We wanted a winter break and chose this cruise because it was a newer ship and much cheaper than Celebrity’s Edge. We also were interested in the new music walk area of the ship as we are music lovers.
Embarkation was a breeze although traffic into Port Everglades was very heavy. Our room was ready and very nice. Veranda on deck 7 with a great port side view and close to the aft elevator. The veranda was awesome for morning coffee! Bed was very comfy and the bathroom tight but the shower was very spacious. Our only complaint about the room was the doors slamming every morning at sunrise. I wish people would be a little more aware of the noise they are making and that not everyone wants to be awake at 630 am on vacation!
Dining was good overall. The MDR generally good, not great. Very long wait on Gala nights! Pinnacle grill was okay, nothing special. Steak well cooked but bland. Rudi’s was great. Very attentive service and delicious French cuisine. Tamarind was amazing with its food and beautiful aft view! We did not spend much time in the Lido buffet...typical crowded cruise cafeteria really.
Entertainment was great fun. Loved the Rock Room and BB Kings. Loud music and lots of dancing with a fun crowd! Not sold on the Billboard pianos. Just meh. We only went to the stage shows twice. The comedian was just okay. The dance group was excellent!
Spa was very nice although the massage was only average, I thought. Fitness area was great with a large room, lots of equipment and free weights.
The pool areas were very nice. The Lido pool roof was open so it was very comfortable. Always room in the multiple hot tubs. Good service from the bars!
We also enjoyed the Explorations cafe. A nice quiet bar area with amazing forward views. Books and games are available there as well as the EXC area for excursion planning.
Disembarkation was fairly efficient but getting thousands of people out of the terminal on Sunday morning is going to be a challenge for anyone.
Overall, we loved our time on the Nieuw Statendam and would definitely recommend it. It is a very traditional ship but with lots of modern art and great musical entertainment to make it fun!
Straightforward design. Ample storage. Comfortable bed. Veranda great for morning coffee. Bathroom adequate with a very nice large shower.
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