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  1. Yes I did. Thank you for asking. Posts 32/33 discuss Volendam to Zuiderdam equivalence and mentions suites availability on both ships. Post 98 displays the stateroom inventory of both ships in a tabulated format, which is easier to read for simple folks like me. But as I said, thank you for asking.
  2. Don't see any other date, but May 26th is still listed and bookable! https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/find-a-cruise/E1M12D/W130.html
  3. Just to put a bit of perspective on rehousing those of us who have been evicted from Zuiderdam, I put these figures together. They are from various sources so may be one or two cabins out, but it does highlight the problem for those who booked Verandah, Signature and Neptunes. Have fun HAL!
  4. Do you have an opinion on whether HAL will extend the 'Book with Confidence' scheme? It is due to end October 31st. We have booked a GTY verandah on the Zuiderdam November Trans Atlantic. It is bad enough that we have 'lost' 4 ports and a two day docking in Madeira has become just an overnight, but to end up in a OV cabin, would be too much to accept. We are considering changing to the Westerdam Trans Atlantic and if we wait until we receive the new booking confirmation for the replaced ZDM to Volendam cruise, then the Book with Confidence may be ended. Any thoughts?
  5. Rotterdam is on a charter from 29th January to 5th February 2022. Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
  6. Koningsdam (and Nieuw Statendam) have a dedicated desk for Speciality Restaurant Dining reservations. It is on Deck 2 midships, outside Ocean Bar and across from Sel de Mer. This would be the first place to try. There can be a bit of a line on boarding day.
  7. I thought that Zaandam and Volendam where looking a bit drab until I scrolled back and saw QM2. Wow, she looks like a real rust bucket. Must be the blue hulls show the oxidization, salt and rust more than the lighter coloured hulls. Thanks for posting the link.
  8. Unfortunately we are heading into 6 weeks of lockdown as the infection rate continues to rise. Social gatherings and lack of mask discipline has lead to rising hospital admissions and infection rates. The age of those infected continues to drop as does the age of those who succumb to the virus. The older people follow the guidelines quite well, but the teens, twenties and thirties continue to consider themselves indestructible and that is reflected in the current trends of infections and deaths. This new lockdown will not be as severe as the March/April lockdown as a wider range of stores are considered 'essential' so hardware stores etc will continue to be open, but many businesses will not open again. Regarding the surgery, indeed we were 'lucky' that the procedure was scheduled last week, in fact the whole experience of cancer diagnosis, chemo and surgery has been a surreal experience during Covid, surpassed only by the fact that we have been unable to hug children and grandkids. Thanks again to all on this thread for the prayers and support. ❤️
  9. i just posted this link on the 'Memories on this day' thread. Sailaway of Nieuw Amsterdam on October 19th 2019
  10. I just thought that I would post this 'sailaway' thread from last year................. I miss our online weekend sailaway parties!
  11. Winner! We were on Koningsdam and there was a bit of a toot fest at each other. Two days later both ships were at HMC and we had another toot fest that would drive any noise abatement society into apoplexy.
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