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  1. Does the Prinsendam have the heated ceramic thermal loungers in the spa area?
  2. We are looking forward to our TA on the Prinsendam next week. Does the Prinsendam still have the DVD library at guest relations or already the new on demand TVs in the Signature Suites? Thank you!
  3. DH says he will consider the 14 day North Cape and Gems of Norway cruise next year. Can anyone tell me if the cruise includes ports or cruising that would be specific to the Prinsendam (that other HAL ships don’t usually do, or can’t do)? If there’s nothing special about that itinerary (except getting to cruise Prinsendam), we might just wait until after retirement. Don’t get me wrong, I really want to try PDam.
  4. If you want to see a great view of the Prinsendam today while she is in Port Aruba click on the link below for the Aruba webcam. I regret never having the chance to sail her and never will with her leaving the HAL fleet this year. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/
  5. We think about a Neptune Suite for our TA from FLL to Lisbon but the only ones available to upgrade to with the veranda facing the south (which we prefer) are on the Sports Deck. Should I expect cleaning noise from above every morning? I was once on the Eurodam under the retreat and noise at 5am was an issue for us. But I suppose there are no sunbeds/chairs to move around on the sports deck, right? Did anyone experience noise from the Crows Nest in stateroom 001? It is right beside the crows nest and I am an early sleeper. Think Prinsendam still has the live bands there in the evening, right? Thx in advance, Timo
  6. We'll sail this summer for the first time on the Pdam and are booked in a cabin that we might want to try to change before final payment is due, which is soon! Originally, we took what was available that would give us the option to include our son as a third person in our cabin, but are pretty certain now that he can't go along, so we no longer have that constraint. In studying the deck plans, it appears that on many of the decks ( Dolphin, Main, Lower & Upper Promenade), just about every other cabin has an asterisk designation, for "shower only," and these look to be a little narrower. But I can't find cabin plans that show the differences between the shower-only cabins and the "regular" arrangement. What's this about? I hope those of you who know this ship's layout intimately can help educate me so if we try to change cabins, we'll be more informed!
  7. Does Prinsendam still have the pax laundromat? Being she’s leaving the fleet, I’m hoping they left it.
  8. I just heard from SJSULIBARIAN who is doing the 14 day Prinsendam holiday cruise. This ship has 2 front elevators and 2 back elevators. One of the front elevators has constantly been out. One day both front elevators were out. She was talking to another person and reports are that both back elevators go out from time to time. On port days, there are long lines for the couple of working elevators. Other than the elevator issue, the ship is in fine condition -- crew constantly cleaning and painting.
  9. Question for those that have sailed on the Prinsendam in the last few months, what condition is the ship in? Mainly the cabins. I sailed on her December 2016 and at that time the cabins needed some TLC and there were in numerous cabins air conditioner issues. At that time the public areas were in fairly good condition. I have a group of family members that are looking to book the Christmas/New Year cruise. Any feed back is truly appreciated so that I can give them some guidance. Thank you Erna
  10. For those who are interested, I just noticed that the Prinsendam is about to go through the locks. Here's the link for the webcam: http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html?cam=MirafloresHi
  11. As we have only sailed the Noordam and Koningsdam would like to hear from the experts on the differences between the Veendam and Prinsendam. We are looking at the itineraries from South America back to Florida through the Amazon. The Veendam leaves from Rio which is our preference and is a shorter cruise. Our understanding is the Prinsendam is a better ship and there is a very good rate on the inside cabins at the moment, also our friend will be working on the Prinsendam. The problem with the P is it leaves from BA and we would have to get there from Rio and it would mean less time on land in Brazil. We are in our early 40’s and like a few drinks and a fun time, what will the crowds be like on these longer ships? The prices are good and we could then take a TA to Europe afterwards, the alternative is to spend a bit more and try an Azamara cruise direct from Rio to Europe. Appreciate any thoughts as concerned by the recent reviews of the Veendam.
