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  1. Bolding is mine and I totally agree with you. Prinsendam was unbelievable to cross the pond in. And I agree on the combination of cut and ship size 100%. I’d be more confident to cross on an R class ship than a big mega ship that has high stories. I guess we will find out next year on the Zuiderdam 😉
  2. The cabin TV's on the Zuiderdam (and all updated ships) are mounted very close to the wall at the foot of your bed. The wall mounting bracket is not movable, nor can you angle the TV out from the wall. The HDMI jacks on those TV's are on the back, but are side mounted. You would need a VERY skinny hand to be able to get an HDMI cable plugged into one of the jacks. The normal input to those TV's is an ethernet cable (RJ-45). So, if you were able to get your HDMI cable plugged into the TV, you still have the problem of switching the TV's input over to the HDMI input. The remotes that HAL provides are special and do not allow input switching. You would have to bring along a universal remote and program it for the codes for the particular TV in your cabin. People have done it, but please remember to switch the TV back to ethernet before you disembark. Or, much simpler, go and have a few drinks and forget about your personal movies. HAL provides hundreds of titles that I'm sure you could find a few you will enjoy.
  3. Carnival Corp should have had plenty of internal information from HAL and the issues they had with the ABB Azipods on the Zuiderdam, Oesterdam, Westerdam and Norddam to figure out a proactive maintenance schedule.
  4. Agree. One of the reasons I liked the P’dam PG is it had it’s own kitchen. No problem to order “fresh” eggs (that was the term for eggs in the shell and not the goop on our last cruise). I hope the Zuiderdam works out for you.
  5. At least the Koningsdam has cooking facilities which provide hot, fresh waffles, french toast, and pancakes. We love the PG for breakfast but if I'm in the mood for those items I will go to the Lido, as much as I dislike it, and insist on made to order. If Zuiderdam doesnt use this opportunity to do it right and just offers priority MDR with PG menu for NS I will be disappointed.
  6. Is there refrigerator in balcony cabins on the Zuiderdam? Thanks
  7. I see that the Zuiderdam will be in dry dock December 1-9. Maybe the CO renovations will be completed then. We cruise her starting December 10.
  8. Will be on the Zuiderdam 10/20/19 in a Neptune Suite. Will report back.
  9. We are not sure when the protesters arrived, but we first noticed them about 2:30pm on the starboard side. There were several police boats there . More police boats arrived and S&R boats with water canons. S&R boats are not allowed to use their water canons and the police do not have any, per police officer on a zodiac boat talking with passengers below us. Numerous times the police spoke with the protesters. About 9:30pm the police surrounded the boat attached to the Zuiderdam. They moved the boat away from the ship. and one of the women plopped into the water and refused help getting into the boat. She looked pretty prepared with wetsuit, PFD and short fins. She was later plucked out of the water and in custody. 3 more protesters swam past the ship and disappeared under the pier behind the Zuiderdam. Police stayed on scene and some escorted the Zuiderdam to safe and open water. This what happened on our side of the ship.
  10. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING - Updated March 29th, 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). Please NOTE - the listing will not be updated every week for part of April & May so please give plenty of notice for your cruises to receive a Bon Voyage. MARCH 2019 N Statendam - 31-Mar-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats APRIL 2019 Eurodam - 06-Apr-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera boris53098 - celebrating both birthdays, first HAL cruise Oosterdam - 06-Apr-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean kicia -2nd HAL cruise Rotterdam - 07-Apr-19 - 7 day Western Caribbean BRWolf and karen wdw1972 Koningsdam - 07-Apr-19 - 13 day Passage to Rome VMax1700- B2B following Mar. 27th Razorback Cruiser N Statendam – 07-Apr-19 – 7 day Western Caribbean Cruisinetta Noordam - 07-Apr-19 - 36 day New Zealand/Transpacific Collector (Sydney - Vancouver) RetiredMustang Lido deck main - birthday cruise, celebrating 30th anniversary, and achieving 4* Prinsendam – 12-Apr-19 – 24 day Mediterranean Rivieras & European Explorer kazu - our swan song on the Prinsendam HELENPSL – 1st time on Prinsendam Eurodam - 13-Apr-19 - 16 day Circle Hawaii saturn93 Eurodam - 13-Apr-19 - 20 day Hawaii - San Diego - VCR sambamama - celebrating birthday N Amsterdam - 14-Apr-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera fyree39 - first HAL cruise azrose Westerdam - 14-Apr-19 - 14 day Japan & Russia GarySuzy bennybear Westerdam – 14-Apr-19 – 29 Day Japan, Russia & N Pacific Crossing Collectors eswn – B2B following Mar. 17th Maasdam - 15-Apr-19 - 24 day Polynesian (Auckland to San Fran) aliaschief & DWAliaschief Amsterdam - 18-Apr-19 - 28 day final 2 segments of World cruise RuthC N Statendam - 21-Apr-19 - 14 day Transatlantic