Christmas/New Years Back to Back 2013/14: Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by ottawa2009
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Christmas/New Years Back to Back 2013/14
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The drink packages are a great NEW idea for those wishing to sign up for it. Obviously some young business analyst pointed this out to the finance people in the cruise industry. I think a no brainer as they say. Other than the other mega cruise conglomerates, the all inclusive resort competition is providing a holiday package where the cost of drinks is off the table. It is included! Worse than that when you think about it, booze on the high seas is tax free. That average drink they charged $8 for, cost them probably less than 20 cents gross before other expenses. Also missing on HAL is any late night adult entertainment as other cruise lines are often providing. Other than that, the chef’s, dining area/room and cabin steward staff is top shelf as they normally are with all cruise lines I have found. And that is the major reason today a cruise is better than an all-inclusive vacation. The 2nd reason is the casino staff experience is still better than anything at an all-inclusive. Watch out once they figure that out.
Tip to HAL: take the lido deck extra tables you have tried squeezing in and have been placed in the walking pedestrian area in the lido desk out! Nothing worse than bumping into and walking around dazed people every single day of the cruise in the lido deck when it gets very busy. Less
Cabin review: 6095
This is a terrible cabin as it is a connecting room and missing a full set of cupboards, I had to knell down to pickout my cloths as my wife had the other full cupboard, It is your poor cousins version of a suite for sure.
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