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  1. I lined up the deck plans, do you think we will hear lots of noise from above us? We are don’t go to bed early, around midnight.
  2. Hello all, We are new to HAL and have been thinking of booking a March cruise on Nieuw Statendam. I have been reading the reviews for Koningsdam being sister ships... I have noticed several themes/complaints and wanted feedback. 1) The thing EVERYONE is complaining about is having to sit sidesaddle on the toilet. Is it really that bad? 2) The Lido buffet. As described, it is more like a cafeteria then a buffet since they have people serve ing the food up. That I can understand. It slows the spread of Nora-virus (did I spell that right?), but it slows down getting your food way too much. One reviewer said to avoid the Lido at all cost... Thoughts? 3) Canaletto: One person described it as a glass portioned off section of the Lido buffet with not much better food. I noticed from the deck plans that it sort of is in / very near the buffet. How is the food? 4) Speaking of up charge restaurants, where can I find out how much the up-charge is? 5) Age demographic... Someone was complaining about having to constantly dodging motorized scooters and old ladies with walkers. Is it really that bad or was that guy being a jerk? ;p 6) Another complaint was lack of entertainment after 10:00. Even though my friends and I are not normally up at 2:00 am drinking... Is there anything to do after 10:00? We have an 86 years young dancer coming on the trip... She's a hell raiser... :evilsmile: 7) People have mentioned that the TV has a great movie selection. Are these free and on demand? Or is it a movie channel that has good variety? 8) How is the main dining room handled? Is it first come/first seated, or assigned table/time? I have seen both... I might have more questions later.
  3. Spending New Years Eve aboard Nieuw Statendam. Anyone Else?
  4. Good morning, Can any recommend a quiet table number for 2 in main dining room on the Nieuw Amsterdam. I excluded the dining room map. Thanks a lot NADM.pdf
  5. Hello, My friends and I are new to HAL. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the single cabins on Koningsdam. We are assuming that any insights would equally apply to Nieuw Statendam. I will be in the cabin by myself so the Single cabins appear nice. However my friend pointed out that the square footage of a Inside/Inside cabin is larger, and is cheaper. Granted the Single cabins have a window, however they all appear to be on deck one, forward, under the World Stage. Any insights or suggestions for this? Are the Singles smaller and not worth the extra money?
  6. Sorry can’t edit title. 99 days to go. Time to pack
  7. I am interested in the positions of: Chief Engineer, Culinary Operations Manager, Dining Room Manager, Chief Housekeeper, Beverage Manager, Pinnacle Grill Manager, and Cruise Director. Any information that anyone can share will be appreciated by those of us booked on the Nieuw Statendam's initial voyages. Thank you.
  8. We are booked on HAL Nieuw Amsterdam Alaska Inside Passage, RT Vancouver August 3, 2019. We are waitlisted for 8:00 pm dinner seating. My question is how difficult is it for a group of 6 to just show up at the later seating and wait for a table. Has anyone experienced this before? What would other options be?
  9. Starting a roll call for Nieuw Amsterdam, Alaska Inside Passage, 7 night, RT from Vancouver August 3, 2019. Taking our two 20-something kids (plus their significant other/friend) for a family trip. First time on HAL, first time to Alaska, and very excited!
  10. Nice article on the Holland America Blog today about the new MS Statendam. https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/destinations/europe_new/holland-america-line-takes-delivery-of-nieuw-statendam-from-fincantieri-shipyard/
  11. 100 Days to go till the premiere [emoji898][emoji568][emoji898] Sent from my iPad using Forums
