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  1. I have decided to do a live blog from the Zuiderdam for the 2109 Voyage of the Vikings. I am aware that sansterre has started a live blog of the cruise as well, and I initially had thought to post on that one. But, as I was preparing to post about the first day or so, I discovered that the files I had compiled were numerous, and I did not want to clobber sansterre’s blogs with a very large number of my postings. So, I am doing another blog, as a complementary one to sansterre’s. We no doubt have different writing styles and different interests, and probably will do different things ashore. I used to do live blogs for years, but recently shifted to after-cruise reviews, primarily because of the difficulty and time needed to upload images to photoshop and then import to CC. But, I learned that the new iteration of CC allows me to upload and post directly (once I finally figured out how). So, I will try a live blog again. I found on three previous Viking Passage cruises that the internet connectivity was surprisingly good throughout the cruise, and hope for the same this time. I will catch up if I fall behind at some point. This is a bucket list cruise for us – we have been working our way through our list since I retired in 2016. We, like a lot of us onboard now, originally booked the Rotterdam cruises round-trip Boston that included Greenland and Iceland, but nothing in Europe. When Prinsendam was sold and HAL rearranged the cruise schedules, we were offered a cabin on the Zuiderdam for the VoV, and we leapt at the chance. Here is a map of our itinerary: We, like a lot of us onboard, originally booked the Rotterdam cruises round-trip Boston that included Greenland and Iceland, but nothing in Europe. When Prinsendam was sold and HAL rearranged the cruise schedules, we were offered a cabin on the Zuiderdam for the VoV, and leapt at the chance. More later, Dave
  2. In the Pinnacle Suite on the Zuiderdam, is there an electrical outlet beside the bed? I know there are many outlets throughout the suite, but I am mostly interested in one by the bed. Thanks.
  3. Our 37 day cruise begins next Tuesday, July 30th in Boston! I'll be posting updates and a few photos, mostly of ports. I'm encouraging other Roll Call members to also post interesting information about the ship, as well as cruise and port highlights. You are all welcome to come along with us! And please post any questions or comments you might have.
  4. We have an inside cabin on deck 7 aft booked for an upcoming Zuiderdam cruise. Due to price changes, it may be possible to "upgrade" to an obstructed OV on deck 4 at no additional fare. Outside of the obvious lifeboat view and some daylight, are there any advantages or disadvantages to the OV? Some questions that I am pondering. 1. Obstructed OVs are mid ship. Inside is toward the aft. We don't usually feel movement in aft cabins, but we do avoid forward cabins for movement and noise. 2. Cabin layout. It looks like the cabins are the same square footage, but the layouts may be different. The IS looks like a more "square" layout while the OV has the longer hallway entry. We have never sailed with the "square" layout. Opinions on the layout difference are much appreciated. 3. The OV is above a public deck. Has anyone had noise issues? Thanks
  5. We are booking the Zuiderdam 10-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer in a SS Signature Suite for October. Usually Celebrity cruisers but this cruise worked for us. Most of the other lines offer free gratuities, free drinks, internet etc, but we're only getting $150PP SBC as we don't need air. What suite goodies does HAL give?
  6. Last sailed Zuiderdam 2010. Doing 10 day next month. What are those really good tips from those that know her inside and out. Last time we had 3 lovely ladies at the table that knew the MDR staff very well. Every night the chef sent us something special, and most prepared table side. How about the after dinner scene, we like craps in the casino, or lively bar scenes. And is there anything similar to the Solarium pools on Celebrity?
  7. Just got back from Copenhagen to Boston VOV cruise! Did not miss one port and weather was beautiful! Did have a few misty days but never any hard rain! Ship was old but nice! Crew was great! Food was sometimes good and sometimes bad!
  8. We left MIA on Monday , May, 27th flying on a British Air 747-400 for our first transatlantic flight on BA . A train runs out from beneath the lounge to the gate . We were flying Business Class on the upper deck which seats only 20 passengers It has an unusual seating arrangement where one rides forward and the next seat backward facing each other . My seat facing my wife's seat and my foot rest Seat instructions
  9. Hello we booked aft cabin 6162 on Zuiderdam. Any feedback and photos would be greatly appreciated hoping it is nice. Thank you 😊
  10. I was surprised there is not already a roll call for this cruise. Please let me know if I overlooked ir.
  11. Does anyone have a recent plan of the dining room on Zuiderdam? Thanks.
  12. I will be in a Neptune Suite on the Zuiderdam in a couple of months. Are there electrical outlets next to each side of the bed? I am familiar with the location of the other outlets in the Neptunes, but I was not sure if the Zuiderdam was outfitted with the bedside outlets during the last dry dock. Thank you!
  13. I guess my title said it all! Does anyone know which dock the Zuiderdam will be using on October 17? Thank you!
  14. Does anyone have a clue to this mystery? First, last week the disembarkation port of the 8/19-9/07 CPH-NYC was changed from NYC to Boston. Then, all Zuiderdam cruises--including the above and after, up until her October 7 Quebec CIty-FLL--disappeared.... Charters? Soft-furnishing upgrades? ⁉️ "Curiouser & curiouser...." Thanks, Mary-Lou 😎
  15. I just booked the June 20, 2020 European Splendor Cruise on Zuiderdam. This will be our 25th anniversary cruise and after cruising on a few different cruise lines, I am looking forward to getting back on board a HAL Ship!
  16. 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.
  17. Just trying to connect with any nice folks who are doing the cruise out of Quebec City on Sept. 15 to Sept. 27th. Iam getting excited and hoping for lots of fun and good experiences. How much Canadian money should I take for the days on the shore excursions??? Iam thinking I won't need a huge amount of money but would love your opinion. Any words of advice or wisdom on the "Do's and Don'ts" will be appreciated.
  18. Hi Everyone! I was hoping to see a list of the wines on the packages that are offered on HAL's Zuiderdam. I am interested in the 4 bottle packages, and there are three different types. I'd love to see the wines offered on all the lists. Does anyone have this information? I did a search on this forum and did not see anything. Thank you!
  19. I just saw the post about flowers and it got me to thinking that our daughter will turn 11 whilst on our transatlantic cruise - apparently there are few kids on these crossings - 5 last year I think. How else to people celebrate birthdays on-board? Anything special you would recommend either on-board or in Ålesund, Norway? We eat out a lot as a family - is there somewhere special on the Zuiderdam to eat out for dinner? Or would the MDR be better with our usual waiters? Hit me with your best suggestions 🙂
  20. Would love link to photo of a Verandah cabin on the Zuiderdam (or its twins) set up at night for 4 people. Know about Halfacts but am on ship with limited bandwidth for searches. thanks!
  21. I noticed the VB cabins at deck 10 Observation deck are not fully booked up as the rest of the veranda cabins (VA and VB are all gone in deck 4 and 5). Are these cabins less desirable? Only thing I noticed is that they are sandwiched between Explorations cafe and Sliding Dome Cover. Thanks in advance!
  22. Hi! I'm getting around to booking another Holland America cruise. I'm looking at the 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer aboard the Zuiderdam. ALL of the aft-corner SB Neptune suites are currently available. Which would you pick? Thanks!
  23. Does anyone have the name and email addrress of the Ships Services Director of the Zuiderdam? Thanks!
  24. We will be sailing October 9, 2019. I read some posts that there is no longer singing and dancing shows on board. Is this accurate on the Zuiderdam? What do they have at night?
  25. My first visit to this beautiful Norwegian fjord town. Wonderful walking trails from the dock. I highly approve! These pics were all taken with in walking distance of the pier. There are three marked walking trails, one of which goes along a river connecting a lake to the fjord.
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