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I chose this ship because my wife and I had previously sailed on the HAL Eurodam and we were very satisfied. Overall, the Nieuw Amsterdam did not disappoint and met our expectations. We are both in our mid fifties with about 12 cruises under our belts. Previos cruises were primarily family cruises on RCCL's mega ships. Purchased a last minute (2 weeks before) Veranda Guarantee Cat VH Cabin ($549 p/p) and were assigned a perfectly located Cat VA. Fare included gratuities and a $25 p/p beverage card. We were offered a suite upgrade for $299 per person via email, but did not accepted. Overall Service - Excellent. Dining room food - Very Good. Dining Room Service - Very good, but servers tend to be "robotic" with very little personal interaction. They basically take your order and return to drop off your food. They do not update you on the ships next day's itinerary, like servers on other cruise lines do. Buffet Food - Very Good. Cabin Stewart - Excellent. It was amazing how our cabin attendant could service the cabin while hardly even being noticed. Entertainment - Our one disappointment was the Main Theatre. Entertainment there was of mediocre quality. Overall, good value for the dollar and would recommend this ship.

HAL Nieuw Amsterdam Does Not Disappoint

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by PBACRUISER

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
I chose this ship because my wife and I had previously sailed on the HAL Eurodam and we were very satisfied. Overall, the Nieuw Amsterdam did not disappoint and met our expectations.

We are both in our mid fifties with about 12 cruises under our belts. Previos cruises were primarily family cruises on RCCL's mega ships.

Purchased a last minute (2 weeks before) Veranda Guarantee Cat VH Cabin ($549 p/p) and were assigned a perfectly located Cat VA. Fare included gratuities and a $25 p/p beverage card. We were offered a suite upgrade for $299 per person via email, but did not accepted.

Overall Service - Excellent.

Dining room food - Very Good.

Dining Room Service - Very good, but servers tend to be "robotic" with very little personal interaction. They basically take your order and return to drop off your food. They do not update you on the ships next day's itinerary, like servers on other cruise lines do.

Buffet Food - Very Good.

Cabin Stewart - Excellent. It was amazing how our cabin attendant could service the cabin while hardly even being noticed.

Entertainment - Our one disappointment was the Main Theatre. Entertainment there was of mediocre quality.

Overall, good value for the dollar and would recommend this ship.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 8074
Loved the location of this cabin. Midship, next to elevators, one deck below the lido buffet and pool. Deck noise was not an issue. It looked like a crew storage area was directly above the cabin. You do lose a little privacy while on Veranda, due to the close proximity of the outside, glass elevators. No big deal though and I would definitely book this cabin again due to it's convenient location.
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