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  1. First time on the Prinsendam - how is the internet onboard? Is it slow like the rest of the fleet or has HAL updated the internet on the Prinsendam? Is it unlimited or by the minute?
  2. Is the self serve laundromat still free on the ship? Will take my own soap but want to verify machines are free as they were a couple of years ago. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. A real bonanza is in store for the sail-away addicts. We will have five HAL ships in FLL over the next three days! Friday gives us Prinsendam and Veendam. Prinsendam is headed on a 28-day Amazon Explorer. She will be in port from 0500-1700 at Pier 26 (Port to). (This crazy spacing is driving me nuts!!!) Friday, November 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, November 10 At Sea Sunday, November 11 At Sea Monday, November 12 St. Maarten Tuesday, November 13 Guadeloupe Wednesday, November 14 Barbados Thursday, November 15 At Sea Friday, November 16 Devil's Island, French Guiana Saturday, November 17 Amazon River (Cruising) Sunday, November 18 Macapa, Brazil Monday, November 19 Santarem, Brazil Tuesday, November 20 Boca da Valeria, Brazil Wednesday, November 21 Manaus, Brazil Thursday, November 22 Manaus, Brazil Friday, November 23 Parintins, Brazil Saturday, November 24 Alter do Chao, Brazil Sunday, November 25 Amazon River (Cruising) Monday, November 26 At Sea Tuesday, November 27 Belem, Brazil Wednesday, November 28 At Sea Thursday, November 29 At Sea Friday, November 30 At Sea Saturday, December 1 Tobago Sunday, December 2 Grenada Monday, December 3 At Sea Tuesday, December 4 Santo Domingo, DR Wednesday, December 5 At Sea Thursday, December 6 At Sea Friday, December 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam is doing a 10-day Cuban Explorer. She will be in port from 0545-1700 at Pier 19 (Starboard to). Friday, November 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, November 10 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, November 11 At Sea Monday, November 12 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tuesday, November 13 Cienfuegos, Cuba Wednesday, November 14 At Sea Thursday, November 15 Havana, Cuba Friday, November 16 Havana, Cuba Friday, November 16 At Sea Saturday, November 17 Cozumel, Mexico Sunday, November 18 At Sea Monday, November 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Royal Princess from 0400-1600 (Pier 2) and Serenade of the Seas from 0430-1600 (Pier 18). The PTZtv webcams can be found at www.portevergladeswebcam.com andwww.ftlauderdalewebcam.com. Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday 11/10.
  4. I was browsing through ships for sale and found the Prinsendam for sale for $100Mil. US and the Veendam for $150Mil.US. Any comments? see link below Cruise Ship boats for sale - boats.com
  5. We recently booked an oceanview cabin on the Prinsendam for June, but would really like a balcony when the upgrade price drops as the sail date draws closer. Our booking agent said that unlike some cruiselines, HAL doesn't notify agents when the balconies come available for this kind of cabin shifting, so that we need to check the website periodically. Not being one to obsessively check things daily when it's not necessary, I'd like to know when the right time is so I don't miss a good opportunity due to too much casualness. (The agent didn't say much on that point!) Does anyone have insights to share about the HAL process & timeline for "bargain" cabin upgrading? Would it be different for Prinsendam than for the larger ships?
  6. What are the current outdoor dining options on Prinsendam (for those not in veranda cabins!), in terms of location, hours, and menu variety? We'll sail on her for the first time in 2019, and I read somewhere that there was once an outside dining area for the Lido buffet, but that it was enclosed to create Wintergarten, etc.
