Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Thanksgiving Cruise

Sail Date: November 23, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Ship Quality
fairly new ship and it showed plus crew constantly cleaning
Food and Dining
only problem was buffet breakfast which was always packed and hard to get everything in one place
Service and Staff
always trying to please and very upbeat
no comedian or special entertainer brought on board-basically ships staff and stage crew
Children's Programs did not use
Onboard Activities
not really into activities-we dance alot and use the spa
Destinations and Excursions
standard for the area, St Thomas, San Juan , Turks and private island
Cabin / Stateroom
very large and spacious-bed very confortable
Grand Turk Island
not much there-few small shops
San Juan, Puerto Rico
old San Juan nice walk about-take the ferry($4) to Bacardi rum factory-well worth it and free rum
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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)
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) very windy-did not go ashore


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

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