Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Great relaxing experience!

Sail Date: March 01, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

My 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

Pros: Service\, Dining

Cons: Activities\, Entertainment

Recommends Nieuw Amsterdam? Yes!

Daily ship activities did not pique our interest much and we were not overly impressed with the nightly entertainment.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Food and Dining
We thought the food at the buffet was good\, but the food at the Manhattan Dining Room was excellent. We loved the dining room so much that we didn't even try any of the specialty restaurants. Dining in the Manhattan was like treating yourself to a special night out every day! We also dined there for breakfast most days\, but admittedly\, the selection and variety is not as great as at night. The food quality was excellent\, it was all delicious and there was a variety of different options each night. Honestly I can't imagine how such a high quality meal can be included in the cost of the cruise. Amazing value!
Ship Quality
The ship was not too big\, but big enough to have lots of things to do. It was extremely well kept up and felt very luxurious. It was so clean I think you could have eaten off of any surface you encountered. They are constantly cleaning and there are hand sanitizer stations everywhere.

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