Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community

Search the Community

Showing results for 'zuiderdam' in content posted in Holland America Line.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Try searching for:

More search options

  • Search By Author

Content Type

Cruise Critic Community

  • Categories
    • Forum Assistance
    • New Cruisers
    • Cruise Lines “A – O”
    • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
    • River Cruising
    • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
    • Member Cruise Reviews
    • Special Interest Cruising
    • Cruise Discussion Topics
    • UK Cruising
    • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
    • North American Homeports
    • Ports of Call
    • Cruise Conversations

Find results in...

Find results that contain...

Date Created

  • Start


Last Updated

  • Start


Filter by number of...


  • Start





Zip Code

Favorite Cruise Line(s)

Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

If you have a personal or hobby CRUISE or TRAVEL BLOG, include the url here:

Found 170 results

  1. 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!)
  2. Two more dam ships making what may be their final performance of the season in Port Everglades, with relatively late arrival times. Veendam is due to meet the pilot at 8:15 and proceed to pier 21. Zuiderdam is scheduled for 9:00 to spend the day at pier 26. Veendam is due to sail at 1600 and Zuiderdam 17:00. Zuiderdam is not part of the repatriation effort but Veendam will be taking crew home to the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. It's a busy day in port with Caribbean Princess already docked, Carnival Magic now arriving and Carnival Sunrise at 7:00. Caribbean is also due to leave at 1700 while the 2 Carnival ships will stay overnight. Next up is the Volendam on Wednesday. I think there is just one of the webcams running, https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ Roy
  3. It’s a double DAM ship day. Veendam leads the parade , confirmed for 08:15 and Zuiderdam is scheduled for 09:00.
  4. Third day in a row for the appearance of a dam ship in Ft. Lauderdale/Port Everglades! HAL's first and thus lead Vista-class ship Zuiderdam will be making her presence known on Monday, March 30, 2020 in order to take on fuel, water and stores, as well as coordinate a small amount of crew turnover. She is due in at 0630 hrs local and going to berth 26. Prelim departure is scheduled for 3:30 PM local! Also in port tomorrow on an unusually busy cruise ship day in these uncertain times are Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sky, yes, the same ship that suffered an engine failure off the coast of Norway one year ago, arriving at 0530 hrs local, and assigned to berth 21, RCI's Independence OTS, arriving at 0630 hrs. local and assigned berth 18, the "classically lined" Celebrity Edge from Celebrity Cruises, arriving at 0700 hrs, and going to berth 25, and finally, CCL's Carnival Sunshine, also arriving at 0700 hrs, and assigned berth 04 The webcams can be found at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com
  5. My wife and I returned last week from the Zuiderdam’s 20-night Viking Passage, an incredible adventure (Copenhagen to New York by way of Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian Maritimes). It was by no means our first cruise, but it was our first on HAL, and I want to thank the folks on this board for all the help and advice; it was great to go into something new as well-prepared as you all helped make us. We’d had our eye on this itinerary for a long time, but would not book with HAL while smoking was allowed on balconies. As soon as HAL announced that it was changing that policy, we booked this cruise. The itinerary was as amazing as we’d thought it would be; HAL will definitely be in the mix for us going forward, and we purchased future cruise deposit certificates while we were on board. :D Among the things that we particularly enjoyed about HAL were: the open bow during sailaways (weather permitting) and narration by a member of the EXC staff; the food in the Dining Room, which was quite good overall, and the excellent service we received there; the table service for beverages (water, lemonade, coffee, etc.) in the buffet, and the fact that passengers are NOT allowed to serve themselves most food there; room service, with hot food arriving hot (and, with so many early-morning excursions, we really appreciated that breakfast orders were consistently delivered at the start of the half-hour window we’d requested); a port guide in our stateroom upon embarkation, with a map of each port, points of interest, places to eat, etc. -- although we’d of course researched our ports in advance, this was a helpful addition (it was a bit disconcerting, however, that the guide showed us calling at Saint John, New Brunswick, when in fact we were scheduled to visit St. John’s, Newfoundland :eek:); the Navigator intranet site (great to have the day’s schedule on our phones!); and, the easiest disembarkation we’ve ever experienced in terms of the factors within the ship’s control. Adding to our enjoyment was that we had booked a Signature Suite on Deck 6. It was spacious and comfortable, and we really appreciated that on such a long cruise. It was also very conveniently located, and we never felt as though we had to go far for anything. I also want to say that this cruise posed many challenges for Captain Bart Vaartjes, and for the passengers as well: we missed two ports due to weather, had an extra day and a half in another, also due to weather, and missed a third port so that we could assist in the search for a person who had jumped overboard from the AIDALuna. (He was not