Wonderful Ship for Perfect Honeymoon: Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by AndreaP
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Wonderful Ship for Perfect Honeymoon
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Our other real complaint was with the main dining room. This was the first time I've tried open seating and didn't fully More understand. We presumed that we would have "our table" available each evening at a time we designated. Not so. It was try your luck and show up and wait in line or race to phone by 8 am of day preceding day for dinner reservations (reserve on Monday morning for Tuesday dinner). On 1st formal night, Monday, against our wishes we were seated with table of 8. Service was atrocious and food not edible (whether due to screaming children around us or to poor kitchen execution we don't know). So, we reserved tables in Tamarind for 2 nights and Pinnacle a 3rd. We ate in cabin with room service for 1 night and returned to main dining only for Friday formal night. The Friday evening was delightful with table for 2 (since I had raced to phone by 8 am Thursday for reservations). The other food service was great. No complaints.
Our limited shore excursions (private cabana at Half Moon Cay) and (snorkeling/stingray encounter at Grand Cayman) were well done and very enjoyable.
We would urge HAL to avoid the "Costa Maya" port. The area was filthy and we returned immediately to the ship.
On board entertainment was outstanding. Guitar player was a pro and great at accepting requests for tunes from 60's through current adult play. Loved the shows in the theater. The musical performances were professionally done with a very talented cast. The other bands around the ship were equally enjoyable.
We did elect the voyager wine package (7 bottles, 2 tastings and dinner in Pinnacle) and found it excellent value. We noticed that some waiters were not thrilled when we asked for ice water instead of cocktails poolside. Less
Cabin review: V5126 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Loved being mid-ship. We had veranda room on Veranda deck. Lifeboat was below our veranda, but did not impede view. It was very quiet with little to no motion felt. (although we had extremely quiet seas) Ample storage space (and I pack a lot of clothes) with roomy tub/shower combo. Comfortable bed. A/C was okay but didn't do a great job at eliminating the humidity and was still a bit warm at night for my preference.Read All Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom (V) Reviews >>
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