Ok cruise. Price was right.

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2.6 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: January 13, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 10 days ago

Review Summary

I fit the age demographic for the ship (late 60s), but not a fan.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
quick, but my agent's computer went out midway through check in so had to wait for another agent to finish

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food in main dining room was nicely done and well presented, but almost no variety on starches. If you are not a fan of couscous, quinoa or pollenta, give it up. Very little selection each day. I do not do buffets so cannot comment there.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Onboard activities is NOT an area where Holland America shines. We made our own fun.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Shows were good. Nothing exceptional, but good.

Children's Programs

No children in our gr

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Room steward was excellent, dining room staff was just ok and staff on pool deck, activity areas was almost nonexistant.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
My first time for an inside cabin. I had to have the room steward do a special clean/oxidation of my bathroom and never did get rid of the outhouse smell. They tried, but it is ingrained. Very off-putting. Holland American did not offer me a different room or even a glass of wine, even though I complained to guest services and got the head of housekeeping involved. Very poor PR - totally negative impression for the line.

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
Land and Sea excursion - okay.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

2 out of 5
Nothing to do if you are not a beach person. We did a tram ride around the island. Nothing special

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

2 out of 5
Jamaica is an incredibly poor country, as well as being dirty - litter everywhere.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Fabulous port. Clean.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Did a chocolate making and wine pairing excursion. Port has many, many shops at the pier.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
Very poor instructions. Did not even know which deck to go to until I went to the wrong one.
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