found, and that was an incredibly sad day at sea.) I thought that Captain Vaartjes handled all of these challenges and changes well,and kept people informed about what was going on. Of course, nothing is perfect. ;) Here are some of what we felt were negatives: limited dining options (as good as dinner in the MDR was, we like a break from relatively long, “sit down” dining), including limited hours for dinner in the buffet, as well as a lack of variety in the dinner food offerings (e.g., the only “distant land” in the evening was Italy!) (we also found it off-putting that passengers were allowed in the buffet wearing bathrobes); limited entertainment -- while we enjoyed the Lincoln Center Stage musicians, they repeated their shore-side-dictated programs after a few days, and the Billboard Onboard singing pianists, as fun as they were, sang many of the same songs over and over and over; mainstage shows at 8pm and 10pm – since we had fixed dining at 8pm, this left us with only the 10pm show, much too late on such a port-intensive cruise with so many early port calls. One other discordant note: a week before our scheduled disembarkation at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, we received letters in our cabins telling us that we were being bumped to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal because of on-going repairs to a damaged pier in Manhattan (thank you, Carnival Horizon). The letter assured passengers with HAL transfers that they would be picked up in Brooklyn, but then curtly stated that those with independent arrangements (which included my wife and me) would need to “plan accordingly.” We were at sea (off the coast of Greenland, no less); the ship’s internet was glacially show (and not everyone had an internet package, anyway). I certainly don’t blame HAL for the change in cruise terminals, but I was surprised by the language of the letter and the lack of any offer of assistance to people at sea to rearrange disembarkation plans. (Fortunately,we did have an internet package and with a good bit of scrambling were able to rearrange things.) All in all, the hits definitely outweighed the misses, and we had the Great North Atlantic Adventure that we’d hoped for when we booked. :D I’d be happy to answer questions about the Viking Passage, our ports, and/or the Zuiderdam. In the posts below, I’ve included several photographs to illustrate the extraordinarily beautiful sights of the Viking Passage. Thanks for reading, Judith
  6. We were due to sail tomorrow, March 18th on Zuiderdam. Have received nothing from HAL or big box TA. Anyone else heard crickets about imminent sailing? Would like to have some assurance we have the refund options discussed here. Funny, we were receiving regular emails from a Orlando Ashford right up until Friday afternoon that sailing was on, OBC offer, they looked forward to welcoming us etc.
  7. Another early post. And speaking of early, the ships are scheduled to leave earlier than usual. Something to do with DST maybe???? Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0430-1600. She will be leaving on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Mar 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (12 Mar 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (14 Mar 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0515-1600. She will be doing a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Mar 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (11 Mar 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (12 Mar 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (14 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (14 Mar 1500-2100); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (15 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (18 Mar a0700) Also in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0400-1500, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 form 0500-1430, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0300-1500, and Adventure OTS at pier 18 from 0415-1630. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, 11 March.
  8. I was on Zuiderdam's recent cruise to the southern Caribbean and Panama Canal. It was a good trip overall. I have some observations--good, bad, and random. And if anyone has questions, I'll try to answer them. This is my second time for this itinerary on Zuiderdam and my fourth or fifth time on the ship overall. I do love the vista class! The ship looks great. The current decor is so much nicer than the old color scheme. I'm glad to see the end of that bright colored ripple pattern carpet. Everything was clean and looked well cared for. My cabin stewards were good. They managed to get in and clean while I was at breakfast and do the evening turndown while I was at dinner. I had a corner aft, and I've heard some reports that the stewards aren't as good as the ones who have a whole row of Neptune Suites, but that didn't happen on this cruise. (On K'dam, yes, but never on Zuidy) The TV is enormous. For those who want to know about connections, no they aren't within reach. I would LOVE to have hooked up my laptop to see my pictures on the big screen, but no go. The automatic nightlights were installed in a refit. There's one at the desk and also one in the dressing area. One night as I was trying to fall asleep, I stretched my foot out from under the covers and turned on the night light! One comment on my cabin. If you have a chance to pick an aft on other than deck 6, do so. I've now had a corner aft on 5, 6, 7, and 8. 6 is definitely much smaller than the others. And it has fewer closets. I recall that on 7, there were the closets in the dressing area and closets along the wall by the side of the bed. This one has only the dressing room closets. That was fine for me by myself, but two people having to get clothes out of the dressing area closets at the same time could find it difficult. 