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Nieuw Amsterdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
930 reviews

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Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2023

Chose this cruise as we wanted to try Holland America and the itinerary included Bonaire where we have never been. Sadly, three days prior to the embarkation Bonaire was cancelled. We departed Port Everglades and made our way to Half Moon Cay. Unfortunately, the seas were to rough for the tenders so that stop was out. The captain said that we would be going to Aruba (not a scheduled stop) instead. He also said that we couldn't go to Bonaire as previously planned as there was no slip for us. ( A bit hard to believe as Bonaire was only cancelled 4 days earlier). Anyway, the Aruba stop was only from 5pm until 1030pm so not many people disembarked as what is there to do for 4 hours? We then proceed to Curacao where we did spend a very pleasant day ashore. Then 2 more sea days home. The service by waitstaff in the MDR was excellent and our cabin attendant did a fine job as well. The food in the MDR was very good except for one steak I had that was very chewy. We ate in the Pinnacle steak house one night and the menu indicated that I could get a 12 oz Maine lobster tail for a $15 upcharge. Instead, I got warm water lobster which is definetly not the same thing. Nit picky I know. The cabin had a very nice (for a cruise ship) bathroom and the cabin had more storage than we needed. I would say that the demographics were 90-95% over 65. There was a chamber music quartet in the Lincoln Center stage every evening which we enjoyed tremendously. There were two comedians on board both of whom were funny. We have added HAL to our list of cruise lines that we will travel on again.

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