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  1. NA still on for 1700. I will likely miss it since friends are picking me up for dinner around then. I should be here for Zuiderdam tomorrow.
  2. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam San Diego California 08:00 - 17:00 ms Koningsdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades 07:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Dubrovnik Croatia 10:00 - 23:00 Web Cam https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/hrvatska/dubrovacko-neretvanska/dubrovnik/gruz-dubrovnik.html ms Noordam Honolulu Oahu Island 12:00-24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam Rome/Civitavecchia 07:00 AM - -- ms Veendam Boston Massachusetts 08:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Dry Dock Freeport Bahamas 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zaandam Oranjestad Aruba Island 08:00 - 23:00 Web Cam https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ ms Zuiderdam Cruising -- - --
  3. I was on Zuiderdam fresh out of dry dock in Nov '17. Only thing that wasn't open on embarkation day was the aft deck and pool. That's because all the sea containers with the old things came back on aft deck and all the lounge chairs were stored in the pool. They spent that day and better part of the next day cleaning the deck, cleaning the pool and then filling it up. It wasn't that bad as the 1st day we were at Half Moon Cay in the water anyway.
  4. Nieuw Amsterdam will be making her first visit to FLL this season and will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (19 Oct d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (21 Oct 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (22 Oct 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (23 Oct 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Oct 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Oct a0700) Also in port is Majesty of the Seas at pier 19 from 0600-1600. Zaandam will be in Aruba from 0800-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Zuiderdam on 20 October.
  5. I stopped here on HAL's Zuiderdam about two weeks ago. If there is more than one ship in port, one ship anchors. We were lucky to get the dock. As said, most tours go to the surrounding area away from the town. If you want to see a spectacular show, be sure and sign up for the tour La Fabuleuse which is in the afternoon. You are bussed about 10 minutes away to a large theater where the event takes place. They have been doing this show for 32 seasons and it is something to see and remember.
  6. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated October 18th, 2019 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). OCTOBER 2019 Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow cruzn single - B2B following Oct. 9th AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 27-Oct-19 - 7 night Romantic Rhine rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom travelnap Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 27 and with Symphony Nov 24 Veendam - 06-Nov-19 - 7 day Caribbean seeriteR N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy- Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 27 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Oosterdam - 30-Nov-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera canadianbear - B2B with Dec. 7th DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board Koningsdam - 04-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Mtn2Sea Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Oosterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera canadianbear - B2B following Nov. 30th N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B with Dec. 14th (on their longest cruise) N Amsterdam - 14-Dec-19 - Eastern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B following Dec. 7th Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Eurodam - 21-Oct-19 - 7 day Western Caribbean holacanada Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise fatcat04 - with the fatcat family Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Coral Princess - 05-Jan-20 - 16 day Antarctic and Cape Horn (Santiago - BA) StLouisCruisers Westerdam - 06-Jan-20 - B2B Singapore to Shanghai ending Feb. 29th sailingdutchy Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America Oosterdam - 11-Jan-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera gknep N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Feb-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean msteries Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Loreto Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise StartrainDD sailingdutchy N Statendam - 12-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean seagarsmoker Maasdam - 15-Apr-20 - 12 day Mexico/Sea of Cortez 57redbird Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - celebrating 25th anniversary & followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Koningsdam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaska mean - 1st HAL cruise Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy 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 Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 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 Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - Seattle to Auckland B2B ending Nov. 7th sailingdutchy Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector kazu OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 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 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest 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 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea 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 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 FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th 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 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  7. ms Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Eurodam Santa Barbara California 08:00 - 18:00 ms Koningsdam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Maasdam At Sea 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Rotterdam Cruising -- - -- ms Veendam Bar Harbor Maine 08:00 - 17:00 ms Volendam Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades 07:00 - 16:00 ms Westerdam Fukuoka Hakata 08:00 - 17:00 ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam Cruising -- - --
  8. Same thing happened to me last month on the Zuiderdam. It makes me think Club Orange is being offered randomly without checking to see which cabin is booked.
  9. They were on the Prinsendam on April and May this year too. I guess I had better pack some candied ginger and dates for DH. Sheesh 😞 I’ll report when we get on the Zuiderdam next year. I totally confess that this is a change I wouldn’t are for.
