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  1. today is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day and Beans and Franks Day It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. Meal suggestion for today - Moroccan pomegranate & roast veg salad Wine of the day - Domaine du Castel Grand Vin Haute-Judée vintage 2016 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Eurodam destination Singapore Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Volendam Westerdam Zuiderdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  2. today is Paper Bag Day and Pecan Pie Day Fertility is hereditary. If your parents didn't have any children, neither will you. Meal suggestion for today - Pasta Carbonara Wine of the day - Clos Fourtet St.-Emilion vintage 2014 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Eurodam destination Singapore Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Rotterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Zuiderdam destination Singapore eta 7/13 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Volendam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  3. I hope this is not a violation of any terms: I got the following quote from here: https://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/opinion-site-impressions-holland-america-s-nieuw-amsterdam The top suite I viewed onboard was #10005, a Neptune Spa Suite (SQ category); these range from 465 square feet to 502 square feet. See my photos at the top of this article. Just inside the suite is a writing desk and then the space opens up to a large sitting area with forward facing windows, a lounging couch and two chairs, a large flat screen TV, and an entertaining area with mini-fridge, bar glasses, a coffee machine and fresh fruit. Adjacent to the bed is the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, opening to a normal sized balcony. But when a dividing panel on the balcony is opened, the veranda space then wraps around the front of the ship. Keeping that door panel shut, though, cuts down on hefty wind flow on the balcony when the ship is at sea.
  4. today is Cheer up the Lonely Day and National Blueberry Muffins Day "There's nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won't aggravate." Meal suggestion for today - Potato Kielbasa Skillet Wine for today - Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve vintage 2016 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/24 Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Noordam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Volendam destination Singapore eta 7/12 Zuiderdam destination Singapore eta 7/13 Hong Kong Anchorage Eurodam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Koningsdam Singapore Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Rotterdam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  5. I sailed with Captain Mercer when he was the Master of the Nieuw Amsterdam. I came to respect him after attending the Q&A that was held in the Crow's Nest during my cruise. I am interested in learning, as the old radio commentator Paul Harvey said at the close of his broadcasts.."Now, you know the rest of the story" from Captain Mercer.
  6. today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day "I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called `brightness', but it doesn't work." -- Gallagher Meal suggestion for today - Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Wine for today - Michele Castellani Valpolicella Classico Superiore San Michele Ripasso vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Noordam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Volendam destination Singapore eta 7/12 Zuiderdam destination Singapore eta 7/13 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/11 Hong Kong Anchorage Eurodam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Singapore Anchorage Amsterdam Rotterdam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  7. If you can spare the time I still like what I did last time. HAL's 7-day cruises out of Vancouver (I think next year it's Volendam on Wednesday and Koningsdam on Saturday) which offer the option to disembark in Skagway after 3 days, continuing overland to Anchorage, and then continuing Southbound on either Noordam or Nieuw Amsterdam. You see a lot of the real Alaska and get time to decompress from the land trip on the ship on days when you can view glaciers at your leisure. Roy
  8. today is National Sugar Cookie Day and Call of the Horizon Day A bore is someone who persists in holding his own views after we have enlightened him with ours. Meal suggestion for today - Smoky hake, beans & greens Wine for today - Cantina Terlano Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Tradition vintage 2018 At Sea Indian Ocean Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Noordam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Rotterdam destination Singapore eta 7/10 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Volendam destination Singapore eta 7/12 Zuiderdam destination Singapore eta 7/13 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/11 Hong Kong Anchorage Eurodam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Singapore Anchorage Amsterdam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  9. Long time HAL cruiser. Recently received an email from HAL about Private Fare sale for some Mexican and Caribbean cruises. The prices were amazing, like $499 for a Veranda. Emailed our cruise agent and signed up for cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam March 31, 2021. We were assigned cabin 4001. I should have checked before hand but our consultant said it was fine. Turns out it can be noisy. https://www.cruisecritic.com/nieuw-amsterdam-deck-plans/dp/deluxe-ocean-view-verandah-stateroom-vh/cc/?page=2 Consultant said we cannot change the cabin now, which is too bad I guess. Any hope we could if we call HAL directly? The deposit is non-refundable but is it transferable?
