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  1. Enjoy. Did the Koningsdam inaugural crossing in 2016 (and again 2017), the Nieuw Statendam première crossing and Caribbean loop last year and are back again for this crossing. See you onboard. Scott and Scott (um yeah it's that)
  2. “Service Dogs” on board ships....should they be allowed? I don’t often make comments on here, but I have been following John and Dianne’s Lucky Number 7 thread from the Amsterdam World Cruise with discussions about so called “Service Dogs” that are currently on board the World Cruise and decided to start a separate thread to see if other people also have an objection to these animals on board. Obviously they are approved by someone in an office who has no idea that they are not properly trained. I do love dogs.....love our two “Granddogs” ....but not on ships! I have no objection to a properly trained Service Dog that is on a harness, but have no time for these people who seem to be able to bring on their pets by calling them Comfort Dogs. The following is a quote from John and Dianne’s latest thread.... This morning in the gym, there wasn’t just exercising going on. A group of people, including the wife of one of the ship’s top officers, had an angry discussion going on about the dogs on board. I think I may have mentioned them before. A couple boarded the ship somewhere in Europe and, with HAL’s permission, brought aboard two “comfort dogs.” Apparently the husband had had heart surgery recently and felt he needed the comfort of his two dogs. Unfortunately, these are NOT service dogs, which I realized when one “escaped” their cabin one morning and ran helter-skelter down the hallway. Apparently the situation has become worse rather than better. During one show in the Queen’s Lounge, one of the dogs began to bark and then to howl, continuing until removed from the room. Also, one pooped in the elevator and another peed on the carpet somewhere on the ship. In addition, the couple brought their dogs to The Pinnacle for dinner and a conflict broke out with other diners which required that security be called. We don't know the outcome of that situation. Of course the person who approved this doesn’t have to deal with the consequences, but both passengers and especially crew do, and officers and crew at the very highest levels are really fed up with the whole thing. I realize that some people really do need their (well-trained) service dogs wherever they go, but noisy, badly-trained ankle biter dogs are certainly not a good idea. I know that it’s possible to find “service dog” certificates online, but I think the situation should require a letter from a vet certifying that the dog is actually a trained service dog as well as a letter from a physician explaining why the person needs such a dog. That would not violate the ADA, but it would keep situations like this from arising. Enough said. I have experienced first hand one of these dogs last year on the Prinsendam in Europe and Holy Land and decided to now share some of the stories from that cruise. A lady from New York had a “Service dog “. ...an Australian Sheepdog that is not bred to be a Service dog, but to round up and chase sheep!! This dog was totally out of control. It was apparently to protect her Personal Space! .....but invaded the space of many other passengers and crew! The first we were aware of it, my husband said there was a strange noise that sounded like a dog barking when he was on the balcony. This dog was seen by us and other passengers and crew..... ......bounding up the stairs on the ship on a very long lead ......off the lead in the Crows Nest, licking the tables and eating any dropped nuts off the floor and tables ......Off the lead on the back pool deck looking to be patted and jumping up on people ......pooping on the deck....instead of in his tray .......according to the Dining Room Manager it jumped up on waiters, and the lady was ordering the best steak off the menu and feeding it under the table....the Dining Manager said he objected to the dog being given the HAL dining china to eat off and he found it a plastic dish. There were many confrontations apparently in the dining room and the lady was moved from several tables when people objected! .......On an excursion the dog was in the front seat, with paws up on the partition over the driver and drooling on to the driver. ...... other passengers were asked by the lady if they would hold the lead while she went into some of the churches etc in Israel where dogs were not allowed. ......the lady was seen ashore on a few occasions without the dog in ports where it was not allowed (she was travelling with a friend so assumed the friend looked after it) ...the worst for me was while on an excursion, whilst climbing some stairs, this lady and her “Service Dog” raced passed me ......the dog went one side of me and the lady the other the dogs lead caugh my legs and I fell heavily on a landing on the stairs. This dog was NOT a service dog and should never have been allowed! I made this quite clear in our cruise evaluation also. Apart from the above, it is not fair to the dog to be confined like this I hope I never encounter these so called Service Dogs on a ship again.
