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  1. My TA was just advised this morning the new ship does not have bathtubs in this room category and offered us an upsell to a Neptune for $2000 We booked our 7 day Mar. 3, 2019 voyage 9 months ago and are just notified now!! Wife is not a happy camper I muse on whether the KDam will have the tubs removed during this drydock!!?? Bob
  2. We will be sailing on the The Nieuw Statemdam on Sunday. Can anyone comment on the closest garage. As usual I’ve packed to many bags! Many thanks!
  3. Another nice day in port with a bit mix of ships and luckily we have two blue hulled beauties in Port Everglades today and another in Tampa. In Port Everglades we have the Nieuw Amsterdam heading off on the the 7 day RSVP charter. She is scheduled to be at pier 19. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (12 Feb 1200-2000); San Juan, Puerto Rico (13 Feb 0800-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (14 Feb 0800-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Feb 0900-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700 The Nieuw Statendam should be at pier 26 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (15 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700) And the second the 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (15 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0800 Other ships in port scheduled are Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Celebrity Edge (pier 25), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) and Celebrity Silhouette (pier 29). The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Sailing out of Tampa is the iconic Rotterdam. She is doing a 14 night Southern Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (10 Feb d1600); 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); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Feb 0800-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (20 Feb 0700-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0900-1600); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb a0700) And a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (10 Feb d1700); 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 0700-1700); 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 webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com Other ships in port in Tampa are the Carnival Miracle and the Norwegian Pearl. The website is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the sail a way Addicts - the Veendam will be Aruba and the Rotterdam in Key West on February 11th. Next Sail a Way scheduled is the Koningsdam on February 13th.
  4. We loved the Taco Bar on the Zuiderdam last month. Is it on the Oosterdam and/or the Nieuw Amsterdam?
  5. Does anyone have updated pics of the Nieuw Statendam? Haven't seen any here or even on You Tube.
  6. Hi. We are leaving on our first HAL cruise this Sunday on the NA. My wife always brings her own hairdryer. Not having much hair, I don't. She would like to not pack hers but is always worried about the quality of the in-cabin dryers. I would appreciate any comments on the quality of HAL's dryers? Thanks and Cheers
  7. Our family of five, grandparents (60s) in a balcony cabin, and us (2x early 40s, 1x age 9) in a Neptune Suite Aft Corner (Port side, deck 6, 6164). This was the grandparents first cruise - we have done several over a decade or two and achieved two-star mariner status on this cruise. We have previously cruised HAL, Norwegian, and Celebrity - our favorite is Celebrity. We chose this cruise because it left out of San Diego (our home) and matched up exactly with our spring break from school. We booked after final payment (which is our MO) so only had a month or two to plan. We have done Mexican Riviera before, several times - it is an inexpensive getaway from San Diego. Embarcation in San Diego was smooth - we arrived around 11 - there was a monster line to enter the terminal but it moved very quickly. Once past security, there was virtually no line for Neptune guests (this was our first Neptune cruise!) and in fact my parents who were in a regular VA also had no line. They had just announced general boarding (around 11:30) and suites were ready as soon as we were aboard. We dropped carry-on luggage in the room and proceeded directly to the lido. The lido was (as expected) chaotic on the first day - we ate at the Dive In burger restaurant, poolside, and found the service speedy and efficient. The burgers were amazing, easily 8 out of 10 as far as the best burgers I've ever had. The burger was easily the best thing we ate all week in taste, efficiency, and presentation. Our Neptune suite was very nice, spacious, and worth the cost upgrade. The corner aft balcony is our favorite. This corner aft is much smaller than those we've experienced in the past. We later noted that the corner aft on decks 5 and 4 is notably larger (though 4 has the window washing equipment, which I'm not sure is that much of a problem). Still though, plenty of room on the balcony for 5 people to hang out, sit, stretch, chat, eat, and never have to "squeeze past" each other - just walk around effortlessly. Inside, the room is spacious and the living room gives room for 5 to sit, though more than 5 would be a little cramped. The Bose speaker provided in the room was surprisingly useful. It delivered great sound and we used it a lot. The TV also had great sound and was a good size for the room. The bathroom was huge by cruise ship standards and with the tub/shower combo we often utilized the dual-shower combo to get two people ready at once. The stand up shower is just the least bit cramped and tends to get water everywhere, though if you mind it, you can control it pretty well. The makeup room between the bathroom and the livingroom served well as an office for a few conference calls I had to take but went largely unused otherwise. The couch was comfy and the room steward switched it back and forth from bed to couch daily. The room was serviced twice daily although we seemed to be at the end of the list for morning service, often it didn't occur until past noon. The suite comes with fruit delivered daily