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  1. We're looking to book a fall NE/Canada cruise and were wondering if anyone has a favorite Vista Suite stateroom on the Zaandam? We were thinking that Port side on Deck 6 would be better to avoid being directly under the Lido deck or above the Explorers Lounge. We would like a quiet cabin with nice views. Tried doing a search, but couldn't find anything recent pertaining to these cabins. Thanks
  2. Sorry if this has been asked before but does stateroom 2610 on Zaamdam have shower only or tub/shower combo? Thanks
  3. We will be leaving for a New England/Coastal cruise on the Zaandam from Ft Lauderdale, Florida in April...Can anyone recommend a hotel close to the cruise port that offers transportation to the port? Really appreciate your assistance and opinions! Steve in Kansas
  4. I did not see this addressed anywhere else. If the topic is out there, I missed it. Karen and I will board Zaandam on 21 March of this year. The ship will sail from Buenos Aires the next evening. Our roll call has been considering a group excursion the evening of the 21st to a local Tango Show. We have about 20 (so far) and I am working on getting decent transportation between the ship and show. However, a thought was put out that maybe Holland America Lines just might have local talent come on to the ship that evening of the 21st and perform their version of a tango show. Very interesting. Anyone with experience with being in Buenos Aires for two days? Does HAL bring local talent on? Jim
  5. Just wondering if there are any specific cabins /areas that are less desirable locations on this ship than others? Also, wondering the difference between EE and E category? Apart from price that is :) Appreciate your help and many thanks in advance.
  6. Did the Zaandam get a upgrade to the new tv opposite the bed? Also did it get new outlets and USB ports in the Vista suites?
  7. I guess I'm the first .... but still a long way to go. We are interested in joining / creating a tour.
  8. Are all the Zaandam's 14-day Canada New England's closed loop (Boston) itineraries gone? We're trying to find this itinerary, but we wonder if they were purged when the Prinsendam was sold. I didn't think Zaandam was affected directly? Searching for this itinerary, I only found two cruises on 8/3 and 8/10 so I could do this as a B2B. Am I not doing the right search on the new website? I tried searching by Sail To, Depart from, Departure Date and Duration. Filling in all four fields at once in the find a cruise section. I tried to get help from Alex on the Veendam, asking for several questions, including which in an itinerary was a tender port (something that was dropped in the new revised hal.com). She said she uses a DOS system, and I wasn't allowed to use it. Didn't tell her I started on DOS.
  9. This is going to be my first attempt at blogging any cruise. I expect to update it every few days, perhaps more often than that, as we go along, depending of course on internet connectivity and cost as well as whether I do anything noteworthy and can motivate my "short attention span" self to actually do it. I'm hoping that getting it started now might aid in that latter effort. Pictures; I hope to post a few along the way as well. We'll see how that goes too. Questions; I'll do my best to answer any questions anyone might have. If the information is readily available, shouldn't be a problem. If it's something I need to ask someone about, between my attention span issues and failing memory... I'll do my best. Give me a few days for those. :confused: Even in packing I'll walk from one end of my small house to the other and, upon arriving there, have no idea why I made the trip, only to leave and, half way back, remember what I was trying to accomplish and head back, usually interrupted by a maddening trip to the restroom. No, lists don't work as I usually misplace the list at some point (I often find them in the restroom or garage). I'm a visual person; I have to see it in front of me to know I've gotten it. Hence the following pictures. Shoes and other packing stuff. I like using the plastic bags that linens, sheets and such come in for containing like items. The Participants: Myself and my father-in-law, Roger (not to mention a ship full of others as well). We've gone on cruises together before without either of us wishing the other somehow would become shark-bait along the way. The most recent was the 29 day Amazon Explorer cruise in Nov-Dec 2016. Before that we'd done a couple of shorter cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska together. We get along quite well, mostly because he is so easy to get along with. I've been married to his oldest daughter for 40 years. She'll be staying behind working and caring for our 2 mini Schnauzers and her mother (not necessarily in that order) and trying to scare away any tropical storms eyeing Florida. It's thanks to her efforts