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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 23, 2014
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 4028
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Service great but there was a slight language barrier for non typical situations.  My wife is gluten free and they would give us a menu of the next days meals and she would select so they would cook anything gluten free for her.  Food was very good and had no problem with anytime dining.  Specialty Pinnacle restaurant was exceptional.

Room was balcony on upper promenade.  Very large with balcony @ 25% larger than normal.  Bath also had a tub which was great compared to the usual transporter style shower.

Would have given 5 stars but entertainment was really lacking across the board.

Passengers were not  older  as we expected but ran the entire age spectrum and the ship was still rocking at midnight.  We love to dance and were able to all nights except formal night when only had 1 hour of dancing entertainment.  BB King Blues band was great and played 5 nights in their own theatre with dancing.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
only problem was buffet breakfast which was always packed and hard to get everything in one place

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
not really into activities-we dance alot and use the spa


1 out of 5
no comedian or special entertainer brought on board-basically ships staff and stage crew

Children's Programs

did not use

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
always trying to please and very upbeat

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
fairly new ship and it showed plus crew constantly cleaning

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
very large and spacious-bed very confortable

Ship Tip

Don't be late for sit down lunch or breakfast-showed up at 9 for breakfast and they would not seat us as they said open till 9-also had same at coffee bar but they were closing 15 minutes early
BB KIng Blues room fills fast

3 out of 5
not much there-few small shops
5 out of 5
old San Juan nice walk about-take the ferry($4) to Bacardi rum factory-well worth it and free rum
5 out of 5
my wife always loves the shopping-went to jewelers we had beeenn to before and they repaired a ring including missing emerald for free( we did not even buy it there but had bought $1300 worth of stuff last year there)
very windy-did not go ashore
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