  7. I have followed several of the threads and opinions concerning the Prinsendam. It has been several years since we cruised HAL (I think almost 10). Our last cruise on HAL was in Alaska and I recall finding the ship absolutely dead at 8:30 pm. I recall one evening being at Guest Services and asking where everyone was and their reply was, "In Bed". :o My husband and I have sailed Celebrity, Princess & NCL the last several years. Because Morocco is on my husband's bucket list, we booked the TA on the Prinsendam next March. This was booked before we learned of the recent sale of the P'dam. Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect on the transatlantic crossing as we have never done one on our prior cruises? What entertainment and/or activities are generally available in the evening hours? We do Select or "open" dining and usually eat late. Celebrity does a good job with things like Silent Disco and live music / performers in the various bars and lounges in the evening. What does HAL offer these days? We are not the type that will stay out way late or into the early morning hours, but we usually look for some form of entertainment after dinner and before calling it a day. Any info would be appreciated.
  8. Not having been on the Prinsendam in a number of years, I have some questions before choosing a 2019 cruise. When was the last time she was refurbished? When will she be refurbished again? The reviews are not good right now on ship condition. Also is there a noise factor with stateroom 219? Has anyone stayed in the HAL pre-cruise hotel in Amsterdam?
  9. I'm booked for the 28-day Amazon in November and chose late dining. But I'm having second thoughts. How does As You Wish work on the Prinsendam in particular, since there's just one dining room? We tend to eat later, around 7:30, and often prefer a two-top. If I can still switch, should I? Is it like Princess, where I can easily switch from traditional to Anytime at any point I'm the cruise by speaking to the maitre d'? And what's two-top availability like?
  10. Prinsendam Questions We are booked in a Large Outside Cabin Guarantee Bathrobe – Do we get bathrobes? Refrigerator – Is there a fridge in the cabin? Toiletries – What are the toiletries like? Is conditioner provided, or is it “Conditioning Shampoo”? Bar soap or Bath Gel? Lotion? Self- Service Laundry – What is the cost for Washers and Dryers? Is detergent available for purchase? DVD Player – Is there a DVD Player? DVD Movies for rent?
  11. We are getting ready for our very first Prinsendam cruise, 14 days. I already was very happy with the Vista cabin guarantee, and thought I had convinced myself to ignore upsell offers. Ha! Still a month out, I got an upsell offer today to a Signature Suite for $249pp. I knew a better one would come if I could just wait, and I tried to hold out. I was strong for two hours, but I caved and booked. Because we had gotten a very good sale price to begin with, we now have a Prinsendam 14 day Signature Suite for $160pp/pd. It should be an excellent 14 days. We love to eat on our balcony but it usually is so difficult to manage. I understand that our balcony table now, though small, is dining height, so yaaa! Thanks for giving me somewhere to be excited!
  12. August 30, 2018 DM (Dear Mother) and I are off on another adventure trying to get through her bucket list while she is still able and willing. It has been almost two years since our last cruise, and last Live From thread. Oh, what a painful drought that has been! The drought was mostly due to medical travel insurance issues that seemed insurmountable. But, DM, to her credit, prevailed and found another (recommended) provider. She said she was NOT ready to stop travelling outside of Canada just because she was over 80, and that was that. So, as soon as she gave me the go ahead, I booked the cruise - way back in January, 2017 for September, 2018! What a long wait! But, what a cruise!! Our very first, and likely only cruise on the MS Prinsendam. (I'm hoping we fall in love with the ship and I can convince DM that she really wants to go to Norway as much as I do on the Prinsendam's last cruise with HAL!. I'll keep you posted about how well that's going as we sail along...) Our Itinerary: We start in Amsterdam, with two days pre cruise, then we sail around the UK, and Ireland, going to Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Ullapool, Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Portland, Guernsey, Dover and back to Amsterdam. That's our first segment. Yes, there's more! After leaving Amsterdam for the second time, we will go down various European rivers to Vlissingen, Antwerp, Rouen, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Cartagena, and then to Civitavecchia (Rome). Then we have to get off, because