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Yes, we lost three ports early in the cruise, but most people understood that the captain was doing what he thought was correct for our and the crews safety. I'm sure that HAL would much rather go to a port and increase revenue through excursions, give crew a chance to rest and not have everyone onboard and try to entertain them while fighting the weather. Negative reviewers should also attest that HAL issued everyone a generous future cruise credit because of the situation. Now for a review of the ship, amenities and crew. The decor is a little understated for sure, but welcome over some of the over the top design of other ships. We thought overall the food was good to very good. The Lido Buffet had good selection for lunch and the Dive-In section for hamburgers and hot dogs was well received. Dinner in the Main Dining Room had a decent but not great selection each night, the food was always well presented and prepared. The Pinnacle Grill was excellent as was the Tamarind, we ate in these multiple times. The Canaletto restaurant, really shouldn't be considered a specialty restaurant. It is actually a small glassed in section of the Lido buffet. The meal there was our least enjoyable of the cruise. Having sailed with many cruise lines, mostly Celebrity (Elite Status), I can absolutely say that the crew on the Nieuw Amsterdam was in the top 3 of all our cruises. to the person they always smiled, greeted you and in many cases remembered our names. We did not go to the showroom much but enjoyed the singers in BB Kings revue very much. After our early disappointments we very much enjoyed the rest of the trip, with stops in Palma Mallorca, Alicante and Cartagena Spain and Gibraltar. Every cruise is what you make of it and a chance to meet new people and learn different cultures. Overall seeing an itinerary that interests us, we would definitely sail with HAL again.

Disappointed, but Still Good Time

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by ARIZONAHEATERS

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Yes, we lost three ports early in the cruise, but most people understood that the captain was doing what he thought was correct for our and the crews safety. I'm sure that HAL would much rather go to a port and increase revenue through excursions, give crew a chance to rest and not have everyone onboard and try to entertain them while fighting the weather. Negative reviewers should also attest that HAL issued everyone a generous future cruise credit because of the situation.

Now for a review of the ship, amenities and crew. The decor is a little understated for sure, but welcome over some of the over the top design of other ships. We thought overall the food was good to very good. The Lido Buffet had good selection for lunch and the Dive-In section for hamburgers and hot dogs was well received. Dinner in the Main Dining Room had a decent but not great selection each night, the food was always well presented and prepared.

The Pinnacle Grill was excellent as was the Tamarind, we ate in these multiple times. The Canaletto restaurant, really shouldn't be considered a specialty restaurant. It is actually a small glassed in section of the Lido buffet. The meal there was our least enjoyable of the cruise.

Having sailed with many cruise lines, mostly Celebrity (Elite Status), I can absolutely say that the crew on the Nieuw Amsterdam was in the top 3 of all our cruises. to the person they always smiled, greeted you and in many cases remembered our names.

We did not go to the showroom much but enjoyed the singers in BB Kings revue very much.

After our early disappointments we very much enjoyed the rest of the trip, with stops in Palma Mallorca, Alicante and Cartagena Spain and Gibraltar.

Every cruise is what you make of it and a chance to meet new people and learn different cultures.

Overall seeing an itinerary that interests us, we would definitely sail with HAL again.
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