  10. I was also on this cruise and agree with your assessment. It was a great time, even though we seemed to be about a week too early for the colors. We also had a Neptune near the elevators so probably passed you in transit more than a few times! Love breakfast in the Pinnacle as a Neptune suite perk. Glad that is still intact. I also want to mention that I was shocked by how beautiful the Zuiderdam ship is. I'm 4 star but had never sailed this ship. It is beautiful. May replace the Eurodam as my favorite. I agree with you 100% about the EXC talks. I did point that out on my survey. The devolution of the lectures was a big disappointment to me. Johnathan is a nice guy, but he is no presenter. He sounded like he was just reading off a piece of paper. Bummer. The only downside for me is that I took $200 in cash out at an ATM at the last US stop so I could give out additional tips, but accidently left it in the pocket of some pants I sent to the laundry. They did not see fit to return the money even though I was pretty quick about letting the concierge know I had accidently left in the pocket. Oh well, my fault and lesson learned.
  11. We were just on the Zuiderdam where we had an unexpected extra "sea day" because of a cancelled port. We ended up watching "Crazy Rich Asians" in our stateroom and enjoying it a lot. Free movies on demand--very nice. There seemed to be a pretty extensive selection.
  12. Just curious, we have been on both, and the Zuiderdam has new bigger flat screen TVs as of 2017. Not sure if Nieuw Amsterdam has had the TVs updated? Perhaps someone who has been on her recently can comment? Just off the Koningsdam, good TVs, but limited on demand movies and very limited tv shows and news.
  13. We prefer the NA due to the additional specialty restaurant...Tamarind. A slightly larger ship (200 passengers) but we enjoy her over the Zuiderdam. We also think the NA signature suites are the best value offered by HAL. Have a great cruise.
  14. Leaving New York at night is a delight. Departure time was 8PM so city lights were fantastic to view first from my port side Neptune Suite and then from my friends’ Starboard veranda, we passed in awe the Statue of Liberty. I was again cruising solo as my husband is no longer able to travel and I was with our friends from Corona del Mar celebrating her 80th birthday. This was a port intensive cruise with three known tender ports, Newport, Gloucester, and Bar Harbor and two additional tender ports added, Sydney, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, PEI. So many cruise lines are now doing this New England/ Canada Itinerary that there is not enough docking space at the smaller ports. Also, at ports of Halifax (4 ships in port) and Quebec (3 ships in port), the Zuiderdam did not get prime dock space so shuttles were provided to get us from the outlying docks. I had my favorite cabin on deck 7, near the center elevators. It seemed like I had my own private elevator since these outside elevators do not seem to be used much. I seldom shared a ride with anyone. My friends had been upgraded at no cost from an inside to a VB veranda on deck 4, possibly because it was her 80th birthday or random. I never know how the upgrade system works. We were all happy campers with our respective cabins. Having booked far ahead, we had early fixed dining at 5:30PM with outstanding servers. Our table was around the circle part of the dining room close to the serving and wine stations which was no problem at all. When traveling solo without anyone else, I normally eat in the Pinnacle Grill or in the Lido. The MDR experience on the Zuiderdam was excellent. The food was very good, portions just fine, and service impeccable. 3 course meals (4 courses on Gala nights) and we were finished within 75 minutes every night. As I mentioned on another post, there were 6 Club Orange travelers who had priority seating in the dining room on deck 2 to the right of the check in stand. Club Orange also has a special menu, which I was told, has one additional entrée. Neptune and Pinnacle Suite people have this menu also. I turned it down. This seems very much like Club Class on Princess Cruises. On sea days we had lunch in the dining room on Deck 2 and this was always speedy. We had our breakfasts in the Lido. I continue to say that HAL has the best Lido breakfast choices of any cruise line I have sailed. However, the ship did run out of berries, granola, and pecans by the 8th day. They did save some berries for garnish on desserts etc. I have come to like the Music Walk Concept. The Lincoln Center Stage Quintet was excellent; it was a full house plus for every performance. They piped in the music to the Explorers Lounge as it was full also. We went to at least one performance every night. All five musicians were American and they did provide extensive introductions to the pieces being played. The Billboard on Board duo was very popular as well as