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  1. Former "statendam", now called "Vasco da gama" was drifting for quite some time off the coast af australia. A "horror" experience according to passengers. https://www.2gb.com/absolutely-horrific-passenger-calls-in-from-cruise-ship-stranded-at-sea/ Quote: Listener Ian called Steve Price from his cabin saying it’s been “absolutely horrific”. “We’re drifting. We’ve got no power, no water, no toilets, no cooking, nothing! “They’ve got auxiliary power to light the corridors but that is it. It’s like a ghost ship, mate.” Unquote
  2. I am considering a solo cruise on Nieuw Statendam. It will have to be an inside cabin due to budget constraints. Any suggestions as to more spacious inside cabins or cabins to avoid?
  3. Does anyone happen to have the 7 day Eastern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale (Key West, Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay) daily programs that they can upload? I am dying to see what they have to offer during the day. Also, trying to see when Gala nights are....etc. We are sailing this March! Can't wait! Thank you!!
  4. Has anyone played pickle ball on the Nieuw Statendam? Do they provide the paddles & balls? Has their been a good response to the games?
  5. Can anyone please offer an opinion on whether port or starboard veranda would be better on this voyage? It starts in Amsterdam and heads southern around the coast of span, and then heads through the Mediterranean ending in Rome.
  6. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0515-1700. She is heading out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Nov 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Nov 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Nov 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Nov 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Nov a0700) It is a busy Saturday in Port Everglades. Also in port are Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0430-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1630, Island Princess at pier 2 from 0
  7. Hi all, We have booked on the NA - Tropical Caribbean - I am looking at the available cabins at the sale price - on deck 8, the ship layout as provided by HAL has Neptune Suites on both sides of the ship. When I look at the cabins online, they have each been converted into two aft balcony cabins. Question - does anyone know if the cabins are the same size as the other aft balcony cabins? For the ones on the far port and starboard, do you get the large part of the wraparound balcony? So tempted to try and get one of these - but worried about the balcony si
  8. Statendam and Ryndam will be reunited at Cruise and Maritime Voyagesin 2021; CMV are proud to announce the acquisition of two more cruise ships to join our expanding ocean fleet - increasing to eight cruise ships in 2021. CMV will take delivery of P&O Australia's Pacific Dawn (tbr) and Pacific Aria (tbr) in Singapore on the 2nd March and 2nd May 2021 respectively, increasing lower bed fleet capacity to 9000 berths and passenger capacity by 30% in 2021. cruiseandmaritime.com/news/two-more-ships-for-2021
  9. We just booked a last minute trip on NS for this weekend. (My first on HAL!) Despite having a balcony (another first!) I'd like to be on deck for sailaway and watch the Dutch countryside slip away before we head out to sea, and then enjoy the fjords later in the week. I can't tell from looking at the deck plans. Are there any front-facing decks? Do they open the bow? There's always the gym, I suppose. Share your secrets.
  10. Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Port Everglades from 0530-1700. She will be at pier 26 (starboard to) before leaving on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (24 Nov 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Nov 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Nov 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Nov 0700-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Nov a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0500-1600, and Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0545-1530. In the continuing weird travels of Oasis OTS she will be
  11. New Ship! Few threads and/or reviews! (1) HAL deckplans studiously avoid calling the Crows Nest, the Crows Nest. (It is the Exploration Cafe and the EXC.) Surely they know we will not be dissuaded so easily? It will take a generation to lose the name just like the Captain's Corner! We were on the Zuiderdam this spring, the Crows Nest bar and the Exploration Cafe had merged, which was fine with us as we could segue right from Lattes to Pain Killers! However, the pics on CruiseDeckPlans appear to show only an espresso bar and not a BAR set up. Tell me it is not so, if we drink coffee
  12. We just returned from a great week on board the Nieuw Statendam. The cruise was excellent and I think Holland America has a great new ship with a great on board product. The ship She is elegant and beautiful. The artwork around the ship is really something special. I loved the look of the lounges and the public areas. The design is elegant yet very comfortable. I think it really is the perfect amount of glitz and comfort. The food Pinnacle Grill - Excellent. My 16oz dry aged Delmonico was exceptional. Food and service were both very good. Rudi's
