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  1. We took the 14 day Back to Back Veendam cruise the end of May and early June this year. Canada had a cold Spring and it was really cold - windy, and rainy too. We had cold but beautiful days in Quebec, and lucked into a warm front for our one day in Montreal (temperature around 70 and sunny). But when it is cold, windy, and rainy as it was both times in Charlotte and Sydney, it was quite unpleasant. However, the tulips and spring flowers in Quebec and Montreal were lovely and nice to see. For us, it is a great cruise and nice ports any time of the year. We've done it 10-12 times.
  2. Hahahaha Puppy. I decided that maybe the Veendam needed that dock to take care of people with medical needs so they are back on my friends list. I have no idea if that is true or not but I’m sure there was a very good reason they needed it. Here is a random shot because I don’t know what I am doing anymore.
  3. I’ve loved the lanai rooms that I’ve had in both Veendam and Amsterdam. My next cruise is sold out in that category or I’d choose it again. I can’t say whether or not it’s worth it. What is the price difference?
  4. Thank you to all of you who have posted. I'm very close to booking the Veendam transatlantic to Rome in April 2019. Though I have cruised many times before, this would be my first solo - so your experiences are tremendously helpful. I confess that the evening dining is the only thing about traveling solo which concerns me. I'm leaning toward fixed dining and late seating.
  5. Saturday, September 22, 2018 Amsterdam -- Victoria, British Columbia 6:00 PM - Midnight Webcam: http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 Eurodam -- Seattle, Washington 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Webcam:http://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ Webcam: http://74.92.225.161:32610/advanced.web?s=0;#BZ4Z0Z11ODLZ0Z11OKWZ-1Z-1Z0Z11OS8Z7Z2U Koningsdam -- Lisbon, Portugal 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Maasdam -- Guayaquil (Quito), Ecuador 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Nieuw Amsterdam -- Vancouver, British Columbia 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM Webcam: http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Webcam: http://www.visioncritical.com/the-view-from-here Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Noordam -- Scenic cruising The Inside Passage (from Ketchikan, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia) Oosterdam -- Split (Trogir), Croatia 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Prinsendam -- La Rochelle, France 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Rotterdam -- Boston, Massachusetts 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Webcam: http://www.seatowboston.com/harborcam.html Veendam -- Montreal, Quebec 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Volendam -- Skagway, Alaska 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Webcam: http://www.wpyr.com/explore/webcam.html Westerdam -- Scenic cruising The Inside Passage (from Ketchikan, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia) Zaandam -- At Sea (from Sitka, Alaska to Victoria, British Columbia) Zuiderdam -- Quebec, Quebec 8:00 AM - Midnight Eastern Hemisphere: Sunday, September 23, 2018 Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Oosterdam -- Dubrovnik, Croatia 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  6. We just went in early May this year. May 5-12 on the Veendam. We thought it was a great time of year. We're from Ontario however, so we knew what to expect in terms of weather. It was capri pant weather with a windbreaker or hoodie when it was at it's chilliest. We had one day of rain in Halifax. There were some things not open yet for the season, but not many - more and more retailers and attractions are adjusting to the cruise schedules. We wouldn't hesitate to go again that time of year. Ship was also about 75% full, which was quite nice. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Veendam. It was great. Not one complaint. Smaller ship in comparison, which was why it could get under bridges etc. Water level was very high when we sailed as well.
  7. We were to sail to Montreal this past May on another cruise line. Heavy snow melt plus heavy rain caused high water levels. Some ships, including ours, could not pass under bridges beyond Trois Rivers. I’m unclear which ship the OP is considering but I don’t like, and do not recommend Veendam. There are better options.
