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sailingdutchy

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    Ontario , Canada
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    Travel, gardening , art.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland-America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. You will need for sure the Chinese visa because you are in China many more hours than the 144 allowed , going to Shanghai for at least 2 days than back to Shanghai after a while , Tianjin and Dalian . In my opinion this is not difficult at all .
  2. As you can see on my picture I have orange and more than one , it has to do with my heritage . BTW if you do not have anything orange to wear , they also sell some on board ship that evening . Also besides the delicious cream puffs they also come around with "oliebollen " ( deepfried old fashioned doughnuts crisp on the outside and sweet and soft inside sprinkled with powdersugar ) which is usually a Dutch New Years treat . Plus there are a few other treats they come around with . The Orange Party I believe has taken the place of the Black and White Ball where the guests could ask the officers to a dance . I have not seen that happen for the last 3 or 4 cruises . This is a fun evening where usually guests and also some of the crew lets loose , and YES they do sell drinks ! Here a couple of pictures to give you an idea ( Sorry I can't make them any smaller ) Tony
  3. We were on the Koningsdam twice over the last 4 months and things went very smooth , it has a great crew everything went on time and specially the captain we had last month Captain Werner Timmers was awesome . There was a lot of interaction with the captain he was seen all over the ship and during the crossing he had a feature everyday with questions for the captain . You must have had a problem on your cruise because there is nothing but adoration for the crew on the cruises of the Koningsdam when we were on her for four times now . It was only on the very first Premier cruise that there was a little disorganization which was very understandable because she is the first ship in this class that the crew had to work on . The only thing we do not like about the Koningsdam is the Main Dining Room , much too noisy , the loss of a nice HAL promenade deck and the sound levels of the music on the Music Row . This is just my opinion Tony
  4. Thank you for showing @boze9999 , other pieces pre built for this ship are also on their way to Venice . The Bow section for instance is being pulled by tug boats from Palermo to Venice . We have already placed a deposit on the Ryndam Premier cruise for sometime in the spring of 2021 ( May ??) with a possible itinerary of going from Rome to Amsterdam booked on board the Koningsdam . Noting is official yet but I was told bookings will be opening up soon on line . Tony .
  5. Hi Jacqui , thank you for doing this , a fun post to see friends going here and there . We will be on the Westerdam from Jan 6 until Feb 29 , 2020 from Singapore to Shanghai its a B2B . We have also booked the Rotterdam a 16 day cruise from Ft Lauderdale to Rotterdam for April 6 2020 Azores and Normandy Expedition ( to the "old " country ) And for next fall the Oosterdam from Seattle to Auckland a B2B departing Sept 27 and disembarking Nov 7th , 2020 Tony
  6. This special is only on for a few more days so take advantage of it . I had a great deal and than Jacqui and some others followed up also and saved some major bucks . Not very often you get a cruised priced with our Canadian dollar at par with the American . That only happened a few years ago when our dollar was worth more and I bought a few of them !
  7. Great to hear you lucked out also Jacqui ! Yes I also double checked that the deposit which was larger than usual is not Non Refundable and she also said no you are fine until at least June of next year . I am very happy it helped you ! Cheers !!! Tony
  8. On the Home Page from HAL where they usually feature 3 specials there is this ; From a few days ago the difference on the cruise I was watching it was about $2900 CDN ! M said Book it Danno !
  9. We have some great memories of the four times we sailed with Captain Chris Turner on 4 different ships , the Zaandam , Prinsendam , Zuiderdam and the Volendam and we really enjoyed being twice at the Captain's Table in his company which was a wonderful experience . Martha and I wish him a long and wonderful retirement , we will be missing him on our future cruises . Tony
  10. If you are looking for some good prices for a very limited time (until Oct 16 only) there are some cruises being offered as if the Canadian Dollar was at par with the USD so at US price. I just booked a 40 day cruise to Auckland for 2020 and saved a bundle . Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians ! Tony
  11. Thank you very much for this Jacqui @kazu we are looking forward to this cruise with our good friends Ann and Pat ( VictOriann) and look forward to meet Diana and Bill who we will also be touring with and there are quite a few other loyal CC'ers on this cruise. Martha and I would like to wish you and Jose a wonderful Thanksgiving ! BTW we will again be doing our Tapas Tour in Malaga , great memories with the two of you there . Tony
  12. How many Sea Days do you have ? For 10 days I would think 2 Gala Nights .
  13. Thank you all for your reply , we were just in August on the Koningsdam and we had no trouble whatsoever to embark around 11.20 when we came from Rome , it was one of the fastest embarkations of all of our cruises with HAL. ! I had never seen this message from HAL before so I thought that this possibly is a " new rule " but with all of your replies I feel confident we will be on board again before noon . Cheers Tony
  14. Exactly that is another one of my points , hotels would like us to get out of there .
  15. Going on the Koningsdam next month some of us have received the following "Important Notification " from HAL. What are your thoughts and will this work , I am thinking of a van of 8 arriving with people in cabins on different decks or with different mariners status IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: To help facilitate a smooth start to your voyage we have implemented a progressive cruise check-in schedule. Please arrive at the check-in time listed below. If you have purchased a Holland America hotel package or airport transfer, your check-in time will be provided at your hotel or the airport. Boarding will commence shortly after check-in. All guests must be onboard 1 hour prior to sailing. 1:00 PM - Decks 7 & 10 - Schubert & Panorama Decks 1:30 PM - Decks 8 & 11 - Navigation & Sun Decks 2:00 PM - Deck 6 - Mozart Deck 2:30 PM - Deck 5 - Gershwin Deck 3:00 PM - Deck 4 - Beethoven Deck 3:30 PM - Deck 1 - Main Deck We invite our 4 & 5 Star Mariners and Pinnacle & Neptune Suite guests to arrive anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
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