By Gina Kramer
Cruise Critic Editor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Each cabin includes Sealy Euro-Top mattresses, hypoallergenic pillows, a flat-screen TV with DVD player, a safe, telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, complimentary fresh fruit and nightly chocolates, plus complimentary 24-hour room service and shoe-shining.

Standard and large inside cabins -- which range from 141 to 284 square feet, depending on location -- each offer two beds that convert to a queen, plus a shower-only bathroom. Oceanview cabins (both standard and large, ranging from 169 to 267 square feet, depending on location) and balcony cabins (213 to 379 square feet, including the verandahs) also may include bathtubs, depending on location, and have larger sitting areas. Most verandahs measure 54 square feet. There are also 10 Curved Verandah cabins on Deck 11 forward, with balconies of only 22 square feet.

The cabin decor and color scheme exude a luxurious feel, with vintage artwork in the cabin and throughout the hallways. Each cabin includes a small sofa and sitting area; an adjustable table big enough for two at breakfast; a desk; and a stocked fridge with soda, beer, wine and whiskey for sale. All the power outlets are found at the desk, so it can get a little cluttered if you've got a lot of cords.

Closets have sufficient space, even without drawers. Each closet has at least three storage units. One has shelves and a lower space for hanging shorter clothes. Two other units can be adjusted from hanging closets to large shelves for folded items. Cabins have two side tables; each has two small drawers and a shelf. One of the drawers in each side table can be locked, so roommates might each have a lockable drawer with a key that does not open the other. In addition to the closets, there are two drawers under the beds, but cabin stewards uses these drawers for storing blankets and a decorative bedcover. Passengers can ask for the drawers to be emptied for their use.

Cabins with balconies each come equipped with two chairs (one straight-backed, one rounded) and a footstool -- all of which look like brown wicker but, for fire safety reasons, are actually plastic. There's also a tiny table that would hold about two drinks. Each chair has a foam cushion.

In-cabin TVs offer a typical range of channels, including news, movies and Holland America promotional programming. The ship offers more than 1,000 movies at no charge; they can be viewed on your cabin television, available one movie at a time. The daily movie shown in the cinema also is available the next day on your television. There is no interactive system for booking shore tours or spa treatments.

While the 156 inside cabins on Nieuw Amsterdam have showers only, most of the other accommodations have at least a combination tub and shower. A few select outside cabins on Decks 1, 4, 5 and 6 have showers only. Amenities, including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, are from Elemis, the company that operates the ship's spa. Except for the body lotion, they are dispensed from containers attached to shower walls.

Two Deluxe Verandah Suites on Deck 7 are wheelchair accessible, and each is equipped with a bathtub and roll-in shower. Another 28 cabins, spread across multiple decks, are wheelchair accessible, with roll-in showers only. They include four inside cabins, six oceanview cabins, 16 balcony cabins and two Superior Verandah Suites.

Nieuw Amsterdam is the first Holland America ship with a power cutoff at the cabin door, similar to the process in hotel rooms in Europe. When passengers enter their cabins, they place their cabin keycards into wall slots that turn on the power. When they leave their rooms, they take the cards out of the slots, which turns off all the power, except for highly useful directional reading lights on either side of the beds. (Note: This can be a problem if you want to charge electronics in your room when you're not there.) Not only do these adjustable reading lights work well for couples who go to sleep at different times -- allowing one person to read in bed with a strong light, while the other sleeps in near darkness -- but they also can provide a softly lighted room when you return from dinner. Tip: When leaving your cabin at night, either open the cabin door before you pull the key card from the slot, or turn on one of the reading lights; otherwise, suddenly, you will find yourself in a room so dark you can't see even the cabin door handle.

Designated spa cabins are spread across two decks. They're designed with soothing natural colors and equipped with yoga mats and healthier in-cabin dining menus. Occupants have access to a concierge for booking spa treatments, but no spa treatments are included in the fares.

Of the 1,053 cabins onboard, 114 are suites. They come in three styles -- Superior, Deluxe and Penthouse -- and all have large balconies and sofa beds. Bathrooms feature full-size whirlpool tubs, separate shower stalls and double vanities. The 50 Superior Verandah Suites are 300 square feet with 98-square-foot balconies. Each is the equivalent of a cabin and a half in width, with a large sitting area that includes a sofa bed for one person, chairs and a large desk. The 62 Deluxe Verandah Suites measure 380 to 570 square feet, each with a 130-square-foot balcony. These suites, each the equivalent of two standard cabins in width, include king-size beds (convertible to twins), large living areas with chairs and sofa beds big enough for two people, and separate dressing rooms.

The most elaborate accommodations are two 1,000-square-foot Penthouse Verandah Suites. Each has separate sleeping and living quarters, a dressing room, a powder room, a butler's pantry with refrigerator and microwave, and a 318-square-foot balcony with four lounge chairs, an eating table for four and a whirlpool tub.

Occupants of the suites are given perks that include breakfast each morning in the Pinnacle Grill (same menu as the Manhattan), free laundry and dry-cleaning, and priority tender boarding. These passengers also have access to the Neptune Lounge, a private living room area on Deck 7 with beverages and snacks throughout the day, as well as a computer and a concierge.

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