Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Reviews

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Danbee46
Member Since 2001
13 reviews
395 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our 20th cruise but our 1st on HAL. We have sailed on MSC (Yacht Club), RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Carnival. We thought it was about time we tried HAL after some friends said they liked it. At the outset, let me ... Read more
taras333
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. For some reason I had preconceived notions, that it was going to be an old crusty ship with stuffy old passengers. Happily I was WAY off! The ship was beautiful! Modern stylish decor. Food was excellent. ... Read more
FLREALTOR
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
It was refreshing to see so many children on a HAL cruise. Usually the youngsters are in their sixties, but this cruise had over 400 kids. Biggest complaint was embarkation. The wait was awful, and then we discovered that it was due ... Read more
0106
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
69 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I am a teacher so I am used to the crowds, the children and the craziness when traveling at Spring Break. My husband and I selected this cruise because of the ease of getting from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the port and because ... Read more
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heartgifts
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had never been on a Holland ship and went as a recommendation of good friends, who were also with us. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze and we chose to take our own luggage off. Our trip included a free drink package, meal at the ... Read more
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BigSioux
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was the third cruise for both my wife and me. All three have been on Holland America ships. Embarkation: The process went smoothly as expected. We had one hiccup somewhat of our own doing where our two children, 9 and 11, both ... Read more
cobalt206
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
91 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My wife and I and another couple just returned from a very relaxing cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night for a 3 night pre cruise and had a very nice stay at the Hilton Marina. Embarkation was ... Read more
gasman1973
Member Since 2001
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
This was my 21st cruise but my first with holland America. The Nieuw Amsterdam ship is rated 5stars and it deserves this rating. The best food of any cruise. The specialty restaurants, all of which we went to, were fabulous. The buffet is ... Read more
clarksahoy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Ship embarkation was quick with no complications and we were in our assigned cabin with no extended waiting. Our cabin was well maintained and clean. The ship did not meet our expectations in ease of travel throughout, possibly due to no ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
1 review
12 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on board, the older cruisers ... Read more
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spindrift
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
2,536 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I title this "special cruise" because it was a burial cruise for my late husband's ashes. My 2 daughters, one of their husbands, and my two grandsons as well as a couple with whom we traveled were on this cruise. We each had ... Read more
Inner Lizard
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
I wear an activity tracker and I don't take it off for vacations. Many of the HAL ships provide what I like to have in a cruise vacation, especially when I'm using an inside cabin, and that's the ability to walk decks in sunlight ... Read more
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
20 helpful votes
My husband and I usually travel Holland America not because of it's beautiful ships, but because of the excellent service provided. We like the Neptune Suites because of the extras: priority boarding, priority dining, priority tenders, ... Read more
Mermaid rock
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
33 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Overall we enjoyed our cruise! The ship was extremely stable in rough seas and the pools , which were wonderful , were kept open! It was our 8 th cruise on various lines including MSC , Celebrity, Norwegian , and Princess. We enjoyed the ... Read more
bsorge
Member Since 2002
12 reviews
13 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This as my 70 cruise and my second on this ship dating back to 2011. Overall. This was the second worst cruise of the cruise I have taken. The fault is not with the ship which was maintained in excellent shape. Embarkation was very slow ... Read more
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GE Mom
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
287 forum posts
16 helpful votes
My husband and I booked this cruise as a 65th birthday gift for me. This was our ninth cruise, but first on HAL. We have previously sailed with Carnival, Princess and Celebrity. We flew in the day before the cruise, and stayed at the ... Read more
MountainBound
Member Since 2005
1 review
29 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our third cruise with Holland America, and was on the biggest ship we have cruised on. It was to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and by and large was good. So, having never been to the Caribbean before (thus the title) we were ... Read more
Utah Slim
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
44 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to break up the winter in style. We can think of no better way to do that than with HAL, on a two-week cruise in February. Embarkation was smooth, and the Nieuw Amsterdam is simply elegant. We ... Read more
Rufus01
Member Since 2016
1 review
35 helpful votes
This was my 4th time cruising on the Nieuw Amsterdam, my 3rd back-to back on this ship, and my 21st cruise overall, 6 of which have been on HAL. I've also cruised on Royal Caribbean, Princess and NCL. I am certainly a big fan now of HAL ... Read more
sklnurse
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
5 forum posts
20 helpful votes
This was a last minute decision to book (6 days prior to sailing!) but we have cruised 10 previous times on 5 other lines so we kind of knew what to expect. We got a fantastic deal on the cruise ( inside stateroom, but that's just fine) ... Read more
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Olladaa
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my 8th cruise, first with Holland America. I booked with Holland America because I had always heard their service was excellent and I was feeling like the cruises I had taken over the last several years had gotten worse and worse ... Read more
RescueDontBuy
Member Since 2010
1 review
36 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I have been on over 14 cruises and this ship did not disappoint. Are they perfect, no, but for the price we paid for a verandah it was great. Hal adds back the little things other cruise company's have taken away. But really one ... Read more
thack1992
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 helpful votes
Ok, Here's the good... The entertainment was very good. The Blues Club and Piano Bar were great. The steel drum band Island Magic was absolutely awesome. The comedian was also very good. We enjoyed the ports as well. The beach ... Read more
faklemt
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
We did love sailing with Holland America. This last cruise in February 2016 on the Nieuw Amsterdam out of Ft. Lauderdale was an eye opener. Public Hallways, for example outside the Queens Lounge, were in bad need of new carpeting. The ... Read more
makomecrazee
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Ocean view room was spacious and bed extremely comfortable, room very quiet. Usually do not sleep well on vacation but slept soundly. Food was excellent both in main dining room, pool, and Lido buffet; service was also excellent. Chose ... Read more
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