Azores & Normandy cayman09 rafinmd - B2B2B with Queen Victoria May 9 and QM2 May 12 N Statendam- 21-Apr-19 - 21 day Transatlantic Azores, Normandy, Amsterdam & Norwegian Fjords Traveling Dot Zuiderdam – 21-Apr-19 – 16 days Azores & Normandy Expedition crystalspin – & dr’spin Taters Prinsendam - 24-Apr-19 - 12 day European River Explorer gwilli Prinsendam – 24-Apr-19 – 26 day European River and Celtic Explorer StLouisCruisers N Amsterdam - 28-Apr-19 - 6 day Pacific Coastal Roz - B2B with May 4th Canadianbear jhannah Westerdam - 28-Apr-19 - Yokohoma to VCR LoveHal - 1st time on Westerdam & 3rd Transpacific Chickadee910 Koningsdam – 29-Apr-19 – 11 night Ancient Empires vinonme2 – getaway for her and daughter in law Eurodam - 29-Apr-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal Clarabella_Baby MAY 2019 N Amsterdam - 04-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage Roz - B2B following Apr. 28th Veendam - 05-May-19 - 10 day Adriatic Dream (Venice to Civi) Portofrome Maasdam – 07-May-19 – 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventure RetiredNow Queen Victoria - 9-May-19 -3 Night Kiel To Southampton. rafinmd - B2B2B following Nieuw Statendam Apr 21 & with QM2 May 12 Eurodam – 11-May-19 – Alaskan Explorer gknep – 1st HAL cruise Zaandam - 11-May-19 - 14 day Canada & NE Discovery DocJohnB Queen Mary 2 - 12-May-19 12-night Bruges & Guernsey [ to New York rafinmd - B2B2B following Nieuw Statendam Apr 21 and Queen Victoria May 9 Koningsdam - 20-May-19 - 12 day Mediterranean Legends trub - early summer culture trip DC1979- celebrating birthday, 1st trip to the Med Volendam - 22-May-19 - 7 day Alaska Inside Passage sppunk Maasdam - 28-May-19 - 21 day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer (R/T San Fran) kplady & CPLBill joekerstef TampaMike JUNE 2019 N Statendam - 02-Jun-19 - 7 night Viking Saga qoap24 Celebrity Reflection - 03-Jun-19 - 11 night Ireland and Iceland AZNative2000 Eurodam - 08-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Nattyg1723 -first ever cruise N Statendam - 09-Jun-19 - 14 day Voyage of the Midnight Sun TylerRose PotatoTrousers Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 14 day Northern Isle Cruise mjcruise101 AnnieBelle Zuiderdam – 10-Jun-19 – 26 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltics Stratheden N Amsterdam – 12-Jun-19 – 11 day Yukon & Double Denali Lucie73821 – B2B with June 23rd on Noordam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Amsterdam - 15-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska R/T Vcr Italy52 Himself- B2B with June 22nd Prinsendam – 17-Jun-19 – 14 day North Cape & Pearls of Norway – Prinsendam’s Final & Farewell Cruise samsonmo Maasdam – 18-Jun-19 – 21 day Great Alaskan & Pacific Northwest Explorer Scluvsrain RuthC BumperII & Terry Westerdam - 23-Jun-19 - 12 day Double Denali 4Wegirls- land portion begins June 20th, 1st cruise ever & 5th anniversary N Amsterdam - 22-Jun-19 - Alaska R/T VCR Himself - B2B following June 15th Emerald Princess – 22-Jun-19 – 14 day Adriatic & Western Mediterranean Medley StLouisCruisers – early 50th anniversary celebration, children and grandchildren joining in on the cruise and celebration Oosterdam - 23-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaska luvteaching - celebrating the end of the school year Noordam – 23-Jun-19 – 7 day Glacier Discovery Southbound Lucie73821 – B2B following June 12th on N Amsterdam, travelling with family & celebrating Lucie’s 10th anniversary, in law’s 50th anniversary as aunt & uncle’s 50th anniversary N Statendam - 23-Jun-19 - 7 night Norse Legends mtown - 1st cruise ever & 2 college grad celebrations Zuiderdam - 24-Jun-19 - 12 day Jewels of the Baltic TheEmerson - DD's graduation present Koningsdam - 24-Jun-19 - 13 day Mediterrean Legends suspaul - first HAL cruise N Amsterdam - 29-Jun-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana JULY 2019 Rotterdam – 06-Jul-19 – 24 day Copenhagen to Boston mauimacho Amsterdam - 15-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer highfields - 55th Wedding Anniversary and attaining 4-Star Mariner Oceania Regatta - 09-Jul-19 - 7 day Alaska ArtsyCraftsy -birthday cruise Noordam - 21-Jul-19 - 11 day Double Denali cruise terrydtx - 1st suite with HAL & DW & Grandson, (land portion after) Amsterdam - 29-Jul-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer puli Zuiderdam – 30-Jul-19 – 35 day Voyage of the Vikings (R/T Boston) scluvsrain RetiredMustang AUGUST 2019 Scenic Gem - 07-Aug-19 - 11 day Normandy & Gems of the Seine- 1of4 - flying to Paris a week early of Aug. 7th sailing to celebrate DD's 18th birthday Eurodam - 03-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska grsnovi - 4th Alaska cruise - taking kids & grand kids N Statendam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day Northern Isles we're sailing away..... - B2B2B2B2B2B with Aug. 