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  1. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Also in port are Star Legend at the FKL dock from 0700-1600, Eclipse at the AS dock from 0730-2000, and Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 1100-2100. The weather continues to improve with only a 10% chance of rain and a forecast that calls for cloudy skies in the morning and mainly sunny skies in the afternoon. High will be 70F/21C and a low of 51F/10C. Sunrise is at 3:51 am and sunset at 10:08 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam and Volendam on Friday.
  2. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1000-2200. Also in port are Silver Muse overnighting at the AJ dock and leaving at 1800, Golden Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1700, and Star Princess at the AS dock from 1230-2215. Same old same old for the weather in Juneau. 80% chance of occasional showers. The high will be 59F/15C and the low 50F/10C. Sunrise is 3:52 am and sunset at 10:04 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Thursday.
  3. We booked the Canaletto Restaurant on embarkation night from Vancouver on the Noordam. We depart Vancouver at 4:30pm and thought we would have a better view cruising up the east Vancouver Island passage in the Canaletto. Our 10 year old grandson is with us and he loves Italian food. My questions are how good has the food been recently in the Canaletto and on the Noordam will we have any scenic views from there? We booked at 5:30pm because of the 2 hour time difference from home and we are flying in that day to Vancouver, we figured our GS will be hungry early.
  4. On this 75th anniversary of D-day, Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Also in port are Eclipse at the AS dock from 0730-2000 and Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 1100-2100. The morning is going to be cloudy and there will be showers in the afternoon (30% chance). It will be a little warmer with a high of 68F/20C and a low of 48F/9C. Sunrise is at 3:56 am and sunset at 9:57 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Amsterdam and Volendam on Friday.
  5. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1000-2200. Also in port are Golden Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1700, Seven Seas Mariner at the AJ dock from 1000-2300, and Star Princess at the AS dock from 1230-2215. Wednesday is predicted to be nicer than Tuesday. There is only a 10% chance of rain with a forecast of partly cloudy. High will be 65F/18C and the low 43F/6C. Sunrise is at 4:07 am and sunset at 9:43 pm. The PTZtv webcam will be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Thursday.
  6. Hello all, We’re trying to figure out which evening to skip dinner in the main dining room and eat at one of the specialty restaurants. Is there somewhere that lists current dinner menus so we have an idea what to expect? The plan is to pick the evening in which the menu sounds least appealing and then make dinner reservations that evening. This is for the Alaska Cruise departing on 6/23. Any help is appreciated!
  7. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Also in port are Eclipse at the AS dock from 0730-2100, Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 1100-2100, and Queen Elizabeth at the FKL dock from 1400-2200. The nice weather is taking a break on Thursday. There is a 60% chance of rain with light rain in the morning and a cloudy afternoon with showers. High will only be 53F/12C and the low 44F/7C. Sunrise is at 4:17 am and sunset at 9:32 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Volendam on Friday.
  8. Westerdam (on a Gertrude Byrne Irish charter) will be at the AS dock from 0700-2100. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 1000-2200. Also in port are Eclipse at the AJ dock from 0800-2130 and Star Princess at the FKL dock from 1230-2215. The weather is going down hill as the week progresses. 60% chance of rain and the high will be 56F/13C and the low 41F/5C. Sunrise is at 4:33 am and sunset is 9:15 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: We will shift our focus from Juneau back to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. Amsterdam will return from the 2019 Grand World Voyage and will be our last FLL HAL ship until October.
  9. After extensive research, I've narrowed down a time and destination for a 2020 family vacation cruise with my two 70 something Parents. It's been a dream of my Mom's to visit NZ and want to maximize the experience, without running them ragged. I've been several times to NZ and am in love, so I know both my Parents will enjoy as well. Since they've been to Australia once before and loved it, I'll focus my decision making on NZ. We've cruised before and of course, are hooked. We most recently cruised on Oosterdam last summer on a Med cruise. Having been on the Oosterdam, I know what to expect on the Noordam. The two cruises I've narrowed down to are a 14 night Maasdam or a 15 night Noordam. My priority has been the itinerary, then price, then ship amenities. Comparing the two cruises, they're nearly identical with the Maasdam calling at Stewart Island/Halfmoon bay and Napier. The Noordam doesn't see Stewart Island or Napier, but calls at Gisborne. For this, the Maasdam gets my vote. However, the Maasdam is about a $1,000 more expensive. To get a cabin that will fit the 3 of us somewhat comfortably, I need to book a "suite" which is simply a verandah room on the Maasdam (BC). On the Noordam, it would likely be a VC cabin, or for $800 more, a verandah suite (SY). I'm not concerned about the Maasdam age, as I've read many great reviews here, but I'm a little concerned about the EXC format and it being boring. While we want to learn and be immersive, one can only listen to so many lectures. After exploring during the day, we enjoyed the pool, gym or thermal pool, then after dinner, we like to go to the show, listen to music or find some sort of evening activity. The question I suppose... is it worth the premium to sail on the Maasdam for 1 less night but the addition of two ports in particular? The other wild card is a far cheaper pricing on the Soltice, but the itinerary is somewhat less appealing. Any thoughts? Ideas? Something I may haven't considered?
