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  1. A Grand Voyage is like a world cruise but shorter. Ours was 82 days Los Angeles - Los Angeles around the Pacific Rim. You could buy segments or do the entire cruise with incentives similar to a world cruise. The food was good (They had upped the food budget). The desserts were lacking which means that I did not gain weight. Sushi, salad bowl, Asian soup bowl freshly prepared in the buffet in addition to American standards. They had berries for breakfast! The destination experts were excellent as was the excursion staff. It was 3 steps up from our previous b2b on the MS Veendam. We did an Azamara cruise around Japan, booked it for the itinerary a few months later. The food was really good, certainly more varied and sophisticated than on HAL. The excursion staff was inexperienced; the expert was a dud with 3 basic factual errors in the first 30 minutes of his first talk on Japan. I think this can happen on any line, but we often don't know the destination well enough to notice. We were looking at Oceania's world cruise. It's a bit too long for us and I don't like the cramped bathrooms of the standard balcony cabins of the R ships. As to passengers, I found most Oceania passengers easy going, but I also met extremely demanding people.
  2. Jacqui, that's Volendam - 25-Sep-19 - 23 day Panama Canal Av8rix Not Veendam Hope it's nothing serious with the dogs?
  3. ms Amsterdam Icy Strait Point Hoonah 07:00 - 14:00 ms Eurodam Seattle Washington 07:00 - 16:00 Web Cam https://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ ms Koningsdam Rhodes Island Greece 08:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Takamatsu Shikoku 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Vancouver BC Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Noordam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Oosterdam Victoria Vancouver 18:00 - 23:30 Web Cam http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 ms Rotterdam Leith-Edinburgh Scotland 00:00 - 01:00 ms Veendam Palermo 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Volendam Skagway Alaska 07:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Westerdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Zaandam Boston Massachusetts 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Cruising -- - --
  4. You see both, regardless of the direction. It's just the impression each makes after seeing Antarctica itself is different. Whatever comes after Antarctica suffers in comparison to coming before it. On one of my trips there I was up 33 hours coming home. Another trip was 39 hours (delayed flights). 'Grueling' is an understatement. I would be concerned about a larger ship acting as a wind sail if caught in a storm crossing the 'Drake Shake'. I've done that cruise on the Ryndam, Rotterdam, and Veendam, and we had some pretty rough seas on each of them. But even a friend who always wears a patch thought it wasn't so bad.
  5. I really like the Vista class ships (Westerdam) and have done the Zuiderdam and Oosterdam within the last year. We sailed the Veendam in Alaska in 2009 and are booked again on the Veendam in January 2020 for the Caribbean. The Veendam is a very nice ship but I think I would prefer a little larger ship under me for Antarctica and the Drake Passage. I am reserving comment for the Pinnacle class Nieuw Statendam that we sail in October.
  6. Thank you I Like Vacation. That link is very helpful! We are already booked up for 2020. I guess we would need to decide if we want to experience Antarctica on the Westerdam size. That is a significant difference from the Veendam. On the other hand there are Balcony cabins rather than jumping to a suite for your own outdoor space. Not sure how much that would matter in Antarctica.
  7. I am curious if there is a preferred direction on this route, or any of the other SA itineraries that travel Argentina-Chile route. Good to know that the new new laws will go into effect late 2021. We have been contemplating whether to take the traditional SA routing or adding on the Antarctica piece, and whether to do Antarctica on HAL or expedition. This does make for a greater sense of urgency in the decision, so I appreciate the information in just looking at 2021 itineraries I noticed that the Westerdam vs Veendam will be sailing the route, and only in Nov/Dec will the 22 day sail. I would much prefer the smaller Veendam.
  8. From what I've read here and seen from looking at deck plans, Spa cabins tend to be smaller than other "similar" cabins. When they added the spa balconies to Veendam or one of the smaller ships, someone who had one said yes, there's a yoga mat but not enough space to unroll it! The important thing to note is that the spa cabin does not include a spa pass. It's mostly about being near the spa and fitness center.
