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  1. I've enjoyed reporting on our EXC cruises on the Maasdam, so I'll be blogging this extended cruise daily throughout our trip. Posts may be delayed depending upon internet availability, but you'll be able to vicariously come along. Generally I write late at night in the time zone I'm in and then post. I'll put a few pictures in this thread from time to time, but my blog can be found at: https://timmerseattletosydney2019.blogspot.com While we are pretty much packed and ready to go, posts won't start until Friday.
  2. I am checking out hotels in Sydney for my 28 night cruise on Maasdam beginning 12/23/19. I am assuming the ship will dock in Darling Harbour, but I believe that there is another harbor in Sydney. Any clues as to how I can find this out? Thanks
  3. Our group is looking at a Maasdam cruise fall of 2020. I've read that the ship is in disrepair. Can anyone confirm this? Does anyone know when the next update is due? Thanks.
  4. Do cabins have CD players, or DVD players that accept music cds? Or perhaps Bluetooth enabled TVs that could play music from a smartphone?
  5. Maasdam will be making her last visit to Juneau until next May. Although she will make one more visit to Alaska, she will not be stopping in Juneau before heading to Japan and eventually Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific. She will be tendering from 1400-2300. Also in port are Island Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1600, Millennium at the AJ dock from 0900-2100, Silver Muse at the CT dock from 0900-2300, and Ovation OTS at the AS dock from 1200-2100. Sunday will be another nice day with partly cloudy skies and a high of 79F/26C and a low of 55F/13C. Sunrise is at 3:56 am and sunset at 10:07 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: the Signature Sisters on Monday.
  6. Just curious if guest speakers have been eliminated again on ships other than Maasdam. I would love to hear if anyone on a longer cruise after say April has had anyone other than an EXC Guide give talks.
  7. We are considering a cruise on the Maasdam later in the year and are wondering about entertainment on board. Are there shows in the Lounge? We know about the lectures etc which should be very interesting, but I read somewhere else where someone complained about the lack of entertainment. Can someone who has recently been on the Maasdam tell me about it, please?
  8. With an unusual visit to Juneau, Maasdam gives us three HAL ships to watch. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2200. Eurodam will be at the AS dock from 1300-2300. Maasdam will be tendering from 1400-2300. Also in port are Ruby Princess at the FKL dock from 1100-2215 and Solstice at the AJ dock from 1330-2200. We are back to typical weather in Juneau with a 90% chance of rain (1/4 inch predicted) and a high of only 56F/13C and a low of 52F/11C. Sunrise is at 3:53 am and sunset at 10:02 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Oosterdam on Tuesday.
  9. Please share your experiences of the first Alaska Explorer cruise. Since this anew approach by Holland America, I am curious as to what to expect. How where the speakers, how many a day and the entertainment? Did they have the Orange Celebration? Was the Pinnacle open for lunch? Has the cost or the menu changed?
  10. Here are highlights including Dolphins, a shark attack, Sting rays & Manta rays....the 24 night cruise in 20 minutes! Hope you enjoy the scenery.... so , ‘Welcome Aboard ... again! Youtube link:
  11. Sorry - another silly cabin question. Have had success with magnets on the newer ships, but not on the Amsterdam, so thought that might be the case also on the Maasdam.. Wondering if anyone remembers if one can use magnets on the Maasdam cabin walls. I like to put up maps, some pictures, etc.
  12. Anyone know how many regular US outlets are in Oceanview cabins (not Lanai) on the walking deck, where head of bed is up against window. Hubby has a CPAP machine to plug in. I am sure there is 1 or 2 at the desk. We will need to plug in chargers for my cell phone & tablet, plus run the CPAP machine. We may also be bringing his SoClean machine too. (In case I decide on an upsell & end up in a Lanai or Verandah, how many & where are outlets in those cabins.) THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  13. I’m looking at these 14 day cruises and they are intriguing to me. Is it worth getting a window cabin and forgoing a balcony to experience this cruise?
