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  1. Apparently I have erred (what else is new? 😉 ) and the Eurodam does not sail until Feb. 20th. Sorry addicts.
  2. kazu

    Why book direct and then transfer?

    Interesting on your report of what your PCC has said. While mine has encouraged me to move if I can get more bennies, yours is the opposite. As to your last paragraph, which I take a bit of umbrance to, you don’t know me nor do you know when I transfer my booking. It is usually well before final payment. so you want me to give up a bunch of OBC? OK, fine, you stay with HAL and I’ll take the discount in OBC. Each to their own. If it makes you feel better, the word/rumour is that HAL too will be changing the rules to match the others shortly which is why I cancelled a cruise booked in 2020. I book far in advance usually but now, I am rethinking that strategy.
  3. I just went by the the schedule on the Port Everglades webcam. It is a day early so.... things can change 😉
  4. kazu

    Access to Port Webcam

    Yes, they do. I believe that is the first one I gave you. That’s the one that your sister will wave to 😉
  5. kazu

    Why book direct and then transfer?

    No. Your PCC will not lose any points or credit if you transfer as long as you didn’t book on board the ship with the Future Cruise Consultant (at least that is what my PCC has told me).
  6. It’s going to be a really busy day in Port Everglades for this one. Three blue hulled beauties representing 3 different classes of ship will be sailing from here - Zuiderdam, Nieuw Statendam & Nieuw Amsterdam. Zuiderdam is scheduled to be at pier 21 & will be doing the 10 day Panama Sunfarer: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (28 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (02 Mar 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (03 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (05 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (06 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (06 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (07 Mar 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Mar a0800) Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to be at pier 26 & will be doing two different itineraries. The first is the 7 day Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700) And the second itinerary for the Nieuw Statendam is the 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (19 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (20 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (21 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0800-1800); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (28 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (01 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700 The Nieuw Amsterdam should be at pier 19 and is doing two itineraries as well. The first is the 7 day Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb a0700 And the second for the Nieuw Amsterdam is the 14 day Western/Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (18 Feb 0800-1600); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (20 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (21 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (22 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (24 Feb 0700-1700); Nassau, Bahamas (25 Feb 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (27 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (28 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (02 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (03 Mar a0700 Other ships in port are the Regal Princess (pier 02), Majesty Of The Seas (pier 29), Harmony Of The Seas (pier 18) and Celebrity Edge (pier 25). You can watch all of these ships sail from the following webcams for Port Everglades: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts, the Eurodam is sailing from San Diego for her 17 day Circle Hawaii. The webcam for San Diego is located at http://sundiegolive.com And upcoming sightings for the addicts are the Rotterdam & Zuiderdam on Feb. 20th in Aruba. The webcam for Aruba is located at: https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next up is the Oosterdam on February 23rd. Enjoy!
  7. kazu

    Access to Port Webcam

    The two webcams are: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and I believe you have this one, but to be safe - https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com
  8. Our CC friends are not only going on two very different ships but different itineraries as well. Either one sounds great as we dig and scrape out our ice again. Whether they are enjoying the sunny Caribbean or exploring South America, we hope each of them has a great time on their cruise and, of course, we wish them safe travels, fair winds and smooth seas (especially around the Horn). Bon Voyage to Oosterdam - 7 night Eastern Caribbean: jambro22 - enjoy your 1st HAL cruise with your 12 friends and family & your family birthday celebrations, including your DS's 50th Bon Voyage to Oceania Sirena - 21 day South America (BA - Lima) Cruzin Terri Bon Voyage jambro22 & Cruzin Terri!!!!! Have a great cruise and a WONDERFUL time!!!!!
  9. kazu

    Pinnacle suite perks?

    Only the first couple of bottles on the counter were free when we had a PS. All the stuff in the fridge was just like the mini bar - at a charge - so, just make sure you check so you are not surprised 😉
  10. kazu

    Transatlantic Cruising

    Not all HAL ships have the retractable roof over the Lido pool. The Prinsendam doesn’t. I know she leaves the fleet on July 1st, but she still has one more TA to do so I wouldn’t want anyone misled planning to sail on this ship
  11. kazu

    HAL Transatlantic Questions

    Now, that’s interesting! It hasn’t been our experience but it must be dependent on what ship you are on, I guess?
  12. kazu

    MS ROTTERDAM, APRIL 29, 2019

    If you tell us how many days your cruise is and if it’s a B2B we can probably help. A few details please?
  13. kazu

    How are dining assignments made?

    All the seating charts for the MDR’s on all ships are availble on halfacts dot com. Under each ship’s category.
  14. Not pre-booking sounds like a great idea but.....last cruise on the same ship we are sailing on, there were a LOT of upset 5* Mariners as there were just no reservations available (unless they wanted to eat at 9pm on a couple of nights). I kid you not. It was the same last time we were on board on this ship too. I realize it can be very dependent on the demographics on a ship and even Explore4 dinners, but the PG was completely sold out by day 2 (even those few 9 pm times). Since I am going back on the same ship and the PG can be very popular and we are dining with friends, I’d rather make sure they are secured. So, we have pre-booked. We always do if there are specific occasions, dates or times we want. On the Westerdam, when we walked out, we simply asked the PG manager to apply our 5* benefits to that dinner and it was done. I don’t understand why it can’t happen this way on all the ships. 5* has been around long enough.
  15. The Oosterdam is set to sail out of Port Everglades and, of course we are all hoping that our captain’s finger will get ‘stuck’ on the horn again. She is doing two different segments for this one and is scheduled to be at pier 26. The first is the 7 day Eastern Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb a0700) And the second is the 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Feb d1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (18 Feb 0800-1500); San Juan, Puerto Rico (19 Feb 1300-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (20 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Feb 0700-1700); Key West, Florida (24 Feb 0800-1600); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (26 Feb 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (27 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (01 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (02 Mar a0700) Other ships in port are the Carnival Conquest (pier 04), Coral Princess (Pier 02) and Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29). The webcams are located at: https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a Way Addicts - the Koningsdam is scheduled to be in St Maarten. The website for it is located at https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com Next up - a busy blue hulled beauty day in Port Everglades on February 17th with the Zuiderdam, Nieuw Statendam & Nieuw Amsterdam all schedule to sail.
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