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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

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

Sail date: December 01, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1135

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We found the cruise quite relaxing. We had already been to all the ports and didn't really plan on excursions. We ate in the dining room whenever we could and the food was pretty good. Our daughter, who is essentially vegetarian, found better variety in the dining room than on other cruises.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The dining room food was great. The salad bar portion of the buffet was the best I've seen. They actually give you a decent bowl for your salad. The ice cream section of the buffet was good, too. The main buffet didn't seem to have as much variety as I would have liked. We tried the Italian restaurant on the first nite and it was pretty good, especially with the 25% first night discount.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We enjoyed the hydro pool very much although it was closed some times that hadn't been advertised. The pools looked nice although we didn't actually use them.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Really enjoyed Billboard Online. Others in our party thought the the Rock venue was outstanding. The dance troupe was innovative.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Dining staff was pretty good although not as attentive as they could have been, especially at breakfast. The room was kept up nicely, although we didn't see the steward much.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship's layout was not one that I especially liked. I like a tall atrium styled ship. This had a very small atrium. I think they've sacrificed that to get more food venues in. The casino also had an opening to the floor below. This allowed the smoke to go down to that floor as well. This made the smoke unavoidable if you were in the main decks in the center of the shipl.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was a little larger than others of its class. There was lots of extra space on either side of the bed. It was very clean. The video system was a new design that had many nice features. The shower was large. Unfortunately, our daughter was allergic to the Elemis shower gels, etc.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

1 out of 5
Didn't do an excursion, but traffic was TERRIBLE getting into the port.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
Walked up to the fort. It was quite hot.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Disembarkation was very quick once our group was called. It was a bit of a hike with our luggage to get to our rental car shuttle.
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