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  1. For those of you used to watching the sail-aways out of Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades, HAL's Veendam will be making a rare appearance today, Saturday, March 28, 2020 in order to take on fuel, water and some stores, as well as a small bit of crew turnover. She is due in at 0530 hrs and going to berth 19. Prelim departure is scheduled for 9:00 PM One hour later at 0630 hrs, HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled in Port Everglades for the same purpose, and is assigned her routine berth 26. Prelim departure is scheduled for 4:00 PM - You've got to watch Nieuw A's departure for a surprise from her captain as she goes by the condos!! The third cruise ship in port on Saturday is CCL's Carnival Sunrise, arriving at 0800 hrs. local and assigned berth 04 The webcams can be found at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/
  2. The score card: The ten 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. Costa Victoria - sold to Genova Trasporti Marittimi for future scrapping 5. Costa neoRomantica - sold to Celestyal Cruises as Celestyal Experience 6. HAL Rotterdam sold to Fred Olsen as Borealis 7. HAL Amsterdam sold to Fred Olsen as Bolette 8. HAL Maasdam sold to Seajets as Aegean Myth 9. HAL Veendam sold to Seajets as Aegean Majesty 10. P&O Oceana sold to Seajets as Queen of the Oceans Long term layup/defacto decommissioned: 11. Carnival Fascination - moved to long term layup in Cadiz, Spain; no timeline for return to service So, if you count Carnival Fascination, that leaves another seven unnamed ships to be disposed of to make eighteen - I'm not counting internal transfers within the Carnival Group, i.e. Golden Princess and Star Princess to P&O Australia
  3. today is Greenpeace Day and Make a Hat Day Felt Hat Day If you are a fatalist, what can you do about it? -- Ann Edwards-Duff Lord, defend me from my friends; I can account for my enemies. -- Charles D'Hericault Meal suggestion for today - Avocado Crab Boats Drink of the Day - Midori Colada Wine of the day - Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano vintage 2016 Fuerte Amador Panama Koningsdam Oosterdam Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Volendam Zaandam Sint Eustatius Anchorage Eurodam Nieuw Amsterdam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  4. Only 3 unnamed ships to be sold (From the CC news article https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5594/ ) So far, ships that have been sold for scrap include several of Carnival Cruise Line's oldest ships -- its Fantasy-class, including Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination and Inspiration, along with Costa Victoria. (Cruise Critic is keeping a running tally.) The company also sold four Holland America ships (Maasdam, Veendam, Amsterdam and Rotterdam), three Costa ships (Costa Atlantica, Costa Mediterranea and Costa neoRomantica); two P&O Australia ships (Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn) and P&O's Oceana. That leaves three, yet unnamed ships that will leave the Carnival Corporation fleet.
  5. today is Defy Superstition Day, Fortune Cookie Day, and Grandparents Day A psychiatrist is a person who will give you expensive answers that your wife will give you for free. Meal suggestion for today - Brown Sugar Salmon with Strawberries Drink of the Day - Tropical Itch Wine of the day - Farella Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville vintage 2015 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Scheveningen eta 9/14 Fuerte Amador Panama Koningsdam Oosterdam Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam - headed for dock at Ijmuiden Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  6. I meant to add this to this thread, so pardon my repetition: For those who, like me, need a score card this is a quick list (prone to error) that I compiled of Carnival Corporation ships built in the 90s. Taking at face value their statement to improve efficiency and maintenance costs I assume the older ships are the criteria. One point, points guy says Fascination was sold, others say not. I assume he is right. AidaCara, Carnival: Triumph, Elation, Paradis, Destiny, Sensation, Ecstasy, HAL: Volendam, Princess: Grand Princess, Sun Princes, Sea Princess and Pacific Princess. (information from Wikipedia) According to the Points Guy already sold are Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Fantasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Fascination, Oceana and Victoria
  7. For those who, like me, need a score card this is a quick list (prone to error) that I compiled of Carnival Corporation ships built in the 90s. Taking at face value their statement to improve efficiency and maintenance costs I assume the older ships are the criteria. One point, points guy says Fascination was sold, others say not. I assume he is right. AidaCara, Carnival: Triumph, Elation, Paradis, Destiny, Sensation, Ecstasy, HAL: Volendam, Princess: Grand Princess, Sun Princes, Sea Princess and Pacific Princess. (information from Wikipedia) According to the Points Guy already sold are Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Fantasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Fascination, Oceana and Victoria
  8. “In total, the 18 ships represent approximately 12 percent of pre-pause capacity and only three percent of operating income in 2019,” Carnival Corporation stated. “The sale of less efficient ships will result in future operating expense efficiencies of approximately two percent per available lower berth day (“ALBD”) and a reduction in fuel consumption of approximately one percent per ALBD,” Carnival said. So far, Carnival Corporation has sold the Costa Mediterranea, Costa Atlantica, Costa Victoria, Costa neoRomantica, Oceana, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maasdam, Veendam, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Inspiration and the Carnival Imagination. The Carnival Fascination has, officially, also been removed from Carnival's fleet as she has been placed into cold lay-up in Cadiz with no return date set. Another ship leaving the fleet could be Princess Cruises' Sun Princess, who fits the background description given today by Peaceboat, who announced the charter of a new ship, in 2021.
