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  1. An excellent observation, I think. America's Test Kitchen failed in part because of a lack of creativity of programming. (How many times does one need to learn to prepare salmon?) The cooking demos and those who participated always got good reviews. For many of the attempted "advances" in onboard offerings, there seems to have been a lack of thought about "what happens after we introduce this new concept?". The butchering of the aft decks of the Veendam and the Rotterdam to change the pool area: was there a "programming" idea behind this? Or was it just a financial decision
  2. We did the 11d day land/sea on the Noordam in a wrap around Neptune in July/Aug 2019. We were in 8140. The deck allowed lots of views of the wonderful Alaskan scenery. We are glass 3/4 full folks and did not notice any wear on the ship. We had a great time. The 3 nights in Denali were great also. It was our first time in Denali and our only negative was the hotel at their lodge because the temps (and daylight, 22 hours) were very hot and needed the windows open and fan in the window. If my only complaint was too hot in Denali, I guess the trip was wonderful. Our only other cruise to Ala
  3. A few years ago while on a cruise we had chapter and verse from a fellow cruiser who was a long time HAL customer. He owned up to 4 or 5 stars. Let's just say he did not exactly wax poetic about his two then most recent trips on Veendam. Quite the opposite- to the point where I thought he was exaggerating about his cabin challenges with the abundance of water and the scarcity A/C.
  4. The Veendam was no beauty with her added cabins. Have all the uglified ships been sold off now so that HAL fans can throw stones?
  5. Hope you're right.....see what happens tomorrow! By the way, I noticed this in your signature: 2002-08-17 HAL Zaandam, Alaska Inside Passage, Vancouver - 35th Anniversary We went to Alaska with HAL in 2006 (for 25th anniversary) on the Veendam. Great trip. On yours, did you also do a land tour? Figuring we may not get up that way again, decided to take the longest itinerary that HAL offered - it was the 7-day cruise (did it northbound) and then 12-day land tour that included the Yukon. We gave up our day in Anchorage to fly up to Barrow for the day - one
  6. Started off this morning with an early morning call from my 91 year old Sister (I hate it when the phone rings at before 7). She called to tell me that my niece's husband has tested positive for Covid-19. They were at her house about a week ago she is probably going to get tested. He started showing symptoms on Tuesday after their Sunday visit to bring groceries and got the results back today. He is high risk, so she is worried about him..... I am worried about her. They are in Maryland. I sit on the far edge of Colorado and worry. Here is Durango we have moved to Orange level....
  7. Seajets, a Greek cruise line, has acquired 6 cruise ships recently. The once Holiday(most recently CMV's Magellan), plus HAL's Veendam & Maasdam, P&O's Pacific Aria & Oceana and CMV's Columbus. Seajets previously only operated Ferry services throughout Greece & Cyprus.
  8. Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful! I don’t think I could ever do that but DH has done it many times. Most notable was in Alaska with his father in 2000 (I can’t remember the ship) and St Kitts (I think that was 1999 on the Veendam). And he may have done it in Hawaii back in 1983 when we were on vacation. I’ll have to ask him. I might just have to plan a Hawaii cruise instead of the New England/Canadian one I’ve been wanting to do.
  9. So many fond memories of all our trips on the Veendam. May she always be safe.
  10. No matter how many names she has she will always be OUR VEENDAM.
  11. Details sketchy but it appears ex Veendam has problems following storm. https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2020/31553/ex-veendam-cruise-ship-grounded-storm-corinth-gree/
  12. I see on another site, Pacific Aria (former Ryndam) was sold for less than $10 M to Sea Jets and delivered to the new owners in Piraus. There was speculation that the new owner may hold all three of the former S class ships until after cruising resumes, with the promise of reselling them. As we have discussed on this board, these under 1300 guest capacity ships, 720 feet/220 meters long, will be able to dock at the increasing number of smaller ports with more restrictions. See the new Key West post. Holland America did spend considerable on Maasdam and Veendam in the last few years
  13. I'm happy to see so much interest in the Key West story. Holland America has cruised from Tampa, until now, since the 1980's and Key West was the first port of call for most of the sailings. If a guest missed the ship in Tampa, it was possible for them to meet and board it the next day in Key West! Originally, it was the Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam "N" class, followed by the Veendam and Ryndam "S" class, all of which were just under the new 1300 guest limit. They were a great size for Key West's channel and port and city.
  14. Me, too. I stopped there on the Veendam one time, and would love to get back there. Looks like it won't be happening after all.
  15. Good news. Still hope for me and our refund. Only been waiting 18 weeks for a refund on a cruise HAL cancelled as they sold the Veendam.
  16. Could it have possibly been on Veendam before they announced her as being sold? That's sort of ringing a bell in me little grey cells. I think she had some 14 night sailings round trip Venice that may have included Israel .....
  17. Good for you! We were there on the Veendam, 2017, Carnival & Amazon cruise. I'm so thankful we did as I don't see Holland America doing this itinerary again.
  18. Aegean Majesty (ex Veendam) is booked 2021 3 times in Lerwick (2 times from Amsterdam coming). Maybe this could be a ship for CVI?
  19. One year ago we were at sea on our way to Corfu, here's a sunset photo -- since I don't see more photos of that day I think it had to be a sea day...and 3 years ago we were on the Veendam on an east coast cruise. Gorgeous fall colors 🙂
  20. Here's the showroom on our 2013 Veendam cruise (a couple of not great photos, sorry) and with audience
  21. The "Showroom at Sea" concept was announced in August 2008 as part of SOE II. Veendam got it during her Freeport dry-dock in April 2009 along with her ever popular 🤪 Retreat wading pool, Lanai staterooms, Mix, Slice, Merabella, Canaletto, etc.
  22. Been on the Veendam, but cannot remember the white tablecloths..
  23. Winner! 🙂 That is the Veendam and the concept with the tables and chairs in front of the stage of what was originally her Rubens main show lounge (named after Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens) was introduced in August 2009 as the "Showroom at Sea" (nightclub ambiance") Yes, wild game last night with the Dodgers giving a win with two outs in the bottom of the 8th away with their two throwing errors. The Rays have the momentum today for Game 5 but don't count the Dodgers out 😉
  24. I would guess a "S" class. I remember the Maasdam having the dutch tiles around the stage opening and don't see them in this pic. I would guess the Veendam. Last nights World Series ended with a very exciting finish! Batting last, as the "home" team does, has an advantage. Only wish the Rays had actually been playing at home to see it here. The Dodgers will have that advantage for game 6 and 7, but the Rays fans are very excited and certainly hopeful.
  25. I have no doubt that you saw sheets of water coming down the windows of the Crows Nest on the Veendam - but If that had been the result of the Veendam plowing through a wave - with solid sea water needing to come down from that upper deck , rather than the quite possible heavy spray, I very much doubt you would be talking about it now. Such heavy seas breaking above the Crows Nest would have meant many feet of solid water over the Promenade Deck, for one example.
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