Good cruise

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

14 Night Eastern & Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 10, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6117

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

Enjoyed my experience very much but found certain highlights missing from my previous experience. Entertainment in main show room lacking, fresh flowers few, missed the wide promenade walk wrap around deck where you could sit outside and enjoy the view. I also found the artwork was very modern which is not my personal favorite.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
It took only about 15 minutes from the curb to walking on the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was very good at all the food venues.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
I was really looking forward to America's Test Kitchen but never saw it except the next to last day and it was cancelled due to illness.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
After 60 plus cruises I found the Main Stage entertainment was poor. No doubt about it. I attended each evening hoping for improvement but it was like the budget was slashed. The Lincoln center stage along with other venues on the music walk were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Putting the casino next to the Lincoln center stage was dumb! You would have beautiful music going on and some guy using a microphone yelling countdowns was very annoying. All the beautiful flowers from previous cruises was totally lacking except for a few.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Very nice cabin and balcony. The sofa was very small compared to others in the past and would only hold one person comfortably. Cabin steward was wonderful day kept my cabin clean each day.

Ship tip

Best burgers at sea!

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
Port was fine but I took the Land and sea tour on the return to port. We were supposed to take a 90 minute cruise on the waterways but the boat broke down. Then we had to sit and wait for the bus to return. The guide decided to show us the homes from the street and got the bus stuck on a turn the bus never should have gone down the road. Then the bus driver missed the exit off the freeway to take us to the airport. Definitely don't recommend.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

3 out of 5
Nice port. Lots of nice shopping right off the ship

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
I always enjoy San Juan. I took a walking tour with a stop at a small restaurant where we made our own food and drink. Fun time!

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Basically got off the ship to do some shopping and spent most of the day enjoying the ship.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
Spent the day on the beach. Buffet lunch was just OK.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Was this review helpful? 3

1 Comment

Leave a comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Other reviews of this sailing