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  1. The balcony is completely covered by the deck above. Whether it’s shaded or not depends on the time of day and direction. We liked it because it was quiet and had great views over the wake. It did mean some long walks to the front elevators as we headed up to the Crow’s Nest! it looks like you’re new to Cruise Critic, so I’d suggest you just keep exploring on this site. There’s also a great site strictly about HAL. I don’t think I’m allowed to include it here, but if you google Veendam cabin 232, you’ll get a link to that wonderful site that has photos of lots of HAL cabins. There are some great pictures of 232 on it. The site is all about the “facts” of HAL. 😊. Jan
  2. Plus Veendam in Port Canaveral Oct 22 - I know that is after the FLL season starts - but I put it out there so it is noted also.
  3. Maasdam's aft pool remains in place and is wonderful What they did to Veendam is disgrace IMO. BAD enough no pool but he mess of those ridiculous hot tubs block ALL view. A most unpleasant place to sit on Veendam. What a waste .
  4. Well... out of my 27 times with NCL, it was 3 times in The Haven/Courtyard. But anyhow: no matter if I am staying in an inside stateroom or in the Courtyard Villa: if I am dialing on EVERY NCL SHIP FLEETWIDE 8888 I have the Hotel Director right on his phone or if he is not able to attend, I have his secretary. By the way: it was you who started to compare NCL / HAL: My observations right now from VEENDAM: You get the same empty bread plate and butter knife like with NCL and bread only on request for lunch: Both removed the tray service for Danish and you have to asked for it... and while NCL has peppermills on every table of the MDR... You have this here on VEENDAM and none is showing up anymore with a peppermill unless you are asking for. But as said: It was a different HAL in 2016 when I had my last sailing with. Too many changes. Before many things were offered with out the need to ask for and many nice things were just withdrawn without replacement like I had a long list what made HAL better than any other. But this list getting smaller and smaller compared to others... and the first time: MSC and Costa are appearing on my list what they are doing better than HAL... As said: this is my list - and what is important to me and what I am willing to pay to get MY outstanding unforgettable experience and making me coming back to HAL. Normally the first action before I am moving to my cabin: grabbing a form for the FCD. This time I might need to wait until the end of the cruise.
  5. ms Amsterdam Anchorage Alaska 08:00 - 21:00 ms Eurodam Juneau Alaska 13:00 - 22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Koningsdam 23:00 Piraeus 08:00 - 17 Sep 2019 ms Maasdam Rabaul New Britain Island 08:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Juneau Alaska 13:00 - 22:00 Web Cam https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam http://webcams.thesnowcloud.com/ ms Nieuw Statendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam Scenic Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Veendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Volendam Ketchikan Revillagigedo Islan 10:00 - 18:00 Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view/ Web Cam https://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-7/ ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Halifax Nova Scotia 09:00 - 18:00 ms Zuiderdam Quebec City -- - 05:00 PM
  6. As for door noise in a cabin near the outside doors, we were in 371 on the Veendam, adjacent to the hallway to the outside doors, and heard no door noise. We occasionally heard some banging and scraping from above early in the morning. We loved being on that deck and would book an OV cabin on it again. We wouldn't pay extra for the lanai cabin, which has less storage space than the OV. Maya_C
  7. On HAL, you don't need to swipe you room card when getting a pool towel. Much less announcement on HAL. Room service included. Wifi not as fast. Much less entertainment. HAL has bathtubs in most oceanview and up cabins. HAL offers unlimited laundry package - $7 per day per cabin ($9 for European cruises) Btw, we cruised as a family and our last 6 cruises were, in order, Liberty OTS, Eurodam, Anthem OTS, Veendam, Oasis OTS, and Koningsdam.
  8. Has anyone attended the shore excursion "Spirit of the Fiddle Kitchen Party"? That is the HAL title but other ships might have a similar excursion? I am looking for feedback as I would love to experience some live Celtic music on my one day stop to Sydney on the Veendam.
