Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Tropical Caribbean with Holland America

Sail Date: January 31, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We left Fort Lauderdale for 4 ports on the Nieuw Amsterdam - Key West FL, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic & Half Moon Cay (private Island) Bahamas.  All the ports were nice with the later 3 truly beaches in paradise.  We also did 2 excursions where one was not great and one was outstanding.

This was our first H.A. cruise and the ship was nice plus the staff very good as well although not outstanding.  We had no issues but the only thing we were somewhat disappointed in was the buffet restaurant as compared to other cruises lines - limited stations, variety, shorter hours and not open self-serve.  The evening entertainment wasn't as good either.

All in all we had a great time despite some rough seas.

Cabin / Stateroom
It was great having a balcony and we opened up to our adjacent family too. We actually had a bath tub & shower instead of just a small standup enclosure too.
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Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Port was fine. Did not spend time in FLL except the long line at the airport on the return was making us a little nervous.
Key West, Florida
Grand Turk Island
Great beach and water
Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic
Outstanding; Great beach and water
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Outstanding; Great beach and water - as close to paradise as you can get.

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