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  1. today is National Spoil Your Dog Day and Smithsonian Day While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery. Meal suggestion for today - Mint-Cucumber Tomato Sandwiches Wine of the day - Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District Estate vintage 2014 At Sea Indian Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Costa Careyes Mexico Cochin Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Gibraltar Amsterdam Katakolo Veendam Limassol Maasdam Punta Arenas Koningsdam Oosterdam Rotterdam Rotterdam There are some nice images of Rotterdam arriving on the Rotterdam Thread https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2757638-rotterdam-in-rotterdam/page/3/#comments Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  2. today is Book Lovers Day and National Polka Day Seminars, n.: From "semi" and "arse", hence, any half-assed discussion. Meal suggestion for today - Cucumber and Hummus Boats Wine of the day - Sadie Family Skerpioen Swartland vintage 2016 At Sea Atlantic Rotterdam destination Rotterdam eta 8/10 At Sea Indian Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 Veendam destination Katakolo eta 8/10 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Chemela Mexico Koningsdam Cochin Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Limassol Maasdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam Zuiderdam
  3. Cant see why they would TBH they have a good customer base this side of the Atlantic and with us loosing CMV they will probably be getting alot more if they price the new ships right. Also I’ve come across a few Americans on Fred and with the odd exception they have all said they found the experience to be a bit to staid and quiet for their tastes, not being judgemental just basing it on my experience of meeting people onboard. And Having travelled on HAL a couple of times (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Veendam) HAL is positively active and lively in comparison.
  4. today is International Cat Day and National Garage Sale Day Virginia law forbids bathtubs in the house; tubs must be kept in the yard. Meal suggestion for today - Grilled Chicken and Mango Skewers Wine of the day - Gérard Bertrand Languedoc Art de Vivre vintage 2015 At Sea Atlantic Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 At Sea Indian Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 Zuiderdam destination Singapore eta 8/9 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Tomatlan Mexico Balboa Panama Koningsdam Cochin Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Limassol Maasdam Piraeus Greece Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  5. today is National Lighthouse Day and Professional Speakers Day Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. -- Samuel Butler Meal suggestion for today - Caprese Salad Wine of the day - Terra Santa Île de Beauté White vintage 2017 At Sea Atlantic Rotterdam destination Rotterdam eta 8/10 At Sea Indian Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Balboa Panama Koningsdam Cochin Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Limassol Maasdam Piraeus Greece Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  6. To the best of my knowledge, it is not the Noordam that has been sold. It's the Veendam.
  7. I checked the Maasdam and Veendam on Cruisemapper looking for a clue about the identity of the buyer. The fact of the sale is listed but nothing about the buyer. Roy
  8. Hi, I am a fan of the Crystal Symphony, too. However, Holland America recently sold its very popular Rotterdam and Amsterdam that specialized in long cruises. Both ships entered service after the Crystal Symphony (1997 and 2000, respectively). Of course, they also sold off the Veendam and Maasdam. After this development, I have grown increasingly concerned about the ships in this age group. Chuck
  9. Thanks so much for the Daily, Rich. Interesting to see the Veendam moving!
  10. today is National Fresh Breath Day and Wiggle Your Toes Day The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. Meal suggestion for today - Rustic Tomato Pie Wine of the day - Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard vintage 2014 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/18 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 Veendam destination Piraeus eta 8/7 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Ship is currently off Baja California Balboa Panama Koningsdam Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Limassol Maasdam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  11. I just got the email for my Veendam cruise next July. I'm not meant to go to Ireland. Two years ago, we cancelled because of DH's illness, and now similar itinerary is cancelled. I expected the cancellation when I heard about the sale. The cruise comes up when I log in to the HAL site, but that is't surprising. It will take a while for that to catch up. I tried to do the form to opt for the bonus FCC, but after I filled it out, I got the spinning circle of dots. I, too, will lose OBC. But it wasn't a lot.
