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Hi ptcruiser

 

Not trying to promote the HAL Stateroom/Cabins web site here, BUT if you go to my main page you can see each of the HAL ships, with their back ends showing. With the back ends showing, you can get a general idea of which ships and/or their decks will have an over hang, which ships you'll be able to look down into the next deck down etc.... http://joanjett2000.topcities.com/HAL/

 

Hope this helps?

 

Joanie

 

That's a DAM great website. :D

 

We just booked our first HAL cruise on the Eurodam for November 20, 2010 and just found your site. We are very excited to try HAL.

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This was a great sticky. Even I learned a few things by reading them. I like all the Dam ships that I have been on especially the following three:

Statendam, Rotterdam, Volendam.

 

FYI I have been on all the "S" class ships, in the "R" I have been on the Rotterdam and Volendam. Hopefully I will soon be on the Zaandam. I have been on two VISTA ships so far" The Zuiderdam and the OOSTERDAM. I have been on two ships no longer in service: Nieuw Amsterdam and the old Westerdam ( Originally the Homeric.)

 

I know it has been a while since you posted the above but I am now faced with trying to choose - TODAY - between the Statendam or the Rynedam and wondered if you - or anyone else - could give me some direction. I am booking the 11 day Alaska repositioning cruise in Sept 2010, from Vancouver ending in San Diego. In the Rynedam I have Suite S016 and on the Statendam I have S024, both are on the Port side, which worried me a bit as we planned to spend a lot of time in our cabin looking at the views and I worried that Port side may not have enough. Also, heard that Port side was allowed to smoke on their verandahs which I didn't like. Any opinions out there please??? Thank you so much!

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I know it has been a while since you posted the above but I am now faced with trying to choose - TODAY - between the Statendam or the Rynedam and wondered if you - or anyone else - could give me some direction. I am booking the 11 day Alaska repositioning cruise in Sept 2010, from Vancouver ending in San Diego. In the Rynedam I have Suite S016 and on the Statendam I have S024, both are on the Port side, which worried me a bit as we planned to spend a lot of time in our cabin looking at the views and I worried that Port side may not have enough. Also, heard that Port side was allowed to smoke on their verandahs which I didn't like. Any opinions out there please??? Thank you so much!

Currently, smoking is permitted in all staterooms and on all private verandahs regardless of port vs. starboard location.

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Hi ptcruiser

 

Not trying to promote the HAL Stateroom/Cabins web site here, BUT if you go to my main page you can see each of the HAL ships, with their back ends showing. With the back ends showing, you can get a general idea of which ships and/or their decks will have an over hang, which ships you'll be able to look down into the next deck down etc.... http://joanjett2000.topcities.com/HAL/

 

Hope this helps?

 

Joanie

Hi Joanie,

HNLGAL again! Well, we finally settled on a cruise/ship mainly thanks to DBA amongst a few others.... Thanks to you too for your help on that. Now I have a quick question, we are booked in S024 which, by counting the cabins, appears to be Port side, fourth from the end of DVS cabins. I see there is that overhang above us... My question is, do you think that is a factor - or not - when we are doing an Alaska cruise? I can see that being a factor on a sun-bathing type cruise, but does it matter on an Alaskan cruise?

AND... if it does, do you know if we can still waitlist for another cabin in our category?

Also on Celebrity and Carnival they (pre)sell beverage/wine/soda packages or flights. A smattering of what they offer at a slightly discounted rate. Does HAL do that too or do we just have to order A La Carte so to speak?

Finally, is there any benefit to buying HAL's shore excursion for the White Pass Rail trip or the Juneau Tram trip? These seem to be the two trips that offer the most scenic views, which is really what we want. We cannot afford, nor do we want to traipse all over the place and I assume HAL's pricing would be costlier.

Thanks again Joanie - or anyone else who responds...

HNLGAL

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024 is about 1 or 2 cabins away from the overhang. So that should not be a problem.