I'm guessing that someone else wants our room and mostly because I have to get back to work so that I can afford to keep up with DM. So come along with us, if you choose to. I'll try not to make it too boring... If it is boring for you, just move along to another thread. I won't be offended. I'm sure there will be one that pops up which is more interesting and requires popcorn - there always is. If others from this cruise (or segment thereof) would like to post their thoughts or experiences on this thread, they are more than welcome to do so. August 31, & September 1, 2018 Amsterdam We arrived in Amsterdam, after a non stop flight from Alberta, about half an hour earlier than scheduled. Unfortunately, it was about midnight our time. DM slept only a little bit on the plane in spite of taking a full sleeping pill with dinner. I didn't sleep at all which is unusual for me. Due to DM's age, aches and pains, I request assistance for her when we fly. I LOVE it because, most times, I get it too!! Except I don't have to ride in a wheelchair. We were picked up at the gate by a golf cart. DM had to transfer to a wheelchair at one point, before baggage claim. It took a while to get our luggage but then we were taken out to the hotel shuttle area and dropped off. I had pre-booked a shuttle to take us to our hotel, the lovely Banks Mansion. Even though we were early for our pick up time, they were able to get us on an earlier shuttle. The shuttle driver dropped us and our luggage just passed the main entrance to the hotel around 8:30 am local time. There are three or four steps at the entrance with a short escalator for one's luggage. I think for this reason alone, this is not a hotel for anyone using a wheelchair or scooter. It was a wee bit of a struggle to get our bags up the mini luggage escalator, mostly because I had never used one before. (Kazu had a pic of the escalator in her review from a few months ago.) The belt is triggered on when one leans the luggage overtop of it but one still has to pick it up a few inches to get it onto the belt. Fortunately the desk staff saw me struggling with the big cases and came to help (after I got them up to the top!). I went back to get DM who was standing by the hand luggage, ready to whack anyone who came to take them with the cane she uses for travelling! I had requested an early check in but they couldn't accommodate it. It's a small, boutique hotel with a noon check out time. I knew an early check in was a long shot but figured it couldn't hurt to ask. We checked in and left our luggage with them. Then we went to the FREE bar to have some water and coffee before going for a walk. Yes, the Banks Mansion has a free, open bar for all guests, all day. You just help yourself. There are many options but it is not a full bar. One could not make themselves a Caesar or Bloody Mary, for example, because they don't have the mixes or the spices. Other amenities at the Banks are free breakfast, free cheese buffet from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, free wine buffet every afternoon from 4:00 pm to midnight, free mini bar in the room AND three decanters in the room, one each of gin, whiskey and cognac. They have a pillow menu in the room which DM appreciated. They were very prompt in coming to the room to find out what kind of pillow she wanted and then bringing exactly what she wanted very quickly. The hotel is very well located in the Central part of Amsterdam. It's only one km from the Van Gogh Museum, a very easy, flat walk (other than watching out for bicyclists!), and just a couple of blocks from the Bloemenmarkt (flower market). I thought the flower market would be really appealing for us but it was a disappointment. We did go there on our walk but the best thing about it were all the cheese shops offering samples. Each "flower" stall floats on the Singel Canal but sold mostly bulbs and souvenirs, and not flowers. Maybe it's better in the spring... I was hoping we would be able to return on Sunday before going to the cruise terminal to pick up a bouquet of flowers but there was no point. It was definitely not like the flower market we saw in Rotterdam years ago. Both DM and I were fading so we walked back to the hotel and sat in the lobby. There we dozed off and on and/or read for over two hours. A granola bar served as lunch during this time. Our room wasn't ready until after 1 pm (which was still early since check-in time wasn't until 3 pm. Once in our room, we crashed. I set the alarm on my phone for 2 hours later. When that came up, I reset it for another hour and crashed again! It was 4:30 ish when I made us get up - after all, the cheese buffet is only from 5 - 6!! The cheese buffet (and the wine buffet) were quite nice. The cheese buffet had a selection of 5 or 6 cheeses, most