  12. In looking at the Marine Traffic website today (Saturday, Dec. 1), I noticed that the Prinsendam is at anchor at Charlotteville instead of docking at Scarborough. Does anybody know why? I'm curious because we are on the Prinsendam at the end of the month and are scheduled to dock at Scarborough on Dec. 27. I'm wondering if this is a frequent occurrence and whether we need to develop a plan B for that day in port.
  13. Just one blue hulled beauty in Port Everglades today and it is the smallest ship in the fleet - the lovely ms Prinsendam. This is a special sail a way & a sad day for fans of the Elegant Explorer as it is her last sailing out of Port Everglades as she leaves the HAL fleet on July 1st. And based on the potential itineraries when the new owners take over, it looks like this may well be her last time in Port Everglades. She will be at pier 26 and, of course, she is doing 2 very lovely itineraries. The first is the 18 night Casablanca & Canary Island Explorer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Mar d1700); Funchal, Madeira (03 Apr a0800); Tenerife, Canary Islands (05 Apr 1000-2300); St Cruz De La Palma, Canary Islands (06 Apr 0800-1700); Arrecife, Canary Islands (07 Apr 0800-1700); Agadir, Morocco (08 Apr 0700-1300); Casablanca, Morocco (09 Apr 0700-2100); Tangier, Morocco (10 Apr 0800-1700); Portimao, Portugal (11 Apr 0800-1700); Lisbon, Portugal (12 Apr a0700) And the 2nd is a 30 day that arrives in Civitavecchia. (Sorry the itinerary is not available as it this sailing has been sold out for some time.) Other ships in port with her are the Serenade Of The Seas (pier 19), Majesty Of The Seas (pier 18) & Celebrity Infinity (pier 25). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Addicts - the Rotterdam is scheduled to be in Key West. The webcam is located at https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com Next up is the Veendam on March 26th
  14. Here is the Prinsendam off Bequia today, we are 1 week into our 2 week cruise.
  15. First (and last) time on Prinsendam for us in March19. Usually we have dinner in the Pinnacle during our cruises but avoid the booking in advance option because of bothersome mariner discount problems. Never a problem to book on board on the first day. Will this be different on the Prinsendam due to the smaller ship and more mariners on board? Can anyone take a guess based on experience?
  16. Prinsendam will be heading to drydock on Friday. She will be at Pier 26 (port to). She is due in at 0500 but her departure time is uncertain. Every time I look at the schedule it changes. Right now the PE schedule shows her leaving at noon but we will see. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 8 December.
  17. Has anyone sailed in this cabin since September? Have you been aware of any bad odors in the cabin? Alberta Quilter noted that on their September cruise there was a disgusting odor that worsened in spite of cleaning efforts by the housekeeping staff. Help! We are booked in this cabin in December.
  18. My last 2 cruises were on the Koningsdam and the muster drill was held inside of the ship. How does it work on the Prinsendam? Outside like the others?
