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  1. Thanks in part to an issue with my youngest kitten I purchased the internet plan. I’ll do my best to report in on this holiday adventure. We originally booked this cruise when it was going to Cuba. After we booked air travel to Cuba was restricted and HAL had to come up with a new itinerary. In my opinion they did a good job and we decided to go with the flow. Just before Thanksgiving we took a Neptune suite upsell that was a good deal to us. We flew out of Boston yesterday and had a slight delay in leaving thanks to a snow/ice storm. We made it to FLL by noon. This served as a reminder of why we fly in the day before. We stayed at the Four Point Sheraton. Not a great hotel but it does offer a shuttle from the airport and is close to drugstores, good restaurants and Total Wine. Using points made it an easy choice. Check in today was very easy. The shuttle arrived early and we got to the port very quickly. This time they checked you off of a list before going through security. Not sure what prompted this change. Lunch in the MDR was nice, although slower than what we expected. Not that we we’re in a rush. We did have an issue setting up the Navigator. Somehow my credentials pulled up DH’s details, but showed my mariner number. When he signed in he got his details but my mariner number. After some investigation with the concierge we discovered that both our emails were attached to DH’s account. Once that was corrected all worked well. The Veendam upgraded to the new system last week. Looking forward to sail away from our balcony, 016.
  2. Happy Boxing Day everyone, Wondering if anyone here has experience with Club Orange no Veendam. How does the dining work, especially in traditional seating. Is there value in this package on this ship? Thanks
  3. Only two cruise ships in port today and both are HAL ships. Eurodam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0545-1700. She will be doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Dec 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (14 Dec 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (15 Dec 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (17 Dec 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (17 Dec 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (18 Dec 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (21 Dec a0700) Veendam will be at pier 21 (port to) from 0600-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (12 Dec 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Dec 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (15 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Dec 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Dec a0700) 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 on Thursday, 12 December from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Volendam will be in Aruba on Friday, 13 December from 0800-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 14 December.
  4. Since I often see people wondering if they should book Veendam, I just thought I'd drop in and say that my Mom and I recently returned from an amazing Canada New England cruise on her. The ship was in great shape, the food was amazing and the service ... I can't even talk about it, just so, so good. My last few cruises have been on NCL, and the service there has been dropping like crazy. It's almost like I got used to it and forgot what great service looked like! Anyway, I'll be back to HAL for sure now, it was just so great and so restful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone to book her.
  5. Anyone ever had a guarantee booking and end up in the N Category on the Veendam? Looking at the deck plans, there are only 2 N cabins on the entire ship way down on the lower deck and up in the front of the ship. I am uneasy about this as my traveling partner has never been on a cruise and I am concerned that the motion of the ship will be felt more in this location. I am considering trying to get an upgrade.............Your thoughts?
  6. Just checking the latest to see if flatscreens have been put in the Vista Suites or Neptune Suites yet. We’re on this ship several times this year (itineraries were right.)
  7. Veendam will be at pier 26 (port to) 0530-1700. She will be doing a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Dec 0800-1600); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (20 Dec 1200-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (21 Dec 0800-1700); San Juan, Puerto Rico (22 Dec 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (23 Dec 0800-1700); Basseterre, St. Kitts (24 Dec 0800-1500); Key West, Florida (27 Dec 0800-1745); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (28 Dec a0700) Also in port are Emerald Princess at pier 2 from 0545-1600 and Majesty OTS at pier 19 from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. For the addicts: Volendam will be in Key West from 0700-1700 on Thursday, 19 December. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Volendam and Zuiderdam on Friday, 20 December.
  8. Posting live from aboard Veendam while docked at Amber Cove (substitute for Grand Turk where it was forecast to be too windy to port😱?). First time cruising Holland America and with the exception of a guarantee stateroom snafu which caused way too much of a runaround and the lack of Christmas decor🎄so far we have relatively pleased with the food and service. We have been surprised by the background music - seems to us that Beyoncé, Gaga and Katy Perry are a bit offbrand for HAL. 😂 If anyone has any questions, I can try to respond with answers when we are in port. We aren’t paying for internet.
  9. Greetings, We are booked on Veendam and are considering the Thermal Suite pass for the week. So, I am seeking opinions on the value of having access for the whole week vs just buying day passes. Can anyone tell me the cost of the day pass and/or give their opinion on the experience itself. Is it crowded, is it comfortable, is the tub easy to enter and exit for an 86 year old guy with slight mobility issues? Thanks for any and all information.
  10. I will be boarding the Veendam in 10 days and had a couple of questions. What are the current beers on draft? What tea brand is currently being offered (I drink black tea English Breakfast style). Thanks!
  11. On the Veendam now and just arrived on Grand Cayman. Captain has announced the ship has had a propulsion failure. We have 4 large tender boats and a tug pushing up against the side of the ship. The Veendam is on emergency power and we have been told to not use elevators. Might be an interesting day...
  12. Koningsdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is going on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (07 Dec 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (08 Dec 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (09 Dec 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (10 Dec 0800-1600); St Johns, Antigua (11 Dec 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (12 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Dec 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Dec a0700) Veendam will be at pier 21 (port to) from 0515-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (06 Dec 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (07 Dec 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (08 Dec 0700-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Dec 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (11 Dec a0700) Also in port are Majesty OTS at pier 19 from 0600-1600 and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0545-1700. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Eurodam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ For the Addicts: Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Key West on 6 December from 0700-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 7 December.
