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  1. Thanks for all your hard work especially in these ever changing days. I see you deleted our July 2020 cruise on the Nieuw Statendam which I would have asked you to remove anyway. Just another victim of the round of cancellations the cruise lines are throwing at us. Anyway, maybe someday again in a future year. We are only 4 days away from obtaining level 2 of the Mariner Status and the Norwegian fjord are still a wish list for me. Just nothing yet planned. Stay safe!
  2. email received for Apr 19th Nieuw Statendam cruise
  3. I just got the same email for my Apr 19 sailing on Nieuw Statendam
  4. today is National Tourism Day According to my best recollection, I don't remember. -- Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo Meal suggestion for today - Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus salad At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Cape Town eta 5/21 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Walvis Bay eta 5/19 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam At Sea Indian Ocean Amsterdam destination Manila eta 5/12 I was going to change today's holiday because it somehow doesn't seem appropriate given yesterday's announcement. However, I saw this as part of the writeup: Yesterday we found out that most cruises are over until next year. An opening was given for a "soft" start with Caribbean cruises starting with the usual season around the beginning of November. I would suspect that any itinerary currently on the books would be subject to change. Ships, ports, and dates are all subject to being altered due to the new circumstances. It looks like several ships will spend the pause near Cape Town, South Africa. A couple will be in Rotterdam with the rest around Asia unless things change. I am also not sure of the future of this forum, as there won't be much positive to talk about for the next few months. Rich
  5. I'd also add that we had booked two more B2B's on Holland America's Nieuw Statendam in April that we were supposed to be on right after we got off Celebrity but because we were flying home on 3/15 I cancelled those on 3/12 too. HAL eventually gave us refunds instead of FCC even though their "policy" was similar to Celebrity's at the time we cancelled. HAL knows how to treat a customer. Celebrity could learn a thing or two. If we ever cruise again it will be on HAL.
  6. today is National Tourist Appreciation Day and National Nurses Day Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" Meal suggestion for today - Egg & veggie pittas At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 Gibralta Veendam possible webcam view at 11pm Eastern Time http://www.meteogib.com/weather-webcam/ -- thanks to VMax1700 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam - disembarking crew
  7. To Europe: Veendam Zaandam Nieuw Statendam To Asia (Indonesia/the Philippines/Malaysia): Maasdam Rotterdam Volendam Amsterdam Zuiderdam Westerdam Noordam Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam That leaves off Baja California: Oosterdam Koningsdam
  8. Holland America is repatriating their crew to their home countries as I write this. Zaandam and Nieuw Statendam are on their way now to Europe to take back those crew members whose homes are in Europe. Both ships are due to arrive in Rotterdam on May 12th. Other HAL ships are taking crew back to Asia, not sure which ones.
  9. According to Marine Traffic, Nieuw Statendam is on her way from Port Everglades due to arrive in The Netherlands 12 May. That's a long way to go if HAL knows the cruises in Europe won't be happening. We are booked on a cruise out of Amsterdam to Norway departing 5 July and do not want to be on board when/if she sails. So, like others, we are waiting (and hoping) for the 'no cruise ban' to be extended. Bad enough for those who have cancelled and then have to wait several months for a refund, but if necessary we'll take the hit of loss of all money rather than be cooped up with thousands of others in a big bug incubator. It's unthinkable.
  10. today is Cinco de Mayo and National Teacher Day If only I could be respected without having to be respectable. Meal suggestion for today - Baked Boneless Chicken At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 Gibralta Veendam possible webcam view at 11pm Eastern Time http://www.meteogib.com/weather-webcam/ -- thanks to VMax1700 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam
  11. I really like this itinerary, but I already have 2 trips planned for 2021 (although I'm not sure about Africa in February). This is a new ship that can currently sail the heritage fjords. Are there any updated standards coming in the next few years that would make the Nieuw Statendam unable to sail the heritage fjords, and when would that happen?
  12. We've only sailed HAL once, last year on the Nieuw Statendam, and they've been sending offesr for free cruises ever since, but my wife and I really like how we're treated on Princess. So much so, that we're turning down the 20% bonus and a free cruise. Call me stupid, but why spend a week or two on a ship where you're not happy with everything.
  13. Doone, my sister and I have a 4-day cruise on the Nieuw Statendam booked for Jan. 27, 2021. I'm looking forward to it, but if it's cancelled, no big deal. I have a $50 deposit down for the both of us, so not a lot invested in it as of today. No flights booked, only a hotel reservation. I booked the cruise last November, so even if they bump passengers to sail below capacity, we should be OK.
  14. May the fourth be with you! today is Bird Day and International Firefighters Day BULLWINKLE: "You just leave that to my pal. He's the brains of the outfit." GENERAL: "What does that make YOU?" BULLWINKLE: "What else? An executive..." -- Jay Ward Meal suggestion for today - Beef & bean chilli bowl with chipotle yogurt At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Gibraltar eta 5/5 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam
  15. Today, Sunday 3rd May, we would have been in Montréal having completed our Zaandam Canada-New England cruise. Then on Tuesday off to Amsterdam to board Nieuw Statendam next Sunday for a Baltics cruise, then home to Vancouver. We've been reminding each other of where we would have been, throughout the past week or two. Ahh well, there will be more cruises next year, and plenty to dream about. Now off to watch some of our old cruise movies again! 🙂
  16. Excellent program of the Nieuw Statendam You will wish to go to the North Cape another year and visit Alesund, Trondheim, Tromso, Hammerfest and a few other ports (very nice to visit some of them for the second time). In addition to the suggestions above: Molde: Travel like the locals: book a bus trip with them: Molde-Atlantic Road - Molde Stavanger: short walk through the street with the white houses next to the cruise terminal and do not forget to visit the canning museum somewhere in the middle at the right hand side of the street (do not forget to ask for the guide; he is very good!). Interesting story and display of the fishing industry. Oslo: take the public bus nearby to the Museum Island and visit one or more of the musea over there. A must see for young and old IMO: Viking museum. Enjoy your cruise.
