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We'll be sailing on the inaugural voyage of the Nieuw Statendam beginning December 5, 2018.  I'll be doing a daily written blog which can be found at http://www.timmer2018europe2.blogspot.com.  The blog will become active in the next day or two as we fly to Rome tomorrow.  The blog won't have many pictures (generally one or two per day), although there will be lots on the other thread https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2611060-live-from-nieuw-statendam-premier-voyage-december-2018/  and I'll post a few in this thread.

 

As background, we sailed on the last voyage of the old Statendam from Seattle to Singapore and when the name of the new ship was announced we decided to sail the first voyage of the new ship.  We also were fortunate to sail on the inaugural (Christening) voyage of the Koningsdam so it will be interesting to compare the two ships.  This will also be our first voyage as 5 star Mariners.

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Looking forward to following along on your cruise.

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Sooooo happy for you!! What history with the old and now with the new! I will be also 

following along. Enjoy your flight will see you in ROME (actually through your writings!)

I appreciate you taking the time to write about your adventures 👍

Denise😊

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After an overnight flight to Frankfurt, a 3 hour layover, a 1 1/2 hour flight to Rome, a 40 minute train ride to Termini station, another hour train ride, and we are now in Civitavecchia staying at the Residence Stendhal.  Our first Italian meal was a simple pizza dinner.  Now it's time to catch up on some sleep.  Tomorrow we'll see some of the local sights.  Tonight there is a Costa ship moored at the cruise terminal.

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Days -3 and -2 have been uploaded to my blog.  

 

Below are pictures of the Nieuw Statendam berthed at Civitavecchia this afternoon and later in the dark.  The ship is on the right and berthed behind a Viking ship.

 

Today we met a number of fellow passengers and even 3 crew members at a restaurant while eating dinner.

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Wow. Now we have 3 live blogs. And 2 private blogs for this voyage. Glad the internet package won’t be based on minutes!

 

see you tomorrow on board!

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My blog is updated for day 1 onboard.  Below are a few pictures.

 

We have at least 4 dogs on board and they have their special location!

 

There's also a cool Christmas tree made of packages.

 

Our Captain, Sybe de Boer.

 

Liquor ordering button in the Lido.

 

Map of our port stops.

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THANKYOU for your pics! I think it’s great

for service dogs to have an area on the ship. With 3 blogs now it’s fun to get all the different reviews!

Hope your having a great time. Looking forward to more photos and reviews.

Denise😊

 

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I've been following the other posts as well, should have lots of interesting info on the new ship by the time you get to Ft. Lauderdale

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5 hours ago, Btimmer said:

My blog is updated for day 1 onboard.  Below are a few pictures.

 

We have at least 4 dogs on board and they have their special location!

 

There's also a cool Christmas tree made of packages.

 

Our Captain, Sybe de Boer.

 

Liquor ordering button in the Lido.

 

Map of our port stops.

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Great pics.

 

Where is the dogs' special area located?  Sports deck?

 

Have a great cruise 😄 

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Thanks for posting the photos of the service dog relief station. My hearing dog, Raylene, will be on board with me in April. Looks like the Promenade Deck.  Aft end?

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I find the button for beverage service interesting.  Are they on all tables in the Lido?  How responsive are the stewards?

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We generally don't drink alcohol so I can't vouch for the speed.  They seem to be on most every table.

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7 minutes ago, 0bnxshs said:

I find the button for beverage service interesting.  Are they on all tables in the Lido?  How responsive are the stewards?

Instead of having waiters wander through the eating area, one summons them.

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Here's a picture of the inaugural performance of the string quintet from the relocated Lincoln Center Stage.  It was formally located where the Rolling Stone Rock venue is now sited.

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Orlando Asford gave an inspiring presentation about the changes over the last 4 years at Holland America and glimpses into the major programs company wide before entertaining questions.  

 

A key complaint presented to him was why the library is so small and his answer was that fleet wide they were losing $2.5 million dollars in books per year.

 

He's a charismatic presenter and appears sincere in receiving feedback. I'll write more in my blog tonight.

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Here's some color from around the ship.  

 

The Christmas tree is in the Main Dining Room, Deck 2.

 

i live the Lido pool towel colors!

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Again, thank you for taking the time to share your pics, info and impressions. I appreciate the time you are taking to do this.

