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  1. Tell me about the Holland American Z
  2. When the Vista class ships were built they all had a bar on Deck One of the Atrium near guest services. Is this still used for bar service on Zuiderdam, or is it just an empty unused space? I know it was ripped out of the Westerdam, but think it still remains on Zuiderdam, Oosterdam and Noordam. If not being used for bar service it would seem better to rip it out and use the space better, even if it were just to improve foot traffic flow through the Atrium. An disused bar is rather an eyesore and sad IMHO.
  3. Considering book a Panama Canal trip on the Zuiderdam. Looking for impressions of the ship. Never been on a HAL cruise Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. 'Twas the night before HAL Cruise, and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not Poohby. Not spouse. The suitcases packed, we had at least five, In hopes that the Zuiderdam soon would arrive. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys & girls, moms & dads, teens, tots, toddlers and wee little shavers! It’s time once again for another research project / trip report from the National Institute of Cheer. We leave tomorrow on our first ever Christmas Cruise. (Yay!) It’s a 10 day Southern Caribbean itinerary that calls on some of our favorite ports: the ABCIslands of Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao. The closest we’ve come to an actual holiday cruise was a Eurodam sailing that ended Christmas Eve back in 2016, but this will be our first one that actually includes the holiday. It’s also our first cruise that’s longer than a week since 2014. (Double yay!) For us, a 10 day sailing hits the sweet spot lengthwise. Seven days is just too short. Don’t get me wrong. We’ll take what we can get, but we prefer 10 or more days. Our itinerary takes us to the picturesque southern Caribbean, where we haven’t been since early 2014. Our port stops are: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Amber Cove, Dominican Republic – A new port for us Kralendijk, Bonaire – One of our favorite snorkeling destinations Willemstad, Curacao Oranjestad, Aruba We have several deep and profound research projects planned for this voyage, covering a broad array of subjects important to you, the VIP cruising public. The Department of Gastronomics will attempt to get copies of all the menus. I don’t know about you, but we like to review menus for our upcoming cruises so we can determine the best days to schedule specialty dining. It also helps you to plan your pairings if you’re bringing your own wine and paying corkage. The Department of Harmonics will explore the music venues on the Zuiderdam: Lincoln Center Stage, the B.B. King Club, and Billboard Onboard. The Department of Theatrics will report on the shows and the clean, bright entertainments available in the main show room, The Mainstage. Our world-renowned Department of Alcademics® plans to research the cocktail menus, wine lists, and drink packages – in painstaking detail. We’re doing this - not because we intend to drink - but rather because people have a lot of questions about the beverage packages and we aspire to perform valuable research, which will enable us to report back to you. Selfless, I know.
  5. It’s going to be a really busy day in Port Everglades for this one. Three blue hulled beauties representing 3 different classes of ship will be sailing from here - Zuiderdam, Nieuw Statendam & Nieuw Amsterdam. Zuiderdam is scheduled to be at pier 21 & will be doing the 10 day Panama Sunfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (28 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (02 Mar 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (03 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (05 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (06 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (06 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (07 Mar 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Mar a0800) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 26 & will be doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700) And the second itinerary for the Nieuw Statendam is the 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0800-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (28 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (01 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700 The Nieuw Amsterdam should be at pier 19 and is doing two itineraries as well. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700 And the second for the Nieuw Amsterdam is the 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700 Other ships in port are the Regal Princess (pier 02), Majesty Of The Seas (pier 29), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18) and Celebrity Edge (pier 25). You can watch all of these ships sail from the following webcams for Port Everglades: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts, the Eurodam is sailing from San Diego for her 17 day Circle Hawaii. The webcam for San Diego is located at http://sundiegolive.com And upcoming sightings for the addicts are the Rotterdam & Zuiderdam on Feb. 20th in Aruba. The webcam for Aruba is located at: https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next up is the Oosterdam on February 23rd. Enjoy!
