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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 19
Helpful Votes: 173

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 24, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Loved the cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. The shows were great. The music entertainment with BBC King was great. People love to dance with the BBC King band an many were at the shows every night. I also like that Holland America provides a Catholic priest on board with daily Catholic mass. There was good attendance throughout the week.


5 out of 5
Boarding was organized and on-time

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food for most part was excellent, dining rooms clean in MDR, Caneletto and Lido Marketplace. Service was also good from the dining stewards

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Participated in many of the activities but too many to get to all. Several presentations in the World Theater including with Meet the Captain. game shows, BBC Earth.


5 out of 5
Stage shows introduced two new shows with new concept with dance only but with themes, Enjoyed BB King Blues, Lincoln Center stage and the Rolling Stones Rock

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Did not have any children with me but I noticed how orderly the children were around the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
One of the reasons why I continue coming back to Holland America is the service from dining room, cabin stewards and staff is their consistent excellent service. Two of the Lido Marketplace stewards remembered me from the Eurodam in April 2018. A great reunion!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Brand new ship with new car smell. Beautiful layout, artwork. Decks, thermal spa, theater are all beautiful and we'll maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin and balcony seemed smaller than on Oosteram but it was nice. On the Oosterdam I was in a Signature suite and we had night lighting in the bathroom. Not on the Nieuw Statendam. I did like how the toilet seats gradually go down. The don't slam closed.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Boarder only

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

4 out of 5
Took the Calypso Tram behind the scenes tour.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

4 out of 5
Just walked, I visited many times.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Just walked, I visited many times. But gave tour suggestions to other cruisers who reported they enjoyed toyr.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Just walked, I visited many times. The tour we had planned to go on Saving Coral reefs was canceled


5 out of 5
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