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  1. Maybe. If the painting was on the Veendam at that time I suppose it could be a photo of the painting.. It’s been 6 years since we took this cruise and the photo is in our photo stream between those photos I posted later. We took a land and sea excursion that day so I thought it could have been taken then. Interesting!
  2. Repeat on #697. Too easy? Did I miss the correct response? Which port is the Veendam visiting?
  3. The blog from our VEENDAM-Voyage from Lisbon, Portugal to Boston, MA is completed - the blog for my 100th cruise. So with a lot of look backs and comparisons with the other 99 cruises, with other cruise lines, with other sailings on HAL. Chapter 1-13 Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal - Boston, MA Chapter 14-18 POST-Cruise 5 more chapter PRE-Cruise Tag/Day 1 in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-1-auf-deron-veendam-in.html Actually, we should go on NIEUW STATENDAM, but we could not say no to the itinerary on the small HAL ship. The rebooked immediately. Mainly because we wanted to know what it was like to stay in a lanai cabin. It does not start off as ideally as I am used to from other sailings with HAL, but at the end of the voyage, it was a pleasant journey. We get to know a great cruise director: Tommy. But we miss a lot of items that Holland America did better than other companies and that no longer exist on board today. I am annoyed that we were allocated into the Canaletto on the day of embarkation and could not express any wish when we would like to dine here. But on the other hand, it is not that bad since the kitchen has become very tasty again and we enjoy excellent service. === Tag/Day 2 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-2-auf-deron-veendam.html I like VEENDAM - because of the size. But I do not really like everything that has changed since my last voyages with HAL. A lot has gotten worse. But some items have obtained better. So a little: 2 steps back and 1 step forward. At least we have two lovely cabin stewards Hartoyo and Ermawan: at least this service has remained from the previous trips. Life on the promenade in front of the lanai cabin is fraught with more problems than I expected: I am full of paint residues. Peter, from the front desk, stops the works for me. Cruisecritic.com's worst Meet & Greet took place on board: It is said that HAL has prohibited senior officers from participating. It is a shame. Fortunately, at least Tommy was there. Still very good: the editor programs for the destinations: Cisco presented this very well. In the main restaurant, we experience the old school service from HAL again: thanks to Yayah. Another step back: tea time. A final official meeting for the Friends of Dorothy on day 2. Here we get to know Yulia and also the bar pianist Barry from Boston. In the future, we should take care of ourselves! Shall we now pay for lobsters in the main restaurant? === Tag/Day 3 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-3-auf-deron-veendam.html Before Carnival starts doing something more for the environment for the entire group, we do it ourselves. We visit Caryl and Daryl (no - they are not a couple) from the Explorations Cafe with our own tray and do not take any disposable to-go cups. Otherwise, we enjoy the day with good food and do nothing. And we appreciate the service in the main dining room from Purwono, Dony, Eko, Oka, and Arturo. Today we finally manage to get a group picture of the Canaletto team: Dewi, Phoebe, Arsiandi, Adi, and Vladimir. We experience Captain Mark Trembling's first Captain's Toast. But still: in the past, it was somehow more beautiful, sophisticated, and elegant. === Tag/Day 4 in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-4-auf-deron-veendam-in-ponta.html Sometimes you see something on TV, and you really want to go there. Unfortunately, the place is not around the corner. For us, it's the Azores islands of Portugal. Nadja and Rafael from Hungry Whales arranged a private tour for us. I made a colossal mistake: HUNGRY Whales. The name says it all: I have rarely eaten so much on a trip. Unfortunately, the weather does not play along, but since it is a private tour, we are flexible. Market hall (with the famous pineapple), Furnas, Terra Nostra (botanical garden - bath in volcanic water), tea plantation Cha Gorreana, Santa Iria, waterfall Salto do Cabrito and Ribiera Grande are some of the highlights of the tour, which ask for more. We have booked another cruise for 2021, which will even call two islands of the Azores. There would have been one with three calls, but the timing was not right. There is still a lot to discover next time. Back on board, I meet an old friend from the ZAANDAM reception: Ray. On the positive innovations: You can also transfer pictures directly to your smartphone digitally: without paper - without a USB stick. And finally back to the Pinnacle Grill. But unfortunately also here: A lot of items that I really liked: especially my skewers - do not exist anymore. === Tag/Day 5 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-5-auf-deron-veendam.html Another encounter from the past: I also know Chris from the reception of EURODAM 2014. Today she works in the excursion office. Finally, back to the Pinnacle Grill for lunch: The chef here, Jan Laurant, prepares my tartar for me as I know it from his home country, France: Fantastique! I get to know the super VIP of the trip: Joska - a service dog. Again, do not eat, do nothing, eat, and enjoy Troy's excellent service. I now love the sea days. Somehow I cannot do that much with the Orange Party. The others can really do better. === Tag/Day 6 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-6-auf-deron-veendam.html I am happy that I got my dragonfruit again: thanks to Koray. Mahmut, who we know from NCL and who now also works at HAL, guarantees with Turkish hospitality even from another ship that I will be as happy as I was at NCL and as if he would be on board himself. Today it is already time for the Mariners Lunch, but here