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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Far Away from Five Star

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by Trina33

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2015
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

We have travelled on a variety of cruise lines Ncl, Princess, Rcl and P&O and thought we would try a new line. We were very excited to be travelling on a 5 star line...what a disappointment!

The good

Large inside cabin, ports of call and the length of the stops. BB Blues singers and musicians were magnificient high energy and talented. Formula one tour was good. Drink prices were average and take advantage of the happy hours. Very efficient boarding and disembarkation. Arrived and departed ports on time and a smooth sail for the duration of the cruise.

The bad

Terrible food cold, under or overcooked and repetitive. Buffet serving areas were closed before the listed times. if you came back to the ship around 3pm following a day ashore or wanted a late night snack after 11pm the only thing to eat was room service or tortillas, burger or pizza every day this becomes very repetitive and unhealthy. Definitely not a five star experience.

Entertainment does not compare with any other ship we have travelled on. Dire with the exception of the afore mentioned musicians. Most guest acts were 20 years out of date in particular the comedian. Very little entertainment activities during the day. The port shuttles offered by the ship were overpriced at 16 dollars for a 10-15 min journey.

I wouldn't recommend this ship to travellers under the age of 55 as very little to do thank goodness we could spend most the time off the ship.

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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom

Large interior stateroom. Very large plenty of space for 3 people and luggage. Toilet stopped flushing twice but it was quickly fixed by maintenence staff. Bedding was unclean on the sofa bed. Overall cleanliness of the stateroom was satisfactory. No tea or coffee facilities which would have been a bonus and no elemis products for the majority of the cruise.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Beautiful place. We got the hop on hop off bus €20 which was good value for money with very helpful guides and a walking tour included. Beautiful coastline and fjord like scenery sailing in and out Can't wait to return.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Formula 1 walking tour. Value for money, very informative enjoyed the visit to see the royal car collection.

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