Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4 out of 5

Nieuw Amsterdam Western Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: March 15, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Ship Quality
The ship was well maintained.
Food and Dining
We think Holland America's food is the best.
Service and Staff
Ronald and Ryan in the poolside bar were engaging. Overall, the service is typically wonderful, although dinner service was very slow.
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 N/A
Onboard Activities
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.
Destinations and Excursions
Cozumel was a disappointment although our tour of the cocoa factory was interesting.
Cabin / Stateroom
We like to be "forward" on ships - this was the last "forward" cabin.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Take the Duck Tour with Mike as your guide.
Cozumel, Mexico
The Cocoa Factory was interesting. The remainder of the island not so much so.
Key West, Florida
Take the Little White House tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Port is near airport.
Grand Turk Island
Fun to walk around and enjoy Margaritaville's pool or the beach.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
I loved touring the fort. Other than that, San Juan is dirty and seems a little sketchy.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Very commercial. We took a private taxi tour and enjoyed it.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
The very best cruise private island !!!


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

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