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Nieuw Amsterdam: A Luxury Resort Ship of Love and Romance, or How to Cruise on "HAL"

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Some toponymic changes have been made.

 

The Queen’s Lounge has lost its original name.

Now it’s "BB King’s BluesClub & America’sTest Kitchen" …. with Queen of Netherlands Beatrix’s statue bust and theRoyal Family portrait at the entrance...

This floor to ceiling wallpaper looks very intrusive IMO.

 

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Gallery Bar (new!)

 

The former Northern LightsDisco/Dance Club has become the Gallery Bar.

The space is completelyredesigned.

Now it’s a small lounge next to the casino.

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The single most visible change in this area is the conversion of the Piano Bar.

The bulkheads have been removed.

Casino bar removed (moved to the former Disco Club site).

 

Now this is an open space board to board.

The space includes the newly installed “dueling pianos” on the redecorated starboard side, and the casino (no smoking) on the port side.

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Ron - did you attend the Planet Earth in Concert performance? If so, how quickly did the theater fill up? It looks like the nights Planet Earth is offered several other performances go dark, which I assumes means a packed house.

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ronbe65- thank you a thousand times for this wonderful review. Those pictures are amazing. Since I am on board NA in December this thread is especially great for me. They seem to have done a wonderful job during the last refit! Your pictures for what HAL does not stand were hilarious and so so true! Don´t be bothered by those nasty comments- can do everything right for everyone! Thanks again for shareing your experience with us.

 

PS. I agree with the those large screens in front of the " View" - must have been an imbecile who decided to put them right there!

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What a wonderful primer on this ship. We will sail on her and with HAL for the first time in August 2019. I’ve come close to cancelling many times due to HAL’s reputation as a floating nursing home. We are an active, professional family with three young kids. This ship looks like it will suit us perfectly.

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The Lounge that is known as Silk Den Lounge shares the midship superstructure with the Tamarind specialty restaurant.

I believe the Silk Den is now known as the Tamarind Bar.

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Ron - did you attend the Planet Earth in Concert performance? If so, how quickly did the theater fill up? It looks like the nights Planet Earth is offered several other performances go dark, which I assumes means a packed house.

 

The theater's seating capacity is about 900.

It's better to come some 30 minuts earlier if you want the best seats.

This was the best performance (IMO) and the only one with all Nieuw Amsterdam musicians on the stage.

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What ship is next to Maasdam?

 

 

 

Obviously some ugly hotel.

 

 

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More changes...

 

The place for chamber music concerts has been more clearly shaped now (Deck 2).

The stage has migrated from the aft end to the forward end of the Explorer's Lounge.

A partition that separates the main passage way from the concert room has been added.

 

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The theater's seating capacity is about 900.

It's better to come some 30 minuts earlier if you want the best seats.

This was the best performance (IMO) and the only one with all Nieuw Amsterdam musicians on the stage.

 

Thanks - we'll plan for an early dinner and securing seats 30 minutes ahead of the performance! Looking forward to it.

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This is what I don't like about this change: this large scale Nieuw Amsterdam mural has lost a viewing point.

 

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A view from inside the concert room:

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I understand that there is no perfect decision for this colocation due to the limited space.

But what you see below is a pure mistake: the counter with flowers is blocking the rest of the view.

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We're looking forward to our first cruise on HAL in about 14 years on the Nieuw Amsterdam this coming Thanksgiving. We've been pretty loyal to Royal and Celebrity over the years. But, having completed our third sailing on the Oasis last week, the decline in the MDR food was serious enough that we stopped going about half-way through.

 

I know that all the mainline cruise lines have cut back on the MDR food and service. But, we're still hoping that we'll have something better on HAL in November. At the very least - we'll have something different if not that much better!

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A change that I cannot miss in the review

 

... is the new carpeting.

 

The famous elevator doors:

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The new carpeting: amazing work.

 

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A Ship of Artworks

 

The ship features an extensive collection of artworks.

 

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Nieuw Amsterdam Freestyle Dining: eat where you want, when you want, and with whom you want

 

Once an exclisive feature of Norwegian Cruise Line, "As You Wish Dining' ("any time dining", "your time dining", "my time dining"....) is now offered by almost all major brands.

The Nieuw Amsterdam is not an exception.

You can choose from Early Seating (5:15 PM or 5:30 PM), Main Seating (8:00 PM), and "Any Time". Within the "Any Time" option, you can have a table reserved for you for three nights, then extend it for three more days.

We'll start from the buffet.

 

The Buffet

 

We prefer the buffet for breakfast and lunch.

Dinner: probably 4 times out of 10.

 

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The omelet station and the number of ingredient to choose from.... you'll see it...

 

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Buffet Menu Samples

 

Dinner

 

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A pleasant surprise: pasta made to order.

The recipe is up to you.

I'm not a pasta eater, but it looked so tempting...

My choice: Alfredo sauce, Sea Scallops, and a spoon of Pesto Sauce on top.

What's a marvel! This is close to what we recently had in specialty restaurants on Oceania and Viking ...

 

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Late Night Snack

 

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If you don't like the Sweet Spot options from this menu, remember that this light panna cotta is available from the pizza station a few steps away:

 

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A few more random pictures from the buffet.

 

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Bread pudding is always available at lunch time.

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Main Dining Room

 

There is another toponymic change: MDR changed its name from "Manhattan" to "Dining Room" (that is closer to its original role on the ocean liners).

 

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Oriental motif in decor

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Note the space between tables

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Cruises is our vacation timethat is short and precious.

We are flexible as to where,when, and with whom to eat, and the Nieuw Amsterdam provides greatopportunities for freestyle dining.

However we have preferencesas well.

As the cruise time is short,we try to have the best of it.

We do not follow the MDRceremonial dining routine every night.

We were in the Dining Room forGala dinners, and for quick visits on the other nights to see what is going on,to try something we like… and of course to take pictures and review menus.

 

Dress code

From Holland America Line website:

 

Most evenings smart casual attire is appropriate.

Shorts, pool/beachwear,distressed jeans and men’s tank tops

are best left to the daytimeand are not permitted in fine dining restaurants.

Gala Nights evoke the grand traditions of cruising asguests dress

to impress for special eventson board, including a five-course

gourmet dinner in the DiningRoom.

For gentlemen, collared shirt and slacks are required in allfine dining restaurants .

For ladies, dressy attire isappropriate, dresses skirts and slacks are all

acceptable.

 

In the other words, no "formal nights" anymore.

 

Gala attire: Smart Casual

Other nights: just look civilized. That's enough.

 

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There were two Gala Dinners: Silver Menu and Gold Menu.

 

Silver Menu

 

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Some random pictures from MDR

 

Try MDR breakfast one time, just for a change, and to see that Eggs Benedict with crab meat still exist on the ship (used to be in the buffet daily)

 

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Pictures from MDR dinners

 

Amuse Bouche

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Escargot

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Foie Gras

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