Nieuw Amsterdam Western Caribbean Cruise

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 41

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
14 Night Western/Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 15, 2015
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8024
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

The Nieuw Amsterdam is one of our favorite ships, so we were already off to a good start.  We sail often with Holland America because we like their ships and absolutely love their private island, Half Moon Cay.  On this cruise we enjoyed our "Duck Tour" in Grand Cayman and thoroughly enjoyed Key West.  We were not impressed with Cozumel, although the cocoa factory tour was interesting.  Overall, it was a good experience.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We think Holland America's food is the best.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
We thought there was not enough to do. We enjoy audience interaction game shows; they only had the Marriage Game with the same, same, same questions we've heard on multiple cruise lines. Also it was difficult to enjoy our balcony because there were smokers below and next to us.


3 out of 5
The "Pan Players"/Steel Drum band was a very pleasant surprise. I didn't think I liked that style of music, but they played Broadway hits and classical music !!! The Piano Man was very good. The singers and dancers were good although we have seen the same show many times. The comedian was awful - had I not been seated in the middle, I would have left.

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Ronald and Ryan in the poolside bar were engaging. Overall, the service is typically wonderful, although dinner service was very slow.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We like to be "forward" on ships - this was the last "forward" cabin.

Ship Tip

As You Wish Dining is the way to go if you enjoy meeting other people.

5 out of 5
Take the Duck Tour with Mike as your guide.
3 out of 5
The Cocoa Factory was interesting. The remainder of the island not so much so.
5 out of 5
Take the Little White House tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
5 out of 5
Port is near airport.
5 out of 5
Fun to walk around and enjoy Margaritaville's pool or the beach.
1 out of 5
I loved touring the fort. Other than that, San Juan is dirty and seems a little sketchy.
3 out of 5
Very commercial. We took a private taxi tour and enjoyed it.
5 out of 5
The very best cruise private island !!!
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