  9. today is National Live Creative Day, International Crab Fest Day, and National Cream-Filled Donut Day Grelb's Reminder: Eighty percent of all people consider themselves to be above average drivers. Meal suggestion for today - Rustic Summer Vegetable Pasta Drink of the Day - Pink Hawaiian Mljito Wine of the day - La Rioja Alta Rioja 890 Gran Reserva Selección Especial vintage 2005 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Fuerte Amador Panama Koningsdam Oosterdam Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Volendam Zaandam - dockedN at Ijmuiden Sint Eustatius Anchorage Nieuw Amsterdam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  10. Veendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be leaving on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (12 Mar 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (14 Mar 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (15 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Mar a0700) The only other cruise ship in port is Caribbean Princess who will be at pier 2 from 0545 to the unusual hour of 2222 (I guess they are unsure of departure time). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ For the Addicts: Veendam will be in Key West on Thursday, 12 March. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 14 March.
  11. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated May 1st, 2020 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 2020 Zaandam - 04-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B with July 11th Zaandam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Canada & New England sevenseasnomad - B2B following July 4th, 1st cruise as a solo Eurodam - 11-Jul-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Loreto - cruising with family & celebrating Loreto’s birthday on board N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser Empress of the Seas - 20-Jul-20 - 7 day Best of Bermuda rafinmd - B2B with July 27th Amsterdam - 25-Jul-20 - 7 day Boston - Montreal PandaBear62 - celebrating Mom’s 84th birthday on board Empress of the Seas - 27-Jul-20 - 7 day New England & Canada out of Bayonne rafinmd - B2B following July 20th Maasdam - 27-Jul-20 - 14 day Alaska kenphy - becoming 4* on this cruise AUGUST 2020 N Statendam -02-Aug-20 - 14 day Northern Isles Cailey53 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Veendam - 08-Aug-20 - ??? Gail & Marty sailing away - B2B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 22nd, Sept. 8th, 22nd, Oct. 6th, Oct. 20 Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th crystalspin Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Veendam - 22-Aug-20 - 17 day European River Explorer (Ams - Ven) Scrapnana - B2B with Sept. 8th Gail & Marty sailing away - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 8th & with Sept. 8th, 22nd, Oct. 6th & 20th Koningsdam - 22-Aug-20 - 7 night Alaska sachinbapat - 1st cruise celebrating 25th anniversary Ruby Princess - 29-Aug-20 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - B2B with Eurodam Sept. 5th, belated birthday & anniversary celebrations Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 Eurodam - 05-Sep-20 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer dobiemom luvteaching - B2B following Ruby Princess Aug. 29th N Amsterdam - 07-Sep-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires & Adriatic Dream NikkiGR - celebrating 45th anniversary, 1st HAL cruise Veendam - 08-Sep-20 - 14 day Turkey & Greek Isles Explorer Scrapnana - B2B following Aug. 22nd Gail & Marty sailing away - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 8th & 22nd & with Sept. 22nd, Oct. 6th & 20th N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Eurodam - 19-Sep-20 - 7 Day Alaska Himself - B2B with Sep 26th N Amsterdam - 19-Sep-20 - 12 day Adriatic Dream vcd1969 Westerdam - 20-Sep-20 - 17 day Circle Hawaii carlyshenk Divi - 1st time to Hawaii & on the Westerdam lynanken -1st time to Hawaii & on Westerdam Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Veendam - 22-Sep-20 - ????? Gail & Marty sailing away - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 8th, 22nd, Sept. 8th and with Oct. 6th & 20th Eurodam - 26-Sep-20 - 22 day Seattle to FLL Himself - B2B following Sept. 19th Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - Pacific Coast Sharon in AZ - belated 65th birthday celebration from cancelled April cruise Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar madera1 Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 40 day B2B Seattle to Auckland sailingdutchy OCTOBER 2020 Rotterdam - 03-Oct-20 - 29 day Iberian Adventure & Passage to America obriendan Veendam - 06-Oct-20 - ???? Gail & Marty sailing away - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Oct. 8th, 22nd, Sept. 8th, 22nd & with Oct. 20th Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Reagan0712 - 1st time to Africa ger_77 & Honey Bunny - 5th Transatlantic Eurodam - 18-Oct-20 - ?????? cruzeluver - 1st HAL