pre-cut, some we had to cut ourselves. There were also olives, bread, grapes and some pre cut bread. The wine buffet had a bottle each of a red, white, rose, a sparkling wine (prosecco). I had a glass of rose and DM had a Belgian beer, actually we both had two - the beer was in bottles of 250 ml which wasn't enough to whet one's whistle, according to DM. We chatted with a British family who were celebrating three birthdays within a few days. It was very much a convivial atmosphere; very nice. For dinner, we went to see my sister's "other husband", as she used to call the store, Albert Heijn, when she lived in the Netherlands. We picked up a couple of to-go salads to take back to the hotel. We still were out of sorts and didn't want much. I don't think we made it past 8:30 before we hit the sack again. Unfortunately, we were both up during the night for a few hours each. On Saturday, we woke with the alarm early because we had a full day tour. After a lovely breakfast in the hotel, we left at 8:30 to walk over to the museum district. We met our group at the Diamond Museum, walked over to the Rijksmuseum for a two hour tour of the building and the artwork within it. I didn't really want to see the Rijks but knew it was something that I should see. I'm not really a fan of Rembrandt but I'm a bit of a convert now after seeing it in person. Our guide was quite effusive and very knowledgeable of the artwork. We were lucky, too, because there were two portraits there that the Rijks and the Louvre purchased together (to be kept together at all times) which are to go to the Louvre on Sep 4th for an extended period - so we were lucky to see them before they go. I still don't care for the Night Watch although it's much better seeing it in person than the print we used to have but the portraits were amazing. In particular, I really appreciated The Jewish Bride; it was stunning. This is where having a guide really helped one appreciate the artwork. At the end of the Rijks tour, we had a light lunch at the cafe within the Rijks. That consisted of a typical Dutch light lunch, a bowl of soup and an open faced sandwich. Both were quite good but it was definitely a light lunch. We then had some free time to go to the gift shop or back into the museum. After lunch, we went for a walk to the included canal cruise meeting point. We took a one hour canal cruise all the way down to the old harbour and back, passing by the Anne Frank House. We then walked to the Van Gogh Museum for a one hour tour of it. That was also amazing and was the reason for booking this tour. Our guide was even more passionate about Van Gogh! He was actually insulted when one couple from the group left the tour to go souvenir shopping and back to the Diamond Museum so they could see that before it closed. The tour also included tickets to the Diamond Museum but it would be closed by the time our tour was done (we gave our tickets to the hotel staff so someone else could use them). By that time, we were done in! DM was quite tuckered so when we ran into a pedicab, we asked him to drive us back to the hotel. It was a long day but a great tour. Unfortunately, we made it back to the hotel as the cheese buffet was being closed up and wheeled away (it's on a cart). But DM had some beer; I had some water and we got a little hydrated again. We had another drink up in our room before going out for dinner. After dinner, we crashed for the night. Again, I woke up during the night for a few hours and started writing this report (challenging typing with one finger while laying in bed!). I should mention that we had lovely moderate and dry weather in Amsterdam. Best of all, no wildfire smoke like we've experienced in Alberta over the past few weeks. Nice to finally breathe some cleaner air again!
  13. It appears I have a medical continuing education group onboard for my upcoming cruise on the Prinsendam. This is my first time on board and we are so excited to see her before she is sold. Since she is so small and with limited venues, I am wondering if this continuing education group will restrict our access to the Crows Nest, Library, and other desirable sites onboard. Their web page says that their education sessions are during days at sea so as not to interfere with the chance to tour ports. Anyone been on board Prinsendam with a group like this who can shed some light on where we might expect them to be gathered during our days at sea? Thank you.
  14. Just wondering what others may have experienced on an early October Mediterranean sailing Rome to Haifa and back? TIA
  15. Hi Does anyone know of a site where I can check where we actually dock on the AmazonExplorer cruise? For example, the itinerary says Terre-de-haute Guadalupe but do we actually dock in Les Saintes? Thanks in advance.