  10. Took my first ever Alaskan cruise on the Noordam. We stayed on the 4th deck, no view except a life boat, but it didn't matter as we were rarely in our room. The floor, contrary to some reviews I read, was very quiet and we were pleased with the room. The food was very good (I'm near New Orleans, so I can sometimes be too judgemental on food). However, some of our traveling friends signed up for specialty dinners and all but the Italian night were disappointing. My wife and I also did the Italian night dinner and we were pleased. It was also the best deal out of all the specialty dinners. Our excursions were amazing, with all but 2 being booked through the cruise line. I highly recommend the e-bike and hike booked through the Ketchikan Kayak company (though I don't think they ever want to see us again...see the video below!) Here are some links to videos of the cruise. Be kind! I'm not a professional! (copy and paste the address/link into youtube, not the description) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLR2cZKNE2s&t=99s inside passage; rain forest (part of the e-bike and hike); whale watching; rain forest and glacier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L79oE8Rnd8I&t=35s Takshanuk Mountain by 4x4; glacier landing by helicopter (the least expensive, but unbelievable heli excursion!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTn_I0iq5PM&t=328s Glacier Bay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FhYiBxy6iI&t=171s 2 scenic train rides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvMjvl01E_E&t=330s E-bike part of the e-bike and hike. No adults were seriously harmed in the making of this film! Hope you enjoy!
  11. Noordam is in Auckland today. Do you recognise the ship sharing the wharf? It is Albatros which was originally the Royal Viking Sea.....one of the 3 Royal Viking sisters. Noordam is due to leave at 5pm and her place will be taken at 7pm by Pacific Princess who is on her world cruise and who is arriving early due to missing a call in Tonga and skirting around a cyclone.
  12. I'm looking for information on the Signature Suites on Noordam and Westerdam. Can anyone tell me if the balconies for those rooms are covered on any of the decks? Thanks!
  13. This cruise video highlight link will take you on a journey to some of the most tropical unspoilt Pacific islands both on the surface and under, plus a tour of the Noordam. Warm up and enjoy the cruise! https://youtu.be/9InwcX1SoaU
  14. We are doing an Alaska Cruise in July with our 10 year old Grandson in our SS cabin. Does the love seat make into a bed or is there a pull down murphy bed? I asked HAL customer relations and was told a pull down Murphy bed, but from looking at pictures of the Signature Suites I can not see where this bed would be located. Also we are doing a Double Denali land tour, will we have a rollaway for our grandson at the hotels, or do they have double queen or king beds. My wife can not sleep in a double bed and we requested no less than twin queens. I asked HAL about these accommodations and was told they have no idea what we will get for bed configurations. Thanks for any help
  15. Hi y'all! We took our first Alaska cruise in 2015 on the Crown Princess. We want to go back, but are considering HAL because the itineraries and rooms look better. I'm sure this has been asked before, but which ship is better, Eurodam, Noordam, or Westerdam? I've heard that the lido deck lunch options aren't all that great but I'd love more input on that. On the Crown, we had several great choices for lunch. We only ate in the MDR for dinner, but that was because it was so amazing there was no reason to go anywhere else. Pros/Cons on any of those 3 ships?
  16. We are looking at a cruise tour package that includes a 3 night and a 7 night cruise, and a land package in between. Its Alaska based, on Holland America, on the Volendam and the Noordam. Only one TA has it, I can't find the individual cruises listed, I am wondering if anyone has ever done one of these? Maybe the agency books the entire ship? They apparently do a lot of business for American Express also. The price is good, not overwhelmingly great, but there are some nice perks and the itinerary is good. We would appreciate any input.