HAL does have a wine card, cocktail and coffee. They were to have been phased out some time ago. So no one knows exactly when they will be gone. You save a little on the cards. I checked and they are still available on HAL's website and should you buy one -- they will have to honor it. Those cards are to be replaced by new cards -- $50 and $100 gift cards -- which can be used to buy wine, cocktails, coffees in the Exploration's Cafe -- but there is no savings -- they just deduct the price on your card. Some TA's are giving these as gifts.

We used to get the wine cards, but when I heard that HAL had changed the brand of house wines that are the only ones included in the card, we waited until we were on the ship and tried the new brand -- Coastal Vintners. To us it was bitter tasting. Thus I always suggest people try the house wines before making a decision.

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024 is about 1 or 2 cabins away from the overhang. So that should not be a problem.

 

HAL does have a wine card, cocktail and coffee. They were to have been phased out some time ago. So no one knows exactly when they will be gone. You save a little on the cards. I checked and they are still available on HAL's website and should you buy one -- they will have to honor it. Those cards are to be replaced by new cards -- $50 and $100 gift cards -- which can be used to buy wine, cocktails, coffees in the Exploration's Cafe -- but there is no savings -- they just deduct the price on your card. Some TA's are giving these as gifts.

 

We used to get the wine cards, but when I heard that HAL had changed the brand of house wines that are the only ones included in the card, we waited until we were on the ship and tried the new brand -- Coastal Vintners. To us it was bitter tasting. Thus I always suggest people try the house wines before making a decision.

 

So the wine cards are for only one specific wine (their brand)? I like the way Carnival does it better when they offer three flights of wines at varying prices, all of which offer some reds, some whites and a whole slew of wines! I particularly liked it because they featured some of my favourite US wines - La Crema, Kendall Jackson Reserve etc. Do they have a wine list anywhere?? Otherwise I guess I will just have to bring my own.

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Yes -- the wine card is only for the house brand of wine -- which right now is Coastal Vintners.

I used to post the wine list which was available on all the ships -- I had copied it not too long ago as we had a ton of unexpected sea days on our cruise when our Mexican ports were cancelled last year. They were still in effect through November. But not too long ago I posted the list and was informed that my list was antiquated.

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Something you might consider -- you can take as much wine and champagne on board as you wish for consumption in your cabin. There is no limit. Also there is no corkage fee for wine/champagne consumed in your cabin.

But if you want to take a bottle to the dining room or a lounge -- there is an $18 per bottle corkage fee.

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Yes -- the wine card is only for the house brand of wine -- which right now is Coastal Vintners.

 

I used to post the wine list which was available on all the ships -- I had copied it not too long ago as we had a ton of unexpected sea days on our cruise when our Mexican ports were cancelled last year. They were still in effect through November. But not too long ago I posted the list and was informed that my list was antiquated.

 

Hi KK,

If you want, I can send you the Spirit and the Wine/Champagne list. They were just sent to me by Ship Services. The Wine/Champagne list also includes the flights or Navigator packages they offer. If you send me an email I will forward them to you if you are interested. I tried to attach them to this, but it says they are too big.

HNLGAL.

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Hi HNLGAL

One thing I don't do -- e-mails.

Whenever I get that message that something is too long. I just cut and paste so much in separate posts.

I know that everyone here would be interested in the new wine/champagne lists. Also the Navigator packages keep changing every couple of years.

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Hi HNLGAL

 

One thing I don't do -- e-mails.

 

Whenever I get that message that something is too long. I just cut and paste so much in separate posts.

 

I know that everyone here would be interested in the new wine/champagne lists. Also the Navigator packages keep changing every couple of years.

 

I assume that they are the same for all ships but not sure... Per KK's request I am cutting and pasting so I hope they come out ok.

