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PROS: Nice ship, not huge, older crowd, not crowded, many places to hang out. Good entertainment, though a couple more movies would have been nice, Comfy beds, attentive housekeeping. We loved having a balcony with a plexiglass railing. (check for that, some have metal railing and you need to stand up to see) Generally good food with lots of choices. I do like that they serve smaller portions to avoid food waste, Servers attentive. My family enjoyed the entertainment - the magician and the comedian especially CONS: Nothing to do for young adults. My recently turned 18 year old (1 day before the cruise started) was not allowed in the teen club to play foosball with his younger sister (no one else was there), so they could only play ping pong (only 2 tables for the whole ship) Both pools are very small, the bigger one is about the size of our backyard pool. The adults-only pool had screaming kids in it and none of the waiters did anything about it. The pizza at the New York Pizza kiosk is horrible. It tastes like cardboard. You have to purchase bottled sparkling water, they should have carbonated water dispensers like they do in bars/restaurants/fast food everywhere.. Most gym classes are not free and generally too early on days at sea. Club Hal has limited hours (for example only 1-4pm in the afternoon…) Too many events/people trying to sell you something. The smoking area is below the kids’ club, so the smell of smoke is all over that floor. Further, you have to walk trough the smoking area and it’s not pleasant. There is no ventilation on the side of that area, so it gets pretty gross.. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise and would go back on HAL.

Better than good, but not quite excellent

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by ibk31

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
PROS:

Nice ship, not huge, older crowd, not crowded, many places to hang out. Good entertainment, though a couple more movies would have been nice, Comfy beds, attentive housekeeping. We loved having a balcony with a plexiglass railing. (check for that, some have metal railing and you need to stand up to see)

Generally good food with lots of choices. I do like that they serve smaller portions to avoid food waste, Servers attentive.

My family enjoyed the entertainment - the magician and the comedian especially

CONS:

Nothing to do for young adults. My recently turned 18 year old (1 day before the cruise started) was not allowed in the teen club to play foosball with his younger sister (no one else was there), so they could only play ping pong (only 2 tables for the whole ship)

Both pools are very small, the bigger one is about the size of our backyard pool. The adults-only pool had screaming kids in it and none of the waiters did anything about it.

The pizza at the New York Pizza kiosk is horrible. It tastes like cardboard.

You have to purchase bottled sparkling water, they should have carbonated water dispensers like they do in bars/restaurants/fast food everywhere..

Most gym classes are not free and generally too early on days at sea.

Club Hal has limited hours (for example only 1-4pm in the afternoon…)

Too many events/people trying to sell you something.

The smoking area is below the kids’ club, so the smell of smoke is all over that floor. Further, you have to walk trough the smoking area and it’s not pleasant. There is no ventilation

on the side of that area, so it gets pretty gross..

Overall, we enjoyed our cruise and would go back on HAL.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 5010
The cabin was nice and the beds were comfy. Enough storage under the bed for all of our suitcases. Having 4 people in it made it pretty cramped though.
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