and we partook in this regularly. Our steward must have noticed that we were eating a lot of grapes, as each day the pile of grapes atop the fruit basket would be larger, until 3 or 4 days into the cruise a separate fruit basket appeared that contained nothing but grapes, piled so high they nearly wouldn't fit. We laughed, and of course, gorged ourselves on grapes. This was the only noticeable sign of our room steward (other than, of course, the twice daily bed making and the fresh towels) - we've noticed over the years that some stewards you don't see much of, and some, by the end of a week or two, you're lifelong friends. This particular team would always greet us in the hallway but was overall pretty invisible and unassuming. Neptune Lounge, we didn't expect to use much, but we did - a lot. The coffee machine in there is really great, the teas are better than those offered elsewhere, the snacks are a little more refined than lido food, and the concierge - which I wasn't sure what on Earth I would use them for - we used them a lot. Re-make a lost key card, make a dinner reservation, find something out, etc - they would do just about anything you asked. We really enjoyed this amenity and we'd have a hard time going without it in the future. I got the unlimited internet package for the cruise and it worked as expected - slowly, but without issue. We paid for the 7-day pass in the thermal suite for two - generally didn't have a problem finding a hot chair and used them daily. The lido food was good - service is mostly handled by the lido attendants - there is not a lot of serving yourself. This really seemed to help our perception of hygiene (so many fewer dirty hands everywhere) but generally slowed down service and made lines longer. My standard breakfast is a DIY breakfast sandwich - get two pieces of bread toasted, put a piece or two of cheese on them, get two eggs over medium, slide them onto the bread, then bacon or sausage on top. I don't really know how to say this, but I feel like my *perception* is that lines were longer (because of the full-service handling), but in reality I don't feel like it took me any longer to get my regular breakfast than usual. The lido seemed more crowded than past experiences but even though it was generally packed, I didn't have a single instance of not being able to find a table - it was full, but turnover was quick and cleanup was efficient and even when you'd look up to see every table taken, by the time you got your food you could always find a place to sit. Similarly, it seemed like every station had a line but you never seemed to wait for more than 3-4 people to clear and it never took more than a minute or two. We had pinnacle for breakfast once, and were turned away on a second attempt later in the week because we'd taken my parents and it's suite guests only. We retreated to the regular restaurant to find the identical breakfast menu there. I feel like I try sit-down breakfast once or twice each cruise and always find I like the lido better. We returned to the lido after that. The sit-down restaurant food seems to have taken a significant decline in recent years - the china they used to use is now relegated to the Neptune Lounge, and they just use regular dishes in the dining room. The food was good (though uninspired). They did seem to be enforcing the "2nd entree $10" rule, but I am not a two entree guy, so it didn't bother me. I did order an appetizer, a soup, a salad, an entree, and a desert every night without issue. I did turn away a main dish one night (wasn't to my liking) and had it replaced with something else without question or charge. The lighting in the dining room (I'm sorry to nitpick something so basic, but it really is a core thing) was downright bad. The fluorescent lighting makes it look like the inside of a k-mart and only accentuates the declining food presentation. Our stewards were pretty good and quite friendly. "Smart casual" is now basically "don't wear flip flops", there are lots of jeans, t-shirts, etc. "Gala night" is now "anything with a collar" and cargo pants and a polo shirt was not uncommon... for *gala* night. Those of you who've followed my reviews for a decade (I assume you're a small crowd) will now have witnessed my full transit from "why do I have to bring a tuxedo" in my 20s, to "seriously, cargo pants and a polo shirt on gala night?" in my 40s. It's a spring break cruise and there were 300+ kids on board. There are a LOT of kids and a LOT of families and it showed. Kids club sometimes feels like it has a lot of individual attention, but this cruise it felt like they were trying to just keep it all under control. There were regularly 20-40 kids in the tween club - three sessions per day. Again, sometimes it feels like the kids club staff and I become family by the end of a cruise, but generally speaking this time around, I hardly knew their names, they hardly knew mine. My daughter seemed to enjoy it and kept going back, so there's that! There was room to spare at the string quintet performances but the magic show was standing room only. The America's Test Kitchen was packed every performance (and I really enjoyed it). BB King's Lounge was hopping - there was a male lead vocalist who ROCKED the house. The dueling piano bar seemed to satisfy the older crowd with standards but had a hard time getting a vibe going. Trivia was offered a couple times a day but you grade your own paper and it just didn't feel very competitive. None of the bars were really very full and they didn't develop that "regular crowd" feeling that some cruises have. Mexican Riviera hasn't changed in 20 years. Cabo still has the glass bottom boats and they're still $10/head. We got a good one and had a great tour. Mazatlan we took a taxi into the historic district and walked around. Puerto Vallarta we took a taxi to the Malecon and walked around. It was nice being in Puerto Vallarta until late (11pm). HAL was my first cruise line and for many years was my favorite, until we found X. We still enjoy HAL but as an upper-crust line it seems to be slipping. We would happily cruise HAL again if our dates lines up, but we wouldn't seek them out. 7/10 overall.
