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  1. I was on the Nieuw Amsterdam 4 years ago, and the TVs had been replaced by larger, on-demand format then. I don't know if they've been replaced again in this short time period.
  2. Just curious, we have been on both, and the Zuiderdam has new bigger flat screen TVs as of 2017. Not sure if Nieuw Amsterdam has had the TVs updated? Perhaps someone who has been on her recently can comment? Just off the Koningsdam, good TVs, but limited on demand movies and very limited tv shows and news.
  3. We've sailed twice on the Nieuw Amsterdam, most recently in February 2019, and on the Eclipse 3 times, most recently in March 2018. In each case, we've been very happy with the ship and would embark again on either one without hesitation. The Eclipse, whose maiden voyage was in April 2010, holds 2850 passengers. The slightly smaller Nieuw Amsterdam, which holds 2106 passengers, had her maiden voyage three months later. Based on our latest sailings, both are in excellent condition. There are far too many potential points of comparison to try to go through, and many are pretty subjective. For example, the Nieuw Amsterdam doesn't have the larger production shows like Topper, but does have things like the B.B. King Blues Club. The Eclipse has its lawn, but the Nieuw Amsterdam has a full promenade deck. Given identical itineraries, pricing, cabins, etc., I'd be very hard pressed to make a choice between the two. It would probably come down to something as minor as Café al Bacio versus the Explorations Café. The former used to be my favourite coffee shop on land or at sea, but the crowding is destroying it. The Explorations Café and the wonderful views from the Crows Nest make it hard to beat. All in all, my nod might go to the Nieuw Amsterdam, yet my next two bookings are on the Eclipse and the Equinox.
  4. Hello, My friend and I booked a free cabin on a casino deal (I believe) I got in the mail for the 10/26 sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam and the cabin was listed just as N until eariler this week when they assigned us cabin L5184 cabin on the Veranda deck eariler this week. Has anyone here been given another cabin when arriving for check in on a free or super cheap booking deal? Is the L cabin on Veranda a step up from an N cabin on the the 4th deck? I am completely happy however it turns out since it was basically free but hoping HAL may want to impress my room companion who is new to Holland America(I am not) and wondering if the assigned cabin is set in stone at this point. TIA for any replies! Excited as it's almost time to go!
  5. ms Amsterdam Guayaquil Ecuador 08:00 - 17:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Naples Italy 07:00 - 19:00 ms Maasdam Sydney NSW Australia 07:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 21:00 ms Rotterdam Cartagena/Spain 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Veendam Halifax Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Busan South Korea 08:00 - 23:00 ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam New York City 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM Web Cam https://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam https://www.portnywebcam.com/
  6. I've been on Nieuw Amsterdam twice, 8 nights total, and a 7 night cruisetour in Alaska. I'll compare the food quality I experienced on X from 2014 - 2018, not Spring of this year, which was awful. I agree with most of what the OP has said. 1. Food: HAL wins, a slightly superior MDR, better room service menu, freshly served buffet food, and even better junk food. The intimate setting of Blu is missed, unless you book a superior suite. 2. The Ship: X wins on interesting and modern design, at least for my taste in my early 40's Though for scenic places like Alaska, the Crow's Nest comes in quite handy. 3. Cabins: HAL wins, with a mattress that's more comfy, better storage, foot stools, and more movies on demand. Suite perks however are reduced. 4. Loyalty Program: X wins with happy hour drinks at Elite. HAL's happy hour however, allows us light drinkers at lower tiers, an affordable way to drink without a package. 5. Itineraries: HAL wins, with vastly more options. They don't do Galapagos though... Enjoy your cruise ghstudio!
  7. How would the Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam compare to the S class Celebrity ship?
  8. Thanks to everybody. Ordered for this weekend. Nieuw Amsterdam here we come.
  9. The Nieuw Amsterdam was built in 2010 and refurbished in 2018. A Signature-class ship, as is the Eurodam, she's my favourite HAL ship without even considering the non-smoking issue. We've sailed the newer Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, but don't enjoy these Pinnacle-class ship nearly as much; bigger doesn't always mean better.
  10. As the OP I should have said lagging behind Princess in my text instead of slipping. My bad. Here's my take: ...We're Elite Plus on Celebrity with 25 cruises and 3 stars on HAL so I'm familiar with those products. Tried Princess a few times and didn't bother again. Celebrity and HAL are better IMHO. ...With that, I think Celebrity should be ahead of Princess and close to HAL. All I did was report what was written. I think HAL and Celebrity are close but different lines. ... Am going on Celebrity Reflection this winter then HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam in the late fall. Like them both for different reasons. ...Haven't done Edge because I think it is way overpriced. Not sure if that's part of the issue here with the rankings. With such modern beautiful ships as the S class I'm not sure I want to spend the extra big bucks for Edge. Haven't been on any revolutionized Celebrity ships which is why we're on the Reflection.. Phil...........floridacruisers
  11. Is Distilled water available on the Nieuw Amsterdam. How do you request it?
  12. I thought he said Amsterdam but I think you are correct and it would be on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Actually, I like playing some of those games so we would have a good time being a "kid" again but I don't think we would qualify going to Club HAL! On our Grand Asia we brought some of our own travel board games.
