guide, Iris, who told us we couldn't just go to the beach. We had to see the island. She was great! At the end of the island tour she dropped us off at the Hilton, which is on Palm Beach. The Hilton grounds were beautiful walking to the beach (see below video), but we thought the umbrella and chair rentals were extremely expensive, so we took a taxi to Amsterdam Manor at Eagle Beach, where we had gone in 2013. At the bottom of this post are some pictures from Amsterdam Manor/Eagle Beach. The umbrella and chair rentals at Amsterdam Manor were very reasonable and included WiFi. I can't remember the exact cost, but I'm thinking it was $20-$30 for two chairs and an unbrella. They also have food and drinks for additional charge, and restrooms within close walking distance.. Something to note: taxi's do not allow you to be wet or have sand on you, so be aware of this and consider the bus, which drops you off and picks you up near Amsterdam Manor. In 2013 we took the bus to Eagle Beach/Amsterdam Manor and walked back (about 4-5 miles) and last October we took the bus back from Eagle Beach/Amsterdam Manor. Below the Hilton video is a video on how to get to the bus station from the cruise terminal.
  6. I'm half way through a L&S. I have booked a 7 day on Allure Barcelona for this August and I'm going to call tomorrow to L&S it to next year either Harmony (exactly the same itinerary) or Odyssey from Rome. Or maybe even a sailing from Venice if they will let me. I haven't decided yet - hence the delay. I also have a deposit on a cruise on Brilliance from Amsterdam in August which I haven't made final payment on yet. I will probably end up with a FCC on this one as there is nothing I can L&S to. I'll hold onto it until closer to final payment just in case RC decide to cancel it first. I will post back how it goes, wish me luck ….
  7. today is V-E day and No Socks Day "The way to make a small fortune in the commodities market is to start with a large fortune." Meal suggestion for today - Sweet potato shepherd's pie At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/12 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Cape Town eta 5/21 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Walvis Bay eta 5/19 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Manila Anchorage Eurodam La Paz Anchorage Oosterdam At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Manila eta 5/12 Koningsdam appears to be outside San Diego but has an unknown listed destination
  8. We loved Norway which we did as a 7 day cruise out of Amsterdam. We had previously done a 10 day Baltic out of Copenhagen which didn't stop in Norway. Your 9 night stops in 5 more ports than our 7 day and I have to say that our 10 day Baltic was post intensive and hence tiring. Flåm was lovely. The fjords are great. You'll enjoy it.
  9. Yes, you would have to go through immigration. EVERYONE on an international flight coming to the US must pass through immigration at the first US airport. Didn't you notice that EVERYONE on the had to go the same way and are separated from departing passengers? So you C6 to C9 connection WOULD be via immigration. Yes, in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Munich, Vienna, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Istanbul, Seoul, you do not have to do this. And yes, I HAVE transited the US on an international to international flight, and had to clear immigration and customs.
  10. G'day from down under! I am posting this early because I expect to be out all day walking around Sydney. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day JoCo Cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (08 Mar); Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (10 Mar); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (12 Mar); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Mar) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Island Princess at pier 21 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0545-1600, and Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1700. https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Zuiderdam on Sunday, 8 March.
  11. Hi Kazu, could you please add the following? Amsterdam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Christmas & New Year - Infi We have our fingers crossed that this one will sail!
  12. Just finished reading a bunch of reviews about this ship dating back to December 2019 and January 2020 with many negative reviews about a broken propeller/engine. Does anyone know if this was fixed yet? It seemed to have had a very negative effect on the cruises. Most people were very suprised that HAL hadn't cancelled and I don't think people got anything more than a $50 credit. Does anyone know? Thanks...
