13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We are a couple in mid 40’s with 2 teen girls, our 10th and 11th cruise. Previously sailed with: Costa, MSC, Holland America, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity. Have already explored about 90% of Caribbean islands, so now mainly sailing for ... Read More
We are a couple in mid 40’s with 2 teen girls, our 10th and 11th cruise. Previously sailed with: Costa, MSC, Holland America, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity. Have already explored about 90% of Caribbean islands, so now mainly sailing for the ship, not for destination. Year and a half ago, we decided to check both ships (being under construction at that time), and booked them right after the tickets become available. We were so excited to cruise again with our 2 favorite cruise lines, and check both brand new vessels back to back. Expectations were set very high. We sailed on Nieuw Statendam first. Best food ever, including buffet, Dive-In, and MDR with delicious lobster, prime rib dinners, and mouthwatering desserts. One of the nicest looking MDR we ever saw (see pic), our waiter Sudiatmika was above and beyond. Great laid out buffet never crowded, so many healthy options to choose from, individual deserts or fruit portions (no mess). We did not try up charge restaurants, Grand Dutch Café, or New York Deli & Pizza, no casino, or spa. There are tons of great music venues: performers at Rolling Stone Rock Room were the best, best, best we have ever seen, great couple at Billboard on Board, talented Lincoln Center Stage and BB King Blues teams! Nieuw Statendam is very easy to navigate ship. We would like to re-christen her to “Nieuw Cozydam”. The most friendly and most professional crew, mainly Indonesian / Filipino. Very polite passengers, and yes, bit older, but worked perfect for us. Most technological advanced theater with LED screen around. Areas around both pools never crowded, several free loungers. Here are other small premium touches not found on competition’s vessels: orchid plants on every single table in the buffet, live flowers in MDR, tons of live floral arrangements through out the ship, our cabin has 2 bathrooms (family ocean view stateroom 1030), received beautiful “diploma of finished cruise” signed by Captain on the end of journey. For disease prevention no self service in the buffet (very smart). Thinking about any room for improvement.... and simply can’t find any. Right after disembark from Nieuw Statendam, quick stop at the garage’s rooftop where we parked (see pic), exchanged clothes and supplies, and hopped on the Edge. I must say that Celebrity built a state of the art terminal (yes, matching Edge design), and it is the most beautiful terminal we’ve ever sailed from. Since we did all the paperwork in advance, the embarkation took 5 min. We had a blast from the first moment we stepped on board and were welcomed with champagne. Better name for this cruise liner would be “Celebrity WOW”. Very modern, stylish, impressive, spacious vessel we’ve ever been on, or we’ve ever seen including futuristic computer mock ups found online. Well-designed contemporary ship inside and out. Impressive atrium, theater, beautiful pool area and Rooftop Garden. We actually love the controversial infinite veranda concept (had 2 Concierge Class Infinite Verandas 11131, 11133 – it was a free upgrade from Celebrity, had originally 1 ocean view quad cabin booked – thank you Celebrity). State of the art cabin/bathroom/infinite veranda, all these light years ahead of any competition (seriously). Shows were great, food too. We did not try up charge restaurants, no casino or spa. We loved our waiters at Cosmopolitan Suphawan & Bundhoo, they worked in tandem, and were the most professional, quickest and beautiful looking team ever served us (see pic). Stateroom attendant Tania, she worked by herself, and also I would say she was the best, and very hardworking room keeper out of all 11 cruses. “Next generation” elevators, so modern and very efficient, biggest we’ve ever seen. There were so many new things for cruise industry we loved: non stop playing “mysterious” music on the stateroom hallways, two story high ceiling in the buffet, extra large staircases, multiple decks running track, amazing chandelier in the atrium, bizarre Eden, and even more bizarre Eden’s performers (we actually liked the controversial smell there), silent disco experience, professional and dedicated cruise director, spacious public areas, every single furniture well made and designed, very high quality materials allover, specially loved premium velour fabrics used on almost all chairs in all food venues. Tons of beautiful art and décor through out the ship. Since this is a band new product, there are minor things we would like Celebrity to polish: all shops on board are on high end side. Deserts and cakes at buffet some times were tasteless. There are designated areas with sink vases when entering the buffet, but no crew posted to encourage passengers to wash their hands. Sticky tongs in the buffet. Cakes were not individually portioned on plates, caused bit of mess at dessert stations. Too many restaurants located directly in the atrium area made this impressive space very loud (kitchen noises), and food smells. Final conclusion: Both these cruise lines, and both these ships are our favorite to date. As we mentioned earlier, our expectations were set very high, and we waited with a heart beat 1.5 year to both these sailings. What happened was we ended up with best vacations ever! Celebrity Edge is unique, most beautiful and most modern, truly a ship of the future. We really enjoyed photographing and exploring her. We had 3 stops, but in the event we have zero port of calls during 7 day cruise, we wouldn't complain. On the other hand, when we are looking from the distance at Nieuw Statendam, what we immediately see, it is an icon of premium and quality. Nieuw Statendam offered best music experience, best food quality, and the most friendly crew in the industry. This cozy ship makes us feel so special, like we were guests at our own resort. If you are not paying attention to all the bells and whistles other lines offers to attract families with children and younger crowd, both above vessels will fit you perfect. If you love dancing, great music, relaxing atmosphere, great food and service definitely do Nieuw Statendam. If you are décor person, would like to sail on the most modern ship in the world, sleep in “next generation cabin”, definitely Edge is a must to see! Now Scarlet Lady, and Edge’s and New Statendam’s future siblings are on our radar. Happy sailings! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My sister and I chose this cruise because it was a themed girlfriend getaway cruise with O Magazine and Oprah, so we knew it was going to be amazing! I have consistently found with HAL that something extraordinary happens when I cruise ... Read More
