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About ScottishMaid

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    Southern California
  • Interests
    Seeing new parts of the world and learning about them, nature, outdoors, hiking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America

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  1. Mystery Island ? Fiji or Vanuatu? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. We were there in 2017 on the Volendam. I recognized it from the type and color of the small boats
  3. Sihanouk I’ll Cambodia Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. When the ships were with Holland America the upper level dining had fixed seating at about 5:45 and 8 pm and the lower level had open dining 5:30 till 9 pm. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. US citizens are not allowed by the US government to travel to Cuba. Thus no Americans could board or disembark at Havana. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. We were shown Captain Phillips just before we entered the pirate area off Somalia. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. If your booking is being transferred to these ships consider that they have far more cabins. With the current configuration each ship has room for around 1350 passengers. I wonder if they will sail partly full or if there will be cheaper fares available. I have been on a 72 day cruise on the Amsterdam with only 1000 passengers and there was so much space. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. The Amsterdam and Rotterdam are accustomed to switching between the light expensive fuel if required, as in Alaska, and the cheap thick crude when out in the ocean. No Holland America ships could sail into Bordeaux after they sold the Prinsendam, about 30,000 tonnes. A and R are about 64000. Their draft is about 23 feet as I remember. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. The Amsterdam visited Antarctica earlier this year and Alaska last summer. Both places require light fuel. She also has azipods so can turn more easily in tight spots. The Rotterdam has been in Norway. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. I think the azipods are to give easier docking. I never get a cabin at the back of a ship so not sure about vibration. Maybe when docking? Both ships have some lanai cabins, which have a sliding door opening on to the walk around deck and each of these cabins have 2 dedicated deck chairs, at least on HAL. The cabins have a smaller sofa and no drawers due to the door.
  11. Thank you to those of you who answered my question about crew. On Holland America the room stewards and wait staff are Indonesian and the bar and wine waiters Filipino. Increasingly there are more women and Thais. The officers are Dutch with a few British. So it sounds similar. We have sailed over 150 nights on both the Amsterdam and Rotterdam on long distance cruises to some amazing places so hoping Fred Olsen will assign good itineraries. I am happy to answer questions. The Amsterdam has azipods but the Rotterdam does not. We like the low down wrap around deck where 3 circuits equals one mile and there were deck chairs in the shade under the lifeboats with no music no pressure to buy. Perfect for reading or naps or watching the people walking. One reason for HAL to sell since non revenue generating space but much beloved by many passengers. We also like the high up Crows Nest forward facing lounge for amazing views and the forward facing gym below it. We liked the inside cabins midship on decks 2 and 3 (counting upwards) as they are very spacious, quiet, stable in rough weather and in good locations. However it is scary now to get an inside cabin after seeing people quarantined. There are relatively few balcony cabins, another reason for HAL to sell. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. I am British, living in California, and have travelled for many days worldwide on both the Amsterdam and Rotterdam so I am very interested in trying a Fred Olsen Cruise. I did go on a 4 night cruise on the Black Prince where the Norwegian Captain was very friendly. What is the nationality of the crew, that is the room stewards and the waiters?
  13. Look at Fred Olsen’s 2022 itineraries. They are worldwide and include some interesting ports not used by HAL. The Fred Olsen Cruise Critic board has lots of excited posters due to the new acquisitions. I went on a 4 day cruise out of Edinburgh in 2004. The ship was 38 years old !! but the Norwegian Captain was very friendly. I am British living in the US so I can enjoyed either food or retired folks. HAL has sold 4 of the S and R class and we do not like larger ships for long trips so after 700 plus nights they may have lost us. With an open mind I have signed up to get Fred Olsen offers. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. Volendam since it says 1999. The lower prom deck rails and ceiling were immaculate when we last sailed in 2017. The Amsterdam has much more rust showing by comparison. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. Did you get a refund to your credit card or bank or an FCC ? I canceled the GA on March 18 and asked for a refund. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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