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AUGUST 2016 update: HAL charters, groups and dry docks

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DRY DOCKS AND CHARTERS

 

Eurodam : 04 February 2017 - 11 February 2017 : Caribbean : Olivia charter

Eurodam : 11 February 2017 - 18 February 2017 : Caribbean: Gertrude Byrne Promotions Irish charter

 

Koningsdam : 22 January 2017 - 29 January 2017 : East. Caribbean : Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise charter

Koningsdam : 05 February 2017 - 12 February 2017 : West. Caribbean : RSVP charter

 

N. Amsterdam : 30 October 2016 - 06 November 2016 : Malt Shop Memories charter

N. Amsterdam : 05 November 2017 - 18 November 2017 : dry dock : Freeport, Bahamas

 

Oosterdam : 28 August 2016 - 04 September 2016 : Mediterranean : Gertrude Byrne Promotions Irish charter

Oosterdam : 27 January 2017 - 03 February 2017 : Country Music charter

 

Rotterdam : 26 October 2017 - 03 November 2017 : drydock : Freeport, Bahamas

 

Westerdam : 29 October 2016 : Atlantis charter

Westerdam: 04 March 2017 - 11 March 2017 : Mexico: JOCO Charter

Westerdam: 14 April 2017 - 26 April 2017 : Dry dock : Palermo, Sicily

Westerdam : 09 May 2017 - 16 May 2017 : E. Med. : Dave Koz & friends at sea charter

Westerdam : 16 May 2017 - 23 May 2017 : E. Med. : Dav Koz & friends at sea charter

 

Zaandam : 25 September 2016 - 02 October 2016 : Pacific Coastal : Olivia Charter

 

Zuiderdam : 23 October 2017 - 04 November 2017 : dry dock : Freeport, Bahamas

 

GROUPS ONBOARD

 

Amsterdam : 04 January 2017 - 26 April 2017 : Grand World Voyage, all segments : 55, 56 and entire 111 days : Road Scholars

Amsterdam : 16 July 2017 - 23 July 2017 : Alaska : Christian group WAY-FM, Inspiration cruises

Amsterdam : 06 August 2017 - 13 August 2017 : Alaska : Gaither Homecoming, Inspiration cruises group

 

Eurodam : 15 September 2016 - 27 September 2016 : Mediterannean : Road Scholars

Eurodam : 28 October 2016 - 04 November 2016 : Mediterranean : Continuing Education Oral Dermatology & Pathology (26-50 pax)

Eurodam : 21 January 2017 - 28 January 2017 : Caribbean : Jimmy Sturr Polka in Paradise cruise group

Eurodam : 28 January 2017 - 04 February 2017 : E. Caribbean : 7th annual sporthorse cruise group (25 -30 estimated size) AND Hungry Girl, Life Journeys group

Eurodam : 18 February 2017 - 25 February 2017 : Caribbean : Jane Seymour : Open Hearts, Open Minds, Life Journeys group

Eurodam : 04 March 2017 - 11 March 2017 : Caribbean : NW Anesthesia seminar group

Eurodam: 11 March 2017 - 18 March 2017 : E. Caribbean : Inspiration cruises: Sandi Patty & friends

Eurodam: 06 May 2017 - 13 May 2017 : Alaska : Colored Pencils Workshop cruise group

Eurodam : 27 May 2017 - 03 June 2017 : Alaska : Chumley's Bear cruises group

Eurodam : 17 June 2017 - 24 June 2017 : Alaska : NW Anesthesia seminar group

Eurodam : 08 July 2017 - 15 July 2017 : Alaska : Calvary Albuquerque, Inspirations cruises group

Eurodam : 12 August 2017 -19 August 2017 : Alaska : NW Anesthesia seminar group AND LIFESHAPE Inspiration cruises group

Eurodam : 19 August 2017 - 26 August 2017 : Alaska : Quilt Seminar at Sea group

Eurodam : 09 September 2017 - 16 September 2017 : Alaska : Christian cruise w/Jim Franklin, Inspiration cruises group

 

Koningsdam : 18 September 2016 - 30 September 2016 : 12 day Iberian Discovery : NW Anesthesia seminar

Koningsdam : 08 January 2017 - 15 January 2017 : Caribbean : wellness group

Koningsdam : 15 January 2017 - 22 January 2017 : Caribbean : Mercy Me Inspiration group

Koningsdam : 22 March 2017 - 02 April 2017 : Southern Caribbean : NW Anesthesia seminar group

Koningsdam : 25 June 2017 - 03 July 2017 : Viking Sagas : kosher cruise group

Koningsdam : 09 July 2017 - 23 July 2017 : Midnight Sun : knitting group

 

N. Amsterdam : 23 October 2016 - 30 October 2016 : Caribbean : Storytellers Inspiration group AND Hialeah High School Cruising the 50's again, alumni, family & friends

