I've been hoping someone else would answer this question as I, too, am anxious to see the itineraries!
However, I'll chime in with what little I know. I believe I was told by one of the future cruise planners on board a HAL ship once that the printed brochures don't come out until fall. That's a long time to wait! I believe pricing and itineraries must be available online or to TAs prior to that?
We've finally had 1 day without rain today, but a big storm is brewing in the Pacific right now. I guess there's a lot of moisture coming our way from Hawaii and cold air & rain from the North. They said to expect a "very large amt. of rain" (and maybe snow for you, LandLocked). We're already at 4x our normal rainfall!!
ShipMaven is heading out on the Volendam, if I remember correctly. That's probably why she's not around. I forgot - duh! :dizzy
We were told by the cruise consultant aboard Prinsendam (granted, three weeks ago) that the 2006 itineraries would be out in March-April (not necessarily the brochures). She had the 2006 world cruise, and was selling a fair amount of it. That's all we know. We too, are waiting - and waiting - and waiting!
HAL is always THEE LAST to come out with itineraries and prices. My first HAL cruise was in 1995 and TA's were complaining about it back then...and they're still complaining about it. Drives me bonkers!
And yes, ShipMaven is on the Volendam with the duck crew. They're due back on Saturday (the 15th), assuming the ship and captain are still in one piece after 10 days with that group!
The new Noordam will be positioned in NYC - 10- and 11-night cruises. I don't have the specifics yet.
I'm glad to report that the Volendam AND her Captain are in one piece. However, there's a large contingent of bagpipers from bonnie Scotland on board now for their yearly cruise...who knows what THEY will do! :lol
Thanks MaryAnn & Sail7seas! If you happen to have any other itineraries, I'd appreciate it you posted those too - or at least what general route each ship will be doing, if it's not too much trouble. Thanks! :thumb
The "ducks" have taken a fall cruise in the past - sort of transitioning between rubber chickens to ducks - but I don't foresee anything until, at least, 2006. Certainly not another Duck Cruise this year. THE optimum duck cruises are always on the Duckendam, aka Quackendam, aka Volendam - but it's possible that another ship could attract us at some point in the future. All depends on where the ducks wish to go. :grin But I really don't think another ship and, especially, another Captain would provide the same atmosphere....