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  1. Does anyone know the name of the current casino host on the Rotterdam? Thanks in advance.
  2. Hold onto your hats folks because it’s going to be a very busy day in Port Everglades for this one. The three newest blue hulled beauties (N Statendam, N Amsterdam & Koningsdam) in the fleet will all be sailing away in Port Everglades and the gracious flagship, Rotterdam will be sailing out of Tampa. Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 26 & will be doing 2 different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700) And the second is the 14 day Western Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (28 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (01 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (05 Mar 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (06 Mar 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (07 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Mar a0800) Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to be at pier 19 and is doing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700) Koningsdam is set to be at pier 21 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar a0700) And the second is the 21 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (26 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (27 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (01 Mar 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (02 Mar 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Mar 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (09 Mar 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (10 Mar 0900-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (11 Mar 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (12 Mar 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (13 Mar 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (14 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Mar a0700) Other ships in port sailing way are: Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) & Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam will be sailing out of Tampa on a 7 day Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (24 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (25 Feb 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (27 Feb 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (28 Feb 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Mar 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Mar a0700) The other ship in Tampa is the Carnival Miracle The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the Sail Away Addicts - the Oosterdam is in Key West on this date. And on February 25th, the Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Nassau & the Rotterdam will be in Key West. Next up - Zuiderdam on February 27th.
  3. The reviews of HAL out here lately have been snarky. We had a lovely time some years back in Canada on the Veendam. For some reason we strayed – but we can’t remember why. I had one open week in March and searched on price and a few of my criteria. The Rotterdam was the cheapest for ocean view- and for Mariner members we got $100 off on HAL.COM. One thing to watch for on OV on some Holland ships- they are nice and big and have a couch- (and even a bathtub). But a top grade (HH) can be obstructed view literally on Lower Promenade. DH did not trust the one way glass tinting- as people could possibly see in as they walked by. We booked a specific porthole (1815) down on deck one “Dolphin” - and were amused to get three “urgent” upgrade offers back up to HH- starting at $69 pp and the last was $19 pp. We had one 110V outlet, one German (250V/50hz) outlet and 2x USB charging ports. Tampa is usually a low cost air destination for us. I saved a little and booked a connecting flight- why I asked myself after a four hour delay. Ubers are cheap and abundant. The cab from the airport asked for $26 not on the meter, six over Uber XL and DH rolled her eyes and tipped him poorly. The chain hotels were pricey the start of spring break. We tried the Tahitian. The reviews were mixed. The pool and grounds were good. It has a smallish main building with a 1970s motel out back. There is no one from chain headquarters to remind the owner he needs to write a check and fix stuff like beds, bubbling plaster and clock radios or lose his franchise. The little breakfast/lunch café inside was excellent- the Tampa Police eat there. There is a cute residential neighborhood out back. Embarkation at 11 AM was less than optimal. We were too early, yes, but Terminal Six has not enough chairs. So get there at 11:30 and you proceed to the gangway and not have to stand in line after your speedy check in. Actual boarding started at 11:40. The ship is lovely and being very aggressively maintained – new carpet, paint, piping etc. The crew was cheerful and the art is really top notch. Rooms were ready at 11:45 AM- who ever heard of that. We ate embarkation lunch in the MDR. The selections were just right. The Cajun items had un-spiced sausage but they did a good job on vegetables and soups. Dinners were also good- we had aft facing sharing tables for eight and the conversation was really great – four couples our age