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  1. We got on the Oosterdam on Saturday and because of this nasty storm that doesn't seem to go away, we missed HMC, had Cap Cana changed to Samana and now we're in San Juan instead of grand Turk. I fully grasp why, but very disappointed. We booked this itinerary for the beaches.☹️
  2. Oosterdam will be in PE on a relatively quiet Saturday. She will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0545-1700. Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (29 Dec d1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (30 Dec 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (01 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (02 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (03 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (05 Jan a0700) (I tried a different site so the schedules don't take up so much room. Let me know if you have a preference of one over the other.) Also in port are Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1630 and Royal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . For the Addicts: Zuiderdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1600. https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendam on Sunday as well as Rotterdam in Tampa.
  3. It’s another busy day in Port Everglades. Very busy. Just one blue hulled beauty but she is doing two itineraries that are probably bringing a lot of people in to escape from the grip of Old Man Winter. Let’s hope they can all get in safely with the weather we are having right now. Oosterdam is scheduled to be at pier 26 (the usual) and leave at 4:00 pm (NOTE -a LOT of ships are scheduled to leave at 4 pm. ) Her first itinerary is the 7 day Tropical Caribbean Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (20 Jan 0800-1700); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (22 Jan 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (23 Jan 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (24 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Jan a0700) Her other itinerary that some are taking is the 14 night Eastern Caribbean/Tropical Caribbean Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (20 Jan 0800-1700); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (22 Jan 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (23 Jan 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (24 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Jan 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (28 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (29 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (30 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (01 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Feb a0700) Other ships in port: Celebrity Infinty - set to leave at 4 pm from pier 19 Island Princess - scheduled for 4 pm at pier 21 Majesty of the Seas - due to go at 4 pm from pier 18 Royal Princess - scheduled for 4 pm from pier 02 Carnival Conquest - due to go at 4 pm from pier 04 Adventure of the Seas - smart enough to leave after the rush at 5:30 from pier 29 The webcams are located at https://portevergladeswebcam.com and https://ftlauderdalewebcam.com Next up is January 20th with the Nieuw Statendam & Nieuw Amsterdam
  4. Port Everglades is going to be busier for this one! There’s just one blue hulled beauty sailing and that’s our Oosterdam. She’s headed out for a 7 and a 14 day cruise and will be at pier 26. A 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (09 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (12 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (13 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (14 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb a0700 And a 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (09 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (12 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (13 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (14 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) Other ships in port are Celebrity Infinity (scheduled to be at pier 19), Independence Of the Seas (scheduled at pier 18), Caribbean Princess (to be at pier 02) and Adventure of the Seas (schedule for pier 29). The Port Everglades webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts - the Zuiderdam is schedule to be in Aruba today. The webcam for Aruba is located at https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next Sail a Way is Feb. 10th when the N Amsterdam sails out of Port Everglades and the Rotterdam out of Tampa.
  5. A very busy pre-Christmas day in Port Everglades with eight cruise ships! Oosterdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1630 (although with 6 ships scheduled to sail at 1600 this might not happen). She will be doing a 7-day Tropical Caribbean Holiday cruise. Saturday, December 22 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, December 23 Key West, FL Monday, December 24 At Sea Tuesday, December 25 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, December 26 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Thursday, December 27 At Sea Friday, December 28 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Saturday, December 29 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Conquest at pier 4 from 0615-1600, Celebrity Infinity at pier 25 from 0545-1600, Coral Princess at pier 21 from 0530-1600, Majesty OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1600, Pacific Princess at pier 19 from 0400-1600, and Royal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ . Also, Volendam will be in Aruba from 0800-1700 ( https://www.portarubawebcam.com/) and Nieuw Statendam will be in Nassau from 0800-1600 (https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/ ). Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendam on Sunday 23 December.