again: in the past, everything was more elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful. There is no chef's table at VEENDAM, but there is a Cellar Master's Italian Dinner: a great event with great food directed by the Cellar Master Imre and chef at Canaletto Ronie. A new experience on the 100th cruise: a planned water shutdown. === Tag/Day 7 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/seetagday-at-sea-7-auf-deron-veendam.html Doing nothing, eating, doing nothing, eating - that is really good. The weather invites you to do so. Today is gala night again, and I am experiencing "Classic Afternoon Tea". Finally, a more delicate version. Housekeeping Executive Albert really has a great team. Nothing to complain about. You can tell him that too. We donate for "On Deck for a Cause", but we do not run anymore. But I am counting the rounds. I am happy about the letter from Captain Mark, who thanks me for some photos of me. My world is okay again: There are lobsters in the main restaurant without the need to pay extra. Excellent service from Surasit and Christopher. === Tag/Day 8 in St. John's, NL, Canada https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-8-auf-deron-veendam-in-st-johns.html The sea days were so beautiful: why are there really any cruises only with sea days that never dock in a port again? The sunrise this morning is fantastic. We reach shore: Newfoundland - St. John's, Canada. With Larry from Mc Carthy's Party, we do a tour with the highlights Cape Spear (the easternmost point of Canada), Petty Harbor, Signal Hill (such a beautiful view), Quidi Vidi. When we are here, we have to try the freshly caught cod from here. We can experience the set sail from the tip of the bow, which is open to passengers today. They are also lovingly cared for on the promenade deck: thanks to Ranti, Lany, and Putra. In the evening, we go to Rudi's Sel de Mer as a pop-up in the Pinnacle Grill. Mel is our wine steward here. He is Caryl's husband. But the others also offer us excellent service: Job, Yuni, Ahmad, and Troy. Bahadir ensures that we lack nothing and that it will be just as beautiful as it was at KONINGSDAM 2016. A perfect idea from HAL to introduce Rudi's Sel de Mer as a pop-up alternative. === Tag/Day 9 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/seetagday-at-sea-9-auf-deron-veendam.html An additional day at sea instead of "Living like God in France" - in the middle of the North Atlantic. Unfortunately, the weather does not allow a start in French Overseas Territory of St-Pierre. We simply take the time for a great breakfast with Rega and Yohannes. Too bad that the daily specials are no longer available. A little extra rest to refuel is good for us. === Tag/Day 10 in Sydney, NS, Canada https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-10-auf-deron-veendam-in-sydney.html Our first encounter with Nova Scotia in Sydney, Canada. Our German-born tour guide Joe shows us how to do it there: with a hug and a coffee at Tim Hortons. The perfect place for all lovers of string instruments. The most giant violin in the world is on the pier. It goes to the beautiful rocky coast to Louisbourg and then eating lobster !!! Finally, a lobster that you don't need a magnifying glass for, and that tastes juicy and delicious. A beautiful area to come back to. At the reception, you can always meet the friendly and helpful staff like Zenoby. Again to the Canaletto for dinner. Many thanks to Hotel Director Frank for allowing us the use of a voucher that was valid on NIEUW STATENDAM here on VEENDAM. === Tag/Day 11 in Halifax, NS, Canada https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-11-auf-der-veendam-in-halifax-ns.html Such a grand arrival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Unfortunately, very few who enjoy the sight. Housekeeping Executive Albert also enjoys this unique valley. I booked a tour with Segway Nova Scotia. Unfortunately for the wrong day and today, everything is sold out. But they are spontaneous and flexible and still take us with them. Emma and Caley take us in the middle so that we can safely enjoy the tour. We see the public garden, cannon fire, and changing of the guard at the citadel. It is an excellent tour of the best weather. I finally manage to eat some poutines, and a lobster roll at McKelvie's is also a must. No chance for us to get lobsters that great in Germany. The set sail is as beautiful as the arrival. Bye-bye ANTHEM OF THE SEAS, NORWEGIAN DAWN, and SCENIC ECLIPSE. There is a small snack on board: Atjima also serves me drinks at the Lido Café. Here I also meet Douglas from the board security. We have often been together without knowing each other. In the evening there is my favorite HAL show: "Classique". The first beats of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" lead me back on RYNDAM 2013. === Tag/Day 12 in Bar Harbor, ME https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-12-auf-deron-veendam-in-bar.html Welcome to the United States. Are we welcome at all? Especially in Bar Harbor, Maine? How many times have I read articles: "You cruisers are nice, and we like your money, but you are too many for us". Today it goes well: we are the only ship, and we are a small ship. There can be more cruise ship guests in the village than locals! We learn new things: we can enter as individuals, but are not allowed to take anything with us ashore! With the help of Fabiana, however, everything is performed correctly so that nobody gets into trouble when going ashore. We are lucky: through my work at my former company, I still know an enthusiastic fellow-cruise enthusiast, who is fortunately already retired, and usually, in summer, she is in Maine. So the perfect place and the ideal time to celebrate a reunion again: Sandie-Rose and her husband, Richard. They take us to Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole. And it goes to Bass Harbor to eat the locals: Another lobster roll in the Seafood Ketch Restaurant. On the last evening on board, we eat with July and Betki and the farewell parade: aren't they a few days