Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Good but not Great

Sail Date: November 29, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Our stateroom was very nice and the steward could not have been better.  The food was quite good. Actually many times the food at the buffet was actually better than in the main dining room. The seas had a slight roll to them but not too bad.  Our main problem was the entertainment.  The shows were terrible. There was no staging at all and the music and singing was so loud that you could not understand a word.  The BB King band and the piano bar were just as bad, so loud you couldn't find a place far enough away from the stage that was comfortable to listen to them much less be able to have a conversation.  'The Band' in the one bar was wonderful but alas they did not have a vocalist, however, they were very pleasant to sit and listen too not blasting at full volume like all the others. This was our 2nd HA cruise and it was much better than the last one but not good enough to consider going with them again unless there is no other choice. The only reason we sailed with HA this time was that they stopped in Key West for the whole day and the others left around noon. If not for that we would never have chosen to go with HA.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin could not have been more comfortable.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Lots of quiet places to sit and read. Comfortable
Destinations and Excursions
They did not even offer the excursions we were looking for, had to book outside of the ship
Onboard Activities
Very limited
Terrible shows, mostly dancing and the vocals were so loud you could not understand the words. The BB King Band and the piano bar were deafeningly loud
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
It was OK


The ship itself is very nice but the entertainment is terrible

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