Excellent ship relocation cruise

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

4 Night Pacific Coastal Northbound (San Diego To Vancouver)

Sail date: May 01, 2018

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: GUAR

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This is our 4th relocation cruise to/from Vancouver, Canada. They are inexpensive, but still lots of fun. We will do more.


5 out of 5
Boarded in San Diego. Most of the passengers were already on board, as they boarded at a previous port (in Florida). No lines, no wait.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was the best we have had in 23 cruises. Lots of sea food. Really great quality. The buffet; this is only the second cruise we have been on that the (plastic gloved) ship staff spoons up the buffet item; the passengers dont touch the spoon or serving utensil.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
This is an outdoor bar with overhead protection. It is the only place on the ship that one can smoke. Our server remembered our names, our favorite drink, teased us on the card games we were playing, and automatically brought warm lap blankets when it was chilly.


4 out of 5
Guitar Musician in the main stage was fantastic. There wasnt quite enough to do during sea days. Need more activities (as in, more trivia contests, more days of bingo, etc).

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every single employee was smiling, curteous, and said more than just 'hello'.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Cleanest ship we have been on, and we have been on 23.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Tad small, but thats what you expect when you choose the least expensive room possible.

Ship tip

This was the first time we ever saw that the cruise line has custom carpets, that display a ship, with the bow pointed in the right direction. At every elevator, these ships-in-the-carpet made it really easy to get your bearing as to which was was 'forward' and which way is 'aft'. Believe me, it can get confusing sometimes.

Ports of call

San Diego, California

4 out of 5
This was a relocation cruise. Wasnt expected to stop at special ports.

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
Victoria is not as neat and clean as years before. There are homeless on the main city streets.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Vancouver is beautiful, and neat as a pin.


4 out of 5
Took slightly longer than expected. Could have been waiting for immigration approval, I dunno.
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