cruise Veendam - 20-Oct -20 - ??????? Gail & Marty sailing away - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Oct. 8, 22, Sept. 8, 22, Oct. 6 & 20th Zaandam - 31-Oct-20 - 17 day Panama Canal Sequimcookie NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser packercruising - 3rd HAL cruise Eurodam - 08-Nov-20 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean saturn93 Zuiderdam - 08-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Crazy For Cats N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred - B2B with Nov. 22 Susanmaz Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters Zaandam - 17-Nov-20 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas RetiredNow N Amsterdam - 21-Nov-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean neuronbob Koningsdam - 21-Nov-20 - Mexican Riviera lazey1 N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Overhead Fred - with son & girlfriend celebrating his 30th birthday, B2B following Nov. 11 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - 10 day Panama Sunfarer Cruisinetta HAL Sailer - celebrating 25th anniversary DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 phyllisrf N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise GeriatricNurse N Amsterdam - 05-Dec-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean PROCRUISE - 5th HAL cruise, 1st HAL cruise for friends Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Eurodam - 09-Dec-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 Amsterdam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Christmas & New Year richwmn NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children Zuiderdam - 27-Dec-20 - New Year’s Cruise fatcat04 - 3 generation cruise with grand moms, fatcat04 & kids JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult N Amsterdam - 02-Jan-21 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean doncarlos & Fishbabe Veendam - 03-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern/Western Caribbean summer slope Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Gail & Marty sailing away Volendam - 04-Jan-21 - 74 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage StLouisCruisers - 2nd Grand Voyage, 3rd time to Antarctica Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th 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 Cailey53 Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation bluesplayer Brewgirl1 - 1 more cruise with parents Veendam - 24-Jan-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean vms N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz FEBRUARY 2021 Eurodam - 07-Feb-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise Suzy Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar - celebrating 30th anniversary Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th Zuiderdam - 17-Mar-21 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise fatcat04 Veendam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Western Caribbean Crazy For Cats Rotterdam - 25-Mar-21 - 16 day Panama Canal (San Diego - FLL) samsonmo - B2B with April 10th Oosterdam - 28-Mar-21 - 43 day Collector cruise New Zealand & Australia Traveling Dot APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board Rotterdam - 10-Apr-21 - 14 day Transatlantic - FLL - Rotterdam samsonmo - B2B following March 25th Koningsdam - 24-Apr-21 - 7 day Wine & Country Pacific Northwest lazey1 MAY 2021 Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 7 day Premier Venice to Rome 1ANGELCAT richwmn - B2B with May 22nd Ryndam - 15-May-21 - 17 day Premier Voyage & European Splendor Cailey53 - 1st inaugural voyage Ryndam - 22-May-21- 10 day European Splendour richwmn - B2B following May 15th doncarlos & Fishbabe palmerett Zaandam - 22-May-21 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 19 day Norse Legends & Jewels of the Baltics Stefanni0522 N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 10 day Jewel of the Baltics Veenendaal6 - celebrating 28th anniversary N Statendam - 15-Jun-21 - 24 night Jewels of the Baltic & Northern Isles Lucie73821 Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board JULY 2021 Oosterdam - 25-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Cruise Suzy - introducing DD, DS & their spouses to their first cruise AUGUST 2021 Rotterdam - 12-Aug-21 - 17 day Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Crazy for Cats Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne JANUARY 2022 Amsterdam - 04-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage golflover51 vinonme2 Rotterdam - 19-Jan-22 - 24 day Panama Canal DeeniEncinitas FEBRUARY 2022 Oceania Riviera - 19-Feb-22 - 17 day Caribbean DeeniEncinitas APRIL 2022 N Amsterdam - 09-Apr-22 - 17 day Panama Canal gypsymama5996 - 60th birthday celebration on board HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  12. Have they actually been approved to dock in Port Everglades today? Does anyone know what time? Thinking of all those on board..... L.
