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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review
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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by Rvod56

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)

Our trip consisted of a group of 8, all arriving from different destinations across Canada.

We had a house rented in Fort Lauderdale for 3 days before the cruise, a lovely home within walking distance to the beach. Good thing we had 3 days, because of weather we where delayed by over 24 hours. We embarked the ship in groups and met up in the buffet for lunch. Our bags arrived quicker than expected, so we sorted ourselves out, then went for a group party in one stateroom. We where on decks 4, 6,8. And we where very happy on deck 4. Turns out to be a good location to scoot out for the safety drill, a nice walk around deck 3, and also easy to run up to deck 3 if there was something to grab a photo of.

We kept the tv on in our room when we where there, tuned to the forward cameras. Loved the option of viewing the Canal crossing on the TV, that was a long hot day.

Every morning we enjoyed the buffet. You can’t go wrong, everything you can imagine plus some extra surprises. Lunch was by the pool at the burger place, or pizza. We only attended tea in the afternoon one day, but it was a very nice treat.

Dinner we had a group table in the dining room for 8. We didn’t dine there every night, but made sure we all attended the gala nights. Other times we tried some of the different specialty restaurants available. The Pinnacle was a dinner that made you feel like you won the lotto. But our true favourite was the Tamarind. The staff made the dinner fun, and you felt truly welcomed. Plus the exceptional food, and presentation, made it a feast for the eyes. Most days, pre dinner, we attended the martini tasting, or the happy hour in the various bars. But be pre warned, the happy hour bars get full fast. We had beverage cards, so we didn’t worry about happy hour pricing. And I am glad we did, the cards where good for everything we wanted to drink, from sparkling water, to special coffees ,and drinks all around. Every day we had wonderful coffees made in the exploration area, the staff there knew your name and coffee within days.

Days we didn’t go on excursions, we spent at the pool, loved the unobtrusive music. But there does need to be more shady areas. We found often people pulling chairs into doorways for shade, but that made it very inconvenient for others.

Our group had all been at most of the locations on this cruise, so we didn’t depart at every port. But we really enjoyed the small markets they set up by the ship, for those who just want to purchase a souvenir.

The casino was very quiet the entire trip, we did go to the bar there and lost some money at the machines. They did have some very nice piano players there as well .

After dinner, it was usually a walk around deck 3 , before seeing what was on the show that night. Most nights we didn’t stay, we all found the entertainment to be lacking, the jazz band was not a group to dance to, so most just sat and listened. We all loved the national Geographic show, with the live performance.

Disembarkation was a slow process, they called groups by colour, and there was even colours called that were not on the list, we where close to last. The whole finding your suitcase thing and getting in line , seemed confusing for some.

Enjoyed a lovely night in San Diego before flying home.

Staff who made this trip memorable: Jerry and Jenny in the martini bar.

Janny in the exportation cafe. My perfect mocha.

Abdul and Made who made our cabin home.

Miguel and Joel who had the wine knowledge.

Wayo, Davee, who served table 91 with grace.

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Cabin Review

Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
Cabin HH 4127

We where very pleasantly surprised at the roominess of this cabin. The large full size window, made it seem like you had a balcony. Tons of closet space and hangers. We where able to store a suitcase under the bed. The bathroom is not cramped and the amenities are very nice. The bed was very comfy and so where the pillows, made it hard to resist those naps. Our stateroom was serviced buy Abdul & Made. And everyday was done perfect, from the ice bucket re fill to the sweet animal towels.

I wouldn’t hesitate to book this room again.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

This is a beautiful city, wish we hadn’t been delayed by weather. We could have enjoyed more time to explore. The embarkation area seems to be confusing for some people, maybe more signage?

Cartagena (Colombia)

Some of our group have used these people for tours before, so we where not worried about not using a tour on board. We had our own van for the 8 of us. Loved the city, so much history and a colourful past and present.


Because we where familiar with the area, as a couple, we took a cab to another town.

Puerto Vallarta

This is like a second home to us, we cabbed to Bucerias and spent the day with friends.

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