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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Fantastic first cruise!!

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by Malagee

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

My husband and I did a 7 days Alaskan cruise in May 2017. The weather in Alaska was fantastic for the most part. It rained only 3 days one was on port day. Rest of the days were sunny and warm except when out to sea which was cool.

We choose a Cabin with a balcony (cabin 7114) Queen size bed with a couch, writing deck/vanity with a really good makeup mirror. We choose this room because it is not situated below any high traffic area such as pool or restaurant. It was very quiet did not hear any disruptive sounds. Only down side was that the toilet had a constant Urine smell.

The Lido buffet for lunch and Dinner had a variety of food. Always packed especially for breakfast (awesome breakfast)...although much of the lunch and dinner food was salty it was still enjoyable plus there was late night buffet fewer chooses in food but still good.

The manhattan which is the preset time dining. Portion was small but filling quality better than Lido buffet. This is where Gala night was held. People got dressed up..I was disappointed as I expected It would be like when they would have captain night back in the days (no dancing just get dressed up for an upgraded Menu) The only change from any other night was that the menu chooses were upgraded..so they would have foods like lobster tails. Some people wore tuxedos and gowns but not necessary. A suit without tie or slacks and dress shirt for men and skirt and slacks and nice blouse for women would do.

Pinnacle grill which is the premium dinning (extra cost) was waaaay better than all of the other foods we had on the ship. Service was excellent.

There is a pizza bar by one of the pools and a burger and fries spot by the other pool. No shortage of where or what to eat on this ship.

We didn't go to much of the entertainment that was offered..only to the live band that played all of the nights. They were just fantastic they had the crowd dancing.

Overall the service on this ship was just phenomenal. Everywhere we went on the ship the staffs remembered our names.

When the boat docked in Glacier bay we rented an Inside Cabana it cost US$50. We were treated like royalty by the attendant and we got great views of the glaciers.

On port days we did only one excursion which was in Skagway..took a 3 hours tour over to the Yukon. Not to mislead but the tour bus stopped right at the welcome sign in the Yukon..so we were about an hour into the Yukon.

There are a lot of bars on this boat..the bartenders do not cheapen out on the alcohol. They had happy hour at each bar and free snacks to go with your drinks during that time.

We bought the Signature Beverage package which was 15 drinks per day per person, any drinks $9 and under. Drinks included alcoholic beverages, speciality coffees, water and sodas. We never went over our max. drinks..we had an average of 6 drinks per day (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)

We never had room service as many of the items had surcharges not worth it.

One mishap on our cruise that was annoying happened on the first day and took the entire 7 days to sort out. We took the ironing package. Which was US$28.75. Unlimited pressing for both myself and my husband. They ruined by husband's suit (pressed it with high heat) and ruined my linen blouse. We were reimbursed $50 only. They told us we have to contact Holland America's Head Office. My advice give them instructions on how to iron your garments.

The gym was well equipped we worked out three of the days..we went early in the morning which left enough to time to go for breakfast at the Lido afterward.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 7114

Small cabin. Queen size very comfortable.

There is couch with a table.

Writing desk with a good make mirror

Small bathroom but adequate for two people.

Lot and lots of space for people of do not travel light..I took lots of clothes and had enough space.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Yukon Suspension Bridge

Short but enjoyable tour as we did not want to spend most of our day on a bus. It was 3 hours.

View All 72 Yukon Suspension Bridge Reviews
Glacier Bay

Ship was docked..there is not actual port to get off.


Walked around town for an hour..nothing much to see in town just loads of jewellery stores.

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