  8. Wow, Miss G, glad I'm not on the Veendam now that she is your arch enemy. Is your list of enemies long? How do you get off the list? p.s. Loving your comments and pictures. Tickle your husband's nose for me. :evilsmile:
  9. Packing of clothes and items is nearly complete. I feel like I made good progress yesterday.... Lots of shirts: Gadgets and a sports coat (but no ties... I'm on vacation!): Checked bag for airlines... got to be under 50 lbs! :eek: : The upright bag is my carry-on luggage while the backpack in the 2nd image is my personal item. ;) Isn't on board laundry great? As 4* Mariners, we appreciate that it's free but have paid for unlimited laundry before we had that perk. So, we pack 5 - 7 days worth of clothing no matter the length of the cruise and then add the itinerary specific items we feel we need. For this cruise I'm only adding a light jacket even though we're going to Machu Picchu and will be in some cooler weather in South America. I love cool and even cold weather. I can sweat in a walk-in freezer. I brought a heavy coat for our Antarctic cruise and only wore it once, when we were permitted on the bow of Veendam in the Gerlach Straits. I was out there for probably an hour taking photos. So, today I must get meds from the pharmacy and groceries for the DW. Then it's time to pack everything up and weigh it, then re-pack after deciding what to take out. Everything's printed that needs printing. Bills all paid up.
  10. HAL FUTURE CRUISERS' LIST Updated September 21st, 2018 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 Underlined SEPTEMBER 2018 Amsterdam - 22-Sep-18 - 89 day Grand Asia vinonme2 - 1st time on Amsterdam Westerdam – 23-Sep-18 – 7 day Alaska Inside Passage EmpressJen – honey moon cruise! 1st time on HAL Zaandam - 24-Sep-18 - 40 day Inca Discovery & South America (Seattle - Rio) 0bnxshs & LampLighter - celebrating LampLighter's 79th birthday The Penguina - celebrating 40 years together & 2nd anniversary Koningsdam - 28-Sep-18 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream LaCat3 Veendam - 29-Sep-18 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery Rockers2 Eurodam – 29-Sep-18 – 18 day Circle Hawaii Av8rix – achieving 4* on this cruise atexsix – with Dear Father N Amsterdam – 29-Sep-18 – 4 night Pacific Coastal madera1 Prinsendam - 30-Sep-18 - 14 day Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms we’re sailing away…. - B2B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 5th, Aug. 19th, Sept. 2nd, Sept. 16th and with Oct. 14th, Oct. 28th, 2018 & Nov. 9th Prinsendam - 30-Sep-18 - 28 day Holy Land, Casablanca Canary Islands Explorer Mickie - B2B2B following Sept. 2nd & with Oct. 28th Amsterdam - 30-Sep-18 - 82 day Grand Asia & Pacific Voyage DeepWaterMariner Westerdam - 30-Sept-18 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing, Japan & China Collector (out of VCR} Lido deck main OCTOBER 2018 Veendam - 06-Oct-18 - 11 day Atlantic Coastal firegal2539 - first HAL cruise cruisebie Koningsdam - 08-Oct-18 - 20 day Best of the Mediterranean scluvsrain - B2B with Oct. 28th Rotterdam - 13-Oct-18 - 15 day New England & Atlantic Coast StLouisCruisers TBcruiserguy Zuiderdam - 13-Oct-18 - 11 day Atlantic Coast gjkov - 1st HAL cruise Prinsendam - 14-Oct-18 - 14 day Casablanca & Canary Islands we’re sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 5th, Aug. 19th, Sept. 2nd, Sept. 16th, Sept. 30th and with Oct. 28th, 2018 & Nov. 9th Oosterdam - 15-Oct-18 - 26 day Med & TA mauimacho cactuslady - hitting 4* on this cruise Veendam – 17-Oct-18 – 12 day Cuba JR42 Koningsdam - 18-Oct-18 - 24 day Mediterranean Dream and Passage