  6. January 12th will be a ship of contrasts in Port Everglades. Ms Oosterdam is scheduled to sail at 5 pm and should be at pier 26. She actually is doing 2 different itineraries. The first one is a 7 day Eastern Caribbean: Here is the itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (12 Jan d1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (14 Jan 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (15 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (16 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Jan a0700) The second one is a 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean: Here is that itinerary - Fort Lauderdale, Florida (12 Jan d1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (14 Jan 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (15 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (16 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (20 Jan 0800-1700); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (22 Jan 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (23 Jan 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (24 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Jan a0700) You can view the webcams at these links: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Other ships in port today are: Royal Princess (departure scheduled for 4 pm) at pier 21 Caribbean Princess (departure scheduled for 4 pm) at pier 02 Independence of the Seas (departure scheduled for 4:30 pm) at pier 29 & Costa Delizosa (with a very late departure of 11 pm) at pier 19 Let's hope the Oosterdam treats everyone with lots of toots.
  7. IwannaGo Now

    Oosterdam questions...

    I can't seem to get the "Search" function to work without getting a ton of stuff not related to the questions I searched for. Can I still order ANY MDR item through Room Service at the beginning of MDR hours? Do the Flat Screen TV's have DVD players in the Balcony cabins, if so, can I bring my own DVD's? Thanks, I used to be able to use "search", guess I'm getting dumb in my old age.
  8. It's a very busy day in Port Everglades today with 7 ships setting sail! It should be some parade. Oosterdam is scheduled to sail at 5:00 pm and is doing a 7 night Sandy Beaches (Western Caribbean). She is at pier 26. It was too late to get the map but here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, San Juan (8th), Amber Cove (9th), Fort Lauderdale (12th) Also in port, all scheduled to sail at 4 pm are the Carnival Conquest, Celebrity Infinity, Majesty of the Seas, Pacific Princess and Royal Princess. Scheduled for 5:30 is the Adventure of the Seas. The Pacific Princess is commencing her World Cruise so there should be some good toots indeed! The webcams are located at https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://fortlauderdalewebcam.com Apologies for starting this thread late. I missed this one inadvertantly in my listing. I'll double check it today and try not to make the same mistake again. Next up - Nieuw Amsterdam on January 6th.
  9. If anyone's interested in getting a copy of the "When & Where" handouts from a recent sailing I just posted a zip file containing .jpg pictures of the daily planners as a comment in my recent trip report: The direct link to the comment with the W&W zip is: I posted this as a separate topic so people are aware of the zip file with the When & Where's, but I also would appreciate the reads on my Trip Report post - thanks!
  10. For anyone interested in copies of the MDR menus from a recent sailing, I just posted a zip file that includes menus for all of the MDR dinners, embarkation MDR lunch, the two sea day MDR lunches (2nd sea day was the invitation-only Mariner's Society Lunch), coffee and cocktail prices for Explorations Cafe, the onboard speciality restaurant options, and the Beverage Event list (e.g., wine tastings, etc...) to my recent Trip Report: The comment that includes the direct link to the zip is: I posted this as a separate topic so people are aware of the zip file with the menus, but I also would appreciate the reads on my Trip Report post - thanks!
  11. Oosterdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0615-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Saturday, December 8 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, December 9 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Monday, December 10 At Sea Tuesday, December 11 Montego Bay, Jamaica Wednesday, December 12 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Thursday, December 13 Cozumel, Mexico Friday, December 14 At Sea Saturday, December 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Carnival Conquest at pier 4 (0330-1600), Adventure OTS at pier 29 (0430-1730), Royal Princess at pier 2 (0500-1600), Celebrity Infinity at pier 19 (0530-1600), and Majesty OTS at pier 18 (0600-1600). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Sunday, 9 December.