  3. ms Amsterdam Salaverry Trujillo 06:00 - 17:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Kusadasi Ephesus 07:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Isle of Pines New Caledonia 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Puntarenas Puerto Caldera 08:00 - 18:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam Bordeaux 08:15 AM - -- ms Veendam Montreal Quebec Canada 07:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Gloucester Massachusetts 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Sydney/Nova Scotia 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  4. Our first cruise was on the S.S. Volendam out of Miami to Jamaica and Haiti November, 1979. We were hooked. Did have to pay an extra $40.00 each for fuel surcharge due to the situation in Iran. It cost us $350.00 for the both of us (plus the surcharge)for a 5 day cruise. Here we are soon going on our 45th cruise on Celebrity's Reflection and after that HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam. I guess you could say we like cruising......... Phil......floridacruisers
  5. 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
  6. We are 125 days until sailing and are unable to book any specialty dining. My past experience has been that one can book within 6 to 9 months prior to sailing. The only exception to that was when Le Cirque was available and it was usually delayed for early in the year. We will be sailing on the Nieuw Statendam in Feb/20. Any ideas what is going on? I only want to book the PG and Tamarind for two specific nights.
  7. Here is the latest update of the Dry Dock, Charter and Groups file. Please consider this a 'work in progress' which will evolve from month to month. Westerdam is not showing a sailing between 4th January 2020 and 16th January 2020, so she may also be dry docking or maybe a charter. Eurodam is not showing a sailing between November 29, 2020 and December 9, 2020 so again this may be a charter or it may be a dry dock. The file consists of information gathered from the internet or information kindly posted on these threads by other cruisers and should not be considered a complete indicator of group activity. If you have information about groups charters or dry docks then please post here and I will update in the next file. New information is shown in Red DRY DOCKS Amsterdam : 12 May 2020 – 26 May 2020 (?) TBC Noordam : 29 September 2019 – 13 October 2019 : Dry Dock, Victoria Shipyards, B.C. Volendam : 18 – 31 October 2019, Drydock, Freeport, Bahamas. Zaandam : 07 April 2020 – 21 April 2020 : (?) TBC Zuiderdam : 01 – 09 December 2019, Drydock, Freeport, Bahamas. LAST COMPLETED DRY DOCK Amsterdam 28 April 2018 – 10 May 2018 Eurodam 08 April 2018 - 17 April 2018 Koningsdam 02 December 2018 - 09 December 2018 Maasdam 31 August 2018 - 08 September 2018 Nieuw Amsterdam 07 December 2017 - 19 December 2017 Noordam 10 April 2015 - 19 April 2015 Oosterdam 21 March 2018 - 02 April 2018 Prinsendam 07 December 2018 – 15 December 2018 Rotterdam 26 October 2017 - 03 November 2017 Veendam 06 April 2019 – 14 April 2019 (28 March 2016 - 08 April 2016) Volendam 24 November 2017 - 05 December 2017 Westerdam 14 April 2017 - 26 April 2017 Zaandam 02 April 2018 - 13 April 2018 Zuiderdam 23 October 2017 – 04 November 2017 CHARTERS (i.e. full ship charters) Amsterdam: Eurodam: 26 October 2019 – 02 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Legendary R & B Cruise 25 July 2020 – 01 August 2020 : Alaska : Gaither Homecoming Cruise 29 August 2020 – 05 September 2020 : Alaska : ??? 05 September 2020 – 12 September 2020 : Alaska : ??? 25 October 2020 – 01 November 2020 : Caribbean : Legendary R & B Cruise Koningsdam: Nieuw Amsterdam: 02 November 2019 – 09 November 2019 : Caribbean : Malt Shop Cruise 09 November 2019 – 16 November 2019 : Caribbean : Faith & Family Cruise 18 January 2020 – 25 January 2020 : Caribbean : Soul Train Cruise 25 January 2020 – 01 February 2020: Caribbean : Country Music Cruise 07 March 2020 – 14 March 2020 : Caribbean : JoCo Cruise Nieuw Statendam: 19 January 2020 – 26 January 2020 : LRBC Blues Cruise 09 February 2020 – 16 February 2020 : RSVP Charter 15 March 2020 – 22 March 2020 : ??? 