Christmas week western caribbean cruise

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Western Caribbean Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 23, 2017

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4070

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

enjoyable first time cruise on Holland America. Nice staff, great décor. A little disappointed in holiday decorations for Christmas week cruise.


4 out of 5
wish there were more greeters as soon as you got on ship to give you the daily itinerary. Quick check in process at port.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining was good. Wish I knew the buffets were not self-serve that you were served by staff, took too long to get food so didn't eat a lot at buffet

Piano Bar

5 out of 5

great place to hang out and enjoy music, just wish they did not play the same tunes multiple days

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
enjoyed the martini tastings offered each night. Participated in Christmas Day drink tasting which was extremely busy and was in a smaller bar due to unexpected participation, so it was a little cramped but still fun


3 out of 5
didn't overly enjoy the stage shows when we could make the performances due to late seating dinner.

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
most staff was friendly. did not particularly enjoy our room steward as he put the wrong luggage in our room and day of debarkation he started to strip the room while we were waiting for early release.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
enjoyed the layout and design of ship. although it had just done a small dry dock, you could still smell the new carpet on the first couple of days Loved having directional carpet to let you know where front of ship was. helpful to get back to your cabin

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
enjoyed having a couch to sit at even though room was small. not much of a view due to tender ships in way

Ship tip

if you can purchase the cabana on the retreat deck, it is a nice way to relax and not stress over getting a deck chair to enjoy the weather.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
a little confusing at first driving into port with the security but easy parking structures and quick check in process

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Did not visit port

stayed on ship and used our cabana for week

Montego Bay, Jamaica Did not visit port

stayed on ship and used our cabana for the week

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

stayed on ship and used our cabana for the week

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

stayed on ship and used or cabana for week


4 out of 5
used the early disembarkation and it was quick and easy. a lot of people were using it so the line to get out was long but moved quick
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