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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 31, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Beautiful NEW ship & Holland America is definitely a cruise for adults - you most likely wont see too many children. Top rate Service in all areas, could use a few more entertainment options for a 7 night cruise. Most drinks are UNDER the $9 price so while we had the $15 elite drink package there was really no need to do so. If you love Sushi - Tamarind is a MUST!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Quick & Efficient - took an uber from our beachfront hotel

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Our best meal was at Tamarind - Sushi was Excellent & Unbelievably inexpensive. Main dining room was always good - a lot of options - always available were steaks & caesar salad!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools were crowded & certain guests ALWAYS took the same comfortable areas. We enjoyed the Rock Club but night after night it became too familiar! Nice selection of bars - & great bar drink menus. Great comedians & the Humanity show was good.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Need more diverse entertainment - dance shows TOO formal. Comedian was Great - would have liked more comedy. Blues club was really good!

Children's Programs

2 adults traveling

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Exceptional Service at All levels, especially our Cabin Crew!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was Clean & New! Layout seemed good for us (first time cruisers)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
As expected , Nice, New, Great Shower & plenty of hangers!

Ship tip

Book Open time dining - we never had a wait & were able to arrange dinner around the entertainment options

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
One of our favorite places - stayed at SNOOZE hotel the night before which is right next to our favorite piano bar/restaurant - CasaBlanca

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
Beautiful beach right off of the ship - NO need to book an excursion to another beach. Margaritaville is right there & some small shops with really nice island goods. The female DJ at that beach, however, is pretty obnoxious while you are sun bathing.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
HIGHLY recommend the History/Food Tour - everything is written in Spanish so most people would need a guide. This walking tour was great & finished by teaching everyone how to make a mojito as well as a traditional Puerto Rico dish in a local restaurant.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Take a cab to SAPPHIRE BEACH & resort - nice Casual Outdoor bar with facilities & it is BREATHTAKINGLY Beautiful - also not crowded!

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

4 out of 5
Beautiful but not enough beach chairs as there were 2 ships that day. Eat at the Lobster Bar - there were literally HUNDREDS of people in line for the lunch buffer. The LOW point of this cruise was the long hot line wait to get back to the ship.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
As expected - took awhile but the luggage was very organized
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