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  1. Fresh back from drydock, Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1600. She is headed out on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL December 11 At Sea December 12 At Sea December 13 St. Maarten December 14 Fort-de-France, Martinique December 15 St. Lucia December 16 Barbados December 17 Roseau, Dominica December 18 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands December 19 At Sea December 20 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0600-1600. She is doing an 11-day Cuban Explorer cruise. Monday, December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tuesday, December 11 Nassau, Bahamas Wednesday, December 12 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Thursday, December 13 At Sea Friday, December 14 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Saturday, December 15 Cienfuegos, Cuba Sunday, December 16 At Sea Monday, December 17 Roatan, Honduras Tuesday, December 18 Belize City, Belize Wednesday, December 19 Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Other ships in port are Serenade OTS at pier 29 (0430-1600) and Independence OTS at pier 18 (0530-1630). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ . For the addicts: Veendam will be in Nassau from 0800-1800 on 11 December (https://www.portnassauwebcam.com/) Rotterdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1600 on 12 December (https://www.portarubawebcam.com/) Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1600 on 13 December (https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com/). Next up: Oosterdam and Prinsendam on Saturday, 15 December.
  2. For the first time this season we have three HAL ships in port. Koningsdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0515-1700. She will be heading out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Monday, December 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday, December 25 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, December 26 At Sea Thursday, December 27 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0100-1700. She is taking a 7-day Authentic Cuba Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, December 23 At Sea Monday, December 24 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Tuesday, December 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Wednesday, December 26 Cienfuegos, Cuba Thursday, December 27 At Sea Friday, December 28 Fort Lauderdale, FL And finally, Prinsendam will be at Pier 19 (starboard to) from 0500-1600. She will be leaving (taking Carole with her) on a 14 -day Caribbean Holiday cruise. Friday, December 21 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Monday, December 24 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Barbados Thursday, December 27 Tobago Friday, December 28 St. Vincent Saturday, December 29 Fort-de-France, Martinique Sunday, December 30 Guadeloupe Monday, December 31 Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tuesday, January 1 At Sea Wednesday, January 2 At Sea Thursday, January 3 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, January 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Reflection at pier 25 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 29 from 0330-1600, Serenade OTS at pier 18 from 0600-1600, and Silver Spirit at pier 4 from 0415-1800. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, 22 December.
  3. Veendam 1.) The Captain may not take you to all of the ports on the itinerary. Our second stop in Cuba (the main reason for the cruise), Cienfuegos, was cancelled. A $50.00 per passenger shipboard credit was the purported compensation for the port cancellation. So many passengers complained that the Captain opened the Lido bar for 2.5 hours of free cocktails. There was no additional compensation for passengers that purchased a beverage package either before or during the cruise. Free cocktails means absolutely nothing to those who have already paid good money up front for a signature or elite beverage package. We were given a case number by our fabulous Neptune Lounge concierge. Case #364388. Waiting to hear back from corporate. 2.) The hot tub in the Greenhouse spa was either luke warm or not functioning for the entire cruise. Really annoying to buy a greenhouse pass and not be able to use/enjoy the hot tub at all. 3.) The Captains cocktail party for 3,4 and 5 star Mariners. I guess he was too embarrassed, nervous or just plain sick of listening to any more complaints because he only attended the event for 15 minutes. 4.) The plumbing on the ship leaves a lot to be desired. The toilets in the Spa and the gym were overflowing and inoperable on several occasions. The toilet in the men’s locker room was out of order for the entire cruise. Maintenance was constantly working on pipes around the ship. Promenade deck would be wet and slippery. Maintenance was working on the plumbing/pipes on the Navigation deck right outside of our Neptune suite for an entire afternoon while at sea. Tap, tap, tap, bang, bang, bang all afternoon. Then comes the telephone call that they need access to our suite. So much for resting and relaxing in our suite, let alone an afternoon nap. 5.) The internet is slow, which I understand but having hours of it being inoperable after you have paid to use it is annoying to say the least. 