Nieuw Amsterdam Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Why Choose Nieuw Amsterdam?
  • Pro: Innovative dining options serve high quality fare
  • Con: Tends to quiet down early on in the night
  • Bottom Line: Great choice for multigenerational groups

Nieuw Amsterdam Overview

David Molyneaux, Cruise Critic contributor; Updated by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor

When Holland America launched Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010, the line unveiled a fresh take on its successful style: a traditional cruising experience, which steers clear of rock climbing walls and waterslides in favor of timeless touches like fancy afternoon tea and elegant formal nights (when most passengers go above and beyond with their ensembles). Several years post-launch, the ship still focuses on continually growing entertainment, enrichment and dining options while still embracing the past. (Note the vintage art and black and white photographs highlighting notable moments throughout the line's history.) Nieuw Amsterdam lives up to the line's standards with its friendly and relaxed atmosphere and attention to service. The ship also pays homage to its name with subtle New York-inspired elements in its art collection and design (notably the atrium chandelier and main dining room).

Friendly service and top-quality dining are also hallmarks of this line. With the addition of the Master Chef's Table, which serves an outstanding tasting dinner in its own classy room, Nieuw Amsterdam offers four different gourmet menus, including those found at the Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind and the weekly Le Cirque presentation. The menu at Canaletto has also been enhanced with a small plates option to make sure passengers continue to have a variety of choices.

Although not particularly known for its entertainment, the ship shines with its lineup of world-class musicians from B.B. King's Blues Club -- in which the Queen's Lounge is transformed to resemble the renowned Memphis club.

Nieuw Amsterdam's layout is well designed, and passengers will quickly learn their way around the ship. The combination of classic, understated elegance, a relaxed vibe and easy walkability will make first-time cruisers and repeaters both feel right at home.

Nieuw Amsterdam Fellow Passengers

Holland America ships tend to appeal to a mature crowd, with a mix of Americans, Europeans, Canadians and Australians. Look for more families and multigenerational groups during summers and school holidays.

Nieuw Amsterdam Dress Code

During the day, dress is casual. In the evenings, dress is categorized either as smart casual or formal. Smart casual for men means slacks and collared shirts (and perhaps a jacket, though it's not required). For women, it's skirts or trousers with sweaters or blouses. Formal draws tuxedos, dark suits or jackets and ties for men, while women don suits, cocktail dresses or gowns. On our seven-night cruise, most passengers went dressed to the nines on both formal nights.

Nieuw Amsterdam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $13.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $15 per person, per day.

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David Molyneaux, Cruise Critic contributor; Updated by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor

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Dit Clapper
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
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Sailed two weeks ago
This was our 47th cruise. Only the second on HAL. No reason for not using them more other than price/destination offered by other lines seemed to fit our plans better. We've been on NCL 22 times. We really like Celebrity and Princess. ... Read more
Member Since 2017
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We recently took a cruise from Vancouver up the inside passage and to Alaska with Holland America on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We had heard from several people that this was one of the best ship to do this cruise with as they cruise deep into ... Read more
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
567 forum posts
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First, let me just say, Nieuw Amsterdam is our favorite ship now. We’ve sailed Eurodam, Oosterdam and Noordam. All great ships but this one is awesome! The artwork and décor is very nice. The ship is in fantastic shape and ... Read more
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