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  1. The Signature Sisters will be spending Memorial Day in Juneau. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200 and Eurodam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2300. Also in port are Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215 and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. Here's a forecast that you don't hear for Juneau very often -- "mostly sunny". The high will be 71F/22C (!) and the low 51F/10C. Sunrise is at 4:10 am and sunset at 9:39 pm. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  2. How late could we disembark in Vancouver. We need to arrange transportation.
  3. ms Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Eurodam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Koningsdam Korcula Croatia 08:00-16:00 ms Maasdam Astoria (Oregon) United States 08:00-18:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Nieuw Statendam Amsterdam Holland 07:00-17:00 ms Noordam Vancouver Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://www.visioncritical.com/the-view-from-here ms Oosterdam Seattle (Washington) United States 07:00-16:00 Web Cam https://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ ms Prinsendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Rotterdam Cruising -- - -- ms Veendam Venice Italy 13:00 - 24:00 ms Volendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Westerdam Seward (Alaska) United States 04:30 - 20:00 ms Zaandam Bar Harbor (Maine) United States 07:00-16:00 ms Zuiderdam Cherbourg France 08:00-18:00
  4. Is "HAL" demographics right for me? It has been asked 1000 times. The clear meaning is: "I've heard that “HAL” clients are very old and tend to travel with their parents". Well, it's a really important question if you are going to look for a fiancée on a cruise ship. Is there anything else that may draw your attention? Let’s say, such small things like a beautiful ship, good food, amazing itinerary? How old is the Caribbean Sea? Not too old for you? Maybe you need to look for a newer, more ”technologically advanced” sea? Unfortunately the sea is very old. It’s even older than the sandy beaches on paradise islands. And the Caribbean sun? The sun is terribly old. Now let’s be seriuos and discard that garbage about “HAL” clients. Have you been (like us) tired of the hustle and bustle of your work, lectures, exams, driving, phone calls, company’s reports? Yes? Then be my guest. I will show you how to ‘dam it! So.... Before I share with you my short review of the wonderful 7-nt cruise of love and romance on the #1 luxury cruise ship at sea, let's bear in mind something important about "HAL". First of all, never, never, say "HAL", say what ship. Of course, if you want to confuse someone, or be confused – say “HAL” and ask about “HAL” on cruise forums. Lack of information feeds stereotypes. The sleep of reason produces monsters. One of a few most reputable brands in maritime history (from 1873), Holland America Line is now a cruise line that actually operates four different groups of ships - more different than some cruise lines differ from each other! What is different: size, amenities & comfort, atmosphere, dining options, itineraries, clientele, cruise length, prices, etc. The whole experience is different. Please note that saying"I have cruised on HAL", "I decided to try HAL", “HAL vs whatever cruise line” means nothing really unless you say what ship. Let’s see my photos... 1. Holland America's Top League - Luxury resort cruise ships. Most advanced cruise ships for self-sufficient cruisers of all ages. MS Nieiuw Amsterdam (2010) MS Eurodam (2008) Both ships have tonnage about 87,000 GT and carry about 2,100 passengers. Nieuw Amsterdam Eurodam 2. HAL workhorses AKA Vista-class ships (four close sister ships: mid-size, mid-age) Who is it for: mature clientele get quality product for reasonablemoney. Zuiderdam 2002 Oosterdam 2003 Westerdam 2004 Noordam 2006 All four ships are near 83,000 GT and carry about 1,900 passengers Zuiderdam Oosterdam Westerdam Noordam
  5. We are sailing at the end of June and we deliberately did something we have never done - booked an inside room. Ordinarily we book verandas, but at that time of the year it is light almost all night and we wanted a dark room for sleep. This means I will be spending more time outside our cabin reading or just watching the scenery. Where is your favorite spot to sit and quietly read? Is there a library or place to lounge that is relatively quiet. I am usually up early and go read the paper and have coffee until my spouse gets up. Have never been on this ship and it is a short cruise (7 days) and I thought I could ask this experienced crowd so I don't find some great spot on the last day :-).
  6. I will be flying to Fort Lauderdale Good Friday to board the Nieuw Statendam on Easter Sunday. Two weeks later the Nieuw Statendam will have her first visit to her home country and I will be on board. Sadly, that will be a bittersweet moment for me as I will both enjoy the moment but also the sadness of disembarking. Come along with me on this journey. It will be typical of my cruise reports and I’ll have menus and When and Where posted as well as likely additional photos on my companion blog: http://getawaysfrom21044.wordpress.com. While I do fly I don’t like it. Cunard’s next transatlantic is some time after my arrival in Amsterdam so I’ll be extending my time with them for a few days before returning home. I have 2 days in Amsterdam and another 2 in Kiel before boarding Queen Victoria for a short 3-day cruise to Southampton (port:Skagen). Next is a 5-day getaway on QM2 (2nd call to Zebrugge plus St. Peter Port) before my transatlantic starts (May 17-24). When on a multi-line itinerary I tend to report the entire journey on a neutral forum but this time that will be on the Cunard forum as the Nieuw Statendam will be a sister to Cunard’s newest vessel. That thread is: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2655034-qvqm2-kiel-to-new-york-with-a-holland-america-prelude/ Luggage Forward already has one of my bags at their Florida office. Roy
  7. Always nice to go on the newest ship in the fleet & this itinerary certainly seems ideal to experience it. We hope our CC friends have a great time in ports and on board and, of course, we wish them safe travels, fair winds & smooth seas. Bon Voyage to Nieuw Statendam - 7 night Viking Sagas: qoap24 Bon Voyage qoap24!!!!! Have a great cruise and a WONDERFUL time!!!!!!