6.) One of the elevators was out of service for the entire cruise. 7.) The all day in room dining menu is a joke. There are a half dozen items and then sandwiches. The all day menu was not available at all on the 8th day of the cruise. 8.) Two points on the pool. Safety regulation are not enforced. They allow small children and not so small children to jump, dive, splash as long as they want to, which ended up being most of the day on several days. Obnoxious to say the least. When reported to the Officers, nothing was done. In fact, on one occasion two officers were present at the pool while the jumping, splashing and diving was happening and they looked the other way. Second point, the retractable dome was not opened on completely sunny days. This made the pool bar and dining area feel like Viet Nam in the summer. Not comfortable at all. 9.) The aft bar and the entire aft seating area on Lido was closed on 11/9 at 5pm for the remainder of the day. This is one of only 2 smoking areas available on the ship. The other area is the casino (on smoking days) where there is a table in the rear of the casino with 8 ashtrays on it and no chairs. No place to sit. Stand and smoke and get out. 10.) Fairly amusing is the fact that one very small, postcard sized critique card is handed out on the first day of the cruise. Gee, I wonder why????? The good part is that the crew are FABULOUS! The food in the Pinnacle (where we enjoyed dinner most of the time), dining room and Lido buffet is always extremely good and an interesting variety is offered. The crew and the food are the only reason to take a cruise on this ship.
  4. Veendam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0500-1700. She will be leaving on a 10-day Cuban cruise. Friday, November 30 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, December 1 Key West, FL Sunday, December 2 At Sea Monday, December 3 Havana, Cuba Tuesday, December 4 Havana, Cuba Tuesday, December 4 At Sea Wednesday, December 5 Cienfuegos, Cuba Thursday, December 6 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Friday, December 7 Ocho Rios, Jamaica Saturday, December 8 At Sea Sunday, December 9 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Monday, December 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Celebrity Silhouette (pier 25) from 0530-1600 and Serenade of the Seas (Pier 18) from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday, December 1.
  5. We will be on the Veendam in December/January and wonder if there is still Adagio or if they have converted to Lincoln Center style?
  6. A real bonanza is in store for the sail-away addicts. We will have five HAL ships in FLL over the next three days! Friday gives us Prinsendam and Veendam. Prinsendam is headed on a 28-day Amazon Explorer. She will be in port from 0500-1700 at Pier 26 (Port to). (This crazy spacing is driving me nuts!!!) Friday, November 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, November 10 At Sea Sunday, November 11 At Sea Monday, November 12 St. Maarten Tuesday, November 13 Guadeloupe Wednesday, November 14 Barbados Thursday, November 15 At Sea Friday, November 16 Devil's Island, French Guiana Saturday, November 17 Amazon River (Cruising) Sunday, November 18 Macapa, Brazil Monday, November 19 Santarem, Brazil Tuesday, November 20 Boca da Valeria, Brazil Wednesday, November 21 Manaus, Brazil Thursday, November 22 Manaus, Brazil Friday, November 23 Parintins, Brazil Saturday, November 24 Alter do Chao, Brazil Sunday, November 25 Amazon River (Cruising) Monday, November 26 At Sea Tuesday, November 27 Belem, Brazil Wednesday, November 28 At Sea Thursday, November 29 At Sea Friday, November 30 At Sea Saturday, December 1 Tobago Sunday, December 2 Grenada Monday, December 3 At Sea Tuesday, December 4 Santo Domingo, DR Wednesday, December 5 At Sea Thursday, December 6 At Sea Friday, December 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL Veendam is doing a 10-day Cuban Explorer. She will be in port from 0545-1700 at Pier 19 (Starboard to). Friday, November 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Saturday, November 10 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, November 11 At Sea Monday, November 12 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tuesday, November 13 Cienfuegos, Cuba Wednesday, November 14 At Sea Thursday, November 15 Havana, Cuba Friday, November 16 Havana, Cuba Friday, November 16 At Sea Saturday, November 17 Cozumel, Mexico Sunday, November 18 At Sea Monday, November 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Royal Princess from 0400-1600 (Pier 2) and Serenade of the Seas from 0430-1600 (Pier 18). The PTZtv webcams can be found at www.portevergladeswebcam.com andwww.ftlauderdalewebcam.com. Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday 11/10.