  19. For our first sail-away of 2019 we have three HAL ships to watch. Let’s hope CC doesn’t have problems like our last 2018 sail-away! Prinsendam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500 to 1600. She is headed out on her last Grand South America and Antarctica Grand Voyage as a HAL ship. We were told that sail-away would be at 1800 but she is still on the schedule for 1600. HAL ships with long itineraries traditionally sail later but we will see. I will let you know where we will be standing for sail-away after dinner tonight (17 of us from the roll call are going to dinner at The Boatyard). Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1800); Santa Marta, Colombia (07 Jan 0800-1700); San Blas Islands, Panama (08 Jan 1200-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (09 Jan 0500-0500); Panama City, Panama (09 Jan a2000); Manta, Ecuador (12 Jan 0500-2000); Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru (14 Jan 0600-1800); Callao (Lima), Peru (15 Jan a1100); Matarani, Peru (18 Jan 0800-1700); Iquique, Chile (19 Jan 0800-1700); Antofagasta, Chile (20 Jan 0800-1700); San Antonio, Chile (22 Jan 0800-1700); Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile (24 Jan 0800-1700); Castro, Chiloe Island (26 Jan 0800-1700); Puerto Chacabuco, Chile (27 Jan 0800-1700); Punta Arenas, Chile (30 Jan 0700-2000); Cape Horn, Chile (31 Jan); Ushuaia, Argentina (01 Feb 0600-2000); Grytviken, South Georgia (09 Feb 0800-1800); Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (12 Feb 0700-1700); Puerto Madryn, Argentina (14 Feb 0800-1700); Punta Del Este, Uruguay (16 Feb 0800-1500); Montevideo, Uruguay (17 Feb 0800-1800); Buenos Aires, Argentina (18 Feb a0800); Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil (22 Feb 0800-2300); Ilhabela, Brazil (23 Feb 0800-1700); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (24 Feb a0800); Ilheus, Brazil (27 Feb 0800-1700); Recife, Brazil (01 Mar 0800-1700); Fortaleza, Brazil (03 Mar 0800-1400); Belem, Brazil (05 Mar 0800-1800); Santarem, Brazil (08 Mar 0800-1800); Boca da Valeria, Brazil (09 Mar 0800-1400); Manaus, Brazil (10 Mar a1100); Parintins, Brazil (12 Mar 0800-1400); Santarem, Brazil (13 Mar 0800-1400); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (16 Mar 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Mar 0800-1800); Bequia, Grenadines (19 Mar 0800-1700); Willemstad, Curacao (21 Mar 0800-2359); Oranjestad, Aruba (22 Mar 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Mar a0700) Veendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0615 to 1700 . She will be doing a 10-day “Authentic Cuba” cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1700); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Jan 0800-1700); Belize City, Belize (07 Jan 0800-1700); Cienfuegos, Cuba (09 Jan 0900-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1700); Havana, Cuba (12 Jan a0700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14 Jan a0700) Koningsdam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545 to 1700. She is embarking on a 9-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Jan d1700); Tortola, British Virgin Islands (07 Jan 0800-1800); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (08 Jan 0800-2300); St Johns, Antigua (09 Jan 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700) Other ships in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0530 to 1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0630 to 1900. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 5 January. Thanks again to Jacqui for starting the sail-away threads while I am cruising.
  20. My last 2 cruises were on the Koningsdam and I really enjoyed the indoor muster drill. Got spoiled! Can someone tell me where is the muster drill location on Prinsendam? Still outside? Thanks in advance.
  21. We are on the Oct 14th cruise from Rome to Ft Lauderdale. Presently in Cadiz Spain having to stay over night for a cracked tank repair including divers. As of now we are scheduled to leave here Fri the 19th at 5:00pm local time. This has changed the schedule for the next 6 ports. Luckily we are going to Gibraltar which was not on our original schedule. Hopefully the repairs can get completed since they have been at it since early Thurs morning Oct. 18th while here in Cadiz.
  22. 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).
  23. For the first time this season we have three HAL ships in port. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She will be heading out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Monday, December 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday, December 25 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, December 26 At Sea Thursday, December 27 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0100-1700. She is taking a 7-day Authentic Cuba Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 23 At Sea Monday, December 24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Tuesday, December 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Wednesday, December 26 Cienfuegos, Cuba Thursday, December 27 At Sea Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL And finally, Prinsendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0500-1600. She will be leaving (taking Carole with her) on a 14 -day Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Monday, December 24 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Barbados Thursday, December 27 Tobago Friday, December 28 St. Vincent Saturday, December 29 Fort-de-France, Martinique Sunday, December 30 Guadeloupe Monday, December 31 Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tuesday, January 1 At Sea Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 29 from 0330-1600, Serenade OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0415-1800. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 22 December.
  24. Tendering on the Prinsendam How does the tendering process work on the Prinsendam?
  25. Past pax: On previous cruises up the Amazon, was the wi-fi at least acceptable most of the way? Worth getting the cruise-long package, or just a waste of money?
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