to America aliaschief & DWAliaschief Seacruiser_1 Queen Mary 2 – 18-Oct-18 – Westbound Transatlantic foodsvcmgr Celebrity Summit – 21-Oct-18 – 6 day repositioning NYC to San Juan Boytjie – 1st Celebrity cruise N Amsterdam – 21-Oct-18 – 13 day Western/Eastern Caribbean ASIWISH Zuiderdam - 24-Oct-18 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Tarheel72 - 2nd time on Zuiderdam I like vacation Oosterdam - 27-Oct-18 - 14 day Passage to America ger_77 - 4th TA sambamama innlady1 & DH Maasdam - 28-Oct-18 - 14 day Polynesia Idyll liamur14 Koningsdam - 28-Oct-18 - 14 day Passage to America scluvsrain - B2B following Oct. 8th Divi Prinsendam - 28-Oct-18 - 12 day Journey to the New World we’re sailing away…. - B2B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 5th, Aug. 19th, Sept. 2nd, Sept. 16th, Sept. 30th, Oct. 14th and with Nov. 9th Mickie - B2B2B following Sept. 2nd & 30th FinnishFunn - achieving 4* on this cruise shrimp56 & mr shrimp NOVEMBER 2018 Volendam – 03-Nov-18 – – 15 night Panama Canal (SD – FLL) DocJohnB Noordam - 08-Nov-18 - 29 day Australia & New Zealand Discovery Collector Bruinboy - with DW GarySuzy Prinsendam - 09-Nov-18 - 28 day Amazon Explorer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 5th, Aug. 19th, Sept. 2nd, Sept. 16th, Sept. 30th, Oct. 14th & Oct. 28th Rockers2 holocanada Royal Princess - 09-Nov-18 - 8 day Southern Caribbean Charlie1422 Grandeur of the Seas - 10-Nov-18 - 12 day Southern Caribbean rafinmd Ruby Princess - 10-Nov-18 - 7 day classic California Coast dobiemom Koningsdam – 11-Nov-18 – 10 day Southern Caribbean holacanada Eurodam - 11-Nov-18 - 18 day Circle Hawaii vms - 1st HAL cruise Eurodam - 11-Nov-18 - 18 day Circle Hawaii RetiredNow - B2B with Nov. 29th Oosterdam - 17-Nov-18 - 14 day Caribbean oldpharmguy - celebrating 63rd wedding anniversary Crown Princess - 17-Nov-18 - 10 day Eastern Caribbean Voyager StartrainDD - celebrating Thanksgiving with friends Rotterdam - 18-Nov-18 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Veendam – 19-Nov-18 – 11 day Cuban Explorer mrscopper – with DH and daughter Mtn2Sea crewcox Koningsdam - 21-Nov-18 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer HELENPSL Pacific Princess - 23-Nov-18 - Greek Isles Connoisseur - Venice to Rome StLouisCruisers - B2B with with Dec. 5th Oosterdam – 24-Nov-18 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean slimknyzer Eurodam - 29-Nov-18 - 10 day Mexican Riviera & Sea of Cortez LynnObie - & DW Betty 57redbird Loreto RetiredNow - B2B with Nov. 11th canadianbear lazey1 Veendam – 30-Nov-18 – 10 day Cuban Explorer TiCoCo – 1st HAL cruise, celebrating TiCoCo’s, dad’s & BIL’s 40th birthday Celebrity Silhouette - 30-Nov-18 - 9 night Southen Caribbean AZNative2000 - ABC islands and more DECEMBER 2018 Oosterdam - 01-Dec-18 - 7 day Caribbean Cruisinetta Chelly N Amsterdam – 02-Dec-18 – 7 day relaxing in the Western Caribbean Iamthesea – following Inaugural 7 day on Celebrity Rotterdam - 2-Dec-18 - 21 day Southern/Western Caribbean TampaMike Zuiderdam – 05-Dec-18 – 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer joekerstef N Statendam - 05-Dec-18 - 14 day Premier Cruise visagrunt 1ANGELCAT Scluvsrain Vict0riann N Statendam - 05-Dec-18 - 18 day Premier & Bahamas Collector Voyage Btimmer RetiredNow - B2B with Dec. 23rd sailingdutchy Pacific Princess - 05-Dec-18 - Transatlantic StLouisCruisers - B2B following Nov. 23rd, the "Thanksgiving to nearly Christmas cruise" N Amsterdam - 09-Dec-18 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean lakeside42 - 3rd HAL cruise Eurodam - 09-Dec-18 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Koningsdam - 10-Dec-18 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer *Miss G* - Annual Christmas Cruise with sister Skipper’s Mom Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar Veendam – 11-Dec-18 – 7 night Authentic Cuba madera1 Prinsendam – 15-Dec-18 – 6 night Caribbean hal lover – Birthday cruise! aliaschief & DWalisachief Zuiderdam – 16-Dec-18 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday POA1 & Huskerchick – and Poohby Joe Zuiderdam – 16-Dec-18 – 21 day B2B holiday cruise Kooolmomma – B2B with N Amsterdam Jan 6th and N Statendam Jan 20th Eurodam – 16-Dec-18 – 7 day Mexican Riviera oellett – sailing with parents, 1st HAL cruise Zaandam - 17-Dec-18 - 22 days - ? we're sailing away.... Westerdam - 20-Dec-18 - 13 day Far East Discovery Hawksridge - 2nd HAL cruise, looking forward to Christmas & New Year's on board Amsterdam - 21-Dec-18 - 17 day Hawaii Holiday (R/T L.A.) Double D Cruisers - B2B with Jan. 7th Prinsendam - 21-Dec-18 - 14 day Caribbean Holiday Happily@Sea Veendam – 21-Dec-18 – Authentic Cuba Chergs N Statendam - 23-Dec-18 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean Collector Holiday Cruise RetiredNow - B2B following Dec. 5th N Amsterdam – 23-Dec-18 – 7 day Western Caribbean Holiday jagger16 – sailing with family again, 9th holiday cruise Rotterdam – 30-Dec-18 – 7 day Western Caribbean Holiday welovetocruise1234 Norwegian Pearl – 30-Dec-18 – 7 night Western Caribbean Lucie73821 JANUARY 2019 Prinsendam - 04-Jan-19 - 80 day Grand South America rafinmd Scrapnana scluvsrain FinnishFun Hhagatha N Statendam - 06-Jan-19 - 14 day Western/Eastern Collectors Caribbean we're sailing away.... RetiredNow - B2B with Jan. 20th, 101st cruise on HAL Overhead Fred - probably achieving 4* on this cruise CineGraphic - 1st HAL cruise N Amsterdam – 06-Jan-19 – 14 day Caribbean ? Kooolmomma – B2B following Zuiderdam Dec. 16th & with Jan. 20th N Statendam Amsterdam - 07-Jan-19 - 15 day Panama Canal (LA - FLL) Double D Cruisers - B2B following Dec. 21st Portofrome Zaandam - 08-Jan-19 - 22 day South America & Antarctica asebastian - celebrating his retirement N Statendam – 13-Jan-19 – 17 day Southern Caribbean Cailey53 – celebrating 44 anniversary on board the 3rd Statendam shp they have been on since the 1st on their honeymoon Koningsdam – 13-Jan-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter with brother & SIL canadianbear – girls only & friends very first cruise Zuiderdam - 16-Jan-19 - 11 day Panam[a Canal Sunfarer tractortom & the Mrs. Winter getaway to the south Oosterdam - 19-Jan-19 - Tropical Caribbean kjw869 & Sweet Sue N Statendam - 20-Jan-19 - 10 day Southern Caribbean wdw1972- favourite Caribbean itinerary Kooolmomma – B2B2B following Dec. 16th Zuiderdam & N Amsterdam Jan. 6th N Statendam - 20-Jan-19 - 13 day Southern Caribbean & Bahamas Collectors RetiredNow - B2B following Jan. 6th, 102nd cruise on HAL Amsterdam - 22-Jan-19 113 day Grand World Voyage TBcruiserguy PCruzer DeepWaterMariner we’re sailing away…. TJR_0323 Maasdam - 26-Jan-19 - 20 day Indian Ocean Explorer Btimmer Zaandam – 30-Jan-19 – 22 day South America & Antarctica SusieKIslandGirl FEBRUARY 2019 Volendam – 02-Feb-19 – 30 day Incan Empires taxmantoo N Amsterdam – 03-Feb-19 – 7 night Eastern Caribbean FatCat & family & mom Eurodam – 3-Feb-19 – 15 day Hawaii R/T San Diego KenNMB Zuiderdam - 06-Feb-19 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer carlyshenk - 50th anniversary cruise Westerdam – 17-Feb-19 – 14 day China, South Korea & Japan ksmaxey N Amsterdam - 10-Feb-19 - 7 day RSVP Charter Typhoon1 - B2B with N Statendam Feb. 17 Maasdam - 16-Feb-19 - 20 day Southeast Asia