 

Bon Voyage Champagne $21.85



Bon Voyage White Wine $21.85

Bon Voyage Red Wine "

HAL Commemorative Chardonnay 33.35

HAL Commemorative Cabernet Sauvignon "

3-Bottle Wine Navigator, Navigator’s Choice 102.35

5-Bottle Wine Navigator, Navigator’s Choice 171.35

7-Bottle Wine Navigator, Navigator’s Choice 228.85

3-Bottle Wine Navigator, Admiral’s Choice 135.70

5-Bottle Wine Navigator, Admiral’s Choice 228.85

7-Bottle Wine Navigator, Admiral’s Choice 309.35

Champagne, Mumm Cordon Rouge, Brut, France 67.85

Champagne, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label 102.35

Champagne, Cuvee Dom Perignon, Brut, France 228.85

Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 51.75

Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Chardonnay 73.35

Ruffino Pinot Grigio 44.85

Blackstone Sauvignon Blanc 40.25

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 51.75

Beringer White Zinfandel 33.35

Beringer Founder’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 44.85

Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 90.85

Northstar Merlot, Walla Walla, WA 102.35

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot 42.55

Rosemount Estate Shiraz 44.85

Cline Cellars Zinfandel 40.25

Sokol Blosser Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 79.35

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 134.20

Prices are inclusive of hotel service charge and



delivery fees. Taxes and prices may vary depending on port of embarkation.

Prices are subject to change without notice. A 15% Service Charge on all

beverage items and packages with beverages is included.

 

 

Wines By The Glass

 

 

Champagne & Sparkling Wines by the Glass

 

 

Chase Limogère BRut, CA $6.00

Crisp and light, with toasty pear and

vanilla aromas and flavors

Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut, France $12.00

The bubbles are rich on the palate with fresh

fruit and caramel and an intensified finish

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, France $14.50

Reconciles two opposing factors: forcefulness

and finesse - holding them in perfect balance

 

Domaine Chandon classic brut, CA $9.50

Complex apple and pear accented by citrus

spice over notes of almond and caramel

 

 

 

White Wines by the Glass

 

 

TWIN OAKS Woodbridge White Zinfandel, CA $5.50

Ripe red apple and fresh strawberry notes

Santa Carolina Chardonnay, Chile $4.50

Tropical flavors of pineapple, melon and bananas

Alice White Chardonnay, AUS $6.00

Green apple and roasted nuts with tropical fruit

Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling WA $6.00

 

Juicy peach, ripe pear with subtle mineral notes

Rosemount Estate Chardonnay, AUS $7.00

Ripe tropical flavors folded into a creamy backdrop

Ruffino Pinot Grigio, ITALY $8.00

Very fragrant, elegant and well structured

Blackstone Sauvignon Blanc, CA $7.00

Guava, lemon grass and fresh passion fruit

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, CA $7.50

Dry and crisp with a grassy herbaceousness

Argyle Reserve Chardonnay, OR $16.00

Intense fruit characters and tropical aromas

 

 

Red Wines by the Glass

 

 

TWIN OAKS Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $6.00

Rich dark fruit, cocoa with a hint of oak

Alice White Shiraz, AUS $6.00

Deep, rich, ruby-red color with plums and berries

Robert Mondavi PRIVATE SELECTION Merlot.CA $7.50

Waves of blackberry, black plum and huckleberry

Rosemount Estate Shiraz, AUS $8.00

Ripe blackberry fruit flavors and a long rich finish

 

Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon, AUS $9.00

Attractive bouquet of red berry fruits, spice and mint

Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $7.00

Aromatic and spicy with flavors of berries and cassis

Meridian Pinot Noir, CA $7.50

Bing cherry with hints of strawberry, roses and violets

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $8.00

Bursts with cassis, black fruit and sweet brown spice

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot, WA $9.50

Briary hints of oak, mahogany with rich texture

 

 

Special Wine Offers

 

BOTTLE

Ruffino Pinot Grigio, italy $39

Very fragrant, elegant and well structured

HEDGES RED mountain THREE VINEYARDS, $69

WASHINGTON STATE

Soft fruit flavors with subtle hints of oak

 

 

Wine Packages

Interesting selection of wines assembled into unique packages for your enjoyment.

