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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 96

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: October 01, 2010
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 7 years ago

This was our second cruise with Holland America. The Niew Amsterdam is a magnificent example of modern technology. Of course the ship is similarly laid out to all of HAL's ships but newer, bigger and better. We ate in the Manhattan dining room 10 of the 12 nights and were never dissapointed. The food in the main dining room was much better than our previous cruise on the Zuiderdam. Of course, our one night at Pinnacle was extraodinary as was our dinner at the Tamarind (Tamarind was extra exceptional if you like Asian inspired food). If you have cruised with HAL before everything will be familiar in regards to the ship layout and the high quality of service from all of the staff. My only gripe, as with most cruises is theres not enough time to enjoy everything the ship has to offer. In the case of this Mediterranean cruise we were in a different port 10 of the 12 days. Many of the ship board activities are scheduled while in port (daytime). Your paying to see ports, not stay on the ship and play bingo. Why can't they schedule more activities in the evening? All in all, an amazing, spectactular cruise on an amazing ship. Every port of call was interesting and different.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Clearly better food than previously on Zuiderdam and Carnival. Lido deck was a little crowded at times but always hot and tasty.


3 out of 5
HAL is geared for an older crowd, so all entertainment is G rated but very entertaining and professional. I would have like to see more "adult" oriented entertainment at the later shows.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Dining room staff was the best! Only saw the room steward a few times but room was always clean.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Brand New, Clean and Spectacular!!!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Balcony stateroom with flat screen TV and Tub/Shower. Bed was unbelievably comfortable. Plenty of storage room.

Pros: Quality of Food and newness of ship

Cons: Poorly scheduled shipboard activities

Recommends Nieuw Amsterdam? Yes!

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