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  1. What size are the TVs in an oceanview stateroom?
  2. Please, I need some help selecting between three OV cabins (2702, 2704 & 2709) on Rotterdam. The itinerary is round trip so starboard/port doesn't matter much to us. I am wondering about 2704, though. On the deck plans, it looks slightly larger (wider) than the other two. But it is at the aft of the ship and, I believe, there is a covered deck out the back. I'm concerned it will be darker in the room because of the distance from the railing to the window, whereas the other two cabins don't have that issue. I did check HALfacts and there are no pictures of the three cabins. If anyone here on CC has stayed in 2704, would you please let me know how/why you enjoyed it? Can one go out to that deck or is it crew only? On another note, I saw that Rotterdam is coming up for a dry dock in December. Does anyone know if any of the OV cabins will get upgraded bathrooms like some of the other older ships have? Specifically, we require a shower only cabin which is why I'm currently stuck with the three choices above. Thank you!
  3. Prior to shutting down because of covid-19 the Zaandam and Rotterdam were scheduled for short refurbishment in dry dock. I presume these have been concelled. Does anyone know ehat HAL has decided to do?
  4. I noticed on MarineTraffic that the Rotterdam and the Nieuw Amsterdam are headed for South Africa and the Veendam set course for Gibraltar. Does anybody know why ? All three ships were ( hopefully are) due for European cruises. So at least the Veendam is going in the right direction but the others aren’t. As far as I am concerned they are welcome in their homeport of Rotterdam . They can join the World Dream that has been berthed in port since a drydock in Rotterdam four weeks ago. Plenty of space at an unused container terminal.
  5. Another day and another two fine Dam ships in Port Everglades for bunkering, etc. Vaandam is confirmed for a 6.45 am arrival to pier 19 and scheduled for a 6pm departure. Rotterdam is scheduled for a 8.30am arrival to pier 21 and scheduled for a 5pm departure. Also in port are Independence of the Seas (arr 6.15am, depart 4.30pm) and Caribbean Princess, which dock yesterday and is due to sail at 5pm The webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ (don't forget that the Ft Lauderdale cam webpage has two cams! Tomorrow Wednesday, Zuiderdam is due to scheduled to arrive at 6 am and sail at 5pm.
  6. We were on the Silver Shadow on an excursion from Colon & I took these photos while at the Miraflores Visitor Center. Our excursion stayed late just to watch you go through. I thought anyone who was on that cruise might like them. I'm so very sorry that your cruise or those who followed you, ended as it did. My heart goes out to you. We were quarantined in Recife but it was nothing like you all went through. Just a horrid time for all of us. Here's to better times ahead & fair winds to all.
  7. Just read that the Rotterdam is doing the Grand Africa 2021?? Not the Amsterdam???
  8. Have the cabins on the Rotterdam been upgraded? TV on wall vice the desk. Thanks!
  9. Just an FYI. https://www.businessinsider.com/holland-america-zaandam-rotterdam-crew-members-rescue-mission-stranded-2020-4 Be well. Bob
  10. The journey of the Zaandam, later joined by the Rotterdam, to Fort Lauderdale has now ended. Yesterday evening both ships were admitted to the port and have begun discharging passengers. The existing thread which followed their journey step by step, is over 116 pages and 4000 posts long. The original topic has been closed to new posts, but remains available for viewing: Please add further discussion of these two ships, their passengers and crew, here.
  11. Just a heads up and probably meant only for us left coast sail-away die hards due to the time of day, night rather "R"-class lead ship Rotterdam, in port since Thursday, 02 Apr after providing extremely valuable assistance to her younger half-sister Zaandam since their Gulf of Panama rendezvous, is scheduled to depart Port Everglades tomorrow, 06 APR 20 at 22:22 hours (10:22 PM) Don't count on any "toeters" from co-hero Capt. Bas van Dreumel as his ship passes the condos along the entrance channel, due to the advanced hour of departure for some on the right coast which may, or may not, that is the question, coincide with the act of consuming a chalice of tepid moo juice in preparation for tallying a number of domesticated ruminant animals with thick woolly coats in the continuous act of cavorting over picket fences Her destination is listed as Puerto Vallarta, Mex. however that is highly unlikely since, as luck would have it, her original schedule also had her departing Port Everglades tomorrow for a trans-Atlantic crossing to her namesake city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, arriving on 22 APR 20. Instead of the T/A, it is more likely however, that her journey will be relatively short and that she will join her fleet mates at one of the "hot lay-up" anchorages in the vicinity of Great Stirrup Cay The webcams can be viewed at: https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/
  12. Sirs: You have brought your ships, crew, and guests into safe harbor. Those that need help will now receive it. Those that yearn for the comfort of their own bed at home will have it. Your crew and yourself have brought much credit to yourselves during this crisis. My wish for both of you, when you retire for the night, is to have a sleep that is as restful as any that you have enjoyed. You have earned it. As has the members of your ships' officers and crew.
