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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 14, 2016
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 10010
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

This was my first time cruising and I had a great time!  The quick version is this:  beautiful ship, great staff (especially the Lido deck cabaña staff), fun entertainment (comedian and juggler were awesome). The ship never felt crowded. The food was problematic for me - I'm dairy free and, while they knew that upon my arrival, none of the food staff knew what was in the food, there were no labels and 95% of it had dairy.  For example, there were no desserts that were dairy free except plain fruit.  The spa was beautiful but the staff less than helpful.  Overall, a great cruise.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The only time the Master Chef table was offered was the one night we had in San Juan. And the cooking class was set with only a few hours notice, so we couldn't do that either.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Huge cabin (2 could fit at the same time in the bathroom, king bed). Veranda was great - I've heard it is smaller than others on the ship but was fine for us. Tons of storage under the bed and 2 large closets for space.

Ship Tip

We had as you wish dining but after the first night in the Main Dining Room I gave up (the wait staff had no idea if there was any dairy in any of the meals and had no options). Ate at Tamarind and it was amazingly good, highly recommend it.

3 out of 5
Don't do the reef snorkel. The reef is mostly dead with almost no life. The stingray experience was fun.
5 out of 5
You don't have to take a paid tour, you can walk yourself and see most of the sites and go at your own pace.
5 out of 5
Best snorkeling at Coki Beach.
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