6 also has the least cover over the balcony, except maybe 4, which is largely open. I don't mean to sound whiny, it was still a NS and still had a good balcony. But there are better aft wraps if you can get them. Food is subjective, but I found the MDR food at dinner to be very good. I was at a 6 top, fixed dining, and a few times others found the beef to be tough, but my choices were fine. Prime rib was always a good choice. Beef wellington looked dry. We did make fun of the misnamed salads. A "pear and apple" salad was greens with tiny chunks of apple and pear. We had fun spearing the bits and guessing if they were pear or apple. When I read "apple salad," I'm thinking something like waldorf, not a green salad with a bit of apple garnish. Although all 6 of us were in Neptune suites, we were not given the while menu. After a few days I asked to see it, and the waiter managed to dig one up. It's the only way you can find out what the extra CO entree is. The concierges don't know. I was offered the CO menu only one other time, and nobody else at the table ever got one. I did have the CO item one night. Scallops and grits, very nice. I don't think the other people at my table were aware of CO, and the couple who were 3-star didn't know about the discount on the wine packages. I don't love the Lido, but I do like the Lido salad bar, although I undo my healthy start by adding stuff from the taco bar. We joked about it one night at dinner when we discovered that we were using the same technique for the chips--reach across the bowl and under the top layer to get "fresh chips" using the tongs, of course. I usually took my salad lunch back to my balcony to enjoy it in peace and quiet. The ship was not sailing full. The only time an elevator arrived with other passengers in it was going to dinner. Nothing ever felt crowded. The night before the Canal, the host of the Pinnacle was trolling the dining room trying to get people to book a Pinnacle lunch. He pointed out that our table had 3* and 4* Mariners and we get a discount. So I weakened and booked lunch. There were only two couples there plus me. One of the couples must be super-frequent pinnacle guests because the chef came out to talk to them about the fish at sel de mer, then another chef came out to talk to them, and then a third. Nobody came to my table or to the other couple's table to suck up. But that was OK, I was busy with my lunch. Ohhhh, that Pinnacle burger! It's everything posters here have said it is. I swear, it's half a cow, but so so so good! Fortunately, there was a salad entree at dinner so I could do dietary penance. "Brazilian grilled shrimp salad" was a lot of greens and 3 (yes THREE) less than jumbo shrimp. (see comments on salads above 🙄) Laundry was fast, and twice it came back with a little note thanking me for letting them "care for the clothes you wear." Never saw that before. The paper flood still exists. You have to go to the front desk or Neptune Lounge to get a newspaper, but you can get one. The usual ads for future cruises, spa treatments, shopping ashore, shopping on the ship, etc arrive whether you want them or not. They waste all that paper, but they don't let the stewards give the towel animals eyes. Really? A pair of 1-cm circles of paper will destroy the earth????? I got tired of sad blind towel animals, so I cut circles out of the blue strip along the side of a when and where, and I had lovely blue-eyed animals after that. The frog is my new favorite! The thermal suite was wonderful, as always. It definitely wasn't sold out. I guess it speaks to HAL's demographic, but there were quite a few of us walking in the water to soothe excursion-tired knees and hips! And for those who want to know, the price for the 11-day cruise, if you buy on board was about $250 for a single and $400 for a couple. A one-day pass was offered for $40 for the day. Entertainment was, on average, I guess I'd say average. Some good, some not. Lincoln Center were wonderful and full every performance. BBKing were good musicians but too loud for me. I listened from a hallway a bit, but that's all I could do. I didn't go to Billboard. Mainstage is thin. A lecture on the history of HAL is not my idea of evening entertainment. That's a daytime talk. Illusionist was meh, standard stuff and too much "ta da!" 50s group "Runaround Kids" (I think that was there name) were a bit too loud and tried a bit too hard and came off as frantic. DH and I used to joke about a line from Law & Order when Jack says "It was the 60s, you had to be there." And maybe that's why I didn't care for them. They were trying so hard to be 50s cool, but I just didn't buy it. Piano player was excellent. He did boogie-woogie, classic 50s rock and roll (nailed it without appearing to try too hard), movie music, jazz, even Bohemian Rhapsody. He had his own back-up group who were given solos to show off. All seriously good musicians. I didn't go to the comedian and didn't hear anything about him. And the dance group, but I'd already seen them, so I didn't go. Internet was fast when I could get on. I travel with a laptop and HAL's system hates Microsoft. Pretty funny considering their classes are all microsoft. It just would not let me log in. So if you travel with a device running Windows, go to the computers at the atrium and talk to the computer guy and hope you get someone like the guy on Zuidy. He admitted he sometimes had problems with HAL's public computers, which run windows 10. He poked at my laptop, found an alternative to "login" and when he got to a stable page, bookmarked it for me. Worked great after that. So forget HAL's instructions, go right to the guy who can help you. There was one cooking demo, part of the port-to-table program. I didn't get to that. No word on hands-on. That's the good and random. Ports and rants to follow...
