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When Holland America launched Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010, the line unveiled a fresh take on its successful style: a traditional cruising experience, which steers clear of rock climbing walls and waterslides in ...
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Xtchr
Member Since 2007
1 review
107 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Embarkation was horrible.. Standing in line for one hour and 15 min. with only 4-5 agents who were being "trained" by another one standing next them. People were having to get out of line and go and find a wheelchair, because ... Read more
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ayeamcdn
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
586 forum posts
9 helpful votes
I must state my point of view. As a "platnium" NCL Cruiser I've read all the glowing CC reviews of HAL & so had my expectations raised pretty high. We booked a 20 day Panama Canal trip with HAL & then decided that if ... Read more
smoke2025
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
72 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam, the 11th cruise with Holland America on 9 different HAL ships starting with the Westerdam in 1995. We arrived at the Fort Lauderdale embarkation point about 11AM, checked our several ... Read more
SSUnitedStates
Member Since 2005
5 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: Choosing this sailing was a bit of an accident. We had sailed on Princess last year and enjoyed it (for the most part) and had our eye on the Regal Princess. We were looking forward to sailing on Princess' newest ship but by ... Read more
81Zoomie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
428 forum posts
2 helpful votes
To set the stage, I haven't sailed HAL in 4 years. In that time I have sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity. I am in my mid 50s anfpd have been cruising since I was a teen. This was a Mother - Daughter cruise. My ... Read more

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bra1nchild
Member Since 2006
1 review
790 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We admit that we have been spoiled by taking longer cruises on HAL. Our recent Caribbean adventure struck us ad average. We did not like the cabin's layout although its location on Deck 1 near the Atrium was fine. Dining room and cabin ... Read more
katieboomer
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my fourth cruise on Holland America and second on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the service staff was outstanding, the entertainment in the lounges very enjoyable, the fitness center ... Read more
lah0313
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
Let me first say that our cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam is my 8th cruise and my 1st with Holland America. I have only sailed with Royal Caribbean and have been on everything from their biggest and newest to oldest and smallest ship, but my ... Read more
cccarter
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
We were at the Neptune level, and the added expense was well worth it. Lovely concierges, good breakfast spread in the morning and snacks in late afternoon. Room was beautifully appointed. Too warm to take much of the balcony, ... Read more
lin19442
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Had a good cruise but not as good and the old ship built in1937. Nobody showed up for the Cruise Critic on the Monday as planned except another couple and my self. Where was everybody? Cabin was fine and food good. Met some nice people ... Read more

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cbr663
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
1,476 forum post
4 helpful votes
Time to get our cruise started. The shuttle to the ship arrived around 11:20 and it took about 40 minutes to get to the pier. Lots of traffic. Check in at the pier was quick, but there was still a little line up. Our cabins were ready ... Read more
premierhhcare
Member Since 2007
1 review
25 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I am an experienced cruiser with over 20 cruises under my belt. I've cruised with Royal, Princess,Carnival, NCL, and 6 cruises so far with HAL. HAL is definitely now my favorite cruise line. This was my third time on the Nieuw Amsterdam ... Read more
sensrock
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise with Holland America and 2nd on the Nieuw Amsterdam. After a so-so experience on our last Holland America cruise, an Australia & New Zealand cruise on the Oosterdam, we decided to give Holland America one last ... Read more
theBrosher
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and we booked for 2 weeks to celebrate our honeymoon. We are 26 and 33. When we booked the trip, we didn't realize that Holland America was geared towards a mature crowd (50+). We are not big drinkers or ... Read more
Hollandamericalover
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After our daughters wedding in October, my wife and I treated ourselves to a 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean cruise on Holland America's Niew Amsterdam. We had been on this ship in January and again in March of this year and truly love ... Read more

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j.a.m.
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
98 forum posts
2 helpful votes
What can I say -- in my estimation, everything was almost perfect on the Nieuw Amsterdam's November 29th sailing to the Western Caribbean. The staff: smiling, polite, hard-working -- without exception. Special props to our stateroom ... Read more
Dr Patwat
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband passed away in April. Not wanting to spread a Thanksgiving at home, a booked the holiday cruise for me and Alex, my son, which came with a total on board credit of $400. Alex spent six years in the Navy and has returned to ... Read more
Daisyloo
Member Since 2010
9 reviews
1,582 forum post
2 helpful votes
We sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam for 3 weeks beginning November 22. It was a B2B2B consisting of Eastern, Western, Eastern Caribbean. The first and third weeks were exactly the same itinerary. This cruise was all about relaxing for us. ... Read more
remarkability
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our second trip on the Nieuw Amsterdam, both times in November. Embarkation was a snap and the check-in line was not too bad. Our stateroom (a low-cost upgrade from Verandah to Signature Suite) was ready for us as we boarded, around 1:30. ... Read more
K2 of the seas
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We just came off the Nieuw Amsterdam in Fort Lauderdale. The ship was lovely, the service was impeccable and the food was great. Onboard entertainment and activities need to be reenergized and reengineered though....The only activities ... Read more

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Foley13
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Very disappointing . We have been on this very ship several times before. Things have changed. Very little entertainment and slow dining service. They seem to have reduced dining wait staff. For a transatlantic there was very little to do, ... Read more
1234567seas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
This was a very lovely crossing. Many more pros than cons. To begin with, the sailing was delayed by a full day due to strong winds and high seas preventing the ship from getting into port. The overnight in Barcelona spent waiting for the ... Read more
Judith Rosica
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
I am a member of the Mariner Society and have sailed a number of times on Holland America. It had been a few years between sailings and this past cruise was a hugh disappointment in almost every respect. Only the Indonesian staff have ... Read more
SailB
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was my first solo cruise after losing my husband. We had sailed on NA in 2012 and I welcomed sailing on a familiar ship. I had booked a guarantee obstructed ocean view and was assigned exactly that. The day before I left home my TA ... Read more
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OBX-Cruisers
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
817 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife and I have over 120 days cruising on HAL ships and this latest cruise in the Mediterranean and TA was our longest cruise to date. We have been on the Eurodam on an East coast cruise from Quebec to Fort Lauderdale in 2010 and ... Read more

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