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  1. Wow. I thought Club Orange referred to some sort of kids club so I had been ignoring this thread until I read about it over on our roll call. I didn’t receive an email offer so I hadn’t heard of it. Having been on the Koningsdam I know the venue they will be using. It’s a bit of a fishbowl and looks more like a cafeteria than a dining room so it’s not inviting to me in the least. Perhaps they will change it in the dry dock but if it looks anything like the picture in that link to the Nieuw Statendam then it looks like it will be uncomfortable. $50 per day per person!!! 😮 This boggles my mind.
  2. I think the point is being missed about Club Orange (couldn't they think of a more sophisticated name?) This has nothing to do with Mariner status. This is a free upgrade for suite passengers. As we will be on the inaugural of the Nieuw Statendam in a Neptune Suite, I called Holland and they said that a Club Orange key card will automatically be in the suite when we arrive. They are taking a page from Celebrity in offering a private lounge (like Michael's Club) and a private restaurant (like Luminae) which are both suite perks. Unlike Celebrity, Holland is offering to let other stateroom categories buy into the suite guest's perks. So your Mariner status is on top of this . Yes, there is some duplication of the perks, but that's true of Celebrity as well.
  3. Nieuw Statendam, voyage # J977, Dec,1 - Dec 8, 2019 7 day Eastern Caribbean,
  4. Well, if it is $50 per person for the entire cruise, then I think it would be worth it, in fact $50 seems low. I took it to be per day. Will have to check. (We will be on the Nieuw Statendam - have not had any notification from HAL about it.)
  5. Thanks all for the replies so far...if we do book it will likely be on the new Nieuw Statendam right after disembarking from the new Celebrity Edge. Keeping my eye on pricing.
  6. Thank you! Will be looking forward to his posts when he gets to the Nieuw Statendam!
  7. Per HALS's Captain Albert, he will be blogging daily as conditions allow from Nieuw Statendam from 10/26 through 12/19. He always shares great insiders ship and port info and includes many pictures. Looking forward to it. Search Captain Albert's Blog.
  8. How many days before sailing were you able to purchase the photo package? I’m sailing on the Nieuw Statendam in Jan. And it isn’t showing on the website yet. I called today and was told it will only be available on board. I’d like to buy before we board if it saves money. Typically we don’t buy any pictures.
  9. Tamarind hasn't been open for lunch on any ships for a few years now, and the SdM was not when we were on in Nov '16 at least. Canaletto never has been AFAIK. The Nieuw Statendam is supposed to have a new venue called Club Orange where the K-dam has the America's Test Kitchen, and believe that it's going to be open for breakfast and lunch. correction: the article says breakfast and dinner, not lunch, and you either have to be in a Neptune Suite or purchase a pass. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8935&source=99360 Try the Grand Dutch Cafe for lunch!
  10. As of today, I see that she is going to be in port from 11/19-21and 11/23-25, then one day turnaround on 11/27 and 11/29. Not showing anything into December yet, but I am sure it will show up. Sometimes the Ships' Schedules postings are a little erratic. HAL is getting their Nieuw Statendam in December, I believe, and she is not even showing up at all!
  11. Hi Kazu, Please add me to your list for the following cruises: Nieuw Statendam - April 21, 2019 B2B 21 day Tans Atlantic to Azores, Normandy, Amsterdam then Norwegian Fjords Amsterdam - October 28, 2019 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot
  12. When I go into my account on HAL and look at what is available to purchase for cruise December 5 on the Nieuw Statendam, there are several wine packages offered. They are called "Sommelier Suite Cellar No. 1, 2 or 3. With either 4, 6, or 8 bottles. There is also a Cellar Master package. So, going by what a it says on HAL website, i think we should be able to buy one of the Sommelier packages and get the discount, but not on the Cellar Master. Fingers crossed!
  13. Yes, we definitely had no problem on Koningsdam - but on Prinsendam and Zaandam, where it is just a "pop-up" in the Pinnacle once or twice in a cruise, not so easy. Roger (Crew News) had asked for, and received, a letter from Seattle saying that Sel de Mer (even the pop-up) was included in the 50% discount, so I printed that, just in case... Should be okay on Nieuw Statendam, too, as it has the Sel de Mer restaurant, but you never know with HAL!! Hope we get a letter like yours in our room on NS.
