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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Veendam arriving onPE webcamright now
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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??
  9. Good evening, everyone. Tonight's sunset is the sun going down over Grand Traverse Bay. This was just a few minutes ago. I will toast to the Maasdam and the Veendam. I sailed Maasdam the first time I did the Historic Coasts itinerary. We thought she was a beautiful ship and we were quite happy that Hurricane Danny did not chase us up the coast. I sailed Veendam to Antarctica and for the second Historic Coasts cruise. I have many happy memories of both ships.
  10. Update: a few corrections made by @mtnesterz: Sold not transferred within corporation: Costa Atlantica -> CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping (JV had 14b. 60% Chinese stockholders / 40% CCL so $$ in) Costa Mediterranea -> CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Costa neoRomantica -> Celestyal Cruises Experience HAL Amsterdam -> Fred Olsen Bolette HAL Rotterdam -> Fred Olsen Borealis HAL Maasdam -> Seajets HAL Veendam -> Seajets 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?? CSSC is looking for another? Which ship is smallest / least profitable? Or would they buy a new one (Majestic is not a medallion vessel)
  11. Thank you Rich for The Daily and Roy for the Care and Celebrations list! I am not much of a beach goer when it comes to warm weather and sitting out and getting sun. I love to explore the tide pools in Oregon. Here are a few pictures from Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast. Hope everyone has a great day. I’ll toast to Veendam and Maasdam tonight to say goodbye. We never sailed the Maasdam but we loved the Veendam. Good night all!
  12. Ombud, not my intention to correct, but to assist to complete your list. Thank you for your work. I follow these developments with interest. Crew Center reports that the Maasdam and Veendam have also been purchased by Seajets in addition to the Oceana. Celestyal, Fred Olsen and Seajets are not part of Carnival Corp, but with then, I lose track as to whether transfers within Carnival count as part of the 18. The 18th? P&O Aus. as the red-headed stepchild of the Carnival group, gets the hand-me-downs. Pure speculation, something will transfer to them and the Pacific Explorer, a Sun class, will go. We too have been left uncertain by the Sun's sale.
  13. Well 17 are gone. 5 to scrap with 4 already being dismantled, 12 to other lines. Several have already listed them as available for bookings. Gone not transferred within CCL: Costa Atlantica -> CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping (60% Chinese stockholders) Costa Mediterranea -> CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping (60% Chinese stockholders) Costa neoRomantica -> Celestyal Cruises - renamed Experience HAL Amsterdam -> Fred Olsen - renamed Bolette HAL Rotterdam -> Fred Olsen - renamed Borealis P&O Oceana -> now Queen of the Oceans for Seajets Sun Princess > Peace ships to replace Ocean Dream & The Zenith Scrapped: Costa Victoria Carnival Fantasy Carnival Inspiration Carnival Fascination Carnival Imagination Announced but buyer unknown: HAL Maasdam -> buyer unannounced HAL Veendam -> buyer unannounced P&O Aus Pacific Aria -> P&O Aus Pacific Dawn -> Sea Princess > WHO'S #18??
  14. Just like the Veendam, the Maasdam now has a new Greek name. Translated: Maasdam after 5 days located in the port of Piraeus, started broadcasting under its new name. Aegean Myth will now be named while there is still no official announcement from the ship-owning company whether it will manage it itself or whether it will be chartered with its little brother, Aegean Majesty (ex Veendam) or separately. https://arxipelagos.gr/aegean-myth-%cf%84%ce%bf-%ce%bd%ce%ad%ce%bf-%cf%8c%ce%bd%ce%bf%ce%bc%ce%b1-%cf%84%ce%bf%cf%85-maasdam/?fbclid=IwAR1quYoDZxY6CiPSlcxF6j35CNaFGryjzEiv-QYF2kKZ6ywZbkKCPsYdJ1Y Also on Instagram, crew member ckoonstra has posted some pictures of Maasdam's last days as Maasdam.
