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  1. I don't know about the larger ships, but we just returned from a long cruise on the Veendam. They still had the production shows, the Ocean Trio or Quartet, Piano Bar entertainer, and Adagio. Only some of the production shows had The Band (which was now four musicians) playing. The others used recorded music. One night each segment, they also showed Planet Earth II, with the live musicians. I think the changes in entertainment are coming more slowly to the R and S class ships, since they do not have as enough room for new venues. In fact, during the 67 days we were on the Veendam, a new cast joined the ship after the first 24 days. During the cast chat and backstage tour, they said they would be on the ship until April.
  2. We were on the Veendam this summer and there were visible changes in many if the public areas. One of the most notable changes was the new carpet through out the ship. The carpet patterns in the various areas for the most part had lighter and brighter patterns which made the ship seem brighter. The passageways on the cabin decks looked a lot better with the new lighter blue carpet. Additionally, we noticed new furniture in the Crow’s Nest, Ocean Bar, Library and Lido Market Place. Unfortunately, I do not know what “behind the scenes “ work was done. One important thing to us was, we could control the temperature in the cabin. Maybe the a/c had some work done to it. I hope this answers some of you ur questions.
  3. I would have preferred one of the Vista Class ships instead of the Veendam. We didn’t sail the Rotterdam when she was in Tampa, we felt it was too old and too small. My HAL lady said the reason they pulled the Rotterdam from Tampa was because HAL could not fill the ship. I think the Veendam is going to have a hard time to compete against the Constellation. The Constellation is being “rebuilt “. Everything including cabins will be brand new. I like both cruise lines. I don’t think Veendam stands a chance. Then again maybe the prices will come down.
  4. We purposely chose the smaller and older Veendam for our annual Dec. R & R cruise. The dance music in the Ocean Bar during cocktail hour and after dinner seems to bring us back every time. Fewer and fewer HAL ships seem to provide our type entertainment in these time slots. Don’t get me wrong! We enjoy all classes of the ships for a variety of reasons relating to each. BUT.....we like the combos that play music in the Ocean Bar best. On some of our cruises we have been without anything in particular to do between 7 & 8 PM except have cocktails on our veranda. We can do that on our balcony at home. 😉 We love the personal attention we get from the crew on the Veendam. They are always a happy bunch and that in itself has brought us back to her several times.
  5. Full Schedule for 2020/2021 is on an internet TA site but can not give out name per CC rules. Had booked Celebrity in Nov 2020 and hoped to do a b2b with Veendam but schedule does not work. Will have to drive home and stay a few days before returning to Veendam. No problem, I live in Tampa Bay!
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  7. We are booked in a Lanai on the Veendam for a Dec. cruise. Although we have been on the Veendam several times we have never booked that style cabin so are curious about suggestions and opinions from those of you who have. We are 4*, getting older and want to have that experience at least once. All suggestions and opinions will be appreciated, good and bad!
  8. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated August 30th, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). AUGUST 2019 N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Oosterdam - 01-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer/Hubbard operakatz Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip lynanken Eurodam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer R/T Seattle Gonzowifey - 1st HAL cruise & 1st Alaska Nieuw Amsterdam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Inside Passage R/T Vancouver threebluestars - first HAL cruise - sailing with Mom & family friends Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary Koningsdam - 13-Sep-19 - 23 day Ancient Empires & Mediterranean Legends bennybear - receiving bronze medallion N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter Volendam - 25-Sep-19 - 23 day Panama Canal Av8rix N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday gypsymama5996 Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - Best of the Mediterranean Dismomx5 - celebrating 35th anniversary on their 4th HAL cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Oct-19 - 11 day Canada & New England cruzn single - B2B with Oct. 20th Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow cruzn single - B2B following Oct. 9th AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 Veendam - 06-Nov-19 - 7 day Caribbean seeriteR N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B with Dec. 14th (on their longest cruise) Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama N Amsterdam - 14-Dec-19 - Eastern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B