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  1. We're booked on our first HAL cruise in November after cruising exclusively Princess for over 40 cruises! We look forward to comparing both lines, but can you tell us about the quality of the internet on the Panama Canal cruise from FLL to San Diego? DH will need to send emails for business most of the 16 days. How is the reception and speed during that voyage? I'm not sure we understand what kind of packages are offered ... he's gotten a couple different answers from HAL customer service. Is it cheaper to buy a package in advance? Thanks in advance.
  2. On the monthly updates posted by VMax, the last dry sock for Rotterdam was 26 October 2017 - 03 November 2017. We last sailed on Rotterdam in December 2015 We are looking to sail on the Rotterdam Jan-Feb 2021 for a lengthy cruise. However, I am a little concerned about the ship not being “refreshed” in over 3 years by the time of that sailing, Most dry docks seem to occur at the 2-1/2 year mark? Any information, and also condition of the Rotterdam currently, or updates as to possible drydock/refurbishment? Thanks Carol
  3. After doing about 30 cruises, I had to take a break from cruising (work and family) and I haven't been on a ship since 2013. But I'm back! I will be accompanying a group on the Rotterdam on June 27, 2020. My last cruise on the Rotterdam was in 2005... so 15 years later, I'm sure much has changed! I know the ship was refurbished in 2017, but 3 years can be long for a ship - is the Rotterdam still in good shape? What are the new 'must see, must do'?
  4. Rotterdam called in Torbay Devon UK today as she neared the end of her Baltic and British Isles cruise. I think she looks like what a ship should look like - beautiful!
  5. We are going on a Rotterdam cruise. We are thinking of getting the Thermo Suite for couples package. The "Detail Overview" does not provide much information. I tried to find photos but with not much success. Is there a hydro pool (hot tub, jacuzzi)? Is there a pool? Do you need to book times or is it walk up? Any information is welcomed. Thanks
  6. I know this may seem silly but - we were on the Amsterdam earlier this year. Ship stopped in Vancouver and most people got off but we were continuing on to Seattle (not going to Alaska). On the day the ship got to Vancouver the lemonade disappeared. I asked a crew member in the buffet area and he told me there was no lemonade on the ship. WHAT!! how can there not be lemonade??? So now we are going on the Rotterdam in the Spring and I'm wondering if anyone who has been on the Rotterdam recently can tell me if there was lemonade. We don't drink a lot of soda and the tea isn't very good in our opinion but the lemonade and tea make good Arnold Palmer's 🙂 Thanks for any assistance.
  7. We will be boarding the Rotterdam in less than 2 weeks. I am wondering who is the current CD and are they also handling the EXC port guide duties or is there a second person giving these talks. Our cruise is very port intensive and we are planning on doing several ports DIY so would like to get some good information about these ports before we get off the ship. Also any other information on the ship would be great. It has been 2017 since we sailed on this ship.
  8. In the planning stages for a cruise from Rotterdam. We will likely be booking precruise hotels with HAL. Q: is there at transfer opportunity from Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam? We have used this on cruises in the Caribbean, but when we cruised the Baltic we made arrangements with The Dutch Travel Advisor.
  9. Cruising on Ms Rotterdam out of Rotterdam in May 2020 BEWARE!!! Just announced, in May 2020, the Eurovision Song Contest will be held from May 12 2020 until May 16 2020 in the city of Rotterdam. Since this is a huge international event and this will certainly have an immense impact on the availability and price of hotel rooms, leading up to and during this event, with thousands of international guests, spectators and press settling down in Rotterdam and surroundings, for the duration of the event. The event has just been announced today, so sadly, this will be instantly noticeable in hotel pricing and availability! The event will be held from May 12 2020 until May 16 2020, with possible effect on hotel availability starting earlier. Just a friendly warning.
  10. Good Day, We will be sailing on The Rotterdam in October. I was looking to pre-order some wine and noticed the online pricing seems very high - and when compared to alcohol it seem ridiculous. The cheapest wine is $45-$50 per bottle, while a Litre of Vodka or Rum is $40! Beer is $42 a 6 pack for American Beer, which we don't drink. My question is - are the prices for wine any better while onboard? And is there a better selection? Are they other beers available besides American flavours? I understand we are able to bring a bottle of wine on at Embarkation. Can we also purchase a bottle while in Ports? or will they confiscate? Thank you for any input.
  11. I've read several reviews of the Rotterdam this year that mention that the ship is not in great condition. Broken windows, rust in the bathrooms, etc., generally an old, worn ship. True? Does anyone know when she is due for a refurbish? Thanks!
  12. We will be flying from the US to Amsterdam Schiphol, but cruising out of Rotterdam. We will be staying in a Rotterdam hotel (not yet selected), for 2 or 3 days before our Oct 3, 2020 cruise on the Rotterdam for 29 days. What is the best transportation from Schiphol to a downtown Rotterdam hotel ? There will be 4 of us. We are considering staying in the SS Rotterdam Hotel, which is the old HAL cruise ship which is now a museum and hotel. But the main concern is decent transportation from Schiphol to Rotterdam.