  12. The sold ships were 2x the deposit, amount I didn't get OBC but did get 2x deposit. Did you get 2x deposit and OBC for a sold ship cruise? Dear Valued Guest, I hope this finds you safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. All of us at Holland America Line are looking forward to the future when we will once again have the opportunity to welcome you aboard. We are writing to share the news with you that Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam, and Veendam have been sold and will be leaving our fleet in the coming weeks. It’s always difficult to see ships leave our fleet, especially those with long and storied histories with our company, and we wish them farewell and fair seas. While these ships will depart our fleet soon, Holland America Line has a bright future that includes the introduction of our third Pinnacle-class ship. Our fleet remains diverse and continues to offer exceptional options for cruisers to visit destinations around the world. We also look forward to continuing to build on many of our beloved shipboard offerings as we enter a new chapter in our history. Since you are currently booked on a future sailing aboard one of these ships (Booking # ), we regret that we must cancel your upcoming cruise. As compensation for this change to your travel plans, we are offering you bonus Future Cruise Credits, which provide tremendous value for you to plan another trip of your choice. You will receive double the amount deposited (up to the base cruise fare amount) as a Future Cruise Credit (FCC). The minimum bonus FCC amount is $100. For example, if you paid $200 per person, each person will receive a Future Cruise Credit equal to the amount paid plus a bonus FCC of $200. If you booked under one of our special low deposit deals and paid less than $100 per person, you will receive a Future Cruise Credit of the amount paid plus $100 per person bonus FCC. This credit will waive the required deposit on your next booking on a voyage up to 29 days in length. The amount received by Holland America Line in excess of the amount used to calculate the Future Cruise Credit can be transferred to a new booking or will be refunded to the method of payment used for the original purchase. The Future Cruise Credits are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and may be used to book sailings departing through December 31, 2022. If any portion of your travel was not booked through Holland America Line, other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply. Most airlines and other travel-related services such as hotels, transportation, and tours are allowing refunds or waiving change fees due to COVID-19; please work directly with those operators regarding their charges. Should you prefer to decline the bonus future cruise credit and receive a lower-value refund, you may request a refund of all monies paid to Holland America Line by completing the Cancellation Preferences form before August 24, 2020. The full Future Cruise Credit Terms & Conditions can also be found there. Refunds will be reimbursed to the original form of payment and will include all non-cruise fare purchases through Holland America Line. Please note that due to the unprecedented volume of bookings impacted by cancellations, we ask for your patience in affording us the time to work through processing the refunds and FCCs. We are working hard to make sure every booking is handled accurately and efficiently. Should you have any questions, please contact your travel advisor or reach out to us at the appropriate office:
  13. today is National Underwear Day, National Oyster Day, and Work Like a Dog Day Meal suggestion for today - Easy Seafood Salad Wine of the day - Casa Santos Lima Lisboa Colossal Reserva vintage 2015 All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies. -- The Book of Bokonon / Kurt Vonnegut Jr. At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Westerdam destination Mombasa, Kenya eta 8/12 At Sea Mediterranean Amsterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/10 Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Jakarta Anchorage Zuiderdam Limassol Maasdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Singapore Area Noordam
  14. In our case, we paid the original $100 deposit for this cruise with an FCD that we bought while on a previous cruise. We used the form to elect FCCs at double the value of the original deposits. These new FCCs were posted to our accounts last night in $100 denominations, so one $100 FCD deposit became two $100 FCCs. Interestingly, I talked to my PCC about it this morning and she said that each of the two new $100 FCCs are coded differently behind the scenes. The code on one of the new FCCs says "refundable" (because it was issued to replace a refundable FCD), and the code on the other new FCC says "nonrefundable" (because it was issued as a "bonus" FCC). She also said that we could use each of these new FCCs as the deposit for a future cruise of up to 29 days, however, no bonus shipboard credits would be issued as there would using true FCDs. She said they always issue the "bonus" part of an FCC separately from the part representing a cash or cc payment so that they can refund the original paid value if necessary and treat the "bonus' part as nonrefundable. If this is true, the trick is to always take the deal where you get a bonus FCC on a cruise cancellation. If you do, you could still later request a refund for the portion of the FCC that relates to a payment and keep the "bonus" part available in your account. Before trying this at home it might be best to check with your PCC or TA to confirm. Another interesting thing my PCC said is that HAL is getting read to release new itineraries for late 2021 and early 2022 in the very near future. I'm looking forward to seeing the new offerings. None of HALs current itineraries are anywhere close to the three that we've had cancelled upon the sales of the Maasdam and Veendam.