  10. today is Body Painting Day and National Blueberry Day The optimum committee has no members. -- Norman Augustine Meal suggestion for today - Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves Wine for today - Matervini Malbec Luján de Cuyo Finca Perdriel vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Eurodam Eurodam is currently the happy wanderer. Both services show her as being at Singapore Anchorage, but the map from CM shows her off the coast of Viet Nam, heading North East. Update - MT shows her off Singapore with a destination of Lisbon, CM shows her destination as Singapore but she appears to be headed for Hong Kong. Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Noordam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Rotterdam destination Singapore eta 7/10 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Volendam destination Singapore eta 7/12 Zuiderdam destination Singapore eta 7/13 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/11 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Singapore Anchorage Amsterdam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  11. Another busy night last night with more cruise ships leaving Manila Bay, last night we saw 10 ships leaving Manila Bay. The ships leaving Manila Bay where: Pacific Explorer, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Aria, Ovation of the Seas, Sapphire Princess, Royal Princess, Diamond Princess, Noordam, Nieuw Amsterdam Pacific Explorer is off to Hong Kong: Pacific Dawn is off to Singapore: Pacific Aria is off to Singapore: Ovation of the Seas is off to Singapore: Sapphire Princess is off to Port Klang, Malaysia: Royal Princess is off to Port Klang, Malaysia: Diamond Princess is off to Port Klang, Malaysia: Noordam, is off to Singapore: Nieuw Amsterdam is off to Singapore:
  12. Pat, I've already looked at alternatives for late January and not finding much that looks interesting. There's a Journeys out of Charleston (so we wouldn't have to fly) but the prices are absurd. I just don't understand why people are so eager to spend on these Journeys sailings. You can sail 10-14 day cruises on other lines for less (and usually nicer ships, better food, etc). But because it's Carnival, people pay. SMH. Anyway, I'm most disappointed because I used my Diamond upgrade for Breeze! Beginning to wonder it I'll ever use it. I'm sure the price to upgrade from IS to OV on one of our Legend sailings will be much more expensive, just to then move up to a BL. I may end up on the 1/30 HAL Nieuw Amsterdam and use my FCC and OBC on that. But that means not sailing with you for your b'day. 🙁 I could always NOT sail and save the money for Australia!
  13. today is Chocolate Day and National Strawberry Sundae Day You cannot kill time without injuring eternity. Meal suggestion for today - Squid & pinto bean stew with garlic toasts Wine for today - The Calling Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Eurodam Eurodam is currently the happy wanderer. Both services show her as being at Singapore Anchorage, but the map from CM shows her off the coast of Viet Nam, heading North East. Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Noordam destination Singapore eta 7/11 Rotterdam destination Singapore eta 7/10 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Puerto Vallarta Punta Arenas Oosterdam Manila Anchorage Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Amsterdam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  14. Another update: Pacific Dawn, Ovation of the Seas, Noordam, and Nieuw Amsterdam are leaving for Singapore. Pacific Explorer is leaving for Hong Kong. Royal Princess and Diamond Princess are joining the ships mentioned yesterday leaving for Port Klang, Malaysia. Port Klang doesn't have that much space, so I guess they'll probably anchor off shore out there, and there's no hurry for ships to rush back towards their homeports, so...I guess we'll see.
  15. Manila Bay Cruise Ship Update - 5th July 2020. Sorry for the delay in posting the lasted update..., the tax man got in the way.... Manila Bay got some more new arrivals this week: Carnival Dream and Carnival Conquest. Viking Orion has now left Manila Bay is now in Hong Kong: Ships by Cruise Line at anchor in Manila Bay: Princess: Golden Princess. Crown Princess. Royal Princess. Sun Princess. Sea Princess. Majestic Princess. Sapphire Princess. Ruby Princess, Pacific Princess Island Princess P&O Australia: Pacific Dawn Pacific Aria Pacific Explorer Carnival: Carnival Spirit Carnival Panorama Costa: Costa Neoromantica. Costa Atlantica Costa Serena Costa Venezia Costa Mediterranea Holland America: Noordam. Volendam. Nieuw Amsterdam Rotterdam Zuiderdam Royal Caribbean International: Voyager of the Seas Ovation of the Seas Norwegian Cruises: Norwegian Joy Silversea Cruises: Silver Muse Other: Caledonian Sky The ship marked "Zudm 16" is the Zuiderdam and the ship marked "Ov Tend" is Ovation of the Seas.
