Our most recent cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam was by far our worst, with the ship listing multiple times due to wind and high seas and two foodborne illnesses affecting our family. One of the lists was approximately ten to fifteen minutes duration. We will never sail on this ship again.
Our voyage included the last European sailing of the season and the crossing to Florida, a combined journey of 29 days.
The first cruise was enjoyable, with the food in the main dining room much improved from our 2009 cruise on the Noordam, when portions were very small, and the quality of the food itself was poor. Unfortunately, during the crossing, the menu changed, food quality declined, and two in our party experienced illness due to bad food as well. One family member is still recovering from his illness. Combined with the listing of the ship, which was frightening, we wished we had disembarked in Funchal, where we stopped only for a medical evacuation. It was a terrible crossing.
The crew was wonderful as always. They work very long hours and still maintain a friendly, cheerful demeanor. That was the main positive on this trip, but not enough to entice us to return to Holland America, even though we are four star Mariners after this voyage.