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  1. I've cruised both lines and prefer HAL. I dislike Celebrity's treatment of passengers who don't book suites. I feel as though I'm a "second-class" traveler when I sail with them. I don't get the same vibe from HAL. I like the more traditional feel of HAL's ships, although if you've sailed on Celebrity's newer ships, you might want to start on HAL with the two new Pinnacle Class vessels, Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam. My only complaint about these two ships is the narrow Promenade Deck, although passengers can walk 360 degrees around the ship. Recently, HAL seems to be cutting their entertainment budget, so don't board the ship thinking you're going to see great shows. You won't. Music Walk is a great addition with BB Kings Blues Club, Lincoln Center (classical music), Billboard Onboard (two pianos playing contemporary tunes) and Rolling Stones Rock Room (available only on the two Pinnacle Class ships). The shows in these lounges are paced so you can move from one venue to the next. Multiple shows per night with chances to dance. Food is subjective, so I hesitate to compare; however, the only dish I feel Celebrity did better was corned beef hash which isn't that good on HAL for some reason. At least, I don't care for it, but on Celebrity it was wonderful. At the Lido Marketplace (the buffet), HAL staff serves you; this prevents the spread of Noro virus. It does build the lines, though, during peak times. You'll find a lot less lamb dishes, which were featured each night on Celebrity the last time we cruised with them. No one can say whether you'll find HAL a good fit or not. Try it and see if it meets expectations. You could also visit a local bookstore and browse through a book that reviews the various cruise lines to compare Celebrity and HAL. Good luck, Carol, trying to decide whether to try HAL or not. If you do, write a review and let us know your impressions.
  2. We have done both the Rhine, Moselle, (Sept. 2019) and the Danube Budapest to Prague on Ama. We loved them both, so I will probably not be much help. If you do the Rhine, I would encourage you to include the Moselle, which the 2 you have listed do. We loved the small towns on the Moselle. We also loved Amsterdam at the end of the cruise. It is a beautiful city. The Danube was our first river cruise, on a ship that was only a month old, so we were sold on river cruising after that experience. If you choose this itinerary, plan on spending a few days in Budapest. There is so much to see. I would suggest that you look in to doing the pre and post trips on your own, if you feel comfortable with independent travel. You can do this part a lot more economical on your own. I agree with The other Tom, be cognizant of the time you are cruising in regard to water levels. Late May, early June are generally good times in that regard.
  3. Welcome to Cruise Critic. It doesn't look like a roll call has been created for your cruise in the roll call forum at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/225-amsterdam-roll-calls/ You might start one as that is usual spot to ask about sharing excursions. We have done this exact cruise 2 times and love it. We usually rent a car in Charlottetown, PEI as there are a few different companies there and it is pretty easy. The island is super easy to navigate too. I too am an Anne fanatic and Green Gables really is a must see. Enjoy your cruise!
  4. Hi, I recently booked this 7-day cruise on the Amsterdam from Montreal to Boston. My wife is an avid "Anne of Green Gables" fan . Unfortunately it does appear that most shore excursions for Tuesday 18th of August do not provide a lot of time at the house and museum. If there are another couple on this cruise interested in sharing a tour with Target Tours Atlantic - "Anne of Green Gables Adventure - private tour" (C$428 total). We are travelling from Australia, you can contact us at my email : altony@optusnet.com.au cheers Tony Evans
  5. Do the ships still have kiosks where you can see/print your account? I know I've used them in the past, but it's been a few years and I don't remember which ship it was. Maybe Amsterdam?
  6. I am now booked on a HAL( came back from Princess) cruise sailing on the beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam. I booked a balcony cabin on deck 5, next to the elevator. I have been in a cabin like this before, but it was a while ago, and I don't remember. I would like to know how much of a view do you get from the elevator into my cabin. I not worried about the balcony view, just the cabin. Thank you
  7. Nice that they do that for y'all. On two different occasions, several years apart, they were unable to book flights for me from the end of one cruise to the beginning of another including an upcoming pair. First time was Rome (or anywhere in Spain or Portugal) to Montreal, and now from Amsterdam to Venice. I was told both times that because of their agreement with the airlines they could not act as travel agents. The could only book flights from your home airport to the embarkation port or from disembarkation to home. edit -- I just went to the Flight Ease web site. I was able to choose several places to fly from, but none in Europe. At the end of the cruise, again I could select places in the US, but none in Europe. Maybe that is the difference.
  8. We did a 7 day cruise to Alaska this summer on Nieuw Amsterdam. Ages in our Group were 70's, 40's, 12 and 16. Everyone had a great time and we loved the ship. Having said that, I have platinum status on Norwegian and have never had a bad cruise or a problem. Not keen on Carnival, ship was dark and dreary and our room was very noisy because of music in the casino below us. Royal Caribbean was just okay but the specialty coffee bar was on the way to the buffet so we could pick up good coffee in the morning, unlike Nieuw Amsterdam where you had to make your way to the top floor to get a special coffee. Princess was massively overcrowded but we did like Vines, the wine bar for the tapas. Haven't been on Celebrity yet. Loved the Celestial Crystal cruise around Cuba but a small ship and not for kids although the production shows were the best I've ever seen. Like you, we pick the cruise for the itinerary but I hope to sail on HAL again.