N. Amsterdam : 06 November 2016 -13 November 2016 : Caribbean : Master Chef sailing

N. Amsterdam : 13 November 2016 - 20 November 2016 : Caribbean : National Review post-election cruise group

N. Amsterdam : 20 November 2016 - 27 November 2016 : Caribbean : the Rebel cruise, political/activist group http://www.therebelcruise.ca

N. Amsterdam : 04 December 2016 - 11 December 2016 : Caribbean : The Weekly Standard group ( political-conservative )

N. Amsterdam : 08 February 2017 - 19 February 2017 : 11 day S. Caribbean : Quilt Seminar at Sea group

N. Amsterdam : 19 February 2017 - 26 February 2017 : Caribbean : Fresh Grounded Faith Inspiration group

N. Amsterdam : 26 February 2017 - 05 March 2017 : Gospel Music Celebration group

N. Amsterdam : 12 March 2017 - 19 March 2017 : Caribbean : Country Living: Life Journeys group

N. Amsterdam : 15 July 2017 - 22 July 2017 : Turning point ministries/Inspiration cruises

 

Noordam : 25 October 2016 - 09 November 2016 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholars

Noordam : 07 December 2016 - 21 December 2016 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholars

Noordam : 01 February 2017 - 15 February 2017 : Australia/NZ : Road Scholars

Noordam : 14 March 2017 - 26 March 2017 : Australia/NZ : Jazzdagen Tours group *** note about group http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...5&postcount=17

Noordam : 26 March 2017 - 08 April 2017 : Australia/NZ : knitting group

Noordam : 21 May 2017 -28 May 2017 : Alaska : food & wine group

 

Oosterdam: 09 December 2016 - 16 December 2016 : W. Caribbean : "the Nation" liberal political magazine group

 

Prinsendam :19 November 2016 - 18 December 2016 : Amazon Explorer : Road Scholars

Prinsendam : 06 July 2016 - 20 July 2016 : Irish/Scottish explorer : Road Scholars

Prinsendam : 06 October 2016 - 20 October 2016 : Black Sea explorer : Road Scholars

 

Rotterdam : 17 September 2016 - 24 September 2016 : Canada/NE : Road Scholars

Rotterdam : 01 October 2016 - 08 October 2016 : Canada/NE : Road Scholars

 

Veendam : 08 October 2016 - 21 October 2016: 13 day Atlantic coast : Road Scholars

Veendam : 07 October 2017 - 20 October 2017 : Canada/NE : knitting group

 

Volendam : 03 August 2016 - 10 August 2016 : Alaska : Christian fellowship group

 

Westerdam : 20 August 2016 - 27 August 2016 : Alaska : NW Anesthesia seminar

Westerdam : 18 October 2016 - 29 October 2016 : Pacific Coast : Scientific American Travel - Bright Horizons group

Westerdam : 12 November 2016 - 19 November 2016 : Mexican Riviera : Gospel Music Celebration group

Westerdam : 03 December 2016 - 10 December 2016 : Mexico : card players group

Westerdam : 31 December 2016 - 07 January 2017 : Mexican Riviera: Jazzdegan group *** note about group http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...5&postcount=17

Westerdam : 14 February 2017 - 04 March 2017 : Hawaii : knitting group

 

Zaandam : 04 September 2016 - 11 September 2016 : Alaska : Road Scholars

Zaandam : 10 January 2017 - 31 January 2017 : SA/Antarctica : knitting group

 

Zuiderdam : 21 August 2016 - 07 September 2016 : Viking Passage : card players group

Zuiderdam : 07 October 2016 - 19 October 2016 : Canada/NE : knitting group AND Christian fellowship group

Zuiderdam : 30 October 2016 - 09 November 2016 : Panama Canal : Vegan Cruise Planners group ( approx 125 registered as of May 2016, only taking max 200; will have their own vegan meals prepared, and also vegan "foodie" demos for their group)

Zuiderdam : 30 November 2016 - 11 December 2016 : Panama Canal sunfarer: Road Scholars

Zuiderdam : 15 February 2017 - 25 February 2017 : Panama Canal sunfarer : NW Anesthesia group AND Credit Union Conference group

Zuiderdam : 09 April 2017 - 19 April 2017 : Panama Canal : Continuing Education, Cardiology issues (26-50 pax)

Zuiderdam : 16 July 2017 - 30 July 2017 : Northern Isles/Iceland : NW Anesthesia seminar group

Zuiderdam : 30 July 2017 - 11 August 2017 : British Isles/Norway : Bright Horizons, Insight Cruises group AND KNITTING GROUP

Zuiderdam : 11 August 2017 - 23 August 2017 : Baltic : kosher cruise group

 

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If anyone has any further information, please post it here and I will update.

 

Carol

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We are going on the Maasdam this winter but it looks like no groups ever on this ship. We are lucky.

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What a job you do! Thanks a lot. Having it all in one place is nice. Even the new add-ons are posted here.

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Carol... thank you so much for all you do to keep this information up to date.

 

Do you have any idea how many people the "knitting group" might be since I see they are now on our October Veendam cruise?

 

Leon

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Carol I want to add my appreciation for all you do.

