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  1. I normally wouldn't book a cabin anywhere near the theater, but this was a casino deal, and I had very little choice. Any insight is greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance.
  2. Hi everyone! I am contemplating booking an aft facing veranda for an Eastern Caribbean in April. We sailed in one on the Eurodam to the Mexican Riviera in December of 2018. We loved everything about it with one exception. There was a strange vibration that wasn't constant. It would come and go. Is this typical of aft facing verandas, or was there maybe an issue with the ship? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! My other options are one of the angled balconies on either deck 4 (partially obstructed) or deck 8. Thanks in advance!! Chris
  3. We have looked and looked for a GOOD photo of the FAMILY Cabana on the Nieuw Statendam. We have heard all the negatives about this cabana, but have seen no actual photos of it, just side views and partial views where you can make nothing out. If anyone has a good clear photo, we would appreciate it if you would post it here.
  4. I had noticed that Nieuw Statendam was 'Scheduled' for arrival into Port Everglades for 7.00 am (ET) on Monday 27th April and it is now 'Confirmed'! She will dock at pier 26 with orientation listed as 'Starboard Must' . (that is a bit unusual?). She is scheduled to sail at 5.00pm ET. Also 'Scheduled' for today is Caribbean Princess with an arrival time of 6.00pm and departure on Tuesday 28th April at 5pm Camera links are: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ (both Fort Lauderdale web cams are online again) With apologies to those who normally post the sailin/sailaway schedules! Finally - Fijne Koningsdag! Happy King's Day!
  5. Another, now infrequent, dam ship appearance in Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades during these uncertain times! HAL's still newest ship, Nieuw Statendam will be making her presence known on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in order to take on fuel, water and some stores, as well as a small bit of crew turnover. She is due in at 0700 hrs local and going to berth 19. Prelim departure is scheduled for 5:00 PM Two others members of the Holland America Group are scheduled to make an appearance; Sky Princess arriving at 0600 hrs. local and assigned berth 26, and her stablemate Regal Princess, arriving at 0630 hrs local, and assigned to berth 02. Regal is scheduled to depart at 4:00 PM and Sky, like Nieuw S., at 5:00 PM The webcams can be found at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/
  6. Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam was notified at 9:30 a.m. local time in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, that the Florida Governor’s office had supported an order requested by Broward County officials to hold disembarkation of guests from the ship in order to do a COVID-19 test on a guest who sadly passed away during this cruise. The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with the U.S. CDC, had already cleared the ship for disembarkation after reviewing the medical specifics of this case. Approximately 65% of guests have already disembarked based on this clearance and are on their way home. Results are not expected back until late afternoon or early evening today. 871 guests remain on the ship and all hotel services are fully operational and they are able to use their staterooms. We have advised those with flights before this evening to rebook them. We are also looking at options for anyone who may now need overnight accommodations for flights tomorrow, including the option to overnight on the ship. There were no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 on this cruise. Nieuw Statendam just returned from a 7-day Caribbean cruise that departed Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 8, 2020.
  7. My wife and I recently disembarked from the above cruise. In short – and to save you the trouble of reading what follows, we will state that the cruise was absolutely wonderful, and we would have to search for any negative points. The Ship. We had reservations about cruising on a ship as large as Nieuw Statendam, having in the past experienced Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, and Zuiderdam. Quite frankly, those concerns were completely unjustified. We simply loved this ship – its décor, cleanliness, “newness,” the extra venues, and the fact that at no time did it seem crowded. Rather, the public spaces seem wider and brighter, and we felt much less confined than on the smaller ships. It will be difficult for us to sail on anything other than a Pinnacle Class ship in the future. Reservations. We used the services of our HAL PCC, and found that she did a creditable and knowledgeable job as have her predecessors with Holland America. We also made various reservations online, and had no trouble doing so. Finally, we dealt with other agents by telephone in reserving a cabana and purchasing an “upsell,” and both were pleasant and patient. Embarkation/Disembarkation. We experienced no trouble with respect to checking in and leaving the ship at the end of the cruise (sad though that was!). The ease with which we did so was undoubtedly aided by our having opted for a Neptune suite. It is also worth noting that we used the Luggage Direct program and found it to be wonderful as has always been the case in the past. Accommodations. We had initially booked a midship veranda cabin, but wasted no time in accepting an upsell to a Neptune when it was offered via email a week or so before the cruise. We opted for one of the two available – an aft cabin with a wraparound balcony. We had enjoyed this cabin location in the past and loved it. Although the ship’s movement was a bit more apparent at this location, the veranda was wonderful, as was the room itself. Club Orange. We initially purchased Club Orange, because we had not used it in the past and wanted to sample it on a