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  1. Six ships are in Port Everglades for this sail a way & 2 of them are the newest blue hulled beauties in the fleet. A container ship is scheduled to be at HAL's usual pier 26. So, instead you will find the Nieuw Statendam at pier 04. She is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 night Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar d1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (19 Mar 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Mar 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Mar a0700) And the 2nd is the 14 night Eastern/Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar d1700); (19 Mar 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Mar 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Mar 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Mar 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Mar 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (28 Mar 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (29 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (31 Mar a0700) The Koningsdam is scheduled to be at pier 21 and is also doing 2 different itineraries. The first is the 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Mar 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Mar 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (20 Mar 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (22 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (23 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (24 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Mar a0700) And the 2nd is the 21 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Mar 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Mar 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (20 Mar 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (22 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (23 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (24 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Mar 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (30 Mar 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (31 Mar 0900-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (01 Apr 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (02 Apr 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (03 Apr 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (04 Apr 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (06 Apr 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (07 Apr a0700) Other ships in port are the Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Crown Princess (pier 19) & Celebrity Edge (pier 25). The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Nieuw Amsterdam is sailing out of San Diego on a 7 night Mexican Riviera cruise: The San Diego webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com For the Addicts - along with the San Diego sail away of the N Amsterdam, the Oosterdam is scheduled to be in Key West (webcam - https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com ) Next up is the Volendam's Sail a Way on March 19th.
  2. For those of you who have sailed her with HAL. On 29 Oct 2018, Marella Cruises announced that their Marella Spirit had been sold for scrap. Marella Spririt is the former Nieuw Amsterdam III (her sister was Noordam III, currently still sailing for Marella Cruises as Marella Celebration). Nieuw Amsterdam III was built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France and delivered to HAL on 1 July, 1983 as the first of two identical sisters which would be known as the "N"-class with HAL. Her younger sister, Noordam III followed just under a year later from the same yard. They would be the last new-builds for the, at that time, Dutch-owned Holland-Amerika Lijn. She was the third ship to bear the name Nieuw Amsterdam in Holland America Line’s then 110-year history. Nieuw Amsterdam or New Amsterdam, was named after the 17th-century Dutch colonial settlement on the island of Manhattan that served as the capital of the New Netherland territory and later became New York City. The ship is currently in Piraeus, Greece awaiting her last voyage to the breakers (more than likely Alang, India) for which she has been renamed 'Mare S' Nieuw Amsterdam’s keel was laid on 14 November 1981 and her hull floated out on 21 August 1982. Successful technical trials took place off the Normandy coast on 12, 13 and 14 March 1983. The official delivery was scheduled for 11 May 1983. Then the problems started! First, a strike by Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard workers forced the hand-over date back to more than a month later, to 17 June 1983. This is when HAL actually took possession of the vessel and on 23 June, Nieuw Amsterdam departed St. Nazaire for Le Havre, France with a number of VIPs onboard, arriving there the next day. The naming ceremony as well as her maiden voyage was scheduled to take place two days later, on 26 June 1983. On 25 June however, one of Nieuw Amsterdam’s main electrical switchboards burned out which resulted in severe technical problems. HAL was forced to postpone the dedication ceremony and several of the VIP’s and naming ceremony guests had no choice but to return home. Replacement parts to repair and rebuild the ailing switchboard were actually removed from her younger sister Noordam, still under construction in St. Nazaire, but the process took almost a month to complete. Now two weeks behind schedule, the lead ship of the “N” class was finally named by her godmother, HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, on 9 July 1983. Nieuw Amsterdam then departed Le Havre on a trans-Atlantic crossing to New York City on 10 July 1983 under the command of HAL Captain Frederik “Freek” van Driel. She arrived in