  8. I've searched but failed to come with an answer for this. Does anybody know what hours the spa is open? I'm considering getting a spa pass, but it depends a lot on the hours. I tend to be an early riser, and getting in the T-pool first thing in the morning might be my biggest use of the spa. And watching an Alaska sunset while on a thermal lounger sounds lovely too. FWIW, I'll be on the Nieuw Amsterdam.
  9. I’m on the verge of leaving on a round trip Transatlantic. The eastbound is on Holland America’s newest ship the Nieuw Statendam leaving Fort Lauderdale and ending May 5 in Amsterdam. It’s more than a direct way home but I board Queen Victoria in Kiel, Germany May 9 for a short 3-day cruise to Southampton (with a stop in Skagen) where I transfer May 12 to QM2. https://www.cunard.com/map/itineraries/V911B/images/en_GB_V911B_desktop_1x.jpg There’s a short 5-day getaway (Zebrugge and St Peter Port) before continuing on to a transatlantic, getting me back to New York May 24. https://www.cunard.com/map/itineraries/M912/images/en_GB_M912_desktop_1x.jpg For a trip like this I would normally do a thread on each forum as well as a thread covering the entire journey somewhere neutral. I can still do that but my understanding is that the Nieuw Statendam will be pretty much a twin of Cunard’s new ship (Queen Anne?) and there may be some interest on the Cunard forum from that angle. If I do post here I’ll try to envision what differences there would be with an implementation based on Cunard’s values. Assuming this is true I’ll start posting here Good Friday; otherwise you can look for me on May 9. Roy
  10. Hello All, I’ve done a keyword search and haven’t found any information on this topic. Is there any way to get the nutritional information about the food served on board? I will be on the Nieuw Statendam for 14 days next month, and I want to be able to track calories, sugars, fats, etc. In the US, the FDA requires restaurants with more than 20 outlets to document their menu items in these ways: Calories from fat Total fat Saturated fat Trans fat Cholesterol Sodium Total carbohydrates Fiber Sugars Protein I’m wondering if similar numbers are available on board HAL’s ships? I know HAL does not have to comply with FDA guidelines—I’m just wondering if maybe they do? Thanks in advance for your responses, Lidja
  11. Here is the latest update of the Dry Dock, Charter and Groups file. 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 Noordam : 29 September 2019 – 13 October 2019 : Dry Dock, Victoria Shipyards, B.C. Volendam : 18 – 31 October 2019, Drydock, Freeport, Bahamas. 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: 01 July 2019 – 08 July 2019 : Alaska : Olivia Charter Eurodam: 20 July 2019 – 27 July 2019 : Gaither Homecoming Charter 26 October 2019 – 02 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Legendary R & B Cruise 09 November 2019 – 16 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Gospel Music Celebration Nieuw Amsterdam: 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 22 March 2020 – 29 March 2020 : Inspiration Cruises Charter Noordam: 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 Volendam: 23 April 2020 – 29 April 2020 : Pacific Coastal : Olivia Charter Westerdam: 12 May 2019 – 19 May 2019 : Alaska : All Star Irish Music cruise 04 January 2020 – 16 January 2020 : Singapore : Charter? Dry Dock? GROUPS ONBOARD Amsterdam: 03 June 2019 – 17 June 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 08 July 2019 – 15 July 2019 : Alaska : Chiropractor Group 15 July 2019 – 29 July 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 29 July 2019 – 12 August 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 12 August 2019 – 26 August 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 04 January 2020 – 12 May 2020 : World Cruise 2020 : Road Scholar Group Eurodam: 11 May 2019 – 18 May 2019 : Alaska : Continuing Education group 15 June 2019 – 22 June 2019 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group + Sporthorse Group 22 June 2019 – 29 June 2019 : Alaska : Inspiration Cruises Group 29 June 2019 – 06 July 2019 : Alaska : Christian Cruise Conference 13 July 2019 – 20 July 2019 : Alaska : Turning Point Ministries 17 August 2019 – 24 August 2019 : Alaska : Quilting Seminar Group 24 August 2019 – 31 August 2019 : Alaska : 5 Love Languages (large group?) Inspiration Cruises 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 15 August 2020 – 22 August 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 22 August 2020 – 29 August 2020 : Alaska : Quilt Seminar at Sea Group Koningsdam: 12 June 2019 – 24 June 2019 : Mediterranean Rivieras : Quilting Group 13 September 2019 – 24 September 2019 : Ancient Empires : Political (Conservative 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: Nieuw Amsterdam: 15 June 2019 – 22 June 2019 : Alaska : Turning Point Ministries : Knitting Group 09 November 2019 – 16 November 2019 : Caribbean : Faith & Family Cruise 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 