  17. HI again. Glad we had the chance to meet while on the Nieuw Statendam over the recent holidays. Yeah stuck between a rock and a hard place. While we were on we booked our Holiday back on Nieuw Statendam for 20-21 in the same cabin. Nothing else in between cruising wise. But now because of this nagging virus we are not so sure even for our sailing in December. What we are planning to do is see where things are at when it comes to final payment time but even at this point we are both not optimistic that we will want to go even if the ship is scheduled to sail. Also due to mom's underlying health problems. I have said too that if we wanted to go see family in Minnesota we might have to drive and I would be the one doing all of it. I don't know where you are with your final payment but with so much having to happen its hard to say when ships will get going again. Ours is fortunately not till later this year but making our decision at final payment time will be the difference in our $200 deposit and thousands if we went ahead and made our final payment and didn't end up going canceling closer to sailing and yeah we always take the insurance. But its taking forever for the cruise lines to refund money to so many people and its that money which people really could use right now. Good luck with whatever happens. For us if we don't go it will be gut wrenching as we have been at sea for the Holidays 32 years in a row so we haven't been home since 1988 and I won't know what to do if we end up here at home this year and we have no family in our area. I remember before we started this Holiday cruising I would stay up and watch the festivities in Times Square on TV and then go to bed. For so many years it has been way more fun to be doing this on the ship.
  18. today is Garden Meditation Day But soft you, the fair Ophelia: Ope not thy ponderous and marble jaws, But get thee to a nunnery -- go! -- Mark "The Bard" Twain Meal suggestion for today - Tender Simmered Beef Tips At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Cape Town South Africa eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Gibraltar eta 5/5 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Labuan Malaysia eta 5/27 Noordam destination Manila 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam
  19. I prefer Princess to Holland for Alaska. I enjoyed the Puppies in the Piazza and all the onboard special activities. Also, I enjoy the production shows and Holland is moving away from the shows. However, I do like the new Classic Rock Club on the Nieuw Konsingdam and Nieuw Statendam.
  20. Current position of Nieuw Statendam and Zaandam is way out in the North Atlantic with speeds of 15 knots. Not sure what this means for either ship as both of these ladies have been sailing between Bahamas and Florida for weeks with periods where both were doing 0 knots. Anyone know what this means for these two ships? Copper maybe?
  21. today is Brothers and Sisters Day Wit, n.: The salt with which the American Humorist spoils his cookery ... by leaving it out. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" Meal suggestion for today - Chicken Minestrone At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Walvis Bay Namibia eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Gibraltar eta 5/5 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/11 Zaandam destination Rotterdam Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Manila 5/25 Noordam destination Manila eta 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam
  22. If the cruise lines try to adhere to some sort of social distancing measures they may be forced to sail at reduced capacity once operations resume - so, yes a 5000 passenger ship carrying 2000 guests will be more profitable than a 2000 passenger ship carrying 1000 guests. Also larger ships tend to have more "for fee" areas like specialty dining, etc that can generate more sources of ancillary income than smaller older vessels. Compare Nieuw Statendam with Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, Sel de Mer and Canaletto, to say the Volendam with only Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto - far more earning potential on Nieuw Statendam per passenger per day, even if sailing with a reduced capacity
  23. We have a large back yard, a fire pit, several flower beds and a nice large garden to enjoy this year. That is our vacay. So glad we were able to cruise for 21 days this past Dec. and then another 21 days in January. We just cancelled our Holland America cruise on the Nieuw Statendam for December this year. Not ready to take the plunge but at the same time we booked 21 days on the Celebrity Edge for December 2021. Lots of reading and catching up to do since have not sailed Celebrity since 2010.
  24. As the meneer from Den Haag mentioned, Nieuw A, Rotterdam, and you can add Volendam and Zuiderdam to that duo, are enroute South Africa to, like AMsterdam did a couple of weeks ago, repat South African crew (Steiner/Spa, Art folks and some others) there. Also like Amsterdam is attempting to accomplish as we speak, the four ships will continue on to Indonesia and the Philippines to repat non-essential crew there. Besides Veendam (enroute Gibraltar), Nieuw Statendam and Zaandam are enroute Rotjeknor/Rotterdam to repat non-essential European crew
  25. today is May Day, International Workers Day, and National Chocolate Parfait Day (among many others) A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking. Meal suggestion for today - Sweet potato shepherd's pie At Sea Atlantic Nieuw Amsterdam destination Walvis Bay Namibia eta 5/11 Nieuw Statendam destination Rotterdam eta 5/12 Rotterdam destination Cape Town eta 5/19 Veendam destination Gibraltar eta 5/5 Volendam destination Cape Town South Africa 5/10 Zaandam destination Rotterdam Zuiderdam destination Cape Town eta 5/20 At Sea Pacific Eurodam destination Manila eta 5/8 Maasdam destination Manila 5/25 Noordam destination Manila eta 5/23 Westerdam destination Manila eta 5/23 Ensenada Koningsdam Oosterdam Jakarta, Indonesia Anchorage Amsterdam
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