  12. I noticed that deck 4 has the life boats. Do they obstruct the views from the deck 5 balconies?
  13. The three weeks we had to prepare for this cruise are almost over so I am running out of research time. Please forgive me for asking something that has been discussed several times before. I promise a trip report when I return for all the help everyone has given me. Can't begin to tell you how excited we are to travel with HAL. 1) Wine Package - I was ready to do a six bottle wine package in the lower price level and then looked at some of the possible options. It looks like I am paying $30+ for a $6.00 bottle of wine. I don't think I can swallow that, literally. So, I will bring the two allowed bottles and am thinking about bringing some additional ones that I enjoy and pay the corkage fee. How does this happen during check-in? Do you put the wine in a small roll on bag and just tell them to charge the you corking fee? Does this confuse things in the dining room when you come carrying your own wine? I am not sure about any wine being available at the ports we are visiting but if so, could we pick that up and pay corking fee? 2) Tours - I was thinking about booking a jeep tour with ABC (seem to be #1) but then ran across the toursbylocals website. Anyone use those? They offer a half day private tour for $180. We really want to explore Aruba to decide if we would like to plan a family trip there, so a private tour would help accomplish this. Looked at car rentals but did not find a place that had good reviews. I did reserve a car in Curacao with Advanced Car Rentals. Good reviews but it seems odd to hand someone $75 and then drive off in their car. 3) Disembarkation - My hubbie was excited to see the option of sending the luggage straight to the airport from the ship. Has anyone used this feature? Looks to be $19.95 per person. Do we need to book a ride to the airport? Flight is not until 2:45. We are driving down from VA in a rental and flying back. I did not want the stress of flying even the day before after our last flying disaster that caused to lose two days on a trip to Kauai. Govt. shutdown sealed the deal.
  14. We are sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam in 11 days (yeah!!)... Can anyone tell me if they set up pickleball courts on this ship, and if yes, are they set up every day and do they hold organized games/tournaments? Thanks!
  15. Hi all, DH and I are considering a date in March for this cruise. While HAL trends older, I am a bit worried we will be surrounded by young spring breakers. Does anyone have experience that they can share? We are all in for fun but a bit over 24-7 partying. Many thanks.
  16. Starting a roll call for Mexico cruise from San Diego.
  17. I have read that it is possible to make table reservations for three days at a time... Can you make a table reservation if you are assigned Open Seating?
  18. Have all of the suites on NA been updated with the new soft goods? If so, is this all suite levels? We’re in a Neptune Guarantee the end of February and a Signature the end of October and just wondering if they’ve all been updated. Thank you.
  19. We are looking at a 14 night Eastern & Western Caribbean sailing next March :p Has any one sailed on this new ship & if so what was your impression of the foo d quality ,service & presentation , the comfort of the cabins & the general over all look of this new ship ? TIA for your replies :p
  20. Where does Nieuw Amsterdam dock in St Thomas, Havensight (spelling?) or Crown Bay? Is there a way to print out airplane boarding passes on the ship? Any good tips about this ship? We're doing St Thomas, Grand Turk, and Puerto Rico.
  21. We are planning on going on the Niuew Statendam this March and know that the Koningsdam has a problem with smoke wafting into the Music Walk. I'm quite sensitive to smoke so it'd be nice if this isn't a problem. Does anyone (especially people onboard right now) know if HAL solved this issue on the NS?
  22. Hello, I’m looking into a family cruise to Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam. I was hoping someone could provide guidance on food choices at the Lido buffet, as I’d like to see whether it will work for one of my kids. My son has sensory issues and prefers very simple food with few ingredients - for example, if he eats pasta it is plain or with cheese, no sauce or other ingredients mixed in. I’ve looked at kids menus for the main dining room and can see that there are several items that will work for him, but I’m sure that on some nights we won’t feel like sitting through a formal dinner. Are there any basic picky eater-friendly menu items that are consistently served at the buffet? For example, if there is a made to order pasta or sandwich station, that would work. Thank you in advance!
  23. Instead of stuff this year for Christmas, we gave the kids a cruise March23-31. This will be our second HAL cruise. We booked a lido deck cabana, we figured the teens would rather be near the pool then up in the retreat, I have book the laundry package ( to save clothes everywhere) we have the SBP and we ordered the quench package for the teens. Prepaid the gratuities booked dinner at each specialty restaurant. The ports we are going to are ones we go to when we go and stay in Mexico, so the kids are not into excursions there, they rather explore the city a bit then have the ship to themselves. So have I missed anything?
  24. Does anyone know if stateroom has a couch? Thinking about upgrading. Have searched on line and it shows various arrangements of L Large interior staterooms. Does anyone have a picture...that would be great! Thanks so much!
  25. Both ships are in Half Moon Cay today—perfect weather here!
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