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Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure Port

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First-Time Cruisers


21 Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Friday Fen Wolf avatar

Friday Fen Wolf

2 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Ages 8 to 76 loved this cruise.


We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on ...
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Sail Date March 2016

mmbuzz avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Dancing on the Water

Hi! I was a solo female traveler (revered by some, scorned by some). I didn't stay at any hotels. The ship was clean and accommodations were enjoyable. I can't complain about anything - the staff was attentive, ...
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Sail Date January 2016

theBrosher avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Didn't realize it was a mature person cruise; still overall really good.

This was our first cruise, and we booked for 2 weeks to celebrate our honeymoon. We are 26 and 33. When we booked the trip, we didn't realize that Holland America was geared towards a mature crowd (50+). We are not ...
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Sail Date November 2015

landlubberSanD avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fun Cruise

Great Cruise, much better than i expected. Wish more time was available in each port, that is the only drawback i found. Trying to see Rome in 11 hours is sub optimal. Kotor could easily be skipped, the old ...
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Sail Date May 2015

bonjour_blondie avatar


1 Review Written

Would have been almost perfect, except for engine juddering

We’re a British couple in our very late twenties. I’ve only ever sailed with Costa Cruises on 4 previous voyages over the years, gradually seeing their supreme service decline into a floating shambles, and vowed ...
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Sail Date January 2015

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cowes 20

3 Reviews Written

134 Helpful Votes

Five rules for a wonderful cruise

1 Don't expect the ship's design and décor to reflect your personal taste 2 Don't expect all fellow passengers to be just like you. 3 Don't throw a tantrum if you miss a port 4 Don't take the cruise lines home ...
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Sail Date September 2014

Amba avatar


1 Review Written

A wonderful experience and first ever cruise!

This was our first ever cruise. Firstly a thank you for the immense extra help and guidance given to us by our agent who went above and beyond to secure our holiday and spent a great deal of time advising us on ...
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Sail Date May 2014

Robeans avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great First Time Experience

My boyfriend and I took the 7 night Western Caribbean cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. It was my first cruise and his second. We had such a wonderful time on the ship, we can't wait to book another cruise! Our ...
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Sail Date March 2014

relaxatrvlr avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Best 'Dam' Trip Imaginable

A trip that began in snow ended in 82 degree F. weather in Ft. Lauderdale. After a pre-cruise stay at the Hyatt Place, 17th St. location, we began a never-to-be- forgotten cruise courtesy of Holland America's ...
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Sail Date December 2013

leo2012 avatar


1 Review Written

A first and maybe not many more

My spouse and I were on our first transatlantic cruise with HAL on the Nieuw Amsterdam for the Transatlantic farewell and we embarked in Barcelona on October 29th. Embarking was quick, smooth, a pleasant ...
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Sail Date November 2012

sammygoose avatar


1 Review Written

We were blown away

I want to start by saying that although I am a cruising newbie I am an experienced traveller of sorts from North America to South America to Europe to Africa...from first world to developing I have seen a lot that ...
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Sail Date October 2012

Sirdouglas01 avatar


1 Review Written

The deluxe verandah suite has no added value

HAL could not take my luxery cruise to the last 5-10% to make it what they claim it is. The concept of a cruise and a world wind tour of Europe was appealing to me and I did have an excursion almost every day. ...
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Sail Date October 2012

tenby50 avatar


1 Review Written

Nieuw Amsterdam First Cruise

After completing a number of investigations into cruising we decided to choose Holland America and their new ship Nieuw Amsterdam. It was a fantastic cruise with lots of things to do onboard and the food was of a ...
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Sail Date September 2012

kansa avatar


1 Review Written

We absolutely LOVED it!

We just returned from the Mediterranean Empires cruise on HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam, 18-30 July, 2012. It was GREAT! We absolutely LOVED it! The ship was great, smiling staff, and I felt completely spoiled! This was ...
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Sail Date July 2012

KOintheKnow avatar


1 Review Written

My first cruise ever, and on HAL Nieuw Amsterdam 4/1/2012

On a lark one day in January 2012, my husband sent me an email with a link to an incredible transatlantic cruise ship sale. Leaving Miami, Florida, on April 1 it would take more than four weeks to arrive at its ...
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Sail Date April 2012

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Kiwi Rua

1 Review Written

Wonderful introduction to cruising

We (husband and I) were looking forward to this cruise as a relaxing end to 6 weeks of travelling around Europe. There was so much to see and do, however, that we didn't ever get into total relax mode, but we ...
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Sail Date October 2011

NZcruiser1960 avatar


2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Wonderful Introduction to cruising

As first time cruisers, we had nothing to compare this cruise to, and were unsure what exactly to expect. We booked VF category, which meant we didn't know our cabin until about 2 weeks from departure. Room 5002 ...
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Sail Date July 2011

C2C2C avatar


1 Review Written

Newbies- 32 Day (B2B) Inaugural Transatlantic

Though the following review is 6 months late, the fact that the ship is back in the Mediterranean for its second season makes it hopefully pertinent. Our first time cruising at sea was the 32 day b2b TA Venice to ...
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Sail Date October 2010

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Cruisin Suzin

2 Reviews Written

Cabana Girls Cruise

Review of Nieuw Amsterdam- Eastern Caribbean February-15-11 1:07 PM Cabana Girls Cruise Cabin 6058 SS Capri Family Cabana Sailing February 6th, 2011 1st Holland American Cruise ...
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Sail Date February 2011

Computerman2010 avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First time cruisers, Christmas honeymoon cruise

My wife and I are both 26 and chose to spend our honeymoon and first Christmas together on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We booked with Holland America to avoid hoards of kids that would be inevitable over the holidays, ...
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Sail Date December 2010

jengianfrancesco avatar


2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Enjoyed my 1st Cruise

Embarkation: Arrived via free shuttle from Marriott at 11:15am. Took about 20 minutes to get through the line. Was quick and easy. Ship: Overall the ship was very nice, however it was freezing most of the ...
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Sail Date December 2010

Nieuw Amsterdam Ratings

Public Rooms4.54.3
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Value For Money4.03.9
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