16 January 2021 – 23 January 2021 : Eastern Caribbean : Katinas & Kuzins/Inspiration Group Nieuw Statendam: 12 May 2019 – 26 May 2019: Baltic : Knitting Group 02 June 2019 – 09 June 2019 : Norway : Road Scholar Group 30 June 2019 – 07 July 2019 : Norway : Road Scholar Group 07 July 2019 – 21 July 2019 : Norway : Knitting Group 28 July 2019 – 04 August 2019 : Norway : Road Scholar Group 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 Education 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 19 July 2020 – 26 July 2020 : Norse Legends : Continuing Education Group Noordam: 09 June 2019 – 16 June 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 07 July 2019 – 14 July 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 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 Oosterdam: 19 May 2019 – 26 May 2019 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group. 23 June 2019 – 30 June 2019 : Alaska : CruGlobal Christian Cruise Conference 07 July 2019 – 14 July 2019 : Alaska : Family Research Council Group 21 July 2019 – 28 July 2019 : Alaska : Way-FM Christian Cruise 01 September 2019 – 08 September 2019 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 08 September 2019 – 15 September 2019 : Alaska : Bridge Group 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 02 May 2020 – 09 May 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 26 July 2020 – 02 August 2020 : Alaska: Quilting 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 Westerdam: 09 June 2019 – 16 June 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 07 July 2019 – 14 July 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group Veendam: 28 September 2019 – 05 October 2019 : Canada & N. England : Continuing Education Group 23 October 2019 – 30 October 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 30 October 2019 – 06 November 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 06 November 2019 – 13 November 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 11 December 2019 – 18 December 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 15 January 2020 – 22 January 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group/Phil Coulter Tranquility Cruise (possible charter) 29 January 2020 – 05 February 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Continuing Education Group 19 February 2020 – 26 February 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 18 March 2020 – 25 March 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 08 April 2020 – 15 April 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group Volendam: 04 September 2019 – 11 September 2019 : Alaska : Mark Steyn Conservative Group Zaandam: 04 May 2019 – 11 May 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Road Scholar Group 24 August 2019 – 31 August 2019 : Canada & N. England : National Review Group 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) Group 31 January 2020 – 22 February 2020 : S. America & Antarctica : Knitting Group Zuiderdam: 07 May 2019 – 17 May 2019 : Baltic : Road Scholar Group 17 May 2019 – 31 May 2019 : Northern Isles : Quilt Seminar Group 15 September 2019 – 27 September 2019 : Colors of Canada & NE. : Knitting Group 10 November 2019 – 20 November 2019 : Panama Canal : Quilting Seminar Group 26 February 2020 – 08 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 08 March 2020 – 18 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group/Continuing Education Group 20 June 2020 – 02 July 2020 : European Splendour : Quilt Seminar at Sea If anyone has any further information, please post it here and I will include it in the next update. Thanks! E & O.E.
  12. Does anyone have a copy of the Main Dining Room map for the Nieuw Statendam? It should be the same as the Koningsdam's, but table numbers may have changed a bit.
  13. That is also what we do through our travel agent at final payment time and get a confirmation of our assigned table. The Nieuw Statendam MDR map is not on halfacts yet, that is the reason I asked here.
  14. Could be that I was just lucky after a free upgrade to a Neptune Suite on my 4-day Pacific Coastal last month. On Embarkation Day, a Specialty Restaurant rep was in the Neptune Lounge when I tried to make a reservation for the PG on a night where the ship had decided to do a Sel de Mer. The rep said that I could use one of my free PG dinners and just pay the difference, less my 50% 5-Star discount. If I had known of a Sel de Mer night, I would have purchased online. I have already purchased my Sel de Mer for my June 2 cruise so will try to use this new knowledge on the Nieuw Statendam in December. Hopefully, someone else will get the Sel de Mer discount with their free dinner before then to confirm. I will ask the PG Manager on the Westerdam if this is possible.
  15. Hello Everyone Any advice on what time may be best to arrive at Canada Place Pier for embarkation on The Nieuw Amsterdam ? First time cruising from Vancouver. Thanks in advance for your responses.