  6. http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=5f998da916e252f07e01497915f1fd464a1b8d19babc8550fd97d3603e4829b724c319ba8a92afb089f5b291a9ab81331cc221bca37cd6b27cdacb7efa630058 Here’s the link to my review of the Zuiderdam. One thing I forgot to mention in the review was the timing of dinner seatings. Early dining was at 5:30. Late dining was at 7:45. Part of our group switched to late dining as 5:30 is just way too early to return from ports, enjoy happy hour, get ready for dinner, etc. I thought the 7:45 was perfect as many lines have the later seating much later. The staff on the ship was wonderful. As you you will see, my review is mixed. It’s a good thing there are many cruise lines to sail. Something for everyone. HAL, while nice, would not be our choice for another cruise.
  7. There’s just one ship in Port Everglades for this one and it’s the lovely Zuiderdam. Should be lots of great views of her! Zuiderdam is heading for the 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer - always a nice itinerary, especially at this BRRR-Y time of the year. She will be pier 26. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (09 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (10 Feb 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (12 Feb 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (13 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (13 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (14 Feb 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700) The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a way Addicts - the Nieuw Statendam will be in St. Maarten on Feb. 7th and the Koningsdam will be in Aruba on Feb. 8th. St. Maarten’s webcam is located at https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com and Aruba’s webcam is located at https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next sail a way - Oosterdam on February 9th.
  8. Rather than a full review, I thought I would just give some rambling bullet points of random comments. We just did the 11 day Panama Canal trip. We live in South Florida, so there was no hotel or airport aspect for us. We stayed in a Neptune suite (and typically stay in suites on other cruises, which are mainly on RCCL). The suite was very nice, comparable to a Grand Suite on a Royal ship The attitudes of staff and crew were for the most part exceptional. Workers had smiles, were friendly as could be, some had incredible memories for names and we felt recognized whenever we returned to the same venue on the ship; The ship itself was clean but tired/dated. It's hard to explain, but it lacked a certain "flow" to it. We have been on the Oasis and the Allure, which are about twice the size, and found those ships were easier to get around and more intuitive for some reason. There is certainly no "grandeur" to the ship, no "wow factor"...but that's OK. We didn't expect it; The Neptune Lounge was very disappointing. Concierges were very nice, especially on the first day or two, but we found certain suite perks were a little less than what we were used to. Example...one afternoon we decided we would prefer to switch our dinner reservation to the Pinnacle Grill. Concierge said they were full at our requested time (7), so we opted for Cannaleto. When we went to the Pinnacle Lounge for a cocktail before dinner at about 6:30, Pinnacle Grill was fairly empty. My experience on Royal was that the concierge could get us in almost anywhere. The honor bar in the NL should really work with a drink package...it would have been a good option for us for cocktails before dinner if it did. So other than grabbing a quick cup of coffee or having an occasional snack, there wasn't much of a reason for us to go there. Some other random suite-related thoughts: No priority disembarkation at ports/tenders or the end of the cruise, no designated/reserved suite seating areas in the shows. None of these are going to have any impact on my cruise, but I am merely noting they are different than what I have seen before. The laundry service/dry cleaning ROCKED. Great perk, took advantage of it and loved it. Breakfast in the Pinnacle was great and we took advantage of that as well on several occasions; Food was very good for the most part. We found the MDR food to be tasty and surprisingly good most of the time...easily better than Royal. Pinnacle Grill experiences were very good as well, as was Cannaleto. The Lido buffet was a little disappointing. We didn't go too often, but I found the selections were so so, and the quality was only fair for me. Dive-In was very good; We didn't really take advantage of the entertainment venues too much. Piano bar singers were a little cheesy, but people loved them and they served their purpose well. We attended America's test Kitchen a couple of times during the trip and it was a nice diversion; Cabana...best part of the trip for us. We reserved one for the entire cruise and were there at some point pretty much every day. Attendants were great..took good care of us. Given the serious lack of lounge chairs by the pools, we were glad we did this. Had lunch up there many days and they were super accommodating. Very surprised that so many went unoccupied; Norovirus scare- A few days into the cruise, we started to notice some procedure changes. The Lido was blocked off in certain areas, and NOTHING was self-serve anymore. Sure enough, the captain made an announcement that there were a few cases of gastrointestinal issue reported and they were going to a different protocol. Urged everyone to be more diligent in hand washing. That protocol continued throughout, and later announcements were stating that the issues hadn't seemed to spread, but they were remaining vigilant; Ports were all new to us, so that was good. Enjoyed Caracao, and the highlight was the Panama Canal of course. Loved it. Had an incident on a private tour in Costa Rica where we were about 50 yards away from the coast guard opening gunfire along the bank of a canal we happened to be sightseeing in, and our tourboat was instructed by guides to "get down" as we literally smelled the gun powder. This is another post for another time, but thankfully everyone in our tour was OK and the tour continued. Overall, HAL did a great job on a smallish, dated feeling ship and the food and crew made it a really enjoyable vacation. Happy to answer any questions if I can.
