Nieuw Amsterdam

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    3
  • Entertainment

    3
  • Cabin

    5
  • Crew

    4
  • Price

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  • Value

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Cheryl P

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Nieuw Amsterdam

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    4
  • Food

    3
  • Entertainment

    3
  • Cabin

    5
  • Crew

    4
  • Price

    4
  • Value

    4
Jun 2015

"Adventure for the older generation"

The ship itself is tastefully decorated and kept scrupulously clean. The boarding and delivery of luggage went without fuss and our holiday began as soon as we boarded. The staff were attentive, if not always knowledgeable. This cruise line seems to market towards the older generation (>60) and the entertainment and food reflects this. We chose 2 back-to-back Mediterranean cruises, each one leaving from Venice but following different routes. We stopped nearly every day at a different port, something that we prefer (rather than days looking at nothing but ocean). The food was good quality, but repetitive to the point of becoming tiresome. We ate in the dining room a few times but found it difficult to book a table or stay seated with our group of 6. We eventually gave up and chose to eat in the Lido bistro restaurant upstairs which is where we encountered the repetition of food. It seemed like they'd cornered the world market of beef tenderloin and pork belly because each was served every other night. The crew were attentive although it's clear that alcohol servers are paid a bonus on what they can sell because they try to upsell, sometimes to the point of being pushy. Overall the cruise was fantastic, we had a great time visiting so many different places. I'd recommend Holland America to the older generation who like a bit of luxury, peace and quiet...and who like "meat and 3 veg" style food.

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  • Cruise Name: Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Destination: Australia
  • Sailed: May 2015
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