with 15+ cruises each. Note the average passenger age was up there. The wine prices were high to us- $9 is apparently the norm -but they had three IPAs. One was out of stock but they had a Florida one that was not bad. A few tap beers are available here and there. We were so excited to see the Oceans Quartet (sometimes or formerly called Neptunes) with four sets starting at 7PM or even 5PM. The dance floor is smallish (14 feet by 14 feet or so) but the band was very good- the guys are from Mexico and will be on the ship until May. Several couples were dancing. One of the dancers said they were playing all jazz the previous week but I went up and begged for some Latin – and it was amazing. A piano player was there in between sets. If you know the Foxtrot Box Step- it is handy on a small floor. Up the way there was a piano bar player- he was well regarded- Barry from Boston. The casino was packed and a bit smoky. There was no actual production show- this caused some grumbling– replaced by a movie. Others seemed OK with the movie. There was comedy a few nights. Both were good and one of the comedy shows had music (we won’t give it away). There was a musical show- Postmodern Jukebox that was only OK but way over hyped. If I was HAL I would bring back a smallish production show. The reports on the Test Kitchen were positive. As I write this is it 5:45 AM in the lounge/coffee shop/library aka Explorations Cafe. There is no library on the deck plans but there are actual books, puzzles, board games and no piped in music. The coffee shop opens at 6:30. For a transatlantic or world cruise this is an excellent and large space- and very under-rated. We had our Cruise Critic unofficial meet and greet around a giant puzzle. They need a few electric outlets, and there is a wooden book sculpture that takes up a whole writing desk and needs to be recycled. I found a laser printer 🙂 The ship has an aft pool. These are nice and a good way to enjoy the sea views. Key West is a good port. On our third trip there we hunted for the free bus, which for us was like a unicorn and hard to find. Two important clues- it is called the Duval Loop and is a smallish city bus. There is a commercial trolley-bus and a wheeled train. The Duval Loop has red circular signs marking the stops. It was very full when we rode it and the commentary was safety vs tourist focused. The Southernmost Beach Café was again excellent and we found Turkish trivets and key lime jelly beans on Duval. The funny and interesting port talks downplayed Porto Tomas in Guatemala. The message was, over and over, buy a shore excursion or else you will be bored and disappointed. Some of us took the or else- many staying on the ship. There was hint you could walk out the gate of the container port by the craft market, go straight a block then right around the miniature naval station to some waterfront restaurants. At least one showed up on the online rating sites and can be seen from the ship. We dropped into Donde Pilo which seated us over the water on a thatched roof dock. They were sweet and friendly and recommending the large lobster seafood soup for $20. Some friends who arrived by power wheelchair had a huge fish. Divide all local currency prices by 7. We looked for and saw several crew. If they are trying to promote the port in the bigger picture I would humbly suggest to HAL and the Tourist Board to rent a few golf carts and shuttle guests over there. It is a similar look, feel and walk to Senior Frogs in Nassau. Pro tip- the local beer was $2. The craft market at the pier had pretty local crafts – I got two nice hand made belts for $20 each. Taxis to the actual town, a few miles away, were like $10pp round trip. Service in the MDR was cheerful but slow. Breakfast food was lovely – lots of choices- full English, waffles and even Asian. But they would take 45 minutes and ask for juice two or three times etc. We diagnosed the issue as “stay in your section” by the Head Waiters, vs “go and help the guests or supervise” – which is easy to fix and we dropped in a note to the Hotel Director. Dinner was slow but everybody was pitching in. MDR Lunch was efficient. They were not serving in the MDR on most port days, so we tried “Dive In” by the covered pool – which has a taco bar also and a good chicken sandwich. There were rumors of a shortage of limes aboard. I cornered a senior beverage person, who stated they have to use certified (food safety?) suppliers, such as those back in Tampa, so just racing off to buy a case of limes was just not possible. I complimented him on the wise decision to carry several IPAs. He hinted they would have more but there were issues with shelf stability. He did acknowledge the cost of them was also a factor, and that guests were “crazy for light beers.” The founder of our local (large) microbrewery at home, Summit, makes of big point of his decision to hire a chemist and build a lab to work on shelf stability as he tries to expand nationally. This may be a helpful clue as to why there not more craft beers on cruise ships. We were baffled by the real world dress code aboard. Yes the published one was easy to follow. Dress to Impress aka Formal Night was the big question. So, based on a sample size of say 100 people I