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Zuiderdam Live May 6-17 B2B Coastal and Inside Passage

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We are at the Wyndham San Diego watching Zuiderdam dock right now.

For some reason they are using the South Pier (with the tent). We noticed that an NCL ship was there on Monday also- they must be working on the main terminal.

I'm a little disappointed in a way as our room is at the end of the South tower looking directly across to the north dock with the "jetbridge". Oh well, we now get to look a the entire ship.

Hoping that the Noro on board is under control and our delays won't be too long this morning. We plan on walking across to check our large bags around 11 and will see what we are told.

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We are at the Wyndham San Diego watching Zuiderdam dock right now.

For some reason they are using the South Pier (with the tent). We noticed that an NCL ship was there on Monday also- they must be working on the main terminal.

I'm a little disappointed in a way as our room is at the end of the South tower looking directly across to the north dock with the "jetbridge". Oh well, we now get to look a the entire ship.

Hoping that the Noro on board is under control and our delays won't be too long this morning. We plan on walking across to check our large bags around 11 and will see what we are told.

 

Looking forward to your live report. Do let us know how you make out this morning with embarkation.

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We're hoping they let us walk our large luggage over and check it early.

Also, hoping they will let us check in at normal time and we can go for a walk until boarding.

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Embarkation is scheduled for 2 pm.

 

David

 

Hmmm... email we got from HAL yesterday said approximately 1 pm. I wonder if they sent out emails with staggered times to avoid overload.

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I too am looking forward to your Live Report....:o I was doing one for the same 11 day cruise that past two years so wish I was on board for a third year. Enjoy!! I really liked combining that 4 day with the 7 day for Alaska :)

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Very much looking forward to your report. Let's hope that this delay before boarding gets all the bad stuff out of the way now, and that it's smooth sailing from this afternoon on!

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A tip for anyone staying at the Wyndam across from the terminal. the rooms are lovely however, do not get a room with an adjoining door. Ever. The doors are thin.

 

The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

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The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

 

Now that's funny! Hope you managed to get some rest, though.

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A tip for anyone staying at the Wyndam across from the terminal. the rooms are lovely however, do not get a room with an adjoining door. Ever. The doors are thin.

 

The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

 

Thanks for the laugh! Did it quiet down after that, though?

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>SNIP<

 

The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

 

Hilarious :D Thanks for the laugh!

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A tip for anyone staying at the Wyndam across from the terminal. the rooms are lovely however, do not get a room with an adjoining door. Ever. The doors are thin.

 

The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

Thanks for the morning laugh. Enjoy your cruise guys:):D:)

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Thanks for the laugh! Did it quiet down after that, though?

 

It quieted down after they got a call. Was out in the hall this morning talking to our house sitter and a woman came out of the door next to ours. She looked at me and kind of did the "walk of shame" to the elevator :D

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It quieted down after they got a call. Was out in the hall this morning talking to our house sitter and a woman came out of the door next to ours. She looked at me and kind of did the "walk of shame" to the elevator :D

 

Oh, that's too funny!

 

I hope you enjoy your cruise!

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It appears that the tent on the dock is used for the ships at the south side. This could be interesting with delayed embarkation- the tent isn't that large and appears to be very "basic" with a sani-can next to it. Not looking forward to being crammed into it for any amount of time. We need to be out of our room and don't want to be walking around town with all of our carry on. The main lobby is under construction and the front desk is in a conference room so not a lot of storage space. Also our room is closer to the pier than the lobby.

 

Has anyone used this side of the terminal? I can't believe with all of the ships HAL brings in here they would allow this- we are the only ship in port. There is a big terminal next to the North dock and a brand new terminal 1/2 a block down at Broadway. Anyone know if they use the terminal for check in or is everything in the "tent"?

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A tip for anyone staying at the Wyndam across from the terminal. the rooms are lovely however, do not get a room with an adjoining door. Ever. The doors are thin.

 

The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

 

too funny. I can tell this is going to be a great live thread!

 

Passengers have been disembarking since about 8:30- Immigration must have cleared.

 

That's good news. There were over 1300 passengers that were non-American as I understood it from a cc member on board. Sounds like your embarkation may be ok. Fingers crossed:)

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too funny. I can tell this is going to be a great live thread!

 

 

 

That's good news. There were over 1300 passengers that were non-American as I understood it from a cc member on board. Sounds like your embarkation may be ok. Fingers crossed:)

 

Looks like all of the in-transit passengers going off now.

Big crane loading big wood crates onto the sun deck above Crows Nest

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Really looking forward to your reviews. I'll be on her Aug. 30.-

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Looking forward to reading your live review until about 6:00 am Thursday. Hope you'll be able to board with enough time to walk around the area a bit. When I lived in San Digo, That was always my favorite area to walk around. Please--do not bring Zuiderdam Noro to Vancouver!!!!

 

Lisa, That was fun last year and hope to be sailing again with you and Tom next year!

 

Diane

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It could be that the port is getting started on summer projects in the main terminals. Not much cruise ship traffic from now until late September in San Diego.

