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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Nieuw Amsterdam

10 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 13, 2018

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8061

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise, so I can't compare it to another cruise line or ship. We needed to relax, so the quiet was great. However, the boredom settled in quicker than we thought it would. I think Holland America is designed for a specific demographic and they do an amazing job catering to it. I can't say we didn't love the cruise. We just didn't LOVE the cruise.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was smooth, quick and very well organized! Super friendly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Lido: Great variety and the service was good. Sometimes, the food was cool to lukewarm, other times it was hot. We ate here most nights because... Dining Room: we had anytime dining, so we were seated with random people. The first time, it was great! We shared dinner with some awesome people. The second time we sat with two couples who were Canadian and when they found out we were Americans, did nothing but bash our President, lax gun control laws and expound on their superior socialist medical service. UGH. We never went back. Anytime dine at your own peril... Canaletto Restaurant: Decent Italian cuisine. The service was excellent. Pinnacle Grille: The food was great-not amazing. The service was okay.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
I had hoped the other "poor" reviews were wrong, but unfortunately, they were correct. There are no activities worth attending. Unless of course, you enjoy trivia or puzzles and want to learn about Windows10 during your vacation. There were alcohol-based activities all day. If you drink-you'll love it!

Lido Pool

3 out of 5

Pool and Hot tubs were clean. The smoking section is right next to the bar, so when you walk out, you're bombarded with smoke.

Spa And Salon

4 out of 5

I got a pedicure and massage. Overpriced, but the service was lovely.


3 out of 5
Entertainment tastes are objective, but here goes: The comedian was hilarious. But, the other shows didn't hold any appeal, so I can't review them.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The room steward, Baha and Rahun were simply magnificent! The wait staff was attentive and prompt. The spa practitioners were lovely and created the perfect spa experience.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Nieuw Amsterdam is very easy to navigate. It's kept in pristine condition.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Overall comfort: Amazing bed! The most comfortable bed and pillows, ever! Neutral colors and wood created a very soothing atmosphere. Size: The stateroom was just right for 2 people. The verandah was larger than I thought it would be. It easily sat two chairs, footstools, and end table. Perfect place for a nap! Cleanliness: Pristine. It was cleaned twice a day.

Ship tip

This is the perfect ship if you want to do nothing but relax and decompress. If you're the slightest bit active, don't drink or easily bored; choose a different ship.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

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

Weather conditions prohibited safe tendering.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
I loved Grand Turk Island! Advice: don't buy an excursion on through the boat. There's PLENTY of private vendors at a fraction of the cost as soon as you get out of the port. Take a taxi to the beaches further away from port. They're less crowded and relaxing. DO wear water shoes and be aware of the reef. It was washed away during the hurricanes.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Beautiful island. We didn't do an excursion.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
If I could give Bonaire 10 stars, I would. The port is clean and easily navigated. We did the 2-stop snorkeling excursion with Seacow. The crew and guides were fun and super informative.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
We went on a private excursion from a vendor outside the port. Toured the city, went to the Curacao distillery and Hato Caves. $20 USD

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
It's a bit of a hike out to town, but not bad. We did the Submarine Excursion. It was really cool. Next time, we won't book any excursions through the cruiseline.


5 out of 5
Crazy fast and organized!

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