Bland, Boring and Disappointing

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 35

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: February 08, 2015

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 7029

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

 Hypnotic...the only way to describe the staff. Although attentive and friendly, the robotic and practiced interaction lacked any passion beyond the routine of the expected.

 The entertainment at night in the main show room was repeated with boring and too loud recorded music,lackluster themed shows, weak vocals and uninteresting dancing...again and again and again. After four nights of this we skipped the shows and enjoyed the piano bar. The BB King themed night spot was a waste of valuable space and the style of music totally inconsistent with the demographics and interests of the average passenger on Holland American. Stick with the piano bar.

 The food in the main dinning room lacked quality, variety or imagination and was so bad it had to be returned on two nights. My wife chose to leave hungry rather than eat the lousy food. Room service is a better choice.

 The Nieuw Amsterdam was anything but new as it shook and vibrated like no other ship we have ever experienced and the amenities showed age and a lack of maintenance. Choose another ship.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Made us sick twice.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Ship was old in every way.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1 out of 5
We missed this port due to bad weather in Grand Turk

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
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