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Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Line Cruise Ship Tour

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The 2100-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam is Holland America's newest and largest cruise ship. Similar in size and configuration to her sister ship, the Eurodam, this deluxe, midsized ship will certainly appeal 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.

Let's tour the Nieuw Amsterdam.

Nieuw Amsterdam - Cabins and Suites

Nieuw Amsterdam balcony cabin
Nieuw Amsterdam cabin (c) Linda Garrison
The Nieuw Amsterdam has numerous categories of cabins and suites divided into six main categories -- All of the cabin and suite categories have many amenities, and the size varies based upon category and ship location.

Nieuw Amsterdam - Dining and Cuisine

Nieuw Amsterdam Tamarind Restaurant
Nieuw Amsterdam Tamarind Restaurant (c) Linda Garrison
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: The Nieuw Amsterdam also has Slice Pizza, a casual pizza take-away restaurant and complimentary 24-hour room service.

Nieuw Amsterdam - Bars and Lounges

Nieuw Amsterdam Explorer's Lounge
Nieuw Amsterdam Explorer's Lounge (c) Linda Garrison
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

Nieuw Amsterdam Interiors - Elevator Lobby
Nieuw Amsterdam Interiors - Elevator Lobby (c) Linda Garrison
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.

Guests who love a good spa experience on a cruise ship will not be disappointed in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon. It offers all the standard treatments, and a large fitness center is just next door.

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.

Nieuw Amsterdam - Exterior Deck Areas

Nieuw Amsterdam Lido Pool
Nieuw Amsterdam Lido Pool (c) Linda Garrison
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

Nieuw Amsterdam at anchor in Santorini, Greece
Nieuw Amsterdam at anchor in Santorini, Greece (c) Linda Garrison
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. The ship sails the Mediterranean from either Venice or Barcelona in the late spring through the fall, and repositions to the Caribbean for the winter months, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale.

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, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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