22 March 2020 – 29 March 2020 : Inspiration Cruises Charter 31 January 2021 – 07 February 2021 : E. Caribbean : Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Noordam: 14 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : New Zealand : ??? 12 March 2020 – 19 March 2020 : New Zealand : ??? Oosterdam: 22 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : Mexican Riviera : All Star Irish Cruise Veendam: 22 January 2020 – 29 January 2020 : Cuba : Olivia Charter (ex Port Everglades) 20 November 2020 – 27 November 2020 : Caribbean : Olivia Charter (ex Tampa) Volendam: 23 April 2020 – 29 April 2020 : Pacific Coastal : Olivia Charter Westerdam: 04 January 2020 – 16 January 2020 : Singapore : Charter? Dry Dock? GROUPS ONBOARD Amsterdam: 04 January 2020 – 12 May 2020 : World Cruise 2020 : Road Scholar Group 26 May 2020 – 06 June 2020 : Atlantic Coast : Knitting Group 25 July 2020 – 01 August 2020 : Canada & NE Discovery : Road Scholar Group 08 August 2020 – 15 August 2020 : Canada & NE Discovery : Road Scholar Group 05 September 2020 – 12 September 2020 : Canada & NE Discovery: Road Scholar Group & Gospel Music Group 19 September 2020 – 26 September 2020 : Canada & NE Discovery : Road Scholar Group Eurodam: 09 November 2019 – 16 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Gospel Music Celebration 01 December 2019 – 11 December 2019 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 26 January 2020 – 05 February 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 05 February 2020 – 16 February 2020 : Panama canal : Road Scholar Group 01 March 2020 – 18 March 2020 : Circle Hawaii : Road Scholar Group 18 March 2020 – 05 April 2020 : Circle Hawaii : Road Scholar Group 15 April 2020 – 02 May 2020 : Hawaii : Quilting Retreat Group 06 June 2020 – 13 June 2020 : Alaska : Quilting Group 13 June 2020 – 20 June 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 15 August 2020 – 22 August 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 22 August 2020 – 29 August 2020 : Alaska : Quilt Seminar at Sea Group Koningsdam: 13 September 2019 – 24 September 2019 : Ancient Empires : Political (Conserv MRC) Group 06 October 2019 – 18 October 2019 : Med Ancient Empires : Footsteps of Paul/Inspiration Group 04 March 2020 – 15 March 2020 : S. Caribbean : Quilting Group 11 July 2020 – 18 July 2020 : Alaska : Pathway to Victory/Inspiration Group Maasdam: 16 February 2020 – 01 March 2020 : Australia/ NZ : Road Scholar Group 27 April 2020 – 04 May 2020 : Pacific Coast : Knitting Group 04 May 2020 – 18 May 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Knitting Group 15 June 2020 – 29 June 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group 13 July 2020 – 27 July 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group 27 July 2020 – 10 August 2020 : Alaskan Explore : Road Scholar Group 10 August 2020 – 24 August 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group 24 August 2020 – 07 September 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group Nieuw Amsterdam: 11 January 2020 – 18 January 2020 : Caribbean : Mercy Me at sea 08 February 2020 – 15 February 2020 : Caribbean : Gospel Music Celebration 22 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : Caribbean : Pastor’s Wives/Inspiration Group 29 February 2020 – 06 March 2020 : Caribbean : Phillips, Craig & Dean/Inspiration Group 14 March 2020 – 21 March 2020 : Caribbean : Quilt Retreat Group 28 March 2020 – 04 April 2020 : Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 09 January 2021 – 16 January 2021 : Tropical Caribbean : Mercy Me at Sea Group 16 January 2021 – 23 January 2021 : Eastern Caribbean : Katinas & Kuzins/Inspiration Group Nieuw Statendam: 27 September 2019 – 07 October 2019 : Med Mosaic : Road Scholar Group 07 October 2019 – 17 October 2019 : Med Dream : Road Scholar Group 17 October 2019 – 27 October 2019 : Med Mosaic : Continuing Ed Group/Road Scholar Group 01 December 2019 – 08 December 2019 : E. Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 08 December 2019 – 15 December 2019 : W. Caribbean : The Nation Group 29 December 2019 – 05 January 2020 : E. Caribbean : Turning Point/Inspiration Group 02 February 2020 – 09 February 2020 : E. Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 05 April 2020 – 12 April 2020 : E Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 10 May 2020 – 23 May 2020 : Baltics : Road Scholar Group 07 June 2020 – 21 June 2020 : Voyage of Midnight Sun : Road Scholar Group 05 July 2020 – 19 July 2020 : Voyage of Midnight Sun : Road Scholar Group 19 July 2020 – 26 July 2020 : Norse Legends : Continuing Education Group 30 August 2020 – 13 September 2020 : Baltics : Road Scholar Group 05 October 2020 – 15 October 2020 : Med Dream : Mark Steyn Conservative Group Noordam: 08 September 2019 – 15 September 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 09 November 2019 – 23 November 2019 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholar Group 18 January 2020 – 01 February 2020 : N. Z. Discovery : Quilting Group 26 February 2020 – 12 March 2020 : Aus/NZ : Knitting Group 14 June 2020 – 21 June 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 12 July 2020 – 19 July 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 26 July 2020 – 02 August 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group Oosterdam: 01 September 2019 – 08 September 2019 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 08 September 2019 – 15 September 2019 : Alaska : Bridge Group 06 October 2019 – 13 October 2019 : Mexican Riviera : UFO Group (large!/ early dining) 06 November 2019 – 23 November 2019 : Circle Hawaii : Road Scholar Group 30 November 2019 – 07 December 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 14 December 2019 – 21 December 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Quilting Retreat Group 11 January 2020 – 18 January 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 29 February 2020 – 07 March 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Bridge Group 14 March 2020 – 21 March 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 18 April 2020 – 25 April 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Flying Leap Vineyards Group 03 May 2020 – 10 May 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 28 June 2020 – 05 July 2020 : Alaska : Intentional Living Group 26 July 2020 – 02 August 2020 : Alaska: Quilting Group 30 August 2020 – 06 September 2020 : Alaska : Deeper Faith Cruise 24 October 2020 – 07 November 2020 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholar Group Rotterdam: 07 January 2020 – 23 January 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 08 February 2020 – 24 February 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 11 March 2020 – 27 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 18 July 2020 – 25 July 2020 : Viking Sagas : Road Scholar Group 08 August 2020 – 15 August 2020 : Viking Sagas : Road Scholar Group Westerdam: 16 August 2020 – 23 August 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 30 August 2020 – 06 September 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 30 January 2021 – 19 February 2021 : Antartica : Quilting Group Veendam: 28 September 2019 – 05 October 2019 : Canada & N. England : Continuing Education Group 23 May 2020 – 06 June 2020 : Baltic : Knitting Group Volendam: 04 September 2019 – 11 September 2019 : Alaska : Mark Steyn Conservative Group Zaandam: 07 September 2019 – 14 September 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Road Scholar Group 21 September 2019 – 28 September 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Road Scholar Group 28 September 2019 – 05 October 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Joshua Fund (Religious) 31 January 2020 – 22 February 2020 : S. America & Antarctica : Knitting Group 23 May 2020 – 30 May 2020 : Canada & N.E. Discovery : Road Scholar Group Zuiderdam: 15 September 2019 – 27 September 2019 : Colors of Canada & NE. : Knitting Group 10 November 2019 – 20 November 2019 : Panama Canal : Quilting Seminar Group 18 January 2020 – 25 January 2020 : E. Caribbean : Sporthorse Group 26 February 2020 – 08 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 08 March 2020 – 18 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar /Continuing Education Group 20 June 2020 – 02 July 2020 : European Splendour : Quilt Seminar at Sea 02 July 2020 – 16 July 2020 : Northern Isles : Knitting Group 16 July 2020 – 26 July 2020 : Jewels of the Baltic : Road Scholar Group 27 September 2020 – 07 October 2020 : Canada & New England : Continuing Education Group If anyone has any further information, please post it here and I will include it in the next update. Thanks! E & O.E.