  7. Veendam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0345-1800. She will be setting out for an 11-day Cuban cruise. Monday, November 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tuesday, November 20 At Sea Wednesday, November 21 Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, November 22 Belize City, Belize Friday, November 23 Roatan, Honduras Saturday, November 24 At Sea Sunday, November 25 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Monday, November 26 Cienfuegos, Cuba Tuesday, November 27 At Sea Wednesday, November 28 Havana, Cuba Thursday, November 29 Havana, Cuba Thursday, November 29 At Sea Friday, November 30 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port are Infinity from 0430-1600 at pier 4, Majesty OTS from 0515-1600 at pier 19, and Serenade OTS at pier 18 from 0545-1600. Arriving to Pier 25 will be the brand new (She was delivered to Celebrity on October 31) Celebrity Edge. She is due in about 0800 but, according to the PE schedule, she will not depart until Wednesday. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Key West from 1100-1800. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Koningsdam on Wednesday, November 21.
  8. Welcome back to Port Everglades, HAL ships - the Sail-away Addicts have missed you and your toots! Veendam will be the first HAL ship for the season. She will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0500-1600. She is the only cruise ship in port. Veendam is doing a 12 day Cuba cruise. Thursday, October 18 - At Sea Friday, October 19 - Havana, Cuba Saturday, October 20 - At Sea Sunday, October 21 - Cienfuegos, Cuba Monday, October 22 - Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tuesday, October 23 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica Wednesday, October 24 - At Sea Thursday, October 25 - Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Friday, October 26 - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Saturday, October 27 - At Sea Sunday, October 28 - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Monday, October 29 - Fort Lauderdale, FL The PTZtv webcams can be found at http://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ http://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ For the addicts: Nieuw Amsterdam will be in Aruba from 0800-1700. http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Volendam on Friday.
  9. Veendam will be in Port Everglades from 0700-1600 at Pier 26 (port to). She is headed out on an 11-day Cuban cruise. She is the only cruise ship in port. Monday, October 29 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tuesday, October 30 At Sea Wednesday, October 31 Cozumel, Mexico Thursday, November 1 Belize City, Belize Friday, November 2 At Sea Saturday, November 3 Cienfuegos, Cuba Sunday, November 4 At Sea Monday, November 5 Havana, Cuba Tuesday, November 6 At Sea Wednesday, November 7 At Sea Thursday, November 8 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, November 9 Fort Lauderdale, FL The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be making a stop in Key West from 1100-1800. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/. For the addicts: Volendam in San Diego departing at 1700 on 11/3. http://www.sundiegolive.com/ Next up: On November 4 we will have Zuiderdam and Nieuw Amsterdam in FLL, Rotterdam in Tampa, and Eurodam in San Diego.
  10. I understand wifi pricing is not available until you board the ship. Can anyone advise of wifi pricing on the Veendam lately? Thanks, Ridgerunner51
  11. Other than size and capacity, what are the main differences between Oosterdam and Veendam? Food venues, pool, entertainment venues, casino.
  12. I've been looking for information on what was done to Veendam during the last dry dock and a general report from those who have sailed on her since mid-April. Any info would be appreciated. Sailing her in a couple of weeks. Thanks.
  13. I am teetering on spending $750.00 on a beverage package (yikes) but I would like to see what is offered "up to $9.00". The package says "Coffee". Specialty Coffee like Cappuccino? Also looking for Pellegrino. Thanks all....
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