following Dec. 7th Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America Oosterdam - 11-Jan-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera gknep N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal Zuiderdam - 08-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean OVgirl - B2B with 11 day Panama Sunfarer cruise N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer OVgirl - B2B following 7 day Tropical Caribbean Feb. 8th Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise StartrainDD Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector kazu OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  9. Just watched a video this morning, giving the news that Armonia is coming to Tampa in November of 2020. We already have a 4 day cruise booked out of Ft. Lauderdale for November 2020, but I wanted to see if they have 2021 bookings for Armonia available, and they do. We were getting ready to book Meraviglia just to be able to experience MSC's new private island, but really didn't want to do another 7 day on MSC for now, since we had a good experience on Divina, but a bad experience on Seaside. So, when I found a 4 day on Armonia out of Tampa (which is only a 1 hour drive from us), it works out great. Going to Key West, and the new private island, out of a port that is close to home, on a ship that we've never been on, is the perfect opportunity. Looks like Tampa is going to be full of ships in 2020. Not 100% sure, but looks like Celebrity Constellation, HAL Veendam, Norwegian Jade, are alsol coming to Tampa in November of 2020. Carnival Legend, Carnival Paradise, Rhapsody of the Seas, and Brilliance of the Seas is going to already be there, so it looks like cruise-filled days for Tampa. 🙂
  10. Down through the years I'm a loser at slots but ahead playing Blackjack. Most of the ships slot machines are pretty tight especially RCI and Celebrity. I've done pretty well on slots on MSC, not as tight. My wife won 400 dollars at slots on the old Noordam about 18 years ago and the next year won 300 more on the Veendam. Walked away from the machine both times with her winnings. My theory on slots is I'm only there for one reason, to get lucky and win some kind of jackpot like my DW did.
  11. I can give you a preview for Europe 2021 summer schedule based on the port registries, but the info can change anytime: Mediterranean Zuiderdam Westerdam Northern Europe Ryndam Nieuw Statendam Veendam Zaandam Rotterdam (?)
  12. I'm not surprised you could not find the 2021 European sailings. Last week, he FCC on the Veendam said they had the brochures for the 2020-2021 sailings, but the 2021 sailings were only through April. As was said earlier, they should be released in a couple of months or so.
  13. No upgrades yet but I got great cabins with GTY booked cabins and two fantastic upsell offers . The upsells were both on the HAL Veendam . We moved from a OV to and amazing handicapped Lanai cabin where the cabin opens onto the walking deck for less then 300 total . And again on the Veendam we moved up to our first and only suite at very reasonable amount . We've gotten other mediocre upsells which we didn't take . On NCL we booked a GTY balcony and got what I consider the perfect location , mid-ship on a sandwich deck with cabins above and below . It seems meaningful free upgrades are only offered occasionally and on sailings with lots of empty cabins .
  14. Thanks for this post. We have been unable to book for Christmas on the Veendam. I see now that it is open.
  15. (bolding added) It sure does matter if you want to sit back there, in a relatively sheltered area and watch the scenery! I sailed the Veendam on one of my Antarctica cruises. In their infinite wisdom (?) HAL had brought in all the loungers on Lower Promenade, making it impossible to sit out there and enjoy the passing scenery and watch the penguins swimming by. The Lido aft was the next best place, but it was impossible to see anything if you chose to sit in the covered area. You had to go out past the hot tubs, which did make it less comfortable. And you had to drag a chair from closer to the bar area, too!
  16. Veendam is probably the worst designed ship in the fleet. The conversion to lanai cabins took away a lot of unreserved promenade deck chairs. Adding cabins and eliminating the aft pool added capacity without increasing public space. We had two great cruises on her.
  17. We have sailed the different class size of HAL ships and really like the small, intimate feeling of the Veendam. We have sailed her in both cooler and warmer climates. We love the Ocean Bar and the trio that have played there, enjoying meeting up with other cruisers we have met for before dinner drinks and some dancing. It gives the feel of cruising in earlier times. The staff (as all HAL staff we have encountered) is skillful in their jobs, friendly, and help to make the cruise exceptional. We look forward to being on her again.
  18. Hello can anyone give me info on and cabins H387 and HH 385 on the Veendam what do you see when you look out the window? Also what is the condition of the cabins because the reviews are not so good? Thank you in advance for your help.