  12. First time on Holland America on January 26, 2019. Curious which pier they dock at in St. Thomas.
  13. Oosterdam will be at Pier 21 from 0545-1600. She will be heading out on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Saturday, December 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, December 16 At Sea Monday, December 17 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday, December 18 San Juan, Puerto Rico Wednesday, December 19 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Saturday, December 22 Fort Lauderdale, FL Prinsendam will be Pier 26 from 0515-1600. She will be taking a 6-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Saturday, December 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, December 16 At Sea Monday, December 17 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Tuesday, December 18 San Juan, Puerto Rico Wednesday, December 19 At Sea Thursday, December 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1630 and Royal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam and Zuiderdam on Sunday, 16 December. Attention sail-away addicts: I can continue the sail-aways through January 4. I need someone to post the sail-aways from January 6 - March 26 ( I can pick up again on March 27).
  14. HAL ms Oosterdam Western Caribbean: 12/29/2018-1/5/2019 TL;DR: Enjoyed the cruise, would happily sail HAL again. Programming and “tempo” skews noticeably older and slower on HAL vs. PCL, and if you want a younger feel I’d suggest X over P or H. We flew in the evening of the Dec. 28th and stayed at Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation, 29th-Port Everglades ; 30th-Half Moon Cay; 31st-Sea; Jan 1st-Falmouth, Jamaica; 2nd-George Town, Cayman Islands; 3rd- Cozumel, Mexico; 4th-Sea; 5th-Port Everglades Background: DW and I are both mid-30’s, we’re from Western NY (though we lived in Manhattan for a few years), and have been cruising fairly regularly now for the last several years. We were new to HAL, and our two most recent trips were Alaska in 2017 on Coral Princess and 2018 New Year’s sailing on Crown Princess. We aren’t terribly picky eaters or high maintenance, although we have eaten at enough restaurants, seen enough shows on Broadway, and been in nice resorts and hotels to be informed consumers. We are also reasonably outdoorsy and active, but our idea of a dream vacation would not include a multi-day backpacking trek through the mountains fwiw. Trip Planning: We did a 2018 New Year’s Cruise, that was booked after final payment, so I had an idea as to what I was considering a “good deal” for a New Year’s cruise this year. We had originally planned to sail either Princess (PCL) or Celebrity (X) but ended up getting a much better deal with HAL and favoring the HAL itinerary and dates a little. (Tip: I prefer New Year’s Eve to be a sea day, and depending on how much you like to party you may want to write off the first part of the morning of New Year’s day). Pre-Cruise: We flew into FLL and used the hotel shuttle to get to the airport. The wait for the shuttle was about 25 minutes, but it felt good to stand after the flights. We got to the hotel about 7p and checked in quickly, then headed to the mall across the street to get dinner. After a travel day we were fine with basically fast food as we weren’t terribly hungry or feeling up to a sit down dinner at one of the nearby casual restaurants. We’ve used this Hampton Inn before, and they offer free airport pickup and a free shuttle to the cruise port. There’s a Target within easy walking distance, although far enough that shlepping a case of water would probably be better done with an uber back to the hotel. Day 1 - Port Everglades Embarkation: We used the free shuttle to port, took the 10 AM slot and were to port by about 10:30. Dropped bags off with porters and breezed through checkin and found a seat. We were given a #6, but that ended up being the 2nd boarding group called (first group was suite/past guest/wheel chair, second group was cards 5-8). We waited about 45 minutes before boarding started, and I have a picture taken from the gangway onto the ship timestamped 11:37 AM. No MDR lunch was listed, but when we stopped down at the MDR they said the Mariner Lunch was going on and they let us in (I had 1-start status transferred in based on our past cruises on PCL). I saved pictures of Menus from embarkation lunch, the 2 sea day lunches, and every MDR dinner but I’ll need to upload those later as I haven’t gone through my pictures yet. We explored the ship a little after lunch, got unpacked, and then sort of bummed around until the muster drill. To our surprise, muster drill was on deck - which is the first time I’ve had to do that in >5 years (if not longer!). It was hot, disorganized, and we