Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Nieuw Amsterdam
When is Nieuw Amsterdam slated to resume operations?
(Latest Update: January 6, 2022) Summer 2021 Alaska voyages on the Nieuw Amsterdam marked Holland America Line’s official return cruising. The ship has since repositioned from Alaska to homeport from Fort Lauderdale into 2022.
Holland America Line requires all guests to have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. All passengers must also submit an electronic health questionnaire prior to sailing. In addition, all guests must produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (medically observed PCR or antigen test) taken within two days of embarkation.
Cruising on Nieuw Amsterdam? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam is one of Holland America’s larger-sized ships. The vessel last went through a refurbishment in 2017. At full capacity (prior to COVID-19 restrictions) the ship can accommodate up to 2,106 passengers and has 1,053 total cabins. The second of Holland America's signature-class ships, Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates historic New York City, once called ‘Nieuw Amsterdam’.
Activities + Entertainment: Guests sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam will find a number of entertainment, activities, and relaxation venues onboard. Highlights include an art gallery collection valued at more than 3 million dollars, kids and teen clubs, two pools, a shopping arcade, as well as a spa and fitness center.
Night-time venues include a casino, the Northern Lights nightclub, a screening room, the B.B. King’s Blues Club, six bars, and the Crows Next cocktail lounge. The Showroom at Sea theater features daily performances from talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
Dining: Nieuw Amsterdam is home to a variety of dining options. The Lido Restaurant features a casual buffet with a variety of food options. The Manhattan Dining Room features five-course menus and an extensive wine selection. At the Terrace Grill, enjoy tasty snacks and fare al fresco on the deck. At Explorations Cafe, guests can enjoy coffee, pastries, and a morning newspaper. For those looking for a specialty dining experience, Canaletto serves fine Italian fare and the Pinnacle Grill serves a special menu inspired by the flavors of the Pacific Northwest.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with Holland America Line’s return to the Caribbean, and prices are changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $110 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you can enjoy the spectacular views from your own private oasis. These rooms on Nieuw Amsterdam currently start around $140 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category.
We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols
Before embarkation, all guests sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam must present the following: proof of COVID-19 vaccination (with the full dose administered 14 days before sailing), a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) result which was taken within two days before sailing, and a completed health questionnaire. Guests will be assigned a boarding time to embark.
All guests cruising will Holland America are required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino, except when eating or drinking. Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in all dining venues and occasionally in other areas where larger numbers of guests may congregate.
Tips from Our Community Members:
My cruise on the "Nieuw Amsterdam" was exceptional! The ship was magnificent, the food was fantastic, the entertainment was excellent, and the service was impeccable! I can't wait to return to this phenomenal ship! - wdtbear
I had a great time. It was very relaxing and the food and entertainment was great. - NJCouple
We do recommend Holland America and this ship in particular. We can't wait till we can cruise again! - jtrumpfh42
With so much to see and do in the ports which Nieuw Amsterdam will visit, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. Spend your day in port exploring, at the beach, on an adventure, or doing a city tour. Save money, and be guaranteed to return to the ship on time when you book with Shore Excursion Group.
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