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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!


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.


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.


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