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  1. From Liam Cusack on FB a quote from a Greek newspaper: "Veendam has been in the port of Katakolo since Monday, where its renovation works continue. The ship, according to its data in Marine Traffic, will be renamed Aegean Majesty while, despite the intense rumors, its new company is still unknown.Of course, in the coming months we will know the new owners and the program of the ship." Makes sense as Maasdam is also in Greece
  2. 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 🙂
  3. It was announced today that both these ships have been sold to an unnamed buyer. Both ships are in the Red Sea right now. I cannot believe that Holland and other cruise lines are continuing to sell cruises for ships that they have earmarked to sell either announced privately or behind corporate doors. And then if you cancel after full deposit is paid you only get a FCC. Just doesn’t seem right or ethical. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. On the HAL board there is talk that Veendam is one of the ships which might /could be leaving. If she is, wonder which ship will replace her? We live in interesting times.
  5. Just checking Marine Traffic and it shows both Maasdam and Veendam heading to the Suez Canal. Currently Maasdam is doing 8.8 kn and Veendam is 11.9kn. Any idea where they are heading too?
  6. We will be on the Veendam in Feb. 2021 and have a Vista Suite on Deck 10. Friends of ours will be in the Vista Suite next door and we were wondering if the room steward could unlock the door between the two balconies?
  7. While everyone is anxiously awaiting refunds and information about what will become our new normal, I thought I could start a different kind of discussion. I'm scheduled to sail on the Veendam in January 2021 (Fingers crossed, but that's not what this thread is about). I've seen on numerous threads where people mention how much they love this ship. So I'm hoping you'd be willing to share why you love it. For reference, the other Holland America ships I've been on are the Eurodam and the Zuiderdam.
  8. Had checked in on the ships out in the anchorages where the ships have been hanging out south of Grand Bahama earlier today and noticed there was a lot of tender activity between the ships. Today was apparently the day that crew was moved accordingly for their rides home. They have all 3 left the area where they have been with a destination showing up on their AIS. Nieuw Amsterdam says Durban, South Africa. Volendam lists Bridgetown (probably Barbados) and Veendam is now en route to St. Thomas. They are all 3 doing 15- 17 knots located south of Abaco. Here's hoping a safe journey home for everyone and a safe return of the 3 ships in the fall. Will give me something to do to follow their journey. Eurodam is into her journey across the Pacific and in tandem with the Royal Princess and Carnival Panorama northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. This is also to bring crew home. Stay safe and healthy everyone. www.marinetraffic.com https://www.cruisemapper.com/
  9. Two more dam ships making what may be their final performance of the season in Port Everglades, with relatively late arrival times. Veendam is due to meet the pilot at 8:15 and proceed to pier 21. Zuiderdam is scheduled for 9:00 to spend the day at pier 26. Veendam is due to sail at 1600 and Zuiderdam 17:00. Zuiderdam is not part of the repatriation effort but Veendam will be taking crew home to the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. It's a busy day in port with Caribbean Princess already docked, Carnival Magic now arriving and Carnival Sunrise at 7:00. Caribbean is also due to leave at 1700 while the 2 Carnival ships will stay overnight. Next up is the Volendam on Wednesday. I think there is just one of the webcams running, https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ Roy
  10. It’s a double DAM ship day. Veendam leads the parade , confirmed for 08:15 and Zuiderdam is scheduled for 09:00.
  11. Veendam arriving onPE webcamright now
  12. Have they actually been approved to dock in Port Everglades today? Does anyone know what time? Thinking of all those on board..... L.
