Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review by Wesseln
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Verandah Stateroom
The food on the Niuew Statendam was exceptional. We ate breakfast and most dinners in the Main Dining Room. The food, presentation and service was top notch! Our table stewards pampered us from the minute we sat down until we sipped the last drop of delicious coffee. Table 251! Book it! Very impressed. They welcomed us by name the minute they saw us walk in motioning us to our table. The wine steward was on top of it too. Very funny and made sure we had our cocktails right away. We dined at Pinnacle Grill and Sel de Mer and as usual they did not disappoint. Rudi Sel de Mer was on the ship and it was fun to see the chef behind the delicious cuisine! We tried the Tamarind again and the food was great but the service was just so so. Seems the staff weren’t really working together as they seemed to not know what each was doing but I wasn’t cooking so we didn’t mind the wait.
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The Dive In and New York Deli are always a wonderful treat as well as the Gelato Bar. They serve milk shakes now too. What? So delicious!
We enjoyed late night hot cocoa and desserts from the Dutch Cafe. Marvelous!
The entertainment was very good as well. The comedian, Hilby was hilarious! He really engaged the audience, great interaction. Hope to see him on future cruises. The string quartet, the BB King Blues Band and the Billboard Onboard piano players were wonderful! Great talent!
We were in cabins 10037 and 10039. Really close to the pool so the hallway tended to be warm and humid. No issues with that in our rooms though. Our cabin stewards were exceptional. They did seem to overwhelmed with the entire floor yet did a fabulous job. They were always smiling and greeting us by name.
Our itinerary was familiar with one new port of call, Amber Cove. We particularly enjoyed our time there. Lovely scenery!
The other ports were lovely as well and always a treat to see again. The beaches, water and landscapes in the Caribbean are beautiful. What’s not to love?
Truly a top ten Christmas! Thank you HAL for another great family holiday!
See you again in March, June and December!