Tropical Caribbean with Holland America

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Tropical Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: January 31, 2016

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 5025

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

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.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
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

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Great beach and water

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Outstanding; Great beach and water

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Outstanding; Great beach and water - as close to paradise as you can get.
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