  8. I've never been on Holland America. We'll be in a Signature Suite for our upcoming voyage. Will there be many differences between the Signature Suite experience versus the experience in a regular balcony cabin? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide. 🙂
  9. CC has published pictures and info from Nieuw Statendam. New Specialty restaurant in place of Culinary Arts Center called Club Orange. Will server breakfast and dinner for NS and PS guests and offer for fee dining to all. Also more info on public areas. Evidently suites are larger and new design for Neptune Lounge. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8935&source=99360
  10. Am looking at a 14 day norway cruise. Bith ships have basically the same itenerary. Staatendam is about $500 more per person. Is it worth it?
  11. Enjoyed this article on MS Nieuw Statendam. Here is the link https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/topics/staff-crew/senior-staff-officers-bring-a-combined-80-years-of-service-to-holland-america-lines-nieuw-statendam/
  12. It's a busy day in Port Everglades on the 6th with 3 blue hulled beauties all set to sail. Zuiderdam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm for it's 10 night Panama Canal Sunfarer and should be a pier 04. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (09 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (10 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (12 Jan 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (12 Jan 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (13 Jan 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Jan a0700) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm on a 7 day Western Caribbean at 5 pm (scheduled for pier 26). Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1600); Montego Bay, Jamaica (09 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (11 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700 Nieuw Statendam is also doing a 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1600); Montego Bay, Jamaica (09 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (11 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean at pier 19: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (08 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700) and is also doing a 14 night Caribbean Eastern/Western Adventurer: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (08 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (18 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) It will be interesting to see if our HAL ships can form a parade and leave nearly on time. Also in port will be the Royal Princess scheduled for pier 02 at 4pm, Harmony of the Seas pier 18 at 4:30 pm, Crown Princess pier 21 at 4:00 pm & Celebrity Edge pier 25 at 4:00 pm. The websites for the Port Everglades sail a ways are https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://fortlauderdalewebcam.com Sailing out of Tampa is the Rotterdam. She will be doing the 7 day Western Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (07 Jan 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (09 Jan 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (10 Jan 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (11 Jan 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (13 Jan a0700 as well as the 21 day Western/Southern Caribbean. Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (07 Jan 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (09 Jan 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (10 Jan 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (11 Jan 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (13 Jan 0800-1800); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (22 Jan 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Jan 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan a0700) The website for Tampa is located at https://tampawebcam.com Sailing out of San Diego is the Eurodam doing a 7 day Mexican Riviera. And.. for the Sail a Way Addicts - The Rotterdam will be in Key West on January 7th and the Koningsdam will be St. Maartens on January 8th. The next sail a way currently I have scheduled is January 12th, 2019 but I will be double checking.
  13. Am looking at a 14 day norway cruise. Bith ships have basically the same itenerary. Staatendam is about $500 more per person. Is it worth it?
  14. Hello, I have a question about the position of the sofabed. Because of the lifeboats i prefer to have first the bed and the sofa by the window. I am looking for Cabin 4123. Does somebody knows where the sofa is? I found picture of 4115 and the 4117 and they have both the bed by the window. Other question about the noise. Below of the cabin('s) is the photo gallery. What do you think about the noise level? Thanks a lot
  15. So, Wikipedia lists Nieuw Ryndam as the name of the third Pinnacle class ship. Rumor or fact? It's on the internet, it must be true!
