Did you know New York used to be called Nieuw Amsterdam? There’s no escaping this heritage on board the Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship. One of Holland America Line’s finest mid-sized vessels, she exudes much of the Big Apple’s charm.
Launched in May 2010, she is the fifth ship to bear her name; the very first Nieuw Amsterdam set out to sea in 1906 - be sure to keep an eye out for memorabilia on board.
The Nieuw Amsterdam specs
Weighing in at 86,700 tonnes and measuring 929 feet in length, the Nieuw Amsterdam is classed as a mid-size vessel. She accommodates a maximum of 2,106 guests and has a 929-strong crew. Her maximum cruising speed is 23.9 knots.
Inside the Nieuw Amsterdam
The Nieuw Amsterdam’s links to New York are evident in her interior decor. Step inside the Manhattan Dining Room and you’ll immediately notice the ‘Big Apple’ colour scheme. Meanwhile the $3 million art collection is home to many beautiful depictions of this big, glamorous city.
The restaurants, bars, lounges and other public spaces all make the most of natural light where possible, and are often decorated with beautiful fresh flowers. Little touches like this do a lot to create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.
Things to do on board the Nieuw Amsterdam
Don’t pack too many books - you’ll want to make the most of the activities on board. When you’re not relaxing by the pool, you could be watching a world-class cooking demonstration at the Culinary Arts Centre, listening to live music at the Explorations Cafe or attending a computer course at the Digital Workshop powered by Windows.
As the sun sets, some of the activities start to wind down, but only to be replaced with a dazzling array of entertainment options, such as live music, formal nights and the Holland America Line’s renowned Dancing with the Stars: At Sea competition.
Nieuw Amsterdam restaurants and bars
From Italian classics to modern American-style comfort food to delicious Asian-inspired dishes, your taste buds will be spoiled for choice on board the Nieuw Amsterdam. With a total of seven eateries, as well as a few venues offering light snacks, you’re definitely not going to go hungry!
The bars are a great place to socialise, day and night. The Nieuw Amsterdam is always well-stocked with fine wines, cold beers, fresh cocktail ingredients and premium spirits, as well as several quality non-alcoholic options.
Nieuw Amsterdam itineraries and shore excursions
How does snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas sound? Or what about a tour of Gaudi architecture in Barcelona? Maybe a hike up Mount Vesuvius? These are just some of the amazing shore excursions available from the Nieuw Amsterdam. The exact excursions will of course depend on your destination, but you can expect a good mix of historical, cultural, scenic and family-friendly tours at all ports.
There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep, something the Nieuw Amsterdam designers must be in full agreement with, as each of the 1,053 cabins are fitted with Sealy Euro-Top mattresses and hypoallergenic pillows.
No matter whether you are in a 141 square feet interior cabin or a 1,000 square feet penthouse, you can expect great service on arrival. Small gestures such as fresh fruit and chocolates go a long way to making you feel at home. All cabins are equipped with a flatscreen television, air conditioning, a safe and a telephone.
Treat yourself to a special holiday in one of 114 suites. Ranging from 398 square feet to the 1,000 square foot penthouse, these luxurious rooms are spacious, comfortable and offer some of the best views on board. Suite guests also benefit from extra perks such as priority boarding and free laundry.
Dining included in your Nieuw Amsterdam ticket:
Specialty dining (not included in your fare):
Nieuw Amsterdam by day
Daytime entertainment options largely centre around the ship’s enrichment programme, which features informational courses about everything from computer skills to arts and crafts. However, the real highlight of this programme is the Culinary Arts Centre. Presented by Food and Wine Magazine, this centre is home to live cooking demonstrations. Learn how to create exceptional meals and discover delicious matching wines. This is the perfect day out for any foodie.
Nieuw Amsterdam pools, spas and gyms
If you love to spend your days relaxing by the pool, deck 9 is the place to be. Here you will find both a family-friendly and an adults-only pool, as well as several hot tubs, showers and the Sea View Bar. The entire pool area has a retractable roof, so you can enjoy these facilities rain or shine.
The Greenhouse Spa & Salon is also located on Deck 9, and features amazing treatments by European-trained spa attendants. Alternatively, relax and unwind in the spa’s thermal suite, which features a hydro pool and a sauna.
Keeping fit is a breeze at the gym (also on Deck 9), with trained fitness instructors on hand to help you create the perfect workout. Guests can also take their pick from a range of fitness classes, including weights, stretching, pilates and yoga. Sports courts are located on Deck 11 and there is an outdoor promenade on Deck 3.
Nieuw Amsterdam nightlife
Be sure to reserve some energy for a few late nights - you don’t want to miss out on the ship’s amazing array of live entertainment. Particular highlights include the B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge. Dance the night away to funky, soulful tunes - the “best of Memphis music”.
If you love dancing then you absolutely must enter the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea competition. This is held across all Holland America Line vessels and has a popular following. After you’ve perfected your moves with a few free lessons, why not strut your stuff in your ship’s contest? If you are good enough, you might progress to the yearly Champions Cruise!
Non-dancers can sit back, relax and enjoy the show, or seek refuge in the casino, cinema or one of the ship’s many other bars and lounges.
Nieuw Amsterdam for families
The Nieuw Amsterdam is particularly popular among families during the school holidays and warm summer months. It’s not hard to see why - with a range of children’s activity programmes, comfortable interconnecting suites and delicious kid-friendly menus, a family holiday has never been easier.
Club HAL is a fun retreat for kids aged 3 to 12. Here your children will be entertained by the expert minders, who put on activities such as arts and crafts, bingo and pajama parties. Meanwhile teenagers will love hanging out in the Loft, a stylish lounge area with plush chairs, the latest music, video games and even a disco area.
Come nighttime Club HAL operates an After Hours programme. Parents can enrol children aged 3 and over for a cost of $5 per hour. In-cabin babysitting is also available, but please be aware that spaces are limited. The cost varies depending on the number of children.
The ship itself is tastefully decorated and kept scrupulously clean. The boarding and delivery of luggage went without fuss and our holiday began as soon as we boarded. The staff were attentive, if not always knowledgeable. This cruise line seems to market towards the older generation (>60) and the
entertainment and food reflects this. We chose 2 back-to-back Mediterranean cruises, each one leaving from Venice but following different routes. We stopped nearly every day at a different port, something that we prefer (rather than days looking at nothing but ocean). The food was good quality, but repetitive to the point of becoming tiresome. We ate in the dining room a few times but found it difficult to book a table or stay seated with our group of 6. We eventually gave up and chose to eat in the Lido bistro restaurant upstairs which is where we encountered the repetition of food. It seemed like they'd cornered the world market of beef tenderloin and pork belly because each was served every other night. The crew were attentive although it's clear that alcohol servers are paid a bonus on what they can sell because they try to upsell, sometimes to the point of being pushy. Overall the cruise was fantastic, we had a great time visiting so many different places. I'd recommend Holland America to the older generation who like a bit of luxury, peace and quiet...and who like "meat and 3 veg" style food.
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows. Suites SQ10005 and SQ10006 have 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed. Approximately 506–590 sq. ft. including verandah.
Room Amenities-Include all the stateroom amenities, plus:
Spa Amenities include:
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. G-category staterooms have partial or fully obstructed sea views. Approximately 169–267 sq. ft.
Room Amenities-Include all the stateroom amenities, plus:
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to ceiling windows. Approximately 213–379 sq. ft. including verandah.