early? The end is actually near. And so I get a little cake from HAL at the end of my 100th cruise. And she is as beautiful as everyone else. If not much nicer - or not. It does not matter either. Because a journey at sea is always lovely: the 99th just like the 101st. In this part, there is a small review of the 100 cruises, and especially the other trips with HAL. === Tag/Day 13 in Boston, MA https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-13-auf-deron-veendam-in-boston.html We get to Boston, MA, much earlier because we want to be in a safe port. That is why I still see the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS, which stays here in the safe harbor overnight. Now I also meet one of the best dancers in the dance troupe: Antonio. It was impressive to watch him performing. Say goodbye to chef Orly, Gregory, Aaron, Behadir, and Koray. At the airport, we meet Dorothy and Dennis, who are on their way to their transatlantic. But we have to take the opportunity to thank her for all the arrangements. She is a great travel agent who always works for her guests. Shortly we go shopping before we move into the hotel in Waltham in the Boston area. In the evening, we meet a former passenger from a transatlantic at QUEEN MARY 2 2017: David. We comply with him and his friend for dinner. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 14 in Boston, MA https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-14-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html After Cambridge in England, it is Cambridge in Massachusetts. Now I can also say: I was at Harvard. Let us see if that has a positive impact on my success in job applications. It is good to see you again and the hospitality of Larry, whom I've known since NORWEGIAN DREAM 2008. Efxaristo! Repeat offenders: Prudential Tower and Boston Duck Tours. Lionel and Jorge made this tour exceptional. "Cheers": "Where everybody knows your name - And they're always glad you came". They could sing that at HAL... repeat offenders here too. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 15 in Cape Cod, MA https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-15-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html Shopping in Wrentham and heading for Cape Cod. Enjoying the beauty of the landscape. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 16 in Newport, RI https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-16-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html "High Society" along Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island, as well as the best New England clam chowder in the world in "The Black Pearl". We continue by ferry to Long Island, and the day ends again at Wahlburgers: another burger and the onion rings from Donnie Wahlberg. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 17 in New York, NY https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-17-nach-derafter-veendam-in-new.html We love Facebook for this: Friends react immediately to our postings and discover that we are on the way to New York. Actually to Carole King, Scott Conant, and Daniel Boulud. Scott Conant has to wait for the next time. For this, we visit someone from the family of Bruno: Kornelia and Wolfgang - right in the heart of the UN. "Beautiful" by Carole King is a 50+ party - we are lucky and get in for a total of 300 USD instead of 500 USD. In the evening again in Boulud Sud. A fantastic ending. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 18 auf dem Rückweg/on the way back home https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-18-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html Instead of going to Manhattan to Long Beach on Long Island. Looking for a beach with a view of Manhattan. Such a thing is only for the rich and the beautiful. I get to know the "hard way" what it means to drive too fast on a stop sign. Then take-off on a journey through time on the JFK: in the TWA Hotel at Jean-Georges in the Paris Café. With Austrian, it is time to get back home via Vienna in the Premium Economy. There is a deposit payment for the next HAL cruise. Now we have to find the right one. New England and St. Lawrence - or Alaska. There is still so much to discover. === Back to the beginning - very far at the beginning. Every cruise starts with the preparation. Vorfreude/Anticipation 1 in Hamburg, Germany https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/vorfreude-1-auf-dieanticipation-1-on.html It starts in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall Building Hamburg - the perfect place to prepare for the journey on the VEENDAM. With good food and with Bach. Of course, with shipspotting SEA CLOUD II. === Vorfreude/Anticipation 2.1 in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/vorfreude-21-auf-dieanticipation-21-on.html We have so many gifts for the crew, for friends, and our folding table for our lanai cabin. The fee for an additional piece of luggage costs just as much as a flight to Lisbon, Portugal. And I have the opportunity to prepare for Lisbon. Finally after Christo Rei. Finally, a loop by tram through the Lisbon old town without stress. === Vorfreude/Anticipation 2.2 in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/vorfreude-22-auf-dieanticipation-22-on.html Cristo Rei #2 and #3. What I do for friends from the USA who are in Lisbon, Portugal, for the first time on RIVIERA. "Dress rehearsal" yesterday and again today with Linda and Wayne. === Pre-Cruise Tag/Day 0A in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-0a-auf-dem-weg-zuon-way-to.html Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal - Cristo Rei for the 4th time. We live in the Inter-Continental. Wow. And a beautiful evening on the Tagus River at Ponto Final. === Pre-Cruise Tag/Day 0B in Sintra, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-0a-auf-dem-weg-zuon-way-to.html UNESCO World Heritage Sintra, Portugal, with our guide Luis, whom we know from our KONINGSDAM 2016 journey. Then back along the coast. In the evening tapas and shopping in the El Corte Ingles department store.