  14. We are considering the 21 night Alaska itinerary leaving end of May, so VERY soon! Will call PCC tomorrow morning. So please help me with some reassurance: I'm expecting that Maasdam will have multiple EXC lecturers aboard, in spite of recent changes occurring. Will they only have presentations on the 4 Sea Days of a 21-day cruise? Might they also have presentations on the glacier cruising days? Probably not on port days unless in the evening? DH would be very disappointed if there was no classical music, so I'm hoping Maasdam will at least have Adagio, but probably not Lincoln Center musicians. The one Zodiac tour I saw listed in the shore excursions for this itinerary was the only Zodiac tour, and it was limited by age to 75... is this the case for all Zodiac tours? Thinking they may add some Zodiac tours...? We have been on Maasdam many nights but not for 5 years, so not since EXC. Many thanks for the last minute help! Maureen
  15. While the new Explorations in Depth cruises sound very interesting, I have read that while some “traditional” activities eg night time big show productions and art auctions have ceased, the usual trivia and bingo games remain, but no mention has been made of whether painting classes are still offered.
  16. Maasdam will be making a rare Sunday appearance in Juneau. She will be tendering from 1400-2300. Also in port are Island Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1600, Ovation OTS at the AS dock from 0700-2100, Millennium at the AJ dock from 0900-2100, and Grand Princess at the CT dock from 1330-2200. Another nice day in Juneau (in fact, the whole week is looking good) with a 0% chance of rain and a high of 67F/19C and a low of 44F/7C. Sunrise is at 4:24 am and sunset at 9:24 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: the Signature Sisters on Monday.
  17. Do the bathrooms in the Lanai Stateroom Catagorey have 110 Volt outlets for items such as WaterPicks/ToothBrushes/etc?
  18. Hearing a few different things. Anybody know? BTW The AFT pool is on Navigation Deck not Lido Deck. Thanks in Advance
  19. From reading the information on Sydney, it appears that there are 3 different ports where cruise ships dock for embarkation and disembarkation. My wife and I just booked the 14 day Sydney cruise on the Maasdam, departing on December 23, 2019, and returning in January 6, 2020. We will need to make hotel reservations for one or more nights before the cruise departs, and want to consider proximity to actual port, amongst other considerations when selecting a hotel. Does anyone know which port the Maasdam will dock at for this trip?
  20. The Maasdam will be in Alaska in September 2020 and in Australia in December 2020, but there are no cruises listed on hollandamerica.com for October and November. I would assume dry dock, but how is she going to get from Alaska to Australia?
  21. Considering the Maasdam for next year but have never been on her. We've seen AC issues, questionable food quality, etc. from the past. Am looking at Promenade forward for cabins--actually the little sets of three cabins between doors to promenade deck. Can someone with recent experience tell us what is the current condition/experience on the Maasdam? Or what we need to be aware of with this ship? Thx!
  22. I posted in another thread that my family was disappointed to get an e-mail from HAL announcing that our previously-booked 14-day Alaska sailing on the Maasdam was now an "EXC Voyage", meaning (among other things) they would not offer Club HAL. I interpreted that to mean that HAL is trying to market these voyages as adults-only without being quite so blunt about it--fair enough (though curious given their huge push over recent years to attract a younger crowd including families). We ended up booking a Veendam voyage instead, and when I was researching the Club HAL facilities on *that* ship, I noticed that the website now includes a footnote that "Club HAL is offered on all ships except the ms Prinsendam and ms Maasdam." So, I guess it's not only EXC voyages (unless all Maasdam voyages are considered EXC). Now I wonder what they're going to do with the spaces dedicated to the various kids' clubs?
  23. Out here in the deep Pacific (5400ft) it is as calm as a mill pond, making our way towards SAN Francisco from Auckland. some of the best sunsets we have experienced. enjoy the pics: Bora Bora-Moorea-Equator ceremony-Nuku Hiva-Rangiroa
  24. We're getting ready to buy a power strip with USB ports that does not have surge protection so that it will be acceptable to HAL and other cruise lines. Does anyone remember what the power outlets look like in Maasdam staterooms? I can't remember (even though we've sailed on her many times) if the outlet takes a three-prong plug or only two. The power strip we'd like to get has three prongs. Thanks!
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