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4 minutes ago, Cruising-along said:

Good!  I always look for the book exchange areas on each ship -- or start one if there isn't one.  I assume this one is for anyone, not just those who are in Neptune Suites? 

 

Only those with NL access since you need your room key to enter. Those books had to be left there by NL patrons

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John, I am so much enjoying your blog!

May I ask if you kniw when Capt. Werner Timmers  and HD Gulbahar are back on the K? We will be sailing her 20/05 with the whole family, who are HAL first timers 😀

 

Have they introduced the new drink and wine menus??

 

enjoy your last few days onboard and greetings from Dhaka.

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15 minutes ago, Despegue said:

John, I am so much enjoying your blog!

May I ask if you kniw when Capt. Werner Timmers  and HD Gulbahar are back on the K? We will be sailing her 20/05 with the whole family, who are HAL first timers 😀

 

Have they introduced the new drink and wine menus??

 

enjoy your last few days onboard and greetings from Dhaka.

 

Goeie middag Commandant; Capt. Timmers takes over from Capt. Bowland on 20 APR in Civitavecchia. HD Mustafa Gulbahar takes over tomorrow in Ft. Lauderdale

 

Will let you know about the drink.wine menus; attempting to get a copy

 

Safe flight home from Dhaka

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copper, if you get time and are wandering past the casino, can you check the roulette wheel please? rumour has it that they may have added a 3rd zero, thanks very much, and enjoy what remains of your cruise.

super thread with a lot of info

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Lunch in the Pinnacle Grill on Monday afternoon at 12:30 PM

 

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"Humanity" by the OneStep dance company (a part of RWS Productions out of New York) on Monday night 9:00 PM; verry happy to see the injured male dancer back 🙂

 

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Lots of dancing in the B.B. King's Blues Club on the 2nd gala night

 

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If you are up early tomorrow and the schedule holds you will probably have Pearl Mist following closely behind you.

 

Roy

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Getting ready to count sheep; note no more chocolate on the pillow/hard folder and/or a chance to wake up with chocolate stuck to your ear 🙃

 

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1 minute ago, rafinmd said:

If you are up early tomorrow and the schedule holds you will probably have Pearl Mist following closely behind you.

 

Roy

 

Thanks for that intel, Roy. Any idea where she'll be berthing in PE?

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3 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Thanks for that intel, Roy. Any idea where she'll be berthing in PE?

It looks like Pier 19.

Roy

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4 hours ago, rafinmd said:

I'm surprised you haven't seen the new hand washing stations before.  They'veu been on the Veendam for a several years and I think a couple of other ships.  My criticism for the Koningsdam was that when I was there that was all they had and a lot of people did not stop.  It seems like a lot of people will take 1 second to be clean but not 20 seconds.  Have they installed regular gel dispensers now?

 

Roy

 

I saw them on the Zaandam in September 2016

 

3 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Never seen them before on any of the ships; people are using them on this voyage

I really liked using them, so easy and practical.

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On 3/20/2019 at 5:41 AM, rafinmd said:

Copper, if you get a chance can you see if anyone knows what the Koningsdam is doing after the 2020 Alaska season.  It seems to be something of a mystery, even to the Prinsendam's Future Cruise Consultant.

 

Roy

 

On 3/20/2019 at 9:14 AM, Himself said:

Where is the K'DAM going in 2020 after she finishes Alaska?

 

Gents; after finishing her 2020 Alaska season in September next year, K-dam will reverse her course from April 2020 and head back to the Caribbean via Cape Horn/Tierra del Fuego. She won't use the Panama Canal, as you know, due to the angst the Panama Canal Authority has of her lifeboats/tenders partially hanging overboard. So, Summer 2020 in Alaska, Fall, Winter and early Spring 2020/2021 back in the Carib for K-dam

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3 hours ago, trub said:

copper, if you get time and are wandering past the casino, can you check the roulette wheel please? rumour has it that they may have added a 3rd zero, thanks very much, and enjoy what remains of your cruise.

super thread with a lot of info

 

Hi Trub; just moseyed past the casino roulette table and noted one green Zero and one green double Zero on the wheel - No additional zeros, not even Japanese Mitsubishi ones, unless those rascals are hiding them somewhere! 😶

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8 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

 

Gents; after finishing her 2020 Alaska season in September next year, K-dam will reverse her course from April 2020 and head back to the Caribbean via Cape Horn/Tierra del Fuego. She won't use the Panama Canal, as you know, due to the angst the Panama Canal Authority has of her lifeboats/tenders partially hanging overboard. So, Summer 2020 in Alaska, Fall, Winter and early Spring 2020/2021 back in the Carib for K-dam

Thank you.  I'm already booked for spring and fall 2020 but hope she'll do the same thing in 2021 and try to leave a space in my schedule.