 

I'll be out on the tip of Naval Base Point Loma (just past the submarines) that allows one to stand very close the passing ship. Less than a ship's length away.

 

igraf

 

Travel tip: Ask about post-checkout luggage storage when selecting a pre-cruise hotel. As you are now aware, this is a critical hotel feature. HAL did not begin embarkation until close to 2pm on our recent Veendam cruise out of San Diego. What a shame to have to sit in the terminal for hours when one could be touring our fine city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It appears that the tent on the dock is used for the ships at the south side. This could be interesting with delayed embarkation- the tent isn't that large and appears to be very "basic" with a sani-can next to it. Not looking forward to being crammed into it for any amount of time. We need to be out of our room and don't want to be walking around town with all of our carry on. The main lobby is under construction and the front desk is in a conference room so not a lot of storage space. Also our room is closer to the pier than the lobby.

 

Has anyone used this side of the terminal? I can't believe with all of the ships HAL brings in here they would allow this- we are the only ship in port. There is a big terminal next to the North dock and a brand new terminal 1/2 a block down at Broadway. Anyone know if they use the terminal for check in or is everything in the "tent"?

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A tip for anyone staying at the Wyndam across from the terminal. the rooms are lovely however, do not get a room with an adjoining door. Ever. The doors are thin.

 

The neighbors were, well.... frisky and boisterous. All night. It sounded like a remake of The Exorcist. I called the desk at 3:30am and told them if I heard "Oh God" screamed one more time I was going to start yelling "The power of Christ compels you".

 

 

Too funny!!

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We boarded at noon-yay!

 

So far can't find Pinnacle manager, hydro pool is out of order, and Neptune is closed.

Statwin-we'll be up there when it opens I amam in white and blue collared shirt-loren in blue tee

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Looks like all of the in-transit passengers going off now.

Big crane loading big wood crates onto the sun deck above Crows Nest

 

During my lunchtime walk. Haven't been on her yet, but have been on the Oesterdam twice and the Statendam and Ryndam once each. Thinking about Eastern Caribbean on the New Amsterdam in March.

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We boarded at noon-yay!

 

So far can't find Pinnacle manager, hydro pool is out of order, and Neptune is closed.

Statwin-we'll be up there when it opens I amam in white and blue collared shirt-loren in blue tee

 

Frank, Is "Uncle Sam" the PG Manager? He was on the Zuiderdam last year and our PG manager on three of our last five cruises. He lives in Vancouver.

 

He told us last May he would be on the Noordam in January, but was assigned to a different ship. We have a gift for him.

 

Thanks,

 

Ken

 

Picture below:

 

 

 

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Frank, YAY that you were able to board at noon. Looking forward to hearing how the Neptune is, as well as everything else. I am also hoping Sam is the PG manager. Ken and Sue always raved about him and now I know why.

 

Diane

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Sam was the PG Manager on the Amsterdam beginning in December 2014 but left the ship about halfway through the World Cruise as reported by Bill and MaryAnn on their blog.

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Sam was the PG Manager on the Amsterdam beginning in December 2014 but left the ship about halfway through the World Cruise as reported by Bill and MaryAnn on their blog.

 

And, one wonders why?

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Will find out if it is Sam.

Neptune opens at 3. 5190 is GREAT!!!

 

Amazed it was closed when you boarded but I guess it had something to do with the deep cleaning maybe?

 

Hope you found startwin and hope to meet you both some day.

 

Have a great cruise and here's hoping the Noro disappears quickly.

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Amazed it <Neptune Lounge> was closed when you boarded but I guess it had something to do with the deep cleaning maybe?

FYI - On our Zuiderdam cruise in Feb/March, the NL was not open when we boarded the ship. (Actually, the doors were open, but no hosts were in there.) I thought it was because we were the first to board. By the time we came back from Safety Drill all was as usual in there.

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NL opened at 3 pm and is fully stocked- no self service during code orange.

 

Hydropool is still closed due to Noro- they said they can't sell us a package for Collecters- they had no idea what Collectors is (we got the same letter Ken got last year offering us a PG dinner and discount on packages in the spa :)

 

So far haven't been able to find the PG Manager to discuss our reservation and table request. One of the servers has been at the podium and didn't know how to look at our future reservations. We are in there now 9 out of 11 nights and want to make sure we get one of our favorite tables.

 

No discount on Internet packages until at least Vancouver. Library person said no discount on Coastals- tried to explain we were on a B2B but she looked at us like we were crazy.

 

Ship is in GREAT shape- steward is great. LOVED the Dine In.

 

Suite party tonight in Crows Nest. More to follow.

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The ship was on the south side due to having to use the crane. There is no room on the north side to boom anything onboard. General boarding began slightly after noon instead of 2 pm. There were 15 buses available for either airport transfers, city tours, hotel transfers or shopping shuttles. The problem remains that the street in front of the pier is reduced to one lane in each direction due to construction. For more than 2 years the immediate vacinity of the pier has been doing some upgrading. NOW, the parking lot across the street has begun to morph into a hotel/residence. So 2 more years of construction lie ahead.

David

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