noticed (this is valid sample size I think), the average for men was sport coat and tie. We saw a tux or two and quite a few business casual. Mahogany Bay is a dedicated cruise ship port. The Captain mentioned the entrance was narrow and challenging to back the ship into in high winds, but everything was just so. The grounds were manicured, the shops air conditioned and the beaches sandy. There were life guards and lots of security. We had a dip in the ocean. The online drawings and photos show the place as barren but the jungle has filled in and it quite pretty. There were lots of lounge chairs and shade available. We enjoyed the signs on some of the exotic (to us at least) trees and flowers. Costa Maya seemed the same and massively crowded. We stayed on the ship. The gentle rocking at the open sea pier made it like a sea day. We read books and went for several walks. MDR breakfast service settled in. I did some asking around – this is a happy ship- with high guest satisfaction ratings. I have noticed a correlation between happy ships and good ratings on places like Cruise Critic. You can tell if the crew is enjoying their (hard) work. We were impressed by the towel animals – Riston (covering the whole forward-odd side of Deck One up to about 1857) designed an amazing elephant, sleeping dog and monkey- the best we have even seen. They did not seem to use cleaning carts which can block the hallways. Getting off the ship could not have been easier. CBP had a lot officers on duty in Tampa, which helped. There were no lines at all at 8:40. Just before leaving we had a walk on the all-around promenade deck, then ordered Eggs Benedict and Belgian Waffles in the MDR. This was a good reminder of how well organized things are on the Co-Flagship of the line
  4. It is going to be a VERY busy day in Port Everglades today. And, we have 2 blue hulled beauties sailing from there & 1 from Tampa. The Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 21 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Eastern Caribbean: And the 2nd is the 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean: The Nieuw Amsterdam is schedule to be at pier 26 and will be doing the lovely 14 day Panamal Canal: Also in port: Celebrity Edge (pier 25), Celebrity Silhouette (pier29), Costa Delisiosa (pier 19), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18) and Regal Princess (pier 02) The webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam will be doing a 7 day Western Caribbean out of Tampa as well as a 21 day Western/Southern Caribbean. The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the Addicts - the Koningsdam is in Aruba & the Volendam is sailing out of San Diego on a 15 day Panama Canal. And, the Rotterdam will be in Aruba on March 4th. Next up is the Koningsdam on March 6th.
  5. Has anyone sailed in these rooms? If so, can you comment on the views from the cabins? Both are partially obstructed but I am wondering if one has a less obstructed view than the other. Pictures would be great! Thanks in advance.
  6. Just returned yesterday from the 7 day Western Caribbean trip R/T from Tampa on the Rotterdam. A few thoughts/observations: Sailing from Tampa in the winter is more "iffy" than I realized. We left port about 19 hours late due to fog that closed the Port of Tampa from 4am Sunday until early Monday morning, with the US Coast Guard keeping certain sectors of the gulf closed to commercial traffic through mid-day on Monday. As a result, we missed Key West, which I thought was a shame as I've never been there. We did make the other three ports on the itinerary: Trujillo (Banana Coast), Honduras; San Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; and Costa Maya, Mexico. We were, of course, refunded port fees, etc. I think some people thought we should get more, but I'm not sure why HAL should be responsible for the weather. Having said that, there was a rumor that HAL might be looking to discontinue the Tampa sailings in future years, as this was at least the second cruise that was disrupted by fog this season. Unless you are interested in visiting ruins or laying out on a mangrove beach ... I wouldn't choose this itinerary for the ports. It seemed to me that, with the exception of Costa Maya, many people chose to stay on board or just venture off to the market set up on the pier. Definitely a lot more people around the ship on the first two port days than I've seen in the past. In what might be related to efforts to boost business for shore tours, there was definitely a lot of negative messaging about the Honduras and Guatemala stops. The food was uniformly good. We ate in the MDR 2 nights, 3 nights in the Lido, had in-room dining one night and ate at the Pinnacle Grill once, as it was a booking perk. The service was fine, maybe even a little overbearing (I can't tell you if I'm enjoying my meal if I never get a chance to taste it because people keep asking how it is!). There seemed to be a good variety, although we did go to the Lido once because there was nothing super appealing in the MDR that we couldn't get there. The presentation might not be as "pretty" as MDR, but many of the items are repeated. As I often am more interested in the appetizers than the main courses, the