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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

14 Night Tropical Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 24, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 7070

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Liked the Nieuw Statendam but preferred Princess and Celebrity. Service was lacking in dining areas. Food fabulous. Entertainment very good. Loved the “History of Holland America Lines”.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was fast and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food on the Lido deck was delicious. Main dining choices were limited and not good. Lobster tail was mushy like mashed potatoes..should not have been plated and served that way. Sent it back. Filet mignon in main dining room tasted awful. Ate up in Lido. Time was limited from 5:30 to 8 pm for any food on lido. Nothing again till 10:30 pm.. pizza and deli on deck 10 was available but nothing sweet to enjoy after a show...not even cookies! Unusual compared to other cruise ships. Grand Dutch Cafe had wonderful cream puffs.. not to be missed.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
2 pools.. no big deal.


4 out of 5
Entertainment in the big theater was great. The mentalist was the best! Great impressionist/singer and comedian was unusual but good. The music walk has a variety of music..from classical, piano, blues, and hard rock. Could have done without the hard rock and added pop music from the 60’s and 70’s instead.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
No enough staff in dining areas and lido. Dirty tables sat too long to be cleaned. Wait for food in main dining room was very long. Have been on 27 cruises and this lack of help was very evident.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship and spotless.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bathroom was spectacular. Loved the glass shower doors. Lots of storage space. Bed was hard and pillows weren’t the best.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

4 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

4 out of 5

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
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