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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by ThelmLou: Christmas on the Nieuw Amsterdam

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ThelmLou
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Christmas on the Nieuw Amsterdam

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Overall, we had a very relaxing time. Very crowded due to the holiday season but there was still opportunity to get away from the kids and large groups and find quiet time.

Embarkation took over an hour - terrible. Beautiful spa - ship despite the size continues the clubby feel of the smaller HAL ships. If you like reasonably sized balconies, do not book the cabins on deck 11 - more like a french balcony. The location is very nice however - very few cabins, low traffic, and the Explorer lounge and crows nest just around the corner. Food was typical for HAL.

The big surprise was the condition of the ship - carpets very worn and stained - throughout and the signs of rust were everywhere including on the stern over the white lettering of the name (tacky). The streaking rust above our door is a prime example of deferred maintenance. The extra deck of cabins vs. Zuiderdam gives the ship[ a crowded feel at times. Staff was perfunctory - the dining room service in More fixed dining was terrible so we bailed and went to anytime which was much better (usually it is the other way around ). Staff was inattentive to details i.e. toast but no butter, tea bag no hot water, unlike other HAL ships where staff is friendly and outgoing - NA staff was reserved and generally only spoke when spoke with. The bar staff was borderline surly. Ship is spotlessly clean and food was good with a great variety of options in the lido. THe cruise was ok but not all that special. Less


Published 12/31/12

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Cabin review: VQ11007 Deluxe Spa Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Nice Spa Balcony cabin on private low traffic deck 11. The waterfall was soothing but had a chlorine odor. Pretty standard cabin - nice colors. NO BALCONY worth using this was a rip off as it was basically a French Balcony. So with the exception of balcony a nice cabin

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It is Jamaica - harrassed constantly - spent 30 minutes ashore and back to ship - spa day onboard

Mahogany Bay - just like Grand Turk a fake experience built by Carnival
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