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Oosterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaska beaming90 - First HAL cruise & first time to Alaska, 2 friends celebrating 75th birthday Rotterdam - 04-Aug-19 - 14 day British Isles bigjohn42 - celebrating 30th anniversary Veendam - 07-Aug-19 - 12 day Adriatic Dream (Venice -Bcn) Kittie Ladie - 2nd cruise with HAL, DH's first N Amsterdam - 10-Aug-19 - Alaska Inside Passage kscarpetta2 -1st HAL cruise, celebrating 54th b'day & parents 55th anniversary Celebrity Summit – 11-Aug-19 – 7 day Vacaya inaugural Provincetown cruise Boytjie Amsterdam - 12-Aug-19 - 14 day Alaska luvteaching - achieving 4* on this cruise LynnObie Rotterdam – 18-Aug-19 – 20 day Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer dfish N Statendam - 18-Aug-19 - 7 day Viking Sagas we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & with Aug. 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day R/T Seattle StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19 - 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera 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 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 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Rotterdam - 02-Nov-19 – 18 day Journey to the New World Overhead Fred – 1st Rotterdam cruise Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Crystal Serenity -12-Nov-19 - 12-night Crossing to the Caribbean - Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Nov 5 Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st 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 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 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ - retirement cruise Veendam – 11-Dec-19 – 7 night Authentic Cuba madera1 Koningsdam - 04-Dec-19 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Cuban Explorer Holiday Crazy For Cats Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 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 Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise FEBRUARY 2020 N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut 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 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 - 07-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean TomAndJane Queen Elizabeth - 11-Apr-20 - 9 night Southern Japan AZNative2000 - 45th anniversary cruise Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer Italy52 TomAndJane woodworker & knitter JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo JULY 2020 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 Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England (Que - NY) rafinmd - B2B following 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 OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Rotterdam - 15-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa NOVEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta MARCH 2021 N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! 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  11. 2019 "when & Where" Daily Panama Canal Cruise Zuiderdam back page
  12. 2019 "When & Where" Daily Panama Canal Cruise Zuiderdam front Side
  13. Yesterday we returned home from a 24-day cruise on the Zuiderdam and we were onboard in Kiel when this protest happened. I thought the Captain and staff did a great job in handling the whole incident. While the protest was going on the Captain made several announcements keeping everyone informed as to what was happening, plus emphasising it was a peaceful protest and that the local authorities were the ones handling the problem. They even opened the bow deck up so that passengers could observe what was going on. Several people I talked with found it to be annoying, but at the same time entertaining - with one person noting the protesters antics were more entertaining then some of the ship’s Mainstage shows! I think most people who were disembarking in Copenhagen the following morning likely became more concerned about the situation when the Captain announced at about 9pm that we would have had to have departed Kiel by 8:30pm in order to in Copenhagen for the scheduled 7am arrival time. Shortly after we departed Kiel at 10pm the Captain made a more detailed announcement (followed by a printed copy delivered to each cabin). In it he noted our arrival time in Copenhagen was expected to be around 9am and, as such, it was unlikely anyone would be able to make international flights departing Copenhagen before 1pm. They also suggested if a person’s flight was departing close to 1pm that it was recommended they keep their luggage and proceed with an expedited debark in the morning. Complimentary phone access and Wi-Fi access in the Atrium was provided to assist people in contacting family and/or revising travel plans. Our cabin was overlooking the terminal and we noticed a steady stream of people getting off with their luggage as soon as the gangway was installed – even before the announcement the gangway was open. They also had a second gangway opened fairly quickly. I felt the ship was very efficient in getting people off the ship quickly, with lots of staff available both on the ship and in the terminal to assist people. We had a 2:30pm flight and had booked an airport transfer with the ship. Before everything got changed because to the late arrival, our original debark time was to be in the 9:30–10:00am time period. Our actual debark time was 10:30, so not all that bad considering everything! Even the staff at the airport were helping passengers. With it being the end of a