  9. 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.
  10. BB King and Lincoln were too small when we sailed on a ship with them. Add that to the loss of other opportunities for entertainment. What I didn't like was that if we didn't arrive 30 mins early, we could never get seating. That was our first and last cruise on Zuiderdamm and that class ship. Like I have said many times, when the S Class ships are gone, Mrs Banjo and I are gone as well. The good news is we are on Veendam again in about 3 weeks! Woooooo Hooooo
  11. Veendam is too big to take over the Prinsendam's smaller ports. The Veendam can take over some of the ports Prinsendam sailed to, though.
  12. I have no idea why you would say this Greg, the Veendam is definitely NOT a terrible ship. The Veendam and her sister Maasdam are my 2 favoite ships in the fleet. To each their own but please just say what you do or don't like.
  13. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Katakolon Olympia 08:00 - 17:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Amsterdam Holland 07:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Vancouver BC Canada 07:00 - 16:30 Web Cam http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/ Web Cam http://webcam.visioncritical.com/ ms Oosterdam Seattle Washington 07:00 - 16:00 Web Cam https://www.spaceneedle.com/webcam/ ms Rotterdam Helsinki Finland 08:00 - 17:00 ms Veendam Quebec City Canada 07:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Glacier Bay Alaska 07:00 - 16:00 ms Westerdam Seward Alaska 04:30 - 20:00 ms Zaandam Bar Harbor Maine 07:00 - 16:00 ms Zuiderdam Quebec City 05:00 AM
  14. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING - Updated July 26th, 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). JULY 2019 Noordam - 28-Jul-19 - 7 day Southbound Alaska 496and706 Oosterdam - 28-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska School library lady - with DH, aunt, and dad celebrating his 89th birthday Amsterdam - 29-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer puli Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain RetiredMustang teachermandoug VacationingCharlene Scenic Gem - 07-Aug-19 - 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine- 1of4 - flying to Paris July 31 to celebrate DD's 18th birthday AUGUST 2019 Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Scottish Highlands Explorer Infi Eurodam - 03-Aug-19- 7 day Alaska grsnovi - 4th Alaska cruise - taking kids & grand kids N Statendam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Northern Isles we're sailing away..... - B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Oosterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska beaming90 - First HAL cruise & first time to Alaska, 2 friends celebrating 75th birthday Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Scottish Highlands bigjohn42 - celebrating 30th anniversary Rotjeknor Veendam - 07-Aug-19 - 12 day Adriatic Dream (Venice -Bcn) Kittie Ladie - 2nd cruise with HAL, DH's first N Amsterdam - 10-Aug-19 - Alaska Inside Passage kscarpetta2 -1st HAL cruise, celebrating 54th b'day & parents 55th anniversary Koningsdam - Aug-19 - 11 day Mediterranean Ancient Empires. Sailingdutchy - celebrating 50th anniversary & travelling with daughter, SIL & 2 grandsons who are on their first cruise Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Amsterdam - 12-Aug-19 - 14 day Alaska luvteaching - achieving 4* on this cruise LynnObie Moriah -celebrating 66th birthday on board Maasdam - 14-Aug-19 - 14 day Land of the Rising Sun kira5 - mother & daughter cruise, 2nd time 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 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip 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 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 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 – 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 Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 - 07-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean TomAndJane 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 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 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 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England (Que - NY) 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 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 Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 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 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 Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! 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  15. Tiger's Mom: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2690931-veendam-roll-call-december-18-2019/
