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  1. This will be our first time cruising with HAL. We have booked 5128 on the Oosterdam for an Australia-New Zealand cruise. Everything I've read said this cabin is 212-359 square feet. That's a huge range. How do I find out how big 5128 actually is?
  2. I just viewed a You Tube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMMPZSWnh5Q) from 2016 and Deck 10 appeared to have loungers where the staterooms are now. Were they added since then?
  3. We are sailing the Oosterdam to Mexico in December room 10019. We are a family of 4. (2 adults, 8 year old twins) We are booked in a balcony on the 10th floor ( one of the newly added rooms) I am concerned because some of the balcony cabins require the 4th to sleep over our head. According to my PCC there is no way to know which cabins are set up this way. I wanted to move to a Vista Suite. But they all only hold 3. It seems if we want a bigger room, we would have to move to a Neptune Suite, which is costly. I wonder are there famliy cabins on the Oosterdam? Or special larger cabins that sleep 4 or more? Thank You!
  4. It seems almost silly to go on a one day cruise, but we enjoy them. It makes for a fun weekend. I did a short blog post on it too. http://clarkanddeb.blogspot.com/2019/10/fall-one-day-cruise-2019.html It was the third time we've been on the ship. We also go on a lot of three to five day cruises up and down the coast. We live right between Seattle and Vancouver Canada, so it makes it easy to get to the cruise port. We take the Amtrak because Seattle's roads are insane.
  5. On the deck plans, it looks as if there are public areas with access to them at the forward section of decks 5-7 and 9. If so, are they accessible 24/7? Or at least while glacier cruising in Alaska? TIA.
  6. I have posted on the disabled site as well but it is not as active as this board. We are looking at cruising on Oosterdam or Eurodam but need an accessible cabin which I know will have a walk in or roll in shower. My question is does the balcony cabin also have a seating area like a mini sofa? Holland America reservations said they do not show that in the deck plan. I am looking a cabin 6049 on the Oosterdam right now but can change cabin or ship to get the right fit for what we need. Thank you.
  7. I am booked in a Signature Suite on the Oosterdam. Can someone tell me if there is a power outlet on the nightstands? Need one for a CPAP or will have to call for an extension cord. Thanks.
  8. DW & I and 2 friends/neighbors who are new to ocean cruising have just booked connecting verandah cabins on the Oosterdam, for a 17-day Panama Canal cruise. My friend mentioned that Oosterdam has just recently been through drydock. DW & I sailed the Oosterdam 10 years ago. What updates/changes will we experience as a result of the drydock? Thanks!
  9. Three of the Vista ladies are in Juneau - two of them for the last time this season. Oosterdam will be at the FKL dock from 1300-2100. She will be doing a trip to Hawaii and some short cruises to the Mexican Riviera before heading back to FLL on January 18. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200. She will be heading down under on the 13th of October after a drydock in Victoria. Westerdam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2200. She will be back next week for her final appearance. Also in port is Norwegian Bliss at the AJ dock from 1430-2300. The forecast calls for steady rain in the morning and showers in the afternoon. The high will be 53F/12C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:47 am and sunset at 6:51 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam in one week - October 1.
  10. We set sail today from Seattle, and around 2 hours ago started hearing large thuds that shake our whole room. It sounds like the ceiling is coming down on us. Guest services are is trying to tell us it is the waves hitting the ship and/or the way the ship is moving. anyone ever experience this? We are in 5095.
  11. We would snap up this 17 night cruise ,if we hadn't booked some other cruises . Price for a balcony cabin is low low So who ever wants to book Hawaii at a great price should snap at this one Oh & it can come with a Signature drink package included
  12. Does anyone know the difference between a category "MM" inside cabin and a category "L" inside cabin? Thanks!
  13. Oosterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2100 and Noordam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2200. Also in port are Bliss and Joy doing their last Norwegian shuffle of the season. Joy will be at the AJ dock from 0700-1330 then Bliss will take her place from 1430-2300. Tuesday should be the nicest day of the week with only a 10% chance of rain and mainly sunny skies in the afternoon. High should be 63F/17C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:31 am and sunset at 7:12 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Thursday (no HAL ships on Wednesday ☹️).