Pinnacle-class ship. Fortunately, the cost of Club Orange was deducted from the additional price charged for the Neptune when we opted for the upgrade. In any event, we enjoyed Club Orange thoroughly, although I am not sure that it is truly worth the price. The staff was wonderful, the food was well prepared and beautifully presented, and I enjoyed watching the chef handling the preparation of breakfast and final touches as to dinner. Still, the main dining room has always worked well for us and we will probably not opt for Club Orange in the future unless it is offered along with some other upsell. Lido, etc. We liked the bright appearance and roominess of the Lido, and found the food to be very good for its kind. We always look forward to Dive-In burgers, and ordered those immediately upon boarding the ship. The pizza was also decent. The Reuben from the deli was good, but would have been much better had it been heated. Oddly enough, the same cold Reuben was my very first lunch on Holland America in 2012 – it was cold then too! Sel de Mer. We skipped Pinnacle and Tamarind in favor of a more expensive blowout at Sel de Mer. We have dined there on three prior occasions. The first trip was wonderful, and the second was frankly pretty poor – so much so that we debated whether to spend the money on this trip. We decided to do so, and I am pleased to report that the ambiance, food, and service were all outstanding. Grand Dutch Café. This was a wonderful addition, although we attempted to avoid it whenever possible because of the calories inherent in the dishes offered! Retreat Cabana and Thermal Suite. We purchased both of these amenities before the cruise. The cabana was beautiful, as was the service and willingness to procure drinks and food. I also enjoyed the thermal suite. However, the fact that the cabana was on deck 12 and the thermal suite on deck 9 meant that I didn’t use it as frequently as I had the lido cabanas and thermal suite on the Eurodamand Nieuw Amsterdam. Frankly, the need to travel up and down 3 flights was just not worth the trouble. Although most would disagree, I will also confess to missing the hustle and bustle of the lido cabana on the pool deck. Signature Beverage Package. We do not consume enough beverages to warrant this purchase, but I nonetheless like it because there is no need to worry about unpleasant surprises at the end of the trip when the bar and wine bill is received. While the wine on the SBP is probably not terribly sophisticated, the bourbon selection was excellent, as were the mixed drinks preferred by my wife. Bars. We exclusively patronized the Ocean Bar for pre- and post-dinner cocktails. This was a wonderfully comfortable area, and we enjoyed joking around with the staff as they managed to keep the throng happy headed to and from dinner. Shops. Frankly, we saw little in the shops of interest, beyond buying a couple of Nieuw Statendam commemorative glasses that were on sale. Neptune Lounge. We have used and enjoyed this area in the past, but on this occasion visited only once or twice because of the distance between our cabin and the lounge. We did receive a couple of calls from the concierges in the lounge, which were appreciated. Itinerary/Excursions. We have sailed this itinerary several times in the past, and took no ship’s excursions. Frankly, we preferred the ambience of the ship to any activities onshore, and thus went ashore only at the Amber Cove and ssSt. Thomas stop. Entertainment. We went to virtually nothing on the Main Stage, with the exception of the “Origins,” which I very much enjoyed. The history of Holland America is not only interesting but also important, and I am glad that an effort has made to offer this as a program. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed the Lincoln Stage performances. Overall, this may have been our most enjoyable cruise ever: the ship itself was magnificent, the accommodations wonderful, the food outstanding, and, most importantly, the staff was truly wonderful. We are looking forward to going again. By way of personal information, I will note that my wife and I are in our “early” 70’s, and consider ourselves to be active and still in possession of most of our faculties. Our first Holland America cruise was in 2012 (this same itinerary), and we have cruised at least once annually ever since. With the exception of a circumnavigation of the Hawaiian Islands on another line, we have never been interested in experiencing any other ships or companies. This loyalty on our part has led us to bring along various family members over the years, on one occasion including 14 children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. We are currently three-star mariners, and emerged from this trip only 5 credits shy of attain four-star status. We look forward to attaining that next goal.
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  12. Another early post. And speaking of early, the ships are scheduled to leave earlier than usual. Something to do with DST maybe???? Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0430-1600. She will be leaving on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Mar 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (12 Mar 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (14 Mar 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0515-1600. She will be doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (11 Mar 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (12 Mar 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (14 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (14 Mar 1500-2100); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (15 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Mar a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0400-1500, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 form 0500-1430, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0300-1500, and Adventure OTS at pier 18 from 0415-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, 11 March.