  13. For those of you used to watching the sail-aways out of Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades, HAL's Veendam will be making a rare appearance today, Saturday, March 28, 2020 in order to take on fuel, water and some stores, as well as a small bit of crew turnover. She is due in at 0530 hrs and going to berth 19. Prelim departure is scheduled for 9:00 PM One hour later at 0630 hrs, HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled in Port Everglades for the same purpose, and is assigned her routine berth 26. Prelim departure is scheduled for 4:00 PM - You've got to watch Nieuw A's departure for a surprise from her captain as she goes by the condos!! The third cruise ship in port on Saturday is CCL's Carnival Sunrise, arriving at 0800 hrs. local and assigned berth 04 The webcams can be found at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/
  14. Hi all, My mom and I drive down from Jax this morning. Arrive at 1 to an empty port arrival area - only one other vehicle dropping off bags. We had our temp checks then proceeded to fill out the health questionnaire , check in and right on to the ship. we te in NS 004 which is very nice. Had Dive in for lunch. Crew says passengers are about 700 which I think is about 50% capacity. Crew has been very attentive and definitely more attention to sanitization is evident. No self serve in lido. I’m happy to answer any questions about the experience on board.
  15. Veendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be leaving on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (12 Mar 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Mar 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (15 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Mar a0700) The only other cruise ship in port is Caribbean Princess who will be at pier 2 from 0545 to the unusual hour of 2222 (I guess they are unsure of departure time). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ For the Addicts: Veendam will be in Key West on Thursday, 12 March. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 14 March.
  16. We have been back from our cruise for a few days and I thought I would post a review. Our travels to Ft. Lauderdale went very smoothly. We haven’t had an on-time flight in a while, so this was a pleasant surprise. We were booked at the Embassy Suites, so a quick phone call to them had a shuttle arriving in just minutes. Even though we arrived hours before check-in, there was a room available, so we got checked in quickly. We took a walk to the Total Wines shopping center where we caught the trolley for a tour around Ft. Lauderdale. Back to the stop, we picked up our wine and had a late lunch. Back at the hotel, we asked about the shuttle to the cruise port and were told to expect a wait of up to 30 minutes in the morning. When we came to the lobby the following morning, we were on a shuttle in about 2 minutes! We arrived at the port just before 11am. We went through security quickly and were sent straight to the “wine table.” We had 4 bottles of wine and asked to pay corkage on 3 because we were planning to take the wine to the dining room. We were pleasantly surprised when we were charged corkage on 2 bottles but the “wine guy” said he would put stickers on 3 bottles. We were even more pleasantly surprised when we discovered later that he had put stickers on all 4 bottles! Nice way to start our cruise! Boarding started at 11:30am. We were in Group 9, but we were on the ship and in our room before noon. In the MDR enjoying a lovely, peaceful lunch by 12:30pm. Ship: The Veendam is definitely an older ship, but she is in great shape and well cared for. Cleaning was continuous. I did notice a slight mildew smell near the elevators on a couple of the decks. Cruise Itinerary: This got changed several times. We were supposed to have 4 ports (Key West, Ocho Rios, Georgetown, and Half Moon Cay). We ended up with 3 (Ocho Rios, Nassau, and Half Moon Key). While we were a little disappointed, we certainly understood that the weather conditions couldn’t be controlled by HAL). I did hear a few people complaining. One man said he would never cruise HAL again, but most people seemed to take it in stride. Captain Steve and Cruise Director/Travel Nick kept passengers informed of the changes that were happening. In the Captain’s Q&A, Captain Steve did a great job explaining what had gone into all of the decisions, assuring all that they were taking Coronavirus seriously (and joked that they had removed all Corona beer as a precaution!! LOL). On-Board Activities: Veendam still has singers and dancers, so this was a pleasant surprise. There were also two comedians (each did a show and then they did a third show together). Both were pretty good. There were a few good movies and documentaries. I really missed the ATK shows, but there was one cooking demo with the cruise director/travel and a sous chef. It was well done, but there was only the one show. Food: Subjective, I know, but we thought the food was fabulous. We’ve been on 3 other HAL ships and enjoyed the food on all of them, but I thought the food on Veendam was better than the others. We ate all but one dinner in the MDR. We ate breakfast in the MDR a couple of times, but mostly ate at the Lido. Lunches were either Lido, burgers, or pizza. Biggest change that I noticed was that they no longer had the lovely little fruit plates, muesli, and yogurt parfaits in the Lido at breakfast. They had fresh, sliced fruit in bowls. They also did not list a fruit plate and fruit/cheese plate in the dessert options in