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  20. We haven't been on the Veendam "yet", but will be in November. I'm pretty sure the Veendam's TV situation will be similar to what we experienced when sailing over 6 weeks on the Zaandam. There will be a small TV with a DVD player. The ship provides DVD's free of charge to use and there will be an extensive list in your cabin. The movies can be checked out at guest services. Unfortunately many of the DVD's were damaged and didn't work well, so when my husband wanted to watch a movie he usually got three at a time hoping at least one would play. The large flat-screen interactive TV with on-demand movies we had in our cabin on the Nieuw Amsterdam was much more enjoyable.
  21. We were in Bar Harbor on the Veendam on Friday (6th) then disembarked in Boston on Saturday. The weather was pleasant and tendering was calm. The Veendam was scheduled to be in BH today and (I believe ) Halifax tomorrow on the way up the coast.
  22. We were on the Maasdam in June/July and LOVED Adagio. What a wonderfully talented quartet of strings. They were 2 couples from Serbia and incredibly talented and personable. I think we were at one performance of theirs each day. We just booked Veendam for Boston-Montreal and looking forward to what I am expecting to be similar to the Maasdam experience (?)
  23. We sailed on the Veendam 4 times as well as her sister ships more than a few times each. The Statendam class ships when they came out were great ships but now they are probably a little too long in the tooth for our tastes, not that she is old and dirty but we like the Vista class ships much more, we have gotten use to a few more bells and whistles, not that they are mega RCCL ships but just the right size for us.
  24. Thanks so much for everyones suggestions . We did move forward and book a week out on the Veendam. First time for a last minute cruise!
  25. Here is the latest update of the Dry Dock, Charter and Groups file. Please consider this a 'work in progress' which will evolve from month to month. There is some uncertainty as to Zaandam/Amsterdam getting Billboard on Board and whether it will be a full dry dock (with additional maintenance being done) or a wet dock, also, Westerdam is not showing a sailing between 4th January 2020 and 16th January 2020, so she may also be dry docking or maybe a charter. The file consists of information gathered from the internet or information kindly posted on these threads by other cruisers and should not be considered a complete indicator of group activity. If you have information about groups charters or dry docks then please post here and I will update in the next file. New information is shown in Red DRY DOCKS Amsterdam : 12 May 2020 – 26 May 2020 (?) TBC Noordam : 29 September 2019 – 13 October 2019 : Dry Dock, Victoria Shipyards, B.C. Volendam : 18 – 31 October 2019, Drydock, Freeport, Bahamas. Zaandam : 07 April 2020 – 21 April 2020 : (?) TBC Zuiderdam : 01 – 09 December 2019, Drydock, Freeport, Bahamas. LAST COMPLETED DRY DOCK Amsterdam 28 April 2018 – 10 May 2018 Eurodam 08 April 2018 - 17 April 2018 Koningsdam 02 December 2018 - 09 December 2018 Maasdam 31 August 2018 - 08 September 2018 Nieuw Amsterdam 07 December 2017 - 19 December 2017 Noordam 10 April 2015 - 19 April 2015 Oosterdam 21 March 2018 - 02 April 2018 Prinsendam 07 December 2018 – 15 December 2018 Rotterdam 26 October 2017 - 03 November 2017 Veendam 06 April 2019 – 14 April 2019 (28 March 2016 - 08 April 2016) Volendam 24 November 2017 - 05 December 2017 Westerdam 14 April 2017 - 26 April 2017 Zaandam 02 April 2018 - 13 April 2018 Zuiderdam 23 October 2017 – 04 November 2017 CHARTERS (i.e. full ship charters) Amsterdam: Eurodam: 26 October 2019 – 02 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Legendary R & B Cruise 25 July 2020 – 01 August 2020 : Alaska : Gaither Homecoming Cruise 29 August 2020 – 05 September 2020 : Alaska : ??? 05 September 2020 – 12 September 2020 : Alaska : ??? 25 October 2020 – 01 November 2020 : Caribbean : Legendary R & B Cruise Koningsdam: Nieuw Amsterdam: 18 January 2020 – 25 January 2020 : Caribbean : Soul Train Cruise 25 January 2020 – 01 February 2020: Caribbean : Country Music Cruise 07 March 2020 – 14 March 2020 : Caribbean : JoCo Cruise Nieuw Statendam: 19 January 2020 – 26 January 2020 : LRBC Blues Cruise 09 February 2020 – 16 February 2020 : RSVP Charter 15 March 2020 – 22 March 2020 : ??? 