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  1. The Westerdam is currently at Damen Shipyard Verolme in the Rotterdam Botlek area . She will possibly leave this coming friday. According to several websites in the Netherlands they are "CDC-proofing" the Westerdam . Her European season starts in april 21 with Mediterranean cruises. Pictures are courtesy of Jan and Bert.
  2. Not sure if this has been posted already, but anyhow... below are some renderings of the MS. Rotterdam interiours. As you can see, the main design is the same as her sisters, but with a different colour palette. What do you think? also note the Club Orange (??) restaurant rendering and the bar that seems to he occupying the space of the wine-tasting venue on her sisters.
  3. I just stumbled across this fantastic promotional video introducing the ms Rotterdam VI back in 1997. Thought I’d share here. As the new ms Rotterdam VII inches closer and closer to completion, I think that some will get a good kick out of this ‘Portrait of a Lady’. I for one love the music! Video:
  4. So is it bad luck to rename ships? Or does that only hold true for ships already launched?
  5. Just grabbed one of the last vista suite cabins on this New MS Rotterdam cruise from Amsterdam for 14 nights. This will be the first trip for this new ship. Looking forward to the many ports we will be visiting including Berlin and St Petersburg.
  6. Today Rotterdam was officially floated out and moved to its outfitting pier. https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-rotterdam/another-milestone-for-rotterdam-with-float-out-and-move-to-outfitting-pier/
  7. Hiya folks, Just looking for feedback here. Fred Olsen bought the Rotterdam this year, as most of you know, and today they’ve launched their 2022 World Cruise itenary and pricing for the ship (now renamed Borealis). It’s more or less the same itenary as Zaandam for 2022 world cruise, but half the price. Zaandam starts at £19,400. Borealis starts at £9,999. That’s a huge price difference for what is essentially the same ship and itenary. How many of you would consider 2022 with Fred Olsen on the old Rotterdam vs Zaandam with HAL? I’m t
  8. The Rotterdam VII, Pinnacle Class, was readied today: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5637/ also https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-rotterdam/rotterdam-reaches-next-building-milestone-with-coin-ceremony-celebration/
  9. HAL's Rotterdam departing from Rotterdam port 31/8 to Schevningen anchorage for the last time, before departing ror Rosyth, Scotland to join the othe Fred. Olsen ships. Sale cannot have taken place as ship is still registered in Rotterdam. Much sounding of fof horn.
  10. The last cruise I see posted for the new Rotterdam is a T/A in October ‘21. Anyone know what her schedule will be after that and when it might be posted?
  11. I made a harbour tour yesterday and made some pictures from the Damen Shipyard at the Botlek Rotterdam from the Rotterdam and the Amsterdam. Amsterdam was still in dock, Rotterdam was in the water again and was getting a technical inspection and a paint job (a lighter blue on the hull). The Holland Amica Line letters were already gone. Both ships looked very bad (like it has been told here before) from a long period at sea with no cleaning and a just a little maintenance. So sad to see them there. A couple of months ago they were busy cruising and being a safe home for a lot o
  12. The old Ms Rotterdam, now Borealis, is doing the world cruise in January 2022, from Southampton, for 101 days, for those who want to take a look at it.
  13. Ms Rotterdam is scheduled to arrive in Rotterdam Monday August 10. Ms Amsterdam will follow few days later. After dry dock completed both ships will sail to Rosyth (Scotland). Peter
  14. Is that how you measure passenger area on a ship? 99,000 /2660= 37. Is this ship going to feel crowded? the old Rotterdam was 44.
  15. We were booked on the inaugural May/June 10 day cruise leg of the new Ryndam from Rome to Amsterdam. With the sale of the "older" Rotterdam, the Ryndam has been renamed as the new Rotterdam and due to Covid related manufacturing delays, our cruise from Rome has been rescheduled to August 8th. We are pleased that the cruise has been extended from 10 days to 14 days for the same cost. They had a tentative new itinerary when they sent the email explaining the delay and stated the itinerary may change. So I've been checking periodically and tonight I found that rather than stopping in Bordeaux
  16. Just received an email from HAL with all the dates & itineraries for the Rotterdam sailings. Hope the world is back to semi normal next year because we sure would like to be on one of those cruises.
  17. Does anyone think HAL will replace the 17 day in and out of Boston that went to Greenland on the Rotterdam. I noticed Princess does a similar 16 night itinerary on the Caribbean Princess. Not as good of the HAL itinerary.
  18. I was booked on the 7/26/2021 Rotterdam Greenland cruise. Got the notice it was cancelled, got my deposit back as an FCC. Used the FCC already to book another cruise. The cruise is still showing up in my bookings. Called and they said it has been cancelled. Can still go in and book excursions, etc. Not sure why the delay in removing it from my bookings.
  19. The HAL press release for the new Rotterdam states that the ship will have "single accommodations". Does anybody have the details about these solo staterooms? I assume that they are inside staterooms and am wondering how many will be on the ship? Thank you.
  20. https://www.captainalbert.com/30-july-2020-rotterdam-vi/
  21. and will be considered HAL"s flagship. Delivery date is now July 2021. source: HAL Sales Dept.
  22. As the Rotterdam & Amsterdam are headed to Fred Olsen Cruises would you sail w that line instead of HAL???
  23. With the loss of the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maasdam & Veendam, I have removed all sailings on the future cruise listing for anyone sailing on the 4 sold ships. (Hopefully I didn’t miss anything 🙏🏻). It’s entirely possible that HAL might transfer some of these sailings to other ships that are remaining in the fleet. If that is the case for you, please repost your cruise details on the Future Cruise Listing just as you did originally. Here is the link for this week’s listing - Thank you 🙂
  24. We are comparing 2021,10 day Canada New England cruise on HAL, Celebrity, Princess. Celebrity has Blu and Princess has Club Class. Does HAL have a dining option for Balcony guests ? Also referring to 'Balcony' I saw a thread here that answered my questions on Lanai with the exception it implied there were Balcony options that were not Lanai. I think they were also on Promenade. But cannot see anything on Rotterdam Deck plans. Seems the only 'balcony' is Lanai or Vista Suite. Vista looks more like a Mini Suite to me and a lot more expensive than Lanai.
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