2010 transatlantic crossing Holland's Niew Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by enduro girl
Overall Member Rating
2010 transatlantic crossing Holland's Niew Amsterdam
We found the food to be the best of any Holland ship so far (we've sailed on five of them. We kept making reservations at the Pinnacle Grill then canceling them as the dining room menu was just irresistible. We are very picky about our food and on the entire cruise only had one meal we didn't care for.
As usual the crew was incredibly competent and kind. They never fail to amaze us with their great memories! (Several of them remembered me from cruises taken more than a year ago). Holland's Indonesian crew is the best ever. They are unfailingly cheerful and willing to do anything to make us feel at home.
We were embarrassed by the level of complaining our shipmates More did about the procedures the ship's crew implemented to keep the gastrointestinal problems from spreading. I have been in many hospitals that were not nearly as clean as this ship! All the crew members had to work extra hours every day to do extra cleaning and sanitizing and yet they never complained or failed to be cheerful. To all of the other passengers who whined about having to wait in lines, shame on you. We are very happy not to have gotten ill on the cruise! The figures we saw show that the rate of infection was 6% of the passengers, which is amazing for all those people together at sea for more than a week.
Captain Mercer was wonderful, what a terrific Captain. He was gracious, competent, and told the truth without trying to gloss over anything. We felt well-cared for and in good hands. All the ports were interesting and we were lucky to have nice sunny weather every day except the one day in the Caribbean.
Downsides for us were:the entertainment wasn't anything we cared for. However, the on-board lectures and movies were great. We don't cruise for entertainment. Also I wish Holland would ban cigars. Just one ruins my balcony. Other than that we had a stellar vacation, and I would cruise on Holland again anytime. Especially on the ships that have the Tamarind Restaurant, which is just fabulous! Beautiful decor, gracious service, and fantastic food. Less
Cabin review: VH7135 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
7135 - Good cabin. Quiet (except for passengers who think it's fine to talk noisily outside your room after midnight). No creaks. Comfortable!Read All Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom (VH) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Who doesn't like Barcelona? We walked around for 8 hours and wish we had 3 more days there. Stayed one night at Holiday Inn Express which was clean and nice. Fabulous breakfast for a hotel, and free too. Beautiful city, very easy to get around in if you like to walk.
Another fun city to walk around in. Lots of shopping. Sidewalk vendors had great prices. Easy access to everything from the pier.
We saw a lot on one day on this tour. Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, Forum, and Trevi fountain. Good tour. Lots of walking which was nice. Could spend a lot more time in Rome!