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21 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

21 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Bonaire
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Aruba
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)
  • Day 9
    Grand Turk
  • Day 10
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    St. Maarten
  • Day 15
    Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
  • Day 15
    St. Lucia
  • Day 16
    Barbados
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Martinique
  • Day 18
    St. Kitts (Port Zante)
  • Day 19
    St. Thomas
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 22
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line

Pros

A ship for music-lovers, with venues representing rock, pop, jazz, classical and the blues

Cons

Free dining is strong, but some higher-cover specialty restaurants aren't worth the extra money

Bottom Line

Perfect for the modern cruiser who is interested in exploration, music and culinary arts


Cruise Reviews

At the port we were greeted very nicely and had a gentlemen that did our paperwork that was very nice and patient. The embarkation went smoothly got our stateroom cards then hop on the ship! We had a guaranteed partial view balcony and it ... Read More
At the port we were greeted very nicely and had a gentlemen that did our paperwork that was very nice and patient. The embarkation went smoothly got our stateroom cards then hop on the ship! We had a guaranteed partial view balcony and it was ok. Next time I will prefer a full view balcony but the price was right. There is a lot of storage space everything was well appointed. I found that the toilet in the bathroom was set in a awkward manner since it's on an angle. The shower though was large and loved the glass door. We then met our stewarts that were going out of their way to help us. We then headed to the Ocean Bar for a glass of champagne. We had the elite beverage package and found that for us it was worth its price. Jose the bartender at the Ocean Bar is fantastic. All of the cocktails were made with attention and were very good. Then off to the adult pool and the pool bar and there we started our voyage. There was a very good vibe there also. Then off the Main Dining Room. All of our servers were excellent all through the week. The food at the Main Dining Room was very very good all the time. We did go to the Specialty restaurants Canalletto and found that it was not worth the extra money spent. I also have the same opinion with Tamarin but it was better. On our voyage the seas were rough but the captain travelled behind the Bahamas and could not stop at Half Moon Key. Captain O'Driscoll is Excellent very prudent and was out on the pier in Grand Turk to salute all the guess. The Music scene is great. BB King Blues Band was excellent, Billboard on Board, Rolling Stone Rock were awesome, I was impressed. We also had good times in the Crows Nest with EXP and the vision was beautiful. We did take an excursion of the ship and it was very nice. (Puerto Plata and Cabarete Beach). The Dutch Café was my morning RDV, Andre and Kessidy were always very nice and enjoyable to start the morning. Sunshines! Where there was some downfalls in my personnal opinion was how short the time lap was for having breakfast and Lunch at the MDR. I was turned away a few times. It is more quiet during the afternoon not as much entertainment. The theatre is a bit small for the amount of people on the ship. Service was sometimes a bit slow at the Aft Pool Bar. We attented the dance shows at the Theatre and they were beautiful. By the way we had a slowed disembarkation because of the testing on one individual by the government of Florida but that was beautifully taken care of. All in All a great cruise with many many great Qualities and some small downfalls. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Chose the new ship based on previous excellent experience with HA on Veendam. Sevice and food (a particularly big concern as wife has extreme allergies) always met or exceeded expectations. Staff throughout couldn't have been better. ... Read More
Chose the new ship based on previous excellent experience with HA on Veendam. Sevice and food (a particularly big concern as wife has extreme allergies) always met or exceeded expectations. Staff throughout couldn't have been better. The ship itself, though, was a major disappointment. It appeared as though everything was primed, but no finish color was added... anywhere. Just a relentless barrage of white, beige and sometimes a splash of yellow. There isn't a single venue on the ship that delivers a "Wow" response when you see it. The Dining Room is especially bewildering... 2 stories of NOTHING. An endless sea of white and beige, sort of like a high end nursing home. The Atrium is just a 2 story swirl of some metal. It sure looks like every possible expense was cut in putting the decor together. Saved millions, no doubt. Only experienced Classical Quintet and BB King's Band, which were both terrific. Rock Band was generic and we fled quickly. Never saw or heard of the Dueling Pianos. Grand Dutch Cafe had nothing of interest. Lido food was a big upgrade over any other ship we've been on. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We are seniors and prefer smaller ships that have a reputation for traditional cruise experiences with fine food & service but without the theme park hype of RCCL. Although we are Diamond members of RCCL, we decided that we needed a ... Read More