Highlights ger_77 Oosterdam – 16-Feb-19 – 7 day Tropical Caribbean bbw187 & family N Statendam - 17-Feb-19 - 7 day Caribbean Typhoon1 - B2B following Feb. 10 N Amsterdam Oceania Sirena - 23-Feb-19 - 21 day South America (Buenos Aires - Lima) Cruzin Terri Koningsdam - 24-Feb-19 - 10 day Southern Caribbean canadianbear - B2B with Celebrity Infinity Mar. 9 foodsvcmgr MARCH 2019 N Statendam - 03-Mar-19 - 14 night Eastern/Western Caribbean Collectors alwaysfrantic Koningsdam - 06-Mar-19 - 11 day Caribbean doone - family & friends cruise Eurodam - 09-Mar-19 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas (R/T S.D.) Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana DeeniEncinitas ArtsyCraftsy - a bunch of bucket list places gigianne Skipper’s Mom Celebrity Infinity - 09-Mar-19 - 7 day Western Caribbean canadianbear - B2B following Koningsdam Feb. 24 Oosterdam - 16-Mar-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean VTcruisenut – cruising with DH and friends Westerdam – 17-Mar-19 – 28 day China & Japan Explorer Collectors eswn – B2B with April 14th Koningsdam – 17-Mar-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean mcrcruiser Zuiderdam - 20-Mar-19 - 11 night Panama Canal Sunfarer cmdchiefthom Zaandam - 21-Mar-19 - 14 day South American Passage shrimp56 & mr shrimp Prinsendam - 25-Mar-19 - 30 day Discovery of Canary Islands - Casablanca & the Mediterranean samsonmo JR42 Koningsdam – 27-Mar-19 - 11 day Caribbean LaCat3 N Statendam - 31-Mar-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats APRIL 2019 Rotterdam - 07-Apr-19 - 7 day Western Caribbean BRWolf and karen N Statendam – 07-Apr-19 – 7 day Western Caribbean Chelly Prinsendam – 12-Apr-19 – 24 day Mediterranean Rivieras & European Explorer Kazu HELENPSL – 1st time on Prinsendam Eurodam - 13-Apr-19 - 16 day Circle Hawaii saturn93 Eurodam - 13-Apr-19 - 20 day Hawaii - San Diego - VCR sambamama - celebrating birthday Westerdam - 14-Apr-19 - 14 day Japan & Russia GarySuzy Westerdam – 14-Apr-19 – 29 Day Japan, Russia & N Pacific Crossing Collectors eswn – B2B following Mar. 17th Maasdam - 15-Apr-19 - 24 day Polynesian (Auckland to San Fran) aliaschief & DWAliaschief N Statendam - 21-Apr-19 - 14 day Transatlantic Azores & Normandy cayman09 rafinmd - B2B2B with Queen Victoria May 9 and QM2 May 12 Zuiderdam – 21-Apr-19 – 16 days Azores & Normandy Expedition crystalspin – & dr’spin Prinsendam – 24-Apr-19 – 26 day European River and Celtic Explorer StLouisCruisers N Amsterdam - 28-Apr-19 - 6 day Pacific Coastal Roz - B2B with May 4th Canadianbear Koningsdam – 29-Apr-19 – 11 night Ancient Empires vinonme2 – getaway for her and daughter in law MAY 2019 N Amsterdam - 04-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage Roz - B2B following Apr. 28th Veendam - 05-May-19 - 10 day Adriatic Dream (Venice to Civi) Portofrome Maasdam – 07-May-19 – 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventure RetiredNow Queen Victoria 9-May-19 -3 Night Kiel To Southampton. rafinmd - B2B2B following Nieuw Statendam Apr 21 & with QM2 May 12 Queen Mary 2 12-May-19 12-night Bruges & Guernsey [ to New York rafinmd - B2B2B following Nieuw Statendam Apr 21 and Queen Victoria May 9 Volendam - 22-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage sppunk Maasdam - 28-May-19 - 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer (R/T San Fran) kplady & CPLBill joekerstef JUNE 2019 Celebrity Reflection - 03-Jun-19 - 11 night Ireland and Iceland AZNative2000 N Statendam - 09-Jun-19 - 14 day Voyage of the Midnight Sun TylerRose PotatoTrousers Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 14 day Northern Isle Cruise mjcruise101 Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 26 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltics Stratheden N Amsterdam – 12-Jun-19 – 11 day Yukon & Double Denali Lucie73821 – B2B with June 23rd on Noordam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Amsterdam - 15-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Vcr Italy52 Prinsendam – 17-Jun-19 – 14 day North Cape & Pearls of Norw[ay – Prinsendam’s Final & Farewell Cruise samsonmo Maasdam – 18-Jun-19 – 21 day Great Alaskan & Pacific Northwest Explorer Scluvsrain Emerald Princess – 22-Jun-19 – 14 day Adriatic & Western Mediterranean Medley StLouisCruisers – early 50th anniversary celebration, children and grandchildren joining in on the cruise and celebration Noordam – 23-Jun-19 – 7 day Glacier Discovery Southbound Lucie73821 – B2B following June 12th on N Amsterdam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary Zuiderdam - 24-Jun-19 - 12 day Jewels of the Baltic TheEmerson - DD's graduation present N Amsterdam - 29-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana JULY 2019 Rotterdam – 06-Jul-19 – 24 day Copenhagen to Boston mauimacho Amsterdam - 15-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer highfields - 55th Wedding Anniversary and attaining 4-Star Mariner Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain AUGUST 2019 Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish Eurodam - 24-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 2 6-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board SEPTEMBER 2019 Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific Crossing rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 37 days - ? we’re sailing away….. Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Queen Mary 2 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 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 Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard 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 NOVEMBER 2019 Rotterdam - 02-Nov-19 – 18 day Journey to the New World Overhead Fred – 1st Rotterdam cruise Crystal Serenity 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 Crystal Serenity 12-Nov-19 - 12-night Crossing to the Caribbean - Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Nov 5 Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs DECEMBER 2019 Veendam – 18-Sep-19 – 10 day Cuban Explorer Holiday Crazy For Cats JANUARY 2020 Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana TBcruiserguy Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 FEBRUARY 2020 N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 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 Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Koningsdam - 15-Mar-20 - 48-day Voyage of the Americas ArtsyCraftsy Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Queen Elizabeth - 11-Apr-20 - 9 night Southern Japan AZNative2000 - 45th anniversary cruise OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  11. Our CC friends are on 3 different ships for this one with 3 very diferent itineraries. One doing the Atlantic Coast, one Hawaii and one the Pacific Coast. Whichever ship they are on and itinerary they have chosen, we wish them safe travels, fair winds and smooth seas. Bon Voyage to Veendam - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery: Rockers2 Bon Voyage to Eurodam - 18 day Circle Hawaii: Av8rix - congrats on achieving 4* this cruise atexsix - enjoy your cruise with Dear Father Bon Voyage to Nieuw Amsterdam - 4 night Pacific Coastal: madera1 Bon Voyage everyone !!!!! Have a great cruise and a WONDERFUL time!!!!!
