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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by 5rivers: Fantastic 12 Day Med Cruise on the new MS Amsterdam!


5rivers
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Member Since 2010
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Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children 3.5
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 5.5

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Fantastic 12 Day Med Cruise on the new MS Amsterdam!

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice

We got back from our Venice to Barcelona cruise last week and still have the glow. Our experience was excellent and initially concerned with have interior cabins. Recommend doing this if you want to save some money for on-board wine and on shore excursions since you are rarely in your room.

* Baggage limit: None on the ship but if you travel from the US to Venice with no lay overs, you are limited to 1 bag each weighing less than 50 pounds! They are sticklers but most carriers will charge you $50 more per additional bag. If traveling within Europe (stop over) careful! 1 bag per person or in our case 360 Euros more for our extra bag....ouch!

* Venice arrival: We took the ATVO bus from the airport which dropped us off at the ship terminal. See the link below, 3Euros/person and buy your tickets in the machines where you pick up your baggage. Walk out the front door to the middle island and present your tickets. Bus runs every 30 minutes. More (http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/venice_airport_buses.htm)

* On Board Dining: We went with the 5:30 seating in the main dining room which allowed us to see the shows at 8pm. The wine list was excellent and prices reasonable. I had wine almost every night and choose the 7 bottle package for $199. Great selection and recommend 2 on the list, the Martini Reisling and the Chilean Malbec. Food was top notch and service was excellent. Deky was our primary server, great and enthusiastic service from this primarily Malaysia crew. Don't forget to pack for at least 3 formal nights (men, wear the same thing, no one will notice)

* Interior rooms - spacious, 2 big closets, regular American electrical plugs (3 prong), big enough for 3 adults, good sized bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Plasma TV's in all rooms showing great movies for those who want to just relax with one channel showing the front of the ship and one pointing to the back. Fun to watch if you have an interior room as you come into port.

* Excursions - If you are not the adventurous type, go with the HAL sponsored tours. In most ports, just climb onto the bus and let them take you where they want to take you. Our best days in port were the ones where we took the shuttle from the ship to the center of town and wandered around. Rome is a different story, we wasted 4 hours zigzagging after Trevi Fountain back across town for lunch. Went to the Vatican (very hot, take water to stand in line) but worth the visit then only 30 minutes at the Colosseum. It would have been better to have hired a taxi to go just to the places we wanted for as long as we wanted. This is the draw back of going on an organized tour.

** Overall experience on this 12 day cruise was fantastic and would absolutely do it again! Less


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Cabin review: Nieuw Amsterdam Large or Standard Interior Stateroom Main J1053

Interior room, J class - spacious, 2 big closets, regular American electrical plugs (3 prong), big enough for 3 adults, good sized bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Plasma TV's in all rooms showing great movies for those who want to just relax with one channel showing the front of the ship and one pointing to the back. Fun to watch if you have an interior room as you come into port.

Port and Shore Excursions


Take the bus from the pier that leaves you off steps away from the famous street called Las Ramblas. 1-2 Euros round trip, keep the ticket for the return trip. Walk down Las Ramblas and definitely visit the famous Boqueria market, closes at 7:30pm and closed on Sundays. Walk further down the street towards the Plaze de Cataluna where you can buy a 24 Euro double decker bus ticket that will give you a great introduction to this beautiful and artistic city.


Corfu, we took the excursion but not great. We went to the monastery on top of the mountain which provided many great photo opportunities but......Then we went to this place over looking the ocean and airport, not so interesting.....Then we went to the main town Kerkira. I'd recommend taking a taxi to Kerkira and there is lots to see just walking around in the streets west of Kolla Square. Lots of shops, old churches, out door cafe's to people watch, etc.....

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Took the excursion into the old city which we loved! You get a headset and can hear what the our guide is saying as you walk along. The tour take you through the main street down to a monastery whose entry is already prepaid. You then walk along the shore (the water is clear blue!) where there are outdoor cafe's but who needs to eat after eating well on the ships Lido deck! Very old city and well preserved (minus a ware) after an infusion of money from UNESCO. Plenty of photo opportunities.


We took the Pompei and Sorrento tour. An hour ride to Sorrento first even though you pass Pompei on the way. Sorrento is a beautiful city on the coast, great lunch in a restaurant that was an indoor lemon garden. Then off to Pompei, take water since in July/August, it is hot out there. Wear comfortable shoes since you walk and walk over the ancient cobble stone streets. Recommend doing the HAL excursion.

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The port location is Civitavecchia which as 1.5 hours north/west of Rome. If I had to do it over, I would have purchased the ticket on the boat to be left off in the center of town. I took the $190 tour and was not satisfied. What can you say about Rome, loved what I saw and experienced. Had a slice of Pizza at the Trevi Fountain in a cafe that has toilets located to the left of the fountain. Remember this location! After Trevi, we had lunch supplied by the tour, very good and great coffee. Warning about coffee in Italy, this is espresso! Next went to the Vatican, very short walk to get in line to enter the Basilica. Wow, a must see! Finally, later in the day, we went to the Colosseum but had very little time there to really absorb the experience!


Do not take a tour!!!! The ship docks in the middle of the harbor and small ferries come out to take you to shore. Magnificent view of the village on the edge of the high cliffs called Thira. There are 3 ways to get up the cliff. First is a donkey and it is not recommended since there are many warning signs. But if you must......Second is walking up which I do not recommend to anyone unless you are an Olympic class athlete and third is by way of a 4 Euro one way air tram that affords a beautiful view of the bay as you ascend the mountain. #3 is recommended! When on top, just walk around and you can not get lost. Lots of shopping or drinking opportunities once on top. I recommend stopping off at some of the cliff hanging restaurants across the street from the church. Which one...it is the southern most church after you walk through gold stores. Have some Ouzo with grilled Octopus and sauteed mushrooms. Beer is the same price as soda so go for a beer!

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