  13. Can anyone give me an approximate cost of thermal suite n Rotterdam ship for 30-32 days? Also if anyone has recent wine pkg prices - I seem to have “lst” all this tidbit info I keep as reference. thanks Carol
  14. Hello...I am sure this has been answered somewhere, but cannot find it when searching. What are the laundry options on the Rotterdam? Thank you.
  15. We have always sailed RCI and love to have a late night (midnight) snack/light meal before heading to bed. Yes, I know eating this late is bad for you. But what are the options on the Rotterdam? Anywhere to grab pizza or sandwiches this late at night that isn't room service?
  16. Good Day Wondering about the Specialty Restaurants on the Rotterdam. Recommendations? Some are VERY Pricey so I am wondering if they are worth it? Thank you! LeslieW
  17. Good Day, just wondering if any one has opinions on the AA Rear Facing Balcony cabins on the Rotterdam? We are looking at the 7th Floor Navigation Deck. Is there issues with people above looking down on the balcony? 6th Floor looks better but it is sold out... Any other thoughts or opinions? The other choice would be a B or AA on the side.... Thanks for any input. LeslieW
  18. The SS Rotterdam V is about to celebrate her 60th birthday on September 3rd. She serves as a hotel on the water in Rotterdam and IF I could be in Rotterdam I would love to be there. Nice to see a ship that is 60 years old (and she was a beautiful ship) still preserved and loved ❤️ a bit of history - https://ssrotterdam.com/who-are-we/history/ and here is the celebration: On Tuesday 3 September 2019 we celebrate the Maiden Voyage from the ss Rotterdam to New York, exactly 60 years ago. You are invited for a special gala dinner, an unforgettable foyer dansant and, if you want, one overnight stay on board La Grande Dame. Dress Code: black tie. ARRANGEMENT Do you want to enjoy the festive evening until the last snack and drink? For € 195.90 per person it is possible to enjoy the entire evening carefree. Do you like to stay the night afterwards and enjoy the next morning a delicious cruise breakfast? Then we offer this combination for € 250,- per person. HOW TO BOOK From Monday 29 July 2019 you can book your Maiden Voyage Gala 2019 arrangement: • website www.ssrotterdam.nl • e-mail reserveringen@ssrotterdam.nl • telephone +31102973097 If you can be there - go and enjoy. It’s still a beautiful ship and the pride of Rotterdam. 🙂
  19. Hi, we know there is no movie streaming on Rotterdam cabins, but rather a dvd-player. One can borrow dvd at the guest desk. So far so good. If we bring our own dvds (German ones in our case) would it be possible to play those or will a country code restriction block this? Any experience? regards MouseBerry
  20. We will be on the Rotterdam in October for 42 days. Has the audio/visual systems been upgraded to include the flat screen TVs and does it have the ability of streaming movies like the new ships or does it still have a DVD player?
  21. In the mail today I received a promotion booklet from HAL for holiday cruises that talks about a musical group "Postmodern Jukebox On Deck" and states they are currently on the Rotterdam. It stated that "they are bringing the excitement and glamour of their show to sea with two unique performances created exclusively for HAL". Just wondering if anyone has witnessed these shows and what you thought. We will be on the Rotterdam in October so they may have moved on by then.
  22. There are some concerns expressed in the Ship Reviews under the header Research. Has anyone who has been onboard recently heard about or noticed problems with the ship. Rust would not bother me, but plumbing, AC and heat issues would keep me from booking if they were widespread.
  23. Last night tables were set with new bread plates - blue and white, heavily patterned all over. Within in the pattern is the HAL logo of a ship. Last night we had two different pattern plates. Tonight they were both the same. Just curious if these are appearing on all the HAL ships. And are only the bread plates being changed?:confused:
  24. Hi, I read a few reports on cruise critic about quite recent MS Rotterdam cruises where some ports are missed because of not funtional tender service. From the writting I got the impression that the non functional service was quite consistent. Apparently it lasted several days thus multiple ports are missed. And apparently all of the tender boats were not functional at the same time. I‘m now quite concerned as our upcoming cruise early August has 4 tender ports. I was quite shocked how HAL had handled the situation on board, if actually that happened what has been reported in the reviews. But if HAL knows the situation now and does not inform passengers of upcoming cruises properly I would consider this as very bad business behaviour. Still hope HAL is able to solve the problem. Does anybody have info if this problem has been solved? Or if the problem actually existed at all? You know about this faked reviews which goes in both directions. The good and bad one. regards MBerry
  25. Hi everyone, Is there someone on the Rotterdam right now to help me? We are sailing on her at the end of July and wondered if you can tell me who is playing in the Piano Bar? And who is playing in the Ocean Trio? Many thanks, we love the smaller ships and those two Bars. Happy Sailing. Richard
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