  14. Looking at a cabin in the 5063/5065 and 5067 area. I know the lifeboats are right under but anyone who stayed there I would like to hear some opinions. What did you like about it and what did you not like about it location etc......The rate is very good compared to other areas and would allow us to use cash for other things excursions etc......Info on halfacts was limited. Thanks!
  15. Oosterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2100. No ship is scheduled to be at the AS dock so we will have a full day of viewing. Also in port are Golden Princess at the FKL dock from 0800-2115 and Joy (0700-1330) and Bliss (1430-2300) doing the Norwegian shuffle at the AJ dock. Tuesday is forecast to be the last mostly sunny day before the rain comes back. 😞 The high is predicted to be 65F/18C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:16 am and sunset at 7:32 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Wednesday.
  16. Oosterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2100. Also in port are Millennium at the AS dock from 0700-1600, Royal Princess at the FKL dock from 0800-2115, and the Norwegians at the AJ dock - Joy from 0700-1330 and Bliss from 1430-2300. The forecast calls for an overcast sky with occasional rain (50% chance). The high will be 61F/16C and the low 49F/9C. Sunrise is at 6:01 am and sunset at 7:52 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Noordam on Wednesday.
  17. This was my third cruise, the first on Holland America. My first cruise was on RCI years ago, I barely remember it. I was on a Caribbean cruise last year on Celebrity Equinox. From what I had read previously on this message board, I knew what I was in for, for the most part...For perspective, I am 39 and went with my family. This was a cruise to Alaska, we got upgraded to a balcony cabin. No one in my room ever used the balcony, so I don't think it is a must have like I have read for cruising to Alaska if you are able to go to the lido deck or the bow when it is open. I wasn't crazy about the food, as many on here seem to enjoy the food. The MDR was ok, I should have ordered two entrees as the portion size is too small. We started just eating dinner in the Lido Market instead of the MDR after awhile...The Lido Market was ok, but there didn't seem to be too many choices for each meal. We did not eat in any speciality restaurants. The Crow's Nest was crowded the couple of times I went up there. The rest of the ship did not seem to be crowded, except the Lido Market during peak times. MDR waiting time was minimal (we had anytime dining). Lincoln Center Stage - I attended many of the performances, they were excellent. I attended the session where they talk about themselves as well which was very informative. I wish they played longer than 35 minutes each set though. I would lengthen the set length and reduce the number of sets per day. Billboard OnBoard - I also attended many of the sets, one of the pianists was ill for a couple of days so the other player was only doing 30 minute sets by himself (he said HAL told him to do that). They were very good. They tended to have favorite artists that they would play over and over again through the cruise. I wish there was more variety. B.B. King's Blues Club - I thought it was too loud for the space they are in (don't like the design of the space) so I did not spend much time there, but the band and the singers sounded great. Step One Dance Shows - I thought the first show was excellent, the second show was good but not in the same league as the first show. Both were worth seeing. The magician and the comedian were also pretty good. I don't think showing a movie that you can watch in your stateroom is acceptable...I noticed the lack of assistant cruise directors, there was only one. He was good, he ran trivia well and came up with good questions most of the time. They didn't have much variety in the activities each day, essentially there were table tennis tournaments, trivia, a Majority Rules game show, and a To Tell the Truth type game show. They should do Majority Rules another time, as it seemed the players were enjoying themselves during it. They should have a daily music trivia as well, it was not played every day. I did not notice as much up-selling as I did on the Celebrity cruise, not once did a waiter tell me to buy a drinks package, for example. I felt the bars were not as prominently featured as on the Celebrity Equinox. It seemed like the bars themselves were hidden from view a little bit in some places (obviously you can find them if you wanted to...). I enjoyed the whale watching and Mendenhall Glacier excursion in Juneau, we had a nice day weather wise. We were able to hike to Nugget Falls and back to the visitors center in 40 minutes (we were moving quickly). I also enjoyed the excursion hiking through the Tongas National Forest in Sitka (two miles from the Sitka port). We also went to the Totem Park near downtown Sitka if you are looking for a free place to hike. We did the Misty Fjords Wilderness Explorer excursion. It took two hours to get to them. While they were beautiful, I don't think the two hour ride was worth it. I would suggest seeing them by seaplane. (Maybe a seaplane would have been cancelled, someone else's seaplane adventure the day before in Sitka was cancelled because of the weather). My opinion is probably clouded by the fact that it was a rainy and not nice day outside. For all the talk of HAL's average age decreasing, I did not notice it on this cruise. The vast majority of the people were at least 50. There were a few families, but not nearly as many as I had anticipated (I guess late August is too late for many families to go to Alaska? I know Alaskan cruises in general tend to attract older cruisers). I think my next cruise I will try a line that is a bit more active in their activies, and where I can purchase a speciality dining package. I did talk to someone on my plane to back home who was on the Norwegian Bliss who did not like the food on the ship much (it was the same menu every day), and also they were not able to dock in Ketchikan at all because of rough waters. Probably the advice is sound to not go to Alaska on a large ship.
