Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

5 out of 5

HAL is Great

Sail Date: March 24, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The cruise was terrific--service and food always top notch on Holland America--cannot say enough about the crew and the chefs. This was our second cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. This time we tried the rear-facing verandah cabin: a little more room, king size bed, 180-degree view. A little more vibration and motion but not excessive. Could not stop at Grand Cayman as the port was closed due to rough seas (need to take life boat/tenders from ship there) but we did not mind too much as we had been to Grand Cayman before and we got an additional day at sea to enjoy the ship.

Wish we could say the same for customs upon disembarking at the end of the cruise. They only had two agents working at one time for the US passengers. Customs were only letting a small number of passengers off at a time and our 8:00 time slot quickly became 9:30; then a one hour wait in line (non-US had a two hour wait in line).
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Could not be better
Cabin / Stateroom
Plenty of room
Service and Staff
Friendliest; excellent
Entertainment great; went to all but two shows.
Children's Programs No children with us but fact that children on board were not a distraction tells you about the programs.
Onboard Activities
Plenty to do without feeling overwelmed.
Destinations and Excursions
George Town, Grand Cayman Could not go due to weather
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Dockside shops great--stop more suited for land excursions.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Not much there to do unless signed up for land excursions.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Easy on (off a problem due to Customs)


Lido for breakfast and lunch; dining room for dinner (reserve a table in rear for great views while dining).

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