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An Introduction to the Ships and Classes of the HAL Fleet

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Thanks for the info in this sticky. We are considering the Zaandam for Alaska in 2007. Everyone makes HAL sound so wonderful, I think we must give it a try !!!

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Hi Grumpy!

Saw Lawrence of Antigua last week on AOS! Glad we followed your recommendation as we found his tour wonderful and his bus was just like new. He said you were just there a few weeks previous to our visit! Thanks again Steve, we loved Lawrence and his tour!

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eye yai yai!

 

put an eye in this one

 

Zuiderdam "Zey-der-dam"

 

Great information but I would disagree with this one...

 

But I can't think of an English equivalent.. it is not an "hey"

if you try to pronounce Zey it becomes Zee the Dutch word for sea

I believe it would be closer to "Z eye der dahm"

 

Arno

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Are you familiar with nicknames used for the various Holland America ships or groups of ships? Do you know which ones are referred to as the "middledams" and what the other ones are? Thanks.

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Hi- how ddid you enjoy the Ryndam last year- thinking of taking the cruise this May. Also did you take any tours- what would you recommend if you were to take the cruise again. Thanks Sally

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Thank you for this post. Having cruised first on Oosterdam a year or so ago and then on Volendam a couple of weeks ago, I am so happy to have these comparisons all in one place!!

 

We're going to book the 2008 Holiday cruise out of Auckland. Any advice or comments as to the type of cabin you'd choose? We can afford up to an A verandah. Thanks in advance.:)

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We're going to book the 2008 Holiday cruise out of Auckland. Any advice or comments as to the type of cabin you'd choose? We can afford up to an A verandah. Thanks in advance.:)

That question is better asked as it's own thread on the main HAL Board. (The matter of cabin choice (size, location) is based on personal preferences so where some will prefer a basic outside near the casino, others may like a rear facing balcony up high.)

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Here's Copper10-8's pronunciation guide from that link...

 

... the Dutch have accents and even dialects depending on what part of the country they're from so you might get a different pronounciation from someone from the province of Friesland (the far north), Amsterdam in the province of Noord Holland in the west and/or the southern provinces of Brabant and Limburg. Even the inhabitants of the three big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag (the Hague) have their own accents.

 

Prinsendam "Princen-dam" as in "Prince"

Statendam "St-ah-ten-dam" as in "say Aah"

Maasdam "Maahs-dam" as in "say Ahh"

Ryndam "Rhine-dam"

Veendam "Veyn-dam" as in "hey"

Rotterdam "Rott-ehr-dam" as in Rotweiler

Amsterdam "Ahm-ster-dam"

Volendam "Vohl-en-dam" as in "Foal"

Zaandam "Zahn-dam" as in "say Aah"

Zuiderdam "Zey-der-dam"

Oosterdam "Oasterdam" as in Toast but drop the "T"

Westerdam "West-ehr-dam"

Noordam "Nor-dam" as in More

 

Im new to cruise critic, but as someone who formally worked for Holland America I am so thrilled to see someone post a pronounciation guide for the ships. A humorous list of the mispronounciations of the names might be a future post of mine.

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This thread was started about a year ago, with much less known about the Eurodam. Can someone post some updated info about her?

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What a great thread!! First the clear and concise explanations of each class and each ship, then the helpful pictures, then the pronunciation guide (I pronounced every ship incorrectly)!!! Thanks everyone.

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This thread was started about a year ago, with much less known about the Eurodam. Can someone post some updated info about her?
It is very much like the Vistas, but with another deck forward and aft of the pool dome. The Crow's Nest/Explorations Cafe have been moved up, and cabins put in their former place on deck 10. In the aft part of the new deck level is a specialty restaurant. You can see the deck plans etc at Eurodam

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What a great way to quickly look up which ship is similar or for that matter different! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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Herb, see what you've missed while you weren't cruising the HAL board? Doug posted all this great info after I plaintively asked for an explanation of the classes of the ships. He must have received many other requests, so he put this together. I printed it out and keep it in my briefcase to peruse on the bus on the way to work and back. Also useful is Copper-10's treatise on the Captains and Hotel Managers. It's good to have you back.

 

Mrs Muir

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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. ;)

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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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Thought you all might enjoy a photo of the ms Prinsendam leaving port in Waremunde, Germany this past September.

What a wonderful ship! I love HAL, especially this ship.

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