  16. My Sel de Mer experience was on the Nieuw Statendam in the full restaurant. Excellent service--as good as table service as my Stewards in the MDR and better Wine Steward service than the MDR. A quieter atmosphere with the restaurant's Manager carefully overseeing my dinner and checking with me as to my satisfaction. (That never happened in the MDR.) I ordered Escargots (different and better than the MDR's), Dover Sole, and Crepes Suzette: all delicious and well prepared. Even the Haricot Verts were well prepared and tasty; I am not a fan of green beans. Have not tried a Pop-Up version of the Restaurant yet, but expect to do so when I sail on Westerdam this July.
  17. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING - Updated May 24th, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). MAY 2019 Rotterdam - 25-May-19 - 14 night North Cape - Voyage of the Midnight Sun Veenendaal6 Sue from Canada N Amsterdam - 25-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage Skoggs - Mom's memorial cruise with 6 first time HAL cruisers Maasdam - 28-May-19 - 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer (R/T San Fran) kplady & CPLBill joekerstef TampaMike Jaspersmycat Zuiderdam - 31-May-19 - 10-day Jewels of the Baltic txstephie - 10-day Jewels of the Baltic JUNE 2019 Koningsdam - 01-Jun-19 - 11 day Ancient Empires simplyrubies Oosterdam - 01-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer Sharon in AZ Eurodam - 01-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska 1ANGELCAT N Statendam - 02-Jun-19 - 7 night Viking Saga qoap24 Celebrity Reflection - 03-Jun-19 - 11 night Ireland and Iceland AZNative2000 Eurodam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Nattyg1723 -first ever cruise N Amsterdam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage theimanuelsbecruising - 4 new HAL cruisers and first time cruisers Rotterdam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas Rotjeknor N Statendam - 09-Jun-19 - 14 day Voyage of the Midnight Sun TylerRose PotatoTrousers Oosterdam - 09-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer VintageGeo Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 14 day Northern Isle Cruise mjcruise101 AnnieBelle Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 26 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltics Stratheden N Amsterdam – 12-Jun-19 – 11 day Yukon & Double Denali Lucie73821 – B2B with June 23rd on Noordam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Amsterdam - 15-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Vcr Italy52 Himself- B2B with June 22nd Prinsendam – 17-Jun-19 – 14 day North Cape & Pearls of Norway – Prinsendam’s Final & Farewell Cruise samsonmo Maasdam – 18-Jun-19 – 21 day Great Alaskan & Pacific Northwest Explorer Scluvsrain RuthC BumperII&Terry Eurodam - 22-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska cruise R/T Seattle rick0999- DW's birthday & early wedding anniversary, first cruise ever! Westerdam - 23-Jun-19 - 12 day Double Denali 4Wegirls- land portion begins June 20th, 1st cruise ever & 5th anniversary N Amsterdam - 22-Jun-19 - Alaska R/T VCR Himself - B2B following June 15th Emerald Princess – 22-Jun-19 – 14 day Adriatic & Western Mediterranean Medley StLouisCruisers – early 50th anniversary celebration, children and grandchildren joining in on the cruise and celebration Oosterdam - 23-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - celebrating the end of the schoolyear Noordam – 23-Jun-19 – 7 day Glacier Discovery Southbound Lucie73821 – B2B following June 12th on N Amsterdam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Statendam- 23-Jun-19 - 7 night Norse Legends mtown - 1st cruise ever & 2 college grad celebrations Zuiderdam - 24-Jun-19 - 12 day Jewels of the Baltic TheEmerson - DD's graduation present holacanada Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 13 day Mediterrean Legends suspaul - first HAL cruise LTC Motes Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 25 night Mediterranean Legends & Ancient Empires mrselhombre - 1st HAL & longest cruise N Amsterdam - 29-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana JULY 2019 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-19 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Rotterdam – 06-Jul-19 – 24 day Copenhagen to Boston mauimacho Amsterdam - 15-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer highfields - 55th Wedding Anniversary and attaining 4-Star Mariner Oceania Regatta- 09-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska ArtsyCraftsy -birthday cruise Noordam - 21-Jul-19 - 11 day Double Denali cruise terrydtx - 1st suite with HAL & DW & Grandson, (land portion after) Westerdam - 21-Jul-19 - Seward to Vancouver Jeafl - Party of 14 Volendam - 24-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Hoverdemon Oosterdam - 28-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska School library lady - with DH, aunt, and dad celebrating his 89th birthday Amsterdam - 29-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer puli Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain RetiredMustang AUGUST 2019 Scenic Gem - 07-Aug-19 - 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine- 1of4 - flying to Paris a week early of Aug. 7th sailing to celebrate DD's 18th birthday Eurodam - 03-Aug-19- 7 day Alaska grsnovi - 4th Alaska cruise - taking kids & grand kids N