  14. There is no comparison between the MDR and the Pinnacle Grill with respect to food or service. It is also so much quieter and not so crowded. We avoid the MDR. No one really knows the details of the Club Orange as it will debut on Nieuw Statendam early 2019. I suspect that access to non-suite guests will be capacity controlled since suite guests are guaranteed access.
  15. Holland America now has family rooms on the Koningsdam and the new Nieuw Statendam. If I’d have known how challenging traveling with 5 could be, I mighta re-thought that 3rd baby. 😜😂(JUST KIDDING!!!!!)
  16. Holland America has a family room on the Koningsdam and the new Nieuw Statendam. We are sailing this December. It is DEFINITELY cheaper because my kids not only got the 3rd, 4th, and 5th passenger discount but also an age discount.
  17. I got the email this morning. Express docs are now available for Nieuw Statendam premiere 😀🚢🍾.
  18. I've always found POA1 to be helpful and full of lots of good info and advice. And he shares it in a friendly non condescending way. Kazu, could you please add Daisyloo to the December 5 sailing of the Nieuw Statendam. Thanks for all your hard work!
  19. From CC reporters on Nieuw Statendam re: Rolling Stone Rock Room: We're curious to see the reaction to Rolling Stone Rock Room when the ship launches. The "venue" is spacious and well laid out -- with a large dance floor in front of the stage and plenty of seating -- but we'd like to see some connection to the line's partnership with Rolling Stone -- such as dedicated artwork or signage.
  20. This preview of some of the venues only whets my anticipation for my January cruise on Nieuw Statendam. I also would like to learn more details about Club Orange. No Culinary Arts Center? No loss in my opinion and the America's Test Kitchen concept can be trashed as well. The programs are repetitive from one cruise to another. How many times does one need to learn how to "properly" prepare salmon? And, since tastings of the items being prepared are no longer offered, I can find a better use of my cruise time than attending these entertainment programs.
  21. Agree with everything everyone else has posted. We prefer Deck 7, then 6, port side VD cabins more toward the aft close to the aft elevators. We spend most of our time at the Sea View pool, Lido buffet and MDR, so this is good location for us. Be careful of rooms on deck 8, as noise from activities on Lido deck 9 can interrupt your sleep depending on what you are under. Don't care for the deck 10 and 11 cabins with the "juliette" balconies (very small) and you feel "ocean motion" being up that high and forward. Each letter step is about 30.00 pp in fare, starting at V to VF. Many of the deck 4 rooms are obstructed views with lifeboats or tenders, and deck 5 look down on an orange tender roof. We will be on our 4th Kdam cruise Jan 4th, and have an AS Vista suite on deck 7 Aft Facing. This will be our first Aft Facing so we'll see how we like it. Had Vista suite 8099 on one cruise and there was a lot of "trolley" noise at night from the Lido buffet area on and off all night long. Was very annoying. You will love the Nieuw Statendam and all the great dining options. Enjoy your cruise.
  22. Sheer speculation on my part, but I am wondering if the 3rd Pinnacle's proposed name of Nieuw Ryndam has been dropped, could it be that there is some consideration of returning Pacific Aria, aka Ryndam, to HAL? P&O Australia has sold Pacific Eden, aka Statendam. Perhaps P&O Australia wants to remove Pacific Aria from their fleet as well.
  23. Good toot! Bon voyage, Volendam A question for the Sailaway Gang. We will be on the premier voyage of Nieuw Statendam and we get in to FLL on December 18, but don't have to disembark until the 19th. Our itinerary doesn't say what time we arrive, does anyone have any idea what time ships arrive if they come in the day before disembarkation? Also, will you be watching? I would try to be somewhere good to wave if so! Maybe even request a wave!!
  24. The wine packages will be redesigned in the near future. HAL has entered into yet another partnership, this time wine James Suckling. He will be coming up with new wine packages for HAL. It sounds like the new packages will be in place by the end of this year, in time for the Nieuw Statendam's launch. https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/03/05/holland-america-taps-james-suckling-curate-wine-lists/# Linda R.
  25. I agree with you. This "Nieuw" BS has to end, and hopefully after Statendam comes out.
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