New York Harbor, complete with two stowaways from the African country of Ghana, on 18 July where she received the traditional fireboat welcome from the FDNY. As part of her inaugural visit and maiden voyage festivities, Nieuw Amsterdam sailed two cruises to ‘nowhere’ on 19 and 20 July 1983 from New York for VIPs, travel professionals and media representatives. On 21 July 1983 she departed New York with her first revenue passengers on her maiden voyage, a roundtrip bound for Hamilton, Bermuda, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI. For the 1983 winter season, Nieuw Amsterdam repositioned via the Panama Canal to San Francisco, CA on the U.S. west coast, from where she operated 14-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera, as far south as Acapulco in the state of Guerrero. In 1984 she was registered to Sint Maarten-based Holland America Tours N.V. while being managed by Seattle, WA-based Holland America Line-Westours. Also in the summer of that year, she operated her first Alaska season from Vancouver, BC calling at Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Valdez. The 1984-1985 winter season found her sailing 7-day cruises to the Western Caribbean out of Tampa, Fl. With port calls at Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and George Town on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. And this pattern would continue for the next several years. As the HAL fleet grew from the late 1980s onwards, Nieuw Amsterdam’s itineraries widened to various destinations around the world. A longer, thirty plus day South Pacific cruise was on her agenda in the fall of 1991. In 1996 she began using New Orleans, LA as a seasonal home port for some of her Western Carib cruises, substituting Montego Bay for Ocho Rios. Nieuw Amsterdam would wind up serving the Holland America Line for seventeen years. On 10 August 1999, American Classic Voyages, then parent company of Delta Queen and American Hawaiian Cruises, announced that it had purchased Nieuw Amsterdam from Holland America Line for $114.5 million dollars, to operate an inter-island Hawaii service alongside their ss Independence. After her final Alaska season in 2000, Nieuw Amsterdam sailed, without passengers, to Sydney, Australia where she served as a hotel ship for the Summer Olympics between 12 September and 3 October 2000. Following those games, she sailed to Honolulu, where about 60 crew came aboard from the newly formed United States Lines (under American Classic Voyages) and then continued on to Portland, Ore. On 18 October 2000, American Classic Voyages officially acquired the ship with the transfer occurring in a somewhat unusual ceremony at sea, approximately fourteen miles off Portland. At the same moment her registry was changed to Honolulu, she reverted to the U.S. flag, and was renamed ms Patriot. Patriot proceeded to Cascade General Shipyard in Portland, Ore, arriving on 18 October 2000, where she underwent a multi-million dollar dry-docking and refurbishment afterwhich she sailed to the Hawaiian Island. Upon arrival in Honolulu, she began operating 7-day cruises for United States Lines on 9 December 2000, departing every Saturday evening with port calls at Nawiliwili, Kauai, Kahului, Maui, Hilo, Hawaii, and Kona, Hawaii, before returning to Honolulu. On 19 October 2001, American Classic Voyages, Inc. announced that it had filed for bankruptcy/Chapter 11 protection and would cease most sailings. Both ss Independence and ms Patriot stopped sailing on Saturday, 20 October after completing their cruises and were laid up at pier 24 in Honolulu. Patriot’s main creditors at this time were still the Carnival Corporation (also the owners of HAL) and they sought a federal court action to, among other things, prohibited the ship from leaving port. As a result, Patriot was arrested in Honolulu harbor on 26 October 2001. On 27 January 2002, she was auctioned off at the federal court in Honolulu. Carnival Corporation took possession, and the ship reverted back to her original name of Nieuw Amsterdam, however under Bahamian flag and registered to HAL’s subsidiary Wind Surf. Nieuw Amsterdam departed Honolulu on 15 March 2002, initially for dry-dock at Freeport, the Bahamas. Those plans, and her destination, were changed on 28 March 2002 and a new course was set for Charleston, NC, where she arrived on 2 April 2002 for a wet-dock and general maintenance work. Approximately two weeks later, it was announced that Carnival Corporation had reached a 10-year bareboat charter agreement for the ship with Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines. This was followed by another announcement on 18 April 2002 that Louis, in turn, would sub-lease the ship to Luton, England-based travel operator Thomson Holidays/Thomson Cruises, initially for three and a half years, and then changed to ten years. On 3 May 2003, and now renamed Thomson Spirit, she operated her first cruise for Thomson Cruises, a Mediterranean itinerary from Palma de Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic islands. Thomson Spirit usually sailed in the Mediterranean during the northern hemisphere winter season and could be found in Northern and Western Europe in the summer. Following the announcement on 09 October 2017, that Thomson Cruises would be renamed Marella Cruises, the owners, TUI Group, also announced that Thomson Spirit would be renamed 'Spirit' at the end of October 2017. In December 2017 however, Marella Cruises revised this decision by announcing that the vessel would be renamed 'Marella Spirit'
