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  1. Last year, today, the Nieuw Statendam berthed in Katakolon, Greece. We did a countryside tour and visited an olive farm/packager. Very interesting. After the tour of the processing rooms ,we had an olive oil tasting. Who would have thought that there was a way to taste the oil properly? The lemon olive oil was scrumptious. Then on to Olympia. Seeing the Olympic village, and learning how many people participated each time was mind-boggling.
  2. today is Clean Up the Earth Day, National Nut Day, and National Color Day The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -- Emerson Meal suggestion for today - Perfect Broiled Salmon Drink of the Day - Bronx Cocktail Wine of the day - Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St.-Julien vintage 2015 At Sea Atlantic Westerdam destination Torquai At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 10/26 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 10/24 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam
  3. Carnival is is booking through spring of 2023 actually. They are a different brand with a different market segment. It’s not unusual for their client base to book 15, 18, 24+ months out for a 3 or 4 day cruise and want to pay $25/month to pay it off. Additionally far fewer of their ships change itineraries or home ports seasonally. Most operate the same itinerary pattern from the same port year after year after year, so easier to offer bookings further out. By comparison most HAL Caribbean itineraries see very few bookings outside of 5-6 months prior to sailing, and even then the bulk of their Caribbean capacity sells within 120 days or less to departure. HAL cruisers are more likely to make 1or 2 total payments. There’s just not the imperative for HAL to release Caribbean sailings as far out as their competition. That said I think HAL are waiting to release Caribbean sailings until they get everything else in their portfolio settled. They just released some Sea of Cortez and Hawaii/Tahiti sailings on Zuiderdam for fall 2021 - spring 2022 last week that replace recent cancellations from the Volendam being redeployed. There are still gaps in her schedule that I believe will eventually be filled in with full Panama Canal transits. They are still working on reaccomodation of 2021 Grand South America guests to the 2022 Grand South America sailing (which has yet to be made publicly available). They just made changes to Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam summer 2021 Europe sailings, and the list goes on. All indicators point to 4 ships being deployed for the full fall 2021 to spring 2022 Caribbean season - Rotterdam VII, Nieuw Statendam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam. 2 will most likely be used for 7 day Eastern/Western alternating cruises, 1 on 10&11 day Southern Caribbean sailings and 1 for 10/11 day partial Panama Canal Transits - all round trip Ft Lauderdale. There maybe a few 10-14 day cruises on Zaandam/Volendam to fill gaps between other sailings in their schedules, but those are likely one offs. HAL is unlikely to return to Tampa for 2021/22. This is a pretty standard and predictable schedule for HAL, so if you know what you are looking for look at what’s on the schedule for Winter/Spring 2021, know that fall 21 to spring 22 will likely be a cut and paste and just be patient, it will eventually be bookable
  4. Last year from the Nieuw Statendam in Corfu, Greece. We toured on our own and enjoyed many beautiful sights. Just the views from the ship were nice. We were in port along with Oceania and Silver Seas, so we were the "poor" boys, but we didn't feel bad!
  5. today is Check Your Meds Day, Count Your Buttons Day, and International Nacho Day Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. ---Walter Elliot Meal suggestion for today - Slow-Cooker Corned Beef & Hash Drink of the Day - Zombie Wine of the day - Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume vintage 2015 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Bonaire Anchorage Eurodam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Southampton Westerdam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Zaandam Willemstad Nieuw Amsterdam Oosterdam
  6. A year ago today, on the second half of the Best of the Med on the Nieuw Statendam, we were in Croatia.
  7. Zaandam, Nieuw Statendam, Westerdam and Volendam off Torquay, UK
  8. April 6, 2019 - Sailing away from Half Moon Cay on the Koningsdam with the Nieuw Statendam soon to follow. We had quite the toot-fest!
  9. today is Brandied Fruit Day, International Chefs Day, and U.K. National Waiters Day You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back. Meal suggestion for today - Lobster Mac And Cheese Drink of the Day - Mai Tai Wine of the day - P. Llopart Brut Rosé Cava Reserva vintage 2016 At Sea Atlantic Westerdam destination Southampton eta 10/21 At Sea Caribbean Oosterdam destination Willemstad eta 10/21 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Bonaire Anchorage Eurodam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Zaandam Willemstad Nieuw Amsterdam
  10. i just posted this link on the 'Memories on this day' thread. Sailaway of Nieuw Amsterdam on October 19th 2019
  11. today is Rain Forest Day, Multicultural Diversity Day, and New Friends Day Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy. Meal suggestion for today - Carolina Pulled Pork Drink of the Day - Amaretto Sour Wine of the day - Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough vintage 2016 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam
  12. Yes Sir, Winner once again! 🙂 That is in fact the Neptune Lounge of the lead ship of the world famous "S"-class, Statendam
  13. I knew it was the Neptune Lounge on either an S or R class ship. It took a few minutes detective work to discover that it was the Statendam!