  16. Hello, all! We are sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam in an SS Suite and have two questions about the sofa bed for the 3rd person: 1. Does anyone have any pictures of the sofa bed made into a bed? 2. Does anyone know how long the bed will be or the maximum recommended height of the person sleeping in it? This information would be helpful, as we are considering upgrading to a Neptune Suite, thinking the sofa bed might be a bit longer --- that might not be the case, though. Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks! 🙂
  17. I apologize if this has already been posted. Captain Albert's blog post from today indicated that Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stock Rock Room will share a venue, while BB Kings and Lincoln Center will share another venue (The Queen's Lounge). I was just about to post about how this contradicts the deck plans, but alas, they have updated the deck plan to reflect this! (previous deck plans placed Billboard Onboard across from Pinnacle Grill/Sal de Mer, which would obviously disrupt diners). Technically, it looks like the Rock Room and Billboard are opposite each other, in the big space FWD on Deck 2. I think this arrangement makes much more sense than Lincoln Center having the Queen's Lounge all to itself, given its beautiful setting and nice dancefloor. The Ocean Bar appears to have retained its space across from Pinnacle/Rudi's, which I suppose is a good thing. Bravo, HAL, for figuring this out!
  18. I just spent some time reading through Captain Albert's blog and saw a picture of the new jacuzzi in the Retreat cabana area. It has a sun sail over it for some shade if the sun is in the right place. Extra perk for anyone getting a cabana.🌞
  19. It's going to be a very busy day in Port Everglades on the 13th. With over 22,500 passengers boarding, it could be a virtual zoo. There are 3 blue hulled beauties sailing from Port Everglades (and all the newest ships in the fleet) and one from Tampa & San Diego as well. The 3 blue hulled beauties in Port Everglades are the N Amsterdam, Koningsdam & N Statendam and should be at piers 19, 21 & 26 respectively. Sailing out we have firstly the Nieuw Amsterdam. She is sheduled to go at 4:30 pm & at pier 19. She is doing a 7 night Western Caribbean: Her itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (18 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) Koningsdam has two different itineraries for this one. She is set to sail at 5:00 pm & will be at pier 21. The first is the 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer: His Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (16 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (18 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan a0700) The King's second itinerary today is the 21 night Seafarer/Wayfarer: His Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (16 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (18 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Jan 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (26 Jan 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (27 Jan 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Jan 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (29 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (30 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb a0700) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to sail at 5:00 pm from pier 26 and has a 7 night Eastern Caribbean: Her Itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) And is also doing a 17 night Eastern/Souther Caribbean Wayfarer: Her itinerary Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (22 Jan 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (23 Jan 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (25 Jan 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (26 Jan 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (27 Jan 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Jan a0700) Also in port are: Carnival Conquest - scheduled for pier 04 & to leave at 4:45 pm Adventure of the Seas - scheduled for pier 29 & to leave at 4:30 pm Regal Princess - scheduled for pier 02 & to leave at 5:15 pm Harmony of the Seas - scheduled for pier 18 & to leave at 4:30 pm Celebrity Edge - schedule for pier 25 & to leave at 4:00 pm The webcams for these sailings are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Also sailing from Tampa is the lovely Rotterdam. she will be doing a 14 night Southern Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (13 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Oranjestad, Aruba (22 Jan 0700-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (23 Jan 0700-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0900-1600); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan a0700) as well as a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (13 Jan d1800); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (22 Jan 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Jan 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan 0700-1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1100-1800); Roatan, Honduras (30 Jan 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (31 Jan 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Feb a0700) The webcam for Tampa is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com And last but not least, sailing out of San Diego is the Eurodam. the San Diego website is located at https://sundiegolive.com Next sail a way is scheduled for January 14th - the Veendam.
  20. We'll navigate on Nieuw Statendam begining december 30 and because it has not had its inaugural trip, so far I've researched all the information about the Koningsdam asuming it's identical to Nieuw Statendam. Do you know if that's accurate? Are there in facts differences in the configuration of the ships, public spaces or cabins?
  21. So confused about HAL cruise offerings. I am between these two sailings on August 3 Nieuw Amersterdam Vancouver Roundtrip and August 4 Westerdam Southbound from Seward to Vancouver. We only have time to do the 7 day cruise, so no land addons. Which itinerary is overall better? Which ship? What sorts of things should I be considering?