We are seniors and prefer smaller ships that have a reputation for traditional cruise experiences with fine food & service but without the theme park hype of RCCL. Although we are Diamond members of RCCL, we decided that we needed a break from the behemoths of the seas Oasis class ships. Although the Oasis class is fine to experience a time or two , it is not for us. You almost need a GPS to navigate the ships and we are NOT rock wall climbers, surf riders or zip liners. If we want a theme park experience, we will go directly to Disney World. We have cruised over 30 times that included all the popular lines, such as Carnival, Norwegian, RCCL, Celebrity & HAL, so I'm in a position to evaluate reasonably objectively. The food & service was definitely a cut above at the main dining room & buffet. We did not eat at the extra cost, (specialty) dining rooms but reports suggest they are also very good. Breakfast buffet was very good. Wide choice of fresh fruits and baked goods. Of note are the sticky buns which are at least as good if not better than the famous Celebrity sticky buns. Moreover, they were available every day. Eggs could be ordered any way you like them, Omelets, scrambled, Benedict, or over east medium etc. and the lines were NOT excessively long. Lunch & dinner often included N. Y. strip steaks grilled to your perfection. Service in the main dining room was good. We chose anytime dining for 2 and were always accommodated in a reasonable short time. The food & food selection was good. But with 2 exceptions. The Tiramisu desert was totally lacking in presentation & taste. It was served on a tasteless cracker & NO Kalua. The shrimp cocktail is served with a version of tarter sauce. After the 1st night I wised up and specifically asked for regular cocktail sauce. No problem!. ENTERTAINMENT. The main theatre entertainment consisted of a comedian, John Wing, & he was excellent & kept you in stiches. The illusionist that they called a magician was barley OK. His name is J. P. Parent and did almost all card tricks. I prefer an illusionist that makes things disappear/appear & appears to cut people in half. And it helps if he has a scantily clad assistant. The special musical production by Step One Dance Company was called "HUMANITY" We did not care for it. It was loud, mostly loud drum beat and bass noise that some call music. It was freestyle dance with a touch of cirque du solei. The other theatre production was "Holland America Story, First 150 years." An interesting history of the company. Found it very interesting & entertaining. It traced the genesis & growth of the company from its beginning thru the war years to the present. The other film was. The other film/documentary was a nature film about life in the deep ocean. Again very interesting, especially since both were shown in the theater in the round concept. Screens that surrounded you approximately 180 degrees. Other entertainment venues: Much has been written about the Rolling Stone Rock Room and BB King's Blues Club & billboard on board. First, the Rolling Stone Rock Room Band was the WORST band I have heard in a long time. IT was TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE music for a mature passenger clientele. It was mostly hip hop & rap, with a generous amount of horrible heavy metal thrown in. It was ear drum splitting loud and in the open so it was hard to get away from. NO one danced to the music. What does that tell you? The other venue "billboard onboard" was good. It featured two pianists playing oldies rock type music by such well know & popular artists such as, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Glenn Campbell, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, & yes Dolly Parton & of course Elvis. This venue always drew a standing room only crowd & the performers encouraged sing along. One problem was that there was hardly any real dance venue or music. The ship was kept exceptionally clean & easy to navigate. It had 2 main pools an outdoor pool deck 9 in front & the Lido enclosed pool deck 9. We hung out primarily in the Lido deck enclosed pool. It had a retractable roof and we expected this pool to remain mostly enclosed. Unfortunately they opened the roof as early as & 7:30 AM even on windy & cloudy days which made it too chilly for most . Also they played loud recorded music , hard rock that was much too annoying for an enclosed pool that was supposed to be relaxing. I would have given this ship a solid 4.5 rating except for the loud rock music in the Lido enclosed pool and the totally inappropriate Rolling Stone Rock room heavy metal band. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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