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Amsterdam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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380 reviews
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As they say: cruising through life, one Port at a time!

Review for Amsterdam to the South Pacific
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survey54
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2016
Cabin: Large Interior Stateroom
Cabin 2600 - J category on Main Deck
Cabin 2600 - J category on Main Deck
Bathroom in J category cabin 2600.
Bathroom in J category cabin 2600.
The Crows Nest - a relaxing place to sit on Deck 9 at the front of the ship
Fanning Island - main road.
Fanning Island - "NCL" primary school supported by the Australian G
Tour truck at Fanning Island - $10 each for about an hour.
Farewell from Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
Welcome to Bora Bora!
Sail-away dinner from Bora Bora on the rear of Deck 8, with the

My wife and I boarded the Amsterdam for a 53 night Pacific cruise in Seattle, but little did we know that the first 5 days to San Diego was a “repositioning“ cruise, where instead of the $140 a night each that we were paying , others were paying $50 a night (they bragged it was cheaper than car hire!). We had arrived at Pier 91 at 12.10 pm and were on board by 1 pm. We had prebooked inside room 2600 on Main Deck and it was in a good central location, very adequate for our needs with excellent storage space. By the current map, it was also close to the laundry but when we boarded we found the laundry was no longer on Deck 2 but on Decks 3 and 6. There was only one powerpoint in the cabin so we hired a 6 plug powerboard from the front office for $25 (refundable at the end of the cruise). There is only an ice bucket but no fridge in the cabin however you can hire one, which does not fit into an existing cupboard so takes up a lot of floorspace. The TV movies were a good variety for the whole of the cruise but unfortunately the TV channels were stuck, again for the whole cruise, reporting on two people named Donald and Hillary.

On the first day they offered a laundry & pressing package of $318 for the whole cruise (about $6/day) and a Greenhouse spa and salon package for the whole cruise for $149/couple instead of $149/each/week. So we took both. These were only offered once so you need to read all your information carefully to take advantage of such offers. We also bought the Navigators Wine packages – we had reviewed the wines before we left home and there was no significant difference in quality between the Navigators and Admirals packages. It appeared to be an effort for the crew to get a bottle of wine from the Navigators pack if you weren’t in the main restaurant or were outside main restaurant hours, as that appeared to be where all the wines were stored. We also had a $100 drinks voucher, which was very handy for the daily happy hour (second drink for $1).

The cruise was primarily American passengers, then Canadian, German, some UK, 6 Aussies, a few French, a Swiss couple and a Dutch couple. One American lady told us she felt uncomfortable because she wasn’t used to cruising with so many foreigners! Another abused the McDonalds staff in Lautoka Fiji because they wouldn’t accept American dollars - hey, try paying at a McDonalds in the USA with Fiji dollars and see their reaction!

Cabin Review

Large Interior Stateroom

Cabin J

Good central location. Suitcases fitted under the bed. Plenty of storage space. Bathroom was small but adequate. The bed was comfortable and, being inside, the cabin was very dark at night which always gave us a good night's sleep. Air conditioning worked well and was adjustable. No fridge but the ice bucket was filled daily. Only one (US style) powerpoint but for a refundable deposit of $25 they supplied a 6 plug powerboard.

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