  9. Does anyone know if there are indoor cycling (spin) classes on the Zuiderdam?
  10. Has anyone had a signature cabin below the pool or lido market. Is there a lot of morning noises. we generally awake about 9 am. looking for input for april cruise. Thanks
  11. Veendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (29 Feb 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (01 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0600-1700. She is heading out on an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (01 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (03 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (04 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (04 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (05 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Mar a0700) There are no other cruise ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. For the addicts: Veendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700 on Thursday, 27 February. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Rotterdam will be in Aruba on Friday 28 February from 0800-1800. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 29 February.
  12. I accepted an upgrade offer to a signature suite from a balcony on the Zuiderdam next week. The photos of the Signature Suites though...it looks like on the balcony there is a table with two chairs and also two wicker lounge chairs with foot rests, but the lounge chairs do not recline. Can anyone confirm if this is the case? The lounge chairs in a Signature Suite don't recline?? If that's the case, will they let you swap them out for ones that do recline? Thank you.
  13. We booked this cruise on the Zuiderdam from December 10th to the 20th leaving from Port Everglades . Our normal 1 hour drive to Park and Go took an extra 1/2 hour due to a couple of construction obstructions . We arrived at 11 AM and moved through the check process quickly and were seated the the upstairs area with about 200 other people . We didn't budge until about 1 PM when the boarding process began . There were long lines that moved slowly and we discovered why as we boarded . Every name had to be checked off manually on an alphabetical list instead of using our cards . We asked and were told that there would be no free lunch in the MDR . We did drop our carry on luggage at our cabin and fearing a crowd of hungry cruisers , we opted for the Dive In ( it was hard to tell if the french fry cup was half full or half empty ) . It was also the first time that we saw the pool area topless . We were in one our favorite cabins #5191 .
  14. We recently returned from a Zuiderdam cruise and were immediately happy with two new items. The first was getting our keycard and finding it was already punched to fit on a lanyard. Saved time waiting at guest services on a busy embarkation day. Our second “happy” was finding late fixed dining began at 7:45 instead of 8:00 pm. We could easily make it to the entertainment we wanted to attend. This was our fourth cruise on this ship and there were no issues, no wishing for changes, no complaining. Another great HAL experience!
  15. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (port to)from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (16 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (19 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Feb 0700-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Feb a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0615-1700. She will be doing an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (18 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Feb 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (21 Feb 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (22 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (22 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (23 Feb 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Feb a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Crown Princess at pier 19 from 0545-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, and Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730. Caribbean Princess will be overnighting in Port Everglades, arriving at pier 4 at 1800. Also, Koningsdam will be in St. Maarten from 0800-1700. Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Eurodam on Sunday, 16 February. The internet today has been anywhere between poor and non-existent all day today so I was happy to get this up!
  16. We are booked on the April 8 Panama Canal cruise and I am agonizing over whether to stay on board through Gatun Lake or take the tour to the Embera village. First question is if anyone has done that is it worth it? Next is how difficult is it to get into and out of the canoe? I am older and in pretty good shape but have poor balance so I am concerned since the tour shows it as being moderately strenuous and the Canoe would be my biggest concern. Also, we are in an aft facing cabin and plan to head forward for the canal entry. How early should we plan to be there for a good view? If anyone has other information about this cruise in general I would love to hear it. Excited!