  18. My review of the Holland America MS Oosterdam 08/04/19-08/11/19 We flew out of Kansas City International on Sunday morning, the 4th of August on an Alaskan Air flight leaving at 6 AM. The flight was very crowded and apparently sold out so I was glad we got there at 4 AM. As we were descending into Seattle we saw our ship, so that was very exciting! There were four of us cruising together, I am 54, my roommate on the cruise Elsie who is in her mid 80’s, and our friends Jim and Anne who were celebrating their 75th birthdays on the cruise. We were on the Oosterdam in Signature Staterooms 8091 and 8093. We flew in to Seattle and got some scrumptious Macarons there at the airport (Lady Yum!! YUMMY!!!!) We found the HAL people by the luggage area just as we were told and checked in our luggage at the little desk so we no longer had to carry that around and had lunch at Starbucks. Then we went to the area where they told us to wait for the bus. This was a long walk and not for anyone with bad legs. Got there and found seats over in the NCL area I think it was. Waited forever it seemed but they finally had us come over to a specific area and stand there a while then we were on the bus and on our way to the ship. Once we got to the terminal, it seemed as though it took forever but we were in groups F and G to board, F boarded and they called G at 11:30 AM and told us then that our rooms were ready so we went right to our rooms and set our stuff down, then ate at the Lido deck looking out on a gorgeous marina and boats sailing in the Puget Sound (I think). While in the terminal we heard that the Blue Angels would be flying at 3:30 so as we were mustering we were welcomed by an Angel fly by. They got closer as it got closer to time for us to sail. We watched from the back of the ship and suddenly the ropes were dropped and we were off on our way to Alaska! We had anytime seating for dinner and we went to the dining room a little late that night, I am the world’s pickiest eater and nothing on the menu sounded good so I ordered steak and fries. My fries tasted a little funny, kind of sweet even…I asked one of the ladies to try them and she said they were sweet so we called the Maître D (Sekan - now known as my sugar daddy) over and he tasted one and scrunched up his nose and busted out laughing. Turns out there was someone new in the kitchen that got the sugar and salt confused and I was forever known as the sugar fry lady! All the waiters heard about it and it caused a lot of laughter through the whole trip. Monday was a sea day and if I remember it right it was really foggy at first and the ship horn blew every couple minutes but that didn’t bother any of us. We slept in and had breakfast delivered to the room and just explored the ship all day. We got to tour a little of the kitchen that day, that was fun and got a couple of samples of appetizers. We lost a little money in the casino and just had a great day. That evening was the gala dinner and it was yummy! Then we went to bed a little early once again to be ready for Juneau the next day! Tuesday we woke up nice and early – 5:30 AM or so and got coffee and tea from the Lido deck then watched the sunrise from our balcony. It was beautiful! We had breakfast that morning in the dining room and met a really great couple from Walla Walla Washington, but the food was just ok. I loved Juneau! We went gold panning, so fun! Did a little shopping and then did the evening whale watching with Gastineau Guiding and it was wonderful! I didn’t get any good pictures of whales but we saw two, and were able to identify them. I am not sure what the one’s name was but the second one we saw was Sasha! But I did get ok pics of Sea lions, eagles, a jelly fish and we saw seals too. It was an incredible excursion and I recommend anyone take it! It was so much fun. There were only 20 of us on the boat and Dan Michrowski was our guide and he was very knowledgeable. The next day we were in Sitka and it was my favorite of all the stops we made! We didn’t have anything planned so we rode into town and looked around a little, went back to the port and did a little shopping and enjoyed sitting on our balcony watching the world go by. Then we got to do the behind the scenes tour of the Bridge, that was great fun. There were only