  12. Friday, September 21, 2018 Amsterdam -- Ketchikan, Alaska 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Webcam: http://webcamketchikan.com/ Eurodam -- Victoria, British Columbia 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM Webcam: http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 Koningsdam -- Leixões (Porto), Portugal 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Maasdam -- Cross the Equator (from Puerto Caldera/Puntarenas, Costa Rica to Guayaquil/Quito, Ecuador) Nieuw Amsterdam -- Scenic cruising The Inside Passage (from Ketchikan, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia) Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Noordam -- Ketchikan, Alaska 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Webcam: http://webcamketchikan.com/ Oosterdam -- Venice, Italy Midnight - 5:00 PM Prinsendam -- At Sea (Atlantic Ocean: from Rouen/Paris, France to La Rochelle, France) Rotterdam -- Bar Harbor, Maine 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Veendam -- Quebec, Quebec 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Volendam -- Juneau, Alaska 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM Webcam: http://www.juneau.org/cam/southcam.php Webcam: http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Webcam: http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ Westerdam -- Ketchikan, Alaska 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Webcam: http://webcamketchikan.com/ Zaandam -- Sitka, Alaska 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Webcam: https://www.sitka.net/sitka-live-web-cams/ Zuiderdam -- Saguenay, Quebec 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Hemisphere: Saturday, September 22, 2018 Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Oosterdam -- Split (Trogir), Croatia 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  13. Ok, here's my best go at it. Remember there are no librarians in any library. Libraries: Prinsendam - yes - 2 rooms - wonderful Zaandam - yes (might be eliminated? Unsure) Maasdam - yes Rotterdam - yes - pretty decent. Amsterdam - yes Noordam - yes, according to reports. Volendam - yes Veendam - yes the rest of the ships have had/due to have the Exec treatment which leaves you with a few travel books and exchange books that passengers do. No library. I am sure I will be corrected if I am in error, but I think the list is somewhat accurate :)
  14. Stick to the remaining two "S" class ships, Maasdam and Veendam, and to the "R" class ships, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Volendam, and Zaandam. They don't have BB King's, they still have the Ocean Bar, and as far as I know they won't get the Rock Room. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but to the best of my knowledge it's the Vista, Signature, and Pinnacle class ships that are getting all the latest changes.
  15. Thursday, September 20, 2018 Amsterdam -- Sitka, Alaska 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Webcam: https://www.sitka.net/sitka-live-web-cams/ Eurodam -- Ketchikan, Alaska 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Webcam: http://webcamketchikan.com/ Koningsdam -- A Coruña, Spain 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Maasdam -- At Sea (Pacific Ocean: from Puerto Caldera/Puntarenas, Costa Rica to Cross the Equator) Nieuw Amsterdam -- Ketchikan, Alaska 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Webcam: http://webcamketchikan.com/ Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Noordam -- Juneau, Alaska 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Webcam: http://www.juneau.org/cam/southcam.php Webcam: http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Webcam: http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ Oosterdam -- Venice, Italy 1:00 PM - Midnight Prinsendam -- Rouen (Paris), France Midnight - 6:00 PM Rotterdam -- Halifax, Nova Scotia 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Webcam: http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/halifax/pier-21.html Webcam: http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/hal...-entrance.html Veendam -- Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Quebec, Quebec) Volendam -- Scenic cruising The Inside Passage (from Vancouver, British Columbia to Juneau, Alaska) Westerdam -- Scenic cruising Glacier Bay (from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Zaandam -- Scenic cruising Hubbard Glacier 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Zuiderdam -- Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Saguenay, Quebec) Eastern Hemisphere: Friday, September 21, 2018 Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Oosterdam -- Venice, Italy Midnight - 5:00 PM Prinsendam -- At Sea (Atlantic Ocean: from Rouen/Paris, France to La Rochelle, France)
  16. This will be our first cruise on Zaandam. We've been to Antarctica before, when Veendam was doing the route. You are in for a treat. Wish this itinerary was going there. I'll be sure to provide my impression of Zaandam and any little secrets I discover on her. In many ports we'll simple go ashore and have a local beer or 6 but I certainly review our excursions as we do them.
  17. The Veendam did this summer but I must say that it was not well kept. Books had not been shelved where they were supposed to be and generally you just had to keep looking through. The physical space was there and still used by so many people. We still can't get used to not having that option on some of the other ships and miss it greatly.