22 March 2020 – 29 March 2020 : Inspiration Cruises Charter Noordam: 14 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : New Zealand : ??? 12 March 2020 – 19 March 2020 : New Zealand : ??? Oosterdam: 22 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : Mexican Riviera : All Star Irish Cruise Veendam: 22 January 2020 – 29 January 2020 : Cuba : Olivia Charter 20 November 2020 – 27 November 2020 : Caribbean : Olivia Charter Volendam: 23 April 2020 – 29 April 2020 : Pacific Coastal : Olivia Charter Westerdam: 04 January 2020 – 16 January 2020 : Singapore : Charter? Dry Dock? GROUPS ONBOARD Amsterdam: 12 August 2019 – 26 August 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 04 January 2020 – 12 May 2020 : World Cruise 2020 : Road Scholar Group 05 September 2020 – 12 September 2020 : Canada & NE Discovery: Road Scholar Group 19 September 2020 – 26 September 2020 : Canada & NE Discovery : Road Scholar Group Eurodam: 17 August 2019 – 24 August 2019 : Alaska : Quilting Seminar Group 24 August 2019 – 31 August 2019 : Alaska : 5 Love Languages (large group?) Inspiration Cruises 09 November 2019 – 16 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Gospel Music Celebration 01 December 2019 – 11 December 2019 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 26 January 2020 – 05 February 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 05 February 2020 – 16 February 2020 : Panama canal : Road Scholar Group 01 March 2020 – 18 March 2020 : Circle Hawaii : Road Scholar Group 18 March 2020 – 05 April 2020 : Circle Hawaii : Road Scholar Group 15 April 2020 – 02 May 2020 : Hawaii : Quilting Retreat Group 06 June 2020 – 13 June 2020 : Alaska : Quilting Group 13 June 2020 – 20 June 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 15 August 2020 – 22 August 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 22 August 2020 – 29 August 2020 : Alaska : Quilt Seminar at Sea Group Koningsdam: 13 September 2019 – 24 September 2019 : Ancient Empires : Political (Conserv MRC) Group 06 October 2019 – 18 October 2019 : Med Ancient Empires : Footsteps of Paul/Inspiration Group 04 March 2020 – 15 March 2020 : S. Caribbean : Quilting Group 11 July 2020 – 18 July 2020 : Alaska : Pathway to Victory/Inspiration Group Maasdam: 16 February 2020 – 01 March 2020 : Australia/ NZ : Road Scholar Group 27 April 2020 – 04 May 2020 : Pacific Coast : Knitting Group 04 May 2020 – 18 May 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Knitting Group 15 June 2020 – 29 June 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group 13 July 2020 – 27 July 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group 27 July 2020 – 10 August 2020 : Alaskan Explore : Road Scholar Group 10 August 2020 – 24 August 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group 24 August 2020 – 07 September 2020 : Alaskan Explorer : Road Scholar Group Nieuw Amsterdam: 09 November 2019 – 16 November 2019 : Caribbean : Faith & Family Cruise 11 January 2020 – 18 January 2020 : Caribbean : Mercy Me at sea 08 February 2020 – 15 February 2020 : Caribbean : Gospel Music Celebration 22 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : Caribbean : Pastor’s Wives/Inspiration Group 29 February 2020 – 06 March 2020 : Caribbean : Phillips, Craig & Dean/Inspiration Group 14 March 2020 – 21 March 2020 : Caribbean : Quilt Retreat Group 09 January 2021 – 16 January 2021 : Tropical Caribbean : Mercy Me at Sea Group 16 January 2021 – 23 January 2021 : Eastern Caribbean : Katinas & Kuzins/Inspiration Group Nieuw Statendam: 27 September 2019 – 07 October 2019 : Med Mosaic : Road Scholar Group 07 October 2019 – 17 October 2019 : Med Dream : Road Scholar Group 17 October 2019 – 27 October 2019 : Med Mosaic : Continuing Ed Group/Road Scholar Group 01 December 2019 – 08 December 2019 : E. Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 08 December 2019 – 15 December 2019 : W. Caribbean : The Nation Group 29 December 2019 – 05 January 2020 : E. Caribbean : Turning Point/Inspiration Group 05 April 2020 – 12 April 2020 : E Caribbean : Continuing Education Group 19 July 2020 – 26 July 2020 : Norse Legends : Continuing Education Group 05 October 2020 – 15 October 2020 : Med Dream : Mark Steyn Conservative Group Noordam: 08 September 2019 – 15 September 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 09 November 2019 – 23 November 2019 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholar Group 18 January 2020 – 01 February 2020 : N. Z. Discovery : Quilting Group 26 February 2020 – 12 March 2020 : Aus/NZ : Knitting Group 14 June 2020 – 21 June 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 12 July 2020 – 19 July 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 26 July 2020 – 02 August 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group Oosterdam: 01 September 2019 – 08 September 2019 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 08 September 2019 – 15 September 2019 : Alaska : Bridge Group 06 October 2019 – 13 October 2019 : Mexican Riviera : UFO Group (large!