Great relaxing experience!
Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryMy boyfriend and I are inexperienced cruisers; this was his 2nd and my 1st cruise. We weren't sure what to expect as we knew that Holland caters to a more mature crowd\, and we are both in our late 20's. Despite that\, we chose Holland America because we liked the itinerary and the ship looked really nice. Also\, our primary goal was R&R and being spring break\, we wanted to stay far away from the party crowd.
Our expectations were absolutely exceeded. We had the most wonderful time! The best part was absolutely the crew and the service we received. Literally every person we encountered on the ship was polite\, friendly\, enthusiastic and helpful. It was incredible. The service we received in the Manhattan Dining room was 5 star\, and the food was delicious and of a very high quality as well. There was a lot of selection and flavor variety and we enjoyed trying the featured cuisine. Our favorite dinner was the surf and turf. It's hard to believe a dinner of this quality is included in the regular dining room.
The cleanliness and overall atmosphere of the ship was also excellent. Everywhere you turned\, someone was cleaning something. The ship felt new\, was nicely kept up and the furnishings were lovely.
Although we were definitely among the youngest couples on the ship (there were some families as well)\, we still had a great time. The age difference was most apparent in the activities and entertainment\, which I would say were geared towards an older crowd. We did enjoy the trivia (Team Trivia and Pub Trivia)\, and we entered the casino tournaments. Most of our time spent on the ship was spent relaxing by the pool or in one of the lounges.
The itinerary was perfect\, we enjoyed all of the ports (loved Half Moon Cay and Cozumel)\, and the balance of ports and days at sea was just right.
Overall\, we could not have been more pleased with the vacation. We would definitely recommend this and are excited to plan our next cruise
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Service\, Dining
Cons: Activities\, Entertainment