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  1. today is Hermit Day, National Frankenstein Day, and National Oatmeal Day You can make it illegal, but you can't make it unpopular. Meal suggestion for today - Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast Drink of the Day - Pumpkin Spice White Russian Wine of the day - Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico vintage 2015 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Caracas Bay Nieuw Amsterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Portland UK Volendam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam She is shown on the map here but is listed as headed for Portland Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Eurodam Oosterdam Zelenika ME Anchorage Zuiderdam
  2. today is Plush Animal Lovers Day, National Chocolate Day, and Lung Health Day "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken Meal suggestion for today - Skillet Meat and Cheese Pasta Drink of the Day - Gin Fizz Wine of the day - Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape vintage 2015 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Willemstad eta 10/29 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Caracas Bay Nieuw Amsterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Portland UK Volendam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam She is show on the map here but is listed as headed for Portland Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam Zelenika ME Anchorage Zuiderdam
  3. today is National Mincemeat Day, National Day of the Deployed, and Horseless Carriage Day UFO's are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist. Meal suggestion for today - Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese Drink of the Day - Rusty Nail Wine of the day - Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico vintage 2017 At English Channel Nieuw Statendam destination Portland UK eta 10/27 Volendam destination Portland UK eta 10/27 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Nieuw Amsterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Sint Eustatius Eurodam Torquay GB Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam
  4. The Fall 2021 to Spring 2022 Caribbean sailings have now been loaded. I'll break it down by ship and itinerary length/name as it's a relatively Mixed Bag. All itineraries are Round Trip Ft. Lauderdale. Many itineraries are available as combination cruises, I have only listed the core individual sailings. Itineraries will be on the HAL website in the next few days, but are currently bookable by travel agents or the HAL call center. EURODAM 3nt Eastern Caribbean (Bahamas) - 2021: 10/31 7nt Tropical Caribbean - 2021: 12/15 7nt Eastern Caribbean - 2021: 12/22 7nt Southern caribbean - 2021: 12/2 10nt Panama Canal Sunfarer - 2021: 11/14, 12/5; 2022: 1/16, 26, 2/27, 3/20 11nt Panama Canal Sunfarer - 2021: 11/3, 11/24; 2022:1/5, 1/26, 2/16, 3/9, 3/30 NIEUW AMSTERDAM 5nt Eastern Caribbean - 2021: 12/18 7nt Eastern Caribbean - 2021: 11/20, 12/11, 12/23; 2022: 1/15, 2/5, 3/26 7nt Southern Caribbean - 2021: 11/27; 2022: 2/26, 4/2 7nt Tropical Caribbean - 2021: 12/4; 2022:2/19, 3/19 7nt Western Caribbean - 2022: 1/8, 1/29, 3/12 9nt Southern Caribbean - 2021: 12/30 NIEUW STATENDAM 7nt Eastern Caribbean - 2021: 11/28, 12/19 7nt Southern Caribbean - 2021: 12/5 7nt Tropical Caribbean - 2021: 12/12 7nt Western Caribbean - 2021: 11/21, 12/26 10nt Southern Caribbean Seafarer - 2022: 1/2, 1/23, 2/13, 3/6, 3/27 11nt Southern Caribbean Wayfarer - 2022: 1/12, 2/2, 2/23, 3/16, 4/6 ROTTERDAM VII 3nt Eastern Caribbean (Bahamas) - 2021: 10/28 4nt Eastern Caribbean (Bahamas) - 2021: 10/24 6nt Tropical Caribbean - 2022: 1/23 7nt Eastern Caribbean - 2022: 1/2, 2/27, 4/3 7nt Southern Caribbean - 2022: 1/16, 2/20, 3/20 7nt Tropical Caribbean - 2022: 2/13, 3/13, 4/10 7nt Western Caribbean - 2022: 1/9, 3/6, 3/27 8nt Western Caribbean - 2022: 2/5 10nt Southern Caribbean Seafarer - 2021: 10/31, 11/21, 12/12 11nt Southern Caribbean Wayfarer - 2021: 11/10, 12/1, 12/22 VOLENDAM 14nt Southern Caribbean - 2022: 3/19, 4/2 ZAANDAM 14nt Southern Caribbean - 2021: 12/20
  5. today is Navy Day, Black Cat Day, and National Tell a Story Day Trust everybody, but cut the cards. -- Finlay Peter Dunne, "Mr. Dooley's Philosophy" Meal suggestion for today - Spaghetti Squash Pepperoni Pizza Boats Drink of the Day - Tequila Sunrise Wine of the day - Peter Lauer Riesling Qualitätswein Feinherb Mosel Barrel X vintage 2016 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Willemstad eta 10/29 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Nieuw Amsterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Portland UK Nieuw Statendam Volendam Torquay GB Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam
  6. I’m sure some people will switch from the Volendam to the Westerdam or Nieuw Statendam. I am booked on the Westerdam in Oct 2021 but it was a toss up with the Zuiderdam when I made the booking. There is capacity there for suites and balconies.
