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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 16, 2018

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7115

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I was told that this line was mostly used by older white people. I was surprised that there was a mix of ages, races, and cultures to interact with. I was very comfortable.


5 out of 5
It went well, despite our initial confusion at check-in. We got reasonably clear instructions.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We ate in the Main Dining Room. Should be clearer about which drinks were free. We were charged for soft drinks. Thought that only alcoholic drinks were charged.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
I had no desire to go to the pool. Overrun with children and heavy smokers.


5 out of 5
The comedian was great, but I don't think everyone in the audience could relate.

Children's Programs

We had no children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly and attentive.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean. Beautiful design. The best I've seen.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I expected a room too small for me to move in. I was wrong. It was good use of a small space. Always clean. Bathroom always stocked.

Ship tip

Get a massage. Ask for Bweti.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Did not do an excursion. If you don't have a car (which we didn't), shopping or even getting something to eat was hard. Not many choices.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
LOVED the glass-bottomed boat!

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Didn't do an excursion. Chose to shop. Very aggressive shopkeepers.

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

The current was too strong for the tenders to navigate. Captain cancelled shore activity.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Spent the most time here. Excursion was cancelled due to lack of minimum numbers. We spent that time at a beach club for cheaper. Shopping was excellent. Bought our first rum cakes. Wow!


4 out of 5
Very orderly. Had help with our bags. I wish that there were more places to sit or access to wheelchairs while waiting for transportation.
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