  8. 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
  9. The tradition with HAL, for several recently retired captains, has been a limo ride from the dock to the airport, after a series of blows on the ship's whistle, and an emotional farewell to the captain from the assembled crew. There usually is some sort of gift included Unlike the airlines, no water cannon salutes from fire or tugboats. Some ship captains are in the habit, when possible, to recruit and hold on to certain staff, especially on ships like the Amsterdam and her annual grand world voyage. Having said that, unlike a last flight of an airline captain, the last voyage of a ship's captain usually comes at the completion of a three-month contract so, picking a crew for just that last voyage is not always possible since they (the other officers) are all dealing with their own contracts and vacation time contr
  10. Totally agree. Loved Amsterdam and had a great and interesting five days there. Our cruise towards Budapest, at least for us, was full of the history, castles, lovely small towns, wonderful scenery, food and wine that we like. Thankfully we had no river water issues. Fell in love with both Budapest and Prague and tacked on four days in each. We came home very tired but very happy with our choices. Paris however is a whole other animal. My favourite city but gosh it takes a lot of time to see the sites, visit the galleries, enjoy the food etc etc etc. I've been three times and still have not really scratched the surface. So much to see dear travellers, so much to see. 🙂
  11. 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.
  12. If it was my first river cruise and my first visit to the area, I would choose Amsterdam to Budapest. You can still add Prague at the end of your cruise to Budapest - Prague is absolutely amazing! Would you arrive AMS prior to your cruise - lots to see in AMS. Wondering why Paris? We love Paris but it seems that you may be adding too much - sometimes a little less is more. I would save Paris for another visit where I could spend 4 days to a week - so much to see and do in Paris - large city. So, if it were me, I would arrive AMS early, spend a few days in AMS, cruise to Budapest and spend an extra few days in Budapest & then several days in Prague.
  13. 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
  14. I would choose something other than Amsterdam to Budapest for 2 reasons: (1) that itinerary goes through the notorious low-water stretch and so maximizes the chances of disruptions, and (2) some people discover that river cruising just isn’t for them so a 2-week cruise leaves a lot of unhappy days ahead. If your frame of reference is ocean cruises, take a look at AmaMagna. It’s twice as wide as any other river cruise ship, so there’s more room for everything and more ‘things.’ It also stays in the deep water part of the Danube.
  15. OK. I may have narrowed it down to 3 areas. Grand Danube Vilshofen to Giurgiu Magnificent Europe. Amsterdam to Budapest Europe's Rivers and Castles Luxemborg to Nuremborg with Paris and Prague before and after to round out the two weeks. What to do you say? Which is the most scenic? What would you do if this was your first river cruise? I do realize that it is subjective.
  16. I think you'll be OK. When we did Avalon' Paris to Amsterdam they loaded our luggage onto a truck at the hotel before we left for the train from Paris to Luxembourg. No one really checked, and we put 3 or 4 pieces onto the truck. In fact, DW decided to put her carry-on onto the truck at the last minute and almost sent her train tickets via truck! I carried my backpack on the train.
  17. Has anyone had experience of the shuttle run between Ijmuiden and Amsterdam? How often does it run? Are the morning buses reserved for people on ships tours? Where in Amsterdam is the drop off pick up point or points? Is there a cost effective alternative that is quicker? Does it run through the night? Anything else worth knowing?
  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. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Mykonos Island Greece 08:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Lifou Island New Caledonia 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Corinto Nicaragua 08:00 - 16:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Cadiz Spain 07:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Dry Dock Victoria Shipyards 00:00 – 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam La Rochelle 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ms Veendam Quebec City Canada 07:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Panama Canal 00:00 - 24:00 Web Cam http://www.pancanal.com/common/multimedia/webcams/viewer-flash/cam-gatun-hi.html Web Cam http://sunnyfortuna.com/fortunacam/showcams/panama/gatun.htm ms Westerdam Hakodate Japan 08:00 - 23:00 ms Zaandam Bar Harbor Maine 08:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Charlottetown 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  20. 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.
  21. 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 ***
  22. 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.
  23. Thanks for posting the pictures. Wonder if Capt. Albert will do a running post of her construction as he did for the Nieuw Statendam?
  24. 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 😄
  25. 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
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