This was the first cruise I had ever been on as I had always been resistant to cruising.
We picked the ship and itinerary carefully and I liked the idea of travelling on a fairly new ship.
As hoped the Nieuw Statendam was a stunning looking ship and the public areas all looked luxurious.
The cabin was a little smaller than I expected, but was well layed out and very modern.
The shower again felt quite small but was very clean and modern.
We enjoyed all the dining options on board especially Tamarind which we visited several times.
At first booking via the restaurant desk seemed confusing but once we had downloaded the Navigator app it was much simpler to book via the app.
We dined in the main restaurant only once which was very nice, but much preferred the more intimate speciality dining options.
We booked a retreat cabana for the whole trip which we loved!!
We usually had breakfast there and often lunch as well.
Marlon and Domingo the 2 guys looking after us up there were great bringing us drinks, champagne and strawberries every afternoon.
The Retreat is next to the exc lounge which is another area we loved on the ship.
We thought the evening entertainment especially BB Kings was amazing we also enjoyed the performers at the Rolling stone rock room.
On a long cruise the performances may become a little repetitive as we noticed that the set list was repeated approx. every 3 days.
Staff everywhere on board were amazing but especially at the Retreat, Exc and Tamarind
Compact but clean and modern