Statendam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Northern Isles we're sailing away..... - B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Oosterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska beaming90 - First HAL cruise & first time to Alaska, 2 friends celebrating 75th birthday Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Scottish Highlands bigjohn42 - celebrating 30th anniversary Rotjeknor Veendam - 07-Aug-19 - 12 day Adriatic Dream (Venice -Bcn) Kittie Ladie - 2nd cruise with HAL, DH's first N Amsterdam - 10-Aug-19 - Alaska Inside Passage kscarpetta2 -1st HAL cruise, celebrating 54th b'day & parents 55th anniversary Koningsdam - Aug-19 - 11 day Mediterranean Ancient Empires. Sailingdutchy - celebrating 50th anniversary & travelling with daughter, SIL & 2 grandsons who are on their first cruise Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Amsterdam - 12-Aug-19 - 14 day Alaska luvteaching - achieving 4* on this cruise LynnObie Moriah -celebrating 66th birthday on board Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Rotterdam - 02-Nov-19 – 18 day Journey to the New World Overhead Fred – 1st Rotterdam cruise Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise Veendam – 11-Dec-19 – 7 night Authentic Cuba madera1 Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Cuban Explorer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise FEBRUARY 2020 N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 07-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean TomAndJane Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DHZesterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Italy52 TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo JULY 2020 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England (Que - NY) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Rotterdam - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Koningsdam - 09-Jan-20 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2021 Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred MARCH 2021 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  18. We sailed on Koningsdam in 2016 and hoped that we could do the excursion during the day time and dance after dinner or theater shows. The bands there were not knowledgeable on ballroom music tempo. If you like disco music, or just move your body on the dance floor, BB King Blue band is for you. But not for us. So, we had the most boring cruise in our experience and we swore that we would not go back to Koningsdam. We told our dance friends not to bother with this ship although the food offered in the MDR was not bad. HAL has a new ship, Nieuw Statendam in 2018. I notice that HAL made some changes and anticipate some changes made. I talked to my DH and thought that we may try the new ship since I really like the dance floor on the Queen's Lounge. After I read this CC review on Nieuw Statendam, I don't think we will try the new ship. It seems that HAL didn't change at all. I share his frustration. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=653027
  19. Hello fellow cruisers! We recently returned from a 7-night voyage on the Nieuw Statendam, and I thought I would try and write a little photo review to share with you! Just testing this photo...More to come!
  20. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING - Updated May 19th, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). MAY 2019 Oosterdam - 19-May-19 - 7 day Alaska slymkinzer - Tom & Julie - Party of 11 Westerdam - 19-May19 - 10 day Double Denali Cruisetour D6 Gnetgood - celebrating 45th anniversary Koningsdam - 20-May-19 - 12 day Mediterranean Legends trub - early summer culture trip DC1979- celebrating birthday, 1st trip to the Med Despegue - cruising with parents celebrating both their birthday on board and first cruise ever Volendam - 22-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage sppunk Rotterdam - 25-May-19 - 14 night North Cape - Voyage of the Midnight Sun Veenendaal6 Sue from Canada N Amsterdam - 25-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage Skoggs - Mom's memorial cruise with 6 first time HAL cruisers Maasdam - 28-May-19 - 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer (R/T San Fran) kplady & CPLBill joekerstef TampaMike Jaspersmycat Zuiderdam - 31-May-19 - 10-day Jewels of the Baltic txstephie - 10-day Jewels of the Baltic JUNE 2019 Koningsdam - 01-Jun-19 - 11 day Ancient Empires simplyrubies Oosterdam - 01-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer Sharon in AZ Eurodam - 01-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska 1ANGELCAT N Statendam - 02-Jun-19 - 7 night Viking Saga qoap24 Celebrity Reflection - 03-Jun-19 - 11 night Ireland and Iceland AZNative2000 Eurodam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Nattyg1723 -first ever cruise N Amsterdam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage theimanuelsbecruising - 4 new HAL cruisers and first time cruisers N Statendam - 09-Jun-19 - 14 day Voyage of the Midnight Sun TylerRose PotatoTrousers Oosterdam - 09-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer VintageGeo Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 14 day Northern Isle Cruise mjcruise101 AnnieBelle Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 26 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltics Stratheden N Amsterdam – 12-Jun-19 – 11 day Yukon & Double Denali Lucie73821 – B2B with June 