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  1. Did the Zaandam get a upgrade to the new tv opposite the bed? Also did it get new outlets and USB ports in the Vista suites?
  2. We are taking a cruise to Antartica and S. America. Do you have a suggestion about booking a tour excursion called "Best of Port Stanley: Volunteer Point" besides the cruise line? Thank you.
  3. GuavaTechAngels

    How is the Wi-Fi on the Zaandam?

    I read that the Zaandam was refurbished recently in 2015. Did they also upgrade the Wi-Fi to the latest and fast technology? My mom's about to go on a 34 day cruise and we'd like to find out if it's worth buying the package for her?
  4. baja mama

    Zaandam

    This will be our first time on the Zaandam and we are in a vista Suite category AA. Any thoughts on this ship and are the Vista Suites bigger then a balcony cabin on another HAL ship? Thanks so much
  5. hlsess

    Zaandam first timer

    I am not a regular cruiser but looking at this ship for a girl's group of 10- are there dining reservations? alcohol extra? any tips for a big group etc.... read this is a smaller ship-holds 1400 -still seems big to me-looking at a Canada cruise next summer-what about nightly entertainment?
  6. Hi all, By happenstance I noticed that HAL is hiring an "Antarctica Expedition Team Member" (https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Holland-America-Line/jobs/Antarctica-Expedition-Team-Member-89384f812e4edde8). In the job description it says "You’ll present informative and engaging EXC Talks ™ to audiences of up to 900 guests, provide unscripted narrations during scenic cruising, and accompany guests on Zodiac tours." The only ship doing the Antarctica trips in the next two years is... the Zaandam. So, unless that vessel will be magically switched out for the Maasdam, I assume it will be getting zodiacs in the near future, as well. Any of our experts have any insight?
  7. After returning from a 14 day cruise on the HAL Zaandam from Santiago to Buenos Aires. All we can say is WOW ! We will review the ship , the ports and be glad to answer any and all questions. And of course , share pictures :) The Canal Beagle confluence All hands on deck Glacier Alley Penguins And the end of the world
  8. I guess I'm the first .... but still a long way to go. We are interested in joining / creating a tour.
  9. Hi all, Can someone please tell me how many formal nights would occur on the 22-day South America/Antarctica cruise on Zaandam? Thanks
  10. Has anyone been to cruise ports like puerto Montt or Ushuaia and did your tour pick you up or wait for you or are there various starting times? Ushuaia we arrive at noon and booking a viator tour to national park. The tours down there aren’t communicating the tour pickup information times. Holland America doesn’t have the tour we want so using outside tours Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Hi all. Will be sailing on the zaandam for a canada/new England cruise next year. Does anyone have any suggestions for a minimally obstructed OV cabin? Prefer something not under a busy venue. TIA.
  12. I have been unable to book a shore excursion for Fuerte Amador, Panama and Coquimbo, Chile. They want to book groups for private tours, not add a person to a group. In Fuerte Amador, Panama there is Viator tour that takes in the Panama Canal and Panama City. It is 8 hours and costs $115.38 US if there are 9 people. If anyone is interested let me know. In Coquimbo, Chile there is a City Tour that takes in La Serena and Coquimbo. It takes 4 hours. It costs $34.00 US per person if there are 9 people. Again if anyone is interested let me know. I rented a car in Manta, Ecuador so that I can go to see the Pacha chocolate plantation and factory in Puerto Lopez. The Pacha tour is 3 1/2 hours and costs $35 US. If anyone is interested in coming let me know. David varty@smartt.com
  13. We will be on the 14 day Alaskan sailing on the Zaandam in a few weeks, and are wondering about the quality of the laundry services. For those of you have used it, do you find that your clothing comes back clean and sanitized, or is it kind of "iffy"? Does the unlimited laundry package include dry cleaning and/or pressing of garments, or just laundering? What is the typical turn-around time on a fully booked ship? Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
  14. I am on the Zaandam. We are hanging out in the bay looking at beautiful Victoria as we are unable to dock due to the high winds. In addition to this disappointment we just received a letter saying that they will not be able to transfer our bags to the airport for us. We had signed up for this when we arrived on the ship 2 weeks ago. We have 5 of us in our group- each with one large 50lb bag. Our flights, booked by HAL, are not until later in the evening so we were hoping to play tourist in Seattle w/o our bags. Alaska Air says we can check our bags 4 hours in advance which leaves us several hours with our bags. Any solutions to our bag problem?:confused:
  15. sueleekey

    Zaandam refrig???

