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  • Day 1
    Amsterdam
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Oslo
  • Day 4
    Kristiansund
  • Day 5
    Stavanger
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Flam
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Amsterdam
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Haugesund
  • Day 11
    Alesund
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Eyjafjordur
  • Day 13
    Akureyri
  • Day 14
    Isafjord
  • Day 15
    Reykjavik
  • Day 16
    Reykjavik
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
  • Day 19
    Invergordon (Inverness)
  • Day 20
    Newhaven
  • Day 21
    Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
  • Day 22
    Amsterdam

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

The cruise was paid for by my father in law, so we had no choice, but we were pleased with the entire experience. We arrived around 11:30 am and very little waiting was required at Port Everglades, although the check in staff inside ... Read More
The cruise was paid for by my father in law, so we had no choice, but we were pleased with the entire experience. We arrived around 11:30 am and very little waiting was required at Port Everglades, although the check in staff inside the terminal subcontracted out were a bit rude/brusque. The ship was spacious and clean. I was a bit concerned that one of the adipose rear propellers wasn't working, but the captain was reassuring that the chances of us getting stranded at sea were very remote, and that there were emergency plans in place if that unlikely event were to occur. Unfortunately, I didn't get the information from the captain until much later in the cruise. The captain's message would be better to get on the second or third day, I think. Our cabin was able to sleep comfortably my husband, I and my teen. It had a remarkable sleeper sofa that turned into a bed without taking up floor area. The dining options were superb. We had a couple of nights where we splurged on the restaurants that charge extra. In the future, I would be very satisfied with just the standard dining room seating without paying the extra money. The entertainment was professional and very classy. Something for any sophisticated taste: classical, blues band, piano bar, modern dance. I didn't participate in many activities. I took the cocktail mixing classes, which were a lot of fun. The couples massage was a rip-off: $355! I thought it was $170 for 2! All of our sense of relaxation was erased when they tried to upsell us on skin products and booking for additional appointments. because I was part of a family reunion and had enough things to do between my books, puzzles, family and excursions. The service never disappointed us, except I would have appreciated a little salsa or hot sauce with the room service omelette which was a little bland. I went on the Damajagua Falls excursion in the Dominican Republic, which was fantastic! The water wasn't too cold and the scenery was beautiful. Both my husband and teen daughter did all the high jumps and slides, whereas I, suffering from a fear of heights took the sturdy ladders down (the "chicken" routes). Part of the issue was I was feeling fragile since I sprained my ankle on the last step of the new concrete bridge that you walk across before the beginning of the hike. Our snorkel excursion on Grands Turks/Caicos was cancelled due to heavy seas. We were refunded our money promptly. The tender to Half Moon Cay really freaked me out, because the rough waves splashed onto the lower deck, and the ferry was so full of people. Fortunately, the trip was short. Our family of 14 shared a villa at Half Moon Cay, which was a very nice experience. Although, I used the included snorkel equipment, I didn't see any fish in the swimming area in front of the villa (the fish were probably scared of the humans). The villa had a small refrigerator filled with shrimp cocktails (but no spicy red sauce), fresh fruit, drinks and chips, a kitchen sink, large table set with tablecloths, napkins, etc, plenty of seating, plenty of foam floating lounge/rafts, a Jacuzzi that could comfortably contain 6 people. Getting off the tender back onto the boat freaked me out more, because the boat was moving up and down so much. Trying to get back on the large boat from the tender was like being in a video game--you had to time it, crouch down and run fast so you wouldn't knock your head. We traveled with our teen, who went up to the teen room a couple of times, but nobody was there/it was not open. She didn't complain about the cruise despite its lack of activities specifically for teens, because we bought her the internet package which kept her happy, except for the last sea day before disembarkation when the internet wasn't working properly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
First time on a Holland America cruise. Was very impressed with the ship(new), the crew members service and the food at all venues. The music themed art work was very nice. I read another review that entertainment and daytime ... Read More