Lido is great for me! Another thing I like about the Lido is that it's easy to get a full serving of vegetables with your dinner. In the MDR, they mostly seem to be "garnish." At lunch, many items in the Lido are either served from behind glass or prepackaged. There's a salad station where you chose the ingredients and they were tossed together for you, and a small station for custom sandwiches, along with a variety of specialty dishes (Asian/sushi and Italian), hot entrees and premade, wrapped sandwiches. And we always enjoy the Dive In for lunch! There was Surf and Turf (filet and lobster tail) on the MDR menu at no surcharge on the second Gala night. Otherwise, there was an upcharge of I think $20 for a whole lobster. I got a $10 lobster tail in the Pinnacle Grill the night we ate there. People have commented that there is "no" entertainment on the cruises from Tampa. That wasn't exactly the case last week. There were no "production" type shows at all. There was music around the ship -- Adagio quartet, a piano player and I think some sort of more modern music combo. There was also a DJ in one of the bars most nights. But the "main" entertainment was mostly movies (Mamma Mia, Again!, Skyscraper, Crazy Rich Asians are the ones I remember). The Mainstage featured comedians on at least 2 nights, maybe 3. But that was it. This wasn't an issue for me, but if you enjoy the "song and dance" shows, you will be disappointed. We had a flight at 9:50 from Tampa, and made it with no problem. We did the expedited departure (carried our own bags). We were among the first off the ship at about 7:30, and walked off with almost no line either to depart the ship or at Customers. We got an individual cab to the airport and by 8 am, we were checked in and thru security using the Pre-check lanes. The individual cab was $25. There was also a shared airport ride for $8. Since we weren't sure how long we'd have to wait, we paid the $25. We were seated near a group in a bar one night who seemed to have a lot of complaints about the $9 drink limitation on the beverage plan. We don't drink much (one or 2 drinks a day and we drank 2 bottles of wine over the course of the week), so we didn't bother and therefore didn't really pay that much attention to the drink costs. But one of the women was annoyed that she couldn't get a glass of Prosecco on the plan, one of the men ordered a drink that was listed in the menu for $8.75 with a higher-end spirit than was listed in the menu and then barked out a question about whether it was included in the package (it wasn't, except as listed in the bar menu). IDK if HAL has the same policy as NCL when it comes to the dollar limit on drinks (NCL only charges the difference between the price and the limit), but I would really hate to spend my vacation worrying about the cost of drinks. The last thing I noticed was the inefficiency of the muster drill. First, I'm not sure why they bring everyone out onto the deck where they have to stand the entire time everyone gathers and the drill is conducted. On NCL, muster stations are in areas with seats (I've mustered in the MDR and theater) and out of the elements. There were a number of people who have issues standing, and the lack of seating is a problem. Second, compounding the lack of seats was the lack of organization. On NCL, when you reported to the muster station, there was a person holding up the Station number. You go to the sign, give them your room key to be scanned and then have a seat while the drill goes on. This cruise, by the time the crew started scanning keys, people had already been standing at the station for 10 minutes or more, and the whole process took a lot longer because they first were "rushed" once people realized the scanners were out, and then had to walk around to everyone else. To be clear -- the location I listed for the NCL drill ARE the places you report if there's an emergency. The crew members assigned to each muster group would meet you there and take you to the appropriate area for evacuation if needed, rather than crowding everyone around the deck with the lifeboats in an actual situation where you have to get into the lifeboats. For me, the trip was exactly what I was looking for -- a week of relaxing and warmth. I wasn't expecting a lot of action and didn't plan to spend much time off the ship (and didn't). I'm looking forward to a trip on the Nieuw Statendam this summer. As I've cruised more, I've realized that a ship of around 2500 passengers (big for HAL, but smallish in the industry these days) works best for me. There seem to be more dining options when you get to that size, vs. the 1200 or so on the older HAL ships. The difference between one of the oldest and the newest ship in the HAL fleet will be interesting to observe. I didn't keep the Where and When guides -- not a lot happening other than liquor/beer/wine tastings; late afternoon and evening trivia and various shopping/shore excursion and spa discussions. The casino is small (I think there were 3 tables) and about 50 or so slot machines. Smoking was allowed in one section of the casino, but it's so small, that the whole area was at least a bit smoky smelling to me. If you have any questions, I'm glad to try to answer them.
