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  1. The Zuiderdam is currently being prevented from sailing away from Kiel , Germany . Protesters in boats have moved next to the ship blockading us from leaving .
  2. Hi there! My boyfriend and I are into dancing (think waltz, foxtrot, rumba...etc) and are wondering if there is any opportunity to do so on this ship? We are traveling the Baltic in June! Thank you 🙂
  3. Very excited about our Panama Canal Sunfarer trip. Do all staterooms have refrigerators? We need one for dietary needs. Three calls to HAL and three different answers. One person said the cabin didn't have one but we could request one. Then I got a form to fill out for "Special Medical Requests" which didn't work. I was then shuttled to someone in ADA Compliance who said he only handled medical needs not dietary ones. He transferred me to "Ship Services" who said Zuiderdam is a Vista ship and all rooms have refrigerators. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.
  4. Is anyone doing the Zuiderdam on Sept. 15th to Canada??? It leaves Quebec City and then returns to New York City on Sept. 27th. It has many really nice stops. If anyone is going on this we are a couple in the mid 60's and would love to hear from you. Also if anyone has any advice or words of wisdom we would love to hear from you. I know its going to be chilly up there so we plan on bringing good quality hoodies and caps, etc etc.
  5. We are new to HAL - Wondering about the table set-up in the Dining Room on the Zuiderdam I see that there are two levels (?) Can you request a table for two ? - Are there many ? How do you do a request ? THANK YOU !
  6. It has been a few years since we have sailed on HAL. We love the smaller ships, however for the Mediterranean there appears to be two options that I am seeing for spring 2020 - Niew Amsterdam and Zuiderdam. I am looking at three different 24 day itineraries. Each double up their visit to ports we have been to previously with the B2B co-mingled. I think that our preferred itinerary may be sailed by Zuiderdam. I realize NA is the newest ship and that is attractive. That said, all three itineraries have bonus ports for us. Several we have visited and several we have not. We most likely will book a Verandah and all three are super limited on availability, therefore we need to decide quickly. Particularly with the latest promotion. Suites are just as limited in availability on all three. I would really appreciate some some input on these two ships - we don’t care about casinos, art auctions, photos, shopping, and honestly the entertainment is not huge although we typically enjoy a few shows. Food & restaurants, wine selections, our stateroom, our deck, outside promenade for walking are more important to us. Any insights or feedback would sure be appreciated. Thank you so much for assistance
  7. Warning: Public transport strike Netherlands May 28th effecting Zuiderdam visit to Amsterdam! A Public transport strike is planned for May 28th in the Netherlands. There will be 24 hours strike effecting all trains and also all city public transport in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Strike could be spreading to other sectors, they are related to the pension age, so affecting all working sectors in the Netherlands. If you do a ships tour, these most probably won’t be effected, but if you plan to go on your own, do not expect any public transport within the mentioned city’s, nor trains in the whole country. Also expect an increase in road traffic, due to the absence of public transport, more people will have to use cars, that normally would travel by public transport. News media in Dutch, but you can use google translate; https://www.nu.nl/economie/5881119/grote-staking-ns-en-stadsvervoer-in-drie-grootste-steden-op-28-mei.html https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/treinverkeer-en-ov-grote-steden-plat-op-28-mei~a8530fd4/
  8. Does anyone know if there are Mah Jongg game on board the Zuiderdam? Thanks.
  9. Will be taking my C-PAP machine on a 17 night Zuiderdam cruise. Are there electric outlets close to the bed? Do I need to bring an extension chord? It is a verandah cabin.
  10. We have never sailed HAL. But just booked a TA/19 day cruise for August of 2020. I’d like to know just what are the pros and cons of this ship? Has it been refurbished? And are the SS Suites worth the extra $ ?
  11. Two more of our HAL ships head off for the summer season in Europe. These two will be in port together May 3, 4, and 5. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1600. She is headed out for a 14-day Azores and Normandy Expedition repositioning cruise. We will be waving goodbye to our fellow sail-away addict, Roy. Praia Da Vitoria, Azores (28 Apr 1000-1800); Ponta Delgada, Azores (29 Apr 0800-1800); Cherbourg, France (03 May 0700-1900); Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium (04 May 1000-1900); Amsterdam, Holland (05 May a0800) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0545-1600. Her 16-day repositioning cruise is also called the Azores and Normandy Expedition. Kings Wharf, Bermuda (24 Apr 0800-1700); Praia Da Vitoria, Azores (29 Apr 0800-1800); Cherbourg, France (03 May 0700-1900); Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium (04 May 1000-1900); Amsterdam, Holland (05 May 0800-1800); Copenhagen, Denmark (07 May a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 (0430-1730), Carnival Conquest at pier 19 (0400-1600), Celebrity Edge at pier 25 (0600-1600), and Harmony OTS at pier 18 (0515-1630). Doubtless there will be some delays with four ships scheduled to leave at 1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Zaandam on April 24.
