Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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3 out of 5

Back-to-back 14 day cruise.

Sail Date: March 01, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

With a 14 day back to back cruise, we liked some things a lot and detested some. Good talent on 1st leg with Island Magic and a fair comedian. Ship vibrates heavily under load. Lifeboats placed over windows, so if you get an ocean view, it is not.   2nd leg the talent was simply awful. I suspect Holland is trying to out do Carnival for poor taste. Food was good. There were splendid piano/violin players in a tiny bar area, so few were able to find a seat to watch. In the tech department was a super instructor regards cameras and computers. Indonesian crew are just as good as other ships using them. The smaller ships like Zandaam are much better due to crowds and feel. Our taste does not run to Blues, so that was a bust. Food was good. Some lady hired by the ship kept interrupting the guest chef and mixologist. Her little add-ins were paltry and painful. Food was good. The main desk has good willing folks, but do not bring up the non-view rooms, as they have heard it 40 times each cruise and have the glib answers to shut you down. They will not help because they cannot. This is simply a design flaw. A couple ports were good: USVI and Puerto Rico. Key West is OK as well. Good food., but everybody says that, don't they? We liked our August trip to Alaska on Norwegian much better due to talent. Food on Norwegian is not as good unless you want to pay $20 per and go to a specialty diner.  We simply grew weary of the lady working for the gem sellers being on TV day and night.

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Ship Quality
Vibrates under load.
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
The ocean view simply was not. Cabin otherwise was great..
Service and Staff
Only Island Magic and the 4 staff singers came through. The rest was the worst we have ever experienced.
Onboard Activities
Not enough,, especially land tour options.
Destinations and Excursions
Grand Turk, Mexico and private island are not that great.
George Town, Grand Cayman
One trip here is enough. We have been here three or four times.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico Didn't stop for weather
Key West, Florida
Good for one trip unless you like to booze it up.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Stayed aboard ship.
Grand Turk Island
Convenient beach. Poor town, but they need your money.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Learn that Ponce De Leon did not find the fountain of youth... hen is buried here. Beautiful. forts.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Get a good guided tour or forget it
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
See above


Either get an inside cabin or a verandah for twice the dough. If you get a guarantee ocean view it has a great chance of not being a view cabin at all.

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