  15. We had so much fun on some of these ships (Sun Princess, HAL Veendam, the Regal Princess sister ship, Crown). Great cruising memories....same for Celebrity Mercury & Zenith and RCCL Monarch (our first cruise). Would happily go back to those days of cruising.
  16. Thank you. I was thinking that when our Veendam and Rotterdam cruises disappeared our refunds would soon appear. Sadly they still appear on our accounts.
  17. An article in Cruise Industry News today lists/includes the four ships sold in Fiscal Year 2019 as part of "the eighteen" and does not yet lists the Sun Princess. With the latter added, that would make seventeen so one more to go! The jury is still out as to which ship that No. 18 is https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23517-here-are-the-cruise-ships-carnival-is-selling.html The score card updated: The seventeen confirmed as sold: 1. Carnival Fantasy - sold for scrap and being broken up at Aliaga, Turkey 2. Carnival Inspiration - sold for scrap and being broken up at Aliaga, Turkey 3. Carnival Imagination - sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey on 14 Sep 4. Carnival Fascination - sold (probably also for scrap - currently at Cadiz, Spain) 5. Costa Atlantica sold to CSSC Shipping, a joint venture with Carnival Corp eff Jan 2020 6. Costa Mediterranea sold to CSSC (China) Shipping, a joint venture with Carnival Corp eff 2021 7. Costa Victoria - sold to Genova Trasporti Marittimi for future scrapping 8. Costa neoRomantica - sold to Celestyal Cruises as Celestyal Experience 9. HAL Rotterdam sold to Fred Olsen as Borealis 10. HAL Amsterdam sold to Fred Olsen as Bolette 11. HAL Maasdam sold to Seajets as Aegean Myth 12. HAL Veendam sold to Seajets as Aegean Majesty 13. P&O Oceana sold to Seajets as Queen of the Oceans 14. P&O Australia's Pacific Area sold to CMV as Ida Pfeiffer (TransOcean) eff. May 2021 (fiscal 2019) 15. P&O Australia's Pacific Dawn sold to CMV as Amy Johnson eff. May 2021 (fiscal 2019) 16. Princess Cruises' Sun Princess sold to Japan's Peaceboat organization as Pacific World 17. Princess Cruises' Sea Princess sold to undisclosed buyer
  18. We have been back from our cruise for a few days and I thought I would post a review. Our travels to Ft. Lauderdale went very smoothly. We haven’t had an on-time flight in a while, so this was a pleasant surprise. We were booked at the Embassy Suites, so a quick phone call to them had a shuttle arriving in just minutes. Even though we arrived hours before check-in, there was a room available, so we got checked in quickly. We took a walk to the Total Wines shopping center where we caught the trolley for a tour around Ft. Lauderdale. Back to the stop, we picked up our wine and had a late lunch. Back at the hotel, we asked about the shuttle to the cruise port and were told to expect a wait of up to 30 minutes in the morning. When we came to the lobby the following morning, we were on a shuttle in about 2 minutes! We arrived at the port just before 11am. We went through security quickly and were sent straight to the “wine table.” We had 4 bottles of wine and asked to pay corkage on 3 because we were planning to take the wine to the dining room. We were pleasantly surprised when we were charged corkage on 2 bottles but the “wine guy” said he would put stickers on 3 bottles. We were even more pleasantly surprised when we discovered later that he had put stickers on all 4 bottles! Nice way to start our cruise! Boarding started at 11:30am. We were in Group 9, but we were on the ship and in our room before noon. In the MDR enjoying a lovely, peaceful lunch by 12:30pm. Ship: The Veendam is definitely an older ship, but she is in great shape and well cared for. Cleaning was continuous. I did notice a slight mildew smell near the elevators on a couple of the decks. Cruise Itinerary: This got changed several times. We were supposed to have 4 ports (Key West, Ocho Rios, Georgetown, and Half Moon Cay). We ended up with 3 (Ocho Rios, Nassau, and Half Moon Key). While we were a little disappointed, we certainly understood that the weather conditions couldn’t be controlled by HAL). I did hear a few people complaining. One man said he would never cruise HAL again, but most people seemed to take it in stride. Captain