“Second voyage”
Cruise review of Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

Theresnobodyleft Nieuw Amsterdam 4 Second voyage
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My wife and I took our 12 year old granddaughter on the the Nieuw Amsterdam in July. It was the second voyage for the ship but the first time for these ports. (Maiden voyage was to the western Med). The itinerary included Split, Katakalon, Athens, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Mykanos and Santorini. Other than Santorini, it's a great itinerary and we had terrific great excursions. I highly recommend the "Olympia and Zorba" excursion on Katakalon. Great viewing, great fun. Our granddaughter was so exhausted from the dancing she slept the whole trip back to the ship.

The ship itself is OK. It seems almost identical to the Noordam which we took in Julu 2009. We had a Veranda suite on deck 5. These rooms have no desk drawers and limited shelf space in the closet area. The only drawers are in the nighttables and big ones under the bed which are not very useful and take up space for suitcases. The desktop fills very quickly with chargers, cameras, papers,flowers, etc.and there is only a very small coffee table to put anything on. The bathroom is small with very little shelf space and no medicine cabinet.

There were some air conditioning problems for most of days but not too bad, considering the daily highs were about 95 - 100F.

There are a lot more bars and eating areas than on the older, smaller ships which I much prefer. I don't understand the bars as HAL doesn't normally get a big drinking crowd and indeed most of the bars did not seem to get a lot of business. The Tamerind restaurant did not seem prepared for even a half full house, with extremely slow service by both the wait staff and the kitchen. The food was very good. The Pinnacle service and food were excellent as usual.

Additional ports visited were Mykanos and Santorini. Mykanos was interesting. Santorini is extremely hilly and without interest.

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Cabin review: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Port and Shore Excursions

The Acroplois is wonderful. We were there in 2007 and could not see the Parthenon as well as we wanted to because of the scaffolding all around the outside. It has now been moved to the inside so we could see quite well. Getting up the hill is not for anyone with any mobility issues. It's a difficult climb with a lot of steep steps near the top. Getting down is also problematic. There are a ton of other things to see but not nearly enough time to see them so it's well worth a return visit.

Port
We took a boat tour on the Bosporus and saw the cisterns. Very interesting. The next day we toured the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofia, the bazaar and the Sultans palace. Very interesting and would be well worth visiting again

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We took a tour called Olympia and Zorba. Olympia is very interesting. We saw all the ruins and the original stadium and took lots of pictures of ourselves on the starting blocks. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit. The Zorba part was a luncheon and Greek dancing. Good food, drink and a load of fun.

Port
Kusadasi is a shopping area for rugs and jewelry. Ho Hum. Our tour was to Ephesus which is simply fantastic. We have been there before but wanted our granddaughter to see it. She was completely entranced. We have now seen it twice and I would certainly be willing to go back.

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Port
It was interesting, with Diocletians Palace and the large, rambling open-air market behind it. The whole area is just a few steps from where the tender dropped us off.

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Port
Venice is one of the great cities of Italy and filled with wonderful things to see. Travel guide books are filled with all the stuff to do and see in Venice

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