  22. Just off the Nieuw Amsterdam yesterday, a one week Eastern Caribbean itinerary as an anniversary getaway with my DW. Below is the review that I just posted, and happy to answer any questions. In short, we had a wonderful time - highlights were the onboard service, high tea, and Lincoln Center Stage. Lowlights were the embarkation process in Port Everglades, and service at Half Moon Cay. Begin review: The Nieuw Amsterdam to the Eastern Caribbean was an excellent choice for an anniversary getaway - we enjoyed exceptional service, good to very good food, a quiet stateroom with a spacious balcony, and extended time in the four ports of call. My wife an I are in our mid 40s, and found that we were definitely younger than the average age, there was a wide range of passengers from young to old on our mid-november sailing. Embarkation: from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale was organized, but slower than previous HAL cruises. We arrived at the port at 10:30, were fully checked in by 11, boarding began at 11:30, and we were finally onboard by 12:15. On previous cruises we were onboard by 11:30. Our cabin was ready when we boarded, however, and disembarkation was quick and efficient. The Ship: we have sailed on Holland America's R-class vessels previously; this was our first cruise on a larger Signature class ship. While we enjoyed the additional dining and entertainment options, and found the Nieuw Amsterdam to be very well maintained, the larger size and passenger numbers were noticeable at times. My wife and I prefer traditional, uncrowded ships -- and while we greatly enjoyed our cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam, we concluded the smaller ships are more to our liking. Cabin: We had a forward VE class balcony stateroom, 7013. The room was just right for two passengers, well appointed, very quiet, and with a wonderful balcony. We spent every evening and many hours of the day on the balcony, enjoying sound of the sea and the view of the water and stars. There were two reclinable chairs, separate footrests / ottomans, and a small table on the balcony. As there are staterooms above and below deck 7, we never heard noise from other areas of the ship. The interactive TV has 150+ movies on demand, the daily menus, five live TV channels (all news), and information about weather, ship position, and ports of call. The bathroom features a single sink, tub/shower combination, and Elemis toiletries. Service: Outstanding, as always for HAL. We were greeted by name by our cabin attendants, and everyone on the ship looked for opportunities to attend to and anticipate our needs. The one exception was staff onshore at HAL's private island, Half Moon Cay. Some of the Half Moon Cay staff were helpful, but several were brusque or rude when we asked questions or requested directions to places on the island. When a horseback riding shore excursion on Half Moon Cay ran long, we were dropped off at the island BBQ at 12:50, ahead of their 1 PM closing. Staff were already taking down the buffet, and refused to serve us lunch. As a result, we had to head back to the ship early for lunch rather than enjoying Half Moon Cay's beach. Dining: Food ranged from good to very good. As a foodie, none of the dishes were outstanding, but none of them were poor either. Dinner in the Tamarind restaurant was the best meal and dinner service we have experienced on a Holland America ship. Room service was efficient and complimentary - we enjoyed two dinners in our cabin, and had coffee and tea delivered to the room every morning. We also loved the high tea, served in the main dining room on fine china at 3 PM each afternoon. Entertainment: We loved Lincoln Center Stage - world class, classical chamber music performed in a dedicated concert venue - and attended their performances almost every night. BBC Earth, highlights from the series set to a live performance of the score, was wonderful. We also attended two enjoyable, if simple, America's Test Kitchen cooking demonstrations. HAL does not have the showy, nonstop entertainment offered by some other lines, and young children would find entertainment outside of the kids club to be limited to swimming in the pool, but we loved the more sophisticated approach to entertainment.
  23. We are considering a cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We have sailed on the Vista class ships (Westerdam, Zuiderdam) but not on the Signature class. We really liked the aft balcony cabins on Deck 5 (like 5185) because of the extra long balcony with loungers as well as a table, chairs and footstool. We also liked the fact that these balconies are fully covered. Can someone tell me, are the aft balconies on NA similar? Does choosing an aft on deck 5 (like 5193) similar to those on Vista class, and do the balconies get smaller and more exposed as you go up? Also, does anyone know when Explore 4 usually starts? We are looking at cruising in Dec 2019 and can't decide whether to book now (and purchase drink package later) or wait for Explore 4. Thanks! Sharon
  24. Has anybody heard what they are doing with the Deck 2, FWD space on the Nieuw Statendam (the Billboard Onboard space on the Koningsdam)? I think this is one of the few, remaining mysteries of the Nieuw Statendam (aside from the angle of the cabin toilets :')).
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