  9. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated August 16th, 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 Eurodam - 17-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Empress of the Seas (RCCL) - 18-Aug-19 - 6 night Western Caribbean rafinmd - 1st time as Diamond Plus N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Cailey53 - 1st sailing as 4* Mariners N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 ksmaxey & DW Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board Av8rix 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 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 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 Veendam - 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 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 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 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 Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 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 - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 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-20 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas 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 AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  10. ms Amsterdam Juneau Alaska 08:00 - 22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Eurodam Victoria (British Co Canada 18:00 - 23:30 Web Cam http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 ms Koningsdam Kusadasi Ephesus 07:00 - 18:00 ms Maasdam Kobe Osaka-Kyoto 10:00 - 23:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Nieuw Statendam Bergen Norway 08:00-17:00 ms Noordam Ketchikan (Alaska) United States 11:00 - 19:00 Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view/ Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-7/ ms Oosterdam Ketchikan, Revillagi 07:00 - 13:00 ms Rotterdam Leith-Edinburgh Scotland 08:00 - 24:00 ms Veendam Gozo Island 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ms Volendam Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska 09:00 - 09:30 ms Volendam Juneau Alaska 13:00 - 22:00 ms Westerdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Zaandam Bar Harbor (Maine) United States 07:00-17:00 ms Zuiderdam Rotterdam 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  11. Les, I hope you are right. In 2009 DW and I were on the Veendam the cruise prior to its refurbishment. While not a luxury line, HAL had the full financial heft of Carnival behind it, yet still starting dismantling parts of the ship (including the pool bar) and storing pieces of furniture in public areas 3 days before the end of the cruise. The explanation we were given is that dry dock is very expensive, and no cruise line wants its ship incurring those types of costs doing basic things that can be done a few days in advance. In any event, we are on the Shadow's 2nd post-dry dock sailing (departing San Juan) and hope everything will be ship-shape by then. It likely will be because Messrs. Conroy and Shanks will be on board hosting the cruise!
  12. One item that HAL does well at is itineraries that allow you to move around as opposed to repeated "milk runs". They are almost like mini world cruise segments. Most lines (and O does this with many ships as well), get into a back and forth sailing pattern which is not very interesting to us. HAL lost a major component in this when they sold the Prinsendam but other ships, specifically the Veendam and Maasdam, are still doing these mini segment like itineraries. Our cruise next week on the Maasdam is 96 days and only repeats a few ports. This is a major factor for us doing HAL cruises. The line is going to hell in a hand basket and we are moving away starting in 2021 but will probably still sail them some due to the itineraries.
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  14. ms Amsterdam Ketchikan Revillagigedo Islan 08:00 - 17:00 ms Eurodam Sitka (Alaska) United States 08:00-17:00 Web Cam https://www.sitka.net/sitka-live-web-cams Web Cam http://www.lynden.com/aml/webcams/aml-sitka-cam.html ms Koningsdam Piraeus (Athens) Greece 08:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam Tokyo Japan 07:00-22:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Nieuw Statendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Noordam Haines (Alaska) United States 06:30 - 21:00 ms Oosterdam Hubbard Glacier, Ala 14:00 - 18:00 ms Rotterdam Kirkwall Orkney Island 08:00 - 17:00 ms Veendam Cruising -- - -- ms Volendam Vancouver BC Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Westerdam Juneau (Alaska) United States 10:00-22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Zaandam Sydney (Nova Scotia) Canada 08:00-16:00 ms Zuiderdam Bergen 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  15. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Koningsdam Katakolon (Olympia) Greece 08:00-17:00 ms Maasdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Skagway (Alaska) United States 07:00-21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Nieuw Statendam Akureyri Iceland 07:00-15:00 ms Noordam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Oosterdam Juneau, Alaska 13:00 - 21:00 ms Rotterdam Isle of Skye Portree 10:00 - 20:00 ms Veendam Kusadasi 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM ms Volendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Westerdam Ketchikan (Alaska) United States 07:00-15:00 Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view/ Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-7/ ms Zaandam Charlottetown (Princ Canada 08:00-17:00 ms Zuiderdam Cruising
  16. Well, that is interesting. I just checked and see Veendam is NOT scheduled after a transatlantic to ft Lauderdale arriving Nov 6. I guess we will see then. If they do bring Veendam to Tampa, they will now have to compete with the Vista like Constellation which will be doing 10 and 11 day itineraries, so they will need to do really good cruises. The Veendam was doing Cuba and would be good to again from Tampa if and when that reopens.