    is there a refrig or coffee maker in the cabins??? Outside cabin Thanks!!!
  16. Are all the Zaandam's 14-day Canada New England's closed loop (Boston) itineraries gone? We're trying to find this itinerary, but we wonder if they were purged when the Prinsendam was sold. I didn't think Zaandam was affected directly? Searching for this itinerary, I only found two cruises on 8/3 and 8/10 so I could do this as a B2B. Am I not doing the right search on the new website? I tried searching by Sail To, Depart from, Departure Date and Duration. Filling in all four fields at once in the find a cruise section. I tried to get help from Alex on the Veendam, asking for several questions, including which in an itinerary was a tender port (something that was dropped in the new revised hal.com). She said she uses a DOS system, and I wasn't allowed to use it. Didn't tell her I started on DOS.
  17. goldengatecruisers

    My review of Zaandam

    I wasn't planning on taking a cruise this month but I was playing around online and stumbled across a 5 day Pacific Coastal on HAL. The days fit in perfectly with my work commitments and best of all it was on Zaandam. For a long while I have wanted to try this class of HAL ship having previously sailed on the larger vessels. She did not disappoint. I know much has been written about Zaandam so I won't bore you with every little detail but I would like to share my thoughts of the ship. I literally booked this a couple of weeks ago and was trying to find information about the interiors since dry dock. I had done a fair amount of research for this class of ship and was familiar with what they ship looked like prior to this recent dry dock (thank goodness for the internet and for Youtube videos). There was very little out there on the new decor so I have taken a bunch of photos which I will upload at the conclusion of this review. I hope that it will excite those of you with Zaandam bookings and I hope it will encourage some of you to book a Zaandam voyage. Embarkation: What a breeze. One of the joys about joining a cruise mid-way is the pleasant boarding experience. Only a handful of us were joining for the 5 day San Diego-Vancouver itinerary so we were processed very smoothly and went on board around 1:30pm and into our stateroom. Accommodation: We have only sailed on larger HAL ships; Westerdam and Eurodam to be exact. For our prior three HAL trips we booked Neptune Suites. However, for this short trip we had a mid-ship Vista Suite. Upon entering it felt like a calm space. You could tell instantly the room was recently refreshed. I only had internet images to compare to but I could identify the new components easily. It had that new room smell which I love. New bedskirt, new bed accent throw, new sofa or possibly just new upholstery (I could not get a straight answer out of anyone!), new curtains, new net curtains (very pretty ones), new accent pillows, new desk chair (or newly upholstered). I found the entry way a bit cramped. The hallway as you entered the stateroom was narrow and I felt the many closet doors were awkwardly placed especially when trying to access the bathroom. Overall storage in the Vista Suite is really good. The bedroom and living area can be separated almost completely by a curtain which is always a nice feature. The living area is spacious and very comfortable. The cocktail table was incredibly heavy and took some effort to move it. It did not raise in height so dining ensuite as a couple might be challenging. We only had room service once for breakfast and found the table height an issue. The new TV (I think it was new) was very small and it was screwed into a large black platform that you could pull out and swivel. The whole thing looked like a make-shift improvement and was not thought out well, in my opinion. The balcony furniture was comfortable and clean so I wonder if that was also new. I did not take specific photos of the balcony furniture but when you see the images I will upload at the end of this review you can see it through the balcony door. Dining: I will keep this brief as we all have different tastes, different levels of expectation and different ideas of what constitutes good food. For context, I live in San Francisco where we are spoiled with amazing restaurants. I also primarily sail on Crystal, Silversea and Oceania so my cruise cuisine expectations are impacted by my personal experience. we dined one night in Pinnacle Grill and one in Canaletto. Both meals were very good and I regretted not booking Pinnacle on the last night for the chef tasting menu (next time!!!). The main dining room food was good, but to me it looked and tasted like banqueting food - like you would get a a nice wedding. I have no complaints I just didn't feel the food was outstanding. In saying that please know we had lovely evenings in the dining room and enjoyed our meals. Beverages: We purchased an Elite package. I know there have been many threads discussing the beverages on board. Here are my two cents... I certainly don't need 15 drinks a day but I really loved the fact the package included large bottles of Evian and the specialty coffees from Explorations Cafe. I would have two or three coffees throughout the day and two bottles of Evian which made life very easy with the EBP. Throw in a cocktail before dinner, maybe a glass of champagne and a couple of glasses of wine and we were ahead of the game. On paper the beverage packages always seem to be a bit pricey but for us it worked out nicely. I think the water and coffee could