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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

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

Sail date: December 01, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review summary

First cruise on HAL, was completely satisfied, enjoyed variety of entertainment offered on music row, Will probably be first look for future cruise

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Fast and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Did not use specialty restaurants, main dinning room offered great service and a good selection. For lunch we used the Lido buffet & New York Deli.

Ocean's Bar

5 out of 5

Great location with 2 for 1 drinks from 4pm to 5pm every day. Seating area fills up fast. Need to get there early

New York Deli & Pizza

5 out of 5

New York Deli style breakfast and lunch sandwiches and custom made 9 inch pizza made to order. Very busy at lunch expect waits up.to 30 minutes for food

Lido Market

5 out of 5

Buffet that is set up as different food sections, plate service with a variety of items prepared at station and served by crew to plate, Bar service available at table

Grand Dutch Cafe

5 out of 5

Great little coffee house venue that features specialty coffees & tea (extra cost) and Dutch pastries, and breakfast items at no extra charge

Dive In at the Terrace Grill

5 out of 5

Great hamburger and hot dogs, gets very busy around lunch and can take 15 minutes to get meal,

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Casino, environment talks, small entertainment bars

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Shows were good, better than the last couple of RCL cruises. The performers at the shows along music row were very good, wide range of music offered.

Children's Programs

No children on cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All the staff were very pleasant and went out of their way to provide great service

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship is very well maintained, all functions on deck 2,3 or 9,10

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Was above balcany room, largest shower area we ever had on a cruise. Lots of closet space and it was laid out to give maximum useable space.

Ship tip

Do not expect late night party on pool deck

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

Just got on and off ship, drove home

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
Have been to this port before do we only walked around the port area and over to Margaritaville

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
Been to this port before, did a self guided trip to Casa Bacardi, Took local ferry $1.00 round trip for 2, Uber $6 each way and 2:tickets $33

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Been here several times, took cable car up to Paridise Point which has a great view of harbor than walked into town for shopping and drinks

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Very nice beach, burgers at beach bar b que were very over cooked. Be sure to bring a towel from ship as none are available on shore

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Did expedited walk off, was off ship and in car by 8am

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