  13. We are booked on Brilliance June 12 sailing from Amsterdam and it HAS NOT cancelled. If you visit the US State Department site and then check the Netherlands COVID-19 information you will see under Q & A that the Netherlands has extended until June 15, 2020 their travel restrictions for all-non essential travel. Citizens of Canada and the United States are non-essential for leisure travel. We are scheduled to arrive in Amsterdam on June 10 and will be required to remain airside and must have confirmed reservations onward and will not be permitted to go to a hotel and then the Brilliance. If I read my calendar correctly we are supposed to fly from US on June 9, three (3) weeks from today. If this makes any sense, I fail to understand and need someone to explain. C & A working from home in Guatemala has no understanding or explanation. By the way, I am only looking for a $8,601.38 refund and not even in a suite this cruise. Sorry if there are spelling errors but I am not a happy camper now.
  14. We cruised the Rhine last year, spending 2 days pre-trip in Amsterdam and 2 days post trip in Lucerne. No language barrier anywhere, so that is really a non-factor. Being wary of flying internationally, a different thing altogether. Although other countries are doing a better job with the pandemic than we (USA) are. Borders may be not be open to Americans as soon as they open to others.
  15. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated April 10th, 2020 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). MAY 2020 Noordam - 17-May-20 - 11 day Triple Denali Reagan0712 - land & sea - 3 days in Denali pre-cruise, 1st time to Alaska Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Empires gwilli SeaVuPlay Koningsdam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaska mean - 1st HAL cruise Eurodam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer AJSkarbo Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter AlanF65 - first HAL cruise Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Veendam - 23-May-20 - Baltic Cruise highfields Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) Amsterdam - 26-May-20 - 11 day The Atlantic Coast HELENPSL - with brother and sil - surprise! JUNE 2020 Maasdam - 01-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska Aussie_traveller13 - celebrating 40th anniversary N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) N Statendam - 07-Jun-20 - 14 night Voyage of the Midnight Sun travelingla Westerdam - 14-Jun-20 - 14 day Alaska VCR-Seward-VCR Himself Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska Veendam - 20-Jun-20 - 35 day Spitsbergen, Iceland & British Isles RetiredNow - celebrating 40th anniversary on board & 34th year cruising with HAL N Statendam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Norse Legends vicd1969 Westerdam - 21-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska, Seward to Vancouver KidCruze - with in laws, first HAL cruise N Amsterdam - 27-Jun-20 - 12 day Greek Odyssey calebandjess - celebrating 10th anniversary, CAleb’s birthday & 1st HAL cruise JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Zaandam - 04-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B with July 11th Zaandam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B following July 4th, 1st cruise as a solo Eurodam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Loreto - cruising with family & celebrating Loreto’s birthday on board N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser Empress of the Seas - 20-Jul-20 - 7 day Best of Bermuda rafinmd - B2B with July 27th Empress of the Seas - 27-Jul-20 - 7 day New England & Canada out of Bayonne rafinmd - B2B following July 20th Maasdam - 27-Jul-20 - 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise AUGUST 2020 Koningsdam - 01-Aug-20 - Alaska with Glacier Bay & Inland Passage lazey1 N Statendam -02-Aug-20 - 14 day Northern Isles Cailey53 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Emerald Princess - 16-Aug-20 - 7 Alaska luvteaching - B2B with Aug. 23 Oosterdam Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th crystalspin Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Veendam - 22-Aug-20 - 17 day European River Explorer (Ams - Ven) Scrapnana - B2B with Sept. 8th Zaandam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 Day Historic Coast Crazy For Cats Koningsdam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 night Alaska sachinbapat - 1st cruise celebrating 25th anniversary Oosterdam - 23-Aug-20 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - B2B following Emerald Princess Aug. 16th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Amsterdam - 07-Sep-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires & Adriatic Dream NikkiGR - celebrating 45th anniversary, 1st HAL cruise Veendam - 08-Sep-20 - 14 day Turkey & Greek Isles Explorer Scrapnana - B2B following Aug. 22nd N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th N Amsterdam - 19-Sep-20 - 12 day Adriatic