The 2100-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam is one of Holland America's "Dam" cruise ships. Similar in size and configuration to her sister ship, the Eurodam, this deluxe, mid-sized ship certainly appeals to those who appreciate a spacious ship with subdued interiors and friendly service from the staff.
I sailed on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam and loved the itinerary, dining venues, entertainment, and overall appearance of the ship. The Nieuw Amsterdam is sailing in Alaska in the summer of 2016 before transiting the Panama Canal and then sailing the Caribbean during the winter of 2016-2017 from Fort Lauderdale.
Let's tour the Nieuw Amsterdam.
The Nieuw Amsterdam has numerous categories of cabins and suites divided into six main categories --
- inside cabin
- oceanview cabin
- deluxe verandah oceanview cabin
- superior verandah suite
- deluxe verandah suite
- penthouse verandah suites
All of the cabin and suite categories have many amenities, and the size varies based upon category and ship location.
The Nieuw Amsterdam has several diverse dining options onboard, and those who expect a variety of cuisines and atmospheres will love dining on this ship.
The seven different restaurant choices include cuisines like Asian, Indian, Mexican, American, Greek, and Italian. You can almost eat your way around the world in a week's cruise.
The dining options on the Nieuw Amsterdam include:
- Manhattan Dining Room
- Pinnacle Grill
- Lido Restaurant
- Terrace Grill
- An Evening at Le Cirque
- Culinary Arts Center
The Nieuw Amsterdam also has Slice Pizza, a casual pizza take-away restaurant and complimentary 24-hour room service.
Most cruise ships have a mixture of quiet, fun, and fanciful bars and lounges, and the Nieuw Amsterdam is no different. Many of the bars are quiet, and some like the Silk Den, are elegant and have unique decor. Other bars like the Piano Bar and Northern Lights, are filled with fun and music.
The dozen bars and lounges on the Nieuw Amsterdam are:
Nieuw Amsterdam - Other Interior Common Areas
The above sections looked at many of the interior common areas on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The rest of the ship is just as lovely. Small touches like the elegant elevator doors and lobbies add to the overall quiet ambiance.
Holland America has located a nice specialty coffee bar inside the library and computer center on the top deck forward. This is a busy place, filled with those checking email, drinking coffee, and reading the newspaper or working the daily puzzles. Guests who want to improve their computer skills will appreciate the large hands-on classroom.
Spending time in the outdoor sunshine is one of the primary reasons many travelers love to cruise. The Nieuw Amsterdam has two pools, several whirlpools, and hundreds of deck chairs to encourage its passengers to enjoy the outdoor decks.
Although the mid-sized ship does not have a rock climbing wall, ropes course, or miniature golf course, the Nieuw Amsterdam does have a sports court, and one of the pools is for adults-only.
Nieuw Amsterdam - Conclusion
The Nieuw Amsterdam confirms Holland America Line's position as a deluxe cruise line. Its small touches like fresh flowers and interesting artwork add a lot to the overall cruise experience, and the staff were friendly, efficient, and accommodating. Although our ship was full, it was easy to find a quiet place to read or just watch the world go by.
Although our Mediterranean cruise included mostly seniors and middle-aged couples, the onboard activities are varied enough for multi-generational groups and younger couples to also have a great cruise experience. I was sailing with my mom, and we ate dinner one night with a young couple in their 20's who were loving the Nieuw Amsterdam cruise experience as much as we were. They particularly appreciated the attentive service and elegant common areas on the ship, and weren't looking for the constant entertainment found on larger ships.
All the food we had onboard was very good, and I especially enjoyed the three exceptional specialty dining options--Tamarind, the Pinnacle Grill, and an Evening at Le Cirque.
Overall, the Nieuw Amsterdam is a great ship for cruise travelers of all ages.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary cruise accommodation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, Tripsavvy believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.