 

 

 

Our Navigator’s Choice

 

Robert Mondavi Johannisberg Riesling, California

Monkey Bay Chardonnay, New Zealand

Caliterra Chardonnay, Chile

Danzante Pinot Grigio, Italy

Blackstone Sauvignon Blanc, California

Sylvester Kiara Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Three Blind Moose Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Labouré-Roi Pinot Noir, France

Veramonte Merlot, Chile

Ravenswood Zinfandel, California

Rèmole Frescobaldi, Italy

Twin Fin Shiraz, California

choice of 3 bottles $ 89

choice of 5 bottles $149

choice of 7 bottles $199

 

Our Admiral’s Choice

Four Emus Chardonnay, Australia

Gewürztraminer Columbia Winery, Washington State

Silverado Sauvignon Blanc, California

Labouré-Roi Macon Villages, France

Franciscan Chardonnay, California

Estancia Pinot Grigio, California

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Markwest Pinot Noir, California

Capolan Merlot, California

Chianti Castiglioni Frescobaldi, Italy

Blackstone Syrah, California

Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia

choice of 3 bottles $118

choice of 5 bottles $199

choice of 7 bottles $269

 

 

Champagne & Sparkling Wines By The Bottle

 

 

CHASE LIMOGèRE BRUT, CA $22

Crisp and light, with toasty pear and

vanilla aromas and flavors

Domaine Chandon Classic Brut, CA $47

Complex apple and pear accented by citrus

spice over notes of almond and caramel

Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut, France $59

The bubbles are rich on the palate with fresh

fruit and caramel and an intensified finish

Möet & Chandon Brut Imperial, France $89

Dry and classic with a discreet finish

 

Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Brut, FR $89

Delicate, powerful and elegant cuvee

Taittinger Cuvee Prestige Rose Brut, FR $99

Delicate champagne with flavors of fresh fruit

and honey

Moet & Chandon DOM PÉRIGNON BRUT, FR $199

Comes alive in a light, playful spiral, with touches of angelica, coconut, and cinnamon

 

 

White Wines by the Bottle

 

 

Kreusch Piesporter Riesling Spätlese, Germany $25

Juicy apricots and tangerines, tapered dry finish

 

Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris, Oregon $37

Creamy lushness interacts with apple, pear and spice

 

Beringer Pinot Grigio, California $25

Juicy white peaches and citrus with a flinty-minerality

 

Ruffino Pinot Grigio, Italy $39

Very fragrant, elegant and well structured

 

Blackstone Sauvignon Blanc, California $35

Guava, lemon grass and fresh passion fruit

 

Silverado Sauvignon Blanc, CA $49

Bright, brilliant green yellow with aromas of mineral

 

Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, California $37

Dry and crisp with a grassy herbaceousness

 

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, New ZealanD $45

Ripe gooseberry, melon and exotic herbal aromas

 

Michel Redde Pouilly FumÉ, France $59

Highly expressive nose and a mouth-smacking finish

 

Hedges CMS White, WA $49

Spicy aromatics and structured mineral flavors

 

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc & Viognier, California $45

Pear and peach, touch of lychee and grapefruit

 

MarquÉs De CÁceres Rioja, Spain $29

Delicious flavors of pears and apples

 

Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling, WA $29

Juicy peach, ripe pear with subtle mineral notes

 

Robert Mondavi FumÉ Blanc, California $35

Fresh melon and pear enlivened with sweet orange

 

Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc, Chile $25

Floral notes mingled with white peaches and herbs

 

LabourÉ-Roi Pouilly FuissÉ, France $54

Collage of white fruits flavors, lively floral undertones

 

Santa Carolina Chardonnay, Chile $22

Tropical flavors of pineapple, melon and bananas

 

Alice White Chardonnay, Australia $27

Green apple and roasted nuts with tropical fruit

 

