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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 11
Helpful Votes: 208

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Nieuw Amsterdam

14 Night Gems Of Spain & Mediterranean Discovery (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 19, 2015

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise & we were hooked. We love everything about Holland America.


5 out of 5
Went very smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We dined in the dining room, Lido buffet , Pinnacle Grill, Canneletto & Tamarind, all wonderful experiences.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Played trivia games & really enjoyed the music venues & the shows at night. Went on a paid tour of the ship which took 4 hours over 2 days at sea. Fantastic tour which was very informative


5 out of 5
Didn't miss a show. The ships singers & dancers were great as were the performers that came aboard at each port.

Children's Programs

No children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great service from a very friendly staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This was our first cruise & it was quite easy to find our way around. The ship was definitely clean & well-maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were upgraded four days before departure from a room with a view to a room with a balcony which spoiled us for all future cruises. We loved the room.

Ship tip

If you need to see the ship's doctor it is not inexpensive. However, you can submit the bill to your insurance company when you return home.

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Beautiful city with great restaurants. Viewed the city by Hop On, Hop Off bus & walking.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5
Took a carriage ride with friends that was a lot of fun & scenic. Very easy area to walk around the area.

Alicante, Spain

5 out of 5
Another place that it was easy to get around by walking.

Motril (Granada), Spain

5 out of 5
Viewed the local sites again by walking.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5
The best tour we went on. Six of us viewed the island by van driven by a local resident who we met once ashore. Going to the top of "The Rock" & inside of it was the highlight of the tour.

Cartagena, Spain

5 out of 5
A very short walk from the ship. An interesting little town

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Met a local ashore who drove 6 of us into & around Rome in a van with stops at key locations. Pizza & wine for lunch.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
We used the Hop On, Hop Off bus to see the sites. What a beautiful city.

Palermo, Sicily

5 out of 5
Carriage ride around town with Joseph our driver who seemed to know everyone. Enjoyed gelato & locally made wine.

Olbia, Sardinia

5 out of 5
We took a tender to get ashore & walked around the area. Nice seafood lunch & wine.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Once off the ship we met Marco & he took us sightseeing in his van. There were 5 of us & Marco was very informative & made sure to get us back to the ship on time. The highlight was seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

5 out of 5
The ship was unable to dock in Monte Carlo. We were tendered to Villefrance. A really cool little town. We had beer & lunch with the locals.


5 out of 5
Considering that the ship could not dock as scheduled in Barcelona & docked a day late everything worked out well. Holland America did everything possible to assistance the passengers. We even received a refund for the night in the hotel we had booked.
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