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Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
Cruise Ship:
MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Review Profile

September, 2017
Wedding anniversary
Times cruised before:
56 - 65

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Childrens Activities:
Did not use
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What an amazing holiday. We booked this holiday to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary and the tour operator (Jetline Travel) certainly made sure we had a good time. We joined the cruise in Vancouver following a week long tour of Canada, which included a two day trip on the renowned Rocky Mountaineer train in the Gold Leaf service. On board the Nieuw Amsterdam, the balcony cabin we had was a great size, included a fridge and a spacious shower, and the balcony was plenty big enough to sit and relax, while eating afternoon tea. The food choices were excellent, in the waitered service and the self-service restaurants and the entertainment was good and varied. The excursion prices were reasonable and those we chose could not be faulted. Even on sea days there was plenty to keep us occupied, from cookery demonstrations to art exhibitions, and of course, eating and drinking! Add all this to the views, especially in Glacier Bay, where as it was very cold on deck for those of us wishing to take photos of the stunning scenery, the crew provided blankets and cups of hot chocolate. There was also a great 'cafe' serving pizzas which went down very well with everyone. 
If I had one criticism, it would be that the Nieuw Amsterdam does not have a laundry, and as you cannot take an iron on board you are pretty much compelled to buy the package that includes laundry and not everyone wants to pay for that. Although, we did use it on a couple of occasions and were really happy with the way our clothes were cleaned and ironed. That package did also include personalised, monogrammed bath robes, which was a nice luxurious touch and as they are yours to keep, nice to take on future holidays. All in all it was one helluva holiday!!! Absolutely 5 star!!! 
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