  7. Hi Kazu, Can you please update our Bon Voyage listing? We have cancelled our Feb 17, 2021 Nieuw Statendam 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer and booked the Jan 12, 2022 Nieuw Statendam 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer as it's replacement. Many thanks! Cathy
  8. Thanks for the heads up. Booked the Nieuw Statendam for November 2021.
  9. Must only be bookable internally by HAL agents as it does not yest appear in the Travel Agent booking system (POLAR) or on the HAL website. From your statement I'm assuming it's the Rotterdam VII on either a 10 or 11 night Southern Caribbean sailing, which would fit the pattern of them deploying their newest vessel on that route pattern the last few years. FYI - There is no "Nieuw" in the name of the Rotterdam, she is merely Rotterdam (or Rotterdam VII if one wants to be technical). The only ships with "Nieuw" officially in the name are Nieuw Statendam and Nieuw Amsterdam.
  10. Unfortunately, this is my second time that HAL has switched out a ship underneath me. At least the first time, it was completely understandable since the Ryndam had construction delays. And they swapped with the Nieuw Statendam, so no real loss in ship features or cabins. This time, the reasoning is more opaque and swapping to the smaller ship is skirting on "bait-and-switch" territory.
  11. Depending on date flexibility and port preferences Westerdam has a full Mediterranean season as well. Theoretically you could switch to her if not happy with the accommodation given on Volendam, albeit you would not be price/amenity protected if you did that. Also Nieuw Statendam arrives in Rome in September through early November.
  12. Thanks for posting, Marine Traffic still shows Nieuw Statendam moving toward Portland due to arrive tomorrow.
  13. We are considering an aft-wrap Neptune on the Nieuw Statendam (I think the Koningsdam is the same) and am wondering which deck to select from? I and familiar with the aft-wraps on the VIsta class ships, but not on this new class. Which cabins are are largest, inside and balcony, and any other pros/cons.
  14. today is International Artist Day, Mother-In-Law Day, and Punk for a Day Day Time is an illusion; lunchtime, doubly so. -- Ford Prefect Meal suggestion for today - Lemon Pepper Chicken Drink of the Day - Paloma Wine of the day - Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Clos des Allées vintage 2018 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 10/26 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Caracas Bay eta 10/27 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam
  15. Koningsdam (and Nieuw Statendam) have a dedicated desk for Speciality Restaurant Dining reservations. It is on Deck 2 midships, outside Ocean Bar and across from Sel de Mer. This would be the first place to try. There can be a bit of a line on boarding day.
  16. today is Make a Difference Day- fourth Saturday of the mon, neighbors helping neighbors, and National Bologna Day What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel. Meal suggestion for today - Fettuccine Alfredo Drink of the Day - Irish Coffee Wine of the day - Domaines Dominique Piron Morgon Côte du Py vintage 2017 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 10/26 Balboa Anchorage Koningsdam Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Sint Eustatius Nieuw Amsterdam Torquay GB Nieuw Statendam Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam
  17. While I am pleased to officially learn that Rotterdam VII will be the Flagship for HAL, I am less than excited with the emphasis on what I understand the decor will be: more "music" type stuff that I saw on Nieuw Statendam. Surely, HAL won't pay for some of the odd type of "art" that I experienced on Nieuw Statendam. "Music Walk" itself seems to be successful with the programming well planned. But, some of us would appreciate enrichment programs that are destination driven with truly experienced people who know about which they speak.
  18. Thanks for yesterday's birthday wishes! Dinner was great and there is enough prime rib leftovers for tonight. The surprise drink from our son was something that goofy you tube "How to Drink" guy invented. It was supposed to be the spiked punch from the high school dance scene in one of the "Back to the Future" movies. It was 2 oz Guava juice, 0.75 oz Passion Fruit juice, 0.5 oz simple syrup, and 2 oz Early Times Whiskey. You could shake it or just have it on the rocks. It actually was very good! You could use a higher quality whiskey/bourbon but Early Times is what Bif used to spike the punch in the movie. No particular reason, other than missing cruising, but here is the Nieuw Statendam in Puerto Rico mid January, 2019 -
  19. We just booked Nieuw Statendam for April 2021 after having our two previously scheduled cruises cancelled. We picked April hoping to avoid further disappointment. My thought being if HAL is not sailing by then they will not be able to survive. Wondering what my fellow HAL cruisers think?
  20. 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
  21. today is Event Organizers Day, TV Talk Show Host Day, and National Canning Day "I can't complain, but sometimes I still do." -- Joe Walsh Meal suggestion for today - Pork Loin Roast Drink of the Day - Mimosa Wine of the day - Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan vintage 2016 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 Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Oosterdam
  22. 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
  23. We sailed on the sister ship, Nieuw Statendam. Avoid the Lido Pool (center pool) since this one is popular with families. Go to the Sea View Pool (aft) which is the adults only pool. With that said, there were only 110 children on our sailing (my children included) out of 2,600+ passengers so their impact was minimal.
  24. We are booked on Nieuw Statendam 1/6/21 for 21 days. Our roll call is getting it on. Yeah, some have bailed on us, but we still have a good group going (I hope). I did speculate that if we get cancelled, maybe we would meet at someone's house for a full day of revelry. No takers. We have the cat sitter lined up and all is ready (no luggage yet as the cat goes nutso). I cannot imagine it not happening. I am not even crossing my fingers. I need this time away!! Jim
  25. 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
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