My sister and I chose this cruise because it was a themed girlfriend getaway cruise with O Magazine and Oprah, so we knew it was going to be amazing! I have consistently found with HAL that something extraordinary happens when I cruise this line! This cruise was no different. First of all embarkation, we arrived at 1030 AM and were onboard by 11:45. Our cabin was not ready, but I was able to put my carry on bag in my cabin and we were off to have lunch and explore the ship! The ship is beautiful, with artwork all over that seemed to grab our attention and made us stop and think! I just loved the layout of the ship with many relaxing comfortable chairs to lounge around in. The only complaint I would have was the walking deck on the lower floor, the views were blocked by the lifeboats. However, the very top of the ship has a great jogging deck with unobstructed views. The crew were friendly and very welcoming! The food was delicious! We really enjoyed sitting outside near the pool and had some great pizza and salads! The entertainment was astounding. The world stage was incredible! I loved the Humanity show! Then there was all the fantastic O magazine specific presentations and workshops, all incredible! The highlights for me was the Supersoul Sunday presentation with Oprah and Tara Westover! What an unforgettable and inspiring thing to watch! Then there was the Conversation with Oprah! She is such an inspiration and I will be forever grateful I got to experience such a beautiful moment listening to Oprah with my sister! We also got to speak with Adam Glassman and he was very kind and personable! Then there was Gayle King who was everywhere, and was kind of to take hundreds of selfies with adoring fans! We saw her everywhere! The President of HAL, Orlando Ashford was out helping guests and getting the feedback on their experience on the ship! There was so many "WOW!" moments! Also, every night my sister and I couldn't wait to see what gift we were going to be given by the O magazine staff! Thank you to Jayne Jamison and her staff for being so thoughtful! We loved the little gifts and were very grateful for them all! Half Moon Caye was just beautiful! The tendering process went well. We found a nice lounger under a tree near the "I wish I could stay here forever bar" and went off to join the incredible meditation on the beach with Tracee Stanley. The beach BBQ was so good! I ate a delicious fish taco and a cheeseburger right there on the beach looking out at the pretty blue water and started humming a Jimmy Buffet song, Cheeseburger in paradise! So much fun! After that, we went for a swim, relaxed on the beach and hurried back to the ship! We didn't want to miss a thing! Our last night we got to run around the ship in PJs! It was like participating in the biggest girl slumber party ever! HAL is my favorite cruise line because they really fulfill their mission statement consistently. "Through excellence we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time." I completely agree and can't wait to see what the next HAL cruise has in store for me! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The ship was really nice and the staff is even nicer. I also really liked the islands they put together, they were amazing The only down side to this cruise, 95% of crowd on this ship was over the age of 68 and therefore all the ... Read More
The ship was really nice and the staff is even nicer. I also really liked the islands they put together, they were amazing The only down side to this cruise, 95% of crowd on this ship was over the age of 68 and therefore all the activities were low key and not that exciting. You might feel a little bored during sea days, or you can say you might feel like you have your own private cruise The food was also great, you will have to choose between the lido market (your buffet style dinning) and your fancy dinning room. Both serve excellent food and you are going to want to go to both. Also taking off from Fort Lauderdale was very easy, it was only 5 miles away from the airport, and very easy to get to with Uber. We bairly waited inline to get in. While on the cruise crows nest on deck 12 is a great starting point. It will really help you out plan your shore excursion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We loved the new design on this ship. Grouping musical venues together created a much more lively evening vibe (our previous HAL cruises had been pretty dead at night). In general the dining was excellent-- the lido was the best cruise ... Read More
We loved the new design on this ship. Grouping musical venues together created a much more lively evening vibe (our previous HAL cruises had been pretty dead at night). In general the dining was excellent-- the lido was the best cruise buffet we have every encountered. Also enjoyed the Tamerind and really loved the sushi bar. The only truly disappointing dining was the Sel De Mer-- overcooked, bland fish and clearly canned escargot. On a ten day cruise we only ate in the dining room once, but it ws fine. The NFL championship game was broadcast pool side as was a movie each night. Nice way to view. The newly designed pool area has plenty of seating. The staff was outstanding-- better than we have experienced on any previous cruise (including 10 HAL cruises). This is possibly due to it being a new ship with Oprah Winfrey expected on the sailing immediately following ours. There were a few disappointments-- the thermal pool design is not as good as on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam -- it is impossible to use the massage waterfalls without spraying everyone else in the pool. As is typical, the spa was a joke with silly fake "treatments" like "detox foot treatments" and grossly overpriced, mediocre massage. The casino is also rather poor with terrible odds. Our one serious issue was handled very well with lots of follow up (the issue was the complete lack of ANY soundproofing between our cabin and the adjoining cabin, even very quiet conversation were completely audible. Maintainence workers filled the space between the doors with foam and then sealed the door opening with silicone. This did help a good bit. Muffled voices were still audible, but it no longer seemed the the guests in the next cabin were actual inside our cabin and vice versa). As is always the case on a HAL journey, there is not a lot to do. We played trivia and attended one comedy show that was good and a dance show that was surprisingly good. Best to bring books and enjoy the company of your travel companions. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Arrival at the port around 1:00pm and on ship within 15 minutes, cabin was ready. They have seemed to streamline the process by assigning boarding times according to deck reservation. surprised by no hassle boarding. The ship is really ... Read More
Arrival at the port around 1:00pm and on ship within 15 minutes, cabin was ready. They have seemed to streamline the process by assigning boarding times according to deck reservation. surprised by no hassle boarding. The ship is really beautiful, though not glitzy, more classic, color tones were soothing using beiges, whites and greens in the decor, lots of interesting modern art pieces throughout the ship. Sparkling clean. Though it carries around 2600 passengers it never felt crowded. It was the largest Holland cruise boat we have been on but it still felt intimate The sailing was smooth even during some windy nights, weather overall was great though one night it seemed the seas churned up and winds picked up, however the ship did not rock as some of the older Holland boats do. Service was great , friendly, the crew is well trained in customer service. Smiles and hellos from everyone. Food is usually good on the Holland line, this food was exceptional with interesting menus. Note: Pasta made to order at Lido buffet, Asian wok station at the buffet,not to be missed. Noticed a lot of the same menu items available in the buffet as in the dining room. ie. rack of lamb, prime rib, salmon, sea bass. We ate in the dining room 4 nights out of 7, service was good, food, especially desserts, were great. Lobster tails on second formal night were outstanding, perfectly cooked. The entertainment on this ship is different then other cruises we had been on with the addition of the music walk on deck 2 and the addition of a large screen showing of current movies in the indoor Lido pool. The large theater featured dancers with amazing light effects, a comic one night and a singer one night. All very entertaining, the first night show, Humanity, was the best. The casino was active and slots seemed to be pretty loose. We won and spoke with many others who also won. There are more things to do ie wine tastings, cocktail making, whiskey tastings at additional costs which we did not participate in. During the day there are cooking demonstrations, computer workshops, port talks, jewelry discussions, trivia games etc. Pickleball was being played on the upper sports deck almost daily with a good group of people willing to teach beginners. Fellow passengers were very friendly. Two things I did not like- size of the hot tubs in the back pool deck, too small and the addition of a very loud rock band in the music walk area. BB King as usual puts on a great show, Dueling pianos were also good, though I loved Barry who does the piano on the Veendam. He gets the audience much more involved and is quite funny and very talented. All in all it was a very relaxing and great cruise and would highly recommend. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship has only been in operation for six weeks but runs like a well tuned machine. We were advised to come at a later time based on the deck we were on and as a result we walked right on to the ship...no waiting. We will certainly ... Read More