  9. Thanks. Is there a level where either currents get too strong for save navigation or bridge clearances start to get critical? I'm on Crystal Bach Amsterdam to Baisel October 27. Roy
  10. Thanks. that was my idea. When we went on a river cruise, I could determine that the "chosen" hotel in Amsterdam was the Amsterdam Grand Amrath. I was able to book it on my own for about half the cost that the cruise line would have charged. Of course, I couldn't get transportation to the ship, but I just ordered a taxi. However, that was not on HAL, so didn't know if HAL was an exception to the rule.
  11. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Honolulu Oahu Island 00:00 - 23:00 ms Koningsdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam Auckland New Zealand 08:00 - 17:00 Web Cam http://www.sitecam.co.nz/auckland_webcam ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 18:00 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam Le Havre (Paris) 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM Web Cam http://www.lehavre.fr/webcams/entree-du-port ms Veendam Halifax Nova Scotia 08:00 - 18:00 ms Volendam Puerto Quetzal Guatemala 08:00 - 18:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam Saguenay Fjord -- - --
  12. We have had Retreat Cabanas 6 times on 4 ships, including N. Amsterdam, once, and one booked on N. Amsterdam for next May. We obviously like them, but only you can decide on if it is "worth it" to you. Do you have specific questions?
  13. For our upcoming cruise on Neiuw Amsterdam we were offered a Retreat cabana for extra cost. Does anybody have any insight into this? is it worth it?
  14. They finally upgraded the internet service to the cabins on the older ships. We just boarded the Maasdam, one of the oldest in the fleet, and have excellent reception in our veranda cabin in the aft area!! Prior to this when we sailed on the Ryndam, Maasdam, Amsterdam, Zuiderdam, Veendam and Zaandam, we have always had to go to either the Crows Nest or Explorers Lounge to check email and other internet-based stuff. Thanks HAL!!
  15. Oh dear! I’m so sorry to hear that. What amenities were not provided? We are in the corner Capri. Were you near that cabana? Was Capri in disrepair? I have been in cabanas on Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam so expectations are high since those cabanas were wonderful.
  16. Are the free drinks well, or anything goes within reason? I would hate to be getting New Amsterdam.
  17. My family will be going on a 14 day cruise back to back on the Nieuw Statendam. What is the procedure of the back to back cruise? Will my family be required to get off the ship and wait in the cruise terminal as the initial embarkation?? Your feedback is much appreciated. Leeson112
  18. Many people here know my cruise line of choice is Crystal, so how should I respond to a question about why I love HAL. I sail several cruise lines more or less regularly and each of the ones I favor have something I like find better than Crystal. Unfortunately, some of those HAL exclusives have gone by the wayside recently. A couple of the things I loved about HAL that are no longer there were: 1: The EXC guide position is something I have seen nowhere else, not even with close relative Seabourn. Nobody else had somebody so devoted to practical and generally unbiased information and background material on the ports, even being stationed at the gangway at ports for last minute questions. While I understand others may be taking on some of their functions they will be missed. 2. Not really a HAL exclusive but never seen on Crystal are the chilled soups and they also seem to be on the wane with several other cruise lines. I really miss those. I choose not to dwell on the past but look to the future. HAL has a couple of advantages that while not individually exclusive make a very nice package in total: 1. Prices that are pretty attractive. 2. Classic ships 3. Civilized atmosphere 4. Choice of fixed or flexible dining 5. Varied and attractive itineraries HAL's range of itineraries are not quite unique but there are very few cruise lines that can touch it in that department. The one thing really exclusive about HAL is On Deck For a Cause with every cruise, and a promenade deck that can support it on every ship, even the ones where many people decry the changes in that department. I've had great On Deck For A cause experiences on every HAL ship I've sailed including the Koningsdam and the Nieuw Statendam. Roy
  19. Hi, We were on the boat opposite way, Amsterdam to Mainz in early July...fantastic...well above any expectations I had...ship was in pristine condition, had a re-hab this year. Nice size, felt like you were a guest on a large party on a large yacht! Never been on a mega-sized cruise ship but don't think I would like that. Service was also excellent, not stuffy or prententious,// no dress-code type like on some large ships, but honest and sincere service by everyone from maids to servers and bar keep. Good food...no pressure to buy anything extra like booze or land trips...did not get booze pass, just bought our wine, beer cocktails as wanted...prices not excessive...decent bottle of wine at dinner 20-30 euro (they keep in for next meal if you don't finish it and return it to you at next dinner)...cocktail 6-8 euros, beers 4-5 euros...no stiff markup. They don't search your bags so bringing liquor should be no problem, but would only be for in room use...would not flaunt it in public areas. My only complaint/regret on the trip was we had lower level room with only sealed window..not bad, but would have preferred room with sliding window to get air...A/C was great but a little weak and stuffy in room...though we were in hotter weather that I am sure you will find if you are going soon.? Did not take any of the pre-arranged excursions..with boat typically docking right in town, it was easy to do your own thing, which I prefer personally...Mannheim was the only exception where it docked in more of an industrial port area, away from town...There is definitely time for Heidelberg (not much in Mannheim to see)...we did our own excursion and walked to a tram stop..took tram 2 stops to train station, and then got train to Heidelberg...express trains can make the journey in like 15-20 minutes it seemed, but trains with stops will be longer..got a combined city bus, funicular up the hill to castle, and castle admission in one ticket from the tourist office in front of main train station in Heidelberg..was not time to go to University AND castle...wonderful views from castle top......I am sure if you are on arranged tour you will have more time, but no guarantees...If you do it on your own, I would recommend using a taxi from boat in Mannheim to the train station to save time and chance getting lost which loses time.
