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  1. Good Evening CCers, Can you believe it?!! Cruising is Back and Holland America will be sailing the Nieuw Amsterdam from Smith Cove Terminal pier 91 on Saturday July 24th. If you have followed my Live froms in the past you know I report kind of like I talk. My reports sound like a Dear Diary at times. Sometimes funny, with as many facts I can give, with pictures but most of all I try to make it so you feel like you are cruising with Tom and I. We have been to Alaska with HAL more time than I can count on my fingers, we were originally booked to sail to Alaska on the Eurodam for September
  2. After almost 22 months we will finally see a HAL ship in Juneau. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2200. Also in port are Celebrity Millennium at the AJ dock from 1330-2200 and NG Sea Bird at the ICT dock from 0600-2300. The weather forecast is for a partly cloudy day with a high of 67F/19C and a low of 53F/12C. Sunrise is at 4:37 am and sunset at 9:30 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/ . With the abbreviated Alaska season, Nieuw Amsterdam will be arriving on Mondays for 10 weeks and will be
  3. https://komonews.com/news/local/private-tour-aboard-nieuw-amsterdam-resuming-cruising-for-seattles-hometown-cruiseline
  4. Hello! We are on the August 14th Alaska sailing. This is our first time on HAL. My husband and son (14yr) love the Cafe's on RCI, Princess and Celebrity where you can go and get a coffee, tea or non alcoholic beverage and sit with a pastry or light snack. Is there anything similar on Nieuw Amsterdam? And since I am asking a question anyway, if you get selected for an upgrade or even a paid upgrade, how are you notified? How far in advance does this usually happen from sailing? Thank you!
  5. We are booked in cabin 10006 for the Panama Canal cruise and I wondered if anybody had complaints about noise issues?
  6. Has anyone on the Nieuw Amsterdam's 7/31 Alaska cruise been able to print their boarding pass? I have been trying since 6/16/2021
  7. This weekend (7/24) marks the return to cruising for Holland America. As such, the procedure for boarding will likely be different than it has been in the past. Prior to the stoppage we all got a boarding time of 1pm, but everyone knew that arriving as early as 11:30am was no problem. At least for the first few weeks, that won't be true. We are now being assigned a boarding time (mine is 1:20, a friend riding to the port with me has 2:00) and the boarding pass has a notation to arrive promptly at our assigned time. I suspect that for the first few weeks this might be fairly strict, at lea
  8. Hi, all--we are set to cruise Seattle-Fort Lauderdale coming up and this will be our first cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We've sailed on the Maasdam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, etc. and they all had a wide promenade deck with the lounge chairs where you could sit, read, nap, watch the ocean, etc. I'm wondering if the Nieuw Amsterdam has those chairs? I can't seem to find a definitive answer--one picture just shows the wooden benches; another that has been posted shows lounge chairs. I'm hoping someone who's been on the NA can let us know. (I already miss the smaller ships!) Thank you.
  9. Nieuw Amsterdam in Seattle today.
  10. Hello, We have just been upgraded from a VA to V class cabin and I am wondering if, apart from a better location (more towards in the center of the ship) there is any difference in the cabins, i.e. is there a difference in the size of the balcony or if there is a partial overhang (which will be good in Alaska to give us a dry outdoor space)? Thanks.
  11. @Kween Karen posted this in the July 24 roll call Looks like I will be on the Nieuw Amsterdam before you!!! LOL….it is some sort of practice cruise. I guess people who work under the Carnival umbrella put their name into a lottery. I have a friend who works for Seaborn and her name got drawn and she invited me. It is VERY short but it is free and puts me back on a ship. It leaves Seattle at 4:00 July 18 and gets back at 9:00 July 20…guess it is just going to go out in the sound and turn around. On another forum @TheSecondSister posted a link to a Webcam for Pier 91
  12. Is there anyway to find our assigned check in times on the Niuew Amsterdam Alaska cruises? We have to schedule our hotel check out time.
  13. I know the NA is starting out at about 50% capacity, but does anyone have more definitive information on what it might cap out at this year? Seems doubtful they would get to 100%. Looking at the 9/18 sailing and wondering what the capacity cap will be for that cruise. Thanks!
