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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review

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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Nieuw Statendam

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 01, 2020

Ship: Nieuw Statendam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 5102

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Our 4th cruise on Holland America. (20 overall). We’ve done 10 Celebrity cruises but likely won’t return. The food and the service on Holland America is superior. Yes, the crowd is older but there were plenty of people 50 and younger. This ship is fantastic and we cannot say enough good about it. We were really impressed by their steps to eliminate straws, drink stirrers, tooth picks, plastic water bottles and unnecessary beverage napkins. There was none of the usual trash blowing around deck and overboard. Part of that may have been because there were beverage servers everywhere wanting to bring you a drink and cleaning up. But this line is really doing what it can to be responsible about the environment. Really well-run. We will be back.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
On at 12 noon. All cabins ready.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Incredible selection and quality in the Lido. Dining room food for dinner was really well-presented and delicious. Holland America’s focus on the culinary council really shows in the quality of its food. Bartenders were the best we’ve experienced in 20 cruises. They were eager to please and had really positive attitudes. The New York Deli has awesome pizza.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We don’t cruise to be entertained. It’s about reading a book in the sun, great food, and some live music. There were very few activities but we didn’t care. We loved BB King’s. Loved the feel of the theater.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

B.B. King's Blues Club

5 out of 5

We love this aspect of Holland America. Great talented entertainers.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Absolutely incredible. Housekeeping associates paused to greet us. Ryan at the New York Deli was awesome. Cooks at the Lido buffet warm and gracious.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Cleanest ship I have ever been on. Top to bottom.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Grabbed a taxi to Paradise Beach Club.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Grabbed a taxi and went to Calico Jacks on 7 mile beach. This beach is a let down from Half Moon Cay but we still enjoyed it.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Best private island of the 3 I have visited.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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