23rd on Noordam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Amsterdam - 15-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Vcr Italy52 Himself- B2B with June 22nd Prinsendam – 17-Jun-19 – 14 day North Cape & Pearls of Norway – Prinsendam’s Final & Farewell Cruise samsonmo Maasdam – 18-Jun-19 – 21 day Great Alaskan & Pacific Northwest Explorer Scluvsrain RuthC BumperII&Terry Eurodam - 22-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska cruise R/T Seattle rick0999- DW's birthday & early wedding anniversary, first cruise ever! Westerdam - 23-Jun-19 - 12 day Double Denali 4Wegirls- land portion begins June 20th, 1st cruise ever & 5th anniversary N Amsterdam - 22-Jun-19 - Alaska R/T VCR Himself - B2B following June 15th Emerald Princess – 22-Jun-19 – 14 day Adriatic & Western Mediterranean Medley StLouisCruisers – early 50th anniversary celebration, children and grandchildren joining in on the cruise and celebration Oosterdam - 23-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - celebrating the end of the schoolyear Noordam – 23-Jun-19 – 7 day Glacier Discovery Southbound Lucie73821 – B2B following June 12th on N Amsterdam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Statendam- 23-Jun-19 - 7 night Norse Legends mtown - 1st cruise ever & 2 college grad celebrations Zuiderdam - 24-Jun-19 - 12 day Jewels of the Baltic TheEmerson - DD's graduation present holacanada Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 13 day Mediterrean Legends suspaul - first HAL cruise LTC Motes Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 25 night Mediterranean Legends & Ancient Empires mrselhombre - 1st HAL & longest cruise N Amsterdam - 29-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana JULY 2019 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-19 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 Rotterdam – 06-Jul-19 – 24 day Copenhagen to Boston mauimacho Amsterdam - 15-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer highfields - 55th Wedding Anniversary and attaining 4-Star Mariner Oceania Regatta- 09-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska ArtsyCraftsy -birthday cruise Noordam - 21-Jul-19 - 11 day Double Denali cruise terrydtx - 1st suite with HAL & DW & Grandson, (land portion after) Westerdam - 21-Jul-19 - Seward to Vancouver Jeafl - Party of 14 Volendam - 24-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Hoverdemon Oosterdam - 28-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska School library lady - with DH, aunt, and dad celebrating his 89th birthday Amsterdam - 29-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer puli Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain RetiredMustang AUGUST 2019 Scenic Gem - 07-Aug-19 - 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine- 1of4 - flying to Paris a week early of Aug. 7th sailing to celebrate DD's 18th birthday Eurodam - 03-Aug-19- 7 day Alaska grsnovi - 4th Alaska cruise - taking kids & grand kids N Statendam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Northern Isles we're sailing away..... - B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Oosterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska beaming90 - First HAL cruise & first time to Alaska, 2 friends celebrating 75th birthday Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day British Isles bigjohn42 - celebrating 30th anniversary Veendam - 07-Aug-19 - 12 day Adriatic Dream (Venice -Bcn) Kittie Ladie - 2nd cruise with HAL, DH's first N Amsterdam - 10-Aug-19 - Alaska Inside Passage kscarpetta2 -1st HAL cruise, celebrating 54th b'day & parents 55th anniversary Koningsdam - Aug-19 - 11 day Mediterranean Ancient Empires. Sailingdutchy - celebrating 50th anniversary & travelling with daughter, SIL & 2 grandsons who are on their first cruise Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Amsterdam - 12-Aug-19 - 14 day Alaska luvteaching - achieving 4* on this cruise LynnObie Moriah -celebrating 66th birthday on board Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Rotterdam - 02-Nov-19 – 18 day Journey to the New World Overhead Fred – 1st Rotterdam cruise Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise Veendam – 11-Dec-19 – 7 night Authentic Cuba madera1 Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Cuban Explorer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-20 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise FEBRUARY 2020 N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 07-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean TomAndJane Queen Elizabeth - 11-Apr-20 - 9 night Southern Japan AZNative2000 - 45th anniversary cruise Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Italy52 TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo JULY 2020 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England (Que - NY) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Rotterdam - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult FEBRUARY 2021 Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred MARCH 2021 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  21. Nieuw Statendam wine list at Christmas was sparse. The wine steward kept offering us bottles from a higher level package because they were out of the bottles we wanted. And even then, the reds were almost gone. We got the last bottle of Meomi on board. He commented that there were a lot of wine drinkers on that cruise.
