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We were looking for a short cruise while in Florida. Usually any cruise itinerary that includes Half Moon Cay will get our attention. This one didn't disappoint. We enjoyed the staff and ambience of HAL. More mature and loyal cruisers. Loved the ship. During our stop in San Juan we took the excursion to the Window Caves. We totally recommend it. Informative and something you don't do everyday. We also enjoyed the excursion to St. John from our port of St. Thomas. As always...Half Moon Cay did not disappoint,. We love the Aqua Trax (Jet Ski). We've heard others say they have enjoyed jet ski excursions in other ports and this is their favorite. Beautiful beach and lovely warm, clear water. This ship had a Tamarind Restaurant. Very nice and great food. The service and attention to detail were outstanding. We also ate at The Pinnacle. This restaurant was exceptional as well. The Pinnacle restaurants have never let us down. We preferred the dining room over the Lido on this ship. Breakfast was good and fast in the Lido but dinner was far superior in the dining room. A great week.

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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by Nancy from San Diego

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We were looking for a short cruise while in Florida. Usually any cruise itinerary that includes Half Moon Cay will get our attention. This one didn't disappoint.

We enjoyed the staff and ambience of HAL. More mature and loyal cruisers. Loved the ship.

During our stop in San Juan we took the excursion to the Window Caves. We totally recommend it. Informative and something you don't do everyday.

We also enjoyed the excursion to St. John from our port of St. Thomas.

As always...Half Moon Cay did not disappoint,. We love the Aqua Trax (Jet Ski). We've heard others say they have enjoyed jet ski excursions in other ports and this is their favorite. Beautiful beach and lovely warm, clear water.

This ship had a Tamarind Restaurant. Very nice and great food. The service and attention to detail were outstanding.

We also ate at The Pinnacle. This restaurant was exceptional as well. The Pinnacle restaurants have never let us down.

We preferred the dining room over the Lido on this ship. Breakfast was good and fast in the Lido but dinner was far superior in the dining room.

A great week.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB
I'm guessing at the cabin category.

Our cabin was aft facing, next to the starboard suite. We had a very comfortable and large verandah. We love aft even though you will feel a little more motion. The expansive view, larger verandah and larger cabin are well worth it.
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    A good excursion if you want to relax and have someone else do the driving and give you their perspective of the island.
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