This ship has only been in operation for six weeks but runs like a well tuned machine. We were advised to come at a later time based on the deck we were on and as a result we walked right on to the ship...no waiting. We will certainly do that again as it made embarkation very smooth and hassle free. We boarded at 2:00 pm and there was no line. The ship is beautiful and modern looking. The dining areas are bright and airy looking. Artwork is everywhere so made stair climbing interesting as on every floor there was amazing modern art. The food on this ship is out of this world. We have been on over 23 cruises with a number of different lines and we can say that the NS food was the best we have had without a doubt. The New York Deli serves the best deli sandwiches you will ever taste. The individual pizzas are made to your specifications. We are still thinking about the Dive In burgers they were so good. The food in the Lido is always fresh and hot. The main dining room served perfectly cooked steak, lobster tails and prime rib as well as something for everyone. There really was no need to go to the speciality (extra fee) restaurants. HAL has introduced the Music Walk concept which features a Rock Room, BBKings Blues Club, Billboard on Board and Lincoln Centre Stage. All the music is in one area and you can walk from one to the other as fits your mood. We noticed that cruisers on HAL now stay up a lot longer than on previous cruises because of the wonderful entertainment. The World Stage productions were mesmerizing and we talked to other passengers who went to all three performances of Humanity! Even the 10:00 pm show was packed to the limit. The America’s Test Kitchen demonstrations were wonderful...we only wish there were more of them. This is not the ship for kids or teens...no water slides etc. but if you enjoy excellant food, music, artwork, and learning something new while on vacation this is the cruise for you. We will be happy to return to the Nieuw Statendam in the near future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Wanted a getaway and this cruise was very reasonable for a new ship. We were certainly impressed with the ship. It was beautiful and configured a little different from the other Holland ships, seemed much more spacious. The art work along ... Read More
Wanted a getaway and this cruise was very reasonable for a new ship. We were certainly impressed with the ship. It was beautiful and configured a little different from the other Holland ships, seemed much more spacious. The art work along the stairways and in the ship itself is beautiful as reported and I walked down all the stairways to see it. The gym is huge and l liked the individual fitness room for pilate and stretch classes. The pool area is lovely and lots of comfortable sitting area on the Lido and floor above. Enjoyed the NY Deli and Pizza, thought it was very good along with the gelato which was a small charge. The Grand Dutch café was also a nice addition. It seems to be taking away some business from the Exploration café. We had dinner at the Pinnacle which was very good and the Tamarind which has a new menu. We did miss the old spacious Tamarind lounge area but the sushi area seemed quite popular. Service as always is excellent and the bar menu has changed with some interesting drinks. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We sailed on a 7 day Caribbean cruise stopping at Naassau, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. As seasoned Holland America cruisers, and having sailed on the Statendam in 1996, we wanted the larger ship experience. Being used to the ... Read More
We sailed on a 7 day Caribbean cruise stopping at Naassau, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. As seasoned Holland America cruisers, and having sailed on the Statendam in 1996, we wanted the larger ship experience. Being used to the small ships, you hardly knew that there were 2,600 guests on board. The NS is a beauty. The art is music themed and quite interesting. Weather was great and she seemed to sail effortlessly through the water with not much movement. The Lincoln Center has soothing classical type music as scheduled times. Close by is the the B.B. King Blues Band as well as the Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard where a husband and wife played dueling pianos.while alternating with the Rolling Stones Rock band. The dining room is beautiful. Most of our meals were taken in the Club Orange, a new restaurant for guests in Neptune categories. Guests may also join by paying a daily up charge to enjoy the amenities. No reservations were needed and the food was always tasty and above average. The new Lido Market is a treat as the food is set into various stations. Seating can be better arranged as the chairs do not slide easily on the carpet and the tables are very close together. Venues at the pool feature burgers and a New York Deli featuring fresh made deli sandwiches and pizza. There are 2 decks overlooking the pool and large screen for movie/TV/game viewing Lounge "sofas" line the areas complete with piped in sound. Embarkation was a bit confusing but very quick. Disembarkation was disorganized as the power was lost in the arrival hall and there were problems getting the gangway seated properly. We chose the $99. internet which allowed one connection at a time. This was a change from our previous Maasdam cruise where the internet was limited. Service was good even while we were at sea. We were permitted t bring 2 bottles of wine onboard. We chose the $141. - 4 wine bottle package and could take our wine back to the cabin to enjoy. We opted for the Neptune Suite cabin #5223 located in the aft corner of the ship on the starboard side with the wrap around balcony and it didn't disappoint. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
From the Lido buffet to the world stage, this ship is magnificent! The Lido has several stations each serving a different fair. The carving station even served suckling pig twice! The pastries are some of the best I ever ate, equal to ... Read More
From the Lido buffet to the world stage, this ship is magnificent! The Lido has several stations each serving a different fair. The carving station even served suckling pig twice! The pastries are some of the best I ever ate, equal to the bakeries of Europe. You can get any accouterments, sauce, spice, jam or topping, even ones you did not know existed. The crew is great and accommodating. One day I picked a desert and thought it would be better with whipped cream however the ice cream guy just ran out. The chef standing nearby told me to wait 5 minutes and he went and whipped some up special just for me!!!!!! Breakfast is amazing as well with any type of egg dish, crapes, pancakes, waffles, Sausage, bacon, carved ham, oatmeal and Congee with a dozen add-ins if desired. The free ice cream, cones or cups had toppings galore and it was always available. The French Fries out by the pool at the "Dive-In" are AMAZING!!!!!! The dining room had a great variety of fish and meals to suit anyone's taste buds! I had a NY Strip stake that was grilled to perfection and melted in your mouth! This is a cruise line for the 55 and older so don't complain if there is no hot & cold running women sunbathing by the pool. The "Hot tubs" could have been a bit hotter. At least one should be since some of us get tired of "Luke warm" bath water. Over all a GREAT cruise and I look forward to doing it again soon! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because we really enjoyed our first cruise last year on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and wanted to take some close friends with us on the Nieuw Statendam. The ship did not disappoint us, the crew were very friendly and we even ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we really enjoyed our first cruise last year on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and wanted to take some close friends with us on the Nieuw Statendam. The ship did not disappoint us, the crew were very friendly and we even saw crew members from our previous voyage. We had an ocean view cabin (as last time) which was a little different arrangement: European style shower instead of a tub, the desk and bookshelf were differently arranged as well. Dining was as good or better than the Nieuw Amsterdam, but there were subtle differences: The Tamarind was not in as favorable place as on the Nieuw Amsterdam, Rudy's Sel de Mer, while beautiful, had awkward seating if you were near the windows facing out on the carpeted area and having foot traffic watching you. The captain of the ship greated us warmly onboard and joked with us about the "new car smell". The world stage theatre was fantastic with surrounding 270-degree LED screens surrounding the stage. The dancers interacted with the images on the screen and it was vibrant and fantastic. I hope that this is a thing for the future of all their ships on HAL. Some things which they need to work with is to train the people who give lectures on board to learn how to use powerpoint or at least have someone do graphics for them. The ship also has a definite problem with having to cross the dreaded swimming pool and Lido deck and finding that there is no way to go from bow to stern on at least two decks without using the stairs and elevators. The decks are more narrow, and it is difficult to negotiate while carrying drinks etc with all of the deck chairs, cabanas, etc. The new artwork is more of a modern style, very eclectic which is very clever, but something that would appeal to younger couples and travelers. They could also use some better ways of selling drinks and other beverages on board. We kept getting a run around on drinks packages, such as my wife was told that we could buy a package for five bottles of beer for the price of four, only to find that the steward brought out five bottles at once. Sodas could be served from dispensers instead of having to bother a steward to bring a can. In addition, we were not always given a receipt for our alcoholic beverages even when asking for a receipt, and we think we were overcharged, Disembarking in most ports took longer than expected, and we spent much time in waiting. And we also arrived in port with up to five other large cruise ships (the really BIG ones) making it crowded. They really spent time on making sure that we used our hand sanitizer and even have sinks for washing up before dinner in the cafeteria. This paid off, as we saw another cruise ship being turned away from port because of an outbreak of norovirus. And one other suggestion, would it bankrupt HAL if they gave us free wifi, or at least so many hours of it onboard? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We won this cruise, loving all about her, friendly service, delicious food, our second trip on Holland America this year. Ship rides silently and smoothly, all you may hear is the ocean against the ship out on the balcony. Cabin ... Read More
We won this cruise, loving all about her, friendly service, delicious food, our second trip on Holland America this year. Ship rides silently and smoothly, all you may hear is the ocean against the ship out on the balcony. Cabin stewards perfect attentive and only around when you want them, our room was always fresh and ready (putting the door sign out is helpful) Dining room staff and food were great, we have early dining and much of the week were were the only people at the table, the dining room seemed to have many empty seats, the lido offers the same food however we like to share stories with our shipboard mates. The entertainment was great eye candy, however there is now live orchestra in the technological spectacular room surrounding vision. Plenty of room to sit, if you get there 30 minutes pre show, it does fill up. Improvements Captain should do his audio report at noon or predict in the newsletter when the report shall be made, some don't listen to the report but I like to hear the daily condition of the ship and forecast of today's weather. Cruise director should consider a morning or evening shipboard TV show Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first time with Holland America and it didn't disappoint. Been on most of the other cruise lines and they all have their pros and cons but we really enjoyed the Nieuw Statendam. Getting on board was quick and not ... Read More
This was our first time with Holland America and it didn't disappoint. Been on most of the other cruise lines and they all have their pros and cons but we really enjoyed the Nieuw Statendam. Getting on board was quick and not having to bring the life jacket to the muster drill and not having to go to the actual life boats was a nice surprise. The staff was amazing as expected and the food was above what we had experienced on prior cruises. The buffet on the lido deck was good and we had a hard time pulling ourselves away to the actual dining room. It was different that in the buffet you didn't just help yourself but people actually served you the food. My only complaint about the food was the lack of after hours Ice Cream which as I'm typing this sounds really petty and sad. The entertainment was amazing! The World Stage Dance group was soooo good especially since they used the innovative surround screen. Lincoln Center Stage with Atlys was incredible. So nice to hear classical music performed live on a cruise ship. We were planning on walking past the husband and wife dueling piano performance but we stopped and spent a few hours there they were so entertaining. The destination ports were all enjoyable except for perhaps Jamaica. We might of went to the wrong part of town but it wasn't a very nice experience. Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Half Moon Cay were so much fun. The latter had beaches that we will never forget. We had an inside cabin and it was bigger than the one other inside cabin we had on a Carnival Cruise. Huge screens and of course great service. Definitely an older crowd. I don't think we saw more than 15 kids the entire cruise so over all it was quiet. If that isn't your cup to tea I understand but we figured that was going to be case when we booked. Overall we loved every minute of the seven days and were jealous we couldn't stay longer. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked this last minute New Year’s cruise on a brand new ship with a cruise line we hadn’t tried before and LOVED it! Ship size was perfect, crew were amazing, food was fantastic!! Hands down, an excellent value for the money ... Read More
We booked this last minute New Year’s cruise on a brand new ship with a cruise line we hadn’t tried before and LOVED it! Ship size was perfect, crew were amazing, food was fantastic!! Hands down, an excellent value for the money along with extras. Our room with a balcony was nicely decorated, spacious and very comfortable. Bathroom was very nice with a great large shower for a cruise ship. Pools and hot tubs were enjoyable and not overcrowded. Service overall was very good in every dining room and bar. We tried nearly every type of food venue, including Lido, Pinnacle and Main Dining and were impressed with quality and service. We purchased the elite beverage package, tried several different types of drinks and enjoyed them. Musical entertainment was fantastic in BB King’s and Billboard (with the incredible husband and wife pianists)!! We will definitely cruise Holland America again and specifically the Nieuw Statendam. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam are two of the finest cruise ships in the world The ship is the perfect size to enjoy lots of activities and not be overly crowded. The only places the ship ever felt crowded were on a few occasions at Lido ... Read More
Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam are two of the finest cruise ships in the world The ship is the perfect size to enjoy lots of activities and not be overly crowded. The only places the ship ever felt crowded were on a few occasions at Lido for breakfast and in the elevators. Other than that, there was plenty of space in all public areas. Loved Half Moon Cay and Grand Cayman. Entertainment is much better than previous HAL cruises. Lincoln Center was terrific and the Billboard duo was the best we have seen. Shows in the theater were also good. Food was outstanding. Sel de mer was terrific-- best lamb chops ever! They even had stone crabs one evening. MDR was also terrific. Dutch Cafe was superb-- try the vietnamese spring rolls, which are spicy but very good. Service throughout the ship was excellent except for cabin attendants. We had 2 young and inexperienced cabin attendants who were never to be found. Overall, terrific cruise on my new favorite ship. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We enjoyed a 14 day Caribbean cruise (it turned out to be 2, 7-day back to backs) from Ft. Lauderdale for the Christmas and New Years holidays. Overall, an excellent experience. This was our 13th cruise since we started sailing 8 years ... Read More
We enjoyed a 14 day Caribbean cruise (it turned out to be 2, 7-day back to backs) from Ft. Lauderdale for the Christmas and New Years holidays. Overall, an excellent experience. This was our 13th cruise since we started sailing 8 years ago. We've taken cruises on Carnival (5), Princess (2) and Celebrity (5) in that progression. Our last 5 cruises have been on Celebrity (typically Aqua class which is nice). We thought Celebrity was very good (but with declining conditions on their Solstice Class ships) and had heard good things about Holland. We were worried that the demographics may be a too old for us (our average age is 55 and we're very active). Since this was a holiday cruise, there was a mix of ages and we had no concerns about demographics. We saw very few motorized scooters and certainly no more than on other ships. We booked a 21 day Baltic cruise on the same ship for this summer. The Nieuw Statendam is a beautiful ship - not only because of it's new but also the quality of materials and the thoughtfulness in design. The Veranda staterooms, while a bit smaller than the Aqua Class on the Solstice ships, are very efficient with more storage and the bathroom ergonomics more than make up for the slightly smaller footprint. The public spaces are very attractive and exude a warm feeling - not a cold, austere, "heavy on the chrome" design that we've experienced on some other cruise lines. Lots of interesting, original (and nice) artwork. The staff was courteous and the cruise director, Ross, was excellent. The captain made one, and sometimes two, announcements each day with details on our progress, weather conditions, etc. very informative. Once again, even better than we've experienced on Celebrity, which we thought was quite good. The ship is active in the evening with the "Music Walk" on deck 2 hosting "Billboard 100" (two accompanying, singing pianists - good fun), Lincoln Center Stage (a classical quintet with 3, 40 minute offerings that vary daily - not to be missed), BB King Blues after 9 PM and the "Rolling Stone Rock Room" from 8 PM onward. The World Theater hosts very accomplished dancers with a visual arts presentation beyond that on other ships. We usually retire about 10:30 each evening - but there is much more to these venues later on. A note - because of this would not recommend booking a room directly above these venues. We were on deck 6 mid-ship and it was very quiet :) The food in both the Lido (9th deck) and Main Dining Room (decks 2 and 3) is good. We did not try the specialty restaurants. The Lido is by far the most attractive and well appointed "buffet" area that we've experienced and we like that the staff serves the portions onto our plates. The coffee is a bit strong for me, but hey! Since we've had several Caribbean cruises we did not disembark at each port. San Juan was good - the "Old Town" and the 16th century Spanish fort "El Morro". Charlotte Amalie did not offer much beyond the usual jewelry shops. Half Moon Cay (a private island in the Bahamas) has a beautiful beach with an extensive barbecue served by the ships crew. We had an Everglades tour (coupled with bus service to the airport) that was quite convenient. The alligators swim up close to the air boats and not to be missed (keep your hands in the boat). The gymnasium is smaller and less inviting than we're used to on the Celebrity Solstice ships, but adequately equipped for a good one hour session. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I had never been on a cruise before so sailing on a brand new ship probably has set me up for a bit of disappointment for future cruises, but I was very, very impressed to say the least. The embarkation process was quick and uneventful ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise before so sailing on a brand new ship probably has set me up for a bit of disappointment for future cruises, but I was very, very impressed to say the least. The embarkation process was quick and uneventful as I was onboard and in the cabin by 1230. As I proceeded to the cabin I found the ship absolutely pristine in cleanliness as was the cabin. Ample closet space, very comfortable bedding and a great veranda. The cabin stewards quickly introduced themselves and were more than just friendly, seriously. During the next 7 days I found the food in all venues in which I ate, Lido Market, Main Dining Room, Pinnacle Grill and Rudis Sel de Mar beyond reproach. I was very, very impressed and happy with the offerings and service in the latter two. Even the Lido Market provided excellent variety and service. I never felt rushed in any sense and was extremely happy with the cleanliness in all the food prep and serving areas. Fantastic all the way around. I took this cruise alone mainly as an escape from family issues over a difficult Christmas season and was quite happy I did. I availed myself of the Greenhouse Spa even buying the 7 day Therapy Suite pass, no regrets. I also had a few special treatments within the spa and all were beyond expectations. The only caveat on that end was the somewhat persistent up selling of their products but I knew that was coming anyway. The spa itself was extremely well laid out and provided exactly what I needed and wanted, a little pampering in quiet and a subdued environment. The teacher gym was complete in every way. Again all these facilities were spotless throughout the cruise. Although I only went to 2 shows in the Theater they were quite well done and the seating arrangement along with an incredible set of LED screens were fantastic. I found the two pool areas quite comfortable with attentaive service although there were fair number of children which is of course expected over the holidays. I wasn’t that interested in the parts of call as I have traveled throughout the Caribbean for 40 years working for an airline. And again that wasn’t the point for me at any rate. I do think there was a grand mix up of sorts in Half Moon Cay as both this ship and the Nieuw Konigsdam were there at the same time. The wait times for tenders to and from were rather long I heard. Overall I was extremely impressed with the service, facilities and cleanliness of the ship. As stated I’ve been working for an airline for 40 years and Holland America puts us to shame for their service. I would highly recommend this ship and this cruise line to anyone who, like me, is new at cruising. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We wanted to try the newest of the Holland ships, so we booked with Nieuw Statendam for our 2 weeks cruise for Christmas and New Year. We were looking forward to this cruise, and our over-all experience exceeded our expectations ! The ... Read More