  4. The blog from our VEENDAM-Voyage from Lisbon, Portugal to Boston, MA is completed - the blog for my 100th cruise. So with a lot of look backs and comparisons with the other 99 cruises, with other cruise lines, with other sailings on HAL. Chapter 1-13 Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal - Boston, MA Chapter 14-18 POST-Cruise 5 more chapter PRE-Cruise Tag/Day 1 in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-1-auf-deron-veendam-in.html Actually, we should go on NIEUW STATENDAM, but we could not say no to the itinerary on the small HAL ship. The rebooked immediately. Mainly because we wanted to know what it was like to stay in a lanai cabin. It does not start off as ideally as I am used to from other sailings with HAL, but at the end of the voyage, it was a pleasant journey. We get to know a great cruise director: Tommy. But we miss a lot of items that Holland America did better than other companies and that no longer exist on board today. I am annoyed that we were allocated into the Canaletto on the day of embarkation and could not express any wish when we would like to dine here. But on the other hand, it is not that bad since the kitchen has become very tasty again and we enjoy excellent service. === Tag/Day 2 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-2-auf-deron-veendam.html I like VEENDAM - because of the size. But I do not really like everything that has changed since my last voyages with HAL. A lot has gotten worse. But some items have obtained better. So a little: 2 steps back and 1 step forward. At least we have two lovely cabin stewards Hartoyo and Ermawan: at least this service has remained from the previous trips. Life on the promenade in front of the lanai cabin is fraught with more problems than I expected: I am full of paint residues. Peter, from the front desk, stops the works for me. Cruisecritic.com's worst Meet & Greet took place on board: It is said that HAL has prohibited senior officers from participating. It is a shame. Fortunately, at least Tommy was there. Still very good: the editor programs for the destinations: Cisco presented this very well. In the main restaurant, we experience the old school service from HAL again: thanks to Yayah. Another step back: tea time. A final official meeting for the Friends of Dorothy on day 2. Here we get to know Yulia and also the bar pianist Barry from Boston. In the future, we should take care of ourselves! Shall we now pay for lobsters in the main restaurant? === Tag/Day 3 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-3-auf-deron-veendam.html Before Carnival starts doing something more for the environment for the entire group, we do it ourselves. We visit Caryl and Daryl (no - they are not a couple) from the Explorations Cafe with our own tray and do not take any disposable to-go cups. Otherwise, we enjoy the day with good food and do nothing. And we appreciate the service in the main dining room from Purwono, Dony, Eko, Oka, and Arturo. Today we finally manage to get a group picture of the Canaletto team: Dewi, Phoebe, Arsiandi, Adi, and Vladimir. We experience Captain Mark Trembling's first Captain's Toast. But still: in the past, it was somehow more beautiful, sophisticated, and elegant. === Tag/Day 4 in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-4-auf-deron-veendam-in-ponta.html Sometimes you see something on TV, and you really want to go there. Unfortunately, the place is not around the corner. For us, it's the Azores islands of Portugal. Nadja and Rafael from Hungry Whales arranged a private tour for us. I made a colossal mistake: HUNGRY Whales. The name says it all: I have rarely eaten so much on a trip. Unfortunately, the weather does not play along, but since it is a private tour, we are flexible. Market hall (with the famous pineapple), Furnas, Terra Nostra (botanical garden - bath in volcanic water), tea plantation Cha Gorreana, Santa Iria, waterfall Salto do Cabrito and Ribiera Grande are some of the highlights of the tour, which ask for more. We have booked another cruise for 2021, which will even call two islands of the Azores. There would have been one with three calls, but the timing was not right. There is still a lot to discover next time. Back on board, I meet an old friend from the ZAANDAM reception: Ray. On the positive innovations: You can also transfer pictures directly to your smartphone digitally: without paper - without a USB stick. And finally back to the Pinnacle Grill. But unfortunately also here: A lot of items that I really liked: especially my skewers - do not exist anymore. === Tag/Day 5 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-5-auf-deron-veendam.html Another encounter from the past: I also know Chris from the reception of EURODAM 2014. Today she works in the excursion office. Finally, back to the Pinnacle Grill for lunch: The chef here, Jan Laurant, prepares my tartar for me as I know it from his home country, France: Fantastique! I get to know the super VIP of the trip: Joska - a service dog. Again, do not eat, do nothing, eat, and enjoy Troy's excellent service. I now love the sea days. Somehow I cannot do that much with the Orange Party. The others can really do better. === Tag/Day 6 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/seetagday-at-sea-6-auf-deron-veendam.html I am happy that I got my dragonfruit again: thanks