Eastern Caribbean

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: March 08, 2015

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 5019

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

We decided for this cruise because of the ports visited especially San Juan. My husband and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and we wanted to explore San Juan and have a relaxed time at the other islands. Grand Turk, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay are all beautiful islands and had a great time on our own. The only disappointment was the only tour we booked in San Juan, we visited the Bacardi rum plant and used most of the afternoon there and left very little time to see the forts and Old San Juan. We only give 3 stars to this cruise because the entertainment on board was poor. Holland America concentrated more in selling jewelry, photos and art.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great food, great service

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Did not find many that we would like to participate.


1 out of 5
Holland America could invest more in quality entertainment.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Didn't have children with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Mel and Nel, our cabana club attendants were the best. Also, our server at dinner time was very considerate and paid close attention to our needs.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Personnel was very attentive

Ship Tip

We loved the cabana club, it is a little bit pricey but we really enjoyed it. We highly recommend it for those who want privacy but still want the view.

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Check in was fast.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
The beach was great

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1 out of 5
Unfortunately too much time was spent on the road and visiting the Bacardi instalations leaving little time to see the forts and Old San Juan.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Beach was great

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Beautiful island
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