We wanted to try the newest of the Holland ships, so we booked with Nieuw Statendam for our 2 weeks cruise for Christmas and New Year. We were looking forward to this cruise, and our over-all experience exceeded our expectations ! The embarkation went smoothly and quick; we were in our room in 20 minutes and had lunch thereafter. Our room with Ocean view at the Main deck was very spacious, with lots of room for everything. Our room steward Aries really kept the room clean and tidy; he is efficient hard working young man. There is plenty of innovation in this ship. To begin with, it has probably the best safety drill routine. The ship is well designed. The ship decor and set-up of venues are really well thought out, especially the entertainment venues. The Lincoln Center, the Piano Billboard, The Rolling Stone, and the BB Kings are in the same floor. The performance schedules allow people to move from one performance to the next in a minute. All performers are very professional and entertaining. The food in the Main Dining room was typical to what one expect in a cruise ship. However, the high quality, taste, freshness and presentation of the food at the Lido Buffet was extraordinary, especially at the Lido "Homestead stand" ; the crew was friendly and cheerful; we appreciate the excellent service provided by Erjenn and his colleagues. We have been on six other Holland America cruises, The Lido buffet in Nieuw Statendam is the best. We really enjoyed the Half Moon Cay island, owned by Holland America, with its calm blue water, and white sand. One minor flaw we should mention about this great ship is the Whirl pools; they are very small. We highly recommend this beautiful new ship , and hope to sail with her again in the near future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Beautiful new ship! So enjoyed sailing over the holidays. Left the hustle, bustle, cooking, baking and decorating to HAL! I believe our cruise was the fourth sail. Everything was pristine. Still working out a few kinks but no complaints. ... Read More
Beautiful new ship! So enjoyed sailing over the holidays. Left the hustle, bustle, cooking, baking and decorating to HAL! I believe our cruise was the fourth sail. Everything was pristine. Still working out a few kinks but no complaints. The crew was EXCEPTIONAL as usual. Big smiles, hard working and eager to please. Service exceeded expectations. The food on the Niuew Statendam was exceptional. We ate breakfast and most dinners in the Main Dining Room. The food, presentation and service was top notch! Our table stewards pampered us from the minute we sat down until we sipped the last drop of delicious coffee. Table 251! Book it! Very impressed. They welcomed us by name the minute they saw us walk in motioning us to our table. The wine steward was on top of it too. Very funny and made sure we had our cocktails right away. We dined at Pinnacle Grill and Sel de Mer and as usual they did not disappoint. Rudi Sel de Mer was on the ship and it was fun to see the chef behind the delicious cuisine! We tried the Tamarind again and the food was great but the service was just so so. Seems the staff weren’t really working together as they seemed to not know what each was doing but I wasn’t cooking so we didn’t mind the wait. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Holland America used to be known as the cruise line where seniors would eat at 530 pm and be tucked away by nine. So not so anymore. My wife and I, veterans of more than thirty cruises took our first HAL cruise to Spain and Portugal in ... Read More
Holland America used to be known as the cruise line where seniors would eat at 530 pm and be tucked away by nine. So not so anymore. My wife and I, veterans of more than thirty cruises took our first HAL cruise to Spain and Portugal in Sept 2018 and were knocked silly by the high level of food, service,and entertainment. What mainly blew us away was the virtuoso like quality of the musicians at their Lincoln center stage, billboard on board, and Bb king area, not to mention the world stage productions. So when we heard the Nieuw Statendam was having a four day cruise in December we jumped at the chance.let’s just say they changed their A game to their A plus game by adding their Rolling Stone Rock band, which would have easily fit into the main stage at the Fillmore East or any major concert venue . Such musical genius all around. On a cruise ship yet, who knew? We now have booked a cruise for Feb 2020 on the Nieuw Amsterdam which also has these musical offerings. At our age one island blends into the next: we are here for the bands. In addition the service was excellent: any request was handled quickly and efficiently, the staff crispy dressed in grey uniforms with Dutch orange trim. The dining rooms staffs were excellent as well, calling my wife “my lady” how cool is that? I do have a small criticism: the pools are not their strongest point. While the covered pool and attached hot tubs are sufficient for the non holiday crowds, the Seaview pool and hot tubs were achingly small, with the hottubs sufficient for one person only. But never mind. Go for the ship, food, and entertainment and oh by the way if you happen on a beach or two, that is fine as well. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I've been on quite a few cruise line ships. This ship sets the bar .. !st the big stage theater is a technical surprise..amazing.. have to see and experience it. I lack the words. Next the cafeteria food court has individual chefs ... Read More
I've been on quite a few cruise line ships. This ship sets the bar .. !st the big stage theater is a technical surprise..amazing.. have to see and experience it. I lack the words. Next the cafeteria food court has individual chefs making for example your pasta dish with the ingredients you select.. Salad stations similarly; carving stations with an incredible selection of sides, and eastern food stations with made to order dishes.. AND THE FOOD IS GREAT The food wherever we ate was great. My better half is a vegan and they actually had a separate menu with dishes for vegans and vegetarians.. "A pleasure not to have to track down chefs to order a vegan meal" Next and very important to everyone WALK IN SHOWERS..That's right regular showers you don't have to step out of to wash your lower body.. excellent. Oh and there is a retractable roof above the pool so when the weather gets a little inclement they can close the roof either partially or all together.. great feature At the main pool loungers with comfortable cushions. AND sectioned off places on the deck above the pool where couples could share a full length couch. The service by the staff 2nd to none Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
HAL has greatly raised their level of cruising with the NIEUW STATENDAM. My family of four sailed on this new ship for a four day Bahamas cruise on 12-19. Our cabin was one of the Vista Suites on deck 6, not really a suite, but plenty of ... Read More
HAL has greatly raised their level of cruising with the NIEUW STATENDAM. My family of four sailed on this new ship for a four day Bahamas cruise on 12-19. Our cabin was one of the Vista Suites on deck 6, not really a suite, but plenty of room for 4. Shower in bathroom very large. Excellent TV in room, with plenty of free movie choices. Cabin service was first rate. The standouts on the ship are 1) Food and 2) Entertainment. We only ate dinner in the extra charge dining rooms, we wanted to experience them all and this was only a 4 day cruise. The extra fees were well worth the cost. I would give extra accolades to the Pinnacle Grill where the whole experience was must better than I have seen on the HAL ships. We also greatly enjoyed the Tamarind , which offered unique menu choices. The free outdoor deck lunch choices were also excellent...New York Pizza and a Burger Stand. Very few cruise ships get pizza right, but this one did. Extra cost ice cream shop was also a popular choice with our group. Service in all dining venues was excellent. HAL offer a wide range of live entertainment on this ship (and KONINGSDAM) . The Rock Room was enjoyed by all of us, even if it was somewhat cringe to watch older baby boomers still dancing to rock music. BB King blues club and Lincoln Center Stage also were top notch choices. There was a large production show that offered good dancers, but the music here was prerecorded which turns me off. For the price paid I don't see how you can beat NIEUW STATENDAM. Excellent food, good service , and fun first rate live entertainment. Highly recommended. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We were booked for a cruise on this ship later and were fascinated by the idea of sailing on it the first time. After spending a week with family in Pennsylvania, we flew from Philadelphia to Rome and explored the city for about a week. ... Read More