to Koray. Mahmut, who we know from NCL and who now also works at HAL, guarantees with Turkish hospitality even from another ship that I will be as happy as I was at NCL and as if he would be on board himself. Today it is already time for the Mariners Lunch, but here again: in the past, everything was more elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful. There is no chef's table at VEENDAM, but there is a Cellar Master's Italian Dinner: a great event with great food directed by the Cellar Master Imre and chef at Canaletto Ronie. A new experience on the 100th cruise: a planned water shutdown. === Tag/Day 7 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/seetagday-at-sea-7-auf-deron-veendam.html Doing nothing, eating, doing nothing, eating - that is really good. The weather invites you to do so. Today is gala night again, and I am experiencing "Classic Afternoon Tea". Finally, a more delicate version. Housekeeping Executive Albert really has a great team. Nothing to complain about. You can tell him that too. We donate for "On Deck for a Cause", but we do not run anymore. But I am counting the rounds. I am happy about the letter from Captain Mark, who thanks me for some photos of me. My world is okay again: There are lobsters in the main restaurant without the need to pay extra. Excellent service from Surasit and Christopher. === Tag/Day 8 in St. John's, NL, Canada https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-8-auf-deron-veendam-in-st-johns.html The sea days were so beautiful: why are there really any cruises only with sea days that never dock in a port again? The sunrise this morning is fantastic. We reach shore: Newfoundland - St. John's, Canada. With Larry from Mc Carthy's Party, we do a tour with the highlights Cape Spear (the easternmost point of Canada), Petty Harbor, Signal Hill (such a beautiful view), Quidi Vidi. When we are here, we have to try the freshly caught cod from here. We can experience the set sail from the tip of the bow, which is open to passengers today. They are also lovingly cared for on the promenade deck: thanks to Ranti, Lany, and Putra. In the evening, we go to Rudi's Sel de Mer as a pop-up in the Pinnacle Grill. Mel is our wine steward here. He is Caryl's husband. But the others also offer us excellent service: Job, Yuni, Ahmad, and Troy. Bahadir ensures that we lack nothing and that it will be just as beautiful as it was at KONINGSDAM 2016. A perfect idea from HAL to introduce Rudi's Sel de Mer as a pop-up alternative. === Tag/Day 9 (Seetag/Day at Sea) https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/seetagday-at-sea-9-auf-deron-veendam.html An additional day at sea instead of "Living like God in France" - in the middle of the North Atlantic. Unfortunately, the weather does not allow a start in French Overseas Territory of St-Pierre. We simply take the time for a great breakfast with Rega and Yohannes. Too bad that the daily specials are no longer available. A little extra rest to refuel is good for us. === Tag/Day 10 in Sydney, NS, Canada https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-10-auf-deron-veendam-in-sydney.html Our first encounter with Nova Scotia in Sydney, Canada. Our German-born tour guide Joe shows us how to do it there: with a hug and a coffee at Tim Hortons. The perfect place for all lovers of string instruments. The most giant violin in the world is on the pier. It goes to the beautiful rocky coast to Louisbourg and then eating lobster !!! Finally, a lobster that you don't need a magnifying glass for, and that tastes juicy and delicious. A beautiful area to come back to. At the reception, you can always meet the friendly and helpful staff like Zenoby. Again to the Canaletto for dinner. Many thanks to Hotel Director Frank for allowing us the use of a voucher that was valid on NIEUW STATENDAM here on VEENDAM. === Tag/Day 11 in Halifax, NS, Canada https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-11-auf-der-veendam-in-halifax-ns.html Such a grand arrival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Unfortunately, very few who enjoy the sight. Housekeeping Executive Albert also enjoys this unique valley. I booked a tour with Segway Nova Scotia. Unfortunately for the wrong day and today, everything is sold out. But they are spontaneous and flexible and still take us with them. Emma and Caley take us in the middle so that we can safely enjoy the tour. We see the public garden, cannon fire, and changing of the guard at the citadel. It is an excellent tour of the best weather. I finally manage to eat some poutines, and a lobster roll at McKelvie's is also a must. No chance for us to get lobsters that great in Germany. The set sail is as beautiful as the arrival. Bye-bye ANTHEM OF THE SEAS, NORWEGIAN DAWN, and SCENIC ECLIPSE. There is a small snack on board: Atjima also serves me drinks at the Lido Café. Here I also meet Douglas from the board security. We have often been together without knowing each other. In the evening there is my favorite HAL show: "Classique". The first beats of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" lead me back on RYNDAM 2013. === Tag/Day 12 in Bar Harbor, ME https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-12-auf-deron-veendam-in-bar.html Welcome to the United States. Are we welcome at all? Especially in Bar Harbor, Maine? How many times have I read