was BB Kings (although too loud for me and I’m partially deaf). On the Main Stage, there were three performances by the Step One Dance Group, not my favorite, as I have mentioned before. William Caulfield, Comedian, Emily Yates, Singer(Las Vegas), and Mark Donoghue , Musician, (Las Vegas) were terrific as was the BBC Planet Earth in Concert, which I had seen before. They need a new visual for that. I am not a big fan of the new position of Cruise and Travel Director. I miss the EXC talks by those who are experts in the areas. Also, the EXC Guide had office hours if one wanted to ask more questions or for individual advice on the ports. Jonathan, the C and T Director, 5 months with HAL, in his first talk, said the combining of the positions was in response to HAL cruisers wanting more in-depth information on the various ports. I give him credit for trying but I think, although I could be wrong, his talks were written by someone in Seattle. He said they are rolling this out by area with the Caribbean being next. There were 1292 Mariners aboard so there were two luncheons. I went to the Mariners’ Reception where many bronze medals were given as well as one silver. Those of us with silver, gold, and platinum medals were asked to stand. One Presidents’ Club couple had 1499 days. I did not attend the luncheon afterwards at 11AM. The second luncheon was at 1PM. I had been to all the ports of call except for Gloucester, MA and Saguenay, Quebec. My new most favorite place is Saguenay. What a delightful and friendly little town. We got to dock here while the second ship did not. Some of the cast of La Fabuleuse, (more later) in period costumes, were on the dock to greet the ship with singing and dancing. As I left the ship, I was handed a Saguenay flag, took a spin of a dance with a local, handled one end of a saw as we cut a piece of a branch, was given a piece of blueberry pie and maple syrup on a snow stick. Such a warm and friendly welcome. Most of the tours go elsewhere in the area, but I walked along the harbor and visited the Catholic Church where I was warmly welcomed. In the afternoon in Saguenay, I and passengers filling six school buses were taken to a local theater where we saw the “La Fabuleuse Histoire D’un Royaume” which tells the story of the area from the time of settlement to the present. It’s in its the 32nd season. I have never seen anything like it – lights, fireworks, sound effects, cascading waterfalls, a cast of 150, six horses, a pig, geese, antique cars, and my favorite -paratroopers dropping from the ceiling over the audience during the WW2 segment. Truly fabulous as its name implies. We didn’t stop in Charlottestown, PEI. The Zuiderdam drew the anchorage and it was so windy the Captain made the decision, after much effort on his part, to abort. There were some unhappy people but they did not riot as recently happened on NCL. Later in his Captain’s talk he said although it is considered an anchorage port, he does not agree as there is no room to maneuver. He also said in his talk (and I think I have read this here on CC) that there is a rumor that HAL is going to build one more small ship and it will be the Prinsendam. He cautioned us twice that it is only a rumor. A couple of negatives which did not impact the enjoyment. The Gerbera daisy arrangement I had ordered for my cabin died by the 4th day. Gerberas are hardy so I suspect a bad flower supplier. I should have known I might have problems with my photo when the check in woman had to get a supervisor to help her. I successfully boarded the ship and got off and on in Newport. In Gloucester I was told by security that my photo was a blank wall, and I had to identify myself and get a new photo when I returned. No one had any idea how this could happen – lots of shrugs and who knows? So, I dutifully had another photo taken. Lastly, running out of berries – gotta have them. Although billed as a Fall Colors cruise, we really did not see any red, yellow, or orange leaved trees until Quebec, although I did see a couple of trees turning red in Portland, Maine. In Quebec, the Zuiderdam again drew the commercial dock and a shuttle was provided to town. I had decided when I booked, that I would leave the ship a day early, having been to Quebec, several times. The Neptune Lounge Concierge made the arrangements and helped me with luggage as far as she was allowed to go. On the ride to the airport, the fall colors were in full bloom and lovely. The Quebec airport has massive windows with views of the trees of gold, red, and orange in the distance. Quite a sight. Lots of travelers taking photos. My plane was an hour late leaving so it was a race at O’Hare to go through Customs and to get to another terminal for my flight to Tucson, which I made running. Then in Tucson, the plane was assigned a gate at which there was another plane. So, we had to wait for the “tug” to tow us to another gate. A funny end to a good cruise.