  7. I know the Rotterdam has reserved lounge chairs for the lanai cabins. Does anyone know if there are additional lounge chairs not marked reserved for the others that would like to sit and relax? We are on that deck and I have always loved to sit, read and watch the ocean go by.
  8. I have been reading some of the ship reviews on CC and a couple have said it appears that the self serve laundry on board Rotterdam has been removed. Does this leave only the bag service of stuff a bag pay once or paid the $7 per day? Is it the self serve laundromat really gone?
  9. Is an area for people with mobility issues to sit down during the emergency drill on the Rotterdam?
  10. I'm trying to decide between 3 different transatlantic sailing for this fall--Rotterdam, Konigsdam and Nieuw Statendam. Having a library with books is very important to me as I am a voracious reader and do not like reading on a tablet. From the online deck plans it looks like two newer ships have no library but does the Rotterdam still have theirs within the Explorations Cafe area?
  11. I am generally a RCI cruiser, so I only know RCI. But I have a few questions- I have heard the Rotterdam is a wood ship and not metal like RCI big ships. I generally bring little magnets to stick tickets, cruise info and other information to the wall. Will this not work for the Rotterdam? Same with the door, can I put a magnet wipe board on the door? Does Rotterdam have the liquid soap dispenser in the shower to use as body soap and shampoo? Is there a disco or somewhere to dance each night to a dj? And finally, what is the electric plug situation. We will be in a standard outside (Category H) room and leaving the beds apart. Thanks, Jen
  12. I am killing a little time before our Meet & Greet. A few top of mind things I will post photos later. Tampa boarding was seamless even though we left from the small Terminal 2. Very pleasant staff. Got on board with all 14 bottles of wine with no corkage charged. The scanner looked over and saw no one was there to charge us so she waved us through. We now pay as we go when we bring our unstickered wine to the dining room. Got the mid-internet package because I have work things to manage. It is fairly fast. I was finally offered the upsell I had been hoping for because my fiance' is with me and I wanted him to be thrilled with cruising. Neptune suite 7033. It is lovely and much larger than the aft Neptunes I have had in the past. Immaculate and up to date furnishings other than the TV. After the Kdam and Odam it is disappointing. Little choice and blurry. It does have MSNBC BBC and Fox, ATK and a few movies. Our first dinner was assigned dining which was given to us on the upsell. Great table aft on the second level by the window. Food was cold across the board and underwhelming, never thought to take a picture. We decided it made us miss the sail away experience we cancelled that option. Perhaps being so far back it caused the food to be cold. Last night we dined on our deck as we sailed away from Key West. The sunset was gorgeous. We had perfectly prepared and hot prime rib ordered from the MDR menu. We have the Elite package and we have our 4 cocktails and champagne per day on top of our wine and are not stumbling drunk. They have a hybrid of the new wine list and the old ones. They have tried to replace the Nicholas F champagne with Chateau St. Michelle as the $15 option. Not a fair replacement IMO.
  13. I hope "gangway" is the right term? If not.....what is it? Walking on to the ship...what Deck will be on as we arrive for the cruise? Just curious......TYIAVM.
  14. Another nice day in port with a bit mix of ships and luckily we have two blue hulled beauties in Port Everglades today and another in Tampa. In Port Everglades we have the Nieuw Amsterdam heading off on the the 7 day RSVP charter. She is scheduled to be at pier 19. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (12 Feb 1200-2000); San Juan, Puerto Rico (13 Feb 0800-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (14 Feb 0800-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Feb 0900-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700 The Nieuw Statendam should be at pier 26 and is doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (15 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700) And the second the 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (13 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (15 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0800 Other ships in port scheduled are Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18), Celebrity Edge (pier 25), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) and Celebrity Silhouette (pier 29). The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com Sailing out of Tampa is the iconic Rotterdam. She is doing a 14 night Southern Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (10 Feb d1600); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Feb 0800-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (20 Feb 0700-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0900-1600); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb a0700) And a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (10 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Feb 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (25 Feb 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (27 Feb 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (28 Feb 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Mar 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Mar a0700) The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com Other ships in port in Tampa are the Carnival Miracle and the Norwegian Pearl. The website is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com For the sail a way Addicts - the Veendam will be Aruba and the Rotterdam in Key West on February 11th. Next Sail a Way scheduled is the Koningsdam on February 13th.
