Holland America Line is a cruise line traditionally associated with a mature clientele. However, in recent years, the cruise line’s offerings are more for the discerning traveler who appreciates the finer things in life, without all the fuss. Classy is what Holland America Line is all about. And it’s definitely on our list of cruise lines suited for the Romantic South Lifestyle. Sterling silver in the dining rooms, fine china, and Champagne at breakfast are just a few of the details noticed on a recent cruise with this brand.
Romantic South spent a few days cruising on the Nieuw Amsterdam with a brief Bahamas itinerary that included stops in Half Moon Cay and Nassau. While we would have enjoyed lingering a little longer to explore the ship, this was a wonderful introduction to what Holland America Line has to offer across the board for guests.
The ship itself went into dry dock right after our cruise, meaning the decor in the staterooms and a few common areas will be upgraded. These upgrades will offer a big impact for cruise passengers booked after December 20, 2017 who enjoy being pampered surrounded by luxurious interiors. Here’s a photo of our Verandah Stateroom (before the updates) and we’ll post a photo of a newly updated stateroom after completion.
We asked Holland America Line what will change on the Nieuw Amsterdam:
“When the Nieuw Amsterdam emerges from dry dock, the ship will debut the addition of several new public spaces and amenities, including Explorations Central (EXC), in the Crow’s Nest, the popular Music Walk venues Lincoln Center Stage And Billboard Onboard, the intimate Gallery Bar And a reimagined Lido Market. Furniture in all staterooms will be replaced and much of the carpet replaced. And all bathrooms in the suites will be completely redone.”
Our Favorite Things
HAL & O, The Oprah Magazine’s exclusive partnership – Throughout the cruise, passengers can check the “Where & When At Sea” left during nightly turndown service. It highlights O, The Oprah Magazine offerings on board the ship and during the cruise, such as morning meditation Just Breathe or afternoon presentations of Love That! Highlighting fun finds for travelers.
On Deck for a Cause was held on a sea day, and is an on board 5K walk to support worldwide cancer research.
Classic Afternoon Tea is always a favorite, and the Nieuw Amsterdam didn’t disappoint. If that’s not your cup of tea, the was an International Beer Tasting ($15), Martini Sampling ($4 each), and Sip & Savor offering tasty bites with wine ($4/glass).
The Piano Bar was always packed with laughter spilling out into the walkways. B.B. King’s All Stars put on a nightly show and there was dancing all around.
A fun evening was spent with friends at the Silk Den Lounge enjoying a nice cocktail before dinner at Tamarind ($25 fee) and admit it was one of the best meals of the cruise.
One morning, we ordered room service for breakfast and delighted to find a cooked breakfast was included as an option. Sitting on the balcony enjoying strong coffee and a good breakfast while watching the sunrise was absolutely one of the best memories.
Four days wasn’t quite long enough to learn all about this beautiful ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam. I did get a chance to walk through The Greenhouse Spa to take a peek, and it looked so relaxing! Hopefully, we’ll get to explore the Nieuw Amsterdam after her facelift or another Holland America Line ship to explore even more of the amenities that are on offer.
Special thanks to Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam for the hospitality and the memories.