GeorgeS Duboeuf Macon-Villages, France $35

Vibrant fruits and minerals, gently touched by oak

 

Footprint Chardonnay, South Africa $29

Richly textured flavors of apples and citrus

 

MonkeyBay Chardonay, New Zealand $37

Lots of citrus, with nice under note of peach

 

Rosemount Estate Chardonnay, Australia $35

Ripe tropical flavors folded into a creamy backdrop

 

Caliterra Chardonnay, Chile $29

Tropical aroma of pineapple balanced by apple and citrus

 

Domaine Laroche Chablis, France $49

Green apple with a crisp and stony polish

 

Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet, France $89

Elegant, with hazelnuts, acacia and violets

 

Beringer Chardonnay, California $45

Tropical fruit and pineapple flavors

 

Franciscan Chardonnay, California $47

Lively and lengthy on the palate with a great body

 

Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay, California $59

Ripe peach and pear with a hint of vanilla and spice

 

Lanzerac Chardonnay, South Africa $65

Citrus overlaid with clove, butterscotch and vanilla

 

Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay, California $69

Notes of hazelnut, oak, pineapple and peach

 

Argyle Reserve Chardonnay, Oregon $69

Intense fruit characters and tropical aromas

 

Conundrum, California $39

Peach, apricot, green melon and pear

 

 

Red Wines by the Bottle

 

 

Castle Rock Cuvée Pinot Noir, California $37

Elegant and silky with black cherry, plum and spice

Meridian Pinot Noir, California $37

Bing cherry with hints of strawberry, roses and violets

Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Oregon $69

Black cherry and raspberry with mocha and oak

Laboure-roi Pommard, FR $69

Powerful scents of black currant, musk and liquorice

GeorgeS Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages, France $25

Bouncy black cherry, plush plum and spice notes

Villa Fiorita Barbera D'Asti Superiore, Italy $54

Persistent and intense, yet warm and harmonic

Antinori Santa Cristina Sangiovese, Italy $29

Intensely fruity aromas with soft and sweet tannins

Perrin Reserve Cotes-Du-Rhone, France $39

Rich and jammy fruit with peppery spice

Les Closiers Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, France $59

Complex with baked cherries and lingering spice

Marques De Caceres Rioja, Spain $29

Bouquet of ripe red fruit with a delicate depth of oak

Arboleda Carmenère, Chile $49

Dark berries with plums, dark cherries and violets

Domaine De La Serre Cailloux, FRANCE $65

Strawberry preserves, blackberry fruit and black pepper

Umkhulu akira Cabernet Pinotage, South Africa $59

Bold ripe plum, blackcurrant and blackberry

Niebaum-Coppola Claret, California $49

Succulent wild berry, plum and anise flavors

Rosemount Estate Shiraz, Australia $39

Ripe blackberry fruit flavors and a long rich finish

Marquee Shiraz, Australia $54

Rich berries with black pepper and earthy undertones

Footprint Shiraz, South Africa $29

Ripe, spicy dark fruits dominate this full flavored red

Alice White Shiraz, Australia $27

Deep, rich, ruby-red color with plums and berries

Cline Cellars Zinfandel, California $35

Intense dusty wild berry flavors and peppery tannins

Trentadue Old Patch Red, California $49

Zin blend with peppery black cherry and strawberry

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot$45

Deep cherries and raspberry characters with vanilla

Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot, California $27

Ripe strawberry and cherry flavors with a hint of spice

Robert Mondavi Merlot, California $37

Waves of blackberry, black plum and huckleberry

Hedges Red Mountain Three Vineyards, WA $69

Soft fruit flavors with subtle hints of oak

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon WA $45

Briary hints of oak, mahogany with rich texture

Twin OaksWoodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $27

Rich dark fruit, cocoa with a hint of oak

Northstar Merlot, WA $89

Charismatic and seductive, displaying cherry and fig

Spellbound Petite Sirah, CA $45

Fresh berries, mocha and coffee dance on your palate

Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $39

Bursts with cassis, black fruit and sweet brown spice

Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon,, CA $35

Aromatic and spicy with flavors of berries and cassis

Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia $42

Attractive bouquet of red berry fruits, spice and mint

Franciscan Magnificat, CA $79

Rich black cherry, plum, chocolate, cedar and spice

Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino, Italy $108

Soft and velvety with licorice, spices and cherry notes

Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon, California $79

Dark cherry, round supple fruit and silky tannins

 