  22. We have been on many cruises ( over 30) including 2 river cruises. Considering trying Holland America (Nieuw Statendam) and would appreciate information. Is it non smoking in the casino? ( hope so) What are the dining and show times? Do they supply robes? I'm sure I’ll think of other questions. Thank you
  23. NIEUW STATENDAM – February 24, 2019. 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale I’ll start off by confessing I’m not a fan of Holland America, well at least not of their older and smaller ships. I know that is quite contradictory to the legions of diehard HAL fans that love their smaller and more traditional ships. I’m just the opposite. My last cruise on HAL was almost ten years ago on NIEUW AMSTERDAM when she was brand new. It was an ok cruise, but we found nothing truly exceptional and other lines were better suited for us. In fact for this cruise we were originally booked on CELEBRITY EDGE but had to cancel due to some family obligations. As it turns out we had the week free after all, but EDGE was way overpriced so we settled on a last minute booking on NIEUW STATENDAM. I’m really glad it worked out that way as we had a fantastic time on NS and it was refreshing to revisit HAL after so many years. This cruise was also a great value and I feel we received a truly wonderful experience on a brand new ship at a relatively bargain price. I still want to sail on EDGE and it will happen, but not just yet. Rather than write a formal review I’m going to touch on aspects of the HAL experience I really enjoyed, and those that perhaps fell a little short. Overall I loved NIEUW STATENDAM and would sail on her again in a heartbeat. I’m a big fan of Cunard and their new ship will be built off the same platform as NS (with modifications of course), and I feel I got a little preview of what to expect at least with the hardware. I’m generally a fan of technology and I embrace it, but frankly I wasn’t expecting much with regards to HAL. I was wrong. HAL has really stepped up its game regarding technology and I was impressed. Some examples are a great new app that was easy to use and worked like charm, interactive TV (with free movies), call button on various tables (inside and out) to order drinks. Yes it works! Fantastic always connected internet for $99. Freestyle Coke machine. Beer dispensers that are key card activated, and most surprisingly waiters in the dining room using hand held devices. We had as-you-wish dining and upon entry to the dining room they ask for your cabin number and assign you a table. I was surprised that our waiters would call us by name since we had never seen them before. One showed me that our names and pictures appeared on his hand held device when we were assigned a table in his section. Very impressive! Another aspect of the experience where I feel HAL has stepped up its game is cuisine. We purchased a dining package that included 5 different speciality restaurants. We enjoyed them all. My partner loved Nami Sushi the best, and my favorite was Rudi’s Sel de Mer. All were excellent though, and although we only dined in the main dining room twice, it was also very good. Special mention must be made of the burgers at Dive-In up by the midship pool. These are the best burgers I’ve had at sea (sorry to Guy’s on Carnival), made to order and very fresh. You receive a pager which notifies you when your order is ready, and it’s well worth the wait. Best of all there is no surcharge for these gourmet style burgers. There would be on many other cruise lines. The Lido Market had a great variety of options and was well laid out, and we never had a problem finding a table. We had lunch there almost every day. One afternoon we tried the pizza at New York Deli and quite enjoyed it. Princess Cruises likes to brag that it has the best pizza at sea, but I think this eclipsed that. One afternoon I enjoyed crepes at the Grand Dutch Cafe and that was a nice treat. Overall I enjoyed having so many dining options and truly noticed an upgrade in quality, variety, presentation, and taste from past HAL cruises. In fact a big improvement. Service was also elevated, and everyone from bar waiters to our cabin steward could not have been more professional and friendly. Entertainment, music, and nightlife are aspects that never impressed on past HAL cruises. In fact I remember the ship being a dead zone at 10pm. This is probably why I have avoided HAL more than any other reason. While I’m no spring chicken, I’m not over the hill just yet either. I still enjoy an evening out socializing and listening to music, dancing, or watching a show. It’s no secret that HAL has a reputation of catering to a more senior crowd, putting that as politely as possible, and the lack of the ship feeling alive really disappointed me on past HAL cruises. Not the case on this one! While the crowd was generally still senior, it was more mixed and diverse. Add to that a new emphasis on music with Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard, BB King’s Blues Club, and the Rolling Stone Rock Room and now you have a ship that is alive and filled with music! I enjoyed them all but the dueling piano players in Billboard Onboard were my favorite. They were excellent and had different themes each night like 80’s, Hot 100, or all request. Another pleasant surprise was the production shows. The showroom is now in-the-round, and very high-tech with a giant video wall all around the back and sides. Gone are the traditional cast of 4 singers and 8 dancers with mediocre talent. In their place are a cast of truly professional dancers. No singers. The show that really impressed me was called Humanity. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen on a ship before and was quite refreshing. The production made excellent use of the video wall incorporating it into the show, but not having it take center stage or become the main attraction. The dancers were truly the stars. The second show was called Stages. It was also good but lacked the originality of the first show. There were also comedians and probably a magician but they are not my thing. The Cruise Director is not someone I usually pay attention to and they don’t have much impact on my enjoyment, but I thought the CD on NS was exceptional. Maybe because he was so easy on the eyes, but also because he was very low-key. Instead of the in your face used car salesman type from Vegas, he was from South Africa and very restrained. A class act. NIEUW STATENDAM is a Pinnacle-Class ship, the second in the fleet following KONINGSDAM. These ships share many attributes with the older Vista and Signature Class ships and offer a similar layout. What impressed me with NS was how much more open it felt. The ship was bright, spacious, and open with many two