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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by SFSing

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Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam
Member Name: SFSing
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: VF
Cabin Number: 4042
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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My hubby and I were the young ones on this ship. We figure the seniors have ironed out all the bumps so that is why we took this cruise line. Yes, there were children on the ship but they were well behaved. This is was a smooth cruise due to this.

They have an evening of desserts. Those little ones were at awe wondering which areas to hit.

This boat has cabanas at the top lido. They have the library and computer classes packed with people. You knew you were not on the party boat. More the academia crowd when you see photo, arts and classes and tech classes offered.

Great current movies in the theater with individual leather chairs. Free popcorn too.

Tamarind is all about services. Great food there.

Formal nights were wonderful. It brings back the days when elegance was around on the boats.

HA wants to please. They even have HA bags for their clients to use when they go ashore. They have a cold lemonade (free) for their clients when they return from an excursion. HA goes out of the way to make it a vacation and for you to relax and enjoy the ride. Love them!


The dining room was average in service. Our waiter was nothing like our Carnival or Princess waiter who was always there smiling. They work hard in bringing the food and clearing it. They need personality waiters as well. On NCL, there is a guy who will give you butter mints . He's the same guy who reminds you to clean your hands. No one is on the Nieuw Amsterdam some nights.

The dining room food was great and in small portions. Some are salty. You may have to remind them not to add salt your food if you don't like salty food.

The entertainment was great on the last night. The four male tenors were fabulous. They remind me of the Il Divos. Do not select the second dining. You will miss some of the entertainment with one showings.

Their ice cream variety at the lido deck eatery went downhill. They used to have a variety. They have only chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

So sad to see them do away with the traditional Dutch hats night. They did not have it on this cruise.

On the last night, every one whips around their napkins in the air and the cooks come out in a parade in the dining room. Lots of fun.

Publication Date: 02/03/12
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