were standing around for about 20 minutes on deck. We were in shade, but not everyone was. We did 2nd seating dinner at 8p, and that evening caught the preview show in the main theater that basically was a teaser for the other two production shows. Day 2: Half Moon Cay (tender port) We were up early to try to catch the first tender or two ashore. We grabbed a clam shell right when we got there, although I doubt they’d sell out with a ship the size of Oosterdam. Of note, I saw almost no shade by late morning-early afternoon, other than a few chairs down at the far end of the beach. Plan to either bake, pay for a clamshell/manta sun shelter, or be basically first on the beach and hike to the far end to grab one of the few chairs under a tree. Beach was beautiful, but snorkeling was pretty basic and low visibility due to fine sand haze kicked up by the waves. Good place though for newbies to practice snorkeling off a beach. BBQ lunch was simple but tasty, with some grilled thin-cut short ribs that were amazing - I could have eaten a plate of just those! Evening show was the production show “Off the Charts”, which featured songs and dancing from various periods from about 50’s forward. Singing and dancing was top notch, dancing in particular was technically great, probably one of the top 1 or 2 groups I’ve seen so far on a cruise ship? Day 3: Sea day (1st Gala Night, New Year’s Eve) Did an America’s Test Kitchen demo in the AM, lunch in MDR, long nap, trivia, and then hung out until dinner. Following dinner we went back to change (and skipped the comedian in the main theater) then grabbed a spot on the deck in advance of the New Year’s Eve “party”. Party consisted of a DJ until about 11:15, where they then switched over to the BB King Blues band for the rest of the night. I thought it was a lame New Year’s Eve party - people went from dancing and having a good time to standing and watching the live band, and energy level went from like 8.5 to 6. Deck was way too crowded, and they should have had a couple different parties going across the ship. The highlight was seeing the Captain dance about 10 minutes before midnight, if he ever wanted to join the production crew I think he’d be a shoe in! 🙂 For comparison, on Crown Princess a year before they had a balloon drop in the main atrium, a pool deck party, and a 3rd party in the dance lounge all running in parallel. Cruise Director was at the balloon drop and then hustled up right after midnight to the pool deck party where things kept rocking for hours after. Day 4: Falmouth, Jamaica (docked) We got in to Jamaica pretty early, with our EXC tours meeting at 8:35. We did the VIP Bamboo Beach Club tour, and I’m very mixed about it. Beach was pretty, drinks were strong, food good, but beach was badly overcrowded (even in the “VIP” area) and food service was slow. Also important to note is that it’s a 1.5 hour drive to the beach, 3 hours on the beach, 1.5 hours back. I’m not sure if there’s any good beaches in Falmouth… but in hindsight the drive to Bamboo was a drag. Show that evening was BBC Earth II - where they show video clips from the BBC Earth series accompanied to live music played by the a combination of both the Lincoln Stage musicians and theater band. Day 5: George Town, CI (tender port, 2nd Gala Night) We headed ashore ASAP and grabbed a taxi to Royal Palms Beach Club. Entry was $2pp, chairs were another $25, and umbrella was $15. Beach was beautiful, very nice facilities, and good food. We were some of the first guests there and grabbed front row chairs, I think anything else had partially obstructed views from the umbrellas. The place also got packed to capacity within a few hours so. We were happy with it, but it was not a super quiet and peaceful beach and chairs are sandwiched close together. Although I didn’t go, Cemetery beach was recommended for snorkeling from shore. Sounds like it’s a pretty under developed off the radar spot. Evening show was the 2nd production show “One World”. It was an “earth” inspired show and music and dancing were again top notch. Day 6: Cozumel, Mexico (docked @ Punta Langosta) We got into Cozumel later in the AM and weren’t able to disembark until about 11:30 AM. We grabbed a taxi over to Chankanaab park and met some friends there. Park entry is a little steep, but the snorkeling at the park was quite nice and it felt safe and comfortable at the park. Beers were $3 and a burger was about $10 and a mixed mexican food plate was $12 or 13? Biggest downside on this was that the park closed at 4. At close we taxied back to port (note which port you’re docked at!!!) poked around the shops and then headed back to the ship for a snack and to relax before dinner. Show that evening was a magician named Jeff McBride. We skipped it, but people