  3. Hold onto your hats folks because it’s going to be a very busy day in Port Everglades for this one. The three newest blue hulled beauties (N Statendam, N Amsterdam & Koningsdam) in the fleet will all be sailing away in Port Everglades and the gracious flagship, Rotterdam will be sailing out of Tampa. Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 26 & will be doing 2 different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700) And the second is the 14 day Western Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (28 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (01 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (05 Mar 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (06 Mar 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (07 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Mar a0800) Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to be at pier 19 and is doing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700) Koningsdam is set to be at pier 21 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar a0700) And the second is the 21 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (09 Mar 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (10 Mar 0900-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (11 Mar 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (12 Mar 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (13 Mar 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (14 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar a0700) Other ships in port sailing way are: Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) & Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam will be sailing out of Tampa on a 7 day Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (25 Feb 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (27 Feb 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (28 Feb 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Mar 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Mar a0700) The other ship in Tampa is the Carnival Miracle The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the Sail Away Addicts - the Oosterdam is in Key West on this date. And on February 25th, the Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Nassau & the Rotterdam will be in Key West. Next up - Zuiderdam on February 27th.
  4. Is there any special or sale on internet pricing on the NS? Does HAL give out coupon books onboard? If so, how do I obtain one? Thank you.
  5. We are considering sailing on the Statendam in 2020, but given the gross tonnage and number of passengers it appears to have less space per passenger than Zuiderdam. Any thoughts? any areas that seem crowded? Theatre, Restaurants? Hopefully HAL will change the smoking policy before the fall of 2020.
  6. Wednesday will mark Nieuw Statendam's first visit to the U.S. as well as her first sighting in Port Everglades. She is due to be at Pier 26 (Starboard to) from 0330-1700. Her first cruise from FLL will be a short 4-day trip to the Bahamas. Wednesday, December 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Saturday, December 22 Nassau, Bahamas Sunday, December 23 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Caribbean Princess at pier 2 from 0545-1600 and Costa Deliziosa at pier 19 from 0430-2300. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Friday we will have a threefer with Koningsdam, Prinsendam, and Veendam
  7. We just returned from our first Holland America cruise on the Nieuw Statendam (LOVED it!!!), and are in the process of booking a July 2020 cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We typically stay in ocean view cabins (though we have also done inside and verandahs over the years), but I really like the size and layout of the inside J rooms, especially as there will be 4 of us in the cabin for 12 nights! However, I see that there are a few potential noisemakers on the deck above - BB King, the casino, etc. Any suggestions for particular J category staterooms that are quiet? Thank you!
  8. What are the perks of a spa room ?
  9. I was wondering about a midship cabin on a lower deck... And now I am seeing that it looks like the one Gangway is right there, mid-ship, off the Atrium on Decks 1 and 2. Is that. true. that would be a traffic area on Port Days. I am also wondering about noise from B.B.Kings. (which is forward on Deck 2 on the N.S.) in cabins near the Atrium on Deck 1. Would the sound/beat travel that far? Can any of you offer any good info?
  10. I can't find it but I thought I saw a chain of posts where people post the room number and reviews of that room for a specific cruise ship, such as Nieuw Amsterdam. Does anyone know the link to that? Maybe it's a different web site.
  11. We're on our way to Rome, to spend a couple of days in the Eternal City before boarding the Nieuw Statendam for its 14-Day Premiere Voyage from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. We are excited to experience this new ship, and some of its new amenities like the Rolling Stone Rock Room and a new wine packages from James Suckling, Holland America's Wine Curator. Tell us what you are curious about on the new ship. As internet access allows, we plan to post regular updates along the way.
  12. Okay, I know that food is subjective!!!! And I know the 'cheerleaders' are ready to ascend to their lofty perches... But, I am hoping for some general feedback on a few things. In specific, I am wondering about how salty, processed, ingredients like MSG, fake additives/flavorings/fillers, etc... I know that nobody here can make a comparison. Especially since Princess just recently re-did their menus and recipes. But, I have recently sailed Princess, with their new ( cut-back ) menus and recipes. And, just to be open and honest. I am worried that I simply can not handle 10 days on HAL - Niew Statendam if the quality and artificial ingredients in most of the food are as bad as I experienced onboard the Regal Princess. Does anyone else here, with these kinds of sensitivities and issues, have any insight?