  20. We noticed the same thing - on Amsterdam in Sept - not very good laundry on two occasions.
  21. We are booked on the Crucevita running from Mainz to Amsterdam. It appears that the ship is in good shape, and we anticipate a fine journey. What were your impressions on the excursions? Did any stand out one way or the other? I'm particularly interested in your experience at Mannheim/Heidelberg. The time (only seven hours) seems very short for a visit to H'berg. BTW: Are there any issues on bringing alcohol on board? Thanks for your help.
  22. My wife Kathy and I are on the Viking Grand European tour, Budapest to Amsterdam from May 10 - 24 2020. We are really interested in the optional excursions where you ride a bicycle. I haven't found any reviews for these tours. If you have taken any bicycle tours on this trip, I would love to hear your review. Thank you! Passau: Tour Bavaria by e-bike Wertheim by bicycle Cologne by bicycle Kinderdijk windmills by bicycle
  23. I saw this earlier regarding Koningsdam— But, Can anyone confirm if these bottle filling stations are also on Nieuw Statendam? Thank you!!! I like filling my water bottle the right (nice)way 😊
  24. We have always had a good turnaround time but on the Amsterdam in September they weren't doing a good job getting stains out.
  25. Well, we’re all set to go on the Grandiosa and we are all excited to experience MSC! I think I’ll make myself a little notebook with common, Italian phrases in it so I have an easier time communicating with our Italian crew members. However, depending on our experience, this may be a “one-time” attempt at MSC. My husband and I (both retired) cruise at least once a year, but the cost for seven people in the YC, as opposed to any other line, made it possible for us to pay for/ plan for this. We knew Grandiosa was set to sail this November so we thought a new ship would be awesome! I also got word that the individual assigned as captain is exceptional! I believe his name is Captain Massa (or something like that) and since that info was posted, there have been only glowing and positive responses on CC. We have sailed on Princess; HAL; and Oceania. If I could afford to,...I’d sail on Oceania (Riviera or Marina) every time! There is literally nothing I can find that is a negative with Oceania. The Marina will be refurbished next year and when we sailed on the Riviera (sister ship and same size as the Marina) in January of 2018, we did so not for the itinerary (Caribbean) but for the ship. And it was fabulous! We stayed in a room with concierge perks; the cabin/bathroom were great; the “dine at any specialty restaurants w/o extra cost” was wonderful and the food....was EXCEPTIONAL; the staff always cheerful and wanting to please...I could go on and on. The only downside to the cruise...my husband’s kidney stone decided to make its way through his system and he was indisposed for the last two days of the cruise (sea days). It was horrible and once back on land, we got home as quickly as possible and he had to have surgery. UGH! Our cruise plans for 2021 are to sail to Northern Europe,....and I very much wanted to see the fjords (the significant ones) near Bergen. Cost-wise, HAL’s Nieuw Statendam offers a 21-day cruise from Amsterdam up that way and then back down to include Oslo; Helsinki; Copenhagen; St. Petersburg; etc..etc..for a much more affordable fare than Oceania. You get what you pay for but we just can’t afford the $20,000+ it would cost on the Marina for a somewhat similar itinerary. I’m still trying to figure out the logistics...maybe we can stay in an interior cabin??? ;0) Thank you, Georgia-Peaches and all those wishing us well on our 50th anniversary! As we get older, I’m starting to think, “How much longer will I be able to cruise ANYWHERE? We are seniors - I’m in my late 60’s and my husband early 70’s - and for the most part, in good health. But, I don’t know how many more sailing years we have left, so there’s somewhat a desperation in our planning.....I’m trying to squeeze everything to do with traveling into the years we have left. So there’s more of an urgency NOT to make any mistakes of choosing the right product for us. Not everyone will relate to what I just said but they will most certainly come to that point in their lives when they might begin to understand our thinking..... In the meantime,.....Happy Sailing to you all on whichever cruise line you choose! We appreciate those who take the time and make the effort to post their detailed experiences and pictures!! It’s been so helpful!!!
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