Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Bring your sea sick meds

Sail Date: December 11, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This could have been a perfect cruise, but our entire trip was spoiled by the pitch (up and down motion) and roll (side to side motion) of this ship in what I considered decent seas (4-6 feet) and the vibration of the ships engines felt in our stateroom on deck 10. No one seemed to explain this. One could watch the passengers walk side to side down the halls most of the time. This ship needs larger stabilizers. This is our 4th cruise, all on different lines, and this ship was the worst when it comes to motion.
We purchased "unspecified stateroom" which HAL selected a week before sailing and they put us on deck 10 in the front of the ship. Nice room if you are an experienced sailor but you can give me deck 7 midship any day (Not that it would have mattered on this ship). Yes, I used the patch.
Everything else was great, as you will see below.

Pros: Food, room, the Piano Bar with Jimmy

Cons: The pitch and roll of the ship spoiled the trip

Recommends Nieuw Amsterdam? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
The stateroom was the best we have had in 4 cruises (different cruise lines) as far as all criteria. The vibration of the engines must be fixed on this ship.
Ship Quality
The ship is the largest in Hal but I now prefer the larger ships. The layout was useful and lounges were placed around the ship so that you could always find one. Dcor was tasteful and varied and the place was clean. There was always someone somewhere cleaning something.
Food and Dining
I was impressed with the food quality and variety available in the Lido (Main buffet). We ate in the main dining once and then went to the Lido for the rest of the cruise only as a preference so we could see what was available. Loved it. The servers were always helpful and wanted to please
Service and Staff
Our stewards were great, always available, always smiled and were in the room at least 3 times a day with towels, etc.
If you go, you must see Hilby and visit the Piano Bar with Jimmy

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