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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 07, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8168

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I love that they don't have the messages going all the time like on some ships. Wish there had been more to do onboard. It is almost hard to get a drink, which is in contrast to other cruise lines.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
As good as can be expected

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was great, bar prices were high...$8.95 for a beer?!

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Not a whole lot to do. Yes, they have several venues, but seem to run only one or two at a time. VERY disappointrd that there was no place to go outside in the evening and sit down and have a drink...the night was so nice but you had to be inside. Wouldn't itbe nice to have the back bar open with perhaps dancing under the stars, or even just a quiet place to talk and have a drink?

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Again, the main stage shows were not even every night. They had two shows that were of 6 dancers and music/background screens, one night with a great comic and one night with an illustionist and then the final night they had these two back again for shortened shows...that was it. The violinists were great, the bands are billed as the music walk but they are basically open to each other and so only one at a time. I never saw the husband and wife dual piano show that everyone raved about... Must have been replaced with two gentlemen that were okay.

Children's Programs

We had no kids on board

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Personnal was great, especially our waiter Harry and John, the assistant and Bang Bang was our room steward and couldn't have been better.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
New ship and pretty design and immaculately maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Great bed, nice balcony and decent bathroom. It was decently sized.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Embarked only..crowded city...it took forever to go no where entering the port

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Most beautiful island I have seen.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
If you don't do Dunn Falls (again!) what do you do!? We went to beach (Passion Beach) and had nice tapas and srinks, but water wasn't very nice for swimming...not worth the price

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

The tenders on this ship are small and often can't make this port of call

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Went on a boat to Passion Island and it was so full of seaweed no one swam. The island has hammocks in the water and on land and mostly the hard molded plastic beach chairs. The food was mediocre but the tour guides, Addie and Ernesto, couldn't do enough for you and were very charming. Again, sad to say, it wasn't worth the money

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Crowder and slow. We were slatted to be off 9:00-9:30 and didn't get off until 10:30, and the congestion at the port is incredible, but that is what you would get at a busy port wth thousands coming and going

Traveler Photos

Half Moon Cay
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