We were booked for a cruise on this ship later and were fascinated by the idea of sailing on it the first time. After spending a week with family in Pennsylvania, we flew from Philadelphia to Rome and explored the city for about a week. Even that was not quite enough - so much to see! We stayed in the Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere, which was lovely, and really well located. Embarkation in Civitivecchia was well organized. We took Bob's Limos, which dropped us off right at the entrance to the embarkation hall. There was no significant wait anywhere until we'd checked in and gotten our group assigniment. We simply sat and waited for our group to be called, and we were on our way. Once on the ship, though, getting to our stateroom was a bit of a challenge, since most of the elevators had been appropriated by the staff for bringing luggage to rooms. We had a bit of a wait for an elevator. Had we not had carry-on bags, we would have taken the stairway. The ship itself is beautiful. It is large, but not so large that you can't get around, and while I think it was pretty fully booked, never seemed crowdedl We never got to any of the specialty dining restaurants other than the Grand Dutch Cafe because, quite frankly, the meals and options in the Main Dining Room were wonderful. Our favorite spot from a previous cruise on the Eurodam was the Tamarind, but on the Nieuw Statendam, they'd elminated the Tamarind Bar, which we loved, and made the restaurant larger and much less initimate. They also did not offer a rijsstaafel, which was disappointing. As a native Netherlander, I couldn't get enough of the Grand Dutch Cafe. Between the bags of Dutch licorice and the Kroket lunches, I was in heaven. My only complaint is that one of my favorite Dutch treats is Bitterballen, which were only available between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., which was right before and after dinner, when we weren't hungry. I went in a couple of times and got some to take back to my room for breakfast the next day. The cabiin itself is pretty typical of HAL ships. The bathroom has a shower (no tub), which was fine for us. The tubs on the Eurodam were pretty small, and by eliminating them, they made the shower a nice size and easy to get in and out of. We're not rock fans, so we didn't check out the Rolling Stones Rock venue, but did enjoy the other three. We really enjoyed both the Lincoln Center Stage musicians and the BB King Blues group. It seemed, though, like the sound in BB King kept getting louder and louder every night, to the point where we couldn't stand it. Next time, I'll bring ear plugs so we can enjoy the music and dance. The real disappointment was the gentleman who talked about history. He seemed to be reading Powerpoint presentations he'd written years ago, and displayed some real ignorance of his subject several times. His pronunciation of the names of people and places was atrocious. We went once, which was enough. Another painful disappointment was the "opera singer" in the Main Stage, who had some real pitch problems. Ouch! Since I am a singer and my husband a retired music professor with perfect pitch, this was particularly noticeable for us. Unfortunately, we were sitting right up front and couldn't really leave without being rude. One thing definitely not to be missed is the artwork. I was worried after seeing the promotions about it before the trip that it might be really modern, but it was actually really whimsical and interesting. We spent a couple of evenings walking around the ship checking out and photographing the artwork. Some of it you have to get up close and then stand back to really appreciate. We did not take advantage of excursions, since all of the ports were pretty walkable. We took advantage of the ship's shuttle in Funchal, but it really wasn't necessary. We could have walked downtown easily. The street art in both Cartagena and Funchal was really fascinating. A highlight of the trip was the stiching group we were able to organize though the Cruise Critic rollcall. We had as many as 30 people every sea day morning gathered in the Billboard Onboard area to knit, crochet, and stitch. After a couple of days, the staff got there ahead of us and arranged the chairs for us. Holland America itself has stopped supporting these sorts of groups, which is too bad. We were still picking up people around the ship who didn't know that we were meeting right up to the end of the trip. All in all, we had a wonderful trip and really look forward to our next voyage on the Nieuw Statendam. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my 12th cruise on HAL. I've been on every size ship in their fleet. While I still prefer smaller ships (RIP soon Prinsendam), I have made my peace with behemoths and really like HAL's newest iterations. Having been on ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise on HAL. I've been on every size ship in their fleet. While I still prefer smaller ships (RIP soon Prinsendam), I have made my peace with behemoths and really like HAL's newest iterations. Having been on the Koningsdam twice, there was no learning curve on the Nieuw Statendam. For a "premier" voyage (maiden is no longer used - wink wink), things went surprisingly well. Let's get the glitches out of the way first: - The computer system was loathe to recognize the Mariner discount when applicable - Service in Canaletto and Tamarind was very slow - One of the stationary bikes in the gym was out of order from the get go - Use of the World Stage for solo performers is not optimal Not bad for the first time out! Now for the really good: - Food was uniformly excellent. Our group of nine had the same table at 8PM every evening in the Dining Room, and service was stellar and convivial. BRAVO to Dede. He is wonderful. We ate in all four specialty restaurants as well. (I miss the Culinary Arts Center: Club Orange was always nearly empty when one passed by.) - The Pinnacle was exemplary and well worth the extra cost. Yum. - Shipwide, the staff were great. - HAL's emphasis on music continues to enhance the experience. Lincoln Center Stage now shares the Queen's Lounge with BB King's, and they often performed two or three times a day. The new venue is perfect for their wonderful concerts; I attended 17 times. (The piano quintet currently includes the stellar string quartet ATLYS.) Punctuating a 14 day crossing with these concerts: thank you. - Cabins and storage are just fine. Our port side balcony cabin had direct sun most of the crossing: I actually used it often (a balcony has never been a priority for me). Of course the weather cooperated fully: temperatures were 60-75F for the entire trip - in December! In summation: as wonderful as it is to be on a cruise where you have no extras on your account at the end (Azamara, Regent, Seabourn etc.), HAL still delivers. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had taken 4 cruises together as a couple, 3 of them on HAL. We were excited to book our first transatlantic and maiden voyage on the Nieuw Statendam. My parents were avid cruisers and their first was on the Statendam in 1972. Also, my ... Read More