  16. 2020 world cruise itinerary is now available. No grand South America cruise - which it is normally done by Prinsendam. So sad 😞
  17. My review / log from our recent Prinsendam cruise has been published. PrinsendamReview by StartrainDD We are going to miss that ship.
  18. First, yes I know that there are port forums and I have scoured them all. We have a day in Messina and plan to stay in town, as we have been to the nearby town and greek theatre and, since this is our next to the last day, we just want to stay close and relax. Our question: does anyone know of any place to eat in Messina? I am coming up blank, except for one person's note about a cannoli shop and one note about a panini. We don't want fancy or even sit down necessarily. We just would love to find some Sicilian food, maybe a fruit cart, gelato? Has anyone eaten anything in Messina? The people who work there must eat Somewhere! Thank you.
  19. That is unclear from what I can see or what I have read. Thanks! Also, any of the SA rooms "better or bigger" than any other???
  20. I never thought that I would ever get the chance to book the MS Prinsendam but I did! Only a 6 night Caribbean cruise in December but I am thrilled! I am a 4 star Mariner with HA and can answer most questions regarding the fleet but well... the Prinsendam, I can't. Am hoping some of you could help me out. During the day: what kind of attire? Nights in the diningroom: smart casual or cocktail dress? I would really appreciate any help that you can give me!
  21. Dear all, as a travel and cruise enthusiast, one of my greatest joys - apart from travelling and cruising - is reading fellow travellers‘ trip reports and blogs. So many of you on these boards have brightened many a dark and cold winter day with your reports from faraway lands, cruising the world on beautiful, elegant ships. A longtime lurker on these forums, I have decided it is payback time. I am going to try my hand at a live report on our upcoming Baltic and Kiel Canal cruise on the Prinsendam. I am not a native speaker (or writer), and based on past experiences I will be busy on the ship, so I hope for your understanding if my reports will not be as long or eloquent as you would like them to be. I‘ll do my very best, promise! We will fly to Amsterdam on Saturday morning, spend the night in the Mövenpick Hotel across from the cruise ship dock, and board the Prinsendam on Sunday. Originally, we had booked a Guarantee OV, and a couple of weeks ago took an upsell to a Signature Suite. Oh, there is one more thing I should mention, before I go and start thinking about packing. Not sure if „thing“ is the right way to put it. It‘s ... erm ... a duck. Mr. Duck, to be precise. Mr. Duck travels with us around the world. He is our selfie stunt-double, feelgood companion and graduate of many a mixology masterclass at sea. Be prepared to see him out and about on the ship with us, if I manage to get pictures uploaded. That‘s it for now. One more day of work madness, and then we‘re off!
  22. Hello to all, We are 3 star Mariners that have sailed on 8 different HAL ships but never on the Prinsendam. With it being sold and leaving the fleet next summer, we are wondering whether it is worth sailing on her. What are your experiences with the ship? Menu, service etc and what is special compared to the other ships that we already love. We know that it is a very small ship (compared to the others) that sails special itineraries and visits small ports for longer periods, but we are only looking at the Caribbean itineraries (ports we have been to). Thank you for your advice.
  23. We are enjoying beautiful weather as the P’dam makes her (and HAL’s for that matter) last Kiel Canal transit.
  24. The post-Prinsendam itinerary for the second half of 2019 is now available with the Rotterdam doing many of the cruises (the "Explorer" cruises) previously done by the Prinsendam. But the Baltic Explorer will not include sailing through the Kiel Canal. I am excited by Rotterdam's Trans Atlantic repositioning cruise in November, 2019, which includes stops in Barcelona, Casablanca and the Canary Islands (amongst other ports) before reaching Ft. Lauderdale.
  25. Is the Self Service Laundry on the Prinsendam still free or does it require quarters. If it does, can someone report on on the amount required per machine (washer/dryer). TIA
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