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  1. I understand that so many cruises have been cancelled, but I was wondering what are the chances of the Westerdam sailing in South America in November going a head. I don’t have to pay the balance until July, if pay the balance and it is cancelled there seems to be a long wait for a refund. However, a bigger worry is that the cruise does sails, but it is not what we where expecting
  2. I was just reviewing the thread on the new EXC on the Westerdam. I noticed on post number 43, there are pictures of the "new & improved" retreat. Oh, my goodness, what is HAL thinking??? It appears as there are no chaise/lounge chairs in the cabanas. They have been replaced with a daybed type piece of furniture, a footstool and a serving buffet. The lounge chair has been moved outside the cabana in the sun, butted against the cabana entrance. Also gone are the cute cabana names, replaced by a number. I wish I could figure out how to link the pictures to this thread so you could see. Maybe one of you with better computer skills could add the photos to this thread.
  3. I have been keeping an eye on what is happening with the ships. The logistics are fascinating, I am in San Diego, for the last couple of weeks we have been host to the Disney Wonder and the Celebrity Eclipse. This morning on Marine Tracker I was surprised to see the Westerdam was in SD. We record the AM news and they use the waterfront as a live background. I watched the early news and could only see the Eclipse. Later in the morning - there was the Westerdam. Just curious, is she just in for re-provisioning? It is really strange to always see cruise ships docked in SD, instead of leaving around 5:00 or so off to new adventures.
  4. Let me first say we loved our Alaskan northbound cruise, the scenery, the crew, fellow passengers but—I have never seen a word posted about the ventilation coming out of the ceiling, hot and cold 24-hours a day—just over our beds. I should have had the beds separated by day two, giving a few inches relief, but I didn’t. By Ketchikan, I had a full blown sinus infection. Am on antibiotics now. Meanwhile, good friend of mine got the flu on the Westerdam in early July and was led off with all the other sickies and their spouses to a separate train car, sent to a resort to recover for 3 days before Denali. Oakman58 in his wonderful Westerdam report from early June ended up at the Denali Clinic from cruise crud https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2677658-westerdam-alaskan-cruisetour-jun-2-13-2019/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-57890076 So do all the ships in this class have this type of ventilation? Am I the weakest link in our biological cruise-chain. I’m hesitant to book the Volendam for a 35 night Amazon cruise.
  5. From Cruise Industry News: Puerto Vallarta to Accommodate Westerdam March 17, 2020 Holland America Line will now bring Westerdam to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, instead of Juneau, Alaska, according to a statement. When the company announced a voluntary suspension of global cruise operations on March 13, the decision where to dock the Westerdam was re-assessed as part of a broader review of ships deployment during this period. The ship was not currently in service after departing Asia, where four cruises were cancelled. Prior to arrival in Puerto Vallarta, Westerdam will clear U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and medical entry requirements in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 16th and 17th. Westerdam departed from Manila, Philippines, on March 2, 2020, with no passengers. Aboard ship are 680 crew and 18 contract service staff, all of which tested negative for COVID-19 in mid-February. Upon arrival to Puerto Vallarta, the ship will have sailed for more than a month with no port calls.
  6. Looks like our Westerdam is finally back in San Diego after cruising all over the Pacific Ocean, making the news as well. The Maasdam is showing just off the harbor entrance. Hopefully Maasdam will be docking right next to her bigger sister soon.