  18. Sorry to bore the ones who know all this but thought this might be helpful to some. We are doing donuts in the harbor again. I can see the dock we were supposed to be on as we pass by. It is occupied by the Veendam. The Veendam is now my arch enemy. In the bottom right-hand corner of the app you can see the “More” button. Here is the next screen when you click on that:
  19. Unfortunately, with the ages of Maasdam and Veendam and the high costs of such technological upgrades, they are focussing on resources where they make financial sense such as the R class, Vista, Signature..... I wouldn't be surprised to see Maasdam and Veendam finally sold off in the next couple of years. Sad for me, Maasdam was my first ship, though I was sadder to see Statendam and Ryndam go. Loved those two ships. Never had a good experience with the Veendam...that one won't be such a difficult loss for me.
  20. Some Explorations Cafes on the smaller HAL ships are not located with a bar (Veendam and Zaandam) so there may not be a "kick" available.
  21. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Amsterdam -- Scenic cruising Hubbard Glacier Bay 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eurodam -- Sitka, Alaska 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Webcam: https://www.sitka.net/sitka-live-web-cams/ Koningsdam -- At Sea (Bay of Biscay: from Southampton/London, England to A Coruña, Spain) Maasdam -- Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Nieuw Amsterdam -- Scenic cruising Glacier Bay 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Noordam -- Haines (Skagway), Alaska 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Oosterdam -- Kotor, Montenegro 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Prinsendam -- Scenic cruising Seine River followed by Rouen (Paris), France 6:00 PM - Midnight Rotterdam -- Sydney, Nova Scotia 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Veendam -- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Volendam -- Vancouver, British Columbia 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM Webcam: http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Webcam: http://www.visioncritical.com/the-view-from-here Westerdam -- Skagway, Alaska 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Webcam: http://www.wpyr.com/explore/webcam.html Zaandam -- Kodiak, Kodiak Island, Alaska 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Zuiderdam -- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Hemisphere: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Nieuw Statendam -- Marghera (Fincantieri), Italy Midnight - Midnight Oosterdam -- Venice, Italy 1:00 PM - Midnight Prinsendam -- Rouen (Paris), France Midnight - 6:00 PM
  22. We are currently waiting for Veendam to get out of the way.
  23. Yes. Not many cruise lines offer this cruise. And it usually sells out fast. We did it a few years ago on the Veendam. We booked an oceanview room and 2 days before the sail date received a free upgrade to a verandah room. When else will you have the opportunity to explore Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, etc. on one cruise? It is a special cruise and if you can swing it....do it. You only live once.
  24. DAY SIX - SYDNEY, CAPE BRETON ISLAND Well, it’s happened. We officially have no idea what day it is. We are doing donuts in the harbor. What is happening? We get to the Pinnacle in time for breakfast. We are seated at a different table because you get what you are given when you don’t arrive early. We discover that a private table can sometimes be too private. They have forgotten all about us. Usually we are barely in our seats before the juice and water and coffee guy is taking our order, and then the guy with the sweet pastries, and then our waiter. Today we get nothing. Nada. Zip. We twiddle our thumbs. Iyus shows up and wonders why we have nothing. He goes away and comes back with water. We give him our order. Suddenly there is an about-face and a tsunami of breakfast items arrive. The pastry guy. Juice. Our fresh fruit. Our tea and coffee. Another pastry guy. Our meal. More pastry. What is happening? Our table is packed and I hold my fresh fruit plate in the air to make way for new stuff. I don’t like this table. We finish our breakfast and try to get back to Deck 7. I press the elevator up-arrow to go up. The door opens and there is an elevator full of people. They ask if we are going down. We say no and step off. I press the elevator up-arrow to go up. The same elevator door opens. Whoops! Sorry about that. The elevator door closes and I press the elevator up-arrow to go up. The elevator door opens with an angry mob inside. It finally dawns on me that they are the ones who got on the wrong elevator; not me. We step inside. Not going up? Well you are now. We get off on Deck 7 and wish them well on their journey. Back in our room on the other side of the ship we notice we are docked. There is a giant fiddle and someone playing the bagpipes. Well isn’t this nice. The Veendam is tendering. We lucked out. They have been with us at every port. We think it’s time they get their own ports.
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