  16. 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 Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam Madang Papua New Guinea 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 Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Victoria Vancouver Island 18:00 - 23:30 Web Cam http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10 ms Rotterdam Saint Petersburg Russia 00:00 - 18:00 ms Veendam Montreal Quebec Canada 07:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Skagway Alaska 07:00 - 21:00 Web Cam https://wpyr.com/sights-sounds/webcams/ ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Boston Massachusetts 07:00 - 17:00 ms Zuiderdam Saguenay Fjord
  17. Here is the latest update of the Dry Dock, Charter and Groups file. It is a bit of a 'work in progress' at the moment because the situation regarding Veendam and the cancelled Cuba cruises is still unclear. Also there is some uncertainty as to Rotterdam/Zaandam/Amsterdam getting Billboard on Board and whether it will be a full dry dock (with additional maintenance being done) or a wet dock. 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. Rotterdam : 12 April 2020 – 22 April 2020 : (?) TBC 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: 01 July 2019 – 08 July 2019 : Alaska : Olivia Charter Eurodam: 20 July 2019 – 27 July 2019 : Gaither Homecoming Charter 26 October 2019 – 02 November 2019 : Mexican Riviera : Legendary R & B Cruise 25 July 2020 – 01 August 2020 : Alaska : Gaither Homecoming Cruise Koningsdam: 26 September 2020 – 03 October 2020 : Pacific seaboard : Possible Charter/Dry Dock ? 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 22 March 2020 – 29 March 2020 : Inspiration Cruises Charter Noordam: 12 March 2020 – 19 March 2020 : New Zealand : ??? Oosterdam: 14 July 2019 – 21 July 2019 : Alaska : RSVP Charter 22 February 2020 – 29 February 2020 : Mexican Riviera : All Star Irish Cruise Veendam: 22 January 2020 – 29 January 2020 : Cuba : 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: 08 July 2019 – 15 July 2019 : Alaska : Chiropractor Group 15 July 2019 – 29 July 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 29 July 2019 – 12 August 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 12 August 2019 – 26 August 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 04 January 2020 – 12 May 2020 : World Cruise 2020 : Road Scholar Group Eurodam: 22 June 2019 – 29 June 2019 : Alaska : Inspiration Cruises Group 29 June 2019 – 06 July 2019 : Alaska : Christian Cruise Conference 13 July 2019 – 20 July 2019 : Alaska : Turning Point Ministries 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: 12 June 2019 – 24 June 2019 : Mediterranean Rivieras : Quilting Group 13 September 2019 – 24 September 2019 : Ancient Empires : Political (Conservative 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: 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: 15 June 2019 – 22 June 2019 : Alaska : Turning Point Ministries : Knitting Group 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 16 January 2021 – 23 January 2021 : Eastern Caribbean : Katinas & Kuzins/Inspiration Group Nieuw Statendam: 30 June 2019 – 07 July 2019 : Norway : Road Scholar Group 07 July 2019 – 21 July 2019 : Norway : Knitting Group 28 July 2019 – 04 August 2019 : Norway : Road Scholar Group 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 Education 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: 07 July 2019 – 14 July 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 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 Oosterdam: 23 June 2019 – 30 June 2019 : Alaska : CruGlobal Christian Cruise Conference 07 July 2019 – 14 July 2019 : Alaska : Family Research Council Group 21 July 2019 – 28 July 2019 : Alaska : Way-FM Christian Cruise 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 02 May 2020 – 09 May 2020 : Alaska : Continuing Education Group 26 July 2020 – 02 August 2020 : Alaska: Quilting 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 Westerdam: 09 June 2019 – 16 June 2019 : Alaska : Road Scholar Group 07 July 2019 – 14 July 2019 : Alaska : 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) Group 31 January 2020 – 22 February 2020 : S. America & Antarctica : Knitting Group Zuiderdam: 17 May 2019 – 31 May 2019 : Northern Isles : Quilt Seminar Group 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 Group/Continuing Education Group 20 June 2020 – 02 July 2020 : European Splendour : Quilt Seminar at Sea If anyone has any further information, please post it here and I will include it in the next update. Thanks! E & O.E.