  13. Never been on Holland America before and plan on taking an Eastern Caribbean cruise and choose a balcony for the first time (we've ONLY ever booked inside cabins). We've been quoted a Verandah Stateroom (VF) and I think the only available ones are on the 4th or 8th deck and I think the front or back of the ship (sorry not the correct terms). I always like to prefer to be lower in the ship (like 8th deck) as it tends to be less movement than upper but is there any benefit to be up higher instead from a balcony view perspective? Thanks!
  14. Wow it’s a busy sail a way day. Lots of blue hulled beauties sailing today from different ports. (Sorry, couldn’t fit all the different ports in the title) Sailing from Port Everglades for this one we have the newly christened Nieuw Statendam (there may be a bit of hoopla as she sails out - fingers crossed), the Koningsdam & the Nieuw Amsterdam. The Nieuw Statendam is doing a Legendary Rhythm & Blues Charter and is scheduled to be at pier 26 - here is here itinerary (sorry, CC has a problem uploading pics tonight and itinerary maps 😞 kinf of frustrating when I’ve uploaded them 😉 ) Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (04 Feb 0900-1500); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (06 Feb 1100-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (07 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb a0700) The Koningsdam is headed out for a 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer and he is scheduled to be at pier 21: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb a0700) as well as a 21 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700 And the Nieuw Amsterdam which is scheduled to be at pier 19 is doing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (05 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (06 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (07 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb a0700 Other ships in port scheduled are the Regal Princess, Harmony Of The Seas & Celebrity Edge. The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam is sailing out of Tampa for a 7 day Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (04 Feb 1100-1800); Trujillo, Honduras (06 Feb 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (07 Feb 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (08 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (10 Feb a0700) As well as a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (04 Feb 1100-1800); Trujillo, Honduras (06 Feb 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (07 Feb 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (08 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (10 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Feb 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb a0700) the Tampa webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com And the Eurodam is sailing out of of San Diego for a 17 day round circle Hawaii: the San Diego is webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com For the Sail Away Addicts - the Oosterdam is scheduled to be in Key West. Our next sail a way is scheduled for February 4th. Hopefully then CC will let the itinerary maps work “sigh” as we watch the Veendam head off for the Amazon and Carnaval.
  15. Here is a list of songs currently playing on the NS. This list contains 23 0f the 27 songs they played. I lost the other 4 lol. They do three 9 song sets each night. The Memphis based band is still learning other covers so expect this to evolve. They are very talented. Two guitarists, bass, keys and drummer make up the five piece current lineup. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask as I spent some time talking with them. Hope this helps people traveling on the NS. Old Time Rock and Roll Bob Seger You may be Right Billy Joel Summer of 69 Bryan Adams Don't do me like that Tom Petty Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones Dead or Alive Bon Jovi Waiting on the World to Change John Mayer With or Without You U2 Anyway You Want It Journey Roadhouse Blues The Doors Stay with Me Faces Rock and Roll All Night Kiss Dreams Fleetwood Mac Take it Easy Eagles Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady Jimi Hendrix Keep your hands to yourself Georgia Satelites Hard to Handle Black Crowes I don't wanna be Gavin DeGraw Running down a Dream Tom Petty Dead Flowers Rolling Stones All Right Now Free Medley (in one song) Sweet Home Alabama Lynard Skynard All Summer Long Kid Rock Werewolves of London Warren Zevon
  16. It is going to be a VERY busy day in Port Everglades today. And, we have 2 blue hulled beauties sailing from there & 1 from Tampa. The Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 21 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Eastern Caribbean: And the 2nd is the 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean: The Nieuw Amsterdam is schedule to be at pier 26 and will be doing the lovely 14 day Panamal Canal: Also in port: Celebrity Edge (pier 25), Celebrity Silhouette (pier29), Costa Delisiosa (pier 19), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18) and Regal Princess (pier 02) The webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam will be doing a 7 day Western Caribbean out of Tampa as well as a 21 day Western/Southern Caribbean. The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the Addicts - the Koningsdam is in Aruba & the Volendam is sailing out of San Diego on a 15 day Panama Canal. And, the Rotterdam will be in Aruba on March 4th. Next up is the Koningsdam on March 6th.
