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  1. Just checking position of the Koningsdam on Marine Traffic it shows that she is just North of Venezuela doing 19.6 Kn and her destination as Cristobal , Panama ? Does anybody know if she going through the Panama Canal maybe through the New locks ? It was starnge that she went half way down Brazil was at anchor for a few days and than turned around . @Copper10-8 do you have any idea or info on that ?
  2. The Keukenhof Gardens have also been closed for the rest of this year as are a lot of other things . But they have set up a "virtual vist " where you can admire all of the tulips , daffodils and hyacinths on line . That might bring a ray of sunshine in your life !
  3. Today April 6th we should be boarding the Rotterdam in Ft Lauderdale ( I know she is waiting for us there now ! ) and go across the Atlantic Ocean to Rotterdam in the Netherlands . We had a lot of great tours lined up for this cruise . Once we hit the Azores we would be meeting Rui a wonderful person and our guide for the fourth time , we than would be going to Cobh , Ireland where our guide Denis would be waiting for us to go together with our friends Ann and Pat to see some historical places and look up some family history to where Patrick grew up . After Cobh and after visiting another Irish and an English port I was really looking forward to go on land in Le Havre , France and visit Monet's gardens and museum after which we would tour Richard the Lionhearts Chateau and Joan of Arc's city of Rouen . After Le Havre it would have been very nice to revisit the gorgeous town of Brugge again and than enter the North Sea to steam up to Rotterdam . After disembarkation we would walk past the New York Hotel the former headquarters of Holland - Amerika and board the SS Rotterdam where we would stay for a night and make a tour on this gorgeous ship with a lot of history. This has been on my bucketlist for a long ,long time ever since I was a teenager and witnessed "our " queen Juliana in 1958 bless the SS Rotterdam and send her into the New Waterway between Rotterdam and Hook of Holland where she was built.............................. So yes this was to be another cruise where we were really looking forward to and besides the sights the nice days at sea meet up again with good friends and a fantastic crew on the Rotterdam she still is the "Flagship " of the fleet . Last and not least we were looking forward to hear the fantastic presentations that Captain Albert gives who was scheduled to be with us to go to his and my native land......................................... I will think about this for the next three weeks !!! Tony
  4. Right now it showed Zaandam at 21.2 and Rotterdam at 21.8 Kts. !!!!
  5. Thank you Hank for this . For instance for the 240 odd Canadians on board the Zaandam and Rotterdam after first being tested for signs they could be bussed to the airport right away where a couple of charter flichts set up by HAL could be at the ready and they can be taken to Toronto and Calgary and we can and will take care of them to get home and looked after from there . The same could be done for other nationals and also for Americans. From the numbers we have received over 90 % of the people on board these ships they have been in their cabins for 14 days or even longer. Don't leave all of these people on board ship isolated in there cabins any longer than necessary . Hope I did not overly simplefy this ?! Where there is a will there is a way ! Tony
  6. Thank you very much for this picture @Boatdrill I was really looking at those "Doors " of the locks last night . Great to see them up close !
  7. Good night all , and Best Wishes to all passengers and crew on board the Zaandam and Rotterdam !
  8. I know but as a former " Dutch " Civil Engineer , Roads , bridges , waterways and locks , I had to see the new locks of the Panama Canal
  9. If you are interested of what is happening on the ships and what is happening with most of the crew who is still on board have a look at Captain Albert's blog on the HAL website who is on the Rotterdam still in Puerto Vallarta . He has written now for a couple of days when the ship has been without any guests which is very interesting Remember the crew is under contract for a certain number of months and are being paid their basic wages .
  10. The company itself mentioned in a message on FB that the Zaandam is going to San Antonio for a service call , take on fuel and other provisions and that the Seattle headquarters and the ship are working with several governments and embassies on options of where to disembark the guests. To be continued it kind of feels like when we were on the Westerdam last month .
  11. I heard , second hand , that the Zaandam is not allowed to disembark in Punta Arenas and is now on her way to San Antonio
  12. @chengkp75 Like many others on CC I always enjoy reading all of your posts , we appreciate you sharing your vast knowledge of the technical details and all aspects that are connected with cruising and life at sea in general . Love to meet you one day on one of our future cruises ! THANK YOU ! Tony , sailingdutchy
  13. When we were on the Westerdam in Jan / Feb , Yes ! on the what the BBC called the "Pariah Ship " when we were half way the first portion of our cruise they cancelled the second portion because no country wanted us . After we finally made land in Cambodia a few days testing and logistics and after a long flight we saw when we arrived home that we already had received the refunds on our credit card and also a 100 % FCC for half of our first leg and a 50 % FCC for the cancelled second leg . There were no phone calls necessary to Holland America ! Just a little patience ! Besides the 3 cruises mentioned by HAL I do not believe that on top of a Refund you will get a 100% FCC , I am hoping for 50 % . ( BTW this is the first time in my life that the Credit card company owes me money and maybe for 2 or 3 months in a row , wonder how much interest they will be paying me ??? )
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