  17. Funny, Mrs Banjo and I were just talking about that today. We are 4 star cruisers on HAL. We cruised on Prinsendam a number of times and loved her. We also have enjoyed the Veendam, and other ships in her class. Our one experience on Zuiderdam, was the one we disliked and won’t book the bigger ships again. The fact that HAL is only building bigger means, for us, when the small boats are gone, Mr & Mrs Banjo will be gone as well. There are plenty of other options
  18. Veendam is listed as doing a 7 day Western Caribbean charter for Olivia Cruises out of Tampa in November 2020.....I suspect she will extend her transatlantic to Ft Lauderdale by 3 days to get to Tampa and do a season out of there. Nothing official yet from HAL,but if she’s already scheduled for a cruise out of there it seems logical that a Tampa season will indeed be on the horizon.....come on HAL, announce the Veendam 2020/21 itineraries! her transatlantic to Ft Lauderdale.
  19. ms Amsterdam Seattle Washington 08:00 - 16:00 ms Eurodam Juneau (Alaska) United States 13:00-22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Koningsdam Sarande Albania 08:00-17:00 ms Maasdam Hakodate Japan 09:00 - 22:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Juneau (Alaska) United States 13:00-22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam Isafjord Iceland 08:00-17:00 ms Noordam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Oosterdam Ketchikan (Alaska) United States 07:00 - 13:00 Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view/ Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-7/ ms Rotterdam Scenic Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Veendam Souda 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Volendam Ketchikan (Alaska) United States 10:00-18:00 Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view/ Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-7/ ms Westerdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Zaandam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Zuiderdam Cruising
  20. Yes. We had two cruises with her. One out of Ft Lauderdale on the Volendam and one out of Tampa several years later on the Veendam. Later in life she preferred to cruise out of Tampa as it was closer to her home base when she wasn’t on a cruise.
  21. ms Amsterdam Victoria (British Co Canada 13:00 - 23:00 Web Cam http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 ms Eurodam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Koningsdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Maasdam Otaru (Sapporo) Japan 11:00 - 18:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Nieuw Statendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Noordam Seward (Alaska) United States 04:30 - 20:00 ms Oosterdam Seattle, Washington 07:00 - 16:00 ms Rotterdam Dublin Ireland 08:00 - 23:00 ms Veendam Katakolon 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Volendam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Westerdam Vancouver Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Zaandam Quebec City (Quebec) Canada 07:00-17:00 Web Cam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zaCBS29E30 ms Zuiderdam Eyjafjordur
  22. ms Amsterdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Eurodam Seattle (Washington) United States 07:00-16:00 Web Cam https://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ ms Koningsdam Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy 07:00-17:00 ms Maasdam Korsakov Sakhalin Island Russ 07:00-18:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Vancouver Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam Reykjavik Iceland 08:00-17:00 ms Noordam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Oosterdam Victoria, Vancouver 18:00 - 23:30 ms Rotterdam Liverpool England 08:00 - 18:00 ms Veendam Corfu 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Volendam Skagway (Alaska) United States 07:00-21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Westerdam At Sea Intl. Waters 00:00-23:59 ms Zaandam Montreal (Quebec) Canada 07:00-16:00 ms Zuiderdam Isafjordhur
  23. Of the ships left in the fleet, I personally would go with Veendam ( or her sister Maasdam, assuming they are the same other than the aft “warm-tubs” on Veendam in place of the pool), or Amsterdam. Veendam: I LOVE the small size, the teak promenade with proper steamer chaises, the fabulous and many outdoor spaces, the un-glassed top deck, staircase Oscar, the Pinnacle Grill with WINDOWS, the lovely dining room, the lido with huge windows. She gets my first place for ships in the fleet. If I get a chance to sail Maasdam she will likely become first or second place..... Currently Second place for me is Amsterdam with her nice “hidden” aft public spaces with steamer chaises. Her lido has nice windows and she has a nice promenade. But the Queen, Best in Show, Prinsendam. 😪 I’m pretty sure that when the Ss and Rs are gone from the fleet, so will I.
  24. I would not mind being on the Noordam in Glacier Bay today. I would also wish I was on the Eurodam. If she gets into Victoria on time there is always the run up to Burckhardt Gardens. Thanks for the update. The Veendam was in a great place.
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