Lots to love but a few things were not great.

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 25, 2018

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1105

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The tender situation really needs to be addressed. It is a real safety hazard. Holland is still my favorite line, the food, having Mass and the quality of service are outstanding.

Embarkation

3 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Holland stands out with excellent cuisine and service. Their food is amazing.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Tamarind, Lido and Pinnacle staff were outstanding.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautifully maintained and sparklingly clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Extremely uncomfortable bed and the configuration of the beds is not great. Not a great selection of movies to watch.

Ship tip

Try Tamarind. It is remarkable.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
The best stop of all. Loved the beach and unspoiled quality of Grand Turk.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Really loved the old town.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

2 out of 5
The port we docked at was really a dud. In order to get to the better area (close to the other port) it involved having to take a taxi.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

2 out of 5
Normally I love Half Moon Cay, this time it was not great. Dangerously overcrowded tenders to shore and two huge Holland ships docked there at the same time. The confusion over "tickets" for the tenders was ridiculous. As overcrowded as the tenders were it was extremely dangerous. Not sure if I would go there again after that. Overcharging customers $40 for clam shells really is ridiculous. All this made a lovely day a real disappointment.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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