Steve and Cruise Director/Travel Nick kept passengers informed of the changes that were happening. In the Captain’s Q&A, Captain Steve did a great job explaining what had gone into all of the decisions, assuring all that they were taking Coronavirus seriously (and joked that they had removed all Corona beer as a precaution!! LOL). On-Board Activities: Veendam still has singers and dancers, so this was a pleasant surprise. There were also two comedians (each did a show and then they did a third show together). Both were pretty good. There were a few good movies and documentaries. I really missed the ATK shows, but there was one cooking demo with the cruise director/travel and a sous chef. It was well done, but there was only the one show. Food: Subjective, I know, but we thought the food was fabulous. We’ve been on 3 other HAL ships and enjoyed the food on all of them, but I thought the food on Veendam was better than the others. We ate all but one dinner in the MDR. We ate breakfast in the MDR a couple of times, but mostly ate at the Lido. Lunches were either Lido, burgers, or pizza. Biggest change that I noticed was that they no longer had the lovely little fruit plates, muesli, and yogurt parfaits in the Lido at breakfast. They had fresh, sliced fruit in bowls. They also did not list a fruit plate and fruit/cheese plate in the dessert options in the MDR. Service: Fantastic, as it has been on our previous three HAL cruises. Our room stewards kept our room spotless. Every staff member we came in contact with seemed genuinely happy to be there. In the MDR one morning, a man sharing our table asked for a certain pastry. The waiter seemed to take forever before coming back to the table. He said they were out of that pastry in the MDR and he had gone to the Lido to check and they were out, too. The guy assured the servers that it was not an issue, but they asked for his room number and promised him that he would have his pastry the next morning. Breakfast in the MDR took a long time, but we weren’t in a hurry, so it didn’t matter to us. In the Lido, we barely sat down before a server came around with drinks. Spa/Gym: I bought a pass, pre-cruise, for the Thermal Suite. The price on-board was a little higher. The thermal suite was never crowded when I was there. Several times, I was the only one in there. Dh used the gym a few times and said that the equipment was well maintained. Departure: We decided to use Luggage Direct and that worked well for us. We received our printed boarding passes and luggage tags the evening prior to departure. We used the HAL shuttle to the airport. Amazingly enough, our flight home left on time and arrived early … and our luggage arrived at the same time! Nice ending to a lovely vacation. While aboard, we booked a 2021 cruise on the Ryndam. We are also booked on another cruise on the Veendam in September (really hoping all of the Coronavirus problems are gone by then).
  19. Here's the list I'm seeing of the cruise ships Carnival has sold so far. This accounts for 17 of the total 18 ships that Carnival has said they were going to sell. The sale of the two Princess ships was confirmed yesterday. Costa Atlantica Costa Mediterranea Costa Victoria Costa neoRomantica Amsterdam Rotterdam Maasdam Veendam Oceana Carnival Fantasy Carnival Inspiration Carnival Imagination Carnival Fascination Pacific Dawn Pacific Aria Sun Princess Sea Princess
  20. DH and I just sailed on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Veendam and absolutely loved the ship. It was our 54th cruise, 10th on Holland America, and 1st time on the Veendam. We sailed on the Koningsdam last month and enjoyed the Veendam so much more. We loved the small ship. It was in excellent condition, very elegant, wonderful food in the Lido buffet and the Canaletto (ate there twice), enjoyed the NY Pizza venue, although not impressed with the MDR menus and slow service (only ate there once). Room service was prompt and the small menu was a good one. The two shows with the singers and dancers were fabulous and we hadn't seen shows like those in years. There were two shows with comedians that were also good. The Koningsdam music venues were so loud we just didn't enjoy them at all. There was a huge library on the Veendam, so