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We chose this cruise because wanted a smaller ship and a round-trip itinerary. I had been concerned about choosing Canada Place and the Nieuw Amsterdam based on reviews but these concerns were quickly proven wrong. We entered the Canada Place parking garage at 10:30 and checked our bags. Check-in was very efficient and we were boarding by 11:15! We went to the Lido for a glass of iced tea and 15 minutes later the cabin was ready. The ship is beautiful and easy to get around. Stairs/elevators are plentiful and it never felt crowded (except trying to find a table in the Lido). The cabin was well-organized and so glad we chose a balcony cabin! We ate one delicious meal in the Pinnacle Grill and split other meals between the Lido and Main Dining Room. We enjoyed room service for breakfast one morning because of an early excursion. Service was impeccable; food was varied, delicious and well-presented (one of us is vegetarian and that was not a problem). Don't stress over dress in the main dining room...it was everything between nice jeans and a button-down to evening wear. The gym was wonderful with beautiful views from the treadmills. We enjoyed one of the fitness lectures provided and took advantage of several America's Test Kitchen demonstrations. We loved Lincoln Center Stage and the jazz pianists at the Ocean Bar. Don't miss the views from the Silk Lounge. Be sure to take advantage of the Promenade Deck and enjoy 360 degree views while cruising the Inside Passage. We thoroughly enjoyed our excursions. (1) In Juneau we did Whales, Glaciers & Rainforest Trails tour. The easy hike through the forest was beautiful and educational. Standing on the edge of the lake at the glacier was amazing! We saw 3 different very active whales on our whale watching boat. The temperature was low 50s so my cuddle duds shirt and fleece with a windbreaker felt good. I did wear a knit cap most of the day. (2) In Skagway we did the White Pass Rail & Yukon Expedition. The views with plenty of stops on the bus ride were amazing. Some of my best pictures are from here. The mushing camp was a relaxing break during the day and lunch was good. I wore a long-sleeve tee shirt most of the day but the puff jacket was needed on the platform during the train ride back. (3) In Ketchikan we did Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer. We lucked out and had a sunny day. The catamaran trip took an hour to get there but was worth it. The bay in the back has granite cliffs and waterfalls everywhere you look. It was cool on deck as the boat was constantly moving. The long-sleeve tee shirt was sufficient but the rain jacket as a wind breaker was needed.(4) Glacier Bay was the highlight of the cruise. I could hear the creaking ice even though I never was it calve. It is cold on deck so the hot beverages and soup a were welcome bonus. We chose self-debarkation which was a breeze. This was a wonderful week onboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. Hope this helps if you are looking for an Alaskan cruise.

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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by LoveMyTN

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We chose this cruise because wanted a smaller ship and a round-trip itinerary. I had been concerned about choosing Canada Place and the Nieuw Amsterdam based on reviews but these concerns were quickly proven wrong.

We entered the Canada Place parking garage at 10:30 and checked our bags. Check-in was very efficient and we were boarding by 11:15! We went to the Lido for a glass of iced tea and 15 minutes later the cabin was ready.

The ship is beautiful and easy to get around. Stairs/elevators are plentiful and it never felt crowded (except trying to find a table in the Lido). The cabin was well-organized and so glad we chose a balcony cabin! We ate one delicious meal in the Pinnacle Grill and split other meals between the Lido and Main Dining Room. We enjoyed room service for breakfast one morning because of an early excursion. Service was impeccable; food was varied, delicious and well-presented (one of us is vegetarian and that was not a problem). Don't stress over dress in the main dining room...it was everything between nice jeans and a button-down to evening wear.

The gym was wonderful with beautiful views from the treadmills. We enjoyed one of the fitness lectures provided and took advantage of several America's Test Kitchen demonstrations. We loved Lincoln Center Stage and the jazz pianists at the Ocean Bar. Don't miss the views from the Silk Lounge. Be sure to take advantage of the Promenade Deck and enjoy 360 degree views while cruising the Inside Passage.

We thoroughly enjoyed our excursions. (1) In Juneau we did Whales, Glaciers & Rainforest Trails tour. The easy hike through the forest was beautiful and educational. Standing on the edge of the lake at the glacier was amazing! We saw 3 different very active whales on our whale watching boat. The temperature was low 50s so my cuddle duds shirt and fleece with a windbreaker felt good. I did wear a knit cap most of the day. (2) In Skagway we did the White Pass Rail & Yukon Expedition. The views with plenty of stops on the bus ride were amazing. Some of my best pictures are from here. The mushing camp was a relaxing break during the day and lunch was good. I wore a long-sleeve tee shirt most of the day but the puff jacket was needed on the platform during the train ride back. (3) In Ketchikan we did Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer. We lucked out and had a sunny day. The catamaran trip took an hour to get there but was worth it. The bay in the back has granite cliffs and waterfalls everywhere you look. It was cool on deck as the boat was constantly moving. The long-sleeve tee shirt was sufficient but the rain jacket as a wind breaker was needed.(4) Glacier Bay was the highlight of the cruise. I could hear the creaking ice even though I never was it calve. It is cold on deck so the hot beverages and soup a were welcome bonus.

We chose self-debarkation which was a breeze. This was a wonderful week onboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. Hope this helps if you are looking for an Alaskan cruise.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VE 7114
The cabin was exceptionally clean and well-organized. The closets had ample space and there was plenty of space under the bed for luggage. The bathroom was small but not cramped. Above the desk were 2 outlets and a USB port. Both nightstands had a USB port and more storage. I spent lots of time on the balcony enjoying the beautiful scenery. The blankets left on the love seat were greatly appreciated at times on the balcony.
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    It was absolutely breathtaking to get so close to these glaciers! The time spent slowly turning in front of Margery Glacier gave everyone plenty of time for closeup views.
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  • Juneau
    This was a small group one-mile hike through the Tongrass National Forest that ended on the edge of the lake in front of Mendenhall Glacier. We learned about the young forest and the receeding glacier. The time at the glacier was not rushed and was enjoyable. Back on the bus they provided a light snack. Then we drove to a marina to board a small boat that had windows all around that folded up to the ceiling for open views. We saw 3 different whales that were active with distinctive habits. It was a wonderful excursion provided by Gastineau Guiding.
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  • Misty Fjords Wilderness Cruise
    It was a long trip to the Misty Fjords National Monument but worth the time. On the way out we saw an eagle nesting in a tree and on the way back in were able to see our ship docked. The granite cliffs and waterfalls were gorgeous. The soup and smoked salmon provided on board were a nice treat. There is plenty of space on deck for pictures.
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  • White Pass Scenic Railway
    Our excursion included the bus into Yukon that ended at a musher's camp. The bus stopped a couple of times for pictures; we enjoyed the scenery. Lunch at the camp was BBQ chicken, potatoes, slaw, rolls and donuts...surprisingly good. It was nice to be able to walk around. The dogs were excited to be chosen for one of the carts and be able to run. We didn't do this but it looked like fun. The only downside was the stop at Carcross which seemed like a waste of time. The views of the gorge on the train trip back to down were amazing.
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    This was a beautiful departure port and very efficient.
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