An Introduction to the Ships and Classes of the HAL Fleet

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Extremely Rural DEEP SOUTH
2,401 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
We had a huge AFT balcony on the Carnival Conquest a couple of years ago.

I have found that I'm not fond of those MEGA ships. I'm much happier with 1200-1600 fellow passengers.

I'd love to book another AFT cabin, but it appears as though I'm out of luck if I want to stick with R or S class in the future?

I've got my eye on the Zaandam (?) RT San Diego to Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary next December.

Any "special" suggestions for cabins not AFT? Thanks.
Commerce, TX, USA
14,553 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
Since no one else has posted, I'll offer up some advice:

If memory serves me correctly, you prefer the A/AA/B/BB category verandah cabins (which are excellent cabins). On an R-class vessel, like the Zaandam, the "best" of these cabins would be those amidships on the Verandah Deck ... AA6170 - AA6184 on the port side and AA6165 - AA6179 on the starboard side. Being close to the midship's stairs and elevators, this location is fantastic because the Lido is just 2 decks up, while the Upper Promenade Deck and many of the ship's lounges are just one deck down.

If you really like being aft or having access to aft views, you might want to note that there are two lovely aft decks (on both the Navigation and Verandah decks) that anyone can use but which most people don't know about. Also, the aft corner AA cabins (on the Navigation Deck) and the B Cabins (on the Verandah Deck) are hc cabins but DO have large corner verandahs.
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Days on HAL - 588
Nothing Currently Booked
City of Angels, CA
28,430 Posts
Joined May 2005

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Total days onboard:
Holland America Line: 1,548

Royal Caribbean International: 83
Princess Cruise Line: 31
Cunard Line: 15
Carnival Cruise Line: 10
Flagstaff, Arizona
885 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
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1976 - Pacific Princess - Mexican Riviera
1977 - Pacific Princess - Alaska
1977 - Island Princess - Working Cruise (Mexico)
1978 - Pacific Princess - Panama Canal
2000 Rotterdam - Baltic Treasures
2005 Westerdam - Gems of the Baltic
2006 Zaandam - Alaska Inside Passage
2007 Ryndam - Sea of Cortez
2008 Rotterdam - Black Sea and Egypt
2010 Zaandam - Circle Hawaii
2012 Volendam - Sydney to Vancouver
2013 Emerald Princess - Baltic Gems
2014 Nieuw Amsterdam - Mediterranean Empires
294 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by Orcrone
This thread was started about a year ago, with much less known about the Eurodam. Can someone post some updated info about her?

I see that you have sailed on both HAL and Carnival. Do you have a preference? Can you outline some of the pros/cons? We recently sailed Princess and I found that we prefer Carnival for various reasons (cabin size, entertainment options, bathrobes!). Thanks for any info.

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Carnival Splendor: Caribbean, 6/2014
Norwegian Dawn: Bermuda, 6/2013
Carnival Breeze: S. Caribbean, 02/2013
Carnival Legend: S. Caribbean; 2/12:
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Carnival Destiny: Caribbean, 06/2010:
Carnival Spirit: Mexican Riviera: 01/09:
Crown Princess: S. Caribbean; 03/08:
Carnival Fascination: Nassau; 06/06:
Carnival Pride: Mexican Riviera; 02/06:
Carnival Victory: W. Caribbean; 01/05:
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Imperial Majesty: Nassau; 11/01
Warwick, R.I. , USA
38,245 Posts
Joined Mar 2001
Hello, Mary. I see that you're new here. So, you may not have noticed that this thread was started years ago, and has recently been brought forward.

Orcrone hasn't been around much and is not likely to see your post. He was a delightful poster when he was active here, and did contribute a lot. Please don't think he's ignoring you if he doesn't reply.
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