  12. Thinking about booking Zuiderdam to the Baltic this summer. Do they have pickleball courts and times planned for open play?
  13. Is there refrigerator in balcony cabins on the Zuiderdam? Thanks
  14. 2019 "when & Where" Daily Panama Canal Cruise Zuiderdam back page
  15. 2019 "When & Where" Daily Panama Canal Cruise Zuiderdam front Side
  16. Does anyone have any pictures of cabin # 6003 on the Zuiderdam (it is an HC cabin). TIA
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 from 0530-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (02 Apr 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (03 Apr 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (04 Apr 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (06 Apr 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (07 Apr a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 from 0545-1700. She is doing a 10-night Panama Canal Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (01 Apr 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (03 Apr 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (04 Apr 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (06 Apr 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (06 Apr 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (07 Apr 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Apr a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, and Celebrity Edge (I haven't missed seeing her😒) at pier 25 from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (01 Apr 1100-1800); Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala (03 Apr 0800-1800); Roatan, Honduras (04 Apr 0800-1700); Costa Maya, Mexico (05 Apr 0800-1700); Tampa, Florida (07 Apr a0700) Also in port are Carnival Miracle (departs at 1600) and Norwegian Pearl leaving at 1530 on a Melissa Etheridge cruise. The Tampa PTZtv webcam can be found at http:// https://www.porttampawebcam.com/. Nieuw Amsterdam will be leaving on a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise at 1700 local time from San Diego. She Is the only ship in port. I cannot get the San Diego webcam anymore. When you click on the link (sundiegolive.com) it sends you to a slightly altered address (http://ww1.sundiegolive.com/) which appears to have no relation to San Diego and has strange ads. Has this been discussed previously? Here is another webcam I found but not sure if it covers the area we are interested in but it does have a nice clear picture and does not jump from place to place like the other one - https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/united-states/california/san-diego/san-diego.html For the Addicts: Rotterdam in Key West from 1100-1800 on April 1 (https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/) Volendam will be in San Diego departing at 1700 on April 3 Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300 on April 3 (https://www.portarubawebcam.com/) Next up: As the Port Everglades season winds down, we will not have another sail-away until Saturday, April 6.
  21. We are considering sailing on the Statendam in 2020, but given the gross tonnage and number of passengers it appears to have less space per passenger than Zuiderdam. Any thoughts? any areas that seem crowded? Theatre, Restaurants? Hopefully HAL will change the smoking policy before the fall of 2020.
  22. 11 Night Regal Princess out of Copenhagen 12 Night HAL Zuiderdam out of Copenhagen 12 Night Brilliance of the Seas out of Amsterdam I posted this on the Princess board, but thought I would post here as well. We have already been on the Brilliance sister ship Serenade of the seas. We would consider Brilliance if it is the better itinerary because we really love our cruise on the Serenade. But would definitely try a new ship if it had the better itinerary. This Baltic cruise this summer as a college graduation gift for my son. There will be our family of 5 with adult children in their early 20s. Are there some ports that are not to be missed? Which is the better itinerary the end of June?
  23. My husband has some hip issues and can't easily step into a regular bathtub. Anyone know if the tubs on Zuiderdam have a lower step over than a regular home bathtub? Z's cabins have a tub/shower combo, we won't be using a tub other than to have a shower. I have a roll in shower cabin (VA category) booked but if tub entry is low, my cabin selection opens up. I saw a Disney ship video and their tub entry looks very easy which makes me inquire about Zuiderdams. TIA
  24. We absolutely adored our retreat cabana on the Eurodam last April. On our future Panama Canal cruise March 20-31, we have one booked on the Zuiderdam but the last posts I read indicated that they were in disrepair. Anyone have more recent experience with the Retreat area on the Zuiderdam?
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