articles: "You cruisers are nice, and we like your money, but you are too many for us". Today it goes well: we are the only ship, and we are a small ship. There can be more cruise ship guests in the village than locals! We learn new things: we can enter as individuals, but are not allowed to take anything with us ashore! With the help of Fabiana, however, everything is performed correctly so that nobody gets into trouble when going ashore. We are lucky: through my work at my former company, I still know an enthusiastic fellow-cruise enthusiast, who is fortunately already retired, and usually, in summer, she is in Maine. So the perfect place and the ideal time to celebrate a reunion again: Sandie-Rose and her husband, Richard. They take us to Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole. And it goes to Bass Harbor to eat the locals: Another lobster roll in the Seafood Ketch Restaurant. On the last evening on board, we eat with July and Betki and the farewell parade: aren't they a few days early? The end is actually near. And so I get a little cake from HAL at the end of my 100th cruise. And she is as beautiful as everyone else. If not much nicer - or not. It does not matter either. Because a journey at sea is always lovely: the 99th just like the 101st. In this part, there is a small review of the 100 cruises, and especially the other trips with HAL. === Tag/Day 13 in Boston, MA https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-13-auf-deron-veendam-in-boston.html We get to Boston, MA, much earlier because we want to be in a safe port. That is why I still see the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS, which stays here in the safe harbor overnight. Now I also meet one of the best dancers in the dance troupe: Antonio. It was impressive to watch him performing. Say goodbye to chef Orly, Gregory, Aaron, Behadir, and Koray. At the airport, we meet Dorothy and Dennis, who are on their way to their transatlantic. But we have to take the opportunity to thank her for all the arrangements. She is a great travel agent who always works for her guests. Shortly we go shopping before we move into the hotel in Waltham in the Boston area. In the evening, we meet a former passenger from a transatlantic at QUEEN MARY 2 2017: David. We comply with him and his friend for dinner. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 14 in Boston, MA https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-14-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html After Cambridge in England, it is Cambridge in Massachusetts. Now I can also say: I was at Harvard. Let us see if that has a positive impact on my success in job applications. It is good to see you again and the hospitality of Larry, whom I've known since NORWEGIAN DREAM 2008. Efxaristo! Repeat offenders: Prudential Tower and Boston Duck Tours. Lionel and Jorge made this tour exceptional. "Cheers": "Where everybody knows your name - And they're always glad you came". They could sing that at HAL... repeat offenders here too. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 15 in Cape Cod, MA https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-15-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html Shopping in Wrentham and heading for Cape Cod. Enjoying the beauty of the landscape. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 16 in Newport, RI https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-16-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html "High Society" along Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island, as well as the best New England clam chowder in the world in "The Black Pearl". We continue by ferry to Long Island, and the day ends again at Wahlburgers: another burger and the onion rings from Donnie Wahlberg. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 17 in New York, NY https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-17-nach-derafter-veendam-in-new.html We love Facebook for this: Friends react immediately to our postings and discover that we are on the way to New York. Actually to Carole King, Scott Conant, and Daniel Boulud. Scott Conant has to wait for the next time. For this, we visit someone from the family of Bruno: Kornelia and Wolfgang - right in the heart of the UN. "Beautiful" by Carole King is a 50+ party - we are lucky and get in for a total of 300 USD instead of 500 USD. In the evening again in Boulud Sud. A fantastic ending. === Post-Cruise Tag/Day 18 auf dem Rückweg/on the way back home https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/09/tagday-18-nach-derafter-veendam-in.html Instead of going to Manhattan to Long Beach on Long Island. Looking for a beach with a view of Manhattan. Such a thing is only for the rich and the beautiful. I get to know the "hard way" what it means to drive too fast on a stop sign. Then take-off on a journey through time on the JFK: in the TWA Hotel at Jean-Georges in the Paris Café. With Austrian, it is time to get back home via Vienna in the Premium Economy. There is a deposit payment for the next HAL cruise. Now we have to find the right one. New England and St. Lawrence - or Alaska. There is still so much to discover. === Back to the beginning - very far at the beginning. Every cruise starts with the preparation. Vorfreude/Anticipation 1 in Hamburg, Germany