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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by NGAMTNS2CSEA

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Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: I
Cabin Number: 8041
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Wonderful Times
Beautiful ship with lots to do. understand why the private island is so highly rated - got lost away from main area and would have appreciated better signage in the boonies. stingrays are in an enclosed area and easy to photo without a tour trip so don't miss seeing them. with the tour you would get to swim with them. came back to ship for lunch so rather empty ship.

missed stop at Georgetown as weather [high swells with winds] made tendering too dangerous. captain said port was closed. nice extra day at sea. cruise director said pulled plan for day 'out of the blue'. would have thought they would have a plan on hand for a skipped port.

roatan was beautiful port at mahagony bay. norwegian Star bearthed in town and carnival Legend was docked with us with her 2600 people. plenty of room with lots to do. short-cut to beach without going through shops is the nature trail nearest the dock. short, easy walk either way. lots of picture spots and use a swing if one is available.

costa maya was HAL cat sail and snorkel excursion- BEST ever. highly recommended. pool at landing is nice and lots of shopping. beware of non-priced vendors as several were trained in Haiti and Jamaica

do deal with the vendors as a $75 hammock became 45 and a $20 ceramic became 12. [found similar for 10 later]

Ship is the best. elevators seemed always available and uncrowded. wife thought lido crew seemed unhappy to be there but several always had a smile and a happy to see you disposition. do get to the silk den and explorations cafe on deck 11 - quiet and unhurried venues usually. do not miss the crew show. it is the ones who are happy to be there and do enjoy their lives. keep track on the moving happy hours - at least three of the ship bars have them - times listed daily in explors papers.

was a wonderful vacation.

NB posters in customs area blamed cutbacks for LONGer than necessary [and usual]lines so BE PREPARED as they seemed unwilling to keep inspection at an expected pace.

Publication Date: 04/02/13
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