Dream vcd1969 Westerdam - 20-Sep-20 - 17 day Circle Hawaii carlyshenk Divi - 1st time to Hawaii & on the Westerdam lynanken -1st time to Hawaii & on Westerdam Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar madera1 Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - Seattle to Auckland B2B ending Nov. 7th sailingdutchy Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector gigianne - new horizons kazu richwmn OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Rotterdam - 03-Oct-20 - 29 day Iberian Adventure & Passage to America obriendan Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Reagan0712 - 1st time to Africa ger_77 & Honey Bunny - 5th Transatlantic N Statendam - 27-Oct-20 - 15 day Passage to America canadianbear Zaandam - 31-Oct-20 - 17 day Panama Canal Sequimcookie NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser packercruising - 3rd HAL cruise Eurodam - 08-Nov-20 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean saturn93 Zuiderdam - 08-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Crazy For Cats N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow N Amsterdam - 21-Nov-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean neuronbob Koningsdam - 21-Nov-20 - Mexican Riviera lazey1 N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Sunfarer Cruisinetta HAL Sailer - celebrating 25th anniversary DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 phyllisrf N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise GeriatricNurse Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Eurodam - 09-Dec-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 Amsterdam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Christmas & New Year richwmn NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children Zuiderdam - 27-Dec-20 - New Year’s Cruise fatcat04 - 3 generation cruise with grand moms, fatcat04 & kids JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult N Amsterdam - 02-Jan-21 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean summer slope doncarlos & Fishbabe Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Volendam - 04-Jan-21 - 74 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage StLouisCruisers - 2nd Grand Voyage, 3rd time to Antarctica Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Cailey53 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation bluesplayer Brewgirl1 - 1 more cruise with parents N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Eurodam - 07-Feb-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise Suzy Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar - celebrating 30th anniversary Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise wdw1972 - with hubby & friends fatcat04 Veendam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Rotterdam - 25-Mar-21 - 16 day Panama Canal (San Diego - FLL) samsonmo - B2B with April 10th APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th MAY 2021 Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 7 day Premier Venice to Rome 1ANGELCAT richwmn - B2B with May 22nd Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 17 day Premier Voyage & European Splendor Cailey53 - 1st inaugural voyage Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 19 day Norse Legends & Jewels of the Baltics Stefanni0522 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 10 day Jewel of the Baltics Veenendaal6 - celebrating 28th anniversary Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board JULY 2021 Oosterdam - 25-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Cruise Suzy - introducing DD, DS & their spouses to their first cruise AUGUST 2021 Rotterdam - 12-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Crazy for Cats Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 vinonme2 Rotterdam - 19-Jan-22 - 24 day Panama Canal DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2022 Oceania Riviera - 19-Feb-22 - 17 day Caribbean DeeniEncinitas HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  16. After having our Easter week cruise on the Nieuw Statendam canceled, we opted to put our FCC towards a 14-day southern Caribbean itinerary on the Veendam to celebrate our 5th anniversary in January 2021. Besides getting it all, we’re also getting $600 OBC so we’ll be able to afford some extras that we ordinarily wouldn’t. 😊 We’re also considering a couple more cruises... —5-day western Caribbean on the Norwegian Sun for the last week of August of this year. With NCL extending their shutdown to July 31, we’re waiting to see... —7 day Caribbean of some sort for fall 2021. Leading the possibilities Is MSC—we would love to give their Yacht Club a try. We are both of the mind that fear will not keep us away from our beloved cruising habit. 😊
  17. We would be flying to Rome tonight for a visit prior to boarding the Nieuw Amsterdam for a 24-day B2B to the Greek Islands, Adriatic, and Istanbul, finishing in Venice. Disappointing, but they'll always be there when it's safe to travel again!