https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/vorfreude-1-auf-dieanticipation-1-on.html It starts in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall Building Hamburg - the perfect place to prepare for the journey on the VEENDAM. With good food and with Bach. Of course, with shipspotting SEA CLOUD II. === Vorfreude/Anticipation 2.1 in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/vorfreude-21-auf-dieanticipation-21-on.html We have so many gifts for the crew, for friends, and our folding table for our lanai cabin. The fee for an additional piece of luggage costs just as much as a flight to Lisbon, Portugal. And I have the opportunity to prepare for Lisbon. Finally after Christo Rei. Finally, a loop by tram through the Lisbon old town without stress. === Vorfreude/Anticipation 2.2 in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/vorfreude-22-auf-dieanticipation-22-on.html Cristo Rei #2 and #3. What I do for friends from the USA who are in Lisbon, Portugal, for the first time on RIVIERA. "Dress rehearsal" yesterday and again today with Linda and Wayne. === Pre-Cruise Tag/Day 0A in Lissabon/Lisbon, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-0a-auf-dem-weg-zuon-way-to.html Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal - Cristo Rei for the 4th time. We live in the Inter-Continental. Wow. And a beautiful evening on the Tagus River at Ponto Final. === Pre-Cruise Tag/Day 0B in Sintra, Portugal https://heinbloed-hal.blogspot.com/2019/08/tagday-0a-auf-dem-weg-zuon-way-to.html UNESCO World Heritage Sintra, Portugal, with our guide Luis, whom we know from our KONINGSDAM 2016 journey. Then back along the coast. In the evening tapas and shopping in the El Corte Ingles department store.
  5. I've been busy and missed a a day here. As for Ocho Rios, we were there on the Veendam in 2018 on a Cuba Adventure cruise. It was my first time back since the 1990's. We had the cargo dock while MSC Seaside had the main dock. We were first in, so found a low price taxi van before Seasides throngs got there.
  6. It was a number of years ago. HAL Veendam. The issues were long since fixed. On a subsequent cruise we met a gentleman who had been on that ship twice in six months. He was a very loyal cruise line customer. He confirmed the issues, going so far as to say that he discovered that the crew referred to the area in which his cabin was located as the 'flood zone'.
  7. I noticed a hopeful sign that my refund is underway. The cancelled March Veendam cruise does not appear under current bookings. It was paid with FCC. This amount appears under my FCC as a negative number. The August Rotterdam cruise that had some FCC applied still appears under current bookings. That small amount of money appears on my FCC as available.
  8. While everyone is anxiously awaiting refunds and information about what will become our new normal, I thought I could start a different kind of discussion. I'm scheduled to sail on the Veendam in January 2021 (Fingers crossed, but that's not what this thread is about). I've seen on numerous threads where people mention how much they love this ship. So I'm hoping you'd be willing to share why you love it. For reference, the other Holland America ships I've been on are the Eurodam and the Zuiderdam.
  9. Two more dam ships making what may be their final performance of the season in Port Everglades, with relatively late arrival times. Veendam is due to meet the pilot at 8:15 and proceed to pier 21. Zuiderdam is scheduled for 9:00 to spend the day at pier 26. Veendam is due to sail at 1600 and Zuiderdam 17:00. Zuiderdam is not part of the repatriation effort but Veendam will be taking crew home to the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. It's a busy day in port with Caribbean Princess already docked, Carnival Magic now arriving and Carnival Sunrise at 7:00. Caribbean is also due to leave at 1700 while the 2 Carnival ships will stay overnight. Next up is the Volendam on Wednesday. I think there is just one of the webcams running, https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ Roy
  10. We had booked the Nieuw Statendam for April 11, 2021 after hearing the Veendam was sold (had it booked for Feb. 2021). I talked with our PCC last week to have the long awaited FCC received for our cancelled April 2020 Veendam cruise applied to the NS booking. I asked her about the Feb. 2021 Veendam cancellation because it was still on my account. She said it would be there for awhile and just ignore it as it would eventually go away. She emailed me the cancellation form to use to get $$ from that cancellation and she would apply it to the NS booking when I receive notification. The PCC said I should hear something in 2 weeks, but I heard that when the April 2020 cruise was cancelled and it took 5 months to receive the FCC.
  11. We loved our table for 2 on the balcony of the dining room on our first Veendam cruise in 2004. In 2013 I had the most wonderful cruise, Voyage of the Vikings, in one of those 'new' cabins on the rear of the ship. The balcony was nice and big, also shaded, so I could enjoy the scenery that was almost always visible, since the sun was out so many hours of the day at that time of year. What a treat to be in the middle of the Norwegian fjords and sit out there and just feel like part of it. I will miss the Veendam as well as Maasdam. Just the right size ships.
