A Nieuw Amsterdam experience

A Nieuw Amsterdam experience

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We had a fantastic cruise on ms Nieuw Amsterdam, and thank you for the lovely gift on arrival!  We have done some cruising before, Pacific, Yangtze River, Nile River, Alaska, but this ship is far and away a class above any others we have travelled on.  Everything is lovely and new, the staff are always cleaning and polishing and it is all spotless.  The crew were very friendly and helpful and were able to remember our names after day 1 which is very clever I think, considering the number of people they deal with.  Our cabin was excellent, and just as the brochures described.  Roomy enough and with enough storage space, and the verandah was great on those days in port when I want to get away from all the people and souvenir shops.  Room service was always quick, and the cabin boys were amazing, they seemed to appear out of nowhere and know what we needed!

Food in the restaurants was very good, although wine was quite expensive and the wine service was often slow.  Generally drinks prices were what you would expect to pay, other than the wines.

We enjoyed the onboard entertainment and went to the after dinner show nearly every night.  The standard of the acts was quite good.

The pool decks were good areas to relax, and I found the deck chairs quite comfortable on several lazy days!

The itinerary was good and we enjoyed most stops, even if there was not a lot of interest at some places, such as Split and Kusadasi.  You can see too many ancient ruins!

Our favourite stop was Santorini.  If anybody asks you what to do there, hire a little convertible and go for a drive would be my advice.  You can see all the same places the tours go to, at your own pace, for half the cost.  Glorious weather the day we were there and it is hard to take a bad photo there!

Our next cruise will probably be on one of the European river tours, hopefully in late 2013. If you have any recommendations we would love to hear from you. We have a son who lives in Ottawa and intend to visit him in 2012.

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