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We loved the new design on this ship. Grouping musical venues together created a much more lively evening vibe (our previous HAL cruises had been pretty dead at night). In general the dining was excellent-- the lido was the best cruise buffet we have every encountered. Also enjoyed the Tamerind and really loved the sushi bar. The only truly disappointing dining was the Sel De Mer-- overcooked, bland fish and clearly canned escargot. On a ten day cruise we only ate in the dining room once, but it ws fine. The NFL championship game was broadcast pool side as was a movie each night. Nice way to view. The newly designed pool area has plenty of seating. The staff was outstanding-- better than we have experienced on any previous cruise (including 10 HAL cruises). This is possibly due to it being a new ship with Oprah Winfrey expected on the sailing immediately following ours. There were a few disappointments-- the thermal pool design is not as good as on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam -- it is impossible to use the massage waterfalls without spraying everyone else in the pool. As is typical, the spa was a joke with silly fake "treatments" like "detox foot treatments" and grossly overpriced, mediocre massage. The casino is also rather poor with terrible odds. Our one serious issue was handled very well with lots of follow up (the issue was the complete lack of ANY soundproofing between our cabin and the adjoining cabin, even very quiet conversation were completely audible. Maintainence workers filled the space between the doors with foam and then sealed the door opening with silicone. This did help a good bit. Muffled voices were still audible, but it no longer seemed the the guests in the next cabin were actual inside our cabin and vice versa). As is always the case on a HAL journey, there is not a lot to do. We played trivia and attended one comedy show that was good and a dance show that was surprisingly good. Best to bring books and enjoy the company of your travel companions.

Excellent dining, beautiful ship!

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review by DeirdreTours

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We loved the new design on this ship. Grouping musical venues together created a much more lively evening vibe (our previous HAL cruises had been pretty dead at night). In general the dining was excellent-- the lido was the best cruise buffet we have every encountered. Also enjoyed the Tamerind and really loved the sushi bar. The only truly disappointing dining was the Sel De Mer-- overcooked, bland fish and clearly canned escargot. On a ten day cruise we only ate in the dining room once, but it ws fine. The NFL championship game was broadcast pool side as was a movie each night. Nice way to view. The newly designed pool area has plenty of seating.

The staff was outstanding-- better than we have experienced on any previous cruise (including 10 HAL cruises). This is possibly due to it being a new ship with Oprah Winfrey expected on the sailing immediately following ours.

There were a few disappointments-- the thermal pool design is not as good as on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam -- it is impossible to use the massage waterfalls without spraying everyone else in the pool. As is typical, the spa was a joke with silly fake "treatments" like "detox foot treatments" and grossly overpriced, mediocre massage. The casino is also rather poor with terrible odds.

Our one serious issue was handled very well with lots of follow up (the issue was the complete lack of ANY soundproofing between our cabin and the adjoining cabin, even very quiet conversation were completely audible. Maintainence workers filled the space between the doors with foam and then sealed the door opening with silicone. This did help a good bit. Muffled voices were still audible, but it no longer seemed the the guests in the next cabin were actual inside our cabin and vice versa).

As is always the case on a HAL journey, there is not a lot to do. We played trivia and attended one comedy show that was good and a dance show that was surprisingly good. Best to bring books and enjoy the company of your travel companions.
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Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 11040
Excellent location with a wonderful view. Lovely decor, but smaller than average balcony cabin. Very nice bathroom. However, the balcony was much smaller than the standard HAL balcony -- literally no room to use footstool. The biggest problem with this cabin is that is has a completely uninsulated door to 11038. EVERY SOUND is transmitted. Two adults having a quiet conversation are completely audible-- it is quite literally as if they are in the cabin with you. The ship's engineers were able to improve the situation for us by stuffing foam between the two doors and then sealing each door with silicone. This did help a lot-- we could still hear the people next door as muffled voices but no longer felt we should just join in their conversation!
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