Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review by DeirdreTours
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
The staff was outstanding-- better than we have experienced on any previous cruise (including 10 HAL cruises). This is possibly due to it being a new ship with Oprah Winfrey expected on the sailing immediately following ours.
There were a few disappointments-- the thermal pool design is not as good as on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam -- it is impossible to use the massage waterfalls without spraying everyone else in the pool. As is typical, the spa was a joke with silly fake "treatments" like "detox foot treatments" and grossly overpriced, mediocre massage. The casino is also rather poor with terrible odds.
Our one serious issue was handled very well with lots of follow up (the issue was the complete lack of ANY soundproofing between our cabin and the adjoining cabin, even very quiet conversation were completely audible. Maintainence workers filled the space between the doors with foam and then sealed the door opening with silicone. This did help a good bit. Muffled voices were still audible, but it no longer seemed the the guests in the next cabin were actual inside our cabin and vice versa).
As is always the case on a HAL journey, there is not a lot to do. We played trivia and attended one comedy show that was good and a dance show that was surprisingly good. Best to bring books and enjoy the company of your travel companions.
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