  13. In case anyone wants to take a look here are the when and wheres from our recent cruise along with the room service menu, disembarkation procedures (quick and easy-Red 3 was called at 8:24, we quickly finished breakfast and were off the ship and in the car in the parking garage at 8:54!) and the “Chart Your Voyage” which includes the current officers. Please note that on our sailing, the Future Cruise Sales person served as the Cruise Director. Not sure what happened to Ms. Stone.
  14. Veendam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (29 Nov 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (30 Nov 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (01 Dec 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Dec 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Dec a0700) The only other ship in port is Crown Princess at pier 2 from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. For the addicts: Koningsdam will be in Aruba on Friday, 29 November. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, November 30.
  15. Veendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (07 Nov 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (09 Nov 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (10 Nov 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (12 Nov 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (13 Nov a0700) Also in port are Caribbean Princess at pier 2 from 0515-1600, Island Princess at pier 21 from 0545-1600, and Majesty OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1600. 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 on 7 November from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Volendam will be in Aruba on Friday, 8 November from 0800-1700. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Friday, 9 November.
  16. DH and I are sailing the Veendam in February. I’ve read that there is chamber music in the Explorer’s Lounge. Is this correct and is it daily? Thanks!
  17. No, the title is not a typo. There are four HAL ships in port. I don't remember that happening in recent memory. Rotterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0400-1600. She is doing a 16-day Panama Canal cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Nov 0800-1700); Oranjestad, Aruba (24 Nov 0800-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (26 Nov 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (28 Nov 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (29 Nov 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (30 Nov 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (01 Dec 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (03 Dec 1000-2000); San Diego, California (06 Dec a0700) Veendam will be at pier 4 (starboard to) from 0500-1700. She is going on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (21 Nov 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (23 Nov 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (24 Nov 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (26 Nov 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Nov a0700) Volendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0615-1700. She is leaving on a 30-day Amazon Explorer cruise. St Barthelemy (23 Nov 0800-1500); Castries, St Lucia (24 Nov 0800-1500); Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (26 Nov 1200-1800); Macapa, Brazil (28 Nov 0400-1000); Santarem, Brazil (29 Nov 1200-2000); Boca da Valeria, Brazil (30 Nov 0800-1400); Manaus, Brazil (01 Dec 1000(+1)1600); Parintins, Brazil (03 Dec 0800-1700); Santarem, Brazil (04 Dec 0800-1600); Belem, Brazil (07 Dec 0800-1800); Bridgetown, Barbados (11 Dec 0800-1800); Oranjestad, Aruba (13 Dec 0800-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (14 Dec 0800-2000); Falmouth, Jamaica (16 Dec 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (17 Dec 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (19 Dec 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Dec a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0545-1700. Her itinerary is a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruse. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Nov 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Nov 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (24 Nov 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (26 Nov 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (26 Nov 1500-2100); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (27 Nov 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Nov a0700) Also in port are Caribbean Princess at pier 2 from 0530-1600 and Majesty OTS at pier 25 from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday.
  18. DH and I are traveling on the Veendam early February to the Caribbean. I’m wondering if the pool water temps onboard will be warm enough to enjoy. Thanks in advance!!!
  19. I recall from past posts (a long time ago) that there was a "secret" cabin on the Volendam that, although it was listed as an inside cabin, it actually had a window that looked over the back deck. I'm wondering if anyone knows if there's a similar cabin on the Veendam. I've checked the most reliable sources I can find with photos, but there's nothing current. Also, can you tell me if they've switched out the old small tv's and DVD players with the new all in one interactive televisions? Thanks for your help! Smooth Sailing! 🙂🙂🙂
  20. Koningsdam is returning from Europe and will make her first visit of the season to Port Everglades. She will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0400-1700. She will be headed out on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (16 Nov 0800-1700); Fort de France, Martinique (17 Nov 0800-1700); Bridgetown, Barbados (18 Nov 0800-1700); Castries, St Lucia (19 Nov 0800-1600); Basseterre, St. Kitts (20 Nov 0800-1700); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Nov 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Nov 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Nov a0700) Veendam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is going on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (15 Nov 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (16 Nov 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (17 Nov 0700-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (19 Nov 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (20 Nov a0700) There are no other ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 0800-1700. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ For the addicts: Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Key West on Friday, 15 November from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 16 November.
  21. The only ships in port today are Veendam and Zuiderdam so hopefully we will get some good camera time. Veendam is going on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. She will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (01 Nov 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (02 Nov 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (03 Nov 0700-1600); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (05 Nov 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Nov a0700) Zuiderdam will be doing an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. She will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0600-1700. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (31 Oct 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (02 Nov 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (03 Nov 0700-2200); Cartagena, Colombia (05 Nov 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (06 Nov 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (06 Nov 1500-2100); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (07 Nov 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Nov a0700) The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Volendam on Friday, November 1.
  22. CruiseCal.com is listing Veendam arriving in Havana on Nov 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM
  23. Is there anyone on board the Veendam now she is out of dry dock who can advise what work was done? I am on her for a Mediterranean cruise in June and just hoping they haven’t made and significant changes to the layout. If anyone has a photo of a daily schedule from the first post dry dock cruise that would be wonderfully helpful too.
  24. I keep getting mixed answers. We were on the Oosterdam and did the fill a bag but want to be prepared if that is an option. Thanks 🙂
  25. Can anyone explain the difference other than a bit more square footage and a higher price? Cruisedeckplans does not differentiate and since only guarantees are available for the sailing we are looking at, we cannot see where the vista class cabins are and if the difference is worth it. Thanks for any information.
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