Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

wonderful experience

Sail Date: May 04, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

We have done numerous cruises and agree this was one of the best. We spent extra nights in Venice, and being there at night when the city is quieter is magical. The ports are all excellent. Istanbul is awesome, but more crowded that when we were there 5 years ago, we did a tour thru Shore Excursions (bought the 3 pack, Athens, Santorini and Istanbul, and we were pleased with them all, excellent guides). Oai is one of the most beautiful places with gorgeous views and the tour included a stop at a winery that was very nice: no pressure to buy, and they served olives, bread, tomatoes and cheese.

We had to skip Lesbos due to high waves, and Argostoli was a cute town, but not much there.

the Nieuw amsterdam had an awesome crew: our room stewards were great, very attentive and we had fixed dining, with a fun group of people and our waiters took good care of us. Very patient with my elderly mother who is hard of hearing. even the servers in the Lido were helpful and patient. We were impressed with the room service this time, always prompt, and the order was always complete (something that has been a problem on the Eurodam in the past) and they even sent things we forgot to order, like brown sugar and raisins for the oatmeal. We were pleased with everything. The entertainment has improved (a new contract group for the song and dance stuff, much better) but some of the stuff still geared toward an older group.

We had an aft cabin, some + and some negative aspects. Far to walk to everywhere in the ship (but I didn't gain weight!) nice size balcony with a stunning night view in Istanbul, we saw the entire harbor. But I did notice more vibrations, and some noise from the lido deck above in the am and at night when they moved chairs.

would recommend!

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Food and Dining
noticed a definate improvement in the food. people who had been on other cruise lines comented that the good was excellent
Service and Staff
Dika, Eddy and Ari in the dining room are so attentive and excellent waiters
improved, but not HAL's best point
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Destinations and Excursions
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Cabin / Stateroom nice size balcony, but far to walk in ship (which can be good or bad, I lost weight) some increase in vibrations, and definetley hard noise from the lido deck at 6am and 6pm as they moved deck chairs around. 180 degree view can be stunning
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
cute, walkable town, not big. nice orthadox church, good jewlery stores. took the little train around and worth it!
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
the acropolis!
Cruise Dardanelles
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Mytilene, Lesvos (Lesbos), Greece Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
the tour to ephesus is stunning, but the shop by the terminal nice too
Santorini, Greece
oia wonderful
Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece
cute little town, train ride is ok. nice place to have a drink and relax
Venice, Italy
go to mass at St Marks, gives you time to really admire the church and the expereience is moving. don't forget the museum upstairs


We did seating with a large group at late dinner and had a riot, but people liked as you wish dining as well. Lido can be chaotic at lunch and they stop serving full lunch at 2p port days, but still have a terrific salad bar. The Dive In hambergers and chicken sandwiches are good.

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