  15. This Orange Party thing has me thinking that the real shock would be if a BB King group actually played some real BB King music. We normally enjoy the BB King groups (we take ear plugs which help) but our experience has been that they play just about anything but BB King hits. On the Zuiderdam they seemed to be more fixated with playing old disco music (including Irene Cara hits) which pleased the European teens who were aboard but had many of the older passengers shaking their heads. I once asked the leader of the BB King group why they were called the "BB King" group if they didn't play a lot of his music. He told me that they knew his music but it was not what HAL wanted. Hank
  16. ms Amsterdam Guayaquil Ecuador 08:00 - 17:00 ms Eurodam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Koningsdam Naples Italy 07:00 - 19:00 ms Maasdam Sydney NSW Australia 07:00 - 17:00 ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Nieuw Statendam Civitavecchia Rome 07:00 - 17:00 ms Noordam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Oosterdam Puerto Vallarta Mexico Riviera 08:00 - 21:00 ms Rotterdam Cartagena/Spain 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ms Veendam Halifax Nova Scotia 08:00 - 16:00 ms Volendam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Westerdam Busan South Korea 08:00 - 23:00 ms Zaandam Cruising 00:00 - 24:00 ms Zuiderdam New York City 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM Web Cam https://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ Web Cam https://www.portnywebcam.com/
  17. Zuiderdam is approaching the Verizzano Bridge. There's no WP at this hour but the ship will go through the field of view. Roy
  18. On Zuiderdam the last two Septembers, the movie selection wasn't stellar, but did have titles that related to some of the ports we visited. For example, last month on our 12-day Boston to Quebec City voyage via Newfoundland, one of the films was "The Grand Seduction", a PG-13 comedy about (and shot in) a Newfoundland fishing port. It was fun to see a little about the area in advance of getting there...and it was funny, too. Don't expect anything recent: I suspect nothing will be newer than about six months. If you're on an R- or S-class ship, you should be able to get DVDs from the front desk. One thing: if you have Netflix streaming and a decent-size tablet, you can download many titles and view them on board. (We prop ours on a pillow on the bed between us.) Happy viewing!
  19. Those hand sanitizers came in really handing on the Zuiderdam when the bathroom faucets near the dining room stopped working.
  20. My most recent HAL sailing was on Koningsdam almost 2 years ago (loved the ship). There was smoking in the casino at that time. Sailed Zuiderdam almost 3 years ago (really liked her too - had one of the J class interior cabins that are quite large, centrally-located, and a great cabin, especially for a solo). Both had the BB King's Blues club which had great bands. Open until about midnight, I believe. I had no idea that HAL had further restricted their smoking policy since I sailed. Makes me very happy since I just received a casino offer for a free interior and am currently trying to get in touch with my PCC. I haven't yet sailed X (am booked on Infinity for March 2021). One of the main reasons I've wanted to try X was because the casinos are non-smoking. I do wish HAL was more transparent with their pricing structure. I search for a sailing that looks interesting, see the price, then log on and almost every time the price drops about 30%. I have no idea why. Is it because I put in my Mariner number? Is it because I get casino offers? Is it that they aren't charging 200% as a solo? I'll take the discount. Just wish I knew why I was receiving it! Anyway, thanks to OP for posting.
  21. Thanks for the info. Just ordered mine for January Zuiderdam cruise.
  22. Just to reiterate our concern about cancellations in the fjords of Norway , we saw this morning that the HAL Nieuw Statendam had cancelled the port of Flam on the July 5th cruise . This port was one of the main reasons that we booked the Zuiderdam TA crossing in August . We hope that they don't replace Flam with a less desirable port since we have a full day planned in Flam . The post was # 3 at this link : 33
  23. We have done one Azamara cruise and 3 HAL cruises. The HAL cruises were awhile ago. Our preferred cuise is Regents. While time on Zuiderdam was nice, we only cruised on it because of a special group that cruised on HAL. This past year was our first cruise on Azamara, and yes there were some things that were not as great as our preferred cruise line, but the itinerary was something you could not get other places. Yes, Azamara is smaller than Zuiderdam which also impacts the cruise in a positive way for us. Buffet (Breakfast and Lunch) HAL the buffet seemed chaotic, having to get water, juice etc not good. AZ the buffet was delightful, food was good and table service of drinks appreciated. They helped people getting to their table by carrying their plates, etc. Buffet (dinner) HAL didn't even look to consider considering lunch and breakfast experience. AZ had different types of food on different nights (Italian, German etc) Main Dining Room HAL this was when there were 2 sittings, not sure if that is still the case. The tables seemed very close together. Service and food were good. AZ there were plenty of tables for 2 and the tables themselves were a nice size, but we were pretty close to other tables, but didn't feel closed in. Included wines - we were offered a choice - two reds and two whites. Food and service were very good. AZ Main Dining for breakfast and lunch - were very nice. Breakfast has a small buffet or order from a menu. There were a couple of special lunch buffets in the main dining room which were very nice. Azamazing night was very nice. We are booked another AZ cruise for next year and for their white night we will be eating in the Main Dining room, The white night is also very chaotic and hard to tell what line to get in to get something to eat. Entertainment - we usually don't make it. Ship's crew - I don't remember the officer's on HAL being as visible as on AZ. Stateroom - we had smaller cabins on both ships but like the refrigerator on AZ. We have booked another cruise on AZ, solely because of the itinerary, and I am sure we will enjoy it.
  24. We're really sorry to hear this . We are also scheduled for Flam on the Zuiderdam and a good part of the reason that we booked our cruise was to go there .
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