  15. today is U.S. Coast Guard Day and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it. -- Andrew Young Meal suggestion for today - Layered aubergine & lentil bake Wine of the day - Marchesi di Barolo Barbera del Monferrato Maraia vintage 2017 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Westerdam destination unknown at this time Zuiderdam destination Jakarta At Sea Mediterranean Rotterdam destination Gibraltar eta 8/6 At Sea Pacific Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Noordam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Off the coast of the Netherlands Off the Pacific Coast of Central America Indian Ocean Former fleet in the Med
  16. today is Assistance Dog Day and National Watermelon Day Life is a yo-yo, and mankind ties knots in the string. Meal suggestion for today - Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus salad Wine of the day - Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc High Valley vintage 2015 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam currently docked Zaandam
  17. Cancelled our April 1st Veendam cruise in March after the first email came from HAL about cancellations. Agent said I had FCC and taxes/fees would be refunded to cc. The latter was finally credited in early June, but still no FCC on my account. I originally wanted it put towards a Feb. Veendam cruise, but of course they sold the ship. Now booked on the Nieuw Statendam for an April cruise and want it put towards that one. I've called, chatted, emailed, and asked our PCC to do something and to no avail. Our three cancellations on Carnival were so easily handled with simple phone calls and no waiting. Our patience with HAL is wearing thin at this point!
  18. 2 HAL ships are bought by Fred Olsen, what about the other 2? Whoever the purchaser is has not formally made an announcement; however, odds are that it Blue Seas Cruises, who shortly after the announcement from Holland America put up silhouette images of the ships that look very similar to Maasdam and Veendam on their website.
  19. Hopeful that the next two ships to go will be the Imagination and Fascination. HAL has taken a disproportionate hit to their fleet, especially compared to Carnival and Princess' substantially larger fleets. The majority of Carnival's Fantasy class is older than at least the Veendam/Rotterdam/Amsterdam, and the transferring of the two Princess ships seems like just more CCL's shell games that they like to play with their various international brands rather than an actual sale/loss of ships. I understand HAL's ships are smaller and some may be less profitable, but for one line to lose 20% of its fleet overnight while the others to remain relatively untouched doesn't sit right with me.
  20. today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Friendship Day, and International Forgiveness Day Crime does not pay ... as well as politics. -- A. E. Newman Meal suggestion for today - Layered aubergine & lentil bake Wine of the day - Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes vintage 2017 At Sea Indian Eurodam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  21. Same here. We love docking at st George and Hamilton. Sooo much nicer than royal dockyard. Our first cruise to bermuda was with my parents on Hals veendam. We docked in hamilton for 3.5 days. That's when we fell in love with cruising and Bermuda.
  22. today is National Girlfriends Day, National Mahjong Day, and National Mountain Climbing Day Enzymes are things invented by biologists that explain things which otherwise require harder thinking. -- Jerome Lettvin Meal suggestion for today - Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon Wine of the day - Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard vintage 2016 At Sea Indian Nieuw Amsterdam destination Kochi eta 8/7 Volendam destination Durban eta 8/15 Gulf Bridge (Amsterdam Luggage) destination Panama Canal, eta 8/13 Balboa Panama Koningsdam Singapore Area Eurodam Noordam Westerdam Zuiderdam Westerdam is listed as International Waters but appears to be moving, maybe to Durban along with Volendam Limassol Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam Veendam Punta Arenas Oosterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Zaandam
  23. Please don't get too excited about Bordeaux being on this itinerary. I'm booked for the 21 day inaugural cruise and that itinerary is a little different than the ten (now 14 day) itinerary for the same dates. The 21 day itinerary shows an overnight in Rotterdam before disembarkation in Amsterdam and no Bordeaux. I really don't think a ship of this size can get to Bordeaux; the only HAL ships that were recently in Bordeaux were the Prinsendam and, I think, the Veendam.
  24. I received my FCC from the cancelled Greenland cruise for deposit paid. It had some FCC applied and nothing on that front. Our March cancelled Veendam cruise has seen no activity. It was paid in full with a FCC and deposit of a FCD.
  25. We plus 5 friends cancelled Jan 24 Veendam cruise a week before the announcement of sale of Veendam. All 7 of us got full refund of deposits & insurance within 5 days of cancellation, despite being told refunds would be in 30-60 days. Bookings were made directly with a Holland PCC.
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