many places to sit and enjoy the cruise. The casino was small and people didn't seem to be winning much, but had a friendly staff and I won a huge slot jackpot one morning. Passengers were in our older demographic, there were a couple of kids (mostly pre-school), and people were friendly for the most part. The Captain is only 38 years old and was such a presence all week - we saw him at breakfasts in the Lido, he always stopped to talk to passengers, and we had a chance to speak with him at the Mariners Luncheon, which by the way, had an impressive menu. The ship was easy to navigate. Both embarkation and debarkation were a breeze and we were in our car and on our way home by 8:30am. DH and I live less than an hour from Tampa and are already booked on the Veendam when it moves to Tampa this Fall. We had a Vista Suite on Deck 9 not far from the aft elevators and it was the perfect location for us. The cabin was spacious, had a great balcony, and our room steward did a great job in keeping it clean and tidy. The only sad thing was a passenger was taken off the ship and into an ambulance just as we were leaving St. Thomas. DH and I were sitting on our balcony and the gangway had been taken up. It was lowered and soon afterwards the ambulance arrived. Another passenger (spouse?) accompanied the stretcher into the ambulance and their luggage was loaded into someone's car. Don't know the outcome and hope for the best. Didn't take any excursions as we'd been to Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Thomas many times over the years. Half Moon Cay had been cancelled awhile ago for "operational reasons" and we had received $200 in on board credit because of it. Wouldn't have gotten off anyway so we weren't disappointed. We are so glad we tried the Veendam and it's our new favorite ship!
  21. Ships get listed on those "for sale" web sites, sometimes for a very long time, before anything happens. I think I understand how much Black Watch and Boudicca mean to you good people. Prinsendam, Statendam, Maasdam, Veendam, and Ryndam have meant the same to many of us HAL Mariners. It's almost like loosing a member of one's family. So sad.
  22. The score card updated: The thirteen confirmed as sold: 1. Carnival Fantasy - sold for scrap and being broken up at Aliaga, Turkey 2. Carnival Inspiration - sold for scrap and being broken up at Aliaga, Turkey 3. Carnival Imagination - sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey on 14 Sep 4. Carnival Fascination - sold (probably also for scrap - currently at Cadiz, Spain) 5. Costa Victoria - sold to Genova Trasporti Marittimi for future scrapping 6. Costa neoRomantica - sold to Celestyal Cruises as Celestyal Experience 7. HAL Rotterdam sold to Fred Olsen as Borealis 8. HAL Amsterdam sold to Fred Olsen as Bolette 9. HAL Maasdam sold to Seajets as Aegean Myth 10. HAL Veendam sold to Seajets as Aegean Majesty 11. P&O Oceana sold to Seajets as Queen of the Oceans 12. Princess Cruises' Sun Princess sold to Japan's Peaceboat organization as Pacific World 13. Princess Cruises' Sea Princess sold to undisclosed buyer The four sold prior to fiscal 2020: 1. Pacific Area sold to CMV as Ida Pfeiffer (TransOcean) eff. May 2021 (CMV went bankrupt in July 2020) 2. Pacific Dawn sold to CMV as Amy Johnson eff. May 2021 (CMV went bankrupt in July 2020) 3. Costa Atlantica sold to CSSC (China) Shipping, a joint venture with Carnival Corp eff Jan 2020 4. Costa Mediterranea sold to CSSC (China) Shipping, a joint venture with Carnival Corp eff 2021
  23. The question I get asked a lot is if there is a jail onboard the Dam ships. A jail on a ship is known as a brig, not to be confused with a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. Both the former "S" (Statendam, Maasdam, Ryndam and Veendam) and the (partially) still current "R" class (Rotterdam, Zaandam, Volendam and Amsterdam) came out with a brig located on A-Deck forward adjacent the paint store. It is/was a one-person brig with a bed, that's it. The Vista-class and up did not have a brig and the ones on the "S" an "R"-class ships have been used for storage. As far as I know, the eight brigs were never used in that capacity. I sure never put anyone in there
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