 

I see that there will be a "Wellness" group on the first half of my Koningsdam cruise and "Inspirations" group on the second half. I already know that group is huge. :(

 

Any idea how large the "Wellness" groups are?

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Carol... thank you so much for all you do to keep this information up to date.

 

Do you have any idea how many people the "knitting group" might be since I see they are now on our October Veendam cruise?

 

Leon

 

If the knitting group is similar to a quilting group, it should be no more than 50 - 60 people, probably less. I'd be surprised if you knew they were there.

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If the knitting group is similar to a quilting group, it should be no more than 50 - 60 people, probably less. I'd be surprised if you knew they were there.

 

Thank you very much... That's about what I expected...

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Carol I want to add my appreciation for all you do.

 

I see that there will be a "Wellness" group on the first half of my Koningsdam cruise and "Inspirations" group on the second half. I already know that group is huge. :(

 

Any idea how large the "Wellness" groups are?

 

There will be about 200 people in the Hungry Girl group. No more than 300 - as I was told when I emailed them!

 

Hope this helps.

 

Carol

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Carol... thank you so much for all you do to keep this information up to date.

 

Do you have any idea how many people the "knitting group" might be since I see they are now on our October Veendam cruise?

 

Leon

 

Alberta Quilter has already answered your post, however, from past experience on sailings, this group has not been large. They do NOT take over public venues and have scheduled "do's" in public places which interefere with daily ship activity, If they have a seminar/talk/knitting bee - it is usually in one of the conference rooms, which they specifically book out with HAL . You might see clusters of them up by the Lido/pool area or similar seating areas, but they usually splinter off to be with acquaintances, etc.

 

Nice group of people, socializing and keeping their hands busy! I always like to look at what they are working on, as I used to be an avid knitter. If I still was, some of the yarn shops on these cruises would be amazing to visit.

 

Carol

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There will be about 200 people in the Hungry Girl group. No more than 300 - as I was told when I emailed them!

 

Hope this helps.

 

Carol

 

Thank you, it helps a lot!

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For the 2018 GWV on Amsterdam (4 January 2018- 28 April 2018) there will be a group of knitters from Craft Cruises.

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Any idea how many will be in the Jane Seymour Open Hearts group sailing Eurodam February 18?

 

I went to the website, and emailed the contact...

 

Response:

 

The theater has a maximum limit of about 875. That would be the max for the group, however we expect slightly less.

 

If you have any other specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Adam Savage

adam@lifejourneys.net

Life Journeys

949-537-7200 ext. 202

 

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Carol

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I went to the website, and emailed the contact...

 

Response:

 

The theater has a maximum limit of about 875. That would be the max for the group, however we expect slightly less.

 

If you have any other specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Adam Savage

adam@lifejourneys.net

Life Journeys

949-537-7200 ext. 202

 

FURTHER UPDATE, reply to my email -

 

that is just the maximum size that the group could be. We expect 300 or less and are currently at about 100.

 

Hope this update helps!

 

Carol

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FURTHER UPDATE, reply to my email -

 

that is just the maximum size that the group could be. We expect 300 or less and are currently at about 100.

 

Hope this update helps!

 

Carol

Thank you so much!! That is certainly manageable and shouldn't affect too much.

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Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this endeavor. Anyone with an Inspirations Group on their cruise, might want to read earlier posts on this topic.

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We are on the Nieuw Amsterdam from Sept 30, 2017 through Oct 21 for a reposition/Panama Canal cruise, starting in Vancouver and ending in FLL on Oct 21. There is a 7 day cruise scheduled from Oct 28 to Nov 4, and then the NA goes into drydock in Nassau from Nov 5 through Nov 18. But I don't see a cruise scheduled from Oct 21 to Oct 28. Our concern is what's happening in that week from Oct 21 to 28, 2017. The last thing we want is to be on a ship that is preparing for a 2 week drydock refurb. Usually HAL boards prep crews that start ripping the ship apart during the prior weeks.

Does anyone know what the NA is doing from Oct 21 to 28, 2017, nothing is on HAL's schedule, and nothing like a charter is shown on CC ?

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Usually HAL boards prep crews that start ripping the ship apart during the prior weeks.

I've been on two final cruises before drydocks with major renovations to the ships. Those included ripping out the aft pool area, removing interior walls in public rooms to open up the areas, and converting outside cabins to lanais.

Yes, workers were brought aboard to start preliminary work, but they were unseen in the public areas (unless you spotted their steel-toed boots at lunch), and only worked behind the scenes. There was not one thing done to the passenger area of the ship until that last late afternoon/evening when the shops packed up all their good, the elevators were padded for protection, and a few signs started coming down off the walls.

 

If you do end up on a final cruise before the start of a drydock, there's nothing to worry about in advance, if my history is a predictor.

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Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this endeavor. Anyone with an Inspirations Group on their cruise, might want to read earlier posts on this topic.
Can you please explain what and who the Inspirations Group is. I can't find much info on them. A 14 day cruise we would like to book has them on for 1 week.

Thank you.

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