  17. Is there a hot tub in the Retreat area on Nieuw Statendam?
  18. After 5 years, this week I received a personal message from a saved refugee, whose resecue operation we watched while were cruised on the Nieuw Amsterdam/Oct 20 in 2014. Amidst our wonderful Mediterrean cruise, the captain made an at ful sea an emergency stop in the very early morning alongside a little boat filled up with around 50 Syrian refugees. On that morning I made some footage and placed it on Youtube when I was contacted by the saved refugee this week. This person named Khaldoun, has been rescued by the authorities and therefore very grateful to the captain & crew to notify them on their behalf. He is living currently in Norway and is asking me if there are more photos available. Please spread the message and kindly upload your photos, so I can share them again with Khaldoun. Thank you! Short impression of the rescue operation
  19. Just off NA and took photos of the bar menus which are the same through out the ship. The SBP limit was increased to $11 but still found the wine choices lacking.
  20. As I had trouble finding update menus for this cruise I going to try to post them as we go along. I'm also including in this post the menu available every evening. Tonight we actually eat at Pinnacle Grill.
  21. Thought you might find this interesting. Live streamed today: Nieuw Statendam has been delivered to HAL.
  22. I know that Nieuw Amsterdam is in San Diego today along with a Disney Ship. Webcam is very blurry this morning but looks like one of them is at the Broadway Pier- looks too far apart to be at the main terminal. Anyone know?
  23. Can anyone tell me how to search the forums? It used to be so easy. I was able to search for things within specific categories, ie: Holland America: Nieuw Amsterdam spa pass. Now, I don't see that option. Anyhow, does anyone know how much the Spa access pass on the Nieuw Amsterdam 7 day cruise is? Is there a special on board on specific days? We like to use the thalassotherapy (hydrospa pool) daily. Thank you.😊
  24. Could anyone tell me what nights are the formal nights on the current Eastern Caribbean sailings. Thanks.
  25. We just got off the NA in San Diego and had a very nice cruise. As usual, the service was outstanding. Embarkation in San Diego was a breeze and the terminal is small and basic. Our signature suite was well appointed and the cabin stewards Sandri and Heru were awesome. The adult seaview pool turned into the kids pool. I heard there were 400 kids onboard, way more than we’ve ever witnessed onboard a HAL ship but it is Spring Break. There simply was not enough room in the Lido Pool to handle the volume of kids. Unfortunately, that made the aft pool kind of crazy and not very adult friendly. It seems like very few people realized the aft pool is for the adults and there is less signage than in the past. We decided to stay onboard the ship in Mazatlan and had a great relaxing day at the Seaview pool as most got off the ship. We had three dinners at Tamarind, three at Pinnacle Grill and one on our balcony. Tamarind was excellent as always but the Pinnacle was well below expectations on all three dinners. We’ve always been fans of PG and typically eat there multiple times on every cruise. I’ve always regarded them as on par with our top steakhouses in Seattle. Our first two dinners the quality of the beef was really not good. Grainy filets and grisly Rib-eye and Porterhouse. Decided to try seafood on last night and that was an even bigger disappointment. My wife’s Halibut was dry and not flavorful. My Scallops were cold and bland. I would have expected better in the MDR. I let the Maitre D’ aware of our overall experiences after our third underwhelming meal. He was apologetic and offered new meals that we declined. I brought this up as we prefer HAL for their fine dining as well as we are stockholders. I’m hoping this was simply an anomaly but three dinners in a row is not a coincidence. Hopefully they can get this corrected soon. This is our third HAL cruise in the past 12 months and we had nothing but good experiences in the Pinnacle in the two prior cruises (Oosterdam and Eurodam). Disembarkation went smoothly and was well organized. Overall this was a good cruise that could have been much better. Our allegiance to HAL may have taken a little hit even though we just got to 3 star Mariner status. I would be interested to know other people’s opinion on Pinnacle Grill. Anybody else see a decline in quality or did we just catch them on an off week?
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