/ early dining) 06 November 2019 – 23 November 2019 : Circle Hawaii : Road Scholar Group 30 November 2019 – 07 December 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 14 December 2019 – 21 December 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Quilting Retreat Group 11 January 2020 – 18 January 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 29 February 2020 – 07 March 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Bridge Group 14 March 2020 – 21 March 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Continuing Education Group 18 April 2020 – 25 April 2020 : Mexican Riviera : Flying Leap Vineyards Group 03 May 2020 – 10 May 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 28 June 2020 – 05 July 2020 : Alaska : Intentional Living Group 26 July 2020 – 02 August 2020 : Alaska: Quilting Group 30 August 2020 – 06 September 2020 : Alaska : Deeper Faith Cruise 24 October 2020 – 07 November 2020 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholar Group Rotterdam: 07 January 2020 – 23 January 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 08 February 2020 – 24 February 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 11 March 2020 – 27 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 18 July 2020 – 25 July 2020 : Viking Sagas : Road Scholar Group 08 August 2020 – 15 August 2020 : Viking Sagas : Road Scholar Group Westerdam: 16 August 2020 – 23 August 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group 30 August 2020 – 06 September 2020 : Alaska South Bound : Road Scholar Group Veendam: 28 September 2019 – 05 October 2019 : Canada & N. England : Continuing Education Group 23 October 2019 – 30 October 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 30 October 2019 – 06 November 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 06 November 2019 – 13 November 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 11 December 2019 – 18 December 2019 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 15 January 2020 – 22 January 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group/Phil Coulter Tranquility Cruise (possible charter) 29 January 2020 – 05 February 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Continuing Education Group 19 February 2020 – 26 February 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 18 March 2020 – 25 March 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 08 April 2020 – 15 April 2020 : Authentic Cuba : Road Scholar Group 23 May 2020 – 06 June 2020 : Baltic : Knitting Group Volendam: 04 September 2019 – 11 September 2019 : Alaska : Mark Steyn Conservative Group Zaandam: 24 August 2019 – 31 August 2019 : Canada & N. England : National Review Group 07 September 2019 – 14 September 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Road Scholar Group 21 September 2019 – 28 September 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Road Scholar Group 28 September 2019 – 05 October 2019 : Maritimes & N. England : Joshua Fund (Religious) 31 January 2020 – 22 February 2020 : S. America & Antarctica : Knitting Group 23 May 2020 – 30 May 2020 : Canada & N.E. Discovery : Road Scholar Group Zuiderdam: 15 September 2019 – 27 September 2019 : Colors of Canada & NE. : Knitting Group 10 November 2019 – 20 November 2019 : Panama Canal : Quilting Seminar Group 18 January 2020 – 25 January 2020 : E. Caribbean : Sporthorse Group 26 February 2020 – 08 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar Group 08 March 2020 – 18 March 2020 : Panama Canal : Road Scholar /Continuing Education Group 20 June 2020 – 02 July 2020 : European Splendour : Quilt Seminar at Sea 02 July 2020 – 16 July 2020 : Northern Isles : Knitting Group 16 July 2020 – 26 July 2020 : Jewels of the Baltic : Road Scholar Group If anyone has any further information, please post it here and I will include it in the next update. Thanks! E & O.E.
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