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The Inaugaral Transatlantic Voyage on The Nieuw Amsterdam

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Barcelona
Our third cruise on Holland American ships. First to Alaska, next a Holiday cruise thru the Panama Canal and this voyage to ports in Spain, Italy and Portugal before the Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. It was a near perfect experience. The ports of call and tours offered are hard to match. What an experience to see the ancient sights blended with the new Europe.

We booked a Veranda suite and where totally pleased. It was great to sit out on the veranda and enjoy the scene. Our room was very quite. Never heard an outside sound. On deck 8 at mid ship. Highly recommend it. We had near perfect weather at all of the ports of call. Mid 60's to low 70's, calm and sunny. Thought crossing would be less smooth, but it was very calm. We were just very blessed with good weather. Once we neared Half Moon Cay, Tomas stirred up to sea and made it necessary to skip that port. We had been there before, so it didn't bother us.

The ship is absolutely pristine (new ship) and it is More outfitted in a modern motif which wome veteran cruiser did not particuly like. Our favorite spot on the ship was the library area which has numerous ultra comfortable lounges and chairs around the room to enjoy the vistas thru huge glass windows around the bow of the ship. Only compaint here was the annoying (and expensive) computers. They eat dollars like candy.

For seniors like my wife and I, we would highly recommend Holland American ships if you like to cruise with many other seniors from all over the globe. We especially enjoyed Warren Salinger's lecture series on globalizing giving us an in depth look at emerging countries and world trade in our changing world. We took most of our meals in the Manhattan Dining Room. The food was almost always great and service was excellent from a very friendly staff. I zeroed in on the New York Strip Steak which I found to be near perfect time after time. Other dishes were equally tasty but I kept returning to the steaks. No need to dine in Pinnacle with equal quality and service in the Manhattan.

I say go Holland America. You won't regret it. Less

Published 11/17/10

Cabin review: VA8064 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Our cabin was very comfortable. We had ample closet space so we could easily store everything in an orderly fashion. The two upper storage closed shelves above the couch is a very thoughtful touch. Our cabin had both a bathtub and shower. The showers are the best I have experienced in my travels. The dispensers of Elemis shampoo, conditioner and body wash are mounted on shower wall which made it very convenient. The room stewards were great. They seemed to know when to clean up the room and did a superb job. The bed is so comfortable you are tempted to take many naps. The veranda was a super touch on this voyage since we spent 8 days cruising the Atlantic. A great experience.

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Port and Shore Excursions

One of our favorite tours. Took the Lucca and Tuscany countryside tour which gives you the experience of the ancient walled city of Lucca and the absolutely beautiful countryside of Tuscany. Visited a vineyard farm with a great view of valley below filled with olive groves and grape vineyards. Got to see their small wine cellar and were served a great lunch of native Italian food.

Took the Lisbon and Estoril tour. What a beautiful area. So well laid out. In Lisbon the King Edward park is the most beautiful city center park I have seen. The freeways are very modern. We especially enjoyed Estoril, the beach and the beautiful seaside drive back to the port.

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You just have to visit Rome to appreciate its vibrancy of today mixed with the ancient world of the Roman Empire. Highly recommend a tour of St Peter's Basilica. Makes you feel as though you come close the great one, Peter himself. A real spiritual experience. The Vatican is what you want to make it...a monument to the popes or a personal Christian experience. We are not Catholic, however, the role the Vatican church has played in Christendom cannot be underestimated. We also experienced the plazas and fountains and had a great lunch in a unique restaurant along the riverfront. A great tour.

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