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Nieuw Amsterdam Review

Gentle Cruising on Repositioning Trip

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2016
Cabin: Deluxe Verandah Suite

I was lucky enough to be a guest of my parents for this lovely trip from San Francisco, down the Mexican Coast, through the amazing Panama Canal, and up through Caribbean waters to Ft. Lauderdale. First, I'm now a big fan of reposition cruises as the itineraries are a bit varied. Second, know that this line is indeed for more sedate crowd. Although there were a few, "hipper" activities, don't go on this cruise for excitement and thrill seeking. No water slides or wave pools here, just lovely, nooks and crannies such as the Crow's Nest on 11 forward where an ocean bookstore environment can be found consisting of several computer terminals, vast lending library, specialty coffee bar (extra $) and comfy chairs surrounding the huge windows to laze the day away in. There is also a huge bar and many tables for games, puzzles or visiting. On excursion days, there might be either a guest lecture providing commentary on the wonders of the Panama Canal or the excursion lead providing insight on the town.

Also on 11 forward are the private cabanas which I was lucky enough to enjoy throughout the voyage. Our cabana, the Costa Del Sol, was a femily cabin on corner, equipped with 2 large and comfy lounges, table and 4 chairs. Daily amenities were fresh fruit, chilled waters and chilled Evian mist bottles. Almost any food or beverage could be provided and afternoon brought champagne, chic strawberries and frozen grapes. Sprinkled in the day when hot, were chilled towels. Dedicated cabana servers were attentive and charming, anticipating every need and doing best to provide. Perfect spot to spend the day going through the canal.

For those lucky enough to be in Neptune Suite, the Neptune Lounge is lovely- note- lounge is almost smack midship on deck 7 so if you want to be real close, book accordingly. Lounge is open 7 am to approx 8-9 pm. And has delightful self serve cappuccino/latte. No hot eggs, bacon etc, but great continental assortment and also meats cheeses a la European boast. And no pursers desk needed for you; the lovely concierges (shout out to Mimi) will care for every need.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Verandah Suite

Cabin SB

Located 7 aft at end of ship with wrap around veranda-7132 is a lovely, spacious suite and plenty of room for 3 adults. Abundant storage with 5 closets, space under each bed for luggage, several cabinates and drawers and even 2 stools which double as storage cubes. We left the two beds as twin which seemed to make room bigger. The bed in the sofa was very comfortable as it is a molded foam type. nice touches with binoculars, blankets and large, flat screen tv.

Port Reviews

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is just not my thing for a day visit - shops, bars and restaurants


Sweet small town, cab to "downtown" cheap and town easily accessible but not exciting.

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