  7. This article was posted by a trusted Alaska source, The Alaska Landmine, an hour ago. According to an internal Juneau Borough email, Westerdam is headed to Alaska after stopping in Hawaii. The ship should arrive into Juneau in mid March where it will be tied up until the Alaska season starts. https://alaskalandmine.com/landmines/ms-westerdam-on-its-way-to-juneau-from-asia/?fbclid=IwAR1nl6lp0nktYyHsHcUv8ckBJA8aqvI4nUFYCAZwxmlhUpGKSFgiuQkwJXk
  8. I'm starting a new thread to track the returning Westerdam pax. The existing thread ' has become muddled by misinformation. The last 5 pages of the 47-page thread is not worth reading. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2731085-news-on-the-westerdam/ This thread is for those with useful information to share. For those interested in useful information. Thanks to the pax who have provided updates, and to their friends and family doing the same. To recap, there are over one thousand pax in transit limbo and still on the ship, A few hundred passengers have returned home and are being monitored. The 800+ crew are still on the ship. I'm sure that we wish them all the best. Two pax are hospitalized in KL. The passengers in Cambodia and Malaysia have undergone a laboratory test. So far, it looks like there were no other infected persons on board. Time will tell whether the KL infected pax passed the disease on to others. COVID-19 is a highly infectious and deadly. The tables here provide the numbers... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_Wuhan_coronavirus_outbreak Fortunately, the number of infected outside China/HK (and excluding Diamond Princess) is tiny. In the last few days, the number has remained at 400+. Only four deaths. The efforts by the Chinese/HK governments are paying off. The number of infected in HK is small and remains static. Life goes on. International containment is working. Lessons have been learned from the SAR and H1N1 crisis. It remains to be seen whether the Westerdam infected pax has made a difference. At this time, there's not much point in recriminations. Rather, let's use this situation as a learning opportunity. Best wishes for everyone infected anywhere in the world.
  9. Since I cannot imagine my Fort Lauderdale to Rome transatlantic actually sailing, I was looking at alternative itineraries. Lo and behold, there are some dirt cheap Alaska itineraries on the Westerdam starting April 29.
  10. Hi everyone, I've only sailed once with HAL on their Nieuw Statendam, which I absolutely loved. That ship was amazing (my comparison point is Celebrity before the face lift and this was so much better). We had the Verandah and it was tight but ok for 7 days. The ship more than made up for it. I applied my future cruise deposit to the Westerdam 19-day sailing in October from North to South America. My hope is that by then (1) the poor Westerdam will be sanitized sufficiently, and (2) there will continue to not be any cases of coronavirus in South America (and limited in North America as now). In any case, we can cancel for full refund until mid-July so lots of time to see this whole thing play out. Because this sailing is so long at 19 days, I booked the Signature Suite category but now I am doubting myself as to whether or not it's worth the money. The price difference between Verandah and Signature Suite is approximately $100 per night (for both ppl). This seems relatively reasonable on a per day basis but over the length of the cruise, it's almost $2K extra so no small peanuts! We can spend that money on drinks and excursions and spa instead. As I mentioned, I have never sailed on Westerdam nor stayed in a Signature Suite, so I'd love some input from those who've done both as to whether the value of the extra space is worth the price difference. Thank you in advance!
  11. We are booked on a SA cruise Feb 2021. I just went to the HAL website to check for price drop and it shows there are no cruises for the Westerdam in Feb and Mar 2021. Does this mean the cruises are sold out? Or is perhaps something else going on, ie charter or dry-dock? FWIW my booking is still showing in my account.
  12. I thought people might be interested in this Australian news article. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-03/adelaide-couple-stuck-on-cruise-ship-refused-entry-to-manila/11923620
  13. Just posted on HAL’s Facebook page: Holland America Line will be making a decision on all of Westerdam's remaining Asia sailings by the end of the week. We would like to thank everyone for their extreme patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation.
  14. What is it like onboard? Are there still shows and trivia and lectures? Is there entertainment in the showroom? Are meals still good? Is it just one sea day after another? How are you coping?
  15. Couldn't help noticing the website of the new Hammerhead pier in Yokohama listing the Westerdam visit, I could see some humor in it. http://www.hammerhead.co.jp.e.aix.hp.transer.com/terminal/ Wondering if you notice it......
  16. Seems sushi is now an à la cart item in the Tamarind??? Is it ever available on the Lido buffet? Thanks
  17. Since the 2/15 two week cruise will now depart from Yokohama (Tokyo) instead of Shanghai, China, can anyone tell me which Yokohama port will be used by HA and Westerdam? I've looked online it it appears that there are quite a few docking locations. I'm trying to book a hotel near the port for pre and post-cruise stays. Thanks for any help from experienced cruisers!
