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  • Day 1
    Barcelona
  • Day 2
    Marseille
  • Day 3
    Monaco (Monte Carlo)
  • Day 4
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 5
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 6
    Naples
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Taormina (Messina)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Kefalonia
  • Day 10
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 11
    Kotor
  • Day 12
    Venice
  • Day 13
    Venice

Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

Pros

Unique entertainment options and a high standard of service that sets it apart

Cons

Overcrowded at times and occasionally inconsistent fee-based dining

Bottom Line

A great choice for a pampered, laid-back vacation -- particularly for music lovers


Cruise Reviews

My wife and I enjoyed the cruise. Booked another on the cruise. The food was very enjoyable. We dined mostly in the Lido but twice in the MDR. Wish the food was labeled. Liked that it was served by staff which seemed much more ... Read More
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise. Booked another on the cruise. The food was very enjoyable. We dined mostly in the Lido but twice in the MDR. Wish the food was labeled. Liked that it was served by staff which seemed much more sanitary. The happy hours where a good value. Staff was friendly. We really liked the service from our room steward Ichsan. He was very pleasant and did an excellent job. Hopefully we will be able to have him on our next cruise. The main stage shows where a little boring. I'd rate the dance first, I looked forward to their second performance, then the magician. I enjoyed the Lincoln Center performances the most. There was a nice mix of different styles of music presented. The musicians were excellent. I wish they would have had a few performances on the main stage. There was a lot of people walking by that could be noisy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We are doing a Thanksgiving cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We booked through a big box store, and even though HAL reduced its rate many times before sailing date, but after final payment, it was difficult to ... Read More
We are doing a Thanksgiving cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We booked through a big box store, and even though HAL reduced its rate many times before sailing date, but after final payment, it was difficult to get any compensation. Thus, we paid much more for an inferior cabin which others got for a song. The ship itself is certainly not up to HAL standards. Our deck has filthy deck glass and evidence of rust on the exterior of the ship. Our cabin in particular seems especially small and the storage far from ample. You have to put one of your key cards in a slot just inside the door to turn on the lights and leave it there....dumb. The pillows have seen much better days and would be thrown out on some other ships and for sure, in my house. There is constant loud maintenance on the ship. When we are in port, there is sawing, drilling and hammering.....hardly a relaxing time for those of us who did not want to go on excursions. The ship should be in dry dock for all they are doing rather than making a holiday cruise one of constant construction. Food has been good, but service in the main dining room has been slow and spotty at best. Even the wine steward is hard to find when needed. We have chosen to eat at the Lido or in specialty restaurants. Lido has reduced its usual vast array of food items so choice is only ok. This is our 5th cruise with HAL but probably our last. Too bad. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My wife and I (71) booked this Caribbean cruise this past June while travelling on a 14 day Holland America Westerdam cruise from Seattle to Alaska. We always book a Interior Cabin. Embarkation at Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) was ... Read More
My wife and I (71) booked this Caribbean cruise this past June while travelling on a 14 day Holland America Westerdam cruise from Seattle to Alaska. We always book a Interior Cabin. Embarkation at Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) was superb in every way. Arrived at 11:00 by parking shuttle and were on board by noon and it was extremely easy with minimal waiting and friendly staff. Luggage was in our room shortly thereafter. Our Cabin 8060 was very quiet. Only disappointment was that there was no Love Seat like we had on our Alaska cruise. Being on the 8th deck was handy to Lido on 9th deck. Acep and Alex looked after us very well. We choose table for 2 at 8:00 p.m. First night dining at Table 3 for late dining on deck 3 was disappointing due to location next to noisy serving station and one of 2 seats staring into a wall. We asked for a change and Maître D Karay moved us to Table 4 which was the best thing to happen on cruise as we were served by two of the best DR Stewards ever, Win and Sidi. They made every night a special event for us in so many ways. We can’t thank them enough and it seemed that every other table they looked after had the same feeling based upon our last night and talking to several of our fellow diners in that section. Dining Room food was absolutely excellent in every respect. My wife loves fish for every meal and she was very pleased with every meal. I love beef and the filet, prime rib and N.Y. sirloin were cooked to perfection, tender and tasty. Every meal was a 10++ and the food was complimented by excellent service by Win and Sidi. Maître D Karay checked on us every evening. Entertainment, or lack thereof, was a big disappointment especially after our previous cruise. Six person dance group were phenomenal supported by amazing audio visual backup. They performed twice and we enjoyed their talents. On the Wednesday Sea Day there was no show in the main theatre, no BB Kings Blues, nothing! Another night they showed a movie of Holland America history, sorry not interested and many others I talked to were also disappointed. Comedian and Illusionist each had separate shows then were teamed up for Friday but show started at 9:00 p.m. rather than regular 9:30 so missed that as you can’t attend with only an hour for dinner on a last night. I doubt we would have attended as neither of them were very entertaining. So out of 7 nights we only enjoyed 2 nights with the dancers. This really isn’t acceptable to us. BB Kings Blues 6 person band and 2 singers were excellent and I went to several shows. I spoke to Cruise Director Rachel about entertainment issues and it appeared that we likely weren’t alone in our criticism although she didn’t say that, only to voice our concerns. Ship was in excellent condition with nothing of note to criticize. All staff were absolutely amazing, hard to believe how they can operate at that level for 8 straight months. Microsoft Seminar I attended was spoiled by wonky WiFi. They should utilize a canned PowerPoint presentation as a backup in such cases as it appeared to be a regular problem. Enjoyed all the stops, Key West, Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay. We did Self Assist Debarkation. It went smoothly but only 3 US Customs Officers seemed to be on duty which was insufficient IMHO and wait time was somewhat annoying but still okay. Park by Ports shuttle was at exit and we were at our car at 8:30 p.m. We booked on-board for same ship for next year at Thanksgiving on western Caribbean and hopefully entertainment will improve by then. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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