We had taken 4 cruises together as a couple, 3 of them on HAL. We were excited to book our first transatlantic and maiden voyage on the Nieuw Statendam. My parents were avid cruisers and their first was on the Statendam in 1972. Also, my oldest brother and sister-in-law did the maiden voyage on the Koningsdam and raved about the experience. We didn't have many expectations as we like being open-minded travelers who are ready for just about anything! The ship, the crew and luckily, the weather did not disappoint in fact were impressive in every way. From embarkation at the lovely new terminal in Civitavecchia to disembarkation in Ft Lauderdale, we had no major issues, concerns or gripes. We really enjoyed the dining experiences on board. The only eatery we did not try was the sushi bar. Next time! Our favourite specialty resto was Sel De Mer. The seafood, service, plating and presentation were all amazing. The restaurant decor was also enchanting. The Tamarind was our next favourite. Beautiful setting and the menu was varied enough to earn repeat visits. The lack of a formal library was noticeable but not an issue. I was prepared and brought some books with me. The other issue is the wine package ordering process. It was not handled all that well at the onset of the cruise. We did get it sorted but took some doing. The crew was always smiling and always employing the right amount of attention whether it was toward the upkeep of our cabin or whilst at dinner. And very observant as well. The officers mingled nightly with passengers with the Captain was often spotted doing walkabouts in the public areas. The CD and ACD, Ross and Grant were also very involved with us passengers and Grant especially, supplied us with many laughs during Trivia and Bingo games. We really were impressed with the original stage production of Humanity. A show developed for the stage on the NS by a group from NYC called One Step. It used the hi-tech screens and lighting to great effect. The other groups, solos and entertainers were all appreciated. A bit of seasonal cheer came in the form of a twinkly Gingerbread House display outside of the Dutch Cafe. Complete with working model trains! Our cabin was quiet and relaxing with plenty of storage. And a roomy verandah. Deck 7 midships is the place to be! All the ports of call were interesting and enjoyed great weather at all 3. We especially enjoyed Funchal, Madeira. We hired a private taxi to take us on a 3 hour tour for 100 euros. Fantastic time! The 8 days at sea were wonderful. Great weather, endless ocean and sky vistas to enjoy and lots of comfy chairs to enjoy it from. We cannot wait until our next HAL getaway. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We did the 14 day Premier sailing of the Nieuw Statendam, from Rome to Fort Lauderdale. We spent 6 days prior to the cruise in Rome, and on December 5th headed to Civitavecchia to board the Nieuw Statendam. The ship was at the ... Read More
We did the 14 day Premier sailing of the Nieuw Statendam, from Rome to Fort Lauderdale. We spent 6 days prior to the cruise in Rome, and on December 5th headed to Civitavecchia to board the Nieuw Statendam. The ship was at the beautiful new terminal, and embarkation was wonderful. Very organized, not crowded. This was our first cruise as 4 star Mariners and we enjoyed the priority boarding. Our cabin was ready when we boarded. We had a regular balcony cabin on deck 7 aft. It looked identical to balcony cabins on the Koningsdam. The only difference we could see is that the toilet placement in the bathroom gives better legroom than on the Koningsdam. A definite improvement. We headed to the Lido for lunch, and again it is almost identical to the Koningsdam's Lido. There are so many options to choose from. We like the fact that the food is served by the crew as this lessens the chance of contamination. We thought the food in the Lido throughout the cruise was good to excellent. We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Lido, and a couple of dinners. MDR - again, identical to the Koningsdam. On the nights we dined in the MDR we made reservations for a table for 2. Often it was only late times available, 8:00 pm or 8:15, as we didn't remember to call early for the reservation. The menu always had lots of choices, the service was very good and the food was quite good. Tamarind - this is our favourite place to dine. We ate there 4 times and loved it. The atmosphere is quiet and serene, the service is excellent and the food delicious. The maitre d' told us that when the ship is in the Caribbean, they will offer outdoor dining for the Tamarind (weather permitting). We also ate once at "Nami", the sushi bar attached to the Tamarind. It was quite good but we preferred the Tamarind. Pinnacle Grill - We dined here once and enjoyed it. Service and food were very good and the setting is nice. Canaletto - We dined here once and enjoyed it. Service and food was quite good. Other food options- Dive in, New York Deli, Grand Dutch Cafe - we tried them and liked them all. We did not go to the Sel de Mer so I can't comment on it, other than to say it seemed busy most nights. Club Orange - we didn't opt for it, but we did notice that it seemed mostly empty every time we walked by it. We missed how it was on the Koningsdam last December, when they had happy hour and great snack food in there with nice music playing. It will be interesting to see if this Club Orange thing is a success. The new Rock Room was a big hit. It was always full and lots of people were up dancing. They are in the space that used to be Lincoln Center Stage on the K'Dam. Their sets are opposite to the sets at the Billboard Onboard, which was always well attended. Lincoln Centre stage now shares the Queens Lounge with BB Kings. There is also a pianist in another lounge who plays for a few hours each night, Overall the music offered is great, with something for everyone. The World Stage has 2 brand new shows that are in partnership with One-Step dance studio. The shows are wonderful and use the LED screens in the theatre to their full potential. There was also a comedian/magician who was very good and very funny - he performed twice. A jazz pianist, Judy Carmichael performed twice and was very good. There was also a singing trio the Knights who were very good. There were a few other options that we didn't attend. Overall, we thought the entertainment in the World Stage was very good. We were a little disappointed in the guest lecturers on this cruise, and judging by the attendance, we weren't the only ones. In contrast, on our previous two transatlantic cruises on the Koningsdam, the lecturers were excellent and every session was standing room only. Speaking of standing room only - The 2 talks given by Captain Albert Schoonderbeek were fabulous. He is such a great speaker and so full of information and he has a good sense of humour. I love reading his blog and it was so nice to get the chance to see and hear him in person. We also attended a talk by Orlando Ashford that was well attended. He is also a good speaker. On one of our sea days we had an Orange Party. We were all asked to bring something orange to wear. HAL also handed out orange hats, wigs, beads, sunglasses etc. Most people had orange clothes of sort sort. It was fun and a sea of orange. As always, the HAL crew was wonderful. Always friendly, smiling, eager to please. They are what makes your vacation so enjoyable. Our three ports, Cartagena, Malaga, and Funchal were all enjoyable and our weather was good. In Cartagena we just walked off the ship as it docks very close to the city center. We did a HAL excursion in Malaga - a drive to the picturesque village of Mijas. We really enjoyed it. In Funchal we did a HAL excursion, "The Best of the West" that took us to different areas of the island. We saw a lot of the island and quite enjoyed it. Both of our HAL excursions were very good, on nice buses with guides that spoke very good English. Disembarkation was organized and easy. Over all, we had a great cruise and loved the new ship. Read Less
Nieuw Statendam Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.4
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Value For Money 4.5 4.2

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