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Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by sail7seas, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    My TA just stopped by my house on his way home to drop off a really nice booklet he received today which shows page by page, easily read deck plans, list of all the new lounges and features we will see on Zuiderdam that the other HAL ships don't have.

    Artist's renderings of the cabins, if accurate (they are not photos)....indicate considerable changes to the current layouts for some of the cabins.

    This is a really nice booklet...very well done and full of info and sketches/drawings
  2. LjeanBrown

    LjeanBrown Guest

    Wow what great service. I would love to get a copy. We are looking at that ship for next year. Maybe our local t.a. has a copy. Enjoy.

    Laurie :wave
  3. Jim_Dude

    Jim_Dude Guest

    What is the booket called and maybe my T.A. can get a copy of it also?
  4. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    The booklet is 6" x 12" and has a photo of what surely could be the beautiful shoreline of Half Moon Key...jsut shows beach boinbg into the multi-shaded blue water.

    Only writing on the cover says Holland America.....An Exploration of Space.

    It's really a nice booklet.
  5. AndreaC

    AndreaC Guest

    Wow - sounds like a nice booklet. I'm going to check to see if we can get a copy. We are hooked on Princess, but the Zuiderdam sounds like it will be a great ship and the 7-day Caribbean sounds like a great itinerary. guess we'll have to give it a try!

    Have you sailed both Princess and HAL? Any thoughts?
  6. sail7seas

    sail7seas Guest

    Yes, we have cruised both Princess and HAL.

    Our first cruise ever was Royal Princess and while it was many cruises ago and I have only vague memories of it, we must have loved it as that is what started our addiction.
    But that was a number of years ago and abiout 45 cruises ago.

    We have cruised HAL over thirty times now and Princess about five. Our last cruise w/ Princess was the last cruise we plan to do on Princess. I wouldn't say we'd never return but there would have to be a compelling reason.

    We cruised on Ocean Princess and was disappointed with crew service and attitude; quality of food in the dining room (but did enjoy the Horizon Court); we didn't care for the ambience on board the ship and found it very annoying they way they became so pushy about buy this ...buy that. Every morning when we were having our breakfast, a dining steward put a dinner menu in our face and told us to order our wine for dinner then.
    That was just too much ....give me a break. Can I have my OJ and coffee first? Who knows what we want to eat for dinner before we've had our breakfast?? Let alone what wine????

    We were in the AA largest suite for back-to-backs and while we had a very good cabin steward, we were a little surprised there were absolutely no suite amenities or courtesies at all. On HAL, we are used to many.

    We like the smaller, more quiet lounges and every night of our back-to-backs, we went for pre dinner drinks in a small lounge that seated maybe about 30 people. For everyone of our 14 nights in that lounge, it was the same bartender and he saw us come in every night and served our drinks. He never once said good evening, hello or anything else. He never remember our cabin number and not once said "have a nice evening" when we left for dinner. This would NEVER happen on HAL.

    This is all just my viewpoint and I fully realize Princess has a huge loyal following and that is terrific. But Princess has changed to the point of not being appealing to me.

    On HAL, we enjoy so much the friendliness and quality of service...the beautiful flowers and art, the suite amenities, the elegance of the ships, the wonderful menu selections and quality of food and presentation of food in the magnificent dining rooms.

    For us....HAL is way our favorite cruiseline. (We have also cruised Celebrity numerous times; RCI once and Carnival once-sort of.)
  7. rocster

    rocster Guest

    Celebrity is the only one of the five lines I have tried that comes close to HAL, but for me HAL is still number one! (The Millie was a beautiful ship and the Grand was my favorite layout for a ship)
  8. AnneS

    AnneS Guest

    I agree, Rocster -We have cruised the others and always come back to HAL- The other's aren't BAD! HAL is just better! WE just took the family [ 10 of us] on the Millie- 5 stern cabins -and it was terrific; enough activities for our VARY varied ages and needs. BUT we are back to Volendam in October [ WE've sailed Zaandam] and It feels like "Coming home" .Anne:usa:CO
  9. Oh boy! Just reading all these comments is getting me so excited for our first HAL cruise on the Zuiderdam next July!! I'm just dying to see your booklet, Sail7seas! How are the cabins different? Does it look like the suites are roomier or smaller? What about some of the other changes? What have you noticed?

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