Nieuw Amsterdam December 2011: Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by desertr0se

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Nieuw Amsterdam December 2011

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale on December 11, 2011. This was a seven day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We had not been on this ship before so the first thing we did was explore so we could learn the layout of the ship. It's also a great time to take pictures. We are spoiled and we only book cabins with a verandah. We love the beds on the HAL cruise line as sleep just needs to be comfortable and if it's not, we are not happy. HAL, in our opinion, has the best food and so we will be sticking with this cruise line going forward. I just hate to spend money on something that is not up to snuff.

The ports on this cruise were; Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, San Juan and Saint Maarten. We had not visited Grand Turk before nor San Juan. Grand Turk was okay, very pretty beaches. I was not impressed with San Juan as it just reminded me of Mexico.

We love Half Moon Cay and the weather was so wonderful while we were there. In Saint Maarten we had the same nice More weather and we just shopped. We don't take many excursions because we have done them in the past and they are kind of expensive. We like to explore on our own.

We did learn something on this cruise. If you book your next cruise while on board, you just put down a $100 deposit and you can select your cruise and your cabin. The deposit is good for four years. In addition, we got $50 each drink cards for the next cruise. Just little benefits to booking while on board. If it turns out that you cannot take the cruise you booked, the deposit can be used for another cruise. You don't lose that money. We booked a cruise for the next New Year so we can party on board. Less

Published 01/19/12

Cabin review: VA8032 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

The cabin was very nice but it was a little too small for us. On the next cruise we selected a cabin with more square footage. The bed was wonderful. It was quiet and the balcony was perfect.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Very nice beaches and clean ocean to swim in and lots of shops close to the ship. Free beach chairs.
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Reminded me of Mexico. Would not like to re-visit any time soon. Ocean water looked dirty. Did not visit a beach. Nicest thing we noticed was the fort as you cruise into port. I collect Starbucks mugs and I did find one here. On two other cruises we took, weather prevented us from getting to this port. Doesn't look like we missed much.
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St. Maarten has lots of shopping close the pier.

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