easily add up so it made the daily rate for the beverage package worthwhile. I felt the splurge for Elite was worth it alone for the champagne and better choice of wines. For others it may not be necessary to upgrade. Entertainment: Sadly we did not participate in any shows or events. For us we wanted a quiet relaxing time at sea enjoying each other's company and having some nice meals. It would have been nice to see the production shows but we opted not to. We also did not visit America's Test Kitchen. Next time we will. Zaandam: LOVED it. I know its an old ship - that does not worry me. I know there is rust if you look closely - again that does not worry me. I know there are pipes on the promenade deck that are wrapped in old white sticky tape - does not worry me. I know there are occasional smells and issues - again that does not worry me. Why did I love Zaandam? Firstly the size. 60,000 tons is perfect. I am used to sailing on smaller ships - its just my preference. Despite the fact we sailed full I did not feel crowded. The public spaces were laid out well and there seemed to be plenty of little nooks and crannies where you could curl up with a book and a coffee and enjoy a calm day at sea. The Lido, at times, was a bit busy but name me a ship where this isn't the case. We timed our visits to the Lido accordingly and did not have to battle crowds. I love the promenade deck. It is wide and was never busy. We would walk and talk for 'miles' with the sea surrounding us and breathing in fresh clean air. I could not be happier. I also liked the new decor in the areas that have been refreshed. I am certainly used to the brighter and more colorful HAL interiors so, for me, it was refreshing to see the new color palette. I found it calming and the blue/grey/gold resonated with me. Carpet has been changed out in many places such as the elevator and stairs, the main dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Crows Nest and I was told more carpet is on its way but apparently it was not all delivered during dry dock. I am sure some of you know more details than I - but that is what I was told when I asked the crew. The newly reimagined Crows Nest is welcoming with lovely seating areas which have been refreshed (I never saw the old one, remember, so I did not have the image of the DJ booth and dance floor of yesteryear). They changed up the bar in Crows Nest apparently and this new one is really nice. The Explorations Cafe and new library is really lovely and well laid out and its a great social spot or perfect for a quiet read and a coffee. I am not sure what was in this area before but I was very happy to see this new-to-Zaandam feature. Disembarkation: A breeze! We decided to spend the day in Vancouver seeing friends and visiting the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens so we were able to disembark around 9am. Being independent and being able to choose from a selection of disembarkation times was convenient. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast ensuite and then walked off the ship when our color was called. Overall: Were there a few things that could be improved - of course there were, but overall we had a great time. I loved the ship, we met some nice people and we will be back for another HAL cruise and most likely sticking with the smaller vessels. I would like to sail on Rotterdam and Amsterdam. I also have my eye on Prinsendam as that is one I really want to experience as she is steeped in so much history. I will upload some photos of our cabin #6166. I will also include some photos of the newly renovated spaces. There are two photos of the main dining room carpet and a couple of photos from the Pinnacle Grill. The chairs and carpeting in Pinnacle are really elegant. If anyone has questions I will be more than happy to try and answer but please remember this was my first Zaandam so I won't be the best resource if you have specific questions about what she looked like before the dry dock. Thanks for reading, Ashley
  18. Hi All - I'm sailing on Zaandam from Rio to Santiago on 11/3. It's been awhile since I've sailed HAL, and am wondering about the following: 1. Internet Pre-Purchase. I'm unable to pre-purchase internet access via the cruise planner. I can book other things, but not internet. Am I missing something, or do I just have to wait until I board? I understand that internet quality will likely be sketchy. 2. Cabin Assignment. My sail date is about 30 days out and still pending a cabin assignment. I booked a guarantee category, I'm familiar with this process. In your collective experience, what's the latest your cabin has been assigned? Thanks.
  19. This is going to be my first attempt at blogging any cruise. I expect to update it every few days, perhaps more often than that, as we go along, depending of course on internet connectivity and cost as well as whether I do anything noteworthy and can motivate my "short attention span" self to actually do it. I'm hoping that getting it started now might aid in that latter effort. Pictures; I hope to post a few along the way as well. We'll see how that goes too. Questions; I'll do my best to answer any questions anyone might have. If the information is readily available, shouldn't be a problem. If it's something I need to ask someone about, between my attention span issues and failing memory... I'll do my best. Give me a few days for those. :confused: Even in packing I'll walk from one end of my small house to the other and, upon arriving there, have no idea why I made the