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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Turk
  • Day 4
    San Juan
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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

This was a charter, Malt Shop Memories, my 4th one. It's a 7d cruise, you go on for the entertainment. It's very pricey, you hope to meet the stars, singers etc. The surprise is how inaccessible The Beach Boys & Smokey ... Read More
This was a charter, Malt Shop Memories, my 4th one. It's a 7d cruise, you go on for the entertainment. It's very pricey, you hope to meet the stars, singers etc. The surprise is how inaccessible The Beach Boys & Smokey were, & how good/friendly the back up bands/acts were. Brooklyn Bridge (Jimmy Rosica :D) , Zmed Brothers/Everly tribute artists (wow!), Joey Dee (yay), Chris Montez, Sounds of the Street (hi Eddie & Lou), Hall of Fame, Britbeat/Beatles tribute artists, all tremendous! Approachable & talkative, loved pics w/them, sooo talented. I didn't do any shore excursions on the 2 port days, just enjoyed walking around St Maarten & Antigua. Magnets, shirts, & pics were plenty. There were so many on board activities, you had to leave Britbeat to run to Elvis, for example. Really enjoyed the music trivia & Wheel of Fortune games put on by my travel agents, Jim & Steve Hitmakers Cruises. They do a lot of music cruises & are great fun. Jason Venner was a wonderful cruise host, always a high spot. The other surprise was the food in Lido was a little blander than before, not as tasty, not as many choices. And the staff goes so fast to put so much on the plate, even when you're saying, just a little, not so much etc. Don't want to waste it! The dining room now has open seating so as a solo traveler it was harder to know where to sit. Ended up not dining there, stayed w/Lido. Cabin attendants were competent & friendly too, no problems there. Daniel at front desk was big help w/medical problem, directed us well. Robert & Vivien at photo hall were delightful & funny. Finally, embarkation & disembarkation were extremely smooth, no hassle, loved it, right onto Escot. Star Vista rocks! :D Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Positives:inside cabin on navigation deck was spacious and a comfortable bed,with excellent cabin stewards.(wawan & wayan) pleasant bar staff ( Louis & Freddie)in the lido bar was excellent.waiteresses was pleasant.food was very ... Read More
Positives:inside cabin on navigation deck was spacious and a comfortable bed,with excellent cabin stewards.(wawan & wayan) pleasant bar staff ( Louis & Freddie)in the lido bar was excellent.waiteresses was pleasant.food was very good most days,excellent selection of premium alcoholic drinks. Negatives:the ocean bar lacked atmosphere in the early evening,perhaps some sought of entertainment would not go a miss! My wife is a big lover for ‘shrimps’on some occasions there where ‘shrimps’on the menu in the lido restaurant when it first opened in the evening but by 7.00pm when we ready to eat there was none to be had!was told by the servers you would have to wait 15 minutes,but this turned out to be not true on several occasions!what a con. We visited a beautiful island called ‘half moon cay’which they provided a bbq,you only had water,but we bought a drinks package which if you wanted a beer you had to pay for it!. However had a enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We thought this would be a step up for RCL and NCL. Disappointed. It took two hours to eat in the dining room, which meant you missed two of the possible shows to see. Mainstage was not that good - dancers and comedian. Lincoln Center ... Read More
We thought this would be a step up for RCL and NCL. Disappointed. It took two hours to eat in the dining room, which meant you missed two of the possible shows to see. Mainstage was not that good - dancers and comedian. Lincoln Center stage and Billboard was the only good entertainment - no dancing. BBKing was just a performer who screams a lot - no dancing music. Food was good, if you waited long enough. Our balcony was covered in chips from scraping being done when we boarded. I asked room steward twice for a second wine glass and to clean up the balcony. Finally cleaned it myself and left a note on the dirty towel. Every activity was too crowded; have to get there 1/2 hour before to get a seat or place for fitness activities. poor planning. Entertainment was scheduled too close together, back to back and impossible to finish a two hour dinner and make it to a 7:00 show. It got better, too many people complaining, but the only nice dinner was in Pinnacle the last night. Excursions were boring and not as billed - Cabarete beach was not calm and nothing to see in ride around Domiican. Calypso tram tour was okay for two hours but rushed when we finally got to see the donkeys, pay $3 to use bathroom and hurry up back on tram. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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