  18. We're booked for a sailing onboard Westerdam next year. I've been looking at the various drinks packages available under my account on the HAL site. I've been trying to cut back on alcohol so I probably won't go for the Signature Package. Also, I don't really drink energy drinks or speciality cofees so the Quench package isn't what I'll go for. I'm thinking I would get the Unlimited Coca Cola Package. Other than one P&O Cruise, I've only sailed Carnival and I always get the Bottomless Bubbles package. Upon reading HAL's website, it states, "Guests will be issued one specialty cup to be used in connection with this promotion. The cup is not replaceable.". So does this mean I need to be carrying the cup with me wherever I go if I want a soda? How does it work exactly? Onboard Carnival Legend or Spirit, I simply flash my Sail and Sign card which has the little sticker on it and they pour me a Diet Coke or whatever. It's just a standard glass. Also, if I buy a Scotch and Diet Coke, do they subtract the soft drink component on the drink as Carnival does? This will be my first time aboard HAL.
  19. As promised! We ate in the Pinnacle Grill last night, and chose from the Tamarind portion of the menu. One page of the Pinnacle Grill menu is dedicated to the Tamarind. It consists of three starters, three main courses and one dessert. We selected the shrimp tempura, the sea bass, and declined the dessert in order to enjoy our favourites from the regular Pinnacle menu. That selection will be changed tonight - and it will change weekly. We did not see the new selection, but will have a chance to see it when we attend a special "Vietnam" evening later this week. I'll also ask if this plan will continue when the Westerdam leaves Asia. Hope this helps.
  20. We will be boarding a HAL ship (Westerdam) for the first time in two weeks and are very looking forward for this. We have tried several lines now, so we are excited what the vibe on HAL will be. It is our honeymoon. We booked this before we decided to marry, but now we are married since 10 days, so we declared this vacation to our honeymoon :-). We will stay one week in Hong Kong before the cruise. While planning activities, we were shocked by the prices of the shore excursions. Additionally, there is not really a choice of interesting tours, just a few ones. So we set up our own excursions with private guides. This was really a let down during the planning stage. We intended to book a Neptune or Signature Suite, but then decided for a center aft cabin on deck 8. Prices then dropped significantly, and after some back and forth with our travel agent and HAL we are now waiting for the cabin assignment for a guarantee signature suite, I guess they will assign it at the pier the latest. This is the first time that we have booked a guarantee cabin - this is a good training for my personal patience ;-). We have several questions.... We need some advise for the specialty restaurants. On all cruises we have taken we were satisfied with the main dining room. Some courses were better then others, but all in all we enjoy it and it is something special for us. We have tried speciality restaurants only twice and we did not feel that it was worth the money. But now I saw a package for one dinner for Canaletto and Pinnacle Grill each. Shall we try this? Is this a step above the main dining room? Maybe someone can give us some advise Do they have spinning bikes in the fitness center on Westerdam? There is a class pass for the whole 14 days to buy in the cruise planner. Does anyone know what kind of classes they provide? The homepage of HAL is a little lacking of information ;-) And, is Red Bull included in the Quench Beverage package? It is shown on the picture for the package, but not mentioned in any descriptions. Do we both need to buy the same beverage package because we are staying in the same cabin? Thank you for all your advises Greetings from Germany :-)
  21. Appears Westerdam entered dry dock in Singapore today. Any information available on what work is scheduled to be completed?
  22. We are considering doing this cruise in November 2020. I'm just wondering whether any of you folks here have done this cruise, and if so, how was it? Cheers Rick
  23. To celebrate our 50th, we will be cruising to and from Anchorage in June. I have already booked an ocean view cabin for the cruise from Vancouver to Seward. We are debating between a Signature or Neptune Suite for the return to Vancouver. We had a bargain upsell to a Neptune Suite on a previous cruise, and that was really nice, but I'm not sure it's $2,000 nicer than a Signature for a 7-day cruise. One factor that's important to us is that I be able to plug my wife's wireless headphone transmitter jack in to the TV in the room. On our last cruise, in a veranda room, the TV was mounted on the wall, but with a lot of arm scraping and a 90-degree adapter I was able to get the jack plugged in to the back. Does anybody know whether the TVs are wall mounted in both the Signature and Neptune Suites on the Westerdam? I suppose it's too much to hope that the headphone jack is on the side of the TV rather than the back. TIA
  24. My husband and I will be sailing on the Westerdam in June and want to know if there is pickleball on this ship? Thanks for any information.
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