Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by bobpell: Just the facts!
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Just the facts!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was a 14 day collectors voyage western/eastern Caribbean cruise
We were in the signature (superior veranda) suite 6098
Hotel service charge was $24.00 a day
There were helpful weekday mats in the elevators
there was a small book exchange in the library at the Crows Nest lounge
On the Promenade deck (3 laps equals a mile) there were no Lanai cabins
there were 120 padded teak chaise loungers on that deck
Imagine 4 ping pong tables outside on deck 10 for a ship filled with septuagenarians and octogenarians??!!
Cabanas were mostly empty
Plastic loungers around seaview pool weren't padded
Continuous taped music around that pool was unrecognizable. Not once was anyone able to name that tune
Drink waiters around the pool were asking if you wanted a bar drink every 2 min. not relaxing at all
Suite had 12 drawers including 2 that locked with keys
Safe was in More cupboard. It held my netbook and my wife's purse easily.
There were 20 hangers. Your room steward could get you more
Suitcases could be stored in the cupboard or under the bed
Balcony had 4 padded chairs, 2 ottomans and 2 different sized tables. It could be looked with a key
Largest balcony we have had on any HAL ship
No smoking neighbours for 2 weeks!! HURRAH
Cleaned the balcony including the glass panels 3 times
All doors balcony or room closed quietly. This was a bonus
Our room stewards cleaned 28 rooms, 3 times a day, 7 days a week for 10 months. Long days
Received 2 striped towels in our room and these were only ones to be taken ashore
Used these sites off the ship to keep in touch
Cayman Islands...Cafe Del sol 200 yds up Fort St. for the price of a coffee (you will get Cayman change)
Cozumel...in a bar just after you go through he duty free store
Key West... Sipping Coffee Shop on Duval at Caroline St.
Turks... free at Froot's juice bar in the duty free area
San Juan...outside the Sheraton hotel which is across the street from the docks. It is free
St. Thomas...$4.00 a day in the duty free area . Get password at the Love and Joy convenience store
Bought wine off the ship in,
Cayman Isle 200 yds up Fort St at Tortuga Liquors, cheaper than in duty free area
Key West...Cheepee Lquor just off Duval St
Turks... in the duty free area
St. Thomas... in the duty free area
Which side faced town or the beach...
Port side in Half Moon Key, Cozumel and the Turks
Starboard side in Key West and St Thomas
Bow on in the Cayman Isles and San Juan
Canadians on the Rogers phone plans can use their phones in the Cayman Isles, St Thomas, San Juan and in all of Florida
I hope these facts will help you if you choose to sail on the Niew Amsterdam on this route
take care...bobpell Less
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