 

A 15% service charge will automatically be added to your bar and beverage purchases.

 

A $15 corkage fee applies for wines that are not part of the Holland America wine selection

(I saw somewhere else that it was $18 corkage, so don't know for sure.)

 

Scotch/Whiskey

 

Seagrams 7

$ 29.90

Seagrams VO

$ 29.90

Cutty Sark

$ 32.20

Canadian Club

$ 32.20

Jim Beam

$ 34.50

Johnnie Walker Red

$ 36.80

J&B Rare

$ 36.80

Ballentine's

$ 40.25

Crown Royal

$ 42.55

Jameson Irish

$ 42.55

Dewars

$ 48.30

Jack Daniels

$ 55.20

Chivas Regal 12 yrs

$ 66.70

Johnnie Walker Black

$ 77.05

Cognac

 

Hennessy VS

$ 93.15

Remy Martin VSOP

$ 97.75

Remy Martin XO

$ 225.40

Gin

 

Beefeater

$ 32.20

Tanqueray

$ 41.40

Bombay Sapphire

$ 42.55

Liqueurs

 

Southern Comfort

$ 36.80

Kahlua

$ 36.80

Bailey's Irish Cream

$ 46.00

Sambuca - Opal Nera

$ 47.15

Tia Maria

$ 49.45

Amaretto

$ 51.75

Cointreau

$ 55.20

Drambuie

$ 58.65

Grand Marnier

$ 74.75

Vodka

 

Smirnoff

$ 27.60

Skyy Vodka

$ 28.75

Finlandia

$ 29.90

Stolichnaya

$ 29.90

Absolut

$ 32.20

Absolut Citron

$ 32.20

Tanqueray Sterling

$ 35.65

Grey Goose

$ 69.00

Chopin

$ 70.15

Belvedere

$ 70.15

Rum

 

Myers

$ 32.20

Bacardi Gold

$ 34.50

Bacardi White

$ 35.65

Sherry

 

Sherry Harvey's Medium

$ 57.50

Tio Pepe

$ 57.50

Tequila

 

Jose Cuervo Gold

$ 34.50

THESE ARE ALL LISTED AS 2009-2010 PRICES SOO....

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Thank you very much!!

You did an excellent job.

I have the Alcohol list that you can order for the cabins -- that hasn't changed.

Yes -- the corkage fee is now $18 per bottle -- that went up quite some time ago.

I looked at the prices of some of the wines we have ordered in the past -- they haven't changed.

Again-- Thank you!!

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Thank you very much!!

 

You did an excellent job.

 

I have the Alcohol list that you can order for the cabins -- that hasn't changed.

 

Yes -- the corkage fee is now $18 per bottle -- that went up quite some time ago.

 

I looked at the prices of some of the wines we have ordered in the past -- they haven't changed.

 

Again-- Thank you!!

 

So KK are you saying they have yet another alcohol list?? Would you mind forwarding to me?

Thank you!

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Hi HNLGAL

No -- I am just saying that on the new lists you provided a couple of the wines we have ordered in the past are still on the list -- and at the price we paid -- which is good for us.

We are not wine drinkers but will ocassionally a bottle on formal nights.

Thanks again for your lists.

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Hi all. Great thread!

 

I'm Platinum on Carnival, but due to my love of Half Moon Cay (just returned from my 4th cruise there), I'm thinking about HAL, since they have many more stops there.