  18. Great itinerary and a lot more to do than Alaska 🙂 Amsterdam- Is such a beautiful city , you need to get there at least two days prior sailing as there is a lot to explore. Flam Sognefjord Bergen- we walked around the beautiful medieval centre houses and had salmon and salad at the open food market downtown.(The most expensive lunch I've ever had, and in a food market, on wooden benches) 🙂 Molde Geiranger Geirangerfjord-breathtaking landscape Stavanger-has lots of museums Kristiansand Oslo-Hop on Hop off bus/Viking museum Copenhagen- We spent most of the day in Tivoli Gardens, and took a ride to the Little Mermaid
  19. We have cruises booked on Royal C for late October, 21 days in Australia & NZ, which we are expecting to be cancelled. Hoping to switch to another cruise(s) in the same time frame, even if it's "just" the Caribbean. We usually fly down to Florida, but could take an extra day or two to drive. Booked on Nieuw Statendam early Feb 2021, and keeping our fingers crossed it will happen. Planning to book the 2021 Voyage of the Vikings, but are waiting to see how things unfold in the next few months, after cruising starts again. If it sells out before we are ready, we'll book some other European cruise.
  20. Happy Days Are Here Again! The piano was not being used, but was ready to play, complete with the sheet music for “Happy Days Are Here Again! We finished checking our 4 bags to Fort Lauderdale and were heading to the TSA checkpoint when we spotted the piano sitting at the end of the concourse. What a great sign of the wonderful adventure to come. Cruising in general is delightful, long cruises even better, but being blessed to be able to go on a 128-day Grand World Voyage is a special treat. I had to sit down and plink a little on the keys, wishing now I had spent more time taking piano lessons, so I could have been able to bang out “Happy Days Are Here Again” which perfectly describes our mood as we start our Grand World Voyage. Planning for this cruise started in March of 2018 when we put down our deposit to hold our spot. Having a cruise deposit is like having a lottery ticket. While a cruise costs more than the lottery ticket, they both give you a chance to dream and anticipate a wonderful future. Unlike the lottery ticket, however, the cruise is a sure thing and the anticipation and planning is almost as sweet as the cruise itself. Over the next 4 months, we will be sharing our adventures and providing insight to help future cruisers as well as some observations to all the virtual cruisers around the world. Happy days are here again! Pete and Judy The Inside Cabin See the blog for pictures, menus and more! www.theinsidecabin.com
  21. I just saw this interesting photo. At least 13 rivercruise ships (probably more) waiting for the time they can sail again are docked near the Amsterdam cruiseterminal
  22. Manila Bay Cruise Ship update: 23rd May 2020: After the typhoon all the cruise ships went back in to Manila Bay 🙂. Since then Ovation of the Seas has left Manila Bay and is now on her way to Singapore, I think she maybe heading to layup? Carnival Splendor has left Manila Bay and is also now on her way to Singapore to drop more crew off: Of the coast of Manila there is 5 cruise ships having a party 🙂 , Those "DAM" ships 😉 , Westerdam, Noordam and Massdam are having a get together. Also Diamond Princess and Pacific Princess are hanging off there as well. Eurodam has gone to get water: Golden Princess and Sapphire Princess going / coming from getting water: Voyager of The Seas, Quantum of The Seas, and Pacific Dawn are social distancing from the rest of the ships: Costa Serena, Queen Elizabeth, Celebrity Solstice, Royal Princess, Costa Venezia, Sun Princess, Ruby Princess, Carnival Spirit, Majestic Princess, Carnival Panorama, Amsterdam, Pacific Aria, Pacific Explorer, Sea Princess are currently at anchor: Caledonia Sky has also joined the group 🙂 Explorer Dream is still docked:
  23. I prefer the Nieuw Amsterdam and I never eat in the Tamarind. I love the New York flavor of the Nieuw Amsterdam and I just find the Signature ships to be nicer than the Vista ships..
  24. today is National Tourist Appreciation Day and National Nurses Day Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" Meal suggestion for today - Egg & veggie pittas At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 Gibralta Veendam possible webcam view at 11pm Eastern Time http://www.meteogib.com/weather-webcam/ -- thanks to VMax1700 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam - disembarking crew
  25. today is Cinco de Mayo and National Teacher Day If only I could be respected without having to be respectable. Meal suggestion for today - Baked Boneless Chicken At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 Gibralta Veendam possible webcam view at 11pm Eastern Time http://www.meteogib.com/weather-webcam/ -- thanks to VMax1700 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam
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