I embarked on Nieuw Amsterdam on Aug 4th and we set sail at 5pm. Embarkation was very well organised and there was little or no delay. Once on board the Lido was open for lunch. The food during the whole cruise was top class with plenty of choice and readily available. I sat for the early sitting in the Manhatten Dining Room and it was an enjoyable experience although travelling solo I had company at the table only on 3 evenings. Maybe the later sitting would have been better.
The ports visited were delightful especially Toarmina, Montenegro, Dubrobnik and Venice. Once again I would give 10 out of 10 for the facilities of disembarking and embarking. I went on some tours. Being solo took some what away from the enjoyment of the tours. I had participated in the Roll Call in the months leading up to the cruise and had contact with 3 other cruisers,Annette, Jim and Juliewith whom I shared some of the tours. My cabin 8142 was very comfortable and I was well looked after by the 2 staff who prepared the cabin twice daily for my comfort. In general the staff were most friendly and their smile, willingness to help was much appreciated.The barbeques on deck were fantastic.I loved the freshly cooked omolettes at breakfast. I enjoye some of the stage shows although I expected better standard onmany nights Having to pay extra each day or 200 dollars for the 12 days to use the sauna and jacussie was a draw back to enjoyment on ship.
Disembarking in Venice at the end of the cruise was very efficient.