the MDR. Service: Fantastic, as it has been on our previous three HAL cruises. Our room stewards kept our room spotless. Every staff member we came in contact with seemed genuinely happy to be there. In the MDR one morning, a man sharing our table asked for a certain pastry. The waiter seemed to take forever before coming back to the table. He said they were out of that pastry in the MDR and he had gone to the Lido to check and they were out, too. The guy assured the servers that it was not an issue, but they asked for his room number and promised him that he would have his pastry the next morning. Breakfast in the MDR took a long time, but we weren’t in a hurry, so it didn’t matter to us. In the Lido, we barely sat down before a server came around with drinks. Spa/Gym: I bought a pass, pre-cruise, for the Thermal Suite. The price on-board was a little higher. The thermal suite was never crowded when I was there. Several times, I was the only one in there. Dh used the gym a few times and said that the equipment was well maintained. Departure: We decided to use Luggage Direct and that worked well for us. We received our printed boarding passes and luggage tags the evening prior to departure. We used the HAL shuttle to the airport. Amazingly enough, our flight home left on time and arrived early … and our luggage arrived at the same time! Nice ending to a lovely vacation. While aboard, we booked a 2021 cruise on the Ryndam. We are also booked on another cruise on the Veendam in September (really hoping all of the Coronavirus problems are gone by then).
  17. The internet is impossible and I get on for maybe two minutes after 15 tries so I do not have the piers or times. Koningsdam will be going on and 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (07 Mar 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (08 Mar 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (09 Mar 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (10 Mar 0800-1600); Basseterre, St. Kitts (11 Mar 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (12 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Mar a0700) Veendam will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (06 Mar 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (07 Mar 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (08 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (11 Mar a0700) There are no other cruise ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 7 March.
  18. Boarded the Veendam yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale. Our expected port in Key West today was canceled due to high winds. A stop in Cozumel tomorrow was added. Captain just announced that another ship as been detained in Cozumel due to possible Corona virus and we will be unable to dock. So we have another sea day tomorrow. Seas are a bit rough today making walking around a bit challenging. Quite a few sea sick passengers. Despite this, we are still enjoying ourselves. First time on the Veendam. She is a lovely ship with a great staff.
  19. Veendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (29 Feb 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (01 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0600-1700. She is heading out on an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (01 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (03 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (04 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (04 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (05 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Mar a0700) There are no other cruise ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. For the addicts: Veendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700 on Thursday, 27 February. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Rotterdam will be in Aruba on Friday 28 February from 0800-1800. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 29 February.
  20. Hi Can anyone advise me about the oceanview cabins on the Rotterdam or the Veendam? Have the bathrooms been upgraded to the floor to ceiling showers, and has the TV system been upgraded to the interactive systems like on the Volendam? We’re considering a transatlantic voyage on the Rotterdam or Veendam, and the upgrades will be an important factor in our decision- thanks!
  21. It is my understanding there is no mini-fridge in the Veendam lanai cabins. Has anyone ever ordered one for this cabin and, if so, where did they put it? Under the desk? I won't bother to order one if that is the case as I would want to be able to sit at the desk. Thanks.
  22. When we booked a Vista Suite last year (for this May) on the Veendam I thought I had read somewhere on HAL's site that there were some perks that come with a Vista Suite. When I search now though I come up with nothing extra. I don't recall exactly what I read, but I do think I remember a one-touch concierge that we could call as well as other benefits. Was I imagining things, or is there any benefits to booking a Vista Suite?
  23. Any solos cruising April 1 on the Veendam?
  24. Veendam is the only cruise ship in port. She will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0700-1700. She is going on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (21 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (22 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (23 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Feb a0700) The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 22 February.
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