  13. The Zaandam and Rotterdam have just rendezvous off Panama according to Cruisetracker.com. The Rotterdam is bringing medical supplies and additional supplies from the Oosterdam and medical staff. HAL sent the Rotterdam from PV as it is the fastest ship in the fleet. We did the WC on the Rotterdam in 1999 and have always enjoyed her. May these supplies and additional staff bring comfort to passengers and crew on the Zaandam.
  14. News reports: 42 passengers/crew aboard Zaandam reporting "flu like" symptoms. All passengers confined to cabins now.
  15. Have they actually been approved to dock in Port Everglades today? Does anyone know what time? Thinking of all those on board..... L.
  16. I am told by a friend of mine that passengers are being sent home from Puerto Vallarta and not completing their sailing on the Rotterdam. Anyone know why HAL did this? The mouse boat is in the Panama Canal today and at least finishing their voyage in San Diego on March 20 (at least as I write this.)
  17. Hi Can anyone advise me about the oceanview cabins on the Rotterdam or the Veendam? Have the bathrooms been upgraded to the floor to ceiling showers, and has the TV system been upgraded to the interactive systems like on the Volendam? We’re considering a transatlantic voyage on the Rotterdam or Veendam, and the upgrades will be an important factor in our decision- thanks!
  18. Hello, does anyone have any info on this cabin? I can see cabins have but looks empty down below, thanks all
  19. Rotterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1600. She will be leaving on a 16-day Panama Canal cruise. Willemstad, Curacao (27 Feb 1000-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (28 Feb 0800-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (01 Mar 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (03 Mar 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (04 Mar 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (05 Mar 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (06 Mar 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (08 Mar 1000-2000); San Diego, California (11 Mar a0700) Also in port are Costa Luminosa at pier 19 from 0430-2300 and Silver Wind at pier 25 from 0630-1800. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam and Zuiderdam on Wednesday, 26 February.
  20. Hi, I am considering a cruise on the Rotterdam that departs from the port of Rotterdam. As an ocean liner enthusiast, I would like to spend at least one night before the cruise staying aboard the SS Rotterdam (former Holland America flagship from 1959). I cruised aboard the SS Rotterdam in 1992 and would like to see this ship again. Also, I think it would be fun to stay on the former Rotterdam and then take a cruise on the current Rotterdam. Has anyone done this? Did it work out well? Also, how do the flight arrangements work for Americans? Do people typically fly to London and then do a short flight to Rotterdam? Thanks, Chuck
  21. We are hoping to travel via HAL transfer from Rotterdam to Amsterdam to connect to a 11AM flight. Is this at all likely? And if not, what options should we be prepared to use?
  22. We are cruising 2/24 out of FLL on the Rotterdam. I pre-purchased the unlimited internet premium package for $200. The notes I took from the phone conversation I had with HAL say there is no data limit (obviously speeds may be slow) and we can connect up to 5 devices but only one at a time. Does anyone know if we can use the devices all over the ship or only in our stateroom, and if we have to sign into the app to use the internet? We are planning to share across 5 devices in 2 staterooms (a few doors away from each other). I'm concerned that if we have to use the app, everyone will need to sign in with the same account information and then we won't be able to use the other functions of the app, such as on-board chat, because we'll all be signed in as the same person. Also, can anyone confirm that it is indeed: 1) unlimited data, and 2) 5 devices? We were hoping to possibly connect a 6th device using a hotspot, but it appears from reading other threads that we won't be able to do that.
  23. Looking for anyone who is currently cruising or has recently cruised with HAL, possibly specifically on Rotterdam but I think this would be the same throughout the line. I am sensitive to scents (perfumes, scented laundry detergent, etc.). I have never had an issue with scented laundry detergent and the sheets on beds in any hotel or on any cruise ship (I do often have issues with the soap and shampoo in the bathrooms). I am going on a 16-day cruise in February and considering purchasing their unlimited laundry package to cut down on luggage. However, if my clothes come out with a scent that I'm allergic to, I will have a miserable cruise. I called HAL and they said they use Ecolab detergent, but it's not unscented. Ecolab's website says it has a "light, pleasant fragrance." She said they use the same detergent for towels and sheets as they do for guest laundry. Anyone who has recently cruised or anyone who is currently on a cruise - can you tell me if you noticed any scent at all in the sheets or towels? Better yet, if you used their guest laundry, did you notice a scent on your clothes?
  24. Rotterdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0530-1600. She will be doing a 16-day Panama Canal cruise. Willemstad, Curacao (26 Jan 1000-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (27 Jan 0800-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (29 Jan 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (31 Jan 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (01 Feb 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (02 Feb 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (03 Feb 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (05 Feb 1000-2000); San Diego, California (08 Feb a0700) Also in port are Silver Wind at pier 25 from 0600-1900 and Caribbean Princess at pier 2 from 0515-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Veendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Zuiderdam and Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 25 January.
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