Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by redinmd: Could Not have been better -3/18 on the Nieuw Amsterdam
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Could Not have been better -3/18 on the Nieuw Amsterdam
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We arrived at Port Everglades from our flight from Baltimore around 11:30am and were in our cabin within a hour. Our veranda stateroom was perfect with ample storage and closet space. Our luggage fit under our bed. I had ordered a beer package and a bottle of Bailey's as going away gifts for my husband's birthday and they were in our room waiting for us upon arrival. The Bailey's was nice to have as a pre-dinner cocktail on our veranda, watching the sunset before heading to dinner each night. Life doesn't get much better than relaxing, watching the sun set, feel the mild warm breezes and sipping Bailey's.
We also found several welcoming notes and birthday greetings from the ship as well. Our luggage was waiting for us when we came back from lunch-the quickest arrival I've seen with any of our cruises.
All the ports were great; snorkeling in Turks was awesome, walking Old San Juan was a memory builder as we were able to find the entrance to the old cemetery next to El More Morro (very sacred space)and leisurely walk among the marble and granite statues and grave sites. Since we've been to St. Martin twice, we enjoyed the day taking the water taxi into town and walking the "boardwalk" and taking a dip at the beach near the taxi dock...can't get any easier.
The food was very good throughout our cruise and we only had to wait about 15 minutes one night to get a table on Formal Night as we had "as you like dining".
The entertainment was enjoyable and I really got a hoot out of the "Morning Show" with Ian and JC...this was a really nice touch and new addition as it starting the morning off on a really jolly note. Their bantering back and forth was very amusing and you could tell they really enjoyed each other.
The weather was "to die for"...breezy and warm. We saw 2 rainbows, one a double, during this cruise and this was a first for me. One rainbow looked like it ended right on the isle of St. Martin...definitely a "pot of gold" to be found as St. Martin is lovely.
We opted for the "expedited" disembarkation and we were off the ship and in the airport by 8am..could not ask for anything more efficient.
This was one of our best cruises; no complaints and will likely book our next cruise with HAL within the next 12 months. Totally recommend HAL and this ship! Less
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