four of us on the tour and the assistant cruise director made it so much fun. The next day there were 6 of us on the other part where we saw the engine room, the laundry, kitchen, and storage areas. It was well worth the $150 I think it was that it cost! Ketchikan we had no plans either so we got a tour of the city we bought on the pier and we made several stops looking at the Salmon and looking for bears but never saw any. Did a little more shopping and enjoyed the view of Ketchikan from our balcony once again. Later that evening we played in the casino and I won $614! Victoria we just went into town and back again and the funnest part for me was singing O Canada on my balcony while in Canada. (I have sung it a few times for a local baseball team when they play a Canadian team.) I attended the past guest party and enjoyed it at lunch. And we sadly packed. We also saw a glacier on one day, apparently that did not make that much of an impression on me as I don’t even remember what day we did it. The ship was fabulous, our room stewards went above and beyond every day! The food was ok. I am just too picky. Our rooms had adjoining doors and our balconies were open before we even got there so that was nice! Our beds were supposed to be two twins and they were not but that only took about 10 minutes after we talked to our steward to be fixed. I had purchased the Thalassotherapy pool pass and only used it twice. There was just too much other stuff going on. It was a great trip and I would HIGHLY recommend the Oosterdam!
  19. Hi - We have never sailed Holland America for more than 1 night but have booked a December cruise on the Oosterdam. We watched this YouTube review and 2 things concerned me. 1. The reviewer said that there is constant air from a ceiling vent pouring into the room and 2. She complained of a squealing sound coming from something loose in the closet I think. If you watch the video you'll see what I am talking about. Have other people experienced annoying noises in their Oosterdam stateroom? And have any of you had issues with the ceiling vent? Thank you so much in advance. Lis https://youtu.be/YRCQpBxd6mA
  20. Oosterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2100. Also in port are Radiance OTS at the AS dock from 0700-2130. Golden Princess at the FKL dock from 0800-2115, and, at the AJ dock, Norwegian Joy from 0700-1330 and Bliss from 1430-2300. Rain chances drop to 70% with steady light rain in the morning and showers in the afternoon. High will be 59F/15C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 5:46 am and sunset at 8:11 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Wednesday.
  21. I just got our cabin assignment for an Alaska cruise we will soon be on....it’s on the observation deck. That will be our first time having a stateroom up there....any observations on that ? Any pros or cons ? Thank you all in advance.
  22. Oosterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2100. Also in port are Millennium at the AS dock from 0700-2130, Royal Princess at the FKL dock from 0800-2115, and Norwegian Joy and Bliss doing their sharing of the AJ dock with Joy from 0700-1330 and Bliss from 1430-2300. The forecast is calling for considerable cloudiness with some rain in the afternoon (40% chance). The high should be 60F/16C and the low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 5:31 am and sunset at 8:30 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Noordam on Wednesday.
  23. Has anyone checked bottle water onto the Oosterdam with the porters out of Seattle? I tried to search for this information, but couldn't find it for the Oosterdam out of Seattle. Thanks in advance for your help. PS: Please don't tell me to the drink the water. I really wish I could, but I know that after trying it on way too many cruises, it does not agree with me.
  24. Is the price better (at $111 for a week cruise to alaska) to prebuy my unlmt internet for one person rather than going on the boat, or are there sales that are better? (first timer)
  25. The trip was fabulous! I will post a review later, we had Signature Suites 8091 and 8093. Our balcony was already open when we got on last Sunday and that was fabulous! Ask me questions and I will try to answer!
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