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  1. We did the 11 night Caribbean Sunfarer on the Zuiderdam in late October to early November 2018. This was the partial Panama Canal trip. Unless all the children were in Club HAL all day I don't think I saw more than 4 children the entire time. This cruise appeared to have a much older crowd than usual.
  2. We are doing our first TA this August from Copenhagen to Boston and are on the starboard side. I don't think it really matters as we may be able to see the coast of Norway but could be on the "wrong" side traveling around Iceland. It probably balances out and there are plenty of places to catch good views that can't be seen from your balcony.
  3. I think you will enjoy the cabin and the oversized balcony.
  4. Look here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/116-northern-europe-amp-baltic-sea/
  5. Thanks for the info about private tours. We will have to look at them for our group of 4. I don't think we really wanted strike out on our own and secure our own visas.
  6. If you don't do a HAL excursion in St Petersburg do you need to get a Visa to explore on your own?
  7. I just read your earlier post about trying to stay midship and 4156 or 4185 may have motion issues.
  8. Take a look at 4156, the balcony is huge. https://halfacts.com/pinnacle-class/4156-nieuw-statendam/
  9. Pictures of 7131 are in this CC thread: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2723115-nieuw-statendam-category-v-bump-out-stateroom/
  10. How many sleeper sofa's and Murphy beds were in that cabin??????🤣
  11. We were in cabin 7116 on the N. Statendam last October for a Mediterranean cruise and loved the over sized balcony on the bumpout. I preferred having the extra balcony space over the larger interior space but smaller balcony that cabins 7131/7134 afford. Additionally 7116 and 7107 are mostly shielded from the wind as the ship is underway. In fact, we enjoyed cabin 7116 so much that we booked it again for our Baltic cruise in August 2021 and our friends have booked cabin 7107. Here are pictures of cabin 7116: https://halfacts.com/pinnacle-class/7116-nieuw-statendam/ There are pictures of cabin 7131 in this thread: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2723115-nieuw-statendam-category-v-bump-out-stateroom/
  12. I have to look for them later today when I go to Costco. Thanks.
  13. The Veendam does not have the capability for outdoor or poolside movies, there is no outdoor screen. There is a very small indoor theater that show movies. The staterooms are also not equipped with wall mounted flat screen tv's with an on demand type movie system. The Veendam offers a DVD player in your cabin and large library of DVDs to borrow from.
  14. There was one hot tub by the Lido pool that was out of service and covered with a net and one by the Aft Retreat as well. I didn't ask anyone why they were down as I wasn't using them. Additionally, the entertainment was standard HAL fare. Comedian one night, ventriloquist another night and production show with very talented singers and dancers on two nights. On the final night the comedian and ventriloquist had a split bill show. All entertaining but I am not expecting much from a HAL cruise in the entertainment department. Premium internet plan was pretty good except for the last sea day when it didn't work most of the day. We had "free" internet so I didn't ask about any partial refund for the day.
  15. Cruised January 15 to 22, 2020. Veendam had a great, friendly crew as usual with HAL. Ship was very clean, service in MDR was very good, porterhouse steak in the Pinnacle was excellent. Service and portions in the Canaletto was very good as well. Finally had the HAL version of Beef Wellington in the MDR on the second Gala Night which was also excellent. This is the first HAL ship that had the electronic type Bingo tablet which seemed to run the cost up significantly. We didn't use the pool or hot tubs but a few hot tubs were not in service for the entire cruise. Embarkation in Ft Lauderdale went smoothly as we arrived around 11:30 and were allowed to board within 15 minutes. We skipped the MDR for lunch but did attend the Mariner get to together the first day. The Mariner lunch, later in the cruise, was done nicely as well. Self disembarkation was a breeze at 7:20 am after a quick breakfast in the Lido. Have a great cruise.
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