  13. We just finished our first HAL cruise, a week on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Already looking to book our next. Because I work for a large university, we can only really travel from about 12/12/20 to 01/10/21. We travel with four of our youngest children(ages 7-17) and usually bring one or two extra with us, so cost is definitely a factor. We LOVED Half Moon Cay. We don't like the itinerary on the Nieuw Amsterdam the week we are looking at (alas, no HMC!); none of us have ever been to any of the ports that the Veendam will sail to that week (Trujillo Honduras, Costa Maya Mexico, Guatemala, and Be
  14. Here’s our review of our 17th March Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Nieuw Statendam. This was our first time on HAL. Having booked through a UK travel agent, we flew directly to Fort Lauderdale from London (very convenient, though Norwegian does not the most comfortable long haul product!). We arrived the night before embarkation, and stayed in the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. This is a great location for the airport and port, but it is sadly a rather dated Hilton property. We were quite lucky with the beautiful room we were assigned, but the public areas seemed as though they
  15. I finally got my cabin assignment, and this cabin is located near the forward elevators, with a handicapped VD on one side and an oceanview on the other. When I looked at the deck plan, the cabin itself looks like it's set a little farther back than some others and the balcony looks to be a bit deeper than the corresponding VDs on that deck. Is this correct? Has anyone ever stayed in either this cabin or the corresponding one on the starboard side? I assume the configuration is the same on the Eurodam, so if anyone has experience with these cabins on either ship, I'd love some feedbac
  16. Has anyone done Blend on Nieuw Statendam? Did you enjoy it? Is it worth the extra cost?
  17. Presumably repaired, Nieuw Amsterdam is under way and headed for Port Everglades
  18. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. This will be a "Faith and Family" charter. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Nov 0800-1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (12 Nov 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (13 Nov 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (15 Nov 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Nov a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0500-1600, Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0530-1630, and Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.porteverglade
  19. Lots for the sail-away addicts to watch today! Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing her last 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise before leaving for Europe next week. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (16 Apr 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Apr 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Apr 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (20 Apr 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (21 Apr a0700) http:// Veendam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0430-1700. She is heading across the pond on a 14-day Passage to Rome repos
  20. We are currently on the Nieuw Amsterdam that is stranded in Port Everglades due to machanical issues. Cabin has strong mildew/musty odors and we didn't have a response for 4 hours after reporting the issue to shipboard services. When we didn't get a response from shipboard services within a couple hours I called HAL directly and finally got our stewards to show up to check out the odor issue (4 hours after reporting it). We're from Florida so we can stay in a hotel in Lauderdale any time we like which essentially is what we are doing now. Surprisingly several bars are out of certain spirits
  21. Just back from the last Caribbean cruise of the season on the Nieuw Statendam! We are a family of four with an adult child in his 20s and a 10 year old so my review is based more on those demographics. We have not cruised in 11 years and a lot has changed such as the way they do muster drills, the availability of internet onboard, and the navigator app to name a few. The Ship: Beautiful and elegant, with lots of spaces to hide out in and just relax. I particularly enjoyed all the music related artwork all over the ship. We stayed in a verandah on Deck 5. It was tight for 4 people
  22. We have a spring break cruise in 2020 book for the Nieuw Statendam booked, and as excited as I am, curious to hear about how many kids and any reports from Club HAL - so far, not a lot of family reviews. We originally had a Disney 4 day booked, but at almost 2k less and 3 more days, this was a easy choice, buuut, I'd feel better knowing that our 8 and 13 year old are going to have fun too:)
  23. What is the schedule times for BB King, Rock and roll and other enterainment ?
  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. Two more of our HAL ships head off for the summer season in Europe. These two will be in port together May 3, 4, and 5. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1600. She is headed out for a 14-day Azores and Normandy Expedition repositioning cruise. We will be waving goodbye to our fellow sail-away addict, Roy. Praia Da Vitoria, Azores (28 Apr 1000-1800); Ponta Delgada, Azores (29 Apr 0800-1800); Cherbourg, France (03 May 0700-1900); Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium (04 May 1000-1900); Amsterdam, Holland (05 May a0800) Zuiderdam will be at
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