  18. Alberta Quilter, I am currently booked in a Spa OV on Deck 10. I was looking forward to trying this cabin category (view perspective) and didn't want to give it up. The big box TA said that I could upgrade my cabin category to the next level and get the promotion for $300 more. I am not interested in an obstructed view balcony or paying $300 more. Before our two trips on the Veendam in 2018 and 2019 we always sailed in a balcony cabin. We liked the OV cabin (we had the same cabin each sailing) on the Veendam so we thought we would try an OV on a larger ship. As I said earlier, I will be sure to look at the Black Friday sale this year. I hope your DS is successful with adding the promotion. BC
  19. 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.
  20. We are cruising to the Caribbean on the Veendam later this year and have booked an Oceanview cabin. Apparently there were no balcony cabins available when we booked back in January. I was wondering whether anybody has rented a fridge in this type of cabin. I gather space may be a problem. Cheers Rick
  21. That looks to me like an S-class ... Maasdam, Veendam, former Ryndam or Statendam. Could they put a bigger ship at Mallory if nothing is at B? This is the Nieuw Amsterdam at B with an RCI ship at Mallory:
  22. That was the question I asked myself as we boarded in Seattle - the flagship of the fleet, the World Cruise ship, the newly-refurbished almost 20-year old... And I was even more confused at muster drill when I saw a familiar tall figure on the deck with us. I thought my eyes were deceiving me, but later on our CD, Bruce, mentioned the opportunity to book a cruise with our Future Cruise Consultant, Sheryll, and I knew I had seen our (multiple) Prinsendam master, Captain Jeroen Schuchmann. (He was on board as a passenger, prior to going for training for the Amsterdam captaincy.) However, I have to say, I don't think Amsterdam will be the new Prinsendam, which was confirmed by Sheryll, who announced that Veendam will be taking over all of the late, lamented Prinsendam's cruises, except for the Kiel Canal, which will no longer be on any HAL itinerary. Amsterdam will be doing a Grand Africa, and the World Cruise, but others will be done by Veendam. Our last cruise - on Prinsendam - was part of a Grand Voyage, so it is difficult to make comparisons. The Amsterdam is beautiful, I think she most reminds me of Zaandam, with a few differences, most of which are probably across the fleet. No orchids in the Lido Market, new bags, no amuse bouche at dinner in the Pinnacle, Club Orange as part of the dining room.....
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  24. Is it true that the self-serve laundry rooms are going to be removed during Veendam’s upcoming April dry dock? I am going on a 12 day Mediterranean cruise on the Veendam in June and I was going to pack enough clothes for half of the days and do laundry on board. If I understand correctly, my other options would be unlimited laundry ($9/day or $108 for 12 days) or a single bag ($30). Is this correct?
  25. That was the question I asked myself as we boarded in Seattle - the flagship of the fleet, the World Cruise ship, the newly-refurbished almost 20-year old... And I was even more confused at muster drill when I saw a familiar tall figure on the deck with us. I thought my eyes were deceiving me, but later on our CD, Bruce, mentioned the opportunity to book a cruise with our Future Cruise Consultant, Sheryll, and I knew I had seen our (multiple) Prinsendam master, Captain Jeroen Schuchmann. (He was on board as a passenger, prior to going for training for the Amsterdam captaincy.) However, I have to say, I don't think Amsterdam will be the new Prinsendam, which was confirmed by Sheryll, who announced that Veendam will be taking over all of the late, lamented Prinsendam's cruises, except for the Kiel Canal, which will no longer be on any HAL itinerary. Amsterdam will be doing a Grand Africa, and the World Cruise, but others will be done by Veendam. Our last cruise - on Prinsendam - was part of a Grand Voyage, so it is difficult to make comparisons. The Amsterdam is beautiful, I think she most reminds me of Zaandam, with a few differences, most of which are probably across the fleet. No orchids in the Lido Market, new bags, no amuse bouche at dinner in the Pinnacle, Club Orange as part of the dining room.....
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