level spaces. I felt the older Vistas and Signature Class felt much more dark and closed in. The theme of NS is “music” and most of the art work is music related. I loved it. Many art pieces are really clever and deserve a second or third look. I enjoyed just walking around looking at all the art. With the more modern art, as well as brighter and more vibrant carpet and fabric choices, the ship feels so much more alive, contemporary, and relevant than her older fleet-mates. Sometimes I wondered if I was on an HAL ship, and for me that was a good thing! Being so new the ship really had that new car smell which I loved. One tradition that was retained is fresh flowers, and they are everywhere. Some of the arrangements are quite large and spectacular. I’m glad HAL has retained this tradition and I know it comes at a substantial cost. One tradition that didn’t make the cut is a large, unobstructed promenade deck. Like many new ships, the lifeboats now sit directly on the deck instead of above it, with just a narrow and obstructed walkway behind the boats. At least on NS it’s a full wrap-around deck even if there are no views on most of it. With two pools (one with magradome) and lots of deck space, this sun worshiper never had an issue finding a deck chair. I love an aft deck with pool and NS did not disappoint in this regard. I also enjoyed a spa pass for the week, and again the spa on NS is a big improvement over the Vista/Signature Class ships. The spa pool is round and larger in size, plus it’s connected to the thermal suite which is a far superior layout. There is also a very nice ocean facing free sauna located in a men’s changing area, and I’m glad HAL still offers this complimentary option to all passengers. Forward is the gym which is well equipped and with great views. I was quite pleased overall with the ship itself, from décor to layout and amenities. Our balcony cabin (6199) was especially comfortable and well laid out, with a modern bathroom (no dreaded shower curtain), interactive TV, USB ports bedside, and lots of other thoughtful touches. There was plenty of storage space, even two drawers under the bed. I liked that the TV was built into a wall unit instead of just hanging on the wall and sticking out. The bed was ultra-comfortable and being so new, everything worked great and was fresh and new. I’m a strong believer in attention to detail, and perhaps this is what impressed me most with HAL. So much attention to detail and some very nice premium touches at a great value. Some examples are free on demand movies; chocolates each evening at turndown; free room service; hot room service breakfast items; daily fresh fruit delivered to the cabin; the best shower head and water pressure I’ve experienced at sea; unlimited pool towels; logo china/silverware in the dining room; make up mirror in the cabin; HAL logo blanket for use in the cabin/balcony; fresh flowers everywhere; extra thick and soft cotton bath towels; linen towels in the public restrooms; souvenir log of the cruise; ship tile for Mariner Club members; Mariner Club luncheon. These small touches really make a difference, and they are even more impressive at the price point HAL charges. So what fell short? Not too much actually and nothing I would consider major. Funny enough I missed a morning TV program by the Cruise Director. Most cruise lines have this and for some reason watching it has become a tradition for me. Along those lines I wasn’t a fan of the “When & Where” daily program. I get that HAL is probably trying the streamline and modernize the daily program, but I didn’t like the layout or how condensed it is, especially the dining times. It just doesn’t flow well IMO. There is no signing of checks on NS. This is good and bad. Good because there is less paper use, but bad if you like to keep track of receipts. Using the app solved this problem for me, and I could see our charges instantly. Club Orange. What a failure. It’s the one specialty restaurant we didn’t try. It has absolutely no atmosphere and is the least attractive space on the ship. Honestly it looks like a cheap cafeteria and to think it’s meant for suite passengers. You can tell it was originally designed as a demonstration kitchen and perhaps it should have been left as that. It was empty every time we passed by. Although there was a ton of music along the three venues of the Music Walk, what was missing was light cocktail music. A solo pianist or a solo guitar player. Two perfect spots for this would have been the Ocean Bar (which even had a small dance floor) and the Crow’s Nest (Explorations Cafe). Both these lovely venues were void of any music at night, so they were pretty much empty. That is a shame as it would have been nice to sip cocktails in both venues with some nice cocktail music playing. Lastly I’ll mention the HAL Mariner’s Club. I think it’s probably the worst past passenger club in the industry. I sail on most all cruise lines and I’m at the top level of several, and the benefits can be quite impressive, but not the case with HAL. I’m only a two star Mariner (I’ll be 3 stars after the next HAL cruise), and the benefits are fairly non-existent. The Mariner Lunch is nice but it costs HAL nothing. I prefer more tangible benefits like free internet, free speciality dining with a complimentary bottle of wine, free cocktails each evening, free mini-bar set up, etc. I’m not one to sail on a line just because of past passenger benefits, but in the case of HAL there is absolutely no incentive to move up to higher levels. I know not everyone will agree but that is my opinion. Lastly you might wonder where we sailed to? Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Half Moon Cay. I’ve been to the Caribbean so many times that ports were insignificant. It was all about the ship. One exception is Half Moon Cay. It’s a delight and very well executed. Probably my favorite of all the private out islands next to Disney’s Castaway Cay. Bringing this all to life are 575 photos covering all venues of the ship, and one video of a horn exchange between NS and KONINGSDAM as we departed Half Moon Cay. I’ve also included some menus and all the daily programs plus some general ship information. I hope you enjoy! https://www.flickr.com/photos/eroller/albums/72157706810856841
  24. looking at booking oceanview stateroom on Deck 1 in area of #1116 ...soon!...on the NS and would appreciate any comments as to location pros & cons? preferably from those that have been on her.? thanks all!
  25. I am on Nieuw Amsterdam 7 day Inside Passage cruise and it seems prices may be dropping. Are we just out of luck if we are already confirmed? We are in an assigned cabin (vs guarantee); can we rebook at lower rate?
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