  9. I did search before posting, but couldn’t find what I was looking for and have limited research time. Does the Zuiderdam partial transit go through the old or new locks? Thanks!
  10. The only ship in port today is a blue hulled beauty. So all the focus should be on her 🙂 Should be a fun itinerary for those on board. Always a nice one. Zuiderdam should be at pier 26 and is doing the 11 day Panama Sunfarer cruise: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (28 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (02 Mar 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (03 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (05 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (06 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (06 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (07 Mar 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Mar a0800) the webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://ftlauderdalewebcam.com Sorry addicts, no other sailings that I see. Next up is Oosterdam on March 2nd.
  11. Hi, Anyone recently on the Zuiderdam? Do they still have happy hour?
  12. We are going on our first HAL cruise , and will be in a Neptune suite. I saw some pics online and it doesn't look like there is a bar in there? I have been in suite lounges on Royal...some of them have full bars, an some have decent food. Is the Neptune Lounge on the Zuiderdam more of just a hangout kind of place with a concierge, and some finger foods, and that's about it? Thanks!
  13. We have moved up to one for the March 20 cruise for about $200 from a veranda. Please tell me what I am gaining. Thank you
  14. I just tried to open Captain Albert's Weblog but won't open. Crazy computer. Do not know what to do. Has someone read his blog he posted yesterday and does he say why the late departure.
  15. Port Everglades is going to be busier for this one! There’s just one blue hulled beauty sailing and that’s our Oosterdam. She’s headed out for a 7 and a 14 day cruise and will be at pier 26. A 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (09 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (12 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (13 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (14 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb a0700 And a 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (09 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (10 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (12 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (13 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (14 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb 0700-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) Other ships in port are Celebrity Infinity (scheduled to be at pier 19), Independence Of the Seas (scheduled at pier 18), Caribbean Princess (to be at pier 02) and Adventure of the Seas (schedule for pier 29). The Port Everglades webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts - the Zuiderdam is schedule to be in Aruba today. The webcam for Aruba is located at https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next Sail a Way is Feb. 10th when the N Amsterdam sails out of Port Everglades and the Rotterdam out of Tampa.
  16. We have 4 blue hulled beauties for this sail a way. Two are in Port Everglades and one is sailing from Tampa and the other from San Diego. There are 7 ships in total sailing from Port Everglades so this will be a busy day. Zuiderdam is scheduled to sail from pier 21 at 5 PM for her 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (28 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (30 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (31 Jan 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (02 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (02 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (03 Feb 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Feb a0700) The Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to sail from pier 26 at 5 PM on a 7 day Country Music Charter. There’s no itinerary pic for her as it is a charter, but here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan d1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1200-2359); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (31 Jan 1000-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Feb a0700 Other ships in Port Everglades are the Regal Princess (pier 02), Harmony of the Seas (pier 18), Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29), Carnival Conquest (pier 04) and Celebrity Edge (pier 25). The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com The Eurodam is scheduled to sail out of San Diego on a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise. Here is her itinerary: San Diego, California (27 Jan d1700); Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (29 Jan 1000-1800); Mazatlan, Mexico (30 Jan 0800-1800); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (31 Jan 0800-2300); San Diego, California (03 Feb a0700) The San Diego webcam is located at http://sundiegolive.com The Rotterdam is scheduled to sail out of Tampa for a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. Here is her itinerary: Tampa, Florida (27 Jan d1600); Key West, Florida (28 Jan 1100-1800); Roatan, Honduras (30 Jan 0800-1700); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (31 Jan 0700-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (01 Feb 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (03 Feb a0700) The webcam is located at https://www.porttampawebcam.com The Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be in Aruba. Aruba’s webcam is found at https://www.portarubawebcam.com For the Addicts - The Rotterdam is scheduled to be in Key West on the 28th and the Zuiderdam is scheduled to be in Aruba on the 30th. Next up is the Oosterdam on February 2nd.