  14. Some of us on the roll call noticed our cruise wasn't listed when a search for November Caribbean cruises was done. I found it on the "Inactive" list and it was marked "Unavailable." What exactly does that mean? The Nov 13 and Nov 27 Nieuw Amsterdam cruises still appear when doing a search. I know the Nov 6 cruise was changed to a charter. Late last week several joined the Nov 20 roll call after their Volendam cruises were cancelled.
  15. The NA was in dry dock in February 2020 for repair of an Azipod. Does anybody know if anything else was done to the ship? I highly doubt it, but thought I'd ask anyway. I realize it completed only a handful of sailings between the repair and start of the pandemic shutdown, so not many people have actually been on it post-dry dock.
  16. Been off the boards a few weeks, and last I had read, the NA was in shipyard having one of the engines fixed, and a cruise was cancelled. Is she back in the water and ok these days? we have a mid march cruise coming up
  17. HAL fully chartered the Nieuw Amsterdam out for 3 weeks in November to 3 different groups. The charters have been known for at least 3 weeks to people-I'm sure HAL has known much longer than that. When people and TAs began asking about the status of their cruise, HAL lied and said the cruise was going forward. They finally announced the cruises were cancelled. Their offer is to book one of 2 cruises, Oct. 23 or Nov. 21 at the same price, giving people anywhere from $50 to $100 additional shipboard credit per person-maximum doubled per cabin, or the same amount given to any 7 day Caribbean c
  18. Good morning, all! We have two Neptune suites booked on the 7/31/21 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise from Seattle to Alaska. They are both on the port side, forward of the midship elevators. One of them is right across from the Neptune Lounge and the other one is farther forward. They are separated by about 4 other Neptunes. If anyone reading this has a Neptune that might be next to one of ours and is willing to trade (not sure how yet, we'll cross that strait when we come to it) please DM me! Thanks for reading this far, and happy cruising again!
  19. Reposted from Roll Call Nieuw Amsterdam July 31 - Seattle 7d RT Alaska ....... We don't yet know what the Conditional Sailing Certificate (CSC) for the Nieuw Amsterdam either says or will say ... we don't currently know what the HAL application for the CSC says. We don't know if the the CSC has been issued to HAL by the CDC or when it will be issued. This is certainly a new experience for everyone. I would like HAL to send us a copy of the CSC when it is issued. If anyone here finds out how to get a copy, please let us know ... or better stil
  20. Hi all, I would like to take my elderly Mom on a cruise this summer to Alaska after our cruise for 2020 was cancelled. I have a few safety questions that I am not seeing answers to on the HAL website. 1) are they sailing full capacity or not for July and August 2021 sailings from Seattle? 2) if we are in July and they require people over 16 to be vaccinated, versus in August over age 12, is the 95% of people who must be vaccinated apply to "eligible" people or everyone on the ship? For example, can there be like 200++ kids under 16 not vaccinated in July? Or is the 95%
  21. The Alaska port schedule, which was updated yesterday, shows the Nieuw Amsterdam in port at Ketchikan until 4 pm. The HAL website shows the ship leaving port at 1:00 pm. Anyone know why the difference? I know the usual departure time for ships out of Seattle is 1 pm. It also shows an NCL ship in port until 6 pm but also arriving in Seattle on Saturday. NCL's website is in agreement.
  22. I just had a thought ... if Rotterdam VII is delivered to HAL on July 31 as currently scheduled, by Fincantieri at the shipyard in Marghera Italy ... can we ask the Captain to lead a toast at the appropriate time and place onboard Nieuw Amsterdam on July 31 ... for us all to participate .... as follows .... "To Rotterdam VII ... my God bless this ship and all who sail on her .... may she have calm seas and following winds .... and may she carry on the great traditions of the Holland-Amerika Lijn since the first sailing of Rotterdam I in 1872." Maybe a flute of champagne could accompany the to
  23. It's been several years since I last sailed with HAL so I have a couple of questions. I am looking at the summer Alaska itineraries on Nieuw Amsterdam and would like to know where smoking is permitted on the ship. I can't find any info on the HAL website. Also do they still have formal nights? Thanks!
  24. We've got this cabin for the Sep 25 Alaska cruise, but in our several HAL cruises we've never had a cabin so far forward. So anyone have complaints/comments for cabins in forward ? And is the portside best for the Inside Passage ?
  25. Does anybody have any good pictures of the NA? Particularly photos that show the full length of the ship? I did a google search and found only low res pictures, not very good. There are more available of the Eurodam, and I will settle for them, but prefer the ship I'm going to be on. Thanks.
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