the next day said it was a solid performance. Day 7: Sea It was a quiet day, though they had a number of things going on around the ship. They ran 2 American Test Kitchen instructional seminars, and the naturalist gave a talk on sharks. The show that evening was a variety show of the comedian and the magician (we skipped it though, so I can’t comment). The dreaded packing time and bags in the hallway marked the last day of a very nice cruise! Day 8: Port Everglades Disembarkation MDR opened at 6 for breakfast, self disembarkation started at 7:30 and then proceeded fro there. We did Luggage Direct and were called about 7:55. Our bags got flagged for X-ray check, so when they scanned our cards we got a “beep” and then were walked off by a staff member and escorted to the front of the line for our passports to be scanned and then to a side room to toss our bags on an x-ray scanner and then sent on our way. I think we got from cruise ship room to airport lounge in about an hour. FLL airport was (as usual on a heavy cruise traffic day) packed to the gills with both the Delta (paid) skyclub and terminal waiting areas basically standing room only. Onboard Experience: Entertainment: Music and entertainment is very personal and dependent on one’s tastes… technically though I thought these were some of the best singers and dancers I’ve seen on a cruise ship. The “Lincoln Stage” string musicians were also an impressive group of performers. Crew: Service was universally great across the ship. Senior officers were pretty visible and approachable. A nice addition was an onboard Naturalist, an unusual feature for a Caribbean sailing. She gave some neat talks and had a creature counting game running throughout the game where you could go up to a corner of one of the lounges during “office hours” and she’d help you figure out what the fish/critter was and you could add it to your list with the group that saw the most winning bragging rights (and a small prize) at the end of the cruise. One family was >120 unique animals by the end of the week… so some big shoes to fill moving forward! Cabin & Ship: Verandah room on port side far aft deck 6 room 6144. I picked this room because it was marked as having a full tub (which rooms further aft didn’t have) and also didn’t have an internal door to the adjacent stateroom. Aside from the larger bathroom the room seemed pretty unremarkable… it had the bed, a small love seat, desk, and a decent sized balcony. Dining: We did the 2nd seating in the MDR and were able to get a table for 2 (this was requested in advance, and took no extra steps on the ship, YMMV). Service was solid, food was all quite good in the MDR. Breakfast buffet food was fine, hot was served hot and cold served cold… breakfasts got a little repetitive though. Menus for both MDR and buffet were available through the stateroom TV and the navigator site on wifi. I liked that the dinner buffet had some overlap with the MDR dinner menu, so we may have tried some items at the buffet as snacks and then didn’t feel like we were “missing out” if we skipped ordering them in the MDR. Internet: On our sailing, HAL was only offering internet as a 24h pass or remainder of the cruise pass with the added restriction of 200/300/500 mb per day. Important to note, the "Social" package is limited to only a handful of social media websites (but did NOT include email, but I think it also included airlines too though). The social package was $14.99/day while the 300 mb pkg was $24.99/day! I found out the hard way that the social plan didn't include email access and hustled down to guest services within about 15 minutes of my purchase and was able to get the purchase cancelled and refunded. $24.99/day seems like highway robbery to check email for a few minutes a day (and my international day pass on at&t cellular is only $10/day) and I encourage everyone to comment on their cruise that a pay-by-the-minute internet option should be added back to the mix. Final Thoughts: We enjoyed our vacation, although I’m finding the Western Carib itinerary to get a little repetitive and don’t really enjoy Falmouth as a port. I would definitely consider HAL as a solid option for a future cruise although it did feel “older” demographics and programming than Princess, and I could definitely envision getting bored if there were more than 2 sea days. Being a holiday sailing there were a relatively large number of kids and families, but it still felt "older". I’m 99% sure I got pictures of the MDR menus for every dinner, and I saved the ‘When and Where’ daily handouts too. If there’s interest, I’ll work on getting them digitized/sorted/uploaded and post them in the forums later this week. Thank you for reading my trip report and I'm happy to try to answer any questions.