that I get to cruise and I really and truly appreciate her. The pups aren't so happy with knowing they're being left behind and I've been getting the evil eye a lot.... Reigna swore last time (after my DW and I cruised to Hawaii in April 2018) that she'd not miss the next one.... Our cruise leaves Seattle on Monday 24 Sep and we are flying out of Orlando on Sunday morning. We'll be staying at the Marriott Waterfront near Pike's Market. I think it's the same hotel that the famous "gambee" of the well known cruisewithgambee.com blog site stayed at this summer. From Seattle we'll stop in Vancouver and then head all the way down the west coast of the new world, turn the corner at Cape Horn, skid out to the Falklands and then make our way back to the east coast of South America and wind up in Rio de Janeiro. With a bit of luck we will depart the ship in Trujillo, Peru and travel to Machu Picchu, rejoining the ship in Lima after 2 nights. We have a couple of other HAL excursions and a couple of private ones already planned too. In Manta, Ecuador Roger's brother (who has a condo and lives part-time there) will meet us and take us around for the day. The rest of the trip is mostly unplanned and we'll spontaneously decide from day to day what to do. Just as we like it. I hope to post next from Seattle on Sunday unless something spectacular happens before then or there's a question needing an answer. Please follow along and participate as you like! I do hope my efforts do justice to your expectations. :D
  10. Hi all, Can someone please tell me how many formal nights would occur on the 22-day South America/Antarctica cruise on Zaandam? Thanks
  11. We are taking a cruise to Antartica and S. America. Do you have a suggestion about booking a tour excursion called "Best of Port Stanley: Volunteer Point" besides the cruise line? Thank you.
  12. Hi all. Will be sailing on the zaandam for a canada/new England cruise next year. Does anyone have any suggestions for a minimally obstructed OV cabin? Prefer something not under a busy venue. TIA.
  13. Hi All - I'm sailing on Zaandam from Rio to Santiago on 11/3. It's been awhile since I've sailed HAL, and am wondering about the following: 1. Internet Pre-Purchase. I'm unable to pre-purchase internet access via the cruise planner. I can book other things, but not internet. Am I missing something, or do I just have to wait until I board? I understand that internet quality will likely be sketchy. 2. Cabin Assignment. My sail date is about 30 days out and still pending a cabin assignment. I booked a guarantee category, I'm familiar with this process. In your collective experience, what's the latest your cabin has been assigned? Thanks.
  14. Hi all, By happenstance I noticed that HAL is hiring an "Antarctica Expedition Team Member" (https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Holland-America-Line/jobs/Antarctica-Expedition-Team-Member-89384f812e4edde8). In the job description it says "You’ll present informative and engaging EXC Talks ™ to audiences of up to 900 guests, provide unscripted narrations during scenic cruising, and accompany guests on Zodiac tours." The only ship doing the Antarctica trips in the next two years is... the Zaandam. So, unless that vessel will be magically switched out for the Maasdam, I assume it will be getting zodiacs in the near future, as well. Any of our experts have any insight?
  15. Hi y'all RedneckBop hear! (Just a little play on Ihob) Well me and the Misses went on another exciting cruise to Alaska aboard the beautiful and elegant Zaandam, departing 08/27/18 for 14 days. We had done this cruise several times but not this late in the year so we did not know what to expect but maybe some good days and some bad days but hope just a great cruise if not that would be ok since we were in Alaska and away from those hot and humid days in Florida. (ok, English expects, have add it) Overall I would rate this cruise a 8.9654 out of 10; ok a 9 out of 10. It was a great trip somedays sunny somedays rainy. Hear is my review. Embarkation: Very nicely done in Seattle, organized and quick. Being one of those high end cruisers, above a one star Mariner we got to board first and I was at The Lido Restuarant stuffing my face by 11:37 AM. Cabin: We had booked one of those spacious inside "Double Wide" cabins on Main Deck. It was great. Anytime of day it could be midnight, just turn off the lights. "How dark was it RNB?". "It was so dark that I could develop my photo film from by Brownie Camera. It was so dark it was too dark for bats. It was so dark ghosts would be scared in this cabin". Ok, back to the cabin. We had the best cabin stewards ever!. There names were Buddy (pronouced Booty & Herri (pronouced Harry). The only problem was that the Misses got really upset at me everytime I called Buddy for some ice cause she thought I was making a "Booty Call" :eek:. We tried to help the cabin stewards since they worked so hard. The Misses