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  1. 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.
  2. Our last 2 ocean cruises 2019 nd 2018 were on the MS Amsterdam and an Azamara ship. Both are old ladies. Cabin: We had a Neptune suite on HAL and a regular balcony cabin on Azamara. It is therefore not be quite fair to compare, but I hated our Azamara cabin for 1) the shower curtain and 2) the table and chairs that blocked the entire balcony 3) a chair instead of a sofa. I remember balcony cabins on HAL ships that were more spacious and better designed. Public space: The Azamara ship was fully booked and cramped on a dreary sea day. HAL had more space. Décor is a toss up, neither one is fresh and bright. Food: Food on HAL was good. Dinner on Azamara was more sophisticated, elegant and overall better. Offered local choices. Azamara pretends to be more destination oriented which was true for the food. Service: I think nobody surpasses the warm and friendly Indonesian/Philippino hotel crew on HAL. Signs of fatigue on Azamara. Supposedly Azamara officers interact with passengers, didn't see any of it. Itinerary/destination desk/enrichment: Excellent itinerary on both ships and the reason we booked. HAL had an experienced excursion desk staff. Excellent enrichment speakers. It was the Asia & Pacific Grand Voyage. Azamara cruise was around Japan. Her excursion desk people were inexperienced. The enrichment speaker made 3 factual errors on Japan within the first 30 minutes. If he really has been to Japan, he must have been totally oblivious to things around him. Very good: a Japanese ambassador with maps and advice for independent outings. Price: This Azamara cruise around Japan was as expensive as cruises on high end luxury ships but it did not provide the same experience. The HAL cruise was reasonably priced and in line with other HAL prices. Conclusion for us: We booked HAL again.
  3. ms Amsterdam 23:00 Callao 10:00 - 14 Oct 2019 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Rhodes Island Greece 08:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Mare Island Tadine 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Barcelona Spain 08:00 - 18:00 ms Noordam Vancouver Canada Place - yea 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Oosterdam San Diego California 07:00 - 17:00 ms Rotterdam Bordeaux -- - 06:45 AM ms Rotterdam Gironde Estuary -- - -- ms Veendam Quebec City Canada 07:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Oranjestad Aruba Island 08:00 - 23:00 ms Westerdam Yokohama Tokyo 06:30 - 20:00 ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam Halifax 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  4. Thanks for posting the pictures. Wonder if Capt. Albert will do a running post of her construction as he did for the Nieuw Statendam?
  5. Great photographs! We are sailing on the Nieuw statendam in December and as it’s our first HAL cruise we are keen to see what’s in store for us, thankyou
  6. My partner Charles and I look forward to another HAL TA crossing. Took the Koningsdam last year and had a wonderful cruise. Great food and service all around. Love the Tamarind Specialty Dining restaurant. This year spending 3 days in Rome pre-embarkation.
  7. 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.
  8. Thanks, Copper! I liked the Nieuw Statendam very much, so look forward to sailing the next Ryndam.
  9. The first cruise I paid for myself was in late 1994 (I think it was around Thanksgiving) aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam III. I'm pretty sure it was a 14 day Cruise in the Caribbean and I was sharing a large outside cabin (I think they called called a "mini-suite") with my grandfather, who was 94 at the time but still in superior condition. Earlier that year I had successfully completed the defense of my doctoral dissertation, and this seemed like a great way to celebrate. This was was my grandfather's last sea voyage, and he had a great time showing me around the ship and some of the islands. As for how much it cost, for some reason I seem to recall that I paid $1400, which was an enormous sum to me at that time. Granddad took care of all of our onboard expenses, for which I was deeply grateful.