  17. Hello everyone We are on the Noordam leaving Sydney 14 January 2019. We are arriving in Noumea on 25 January, does anyone know which cruise terminal it will dock. I know there are two, previously on RCI and Celebrity we have docked around by the port terminal and had a shuttle to town. Does anyone know if it docks in town. Also, anyone catch a taxi near the cruise terminal. Many thanks.
  18. Hi there, Anyone on the current Noordam cruise? What price are the charging for the Greenhouse Spa Retreat Pass? We really want to do it when we sail on the 22nd! Thanks Ash
  19. Anyone out there sailing on this cruise? This will be our first Alaskan cruise. My wife and I are sailing on the Noordam with the added 14 day double Denali land tour. Hope to hear from others sailing on the Noordam on the 12th. Any hotel suggestions in Vancouver would be welcomed! Jim
  20. Had a choice between flying to Rome to cruise Nieuw Statendam in Rome on 12/05 or fly to Australia on the Noordam. It was quite a toss up with DW, but decided to head, down under for a nice 15 day cruise, which will be the longest cruise we will be experiencing. We have done several HAL cruises, will be one cruise short of getting our 3 star Mainer status. Of course, just a rookie by most cruisers standards. Flying from PNW to San Francisco, then a long 15 hour journey to Sydney. It will be DW and our youngest daughter, who also has racked up some HAL cruises. Will be staying in a VC stateroom, though DW has been spoiled in the Suites, especially the Neptune. In sure we will be spoiled as usual by the HAL staff. Haven't had a bad cruise on HAL, and don't expect this one to be different. We will be doing the 07 Dec 15 day Sydney roundtrip, was hoping if there was any tips on excusions to any of those islands.
  21. We are currently on the Noordam for 29 days. Food at the MDR and Pinnacle grill have been excellent as well as the service. Outside of ship is well maintained. Common areas look like they have been refreshed recently. All are nicely done. As usual cabin stewards are excellent. Our Cabin is another story. Small table in room is cracked and faded. Balcony furniture is fraying badly. Cushions for balcony furniture are faded and covered with white paint. Glass on balcony is filthy. Edge of balcony is rusting badly. This is our 18th cruise on Hal , have never complained once, but will send them comments on this.
  22. Will be sailing on the Noordam on Nov 8 from Auckland. When I search for images of the balcony cabins, most pics show old cabins with a dusty rose worn couch. However, on the HAL website, they show a more updated look with beige and brown tones. What should I expect in about 10 days.
  23. Sunday, September 30 Vancouver, BC, Canada 4:00pm Monday, October 1 At Sea Tuesday, October 2 At Sea Wednesday, October 3 At Sea Thursday, October 4 At Sea Friday, October 5 At Sea Saturday, October 6 Honolulu, Oahu, HI 7:00am Sunday, October 7 Honolulu, Oahu, HI 5:00pm Monday, October 8 Kona, Hawaii, HI 8:00am 5:00pm Tuesday, October 9 At Sea Wednesday, October 10 Cross International Dateline (Cruising) Thursday, October 11 At Sea Friday, October 12 At Sea Saturday, October 13 At Sea Sunday, October 14 At Sea Monday, October 15 Apia, Samoa 8:00am 5:00pm Tuesday, October 16 At Sea Wednesday, October 17 Suva, Fiji 8:00am Midnight Thursday, October 18 Dravuni Island, Fiji 8:00am 5:00pm Friday, October 19 Lautoka, Fiji 8:00am 5:00pm Saturday, October 20 At Sea Sunday, October 21 Lifou, New Caledonia 8:00am 5:00pm Monday, October 22 Mare, New Caledonia 7:00am 2:00pm Tuesday, October 23 At Sea Wednesday, October 24 At Sea Thursday, October 25 Sydney, Australia 7:00am 6:30pm Friday, October 26 At Sea Saturday, October 27 Melbourne, Australia 8:00am Midnight Sunday, October 28 At Sea Monday, October 29 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 8:00am 11:00pm Tuesday, October 30 At Sea Wednesday, October 31 At Sea Thursday, November 1 Milford Sound, New Zealand (Cruising) Friday, November 2 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 9:00am 6:00pm Saturday, November 3 Akaroa, New Zealand 8:00am 6:00pm Sunday, November 4 Picton, New Zealand 10:00am 8:00pm Monday, November 5 Wellington, New Zealand 8:00am 4:00pm Tuesday, November 6 Napier, New Zealand 7:00am 2:00pm Wednesday, November 7 Tauranga, New Zealand 9:00am 6:00pm Thursday, November 8 Auckland, New Zealand 7:00am
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