  12. Captain Marek Ryszard Zoll, the only Polish captain with HAL and promoted in 2019, is one of the former Veendam two captains (the other is Captain Steve MacBeath.) With Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam all leaving simultaneously, there are currently eight captains looking for a ship with only Rotterdam VII joining next year. It this is handled purely by seniority, it will have a trickle down effect and some recently promoted captains, like Capt. Zoll, might have to take a temporary step back to staff captain. Time will tell
  13. We will be on the Veendam in Feb. 2021 and have a Vista Suite on Deck 10. Friends of ours will be in the Vista Suite next door and we were wondering if the room steward could unlock the door between the two balconies?
  14. Had checked in on the ships out in the anchorages where the ships have been hanging out south of Grand Bahama earlier today and noticed there was a lot of tender activity between the ships. Today was apparently the day that crew was moved accordingly for their rides home. They have all 3 left the area where they have been with a destination showing up on their AIS. Nieuw Amsterdam says Durban, South Africa. Volendam lists Bridgetown (probably Barbados) and Veendam is now en route to St. Thomas. They are all 3 doing 15- 17 knots located south of Abaco. Here's hoping a safe journey home for everyone and a safe return of the 3 ships in the fall. Will give me something to do to follow their journey. Eurodam is into her journey across the Pacific and in tandem with the Royal Princess and Carnival Panorama northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. This is also to bring crew home. Stay safe and healthy everyone. www.marinetraffic.com https://www.cruisemapper.com/
  15. We sailed on Veendam several times, beginning in 2014. We always liked the ship. We were on here last year for 67 days. The new carpet and furniture in many of the public areas really made her look clean and brighter. After the Prinsendam left the fleet, Veendam became our favorite ship. Her crew made her special. We have about decided to try not to have a favorite ship, since every time we do, the ship is sold. LOL
  16. My sole cruise on Veendam was during July, 1998. It was a cruise that I came close to canceling. My Mother had passed in April. Should I again "enjoy" myself so soon afterwards was my concern. Mother was a "cruiser" and I concluded she would want me to complete my plans. We sailed on July 5th. I arrived in Fort Lauderdale two days early and was a guest at Hyatt Regency Pier 66. I remember vividly the fireworks that I saw over the ocean from that observation deck outside the Top of the Pier Lounge as well as other fireworks over parts of Fort Lauderdale. The Jacob's Ladder sculpture was the Veendam's decorative highlight, I think. It was a very good cruise.
  17. Veendam did have a bad couple of years. HAL eventually took control and cleaned house and in recent years the Veendam had overcome most of those issues. Last years drydock saw new lighter color carpet and fixtures in Crow's Nest and many public areas as well as rooms. Seems now too late. Sad.
  18. Veendam took more heat on Cruise Critic for her added cabins, HVAC, plumbing, and other problems than any ship in the fleet and this was back in the time that the slightest unfavorable comment about HAL was jumped on by the cheerleaders. I'd read so many complaints about the Veendam that I said I would not sail on her. We sailed her twice, a delightful around the Horn cruise in 2011 and a Hawaii cruise during which we returned to San Diego to debark a sick passenger and then stopped to rescue a pilot near Hawaii. Wonderful cruises, but I'd have rather been on any other ship in the fleet.
  19. And in '18. We've been there twice; once by car (all the way from Chicago) and the other time on the VOV in 2014 on the Veendam. Here's my picture from Saddle Island.
  20. Veendam was our first HAL ship in 2005, and recently, our last cruise before the pandemic. We were on the 10 day Caribbean xmas sailing with family, this past December 2019. attached are pictures of Christmas tree lighting/Christmas caroling on the Veendam, and the gingerbread house display. Carol
  21. Where is Veendam at? and No, she's not turning into a submarine 😉 Clue: this is a Voyage of the Vikings port and it's not always accessible due to what you are seeing in the pic and/or other weather related conditions. Yet another clue because it's Sunday and I feel generous; this country's national parks are bigger than most countries, and the area where this pic was taken has its own time zone and has a breed of dog named after it ....................want any more?
  22. thank you @Seacruise & @mtnesterz for the HAL updates!! Some dust settled FAST imho this will calm down for a while now. Sold (not transferred within CCL): Costa Atlantica -> CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping (JV 60% Chinese stockholders / 40% CCL) Costa Mediterranea -> CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Costa neoRomantica -> Celestyal Cruises Experience HAL Amsterdam -> Fred Olsen Bolette HAL Rotterdam -> Fred Olsen Borealis HAL Maasdam -> Seajets Aegan Myths HAL Veendam -> Seajets Aegean Majesty P&O Oceana -> Seajets Queen of the Oceans Sun Princess > Pacific World Peace Ships Scrapped: Costa Victoria Carnival Fantasy Carnival Inspiration Carnival Fascination Carnival Imagination Announced but buyer unknown: POAU Pacific Aria -> POAU Pacific Dawn -> Sea Princess > WHO'S #18??
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