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  1. We’ve been on the Zuiderdam before and after the refurbishment. Last time we had a signature suite. Completely modernized cabin and bathroom. See Halfacts.com for cabin pictures. Carpets throughout the ship were renewed. Northern Lights nightclub and sportsbar were replaced by Gallery Bar and new piano bar called Billboard on board.Crow’s nest redone as well . Ship looked A-ok to me !
  2. Ok, thanks this clarifies things for me. The penalties and cancellations terms are the same as in the US.
  3. Can anybody tell me what is meant by " the eligible amounts paid " in HAL's CPP ? Does that mean if I cancel say before final payment and have paid 50% , that they refund 80% of that 50% ? I find it a bit confusing . Must be a language thing.... their translation in Dutch is equally confusing 🤔 Thanks !
  4. The beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam (2) , built in Rotterdam at Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij. She was sadly scrapped in 1973 in Kaoshiung , Taiwan. My father sailed on her for many years . I consider myself lucky to have been on that ship many times. The ship was built with lot of support of the central government in order to provide jobs when the economy was just slowly recovering in the early to mid 1930’s.
  5. The Nieuw Amsterdam 3 was built in St. Nazaire in France in the early 1980's . Newport News Shipbuilding was used as a maintenance shipyard. The fleet HAL had during the late 70's and 80's was dry-docked there when on the east coast. On the west coast they used Northwest Marine and Ironworks in Portland and in the Far East Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore.
  6. We've been on the Zaandam in april 2019. Well kept ship, we enjoyed her a lot.
  7. I know there is a topic on the medaillon levels and I don't want to go into the discussion wether it's silly or nice, I just want to know the levels. I got the bronze one at 100 days, how many days for silver etc. ? Thanks.
  8. When I was on the Rotterdam last june with my two sons , we had a NS and thus breakfast in the PG. Sheer heaven ! After the first day the Maitre d’ started to get espresso as soon as he saw us coming . Igor, one of the waiters was outstanding . When I came back in august with my wife we had a Vista so no starting the day in the PG but everytime we walked by the PG and either the Maitre d’ or Igor had a moment they would take the time for a chat. They even remembered what my sons ordered everyday. Oh and eventhough the menu is the same as in the MDR, the presentation is different and served much faster.
  9. Maybe it was posted before, but before you buy the SBP isn’t wise to see what you are buying. In other words what drinks are covered. The barmenu is easily found online using your search engine. We’ve had a SBP with the booking a few times and my favorite Pinot Grigio was not covered by it, so I got to try a different one. We wouldn’t normally buy the package as we are not big drinkers, but getting it as a freebee is nice. After all , you’re on holiday , so relax and don’t get so worked up about everything. Agewise we are at the lower rungs of the HAL clientele ladder , but we do enjoy meeting elderly people , with or without canes or strollers , and enjoy picking up some life lessons along the way.
  10. Let's just hope " Seattle" reads this post as well.... I would also suggest writing directly to HAL with concerns, the questionnaire after the cruise seems to serve only statistical purposes. If Mr. Ashford is receiving s(t)acks of (e)mail everyday with lots of concerns from passengers , he would at least know that a lot of people are not too happy with the direction he is taking. Maybe a cc. or copy Mr. Arnold of CCL would help too 😉
  11. A question, if you cancel before final payment, is the deposit paid at booking returned ? So far all 18 bookings with HAL were a "go" , but right now I'm looking at one in 2020 which we would like to do but we're not sure about the vacation schedule at work yet. But the perks on this booking are rather attractive.....
  12. Was the plane player by any chance, Hyperion Knight ? He was on our team on a Norway cruise in 2016. Especially having him on the team with Music Trivia was not exactly fair to the other teams 😉
  13. I didn't go thru the whole post , but Holland Amerika Lijn was founded in Rotterdam on april 18 1873 ( Not 1853) as Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij ( NASM). From 1896 onwards Holland Amerika Lijn was added to the name because non-Dutch speakers had a hard time pronouncing the original name. The original colors were green-white-green( being the colors of Rotterdam) in horizontal bands with the name NASM in black letters on the white. And more on topic , we love Trivia ! On our Zaandam cruise last april the evening trivia was done by the Ass.CD who did a great job of getting questions together. He used Trivial Pursuit question sets, newspapers , encyclopedias etc. to get his 15 questions. Others use the " Seattle" set , with some wrong answers in it, but i found most are willing to listen to arguments if something is really wrong. But after all, it's just a game !!
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