First time on a Holland America cruise. Was very impressed with the ship(new), the crew members service and the food at all venues. The music themed art work was very nice. I read another review that entertainment and daytime activities was for the senior, senior crowd and very boring for "younger" people. Well, I am a senior and agree with them. No excitement at the pools, no upbeat activities during the day, anywhere. The evening entertainment at B.B. Kings, the Rolling Stones club and dueling pianos was fun and well done. The World Stage offers Holland America so much opportunity with technology not available on other ships but was disappointed with the lack of entertainment using it. Overall, the entertainment at the World Stage was mediocre at best with the dance troup being the only exception. If you are looking for a beautiful ship with great food, superb service, clean and well laid out suites the nieuw Statendam is for you. If high spirited activities and entertainment is your interests, you might be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have been cruising for many years, and this was our 8th HAL cruise with our sons. We started cruising ten years ago with our children as 3rd and 4th passengers in a Neptune suite. They are now teenagers and are in their own inside ... Read More
We have been cruising for many years, and this was our 8th HAL cruise with our sons. We started cruising ten years ago with our children as 3rd and 4th passengers in a Neptune suite. They are now teenagers and are in their own inside cabin. Beware, when you make this switch, your children will lose their Neptune Suite benefits, even if you continue to book a Neptune Suite. This was our first holiday cruise, and we already booked a holiday cruise for next year. It was that great!!! The ship was new, spotless and beautiful. The Christmas decorations were beautiful, and the staff was amazing. In addition, the atmosphere on the ship was very festive. People aren't always happy on vacation, but there was something special about a Christmas Cruise. Everyone seemed to be in great spirits, and lots of families were traveling together. We saw lots of groups of kids (likely cousins) traveling around the ship and having a great time. HAL provides a Catholic priest on board for mass, which we really appreciated. Club Hal: Over the last 10 years, our children have experienced all three age levels of Club HAL, and it has been an absolute highlight for them. This was our first year where our 19-year-old son, has aged out and we were worried about him finding things to do, as he is too old for kid stuff and too young for the bar scene. We should not have worried. He met lots of other older teens and spent time playing cards and games in the Explorations Café, visiting the music venues, and shows. Dinning: We appreciated the new dining venues on the ship as well. We at breakfast as the Dutch Café once and enjoyed it. We also ate lunch once at the New York Pizza Deli. My husband is from New York and was not impressed by the pizza. I enjoyed being able to grab a quick salad, but the sandwiches were not very good. They were all bread and little meat. We ate in The Pinnacle Grill once for dinner Christmas Eve and 3 times for lunch on sea days. It was excellent (but not quick) as usual. We also tried out Tamirand; it was good, but not great, and our waitress was not very friendly. We ate dinner once in Canaletto. On this ship, it truly seems like a seperate restaurant, not part of Lido. The food was excellent, and the service was great, but beware where you sit. We were seated directly across from the door to the Lido kitchen, and when Lido closed, the banging and crashing, etc. of all the evening’s dishes being washed was really loud – like can’t hold a conversation loud. Entertainment: We enjoyed the new Rock and Roll venue, and the dueling pianos were much better than in past years. They had an interesting system going where one show would end, and you could walk directly across to the other venue and they would start playing within about 10 minutes. We enjoyed the magician on the main stage, but the comedian was so bad, that my husband and I both fell asleep. That has never happened to us at a comedy show before. Even people in the first row were getting up and leaving. Fitness Center: My son used the treadmills in the fitness center. The fitness center is new and beautiful. I took a Pilates class. The class was fine, but we were at sea in high winds, so the instructor probably should have modified his routine to take out at least some of the balance moves, as they were pretty impossible with the ship rocking so much. Ports/Shore Excursions: We booked jet skiing and a shade cover and chairs on Half Moon Kay, but that port was cancelled due to high winds, so we can’t review those. Our next stop was Aruba. Because we didn’t get to jet ski in the Bahamas, we called Delphi Watersports Aruba (https://www.delphiwatersports.com/), as soon as we arrived in Aruba (4 hours earlier than originally scheduled). It was Christmas day, but they were open. We booked 4 jet skies for 30 minutes at a very reasonable price and had a great time. We then took a HAL shore excursion in the afternoon sailing and snorkeling. We had a great time. We didn’t like any of the ship’s offerings in Curacao, so we booked a private horseback riding excursion with Criadero Babetti (https://www.criaderobabetti.com/). It was absolutely amazing. They picked us up at the Starbucks outside the terminal and we visited an aloe farm and ostrich farm on horseback (tied the horses up in the parking lots), and then rode to the bay to take the horses in swimming. It was a highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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