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Here's some colorful pictures of items around the Promenade deck.  Not long from now, these will lose their luster.

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3 hours ago, Btimmer said:

Orlando Asford gave an inspiring presentation about the changes over the last 4 years at Holland America and glimpses into the major programs company wide before entertaining questions.  

 

A key complaint presented to him was why the library is so small and his answer was that fleet wide they were losing $2.5 million dollars in books per year.

 

He's a charismatic presenter and appears sincere in receiving feedback. I'll write more in my blog tonight.

 

Not sure I buy or even like that official excuse about eliminating the libraries- they could control this electronically,  or work with more with passenger education, as well as working with passengers who want to leave books behind that could refill the stacks. Since many of the books are well beyond their original publication date, how did he compute this alleged $2.5 million loss?

 

Plus how much was saved by eliminating the librarian staffing.  Libraries cull books all the time as well as a tremendous volume of used books that enter the marketplace - this claim of $2.5 million "loss" just seems specious and ........ punitive.

 

What else was the big picture Ashford was offering - larger and more cumbersome and more industrial ports? Any mention about the HAL website mess or the InDepth programs on the Maasdam? Is HAL trying to compete with Celebrity and Princess, or does it recognize it has its own unique niche to enhance, exploit and expand?

 

Thanks for all your work on this on-going blog and hope you get more time with Ashford because you are certainly a well-experienced HAL cruiser with a keen finger on the pulse of operations from the long-standing passenger perspective. 

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We received more items in our Spa Room today: vitamin water and a Bluetooth Bose Speaker system.  We also put up our Christmas tree.

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Let's do some numbers with a book loss of $2.5 million per year across the fleet of 15 ships.

Let's use an average price per hardcover book of $50. (high IMO but I will use it).

Dividing $2.5 million by $50. yields 50,000 books in all HAL ship's libraries

Dividing the 50,000 books by the 15 ships gives about 3300 books per ship

 

I don't think even one of the HAL ships has 3300 books in its library.

 

I find a loss of $2.5 million in books to be unbelievable and probably impossible.

 

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My guess is that the library loss was across all the Carnival brands. Because the numbers make no sense for just HAL.

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2 hours ago, SJSULIBRARIAN said:

Let's do some numbers with a book loss of $2.5 million per year across the fleet of 15 ships.

Let's use an average price per hardcover book of $50. (high IMO but I will use it).

Dividing $2.5 million by $50. yields 50,000 books in all HAL ship's libraries

Dividing the 50,000 books by the 15 ships gives about 3300 books per ship

 

I don't think even one of the HAL ships has 3300 books in its library.

 

I find a loss of $2.5 million in books to be unbelievable and probably impossible.

 

 

I'll sell him a full library, with even current best sellers, stocking it from eBay for one fifth that price. :classic_rolleyes:

No sale, Orlando. 

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On 12/6/2018 at 6:59 AM, Btimmer said:

It's on the port side, bow end.

 

Thank you, Tim! Really appreciated your fast information, and I’ll share it with the “cruising with a service dog” thread on the Cruise Critic Disabled cruising forum.

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14 hours ago, SJSULIBRARIAN said:

Let's do some numbers with a book loss of $2.5 million per year across the fleet of 15 ships.

Let's use an average price per hardcover book of $50. (high IMO but I will use it).

Dividing $2.5 million by $50. yields 50,000 books in all HAL ship's libraries

Dividing the 50,000 books by the 15 ships gives about 3300 books per ship

 

I don't think even one of the HAL ships has 3300 books in its library.

 

I find a loss of $2.5 million in books to be unbelievable and probably impossible.

 

I agree those numbers are too high. Although they may include the staff time to needed to curate the collection in those numbers.

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Thanks for the updates! IMO I really can not imagine people walking off the ship taking a book!! Even if they did that is a lot of money losses! 

How is the staterooms? 

The pool area how is that area?

Thanks 

Denise😊

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We haven't done the cabin crawl yet so I can't comment on any other rooms.  Our inside spa room is cozy but comes with a refrigerator, Bose Bluetooth speaker unit, slippers, and free vitamin water.  The shower is large but the rest of the bathroom is also cozy.  There is no couch or chair (just a stool).  The big flatscreen is nice.

 

The pool areas are quite nice and spacious.

 

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