  13. We are just off a one week cruise (3/9) on the Nieuw Statendam. I wanted to write a little bit about sanitation onboard in light of the ongoing Corona Virus situation. I was disappointed and I think Holland America needs to step up its game if it is going to stay in business. THE GOOD: - Hand santizing stations are abundant and filled; - Bathrooms are equipped to allow exit without touching door handles after hand washing (paper towel and garbage adjacent to entrance) - Spray sanitizer encouraged by staff for passengers returning to boat and at first three nights of dinner service THE BAD: - Our room stewards did not use gloves when cleaning room, touching surfaces in room or changing linens. Current best practices would require a fresh pair of gloves at each new room and washing/sanitizing between rooms. - The buffet at half-moon cay had an open buffet with open service. The handles for the salads and accompaniments were being touched by tens if not hundreds of passengers enjoying the buffet. - Dining room stopped offering spray sanitizer after third night. Also, we witnessed multiple people refusing the sanitizer when it was offered and being allowed to proceed in. - Dining staff touching surfaces (table tops, playing card tricks with guests, etc.) and then serving food. - Cruise staff hugging passengers. I realize this is a nice touch, but it's time for social distancing and it would be best modeled by these team members. The reality is that the spread of this virus is only as strong as its weakest link and there are some weak links on Holland America. It's just a matter of time before a crew member or passenger is infected and the spread becomes overwhelming in part because of these lax practices. Just my two cents worth, others may disagree.
  14. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (04 Mar 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (05 Mar 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Mar a0800) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, and Caribbean Princess who is overnighting and leaving at 1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Key West from 0800-1700.https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Koningsdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1700. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Veendam on Wednesday, 4 March.
  15. I was looking through old posts for info on the NS and saw a discussion about there not being tubs in any rooms other than specific Neptune Suites. Can anyone confirm this information? We currently have a spa OV room booked, but thought about upgrading to a Signature Suite with the tub being a perk. Any room layouts I find online show that the Signatures have tubs too.
  16. Considering booking a couples massage on an upcoming cruise on the NS - wondering about the treatment room setup and spa facilities? I have never had a massage on board and not sure what to expect compared to traditional spas at resorts etc. Thanks!
  17. Can anyone tell me if the Thermal Spa on the Nieuw Statendam has a steam room? The write up says it has steam but did not say steam room. I did try looking it up before asking. I just haven’t had any luck finding an answer.
  18. Eight cruise ships in port on a busy Sunday. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (25 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (26 Feb 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (27 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (01 Mar a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0445-1700. She is doing a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (25 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (26 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (28 Feb 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (29 Feb 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (01 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 21 fro, 0545-1600, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Rotterdam on Monday, 24 February.
  19. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She will be leaving on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (20 Feb 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (22 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) Eurodam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. She is headed off on a 14-day Panama Canal cruise. She will not be returning to Port Everglades this season. Eurodam will be doing a few trips to Hawaii before the Alaska season begins. Cartagena, Colombia (19 Feb 0800-1400); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (20 Feb 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (22 Feb 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (23 Feb 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (24 Feb 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (25 Feb 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (27 Feb 1000-2000); San Diego, California (01 Mar a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, and Caribbean Princess who overnighted at pier 4 will leave at 1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ For the Addicts: Zuiderdam will be in Aruba on Tuesday, 18 February from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, 19 February.
  20. Holland America has long been known for its excellent, comprehensive itineraries and for an expertise in Alaska cruising driven by its long history offering cruises -- and land tours -- in the state. In recent year, the line has also earned a reputation for some of the best live music in the industry. But when Cruise Critic was invited to ... View the full article
  21. Just checked our When & Where. Happy Hour is from 4 pm to 6 pm in ALL open bars. Glad it’s not limited to just one or two places. Guess where we’ll be shortly!
  22. We are currently on the NS and having a wonderful time. We have been advised by a couple of beverage staff that the 1L bottles of spring water are not included in the SBP. The cost is well below the $11 limit. Prior to revising our reservation to include the SBP our analysis included our spring water consumption. During our previous cruises the large bottles of Evian were included in the SBP. Where did I miss this information? I plan to stop by Guest Services and inquire. BaltimoreCruise
  23. Just booked a bump out room on deck 7. Anyone have information on those rooms? Pictures? I can’t find any, but it is supposed to be a bigger room and balcony.
  24. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She has an RSVP charter. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Feb 0800-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (12 Feb 1000-1700); Cozumel, Mexico (13 Feb 1300-2000); Key West, Florida (15 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Magic will be at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, and Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Koningsdam (0700-1700) and Oosterdam (0800-1800) will be in Aruba. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam and Veendam on Wednesday, 12 February.
  25. Booked a bump out room and would like any information on these. The room will be bigger 230sq. Ft. Anyone have a picture? I can’t find any. Thanks
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