Beautiful ship and outstanding cabin and wait staff

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Nieuw Statendam

14 Night Tropical Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 26, 2020

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8185

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Enjoyed this beautiful ship and activities very much. Overall quieter vibe than some other cruise lines (no hairy chest contest at the pool or water slide and miniature golf) but I happen to like that for a change. Service staff friendly and helpful. Food excellent and great entertainment. Only issue was 24 hour light outside on veranda, which prevented our using it from sunset to sunrise. Guest services said it was for safety-stairwell above these rooms affected 8177 to 8155. So avoid them if you like to sit there at night. Also noise from bar above but cannot hear that in room.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food excellent and staff terrific

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Fitness center always had equipment available. No pressure from spa staff

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great shows and fun times in BB king and rolling stone venues

Children's Programs

No kids with us. A more adult cruise which I liked. There are plenty of cruise lines with lots of things for kids to do so they should go on those. Leave things the way they are and don’t change

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent. Can’t do enough for you

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Nice and new. Daily maintenance

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin itself was great but veranda was useless at night due to a long strand of blue tube lighting that extended from our cabin to 8177 under a stairway from the deck above. Couldn’t even see the moon if you stepped out due to the bright blue lighting shining in your face, which was on 24 hours a day. They told me it was for safety but should have been above that stairway not under. If u like to sit on your veranda in the evening, these are not the rooms for you! Noise also heard from bar area on Lido deck above but not able to hear it in room.

Ship tip

Enjoy yourself. Lots to do. Internet package was difficult to use having to switch between devices

Ports of call

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

Been there a number of times

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Rented a clam shell. Good idea. It was hot there and shade was nice. Barbecue was delicious

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
Usual cruise line type of port with shops and bars. Took a taxi to one of the beaches away from the port and had a quiet day

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Cigar factory and museum and monument tour. Lunch. Excellent excursion and guide was one of the best we’ve ever had

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
Rained but as key west is fun in any weather, we had a good time. No excursion

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
We did expedited disembarkation and there was no organization and minimal crew participation. A disaster
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