 

Roy

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Posted (edited)

Tuesday morning found the mighty K-dam back in the Atlantic Ocean via the good ol' Windward Passage. We are experiencing some extremely smooth seas on our way back to South Florida and around 2:00 PM were treated to a dolphin show. Some of the events happening this morning; the "On Deck for a Cause" non-competitive walk, the Kitchen tour, the Mariners lunch and, oh yeah, "O's Reading Room"............

 

The Windward Passage is the strait connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean Sea. It is 50 miles wide and separates the eastern most region of Cuba from the northwest coast of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. The strait has a threshold depth of 5,500 feet and lays on the direct shipping route between the eastern seaboard of the United States and the Panama Canal. The Jamaica Channel, between Jamaica and Hispaniola forms a southwest extension of the Windward Passage. From either the eastern tip of Cuba’s Guantanamo Province or the western tip of Haiti's Nord-Ouest Department, it is possible to see lights on the other side of the Windward Passage. Navassa Island lies on its southern approach. Navassa Island is a small, uninhabited and disputed island, administered as unorganized unincorporated territory of the United States, which administers it through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Haiti has claimed legal sovereignty over Navassa since 1801, and claims the island in its constitution

 

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Had a chance to check out "crew country" on the K-dam today 😀; the "O.B." (officers bar), Crew Mess, P.O. (Petty Officers) Mess, Duty Officers Mess, "I-95", Crew Gym (nice!), Marshaling Area, plus one of the cold rooms (belonging to the butchers) on A-Deck. Impressive looking!

 

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Duty Officers Mess, Crew Gym (nice!), Marshaling Area, plus one of the cold rooms (belonging to the butchers) on A-Deck.

 

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Thanks so much for taking the time to post a great report. We have almost 600 days on HAL's smaller ships but decided to try Koningsdam last year just to see what a larger ship was like. Was ready to hate it but really enjoyed the entire experience, especially the Tamarind and Dutch Cafe and the music venues. BB King and Lincoln Center were excellent. Officers and crew were wonderful as usual so we will be back on her for a month in the Med. this summer.

 

We board the Rotterdam this weekend for a couple of weeks in the Carib. and then a reposition to the Netherlands. Any idea who the captain and CD will be?

 

Thanks again.

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5 hours ago, trub said:

copper, if you get time and are wandering past the casino, can you check the roulette wheel please? rumour has it that they may have added a 3rd zero, thanks very much, and enjoy what remains of your cruise.

super thread with a lot of info

 

2 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Hi Trub; just moseyed past the casino roulette table and noted one green Zero and one green double Zero on the wheel - No additional zeros, not even Japanese Mitsubishi ones, unless those rascals are hiding them somewhere! 😶

 

On the Nieuw Statendam last month the Roulette Wheel had a third position which was a HAL Logo. So in effect, a third Zero.

 

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Thanks for some Behind the Scenes views that a vast majority of guests never get to see.  The Crew Gym appears as well equipped as my hospital's Cardiac Rehab gym.  

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7 hours ago, Despegue said:

John, I am so much enjoying your blog!

May I ask if you kniw when Capt. Werner Timmers  and HD Gulbahar are back on the K? We will be sailing her 20/05 with the whole family, who are HAL first timers 😀

 

Have they introduced the new drink and wine menus??

 

enjoy your last few days onboard and greetings from Dhaka.

If John runs out of time to check the wine lists, i am boarding tomorrow and will try to acquire copies and let you know. We debark as you board. 

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5 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

 

Gents; after finishing her 2020 Alaska season in September next year, K-dam will reverse her course from April 2020 and head back to the Caribbean via Cape Horn/Tierra del Fuego. She won't use the Panama Canal, as you know, due to the angst the Panama Canal Authority has of her lifeboats/tenders partially hanging overboard. So, Summer 2020 in Alaska, Fall, Winter and early Spring 2020/2021 back in the Carib for K-dam

John:  Thank you for the information

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Thanks for postings, and sharing your knowledge.  Also Great  pictures of behind the scenes.  Love the ship.

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