Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by desertr0se
- Sail Date: December 2011
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
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 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.
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Grand TurkVery nice beaches and clean ocean to swim in and lots of shops close to the ship. Free beach chairs.View All 1,747 Grand Turk Cruise Port Reviews
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San JuanReminded 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.View All 3,096 San Juan Cruise Port Reviews
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St. MaartenSt. Maarten has lots of shopping close the pier.View All 4,134 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
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