  10. Sojourn 2018 B2B Alaska and America’s Gold Coast Vol. 15 #3 – Ketchikan Today, I took the tor Ketchikan’s Cultural Discovery tour. Ketchikan was Alaska’s First City and I was ready to enjoy Ketchikan’ vivid naïve culture. First stop was the Totem Heritage Center which contains one of he largest authentic collections of totems in the world. With the dark, overcast skies outside, the interior lighting was not sufficient for hand-held photography. The museum vast collection of poles and artifacts, many of which are hundreds of years old. Then we enjoyed a scenic drive to Potlatch Park, where we explored several centuries of Alaskan history. Starting with a collection of antique cars. Then we took an awe-inspiring trip back to the 19th century to explore a fully re-created Native Alaskan village and peer into one of the homes to see the diorama of how native Alaskans actually lived in the 1800s. Today’s Freeze Frames: https://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j203/paulhaynie/Sojourn%20Sept%2025%20-%20Oct%2015%202018/_8001664_zps1ypn1itx.jpg[/IMG Our Neighbors In Ketchikan The HAL Eurodam & ... https://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j203/paulhaynie/Sojourn%20Sept%2025%20-%20Oct%2015%202018/_8001683_zpszxjxiix9.jpg[/IMG The HAL Nieuw Amsterdam Walkway to Potlatch Park 1 of 2 Walkway to Potlatch Park 2 of 2 - Salmon Treading Water Either Waiting to or Actually Spawning From Top Down: Eagle, Wife whose Husband was missing, Whale & Raven *** Ketchikan Freeze Frames Continued in Next Post ***
  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. Sojourn 2018 B2B Alaska and America’s Gold Coast Vol. 15 #2 – Vancouver Sailaway! Embarkation day is finally here! There were 3 ships in port today. The first to arrive were HAL ships: the Amsterdam & Zaandam (both were in-transit which made our embarkation process go smoothly & quickly) and Seabourn Sojourn. After embarking the ship and having lunch in the Colonnade, I went to Seabourn Square and had my inaugural Skinny flat white hazelnut latte and sat in the corner and people watched. Then around 2 PM, the announcement was made that all suites were ready for occupancy, which triggered the “stampede to the Suites.” This was not a problem for me as all I had to do was walk forward from Seabourn Square and my suite was on the port side of the ship. Upon arrival. I saw that my heavily packed suitcase, entrusted to Luggage Forward 2.5 weeks ago, was on top of the bed for immediate unpacking, which is exactly what I did. I smiled and winked to the Seabourn Luggage Valet fairy who watched over my suitcase during shipment from my home to my suite. Soon after that my rollaboard arrived, that was also unpacked. My suite stewardess Julia came buy and introduced herself and we chatted for a moment and I chose my bar soap. Now that my Suite is all ship-shape for the cruise it is time to do some exploring around the ship. I am always glad when this part of the voyage is complete! Sailaway was delayed about an hour for all 3 ships. The Amsterdam got away before I could take a snap of her. The Zaandam was gracefully maneuvered away from the dock behind us to turn around and head out to sea. We were the last to leave the dock and the CD Robert Brendan then introduced the entertainment staff to enhance our sailing. After sailing under the Lions Gate Bridge and approaching the Pacific Ocean, it was cold and windy, thereby indicating it was time to get cleaned up for supper. I was a guest at the hosted table of Seabourn singer David Fearn in the Restaurant. It was a nice table and we all got along quite well together. I really enjoyed my dinner of Poached Shrimp Ceviche with avocado tartare, cilantro and lime; tomato salad, pickled red onion with Roquefort cheese, basil vinaigrette; caramelized scallops & shrimp, fettucine, green vegetables, pommery mustard cream; and capping it all off with a decalf cappuccino. As I walked upstairs, I peeked into The Club and was moderately busy. With the embarkation and sailaway excitement behind me, I stated to fade so I retired to my suite for the evening. The moment my head touched the fluffy pillows and I pulled the Scandinavian comforter over me, I was immediately transported back to my home at sea and slept soundly the entire night. Today’s Freeze Frames: Holland America Line Zaandam On Her Way Sojourn Sailaway 1 of 8 Sojourn Sailaway 2 of 8 Sojourn Sailaway 3 of 8 Sojourn Sailaway 4 of 8 - The Band & Amber Revs Up The Passengers Engines *** Sailaway Freeze Frames Continued in Next Post ***
  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. The forward lower section of the third Pinnacle-class ship, Ryndam IV (Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam preceded her; how 'bout getting rid of that "Nieuw" and just calling her Statendam VI, HAL?) was launched at Palermo, Sicily on 03 Oct 2019, after officially being blessed. The plan is for this section to be towed around the "boot" of Italy and up the Adriatic to Fincantieri's Marghera yard (near Venice) for an early November arrival, where it will eventually be added to other sections like a jigsaw puzzle. Next up is the keel laying. Ryndam IV is scheduled to join the fleet in May 2021
  15. 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.
