Eastern Caribbean Junket

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 19, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 4138

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We enjoyed our cruise immensely. We were very disappointed with the lack of onboard activities ( line dancing opportunities, organized games/sports, etc. and quickly realized that our active adult children would be very bored. It seemed like there was no entertainment staff with the exception of a CD and an ED. The food was excellent and the ship beautiful.


5 out of 5
Seem less and quick

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was excellent in both the Main Dining Room and Lido Market. Loved having the option to dine outside.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Would have appreciated more options of activities to do especially on sea days. The uninspired and limited list of activities was our only disappointment with this ship.


3 out of 5


1 out of 5

Delightfully decorated meeting spot and future cruise waiting room.

Screening Room

1 out of 5

Movies on MainStage. Scheduling conflict resulted in movie cancellation one day resulting in several disappointed guests.

Crow's Nest

3 out of 5

Lovely area for reading and games/puzzles available. Coffee available early morning unfortunately bar closed before 10 most nights.

B.B. King's Blues Club

5 out of 5

The BEST every night

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was great and the service incredible.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship is very clean and well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Not spacious - but not really cramped. The cabin had an extended balcony and was larger then I expected. The location was close enough to elevators/stairs to make cabin location ideal but not noisy. Lots of storage and a small couch. The bed was very comfortable. There were no “unusual” smells.

Ship tip

Come prepared for limited available activities and crowded entertainment venues( BBKing & Billboard)

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
We hired a private taxi to give us an overview tour of Old San Juan. Great (and funny) guide and a bargain at $10.00. After the tour we roamed OSJ and enjoyed a couple of adult beverages on cobblestone streets, interacting with locals and taking in the beautiful culture.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We had a private tour of the island of St. John. Amazing day on St.John.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
How can a beautiful beach be anything lass than perfect?

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
We did a self guided tour here and what started out as a “what were we thinking moment” morphed into an amazing adventure. We visited the museum, Methodist Church and cemetery and met the most delightful locals.


2 out of 5
Disembarkation was very slow but this was not the fault of HAL. The were not enough customs agents available to handle the influx of passengers. Global Entry guests breezed off.
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