1 San Diego to Panama Canal & Central America Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Reviews

Stateroom Attendant service was outstanding.. Quality of Lincoln Center Stage musicians and recitals were world class. Panama Canal presentations and speaker were excellent. The actual transit was normal : 8 hours from coast to ... Read More
Stateroom Attendant service was outstanding.. Quality of Lincoln Center Stage musicians and recitals were world class. Panama Canal presentations and speaker were excellent. The actual transit was normal : 8 hours from coast to coast...glad it was cloudy to keep the hot sun at bay... Visible changes to the ship from last dry dock are minimal....New cushions on the deck chairs and Lido pool chaise were welcome. However, the Nieuw Amsterdam's grace, class and grandeur seems downgraded and replaced with pedestrian/mundane colors, fabrics, designs, carpet, furniture, etc. We missed the orchid plants on Lido window tables and previous dramatic large imitation flower arrangements at various points around ship. The Atrium next to Guest Services is a perfect example of the "new" look. Made many wonder if cost cutting is a high priority at the cruise line. Also a significant changes in fleet wide Lido food items; fried chicken nuggets every lunch and dinner, bacon featured in one form or another at all three meals, etc. Soups were always excellent. All three fee restaurants featured expensive one night special menu extravaganzas; the one held in the Tamarind was outstanding and all of the staff wore their native costumes.. The "level" of entertainment and breadth of activities available were average. The main dining room was unpleasantly loud and major delays occurred with food delivery. Ports were standard Central American commercial ports requiring bus transit to shopping and attractions often an hour or more away.(except for Puerto Vallarta and Aruba). For some reason, the amount of flies coming on board the ship in Central America ports was high and they remained on board for the remainder of the cruise. Would not take this cruise again. I expect more than "Average" from Holland America.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Nieuw Amsterdam Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.5 3.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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