  16. This is true only on the S&R class ships. The person you were answering was asking about the Nieuw Statendam.
  17. First cruise was in 1987. I remember my cost perfectly .... nothing. I won the cruise through work with HSC, air fare and many other amenities included (plus spending money). A group of 200 of us for the first one. Yup, we were some of the infamous groups. Many asked our leader which cruise we were on next so they could book 😉 We were a bit of fun on board. 😄 HAL was our 2nd cruise (same price) on the lovely old Nieuw Amsterdam. That’s when I fell in love with HAL. I didn’t pay for a cruise until just under a decade later when I took DH on his first cruise on the Volendam 😄
  18. I believe the Pinnacle class ships, including Nieuw Statendam, have refrigerators in all staterooms. I could, of course, be wrong. But, at least the Koningsdam, which was the first Pinnacle class ship, has them. From the HAL website: "Does my stateroom have a mini-fridge? A mini-fridge is included with all staterooms. ". So I can't imagine that they aren't in all staterooms on Nieuw Statendam. But the same description goes on to say: "Guests who need to refrigerate medication should store it in the ship’s infirmary, as mini-fridges aren’t cold enough for that purpose."
  19. I struggle with understanding the refrigerator issue on HAL. We will be trying HAL for the first time in many years when we sail on the Nieuw Statendam next year. I keep seeing posts about HAL charging for refrigerators, but then look at YouTube videos from the Nieuw Statendam and see refrigerators showing in every cabin. Were these paid for in advance? Is that why they are in the cabins when people walk in? I’ve always taken refrigerators in cabins for granted having sailed on Princess for many years.
  20. I don't remember how much I paid for my first two cruises before I was married, Queen of Bermuda in 1965 and Carnival Festivale in 1995. Our first HAL cruise as a couple was a 7-day AK on the Amsterdam in 2002 that cost about $4000 including air. First cruise that I have an exact number on was a 10-day Baltic cruise on the Westerdam in 2005: $4212 not counting air or post-cruise hotel night. That was our first Veranda cabin!
  21. I can certainly give you our booking number so you can send us flowers for our stateroom! 11/26 on Nieuw Amsterdam! 😃 😉 I have been on about 4 times today with no problems using Chrome (still trying to get reasonably priced flights!)
  22. I had K1116 on Westerdam and did not hear any noise from above. I liked it so much that two years later I had it for 24 days on Nieuw Amsterdam. Great cabin. They would have to upgrade me to a suite to get me out of those big insides. EM K1116 on Nieuw Amsterdam
  23. As you get away from Amsterdam it has been getting less rainy. Thank goodness! Back to the discussion of liquor, if you are a fan of American whiskeys don't get your hopes up. While there is a nice selection of Scotch, America provides Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Makers Mark. Pedestrian indeed. On the other hand they have Havana Club 7 year old rum. If I could get that from my local liquor store I would be a rum drinker!
  24. Glad to hear your trip is going well jeb_bud. We have been in drizzly Amsterdam for 24 hours now and board our shop on Monday. Presumably it is still the Pearl, we haven't heard otherwise. Can't wait to get onboard and find out for ourselves, but I have never really worried about food and wine because there are so many great reports. I can't imagine water levels being much of a problem in the rain here is anything to go on.
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