I booked this cruise as a follow-up to a 35 day South Pacific Cruise on the Westerdam which was very enjoyable. Unfortunately, the Nieuw Amsterdam had a lot more negatives than positives.
I was traveling with a friend and we left Ft.Meyers,FL on October 2nd on AirBerlin. The flight was uneventful with a connection in Dusseldorff and arrival in Venice was on-time. I had booked a private transfer with Sun Transfers and was met promptly and taken to Plaza Station Hotel in Mestre. The hotel was adequate and very convenient being directly across the street from the train station.
I had visited Venice before but thoroughly enjoyed the extra two days prior to boarding on October 5th. I purchased the 24hr. pass on the Vaporettas and spent an enjoyable time just riding around the city.
Cabin 7143 is a VA Cabin that has an aft-view. It provides some great views on sail-away but is very noisy on the balcony due to the props. The prop noise makes it difficult to hold a conversation or to take a nap. The interior of the cabin is adequate but more storage and closet space is needed for extended voyages. There is very little drawer space or places to store luggage. If you don't mind the constant noise on the balcony from the props this cabin is a good choice. To be fair, you can't hear the props inside the cabin.