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We took this New Year's Cruise with our granddaughters . It was a great getaway from work and winter. Embarkment was very fast and smooth. Our room was ready when we got on board about 12 noon. Kids couldn't wait to get in the pool and made friends really fast. This was our 4th cruise with Holland America and it was a lot younger crowd than we usually see , more diversified like Royal Caribbean. It being during holidays brought on more families . Food was good . Ate in main dining room and buffet mostly. Did the pizza once. It wasn't to my liking but Dh did. Loved all the port of calls but Falmouth . It was third world country for sure and we took ship tour to a beach. Not a pretty beach and food was expensive and ended up throwing it in trash as it was so bad. Grand Cayman was wonderful. Went to turtle farm and went snorkeling with those giant turtles. It was the best time . Kids got in small holding tank and held the turtles. Roatan we went on private tour and went to sloth sanctuary where we held a sloth named Dori. Oldest granddaughter was in Heaven ! She is an animal lover through and through. Cozomel we did Playa Mia for about 5 hours. Got sunburn but it was so worth it. Don't care for beach as sand is coarse so your feet sink into sand quite a bit and makes it hard to walk on the beach. Pools were great and kids loves the children's water area. Key West we just did the Hop on / Hop off bus without actually hopping off . We did the loop. Disembarkment went well and we went straight to airport unfortunately as this was the day of the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting. We were safe but caught up in evaluation. Ended up renting car for extremely over priced amount to get home. Either that or wait 4 days to fly. The road it was . Home again, home again jiggity jog.

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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by cheggy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom
We took this New Year's Cruise with our granddaughters . It was a great getaway from work and winter.

Embarkment was very fast and smooth. Our room was ready when we got on board about 12 noon. Kids couldn't wait to get in the pool and made friends really fast.

This was our 4th cruise with Holland America and it was a lot younger crowd than we usually see , more diversified like Royal Caribbean. It being during holidays brought on more families . Food was good . Ate in main dining room and buffet mostly. Did the pizza once. It wasn't to my liking but Dh did.

Loved all the port of calls but Falmouth . It was third world country for sure and we took ship tour to a beach. Not a pretty beach and food was expensive and ended up throwing it in trash as it was so bad.

Grand Cayman was wonderful. Went to turtle farm and went snorkeling with those giant turtles. It was the best time . Kids got in small holding tank and held the turtles.

Roatan we went on private tour and went to sloth sanctuary where we held a sloth named Dori. Oldest granddaughter was in Heaven ! She is an animal lover through and through.

Cozomel we did Playa Mia for about 5 hours. Got sunburn but it was so worth it. Don't care for beach as sand is coarse so your feet sink into sand quite a bit and makes it hard to walk on the beach. Pools were great and kids loves the children's water area.

Key West we just did the Hop on / Hop off bus without actually hopping off . We did the loop. Disembarkment went well and we went straight to airport unfortunately as this was the day of the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting. We were safe but caught up in evaluation. Ended up renting car for extremely over priced amount to get home. Either that or wait 4 days to fly. The road it was . Home again, home again jiggity jog.
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Interior Stateroom
Cabin K Inside 1025
Room as fairly large family room. Not enough places for luggage after unpacking but we made do. They have done away with drawer in vanity . I missed it greatly. The couch let out into single bed and one dropped from above. That one was use one night only. I got claustrophobia from it hanging down over our heads.
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