 

This thread has helped me with the ship classes, but is there one that will do the same for me with the cabin classes?

 

I've been looking at deck plans (I like to use cruisedeckplans and their drag-and-drop function so you can see whether a particular cabin really is right over a lounge or under the galley).

 

But I have no idea about the actual cabins within a class. I'll probably be solo, so am looking for a cheap inside, but maybe not. I see the generic description of insides on Westerdam as being from 170 to 207 sq ft, but cannot tell from the deck plans which are smaller and which are larger. Some look to be square; others like typical rectangular cabins. So confusing (I'm used to Carnival cabins which have all been 185 sq feet on the ships I've sailed; from insides to OV to balcony cabins).

 

If there is no dedicated thread for cabin classes, perhaps I'll try a separate thread, or do some searching on the Cabin Selection Tips board.

 

Oh, on the Carnival board, there are several threads dedicated to particular ships, like "All Things Miracle" and "All Things Fascination." I haven't seen any similar threads for the Dam ships. Did I just miss them? That might be the best place for advice about cabins and locations on a particular ship.

 

Thanks!

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In December we were on the eurodam and had a wonderful time, the food and service were great!!!

A couple years ago we were on the Westerdam, the food and service were fair, said we would not go back on that ship.

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE SERVICE AND FOOD HAVE CHANGED, AND WOULD BE MORE COMPARABLE TO THE EURODAM. LOOKING FOR DECEMBER CRUISE, BUT EURODAM HAS SAME PLACES WE JUST WENT TO. LOOKING AT SOUTHERN, BEEN, EAST & WEST.

WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ON WESTERDAM RECENTLY AND WHO CAN COMPARE SHIPS SERVICE AND FOOD SERVICE.

 

LOVED HALF MOON CAY AND LOOKING FOR CRUISE TO STOP THERE, SOME OUT OF TAMPA DON'T

THANKS!!!!

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We had booked a guaranteed obstructed view on the Zuiderdam for our July 10th sailing to Alaska.

 

we have been assigned cabin 4103 on the upper promenade. Is it true that the windows are floor to ceiling?

 

any detail on this type of cabins would be appreaciated

 

thanks

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We had booked a guaranteed obstructed view on the Zuiderdam for our July 10th sailing to Alaska.

 

we have been assigned cabin 4103 on the upper promenade. Is it true that the windows are floor to ceiling?

 

any detail on this type of cabins would be appreaciated

 

thanks

 

Descriptions and photos here: http://joanjett2000.topcities.com/HAL/Zuiderdam/index.html

 

Joanie

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We are considering the Noordam Transatlantic Oct. 18 and are wondering if anyone who has sailed on her recently could give a short rundown on her condition at this point and any other pertinent info you may have.

Thanks

Shelly

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We are considering the Noordam Transatlantic Oct. 18 and are wondering if anyone who has sailed on her recently could give a short rundown on her condition at this point and any other pertinent info you may have.

Thanks

Shelly

 

We sailed on her in July, she is in great shape having just come out of a three week drydock. The crew was the best we have ever had. Any specific questions I would be glad to try and answer.

 

Kirk

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Great outline, I find it surprising that HAL does not have similar info on their website. They talk about the ships individually but not a comparison/contrast.

 

Kirk

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I just wish this type information was available for all the companies. It is so confusing to me as to what ship belongs to what parent company and the different sizes each one has. This information for HAL is great thank you for putting it together.

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Thanks so much for this thread! It has to be one of the most useful threads I've seen on Cruise Critic so far. DH and I considering the Zuiderdam and the

Volendam, so this thread has been really helpful in differentiating between them and learning about HAL.

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Thank you all for terrific information about HAL. We are considering cruising on Volendam, Kobe, Japan to Vancouver, Canada next year because the itinerary suits us. We have cruised on Celebrity, Princess, and NCL but never on HAL and this information will really help us make a decision.

