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  1. 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!
  2. Looking for anyone recently on the Oosterdam to see what the current shows, and entertainment are. Was there a comedy show? What is the current musical show? We are sailing March 16th and my sister on January 12th. Thank you!
  3. Has anyone recently sailed on Holland America's Oosterdam and do you have a drink menu for this ship? I am trying to decide if I want to buy the drink package and would like to know the costs of drinks. I would especially like to know what kinds of beers they have onboard. I like IPA's but will also be happy with a good pale ale. Also, do you know if the drink package is for the entire ship including the Main Dining Room? I would love to have wine with dinner. Any information you can give me would be appreciated.
  4. We are sailing next month to the Caribbean on the Oosterdam. Our first time on HAL - 1 previous, cruise on Princess. I have two questions - has anyone used the laundry service on the Oosterdam and if so, what is the cost and were any garments damaged? ( Packing will be easier if I know the laundry service is reliable and reasonably priced.) Second question: The HAL brochure says that each ship has a daily Catholic Mass. Does anyone have info on whether there is actually daily mass on the Oosterdam and when and where the service is held. Thank you, in advance, for any assistance with these questions.
  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. Does anyone know the weekly cost of a cabana on the Oosterdam? I need a place out of the sun.
  7. Hello, I see various photos of signature suites online even when I search for 2018 or ‘refurbished.’ Some look new with dark woods, subdued purples, grays and greens and are very attractive. Some look old with blonde woods with bright red fabrics, etc and look very outdated. Does anyone know if all signature suites on the Oosterdam have been updated? Or just some? Or which ones to look for? Or if you do a guarantee, are you more or less likely to get an updated one? If I’m going for a signature suite, I want it to be updated. Thanks!! Appreciate the help.
  8. First time on Holland America on January 26, 2019. Curious which pier they dock at in St. Thomas.
  9. 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).
  10. How is the Oosterdam? I believe there was a dry dock last year. I know it is a different class of ship, but is she similar to Nieuw Amsterdam now with the recent updates? Is it true that she also has a Retreat? We are currently booked for NS, but weren’t 100% thrilled with K-dam, so we’re considering switching to Oosterdam or NA. We love NA but are thinking Oosterdam would give us a new experience. It is significantly less $$. Are the prices less because it is a lesser experience? I’ve read some things about old furniture, etc in public areas, but I’m hoping that is no longer since the dry dock. Are there current photos out there? Thank you!!
  11. We are considering the Oosterdam, we would be new to the line, have done Carnival, NCL and MSC and found plenty to do with the kids (11&13)..is the Oosterdam okfor kids/have activities/waterslides?
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. First of all— thank you all for your expert opinions and advice on all things HAL! We are just off our third HAL cruise, over Thanksgiving, but our first with our son, who is four years old, so we had a little bit of nerves going in to last week! (NB, this wasn’t our first cruise rodeo— we’ve taken little man on Disney but we adults were Moused out and ready for something... else!). We had so much fun, we booked next Thanksgiving on the Nieuw Statendam. The Oosterdam was wonderful. Our cabin was wonderful— balcony on deck 5 forward. Easily accessible to elevators/stairs, and we had great cabin stewards as always. Our steward got into the habit of asking our son what kind of towel animal he wanted each night— AND each morning!! Spoiled child got two towel animals every day. It was sweet, and some were very intricate! I was very impressed! Food was great. We had anytime dining in the main dining room deck 2, and had a reservation each night for either 5:30 or 5:15, which was perfect for our son. Service in the main dining room was spotty— one night it was near catastrophic— our server brought our food, but never brought our son’s food. Then we sat for at least 5-7 minutes with still no plate for our son, and no re-appearance of our server, so I got up and walked to a head waiter, explained the problem, then in a millisecond, our son’s food appeared, along with profuse apologies. Four nights we had perfect service, and three nights we had mediocre to poor service in the main dining room, so not sure what happened with those serving teams, but it was very off. Lido was wonderful, and the service quick. My husband had a beverage package for sodas, though I did not. A word about Club HAL— my son loved it! The counselors provided structured activities but there was also a lot of flexibility because of the number of children on board. Sailing our week were 280 children (total of 2100 passengers). We could access the club schedule on our stateroom smart tv’s which was handy. Our son was a little charmer— the crew would give him high fives at every turn, knew him by name after the first day, and he left the week with his very own free HAL lanyard and pin from the cruise director. He thought he was hot stuff. We utilized HAL’s EXC tours in Grand Cayman (dolphin encounter), Jamaica (Martha Brae rafting trip), and rented a cabana on Half Moon Cay. Our beach excursion was canceled in Cozumel so we did an independent trip to Chankanaab. The EXC staff went above and beyond— even emailed the Martha Brae tour operators to make sure my husband, myself, and our son could all ride in the same raft. In sum, we had a fantastic week. My husband says he still prefers Eurodam because of Tamarind, but I didn’t miss it. Truthfully we wouldn’t have gone anyway last week because of our son, lol! Now we can look forward to next year on the Nieuw Statendam! Thanks again for your help and tips!
  15. New to holland. Was looking into an alaksa cruise but do not know anything about holland. Past cruises have been carnival ( which is a little rowdy with booze for us) NcL which was ok but kinda boring. We like carnival cuz the shows and comedy shows and day activities like bingo. Was worried holland may be a little to boring or slow for a lack of a better word. We are 50 and kids with us in 20s. Not real drinkers or outgoing but love shows and bingo not really bars. Does this ship offer daily bingo and little daytime shows and such and at night a Broadway show or magic or comedy . Somthing other then music in a bar. And dress. Can I wear khaki pants and a polo shirt to dinner except on gala note of course. Kids have to wear slacks at dinner or can they wear the new fad yogi pants and a top? Do they sell bottle water to purchase before hand so we can have water in room like a case ? Is there empty fridges on board in rooms or are they stocked Ships seem small is there alot of movement on them ? Since so small? Any I site or things you can share I would be grateful
  16. Going on Oosterdam in 30 days. Anyone have current MDR MENUS?
  17. 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.
  18. Oosterdam will be at Pier 26 from 0600-1600 (starboard to - unusual this year for Pier 26). She is going on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Saturday, November 17 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunday, November 18 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Monday, November 19 At Sea Tuesday, November 20 Falmouth, Jamaica Wednesday, November 21 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Thursday, November 22 Cozumel, Mexico Friday, November 23 At Sea Saturday, November 24 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Crown Princess at Pier 4 from 0430-1600, Royal Princess at Pier 2 from 0500-1600, and Independence OTS at Pier 18 from 0515-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com. Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.portarubawebcam.com. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam and Volendam on Sunday, November 18.
  19. Received an upgrade offer for our Nov. 24 seven day cruise on the Oosterdam, 69 dollars for each of us from an obstucted view to a Veranda. What do you think? Sounds pretty good but we liked it better when there was no charges for upgrades. We did get a nice no charge upgrade on the MSC Seaside back in Sept. from an inside cabin to a Veranda.
  20. Anyone currently on Oosterdam have copies of menus?
  21. Does anyone know what deck (2 or 3) is early fixed seating on the Oosterdam? Thanks
  22. Hi everyone, We will be in a VB cabin on deck 5 of the Oosterdam. Will each of the closets have the shelves that fold down if we need them instead of hanging space? Thanks!
  23. Which is the better one for a Caribbean cruise?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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