  13. {color=blue]ms Amsterdam[/color] Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Oranjestad Aruba Island 08:00 - 17:00 Web Cam https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam Livorno Florence-Pisa 07:00 - 19:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Mazatlan Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 17:00 ms Rotterdam Gibraltar 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM ms Veendam Sydney Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Newport/Rhode Island 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  14. I didn't hear Amsterdam anywhere, he did say it would be on nieuw Amsterdam February 2020
  15. Thanks!! This is good news, when we were on the Nieuw Amsterdam last March they stated you had to have Room Service to get the Mimosas, while I may have breakfast served in the Suite one morning I suspect we will go most mornings to the Pinnacle for breakfast. We were be on the Eurodam in less than 3 weeks. We have actually not sailed on Celebrity in about 9 years, we may have to return. Although we kind of like taking turns between HAL, PCL and NCL. Although I realized just last night that we are only about 5, 7 day cruises away from getting both our 300 day Medallion (if they still do that) and getting to 5 Star, so we may concentrate on getting that since it now seems within reach.
  16. Wow, I had no idea that Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam were smoke free in the casino --- am I correct in that interpretation? This will certainly persuade me to try HAL again!
  17. It's finally here - the start of the 2019-2020 Port Everglades sail-away season! For anyone new or who may have forgotten, here is the map of Port Everglades. Zaandam will be at pier 26 (where most of the HAL ships dock) port to from 0530-1700. She will be heading out on a 17-day Inca and Panama Canal Discovery cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Oct d1700); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Oct 0800-2300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (21 Oct 0500-0500); Panama City, Panama (21 Oct 2000(+1)1700); Manta, Ecuador (24 Oct 0500-1900); Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru (26 Oct 0300-1700); Callao (Lima), Peru (27 Oct 1000(+1)1800); Pisco, Peru (29 Oct 0700-1600); Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile (01 Nov 0700-1600); San Antonio, Chile (02 Nov a0700) There are no other ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Aruba from 0800-1700. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.portarubawebcam.com/. For the addicts - Zuiderdam will be in New York City on 17 October from 0800-1800 (https://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ and https://www.portnywebcam.com/). Volendam will be in FLL on the 18th from 0700-1200. She will be heading to Freeport for drydock so her departure may be much later than noon. I am not going to start separate threads for these two. We can use this one if anyone is watching and wishes to post. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on 19 October.
  18. The BB King band on the Nieuw Amsterdam was phenomenal. Lots of people skipped the show in the main showroom to hear the band in the BB King venue. Wish the R Class ships would get this and the Billboard Onboard. Both were standing room only every night of our cruise.
  19. Yes, we were on the Nieuw Amsterdam in February and enjoyed being able to walk anywhere inside the ship without the smell of smoke. We then spent two weeks on the Nieuw Statendam in June and found ourselves avoiding the casino and the surrounding area.
  20. This is the current fleet policy: All staterooms, suites, and verandahs are non-smoking. Guests in violation of our policy will be charged a $250 per day cleaning fee. E-cigarettes are permitted in staterooms, otherwise only in designated smoking areas. Except as otherwise noted, cigar and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the ship; it is only permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas. Designated Smoking Areas Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam Sea View Bar area Oak Room (Noordam only, including cigar and pipe smoking) Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam Sea View Bar area Casino (designated nights, active players only) Amsterdam, Maasdam, Volendam, Zaandam Sea View Bar area Sports Deck, outside Crow's Nest Casino (designated nights, active players only) Rotterdam, Veendam The Retreat Bar area Sports Deck, outside Crow's Nest Casino (designated nights, active players only) Note that outdoor smoking areas may be designated as port or starboard, varying by ship. Please comply with ship signage. Holland America Line reserves the right at any time to modify the smoking policy onboard or alter the locations where smoking is permissible.
  21. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Vancouver BC Canada 08:00 - 17:00 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Koningsdam Souda-Chania Crete 08:00 - 17:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Corsica 08:00 - 22:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cabo San Lucas Baja California Mex 10:00 - 18:00 ms Rotterdam Cruising the Tagus R -- - -- ms Rotterdam Lisbon 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Veendam Prince Edward Island Charlottetown 08:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Kralendijk Bonaire Island 08:00 - 16:00 ms Westerdam Kobe Osaka-Kyoto 08:00 - 23:00 ms Zaandam Port Canaveral Orlando 10:00 - 18:00 Web Cam https://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/ ms Zuiderdam Boston 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  22. B.B. King's Blues Club is found on the following ships: Koningsdam Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Noordam Oosterdam Rotterdam Westerdam Zuiderdam
  23. Other than one RCI cruise with the kids and grandkids, all of our cruises have been on Celebrity or HAL. Our last two were on HAL (Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendame), but our next will be on Celebrity (Eclipse and Equinox). There are far more similarities than differences, in our estimation, and our choice of cruise is usually based on itinerary. We find that there are greater difference from ship to ship within a line than there is between lines, something that I'm sure we'd notice with the Edge or Apex compared to the S-class ships. @ghstudio's observations certainly reflect our views, and we look forward to more.
  24. Is anyone familiar with this suite? It's one of the last available and we weren't sure about it's aft location. The concern is noise from above or below, ease of getting on/off for excursions. Thanks!
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