 

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We are sailing on the Eurodam - since it is not listed your great synopsis, I am assuming it one of the two newer ones you mentioned in the Signature Class (?)

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We are sailing on the Eurodam - since it is not listed your great synopsis, I am assuming it one of the two newer ones you mentioned in the Signature Class (?)

That's correct. The Eurodam is the first of the Signature Class ships, along with it's younger sister the Nieuw Amsterdam.

Essentially, they could be viewed as "Vista.2", as the deckplan is almost the same. There's the addition of a deck of cabins near the Crow's Nest, the Tamarind Restaurant, and a few other changes from the Vista ships.

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Hi

I would love to hear all input and thoughts from those of you that have sailed in the Lanai category cabins. Were they private enough? Was there a lot of traffic outside of your doors? Do you prefer lanai cabin or verandah cabin?

Thanks for helping me make my decision!

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Lanai Stateroom phots and descriptions here: http://joanjett2000.topcities.com/HAL/Rotterdam/index.html

 

Joanie

 

Hi Joanie,

 

We just got our cabin assignment for the Veendam A219 leaving for a 16 cruise around the horn in South America. Looks to me like it is an aft cabin, wondering if you have some pictures or info on these cabins. I have never stayed in the aft always a balcony. Thanks Vicki 14

 

14 days and counting!!:D

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Is there a difference in the size of the Deluxe Verandah Ocean-view staterooms and which ones are the biggest and best view? i heard that the VC rooms were better than the VF roms on the Verandah floor -is that true?

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Very nice descriptive service. The Nieuw Amsterdam was omitted. What can you tell us about that ship?

The Nieuw Amsterdam didn't exist when this thread was started. It's essentially the same as the Eurodam; I can't remember if that existed when this thread was started.

Both ships are the Signature class, which is very similar to the Vista ships. Think of them as Vista 2.0. They have an additional deck of cabins, a quiet Retreat area (for a fee), and the Tamarind Restaurant and Silk Den lounge.

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I don't see any more new ships planned for the HAL fleet. Are they content with what they have, no plans for more growth?

 

Last summer I asked the first mate (second in command) this very question. His answer was a promp and certain NO. There are no other ships planned in the future.

Edited by jakkojakko

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This may be of some interest to Vista class fans, as we know a few Carnival lines have shared the Vista design.

 

I thought some would be interested in my interior photos of Arcadia (a Vista class)

 

http://www.pocruises.com/en-au/Community/Images/My-Image-Galleries/Images/?imageGalleryId=19610&userId=279

 

I beleive this ship was to be a HAL ship originally, it was then slated to become Queen Victoria and at the last minute was transferred to P&O as Arcadia.

 

I have never been on HAL before, but I am a cruise ship enthusiast and welcome and comments on what you think of my photography of the ship.

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Hi

I would love to hear all input and thoughts from those of you that have sailed in the Lanai category cabins. Were they private enough? Was there a lot of traffic outside of your doors? Do you prefer lanai cabin or verandah cabin?

Thanks for helping me make my decision!

 

 

Hello catkoe1,

 

We were on the Rotterdam in March on a 30 day HI and So.Pacific cruise and had a lanai cabin. The room is the size of an OV cabin with a slider door instead of a window. We had two chaises outside assigned to our cabin. I liked the veranda cabin for the drawer space but the lanai's two exit doors were very convenient. As DH takes naps, I could sit outside and read or take a walk around the promenade without disturbing him whereas with the veranda cabin if I sat on the veranda I would have to disturb DH if I wanted to leave the cabin. DH was very happy with the lanai and said he'd like to get one again.

 

I ordered a refrigerator which took up the place the stool is normally stored but was nice for storing our wine and water. The lanai view was good, wider than a veranda view. The slider is mirrored so no one can see inside during the day, at night a light on the inside will allow a view into the cabin so you'll want to close the drapes after dark. Being on the promenade wasn't too much of a privacy loss when sitting outside unless you like to sit outside sans clothes.

 

Hope this helps,

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