  14. That was my impression on Embarkation Day on the Nieuw Statendam. I did expect such a reaction, however. I quickly got used to the size and the layout. Beautiful? A bland decor in the Theater, a MDR with Yellow/White decor that got "old" quickly for me, and unlabeled art in which I found some interesting and some simply weird, The Promenade Deck is a disappointment. I was seriously un-dazzled by the Theater. The performances that I attended in such a hyped, high tech Theater were most underwhelming and certainly failed to use the 270 degree screen to its best use. My reviews on CC and to HAL that I wrote were most negative. I expected Wow! What I experienced: what was all the hype about? Prinsendam's PG had "character" that the the S and R Class ships lack/lacked. The PG's on the other ships that have tables arranged in "rings" are fine--if--if--one gets a table that is not on the outer most ring. Azamara will never find me aboard one of their current ships. They are the former ships of Renaissance Cruises. Friends who have more cruising experience than me sailed on them when they were Renaissance vessels. The physical layout and the noise due to the low ceiling of the MDR were important items that they disliked. The Azamara deck plans that I have seen do not show much alterations as to how the ships were originally built. cruisinbanjo, I know exactly how you feel. I have felt the same regarding my abandoning two organizations of which I have been a member for many years. I affiliated with one of those organizations in 1964.
  15. We were on starboard side of the 4th deck on Nieuw Statendam. We loved the huge balcony, but even though we were all the way down to deck 4 we still had a lot of smoke. If you pick deck seven, I would make sure it is on the port side.
  16. Here are the 2 V ships in Torbay. New Statendam and Westerdam are further out.
  17. today is National Meatloaf Appreciation Day, No Beard Day, and World Toy Camera Day The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. --Walt Disney Meal suggestion for today - Baked Spaghetti Drink of the Day - Vesper Wine of the day - Château Gloria St.-Julien vintage 2015 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam
  18. One year ago we disembarked the Nieuw Statendam, spent the night in Civitavecchia, and boarded the Koningsdam the next day. Here are some photos of that day -- boarding the hotel shuttle, one of the kitties at the hotel, and beautiful flowers on the grounds.
  19. I was just able to apply a $950 FCC from a cancelled 2020 cruise to 2021 booking on the Nieuw Stantendam. This amount was just taken off of the total cost of the cruise. No deposit was listed on the receipt or asked for. Also, it seems that the Past Passenger Rate is combinable with the Casino rate for a great discount.
  20. today is National Pasta Day, Sweetest Day, and Wear Something Gaudy Day Ask not for whom the telephone bell tolls ... if thou art in the bathtub, it tolls for thee. Just because your doctor has a name for your condition doesn't mean he knows what it is. Meal suggestion for today - Lemon Garlic Shrimp Drink of the Day - Martini Wine of the day - Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino vintage 2013 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam
  21. Most likely Eurodam. The fall 2021 to spring 2022 Caribbean itineraries (including the partial canal transits) has yet to be published, but I predict Rotterdam VII and Nieuw Amsterdam will do the 7nt E/W Caribbean, Nieuw Statendam will do the 10/11nt Southern Caribbean, and Eurodam on the 10/11nt partial canal sailings using the historic locks.
  22. Where is the Nieuw Statendam? I usually show the ship, but today, it is just scenes from the port area. Hints: It is a port mentioned previously on this thread. You can take a ships tour to these sights or a public bus. The ship docks rather than rendering here.
  23. I avoided booking the 10/9/21 10 night sailing of the Nieuw Statendam for a very similar reason as it is the Mark Steyn Cruise (Conservative Political Commentator). Politics aside, we did not want to be on a vessel where many public areas might be used for exclusive use of the group (fixed seating dining, lectures, musical performances, cocktail parties, etc). This is a disruption to my vacation that I am not willing to accept. Instead we booked the 10/29/21 9 night sailing and took the loss of one port as an acceptable trade-off. We already had the 10/29/21 sailing booked so in either case we are on a b2b, which is what we wanted.
  24. I live in Torquay where New Statendam joined Westerdam, Zaandam and Volendam this morning. Torbay is very sheltered from all winds except the south east. The prevailing winds are southwest so the ships can sit in comparatively calm water even if it is blowing a gale. It is an overnight sail to Southampton for storing. Zaandam and Volendam are closest in - Zaandam is about a half a mile from the shore, Volendam is a little further out then Westerdam then New Statendam. They are a magnificent if unusual sight. In the next bay are Queen Mary 2, Azura and Ventura.
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