had this great idea, you know how those toilet tissues are made into a point by the cabin stewards, well, Thelma decided to do this herself. Well I guess after a few days Buddy & Herri got concerned cause instead of leaving a chocolate on the pillow each nite, they left a prune ! :eek: I was so glad I had brought with me binoculars, not to view whales but watch the TV. Same old and very small TV in cabin. Ship: Was in good condition after drydock Food: Now I know that everyone has different opinions about this but the food was good to great. We ate at PG three times and Canettello once. Food was excellent but service a little slow in the PG. In fact two times we skipped the dessert since we were there so long but PG Manager opologized and offered free desserts next nite. Entertainment: Overall was good with two really good comedians. One of the comedians we had seen 15 years ago and he was using the same jokes. But they were funny the second time around Ports of Call: All Great. It was sunny at Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak and Hubbard Glacier. Cloudy at Tracy Arms. Light rain at Juneau, Victoria and Icy Straits. And best of all no rain in Ketichan the whole day. Some of the highlites; Ketichan: First time in nine visits to Ketichan that it did not rain all day we were there. Took the free tour to Walmart. Excellent driver and very informative for 10 minutes each way. Sitka: took the free shuttle to downtown. Had a great driver and narrator. He started by telling us that he was from the old country, somewhere in the former USSR and to him Sitka should be pronouced, and I will clean it up Shihka. Then he gave us some shopping advice along the way. "If you see a sign in the Gift Shop that says "End of Season Clearance Sail", it's a lie! Don't shop there. That sign is up all year round" and finally he pointed out a famous landmark in Sitka, McDonald's Restaurant". He said, "on the right is a McDonald's, you can buy a Big Mac for $9.99, if it disagrees with you there is a Hospital across the street and if that does not work out there is a Funeral Home next to the Hospital". I told the shuttle bus driver that I guess the Funeral Home Director by locating next to the Hospital and McDonald's was "thinking outside the box". :eek: Forgot to mention while I was on this faboulus free shuttle bus tour the Misses saw whales right next to the ship while we were docked. Kodiak: Another sunny day. Just walked to town, talked with locals and climbed to top of bridge over the ship channel. When I got to the top a couple of ladies from the ship approached me and asked me, "RedneckBob (everyone knows RNB), is there anything to do on the other side of the bridge". I replied, "There sure is Ladies. There is this wooded park with trails and may even see a bear!" They replied, "Thanks" for which I asked. " Which one of you can run the fastest" which one lady pointed to the dark haired lady for which I said looking at the dark haired lady. "see you back on the ship" :eek: Anchorage: We took the Salmon Berry 6 hour tour on our own. Excellent. Would recommend ! Hubbard Glacier: almost cloudless day and saw HUDE calving, I would saw a piece 250 feet tall fell. Icy Straits: Since it rainy that day decided not to zip line even though I had bought extra underware at Walmart in Ketchican :eek:. Well, that about covers it. Another wonderful cruise to Alaska. I'm RedneckBob and I see it like I tell it, I mean Tell it like I see it !
  16. This will be our first time on the Zaandam and we are in a vista Suite category AA. Any thoughts on this ship and are the Vista Suites bigger then a balcony cabin on another HAL ship? Thanks so much
  17. Hello, staying in Valparaiso until November 19 then taking a taxi to San Antonio. Would love to share the ride. Cheers, Guillermo and Phyllis
  18. I am not a regular cruiser but looking at this ship for a girl's group of 10- are there dining reservations? alcohol extra? any tips for a big group etc.... read this is a smaller ship-holds 1400 -still seems big to me-looking at a Canada cruise next summer-what about nightly entertainment?
  19. I have been unable to book a shore excursion for Fuerte Amador, Panama and Coquimbo, Chile. They want to book groups for private tours, not add a person to a group. In Fuerte Amador, Panama there is Viator tour that takes in the Panama Canal and Panama City. It is 8 hours and costs $115.38 US if there are 9 people. If anyone is interested let me know. In Coquimbo, Chile there is a City Tour that takes in La Serena and Coquimbo. It takes 4 hours. It costs $34.00 US per person if there are 9 people. Again if anyone is interested let me know. I rented a car in Manta, Ecuador so that I can go to see the Pacha chocolate plantation and factory in Puerto Lopez. The Pacha tour is 3 1/2 hours and costs $35 US. If anyone is interested in coming let me know. David varty@smartt.com
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