  17. This cabin is opposite elevators. Would we hear any noise from them? Does anyone know size of Balcony? Any reviews about this cabin would be appreciated.
  18. It’s a much quieter day in Port Everglades for this one compared to the last couple of sail a ways. Should be some good views of the Zuiderdam with luck. Zuiderdam is set to leave at 4 pm from pier 26 for her 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Jan d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (17 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (19 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (20 Jan 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (22 Jan 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (23 Jan 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (23 Jan 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (24 Jan 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Jan a0700) Also in port is the Crown Princess. She is at pier 02 and scheduled to leave at 5 pm. The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Addicts - the Veendam will be in Saint Maarten on January 17th, 2019. The webcam is https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com Next up: ms Volendam on January 18th, 2019.
  19. Can someone please tell me where the Zuiderdam generally docks in Curacao? I understand there are two different piers. Thanks.
  20. Good afternoon! We've got another professional photo album for you, this time from Holland America's Zuiderdam: https://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/zuiderdam-266/ Please enjoy the photos, and let us know what you think! Cheers, Christina _____________ Christina Janansky Producer Cruise Critic
  21. I am starting this thread to raise awareness of the very poorly configured Veranda Balcony Cabins on the Zuiderdam. Holland America allows passengers of up to 4 passengers to book these cabins. However, unless you do not care to have access to the balcony (which I believe is the sole reason most of us pay the increased cost to have a balcony cabin) or the bar fridge and vanity, I would recommend saving your money and book an Ocean View or Interior cabin. We are a family of 3. My daughter, grandson (11) and I, were on the 10 day Holiday cruise this December 16, 2018. In order to have the 3rd bed, they had to remove furniture from the cabin for the duration of the cruise and entirely block access to the balcony door, bar fridge and vanity. The first front desk customer service we spoke to, advised the cabin accommodates up to 4 passengers. This is impossible with 2 single beds and a love-seat pull out single sofa bed all wall to wall with no drop down for a 4th. Another family of 3 we met on this cruise had the same type of cabin and issues. We were all very disappointed after paying the extra cost to have a balcony cabin with no access to the balcony. Has anyone else experienced the same on the Zuiderdam or any other Holland America or other cruise line ships?
  22. Hello. I have until the end of the day to book my cruise to the Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam. This will be my second cruise. I was concerned about noise on the first, and was delightfully surprised and how quiet and almost soundproof the staterooms were. This time, I have a connecting stateroom. From the posts I have read, I feel confident that the rooms are still quiet, and there is not much to worry about. I see however, on the deck plan, that BB King's Blues Club is on Deck Two, and I am concerned about music drifting through at night, down to the deck I am on, Main Deck #1. Anybody have any experience or feedback on this. I am sensitive to noise in hotels etc.., and just thought I'd check this out before booking. I appreciate any advice. Thank you!:)
  23. A group of 5 adults sailing on the ZuiderdamMay 31st,2019, would like to take SPB Private tour in St Petersburg and is looking for 3 more persons to share the cost reducing the price of a 2 day tour $349 USD per person for 8 people. SPB tours a well established tour company. For details please do a google search. email goodlaw@chinacupboard.ns.ca R Goodman Nova Scotia Canada
  24. We have previously "found our home" with the Adagio group (twice a piano/violin duo, and the last trip an actual string quartet). Have they been replaced by "Lincoln Center Stage?" And is LCS as intimate as the Adagio was? I loved sitting in a small room (a "chamber") listening to chamber music. It was perfect. We'll be on the Zuiderdam in June, if that makes a difference. If it's Lincoln Center Stage, is it in a smaller room with casual seating, or more concert seating? Just prepping my expectations. Barb ("Feathers")
  25. You posted this under a Zuiderdam question: "We also were able to get one of the "bump out" cabins, in which the cabin and balcony angles out. This should give us a bit more space in the cabin, but more importantly will allow us a better forward view." What are the "bump out" cabin numbers? Did you post a review?
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