  15. Does anyone know if there are showers in the Rotterdam fitness center? With a couple women in our cabin, I find it easier to go shower in the fitness center. But I have never cruised such a small ship. Wanted to make sure there were showers for public/free use. TIA
  16. Anyone know how many formal nights are on the April 29, 2019 MS ROTTERDAM cruise?
  17. I have tried to setup a Roll Call for the MS ROTTERDAM, April 29, 2019 cruise twice and have had no luck. My sister and I will be getting on the Baltic part of this cruise after staying in Amsterdam for four days. Hope to see some of you. If anyone is having a meet and greet we would like to join in. Looking forward to the cruise!
  18. Please tell me what it means to have the Lanai open to the Promenade Deck? Thanks, Alice
  19. We leave on Sunday and my husband wants me to leave the hair dryer behind but we have not been on Holland American for approx. 10 years so I don't really know if they have hair dryers....anyone can answer from first hand experience.
  20. We have 4 blue hulled beauties for this sail a way. Two are in Port Everglades and one is sailing from Tampa and the other from San Diego. There are 7 ships in total sailing from Port Everglades so this will be a busy day. Zuiderdam is scheduled to sail from pier 21 at 5 PM for her 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (28 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (30 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (31 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (02 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (02 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (03 Feb 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Feb a0700) The Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to sail from pier 26 at 5 PM on a 7 day Country Music Charter. There’s no itinerary pic for her as it is a charter, but here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan d1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1200-2359); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 1000-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb a0700 Other ships in Port Everglades are the Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony of the Seas (pier 18), Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) and Celebrity Edge (pier 25). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Eurodam is scheduled to sail out of San Diego on a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise. Here is her itinerary: San Diego, California (27 Jan d1700); Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (29 Jan 1000-1800); Mazatlan, Mexico (30 Jan 0800-1800); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (31 Jan 0800-2300); San Diego, California (03 Feb a0700) The San Diego webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com The Rotterdam is scheduled to sail out of Tampa for a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. Here is her itinerary: Tampa, Florida (27 Jan d1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1100-1800); Roatan, Honduras (30 Jan 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (31 Jan 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Feb a0700) The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com The Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be in Aruba. Aruba’s webcam is found at https://www.portarubawebcam.com For the Addicts - The Rotterdam is scheduled to be in Key West on the 28th and the Zuiderdam is scheduled to be in Aruba on the 30th. Next up is the Oosterdam on February 2nd.
  21. Recently back from the Rotterdam, with a quick video of Neptune suite 7034. This is a shower only suite, and I could not find photos of it before we left. Rotterdam is a great ship, the service was outstanding and we had a wonderful time. If you have questions, feel free to ask!
  22. Wow it’s a busy sail a way day. Lots of blue hulled beauties sailing today from different ports. (Sorry, couldn’t fit all the different ports in the title) Sailing from Port Everglades for this one we have the newly christened Nieuw Statendam (there may be a bit of hoopla as she sails out - fingers crossed), the Koningsdam & the Nieuw Amsterdam. The Nieuw Statendam is doing a Legendary Rhythm & Blues Charter and is scheduled to be at pier 26 - here is here itinerary (sorry, CC has a problem uploading pics tonight and itinerary maps 😞 kinf of frustrating when I’ve uploaded them 😉 ) Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (04 Feb 0900-1500); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (06 Feb 1100-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (07 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb a0700) The Koningsdam is headed out for a 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer and he is scheduled to be at pier 21: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb a0700) as well as a 21 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Falmouth, Jamaica (05 Feb 1100-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (07 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (08 Feb 0800-2300); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 0800-1800); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0700-1400); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Feb 0700-1700); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Feb 0800-1600); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Feb 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (19 Feb 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Feb 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700 And the Nieuw Amsterdam which is scheduled to be at pier 19 is doing a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (05 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (06 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (07 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Feb a0700 Other ships in port scheduled are the Regal Princess, Harmony Of The Seas & Celebrity Edge. The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Rotterdam is sailing out of Tampa for a 7 day Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (04 Feb 1100-1800); Trujillo, Honduras (06 Feb 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (07 Feb 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (08 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (10 Feb a0700) As well as a 21 night Southern/Western Caribbean: Tampa, Florida (03 Feb d1700); Key West, Florida (04 Feb 1100-1800); Trujillo, Honduras (06 Feb 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (07 Feb 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (08 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (10 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (11 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (14 Feb 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (15 Feb 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (16 Feb 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (17 Feb 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (20 Feb 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (22 Feb 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (24 Feb a0700) the Tampa webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com And the Eurodam is sailing out of of San Diego for a 17 day round circle Hawaii: the San Diego is webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com For the Sail Away Addicts - the Oosterdam is scheduled to be in Key West. Our next sail a way is scheduled for February 4th. Hopefully then CC will let the itinerary maps work “sigh” as we watch the Veendam head off for the Amazon and Carnaval.
