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  1. Thank you @HELENPSL for you good wishes . Best wishes also to Angelo and you ! Tony
  2. Thank you very much for your good wishes Jacqui @kazu, and all others ! We are looking forward to boarding the Westerdam (first time for us ) who is in dry dock at the moment getting all ready for us . Also a belated Happy , Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and Jose and hopefully some good cruising in 2020 ! Martha and Tony
  3. We will be getting on board when she gets out of dry dock in Singapore on Jan 16th so we can see what is new besides carpets and fresh paint .After all of our cruises with HAL this will be our first time on the Westerdam and she will be taking us after 44 days to Shanghai , looking forward to it ! Tony
  4. 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 .
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 .
  8. 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
  9. 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 !
  10. 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
  11. 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 !
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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