  16. today is International Kissing Day and National Fried Chicken Day "I'm not under the alkafluence of inkahol that some thinkle peep I am. It's just the drunker I sit here the longer I get." Meal suggestion for today - Minty roast veg & hummus salad Wine for today - Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St.-Julien vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Eurodam Eurodam is currently the happy wanderer. Both services show her as being at Singapore Anchorage, but the map from CM shows her off the coast of Viet Nam, heading North East. Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/5 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Amsterdam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Eurodam position according to Cruise Mapper
  17. HAL's pricing is FAR more stable and less "dynamic" than others ........ While we do see price updates from time to time, they are less frequent. Try booking a cruise with Royal Caribbean sometimes. Their yield management software makes the Airlines look like Kindergartners. Not only will the pricing fluctuate MULTIPLE times per DAY for the cruise fare, taxes constantly change based on computer modeled occupancy and there is no apparent rhyme or reason as to why a lower category will have a higher price than a higher one. Any "Cruise Planner" purchases you make also use dynamic pricing. Drink Packages can be $85/day on one ship/sailing if bought Tuesday morning, then $57 for same ship/date if bought Wednesday afternoon, and so on for the entire fleet. Same with Shore Excursions, specialty dining, spa treatments and the list goes on. The constantly fluctuating pricing not just for the cruise, but for the ancillary items is what has pushed me away from Royal, it's a huge turnoff to me as a consumer. Sadly Celebrity are going the same direction with dynamic pricing models and increasing fares to a level I just don't find good value anymore. So I guess HAL can thank the Royal Caribbean Corporation for turning me off as a consumer, as my 3 most recent bookings have all been HAL (Amsterdam 2019, Nieuw Statendam 2021 and Volendam 2022). Between the former Explore4 and now Have it All promos, HAL is providing me with amenities I value at a price I am willing to pay on itineraries I am looking for on comfortable, uncrowded ships - win, win, win!
  18. today is Build A Scarecrow Day and National Apple Turnover Day A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me. I'm afraid of widths. -- Steve Wright Meal suggestion for today - Pan-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Wine for today - Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Mosel Zeltinger Himmelreich vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/5 Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/5 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Amsterdam Eurodam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  19. Happy Independence Day (U.S) today is Alice in Wonderland Day and International Cherry Pit Spitting Day Anything free is worth what you pay for it. Meal suggestion for today - Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the Grill Wine for today - Drouhin Oregon Roserock Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills vintage 2016 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/5 Eurodam destination Scheveningen eta 7/5 Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Punta Arenas eta 7/5 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  20. today is National Plastic Bag Free Day and Chocolate Wafer Day Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" Meal suggestion for today - Tender Chicken Strips Wine for today - The Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley,2015,93,32 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/5 Maasdam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Veendam destination Suez Canal eta 7/17 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Balboa Panama Koningsdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Eurodam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  21. today is Special Recreation for the Disabled Day and World UFO Day "Plaese porrf raed." -- Prof. Michael O'Longhlin, S.U.N.Y. Purchase Meal suggestion for today - Pasta Carbonara Wine for today - Purple Hands Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Latchkey Vineyard vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Singapore eta 7/5 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Balboa Panama Koningsdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Eurodam Maasdam docked Westerdam Veendam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore area
  22. The Daily for Wednesday Jul 1, 2020 Happy Canada Day! today is Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day You know it's going to be a bad day when you want to put on the clothes you wore home from the party and there aren't any. Meal suggestion for today - Bavarian Pot Roast Wine for today - Librandi Val di Neto White Critone vintage 2017 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Balboa Panama Koningsdam Jakarta Anchorage Amsterdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam at sea off Manila Singapore Anchorage Eurodam Maasdam Westerdam Veendam docked Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  23. I've been on only one HAL cruise, and it was just for 7 nights, so my experience may not be typical. People had warned me to expect many very elderly passengers, but that wasn't the case. By far the largest number seemed to be in my own demographic: over 60 but under 70, mostly youngish retirees and early retirees. I am semi-retired but not able to take long cruises because my work is year-round. Quite a few younger than that, including some couples with school-age children who weren't with them -- it was in January just as school was resuming. After my last winter cruise, on aNother Cruise Line, I was wary. That cruise, even though the line seems to be aiming for younger people, had mostly passengers who were older than I and wildly uncongenial. People kept yelling at me about politics even though I never introduce politics into a conversation with a new acquaintance -- just hearing where I lived set them off. It was bizarre. I liked both the ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam, and the passengers on HAL a lot and would cruise more with HAL if the pricing worked better for me.
  24. today is National Organization for Women Day and Meteor Day "The only real way to look younger is not to be born so soon." -- Charles Schulz, "Things I've Had to Learn Over and Over and Over" Meal suggestion for today - Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs Wine for today - Milbrandt Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/30 Punta Arenas Oosterdam Balboa Panama Koningsdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Eurodam Maasdam Westerdam Veendam docked Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  25. today is Micky Arison's Birthday today is Camera Day and Hug Holiday Any clod can have the facts, but having an opinion is an art. -- Charles McCabe Meal suggestion for today - Moroccan chickpea soup Wine for today - Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Jakarta eta 6/30 Maasdam destination Singapore Veendam destination Singapore 6/30 Looking at the entire track for Veendam, it looks like she visited Benoa 6/26 then turned around and headed for Singapore without updating her destination. Punta Arenas Oosterdam Balboa Panama Koningsdam Manila Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Rotterdam Volendam Zuiderdam Singapore Anchorage Eurodam Westerdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam moving to Scheveningen on 6/30 Area around Singapore
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