trip, only to leave and, half way back, remember what I was trying to accomplish and head back, usually interrupted by a maddening trip to the restroom. No, lists don't work as I usually misplace the list at some point (I often find them in the restroom or garage). I'm a visual person; I have to see it in front of me to know I've gotten it. Hence the following pictures. Shoes and other packing stuff. I like using the plastic bags that linens, sheets and such come in for containing like items. The Participants: Myself and my father-in-law, Roger (not to mention a ship full of others as well). We've gone on cruises together before without either of us wishing the other somehow would become shark-bait along the way. The most recent was the 29 day Amazon Explorer cruise in Nov-Dec 2016. Before that we'd done a couple of shorter cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska together. We get along quite well, mostly because he is so easy to get along with. I've been married to his oldest daughter for 40 years. She'll be staying behind working and caring for our 2 mini Schnauzers and her mother (not necessarily in that order) and trying to scare away any tropical storms eyeing Florida. It's thanks to her efforts that I get to cruise and I really and truly appreciate her. The pups aren't so happy with knowing they're being left behind and I've been getting the evil eye a lot.... Reigna swore last time (after my DW and I cruised to Hawaii in April 2018) that she'd not miss the next one.... Our cruise leaves Seattle on Monday 24 Sep and we are flying out of Orlando on Sunday morning. We'll be staying at the Marriott Waterfront near Pike's Market. I think it's the same hotel that the famous "gambee" of the well known cruisewithgambee.com blog site stayed at this summer. From Seattle we'll stop in Vancouver and then head all the way down the west coast of the new world, turn the corner at Cape Horn, skid out to the Falklands and then make our way back to the east coast of South America and wind up in Rio de Janeiro. With a bit of luck we will depart the ship in Trujillo, Peru and travel to Machu Picchu, rejoining the ship in Lima after 2 nights. We have a couple of other HAL excursions and a couple of private ones already planned too. In Manta, Ecuador Roger's brother (who has a condo and lives part-time there) will meet us and take us around for the day. The rest of the trip is mostly unplanned and we'll spontaneously decide from day to day what to do. Just as we like it. I hope to post next from Seattle on Sunday unless something spectacular happens before then or there's a question needing an answer. Please follow along and participate as you like! I do hope my efforts do justice to your expectations. :D
  20. This will be the last of the double header Fridays since this is Zaandam's last call in Juneau for the season. She is heading south to do the season in South America until returning to Fort Lauderdale in April. Zaandam will be at the AS dock from 0800-2200 and Volendam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200. There are no other ships in port. Another glorious day in Juneau (and the good weather is supposed to last for the next week!) with a 0% chance of rain, sunny skies and a high of 64F/18C and a low of 38F/3C. Sunrise is at 6:25 am and sunset at 7:20 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam on Monday.
  21. I did a little Cruise Blog on my Zaandam cruise, July 2nd - 16th. It's the 14-day itinerary which I really enjoyed. If you'd like to read my blog and see some pictures you're welcome to look at it. It's nothing fancy but I hope you enjoy, as I always enjoy other people's. http://www.suebees.wordpress.com Sue Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  22. Hey There fellow CCer's For those that have experience with the Vista cabins on Zaandam.... Which do you prefer..... Navigation or Veranda Deck What's up with that overhang near the aft on the Navigation Deck...does it impact those cabins on the Navigation deck? - How about on the Veranda Deck? Prefer Forward or Aft cabins? Favorite Stateroom category A - AA - B - BB - BC as far a balconies are concerned.... Any experience with those AFT BC's? What side of ship preferred for South America/Antarctica cruise....San Antonio to Buenos Aries - and month preferred. Many thanks in advance for your time and advice!
  23. Hello, staying in Valparaiso until November 19 then taking a taxi to San Antonio. Would love to share the ride. Cheers, Guillermo and Phyllis
  24. Greetings all! I just FINALLY finished the video series I created featuring Alaska Cruising on a budget. We sailed on the HAL Zaandam this past July and did all independent excursions with the purpose of saving money. We had a PHENOMENAL time. I would sail to Alaska on HAL again in a heartbeat--and hope to do so in summers to come. If you are interested in watching any of my ports on a budget videos, they are all here: http://www.suitcasescholar.com/category/alaska-on-a-budget/ Feel free to ask me questions about anything!
  25. I know that the lower the deck the better, so we’ve narrowed it down to decks one (Dolphin) and two (Main), and I know that the closer to the middle of the ship the better if seas get rough. But how close to the middle do we have to be before the effects of motion become more extreme? Can anyone share their experiences with Drake Shake and cabins that aren’t in the middle? FYI, we are considering Category F on Deck One. Thanks to all, Dave
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