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  1. 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?
  2. Bunkering continues for our Dam ships with Zuiderdam confirmed to arrive at 7.00 am and berth at pier 26. She is listed to depart at 5pm ET. Zaandam had 'a sleepover' and stayed in port overnight. She is scheduled to depart today at 4pm. Also in port is Coral Princess, due to arrive at 5.15am and depart 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!)
  3. I'm looking for info regarding the config of the Zaandam. Does it still have the original Crows Nest? Has Mix been transformed into Music Walk? Thank you.
  4. 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.
  5. Just an FYI. https://www.businessinsider.com/holland-america-zaandam-rotterdam-crew-members-rescue-mission-stranded-2020-4 Be well. Bob
  6. 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.
  7. Looking at the April 2020 New England/Canada cruise aboard Zaandam. Some reviews state that the Zaandam needs refurbishment and I guess is scheduled for that soon. Will the refurbishment be completed before or after the April cruise? Thanks in advance 🤔
  8. Looking at booking a Neptune suite on a Panama Canal cruise on Zaandam. What is the expanded menu for breakfast etc. Club Orange... how does it work. Are the extra entrees worth it. What will we love in the Neptune Lounge? Thanks in advance.
  9. Since the ZAANDAM is scheduled for Drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, April 7 to 20, 2020, will it proceed or be canceled/rescheduled?
  10. 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.
  11. News reports: 42 passengers/crew aboard Zaandam reporting "flu like" symptoms. All passengers confined to cabins now.
  12. 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.
  13. Hi, my friend and I are booked on the Zaandam 04/21/2020 11 day FLL Repo to Montréal and just today received the Express Docs Reminder email. I just happen to call HAL yesterday (as weekends have little phone wait time) and the Rep told me the cruise is still on. I could cancel as we have CFAR Platinum Insurance, but would lose the 10% as well as the insurance cost. I told the Rep that Canada Ports are closed until July, but she said the cruise is not canceled. Has anyone on this cruise received Express Docs or have any information on the sailing? Could the Express Docs email be on a timer and thereby automatically sent. I just don’t know how we can sail to Canada when the ports are closed. Thanks everyone and stay well.
  14. Do you have a preference for the Zaandam or the Amsterdam? We are looking at rebooking a cruise for next year.
  15. Just got a message from passenger onboard. The cruise will end on March 21 in Santiago and all pax being flown home. Originally they were to continue to FLL. No reported any sick passengers. At least they still got to do the portion from buenos aires to santiago and saw antarctica..
  16. Any intel on what we should expect for the Thermal Suite on the Zaandam? We love it on the Nieuw Statendam, Zuiderdam, Westerdam......How does it compare?
  17. Our 10/31/20 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise on the Zaandam has been cancelled by HAL. I got an email notification late yesterday. In talking with our PCC, the cancellation appears to be related to the redeployment of the Veendam to Tampa and it sounds like at least a couple ships are impacted. The Zaandam might be moving to the west coast and taking over some of the Rotterdam's itineraries. I am not sure where the Rotterdam is headed. So keep your eyes peeled if you are booked on these ships in 2020! HAL offered us 3 alternative Caribbean cruise choices with $50 pp OBC (for an interior) and the same "per diem rate" that we had with the Zaandam. We also will keep our early booking bonus perks. We are inclined to take the 11-day Nieuw Statendam Southern Caribbean cruise on Nov 11 as the replacement if we can get a suitable interior cabin. I have heard that many of the interiors on the Nieuw Statendam are on the small side.
  18. Has anyone been on HAL Zaandam recently and able to comment on food, evening entertainment and whether they have happy hour. We're going in March to south America and through panama canal. Any information would be great.
  19. We’re considering a 2021 sailing of the MS Zaandam, and are wondering if she has had the upgrades we’re enjoying on the MS Volendam? We’re really liking the interactive TVs and the showers are wonderful! Can any recent cruisers help us with this information? Thanks.
  20. We just booked our longest cruise ever...32 days to the South Pacific. If you have cruised this route before we would love to hear any experiences and thoughts on your trip. We booked a Ocean View and hope that works out as well. Please let us know your thoughts. Frank
  21. We are considering one of these ships, I know that they are both going into dry dock within the coming months. We plan on going in either late August or early September. Which ship would you choose? Also any idea what changes or updates to either of the ships?
  22. We are on Zaandam’s first cruise of the New England/Canada season, sailing April 21 from Ft Lauderdale. I’ve looked at local tour offerings in Bar Harbor, and websites show that their season starts the first or second week of May. If you have done this cruise in April, would you let me know if we can expect local tour offerings at the pier, even though they are not showing online? I realize it’s also possible that HAL reserves the available resources for its own tours. It’s our first visit to Bar Harbor, and we do want to experience Acadia. Thank you for any suggestions.
  23. First let me say for both of our important anniversaries ( 40th and 45th ) dh and I have taken long cruises on rotterdam (our favorite ship) because of zaandam going at the time we want to go and place we want to go we are looking to cruise on her. From what I can tell she looks very much like Rotterdam, with an extra pool. If you have cruised on both, did you notice any differences? In your opinion do the two ships have the same "feel"? We will only have one 50th so I want to be pretty sure we are picking the "right" ship. Thanks for any insight you can give. Helen
  24. Hi everyone, Happy New Year!!!! Just wondering if anyone can tell me who the Piano Bar entertainers are. Just heading off to Santiago to our first leg of Antarctica adventures
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