  23. We are booked in an AA Veranda cabin. I have read on this site that the Rotterdam has cabins without refrigerator/coolers. I need to have medication kept chilled. How can I determine if there is a refrigerator in the cabin. Has anyone ordered one and does it take up a lot of space or does it go in the cabinetry where a minibar might be? It won't be a hassle to go to the clinic to keep the medication because it is weekly but I would like to know before boarding. Another Rotterdam question - are there generous outlets as on the KD, OD, ND? Many thanks!
  24. Thinking about booking an OV for 3 persons on Main deck on the Rotterdam. All previous bookings on the R and S class ships have either been on Dolphin or Verandah deck. I'm wondering if you hear the people walking ( outside) on Lower Prom deck , which is right above Main deck since part of the cabin is right below the outside deck. Thanks !
  25. It's a busy day in Port Everglades on the 6th with 3 blue hulled beauties all set to sail. Zuiderdam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm for it's 10 night Panama Canal Sunfarer and should be a pier 04. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (09 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (10 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (12 Jan 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (12 Jan 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (13 Jan 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Jan a0700) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm on a 7 day Western Caribbean at 5 pm (scheduled for pier 26). Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1600); Montego Bay, Jamaica (09 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (11 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700 Nieuw Statendam is also doing a 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Jan 0800-1600); Montego Bay, Jamaica (09 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (10 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (11 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to leave at 5 pm for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean at pier 19: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (08 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan a0700) and is also doing a 14 night Caribbean Eastern/Western Adventurer: Cruise Schedule: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (08 Jan 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (09 Jan 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (10 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Jan 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Jan 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (16 Jan 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Jan 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (18 Jan 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Jan a0700) It will be interesting to see if our HAL ships can form a parade and leave nearly on time. Also in port will be the Royal Princess scheduled for pier 02 at 4pm, Harmony of the Seas pier 18 at 4:30 pm, Crown Princess pier 21 at 4:00 pm & Celebrity Edge pier 25 at 4:00 pm. The websites for the Port Everglades sail a ways are https://portevergladeswebcam.com & https://fortlauderdalewebcam.com Sailing out of Tampa is the Rotterdam. She will be doing the 7 day Western Caribbean: Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (07 Jan 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (09 Jan 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (10 Jan 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (11 Jan 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (13 Jan a0700 as well as the 21 day Western/Southern Caribbean. Cruise Schedule: Tampa, Florida (06 Jan d1700); Key West, Florida (07 Jan 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (09 Jan 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (10 Jan 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (11 Jan 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (13 Jan 0800-1800); Key West, Florida (14 Jan 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (17 Jan 1000-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (18 Jan 0800-1700); St Johns, Antigua (19 Jan 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (20 Jan 0800-1600); Willemstad, Curacao (22 Jan 0800-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Jan 0700-1600); George Town, Grand Cayman (25 Jan 0800-1500); Tampa, Florida (27 Jan a0700) The website for Tampa is located at https://tampawebcam.com Sailing out of San Diego is the Eurodam doing a 7 day Mexican Riviera. And.. for the Sail a Way Addicts - The Rotterdam will be in Key West on January 7th and the Koningsdam will be St. Maartens on January 8th. The next sail a way currently I have scheduled is January 12th, 2019 but I will be double checking.
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