  17. I just returned from a week cruise to the Caribbean on Zuiderdam. I enjoyed my cruise and several things about Holland America but I am not sure I will sail this line again. I loved: yummy desserts, great foods, friendly service, the large size of our inside rooms I was disappointed by: The noise in our room..the walls actually shook from the sounds of BBs night club. (our fault for not researching location more but shouldn't the rooms be a bit insulated for noise?) A strong smell of oil? cleaning materials? not sure but three different areas of the ship had fans running to dry out carpets or other spills. Lack of variety of foods and times of availability. I sailed with a girls group of five. We loved relaxing poolside or on the upper deck and chose to eat dinner later in the evenings. The Lido Dining room would close each evening around 8 and not reopen until 1030. We like to eat lunch late(and the Lido closed at 1) and then have a late dinner. We didn't want to eat in the dining room every night. We really would of liked an option besides the Dive In for late lunch. On port days, everyone boarding the ship wanted lunch one day and it was after regular lunch hours. The line for a burger at Dive In took 40 minutes..not my idea of relaxing. Two nights we missed dinner and waited until 1030 for the buffet to open and not fun to eat that late. We booked the itinerary with set times to be in port and times changed. For instance, we were suppose to be on the HMC until 4 but last tender was at 3. I know times can change but we hated how the port days were shortened, I've not experienced that on other lines. Lack of entertainment on sea days as compared to a port day. Movies were shown on the mainstage on port days but not sea days. I know you can watch movies on TV anytime but it would of been fun to see one on the big screen. The boat rocked ALOT, I've cruised small ships before and not experienced as much movement. The Lido pool was dangerous to swim in several times and I was surprised it wasn't closed, especially after watching a child hit his head while dodging waves. Of course we made the best of everything and had a great adventure. Not sure if our experiences were typical or not.
  18. I have done several cruises on the Eurodam and was recently on the Nieuw Statendam. Since I need to work, internet is important. What I had on the NS in December was great. Can anyone tell me if HAL has the unlimited internet fleet wide, like the NS? I can't be on a ship for 11 days without it. Thank you in advance!
  19. My adult daughter(age32) and myself are taking a week cruise to relax and enjoy some time together. We want to use the T pool and spa area. I looked for prebooking and its 219 a week for a couple or 139 individual. Are people sharing a booking considered a couple? Just wondered if we can book the couple rate. Do we have to prebook? will the price be the same onboard? Thanks
  20. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 19 (Starboard to) from 0400-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10 Feb 1000-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (11 Feb 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (12 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (14 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Feb a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (09 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (11 Feb 0800-1700); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (12 Feb 0800-1700); Key West, Florida (14 Feb 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (15 Feb a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0445-1600, Independence OTS at pier 29 from 0030-1630, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0515-1600, and Oasis OTS at pier 18 from 0100-1430 (headed to Miami). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Eurodam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/. Next up: Nieuw Statendam on Saturday, 9 February.
  21. Good day all. Can anyone tell me if the pool on the Zuiderdam is heated ? We will be cruising on her in late September on the Canada / New England route.
  22. Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (04 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (05 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (06 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Feb a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam was supposed to be going on a 7-day Tropical Caribbean cruise but due to her azipod problems she will be heading to Freeport to fix the issue. She will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0515-1200. Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Oosterdam will be in Aruba from 0800-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam on Sunday, 2 February.
  23. I am looking at a 12-night cruise out of Rome on Zuiderdam this Summer and I wanted to get your thoughts on that ship. I've only ever been on K-Dam and NA. I enjoyed both. They both felt modern and updated while some of the pics of Zuiderdam look outdated (small TVs, older fixtures, etc.). Has it been to drydock recently? What does it have (or lack) compared to the other ships? Your opinions are appreciated. I did search "Zuiderdam" before posting and the only thing the CC search pulled up for me was roll calls.
  24. The Zuiderdam will dry dock in early December. Does anyone know what is planned? We will be on the first cruise after the dry dock. Just wondering what to expect.
  25. Question #1 - Is there a place on HAL website where I can see what cabins are already booked? Question #2 -After booking and paying in full for my cruise at the VF guarantee level, is it possible to contact HAL and request a particular cabin, albeit paying whatever the up charge would be? Question #3 - We are traveling with my wife's sister and have been linked since we both booked. However, they booked a Neptune suite while we booked a VF guarantee. I know we will not that close to them, but is there any chance we will be as close to them as possible knowing of course that we will be limited to a verandah stateroom?
  • Create New...