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Nieuw Amsterdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
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910 reviews
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Anniversary Cruise and Birthday Celebration on HAL - very disappointing experience.

Review for Nieuw Amsterdam to Alaska
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
bathroom ventilation not working - mirrors fogged up after each shower, needed to open the bathroom door to air out the bathroom at least 15 min prior to able to use vanity mirror
1 [one] cup cake to with us Happy Anniversary [to share?] and a smudge of red dot as if someone had eaten the other cup cake.  Same cup cake served at Lido Buffet daily.
Veranda floor, table and chairs were dirty.  Balcony glass partition was filthy.
Shower head - very low pressure due to calcium build up, needed cleaning or replacement.
Each day after turn down, found long strands of either black or blond female hair in our tub - neither one of us in the room has long female hair on our heads
Curtains - sheer and black out were sewn together - defeating the function purpose of having double curtains if unable to separate sheer from black out
Curtain wand handle broken/missing

As 3 star Mariners with HAL [had sailed 137 cruise nights on HAL since 2007], decided to celebrate our anniversary and birthday on the Nieuw Amsterdam - Alaska Cruise. Made the reservation through our HAL personal cruise consultant directly and mentioned about our special occasions cruise celebration when place our reservation several months ahead. Also, mentioned to our PCC that we had a very disappointing previous cruise on Koningsdam during our sailing on April 3, 2022 cruise

The ship was not sailing in full capacity, only 600 plus passengers our of 2,650-passenger capacity. We were assigned a cabin located right below a window cleaning apparatus machinery - our balcony almost always flooded with water spouting from this equipment throughout our sailing to Alaska. Although the ship was not traveling in full capacity, HAL managed to assigned all veranda cabins on our floor right next to each other. Throughout our 7 day cruise, we had a neighbor to our right dragging their patio furniture during late evening [they were drinking on the veranda until late at night] and the neighbor to our left got up very early in the morning, talked loudly, competing with their high level TV volume control. In the evening, we could hear knocking sound behind our toilet sounded like water leaks behind the toilet wall in our bathroom. For our anniversary 'surprise' - we received 1 [one] cupcake with Happy Anniversary written on the plate and a red smudge next to it. The same cupcake served at Lido buffet daily. HAL was known for superb accommodation in the past, however post Covid it seemed that the housekeeping standard took a dive to the worse [see photos]

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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

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