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Alphen

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  1. Could not find it, found out there is in "R" missing in your listed website, just saying.... https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24775-holland-america-diversified-portfolio-of-itineraries-and-deployment.html will get you there.
  2. Apparently only applies to customers in North America, cannot find it for Europeans 😒
  3. Everything has returned to normal again here as well, would not have been alarmed if the standard announcement would have been on the website, indicating maintenance on the website, which is often indicated on the website.
  4. Comforting that it is not just me, but indeed most likely the magic world of HAL IT "specialists" 😉
  5. Have not seen any "maintenance" announced this time....
  6. Anybody else experienced that at this moment all of the data in your account has vanished? Bookings and history!
  7. Found some more information on a history page on the web, regarding HAL (cargo) ships https://www.arendnet.com/hal46.htm , included Dutch newspaper clipping and also a written memory (also in Dutch) of an assistant marine engineer on board, about the sinking of the ship. Text is in a picture, so not able to quickly translate, in general it appeared to have hit rocks during the night, slowly sinking afterwards, enabling everybody to evacuate the ship safely and calmly.
  8. We were lucky to visit Alberni on Maasdam in 2019, when she visited several not normally visited ports on 3 cruises out of San Francisco. The whole village seemed to be out on the streets to welcome us, such friendly people. Sad that Maasdam now left the fleet, we were planning to sail her again on one of her EXC voyages definitely!
  9. Source; https://www.verenigingdelijn.nl/index.php/vlootlijst/hal/147-schiedyk-2 Originally, the "Schiedyk" was built for the service between Java and New York. Completion took place on February 19, 1949. 1960 In April, the "Schiedijk" arrived at Wilton-Feijenoord for a renovation. There she also got a 2TEW 8 cylinder Sulzer diesel engine of 10,400 bhp. From May 25, the ship returned to service and sailed North Pacific Coast service with the "Dinteldyk", "Moerdyk" and "Diemerdyk". 1968 The "Schiedyk", Captain Arie van Dijk, hit the rocks near Vancouver during a voyage from Seattle t
  10. Came across a dramatized promotional film about the port of Rotterdam. Story is narrated in Dutch unfortunately without subtitles, but in short is a story about a reporter showing an important foreign guest all of what the port of Rotterdam is about, back in 1956. (Waterfalls around minute five are not in the Netherlands, but show the river Rhine near its start in Switzerland and which end up in Rotterdam, where all the river traffic ends up). The film has footage of the SS Ryndam II at minute 11:34 arriving and departing again at minute 17:51. It also
  11. I believe from remembering how things worked with prior acceptance of Pinnacle class ships, inspection and certification was done during acceptance of the ship on the yard in Italy. People with more knowledge of these maritime and jurisdiction rules will be more capable of answering the question, but I do not think this will be an issue.
  12. On FB in the HAL fans group, there is some info posted every now and then by a group of HAL crewmembers on Bali Indonesia, who are frequently doing community service there, as a HAL group. They are also on YouTube. Frankly, I think a lot of people can learn a lot from these volunteers, no doubt sadly without a job or income, but still doing humanitarian community service as a group. Full credits go to the poster and to the fantastic HAL crew members!
  13. As to when and how fast the ships will be sailing again, I think that getting crew on board again (hotel department), will be as much challenging as it has been to get them off, so setting sail fast is not an option! Since all of them are at sea (anchor or other wise), there will also be maintenance that cannot be done at sea that has to be done before sailing, so.....
  14. As mentioned elsewhere on the boards, Maasdam and Veendam most likely will go to a new startup; http://blueseas-*****/
  15. Sad story, not only affecting those in the Cruise industry with on board positions, but this is the case world wide across the maritime industry in general. Thousands of seafarers from all nations are unable to be relieved and are stuck on board. Judging from the stories, I think those on board most of the cruise ships can consider themselves relatively lucky, catching a ride home to their respective home countries. Those on board other ships from the world maritime fleet are not that lucky, these ships continue their normal routes continuing their business and cannot sail specifically s
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