holiday long weekend, the airport was extremely busy. While using one the self check-in kiosks, I was approached by a staff member inquiring if I was from the Holland America ship and if I was in need of any assistance in making my flight. Definitely service above what is normally expected. Overall, we did not find what happened (and the response by HAL) to be all that much different from our cruise on the Zuiderdam last fall. On that cruise we missed one port (which upset a lot of people) because the ship had been directed to assist in the search of a person who had gone overboard from another ship. In addition, because a cruise ship had damaged the berth where the Zuiderdam was schedule to dock in New York, the ship ended up having to go to a different terminal – which caused headaches for people debarking. Any seasoned traveller will recognize they have to have some time flexibility built-in to their travel plans. You run the same risks booking a flight within 6 hours after a scheduled debark time, as you do in planning on flying in on departure day. While at breakfast I heard one person mention they were now booked on a flight which was departing 5 hours later then their original flight. He acknowledged he should have known having a flight just 3 hours after the scheduled debark time was risky! I expect most people will now be going on with their life and this incident will be quickly forgotten.
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  15. Does anyone have any pictures of cabin # 6003 on the Zuiderdam (it is an HC cabin). TIA
  16. I am pretty sure that when I did the partial Canal on Zuiderdam, only ship excursions were possible. Those folks at our table that opted for ship’s excursions commented on what a long day it was and how hot they were. I did this trip in April, 2018. i stayed on the ship and enjoyed seeing the traffic thru the locks. Also, we could reach out and touch the sides when going thru the locks. This was my bucket list cruise, and I look forward to doing it again!
  17. Something that we missed this time from our previous visit to Tallin was a balloon ride We had hoped to get a balloon cam shot of the Zuiderdam . Will you settle for the Eclipse ?
  18. We have Zuiderdam 5191 booked for December. We love the aft corner NS , especially on Verandah deck. The cabin and verandah are enough for us to book a NS. The other perks that come with it like PG breakfast certainly enhance our experience, and the switch to the CO might be a disappointment but not reason for us not to book another NS. I'm sure HAL knows that many suite guests like the PG breakfast very much. I'd like to think they would not lower the standard with the Club Orange. Having said that, I hope they are behind schedule and the PG is still operational for breakfast in December.
  19. Will be sailing a 10 day Panama on the Zuiderdam on Oct. 20, 2019. The thermal suite couples 10 day pass sounds like a good idea on this cruise. The question is: should I book online at $309 or would it be better to wait till onboard? Do they offer a special at that time maybe?
  20. Thanks. We are booked on the Zuiderdam in December. All I could find was conversion will be completed in 2019 for all ships in the fleet, so I'd have to guess the 'Z' has a high likelihood of being converted for our cruise if schedules are being met.
  21. The view was worth the wait You can see the Zuiderdam in the center of the photo A hole in the wall It's still not right only allowing some photos but not others .
  22. Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0600-1700. She is headed out on an 11-day Panama Canal Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (11 Apr 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (13 Apr 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (14 Apr 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (16 Apr 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (17 Apr 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (17 Apr 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (18 Apr 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (21 Apr a0700) The only other ship in port is Silver Wind at pier 19 scheduled to leave at 1900. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on the 13th.
  23. Well, actually we were off last Wednesday but we continued our vacation through Sunday. I'll be posting a review later, but willing to answer any questions. We were in Neptune Suite 7069, upgraded from a Signature Suite Quick Thoughts: Food was just okay Suite was wonderful No $10 charge for a 2nd entree (not that any entree was worth having twice) Music was outstanding!!!! Special Mentions go to Billboard Onboard, Island Magic and Hyperion Knight Half Moon Cay is a great stop New Canal was very interesting Dome car train ride was a moment of a lifetime Host of the Canal excursion was both really wonderful and completely annoying at the same time Colon itself was a very disturbing eye opener 5 or 6 elevators (out of 12) were out of service the entire length of the cruise HAL needs to work on the My Time Dining concept Renting a cabana in The Retreat is ridiculously unorganized Overall, a 7 out of 10 experience Dolby1000
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