  13. today is 911 Remembrance Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise person to be able to sell it. Meal suggestion for today - Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado Drink of the Day - Blue Lagoon Wine of the day - Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Shea Vineyard vintage 2016 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Scheveningen eta 9/14 At Sea Pacific Oosterdam destination unknown at this time but on the map she appears to be at Balboa Balboa Panama Koningsdam Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  14. Definitely Maasdam. I zoomed in in your photos (very ethereal - beautiful pics!) and the funnel is definitely an S-class ship. Since there were only two S-class ships left in the fleet in 2019, and Veendam was in Europe and Maasdam in Alaska, it could only be Maasdam.
  15. This is really bittersweet for us, as our first HAL cruise was on the Veendam (2005) and our most recent cruise was on Xmas 2019 Veendam 10-day cruise. We sailed with our son, DIL and grandchildren this past Xmas, and ironically, the Veendam was their first HAL cruise also (Bermuda, 2015 when we also sailed with them). So the Veendam will have a special place in our families’ memories. Carol
  16. We have enjoyed all of our HAL cruises as well but tend to find better deals on Princess for some reason. The smallest HAL ships we've sailed on were the Maasdam and Veendam. We've also sailed on the Westerdam and Zuiderdam and liked that size ship a little better for cruises that are not port intensive. Our Veendam cruise was from Quebec to Boston with nearly every day in a different port, so the itinerary was the attraction instead of the ship. The lack of activities did not matter as much.
  17. Personally I liked Ryndam the best. Loved Veendam until they added the bump on the stern. (I never thought that was well done), but all the S Class ship were really nice.
  18. Veendam had the better Crow's Nest. The rear pool was removed to add more verandah rooms however.
  19. We sailed on all the Statendam class ships except the Statendam. They were classic ships and if you asked me which of the Veendam, Ryndam and Maasdam was the best and favorite of mine, it was a 3 way tie. Right now I'd have to say that the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam are our favorites.
  20. Boarded the Veendam yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale. Our expected port in Key West today was canceled due to high winds. A stop in Cozumel tomorrow was added. Captain just announced that another ship as been detained in Cozumel due to possible Corona virus and we will be unable to dock. So we have another sea day tomorrow. Seas are a bit rough today making walking around a bit challenging. Quite a few sea sick passengers. Despite this, we are still enjoying ourselves. First time on the Veendam. She is a lovely ship with a great staff.
  21. today is Chocolate Milk Shake Day, National Video Games Day, and National Day of Encouragement If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton Meal suggestion for today - Sausage & Feta Stuffed Tomatoes Drink of the Day - Chichi Wine of the day - Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough vintage 2014 At Sea Atlantic Eurodam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/15 Nieuw Amsterdam destination Sint Eustatius eta 9/14 Volendam destination Scheveningen eta 9/14 Fuerte Amador Panama Koningsdam Oosterdam Gibraltar Westerdam Limassol Cyprus Noordam Zuiderdam Rosyth GB Rotterdam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Amsterdam Nieuw Statendam Zaandam Aigio Greece Maasdam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MYTH Katakolo Veendam -- Ship name as reported by AIS: AEGEAN MAJESTY
  22. YXU AC*SE's nomination of Chardonnay Sisters threads get my vote of approval. I enjoyed all the live threads from world cruisers and admire anyone who can keep them current and interesting for four months. Kween Karen's live world cruise threads were great and the thread about her trials with her travel agency must have been near the top for drama. Not a thread, but one post stands out from all others, Shimp56's short answer to what is below A deck on the Veendam: "There "B" dragons."
  23. Veendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (29 Feb 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (01 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0600-1700. She is heading out on an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (01 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (03 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (04 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (04 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (05 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Mar a0700) There are no other cruise ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. For the addicts: Veendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700 on Thursday, 27 February. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Rotterdam will be in Aruba on Friday 28 February from 0800-1800. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 29 February.
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