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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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5-day Repositioning Vancouver to San Diego

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by Doug Milliken

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

General

Please see my thorough review of the 9/23/2017 Niew Amsterdam 7 day Alaska cruise, right before this 5 day Repositioning cruise, for review comments relating to Enrichment Activities, Embarkation, Public Rooms, Service, Dining, Entertainment, and Onboard Experience which were identical for both cruises. This review will mainly concern the differences between the two cruises, comments related to the Verandah cabin (vs the Signature Suite we had on the Alaska portion) and the shore excursions.

This cruise followed the last Alaska cruise of the season for Niew Amsterdam, which is the cruise we really wanted. This repositioning cruise was in lieu of flying home to Southern California. We cruised to San Diego and then we rented a car at the airport in San Diego and did a 1 ½ hour drive home to Orange County and turned the car in at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana.

The 7 day Alaska portion of our cruise was in a Signature Suite. We switched to a Verandah for the second 5 day repositioning cruise, which was serious cheap ($499), so got a back-to-back Suite vs Verandah comparison on HAL.

Embarkation

Embarkation at Vancouver was very smooth for the repositioning cruise, but it had been an unmitigated disaster for the Alaska cruise before it. This was because three ships embarked Vancouver the day of the Alaska cruise, but only our ship for the Repositioning cruise. Please see my thorough review of the 9/23/2017 Niew Amsterdam 7 day Alaska cruise for details and tips on the Embarkation process in Vancouver.

Value for Money

The repositioning cruise was very inexpensive, $499 each for 5 days. Overall value for money was excellent.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VE 5159

It was slightly challenging to go from a Signature Suite to a Verandah. A Verandah, or balcony room, never seemed so small. We missed the extra living space, storage space and bathroom space but got used to it in a day or so. This bathroom had a single sink and a smaller tub with a shower head. Again the bed was the best we have had on a cruise.


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