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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 45

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

24 Night Mediterranean Mosaic & Passage To America (Rome To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: October 17, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5148

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was the longest cruise we have done to date. The Nieuw Statendam is a superb ship. Clean, safe and professionally crewed. We had a back to back, with the Mediterranean Mosiac and Transatlantic together. The weather was fantastic with just 10 minutes of rain and calm seas until one day out of Florida. Rougher seas and rain but not too bad. Highly suggest this shoulder season cruise with smaller crowds and fewer kids. HAL attracts an older crowd (like us 70’s) and the pace is relaxing with no go karts or water slides. The NS does have a retractable roof over the pool so you can swim in chilly weather.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Went very well, just a long ride by bus from the airport to the cruise terminal.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The MDR’s were above average, very good but not superior. Met our expectations. Ate at the Asian specialty restaurant and were not impressed. Buffet was high quality yet could be crowded. Used buffet for breakfast and lunch occasionally. Preferred MDR for breakfast. Could get blueberries at breakfast if requested. Overall, all dining was an 8.5 out of 10.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Casino Action

4 out of 5

Friendly staff, do not like the 6 to 5 Blackjack payoff. Should be 3 to 2. Tables are smoke-free but slots allow smoking which drifts through casino. Entire casino should ban smoking.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
WONDERFUL STAGE! Not a bad seat in the house. Need to get there 30 minutes before scheduled start. All acts were super except one night, which was very acceptable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Cabin stewards were superb! Always on point. Excellent work ethic. Buffet wait staff were there when they were needed. No complaints at all!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
New ship, superior design, very clean. Layout was geared to guest flow. Some crowding after shows around elevators which clears up after a few minutes. Multiple receptacles in cabins for charging gear and CPAP machines is a very welcome touch! Glass shower door a welcome change from the standard clinging shower curtain.The Nieuw Statendam is a 10 out of 10. Totally enjoyed our time onboard. If you want a relaxing, music themed cruise the NS is the ship for you.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was the best we have had. Thoughtful design and layout. Great selection of movies every night. Had a variety of news stations instead of being held captive to CNN. Balcony was adequate, not too small but not spacious either. Enjoyed the option of being in the open air. Bathroom functional EXCEPT for the location of the toilet paper dispenser. You had to reach “behind” you (pardon the pun) to get to it. Suggest they relocate it where you can actually see the thing. Glass shower door a welcome change from the clingy shower curtain. Dispensers for shampoo and conditioner supplied. Hair dryer also. Bed was comfy and temps in the cabin perfect. Never had to adjust for 24 days. Even though it is written that the cabin is not important, that is true on short cruises but when the cabin is your home for 3-1/2 weeks, the size and comfort becomes a major factor. Refrigerator helped with keeping drinks cool. Enough receptacles for chargers, etc. Thank you, HAL!

Ship tip

Try to experience all the music and entertainment venues on the ship. Each one has something to offer. The Center Stage is classical which is not our favorite but drop in, sit down and listen. You will find it very relaxing and enjoyable.

Ports of call

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Clean, inviting and an excellent experience. Did a private tapas tour and throughly enjoyed it.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

5 out of 5
The Azores are a must see. Enjoyed a four wheel Jeep tour and that is the way to see this hilly, green land. Loved the area and plan to return someday.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

4 out of 5
Educational experience. Excursion on our own. Saw the actual field where athletes competed. Worth the time to see.

Santorini, Greece

4 out of 5
A picturesque port and area. Somewhat crowded. Did a bus excursion. Cable car to top was reasonably quick. HOWEVER, the wait for the return trip down had a very, very long line. About an hour wait. Either that or a donkey path down, complete with donkey doo. PU! Tip: Do your excursion as early as possible and take the cable car down right after.

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5
Another hidden gem. Preferred Spain to other ports we visited. Perfect weather. Private excursion. Hint: Save $ and schedule your own!

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
We just disembarked, rented a car and drove home.

Cartagena, Spain

5 out of 5
Loved Spain! Not as crowded and very clean. Nice, friendly people. Want to return.

Naples, Italy

3 out of 5
Did hop on, hop off bus. Inner city dirty with lots of graffiti. Not impressed. Outskirts on second bus somewhat cleaner with elevated views of port.

Corfu, Greece

5 out of 5
Engaging port, did a private excursion, hired a car and driver. Well worth the money over a crowded ship excursion.

Kotor, Montenegro

5 out of 5
Liked the area, did an excursion outside of the ship.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 out of 5
Beautiful and engaging part of the world. Want to go back

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2 out of 5
Very crowded and busy.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Not as smooth as could have been. Wife needs wheelchair to disembark. Called to staging area and waited about an hour. Had to go through customs which is always a bottleneck.
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