Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Great Line but Book at the Last Minute t

Sail Date: March 27, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

There are fewer staff than on prior cruises and it shows in the service level. Entertainment was great.
Since we had been to the destinations before we did not do any excursions.
Food was good but the obvious recycling of the prior nights entrees and desserts at the Lido was not very good. We do not come on cruises to eat leftovers although I applaud them for not being wasteful- maybe the crew could enjoy it on day 2

Pros: ship was beautiful and clean

Cons: when the ship did not sell out quickly, Holland lowered the price and did an email blitz to sell the extra rooms. The price we paid would get us an entire category higher at the sale prices but Holland would not upgrade us

Recommends Nieuw Amsterdam? Yes!

Food and Dining
the open dining option is great but the long lines, even with a reservation were not fun. They can work on this for improvement
Cabin / Stateroom
we made the mistake of getting a smaller room than we had last time and found it is impossible to go back!!! Room was great with balcony off the back og the ship- very peaceful. I am allergic to dust so I would have appreciated a more thorough vacuuming under the beds and on the upholstered furniture
Ship Quality
bbeautifully maintained
Service and Staff
the crew and staff are wonderful, accomodatign every request and so very cheerful
Well done and interesting, lots of talent
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
this was great, well planned and landscaped, nice day at the beach. I had a massage and was a little disappointed that it was in a building and not in a cabana as advertised- but relaxing!!!
George Town, Grand Cayman
We have been here several times and it is a fun port because you can wander back behind the tourist area and find some nice local stores and food
Don't Miss: submarine or glass bottom boat-the tropical fishe here are amazing
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
we have been here a few times as well and it is a well maintained little haven with a variety of activities built into a safe environment
Don't Miss: swim with the dolphins
Grand Turk Island
A huge mall with all the usual jewelry stores, not what I was expecting

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