Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Great Week!

Sail Date: March 22, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

There were many things we liked about our cruise - wonderful food, great staff, beautiful ship, our balcony.  We loved the elevators on the outside of the ship and the walking track on the 3rd level.  We were excited to see a movie theater but a little disappointed with the movies shown.  The nightly entertainment in the main show room was also not very good.  There were many empty seats so I think others felt the same way. 

Ship Quality
A very pretty ship and the layout was very good.
Food and Dining
The food was great in the main dining room always. Not so good on the Lido deck. Also we really missed having ice cream available at all times. It was only available when someone was sworking that station. Many ships have the machines out for self service.
Cabin / Stateroom
I liked the size of our room and loved the balcony.
Service and Staff
Our waiter, Putu and his hekper, Putu E were so attentive and remembered I liked decaf coffee each nitght. I lost our porter's name (room 8061) but he kept our room in great shape and made cut animals. Several times we had money in our safe and forgot to lock it but we felt like anything in our room was safe anyway.
Nothing was great and the female singer and percussionists were bad. Entertainment was disappointing.
Onboard Activities
We liked having a movie theater but weren't impressed with the movies. We wanted relaxation so did not try many of fhe activities.
Destinations and Excursions
We liked the destinations especially the private island. Excursions have gotten too expensive to buy. We did some on our own at the ports.
Grand Turk Island
There are lounge chairs at no charge all around the beach area so wear your bathing suit.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We took a local tour and it has a lot of history.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We usually go to the beach there which we love. This time we rode a taxi to town - not a good choice.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
We rented a clam shell and spent the day on a lounge under the shade. Beatiful beach.


Get a large table not a table for 4. Our table mates were nice but were much older than we were. Get a balcony - ours was midship on the 8th level and it was wonderful. The only thing that could have been better on the balcony would have been 2 lounge chairs.

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