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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 25, 2015
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8039
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

My wife and I are "Young" senior citizens and we have been cruising for 25 years. Being on this cruise made you feel like you were in a rest home instead of being on a cruise ship. The bingo crowd was everywhere. No daily poolside activities except for a steel pan drummer and canned music. The food was O.K. in the dining room but to get a hot dog or hamburger on deck took on the average 15 minutes to order and receive. The pay venue Pinnacle Grill was a disappointment also. I pre-reserved a dinner for two for the third night of the cruise based on the online menu which showed surf (lobster) and turf. When we were being seated, I noticed a menu in the lobby which DID NOT mention any LOBSTER. When I explained to the Maitre d' about the online menu he said that particular menu was over a year old and there was in fact no lobster available. I ordered something else that was not to my liking.

When we booked the cruise, I made it clear and double checked to be sure that my wife and I would be celebrating our 25th anniversary and was assured that there would be "something" special waiting in the room. When I saw nothing I asked the cabin steward to check with the front desk. He later came back and said I would have to PURCHASE an anniversary package!! Some surprise.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Lido Grill (buffet) was unusual in that there were tables very near the serving line.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
More of a variety needed especially poolside.


3 out of 5
BB King blues all-stars were excellent

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Embarktation took 2 hours

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin (veranda) was tight for 2 people.

Ship Tip

If you want to relax with a majority of seniors, this is the right cruise.

3 out of 5
Been here several times. Just spent the night waiting for the ship the next day.
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Been here many times. Enjoyed shopping and walking around downtown.
due to weather (rough seas) the captain cancelled our stop so we never went ashore.
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