  15. Oosterdam will be at Pier 26 (Port to) from 0530-1700. She will be leaving on a 7-day Tropical cruise. Saturday, December 1 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, December 2 Key West, FL Monday, December 3 At Sea Tuesday, December 4 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, December 5 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Thursday, December 6 At Sea Friday, December 7 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Saturday, December 8 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Independence of the Seas (pier 18) from 0600-1630, Royal Princess (pier 2) 0500-1600, and blocking our view, Celebrity Edge (pier 25) from 0530-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Veendam will be in Key West from 0700-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: on Sunday, 2 December Nieuw Amsterdam and Koningsdam (who will be leaving early for drydock).
  16. I haven't been on the Oosterdam in several years. Can anyone who has been on recently tell me the status of the library? How much of it remains? I'm doing the TA Crossing next week and I'm trying to figure out how many books to take. Thanks!!!
  17. Other than size and capacity, what are the main differences between Oosterdam and Veendam? Food venues, pool, entertainment venues, casino.
  18. Has anyone been on the Oosterdam recently? It has been a few years for me. I'm on the TA crossing next week and I wanted to know what the condition of the library is. Are there still a lot of books there? Is the library still maintained? I'm trying to figure out how many books to bring with me.
  19. Oosterdam is scheduled to be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0600-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Saturday, November 24 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, November 25 At Sea Monday, November 26 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday, November 27 San Juan, Puerto Rico Wednesday, November 28 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Thursday, November 29 At Sea Friday, November 30 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Saturday, December 1 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Carnival Conquest (pier 4) from 0615-1600, Royal Princess (pier 2) from 0515-1600, Adventure OTS (pier 29) from 0445-1730, Majesty OTS (pier19) from 0345-1600, and Celebrity Infinity (pier 26) from 0545-1600. According to the PE schedule, the new Celebrity Edge will be switching back and forth between pier 18 and 25 a number of times before leaving on Sunday (although I cannot find what cruise she is doing). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1600. https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam and Zuiderdam on Sunday, November 25.
  20. I am about to book for January 26, 2019 on Oosterdam. One of our cabin choices is just below the entrance to the casino and the theater. I’m not concerned about the theater noise but I do worry if the casino smoke filters down the stairs? I have been on ships that this was a problem and some that you would never know it was there! Any help on this would be appreciated! Thanks!
  21. I would love to leave my conditioner at home.
  22. Does anyone know where I can get information on 6058, 6060 and 6062 as I may book one of these cabins. Has anyone stayed in them or can anyone steer me to information about the cabins. Info on halfacts is limited. Thanks
  23. HI we are going on the Oosterdam on 11-17 from Ft Lauderdale. We are planning on eating in a speciality restaurant one night... but want to eat there the "worst" might in the main dining room.I know often folks will post the nightly menus and I was hoping I might find out what is offered each night. I also "heard" that all the cruises that are the same length have the same menu (not sure if that is true).ALSO feel free to post if you are on the cruise with us.
  24. HI we are going on the Oosterdam on 11-17 from Ft Lauderdale. We are planning on eating in a speciality restaurant one night... but want to eat there the "worst" might in the main dining room.I know often folks will post the nightly menus and I was hoping I might find out what is offered each night. I also "heard" that all the cruises that are the same length have the same menu (not sure if that is true).ALSO feel free to post if you are on the cruise with us.
  25. Saturday is a very busy day in Port Everglades with six cruise ships in port. Oosterdam is returning from Europe and will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She is sailing on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Saturday, November 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, November 11 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Monday, November 12 At Sea Tuesday, November 13 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Wednesday, November 14 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday, November 15 At Sea Friday, November 16 Key West, FL Saturday, November 17 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Adventure OTS at Pier 29 (0430-1730), Carnival Conquest at Pier 4 (0400-1600), Celebrity Infinity at Pier 19 (0530-1600), Harmony OTS at Pier 18 (0500-1630), and Island Princess at Pier 2 (0545-1600). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com . Next up: Koningsdam and Nieuw Amsterdam on Sunday 11/11.
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