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Selecting a Cruise for delayed Honeymoon: Nieuw Statendam or New Amsterdam?

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So long story short, my wife and I are approaching our 5 year anniversary. We never did a real honeymoon as well life was busy for us. We are finally in a position where we can sit back and relax. We are looking at taking a cruise in November 2019. I've done a search and narrowed it down to 2 possible options, Nov 23 on Nieuw Amsterdam or Nov 24th on Nieuw Statendam. This is where I need your help, suggestions, and input.

 

I have been on one cruise in my life, it was aboard the Volendam in 2000 (Alaska Inside Passage) when I was only 12. It was truly the time of my life. At that age, I was too old for Club Hal and too young for The Loft so I participated in neither and just enjoyed my time sipping orange juice in the Crow's Nest, watching the evening entertainment in the theater, and lounging about the ship while gorging myself on fantastic food.

 

My wife on the other hand has never been on a cruise, but I am certain that after one week onboard she will be hooked and we'll make this an annual tradition. Her first idea for a honeymoon was an all-inclusive resort, but those places tend to be lacking in entertainment and after 2 days of lounging on the beach you want more. As it is her first cruise, I did explore other options such as Celebrity, but I can't help but feel a large ship like the Solstice class will just be too much and will lack the intimate feel you can get on a HAL ship. I'm going with HAL not only because of my past positive experience, but my knowledge that you can still get away from crowds on a HAL ship and enjoy a quiet moment or two.

 

With that in mind, which ship would present the better option for a honeymoon? We're going to be booking balcony staterooms and the price is the same. I know these ships are larger than the Volendam that 12 year old me fondly remembers, but I figure they make up for that with the added music venues and specialty restaurants.

 

I apologize in advance if I'm a bit long winded here, but I eagerly await your comments.

 

Hands down NS, we are taking her in April 2019 can’t wait! I love new, yes it’s bigger, but it’s new!

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We have been on K'dam as well as NA and here is something to consider. NA is a more traditional looking ship dark woods etc......K'dam is more modern looking so you do have two entirely different looks Imo.

 

Celebrity is cool and all that done it a few times but HAL is better in some areas than Celebrity and Celebrity is better that HAL in some areas.

 

Have a great trip! Happy Anniversary!

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Hands down NS, we are taking her in April 2019 can’t wait! I love new, yes it’s bigger, but it’s new!
These ships are meticulously maintained and regularly refurbished. I'm not sure 'new' carries that much weight. I had the great fortune of sailing on the N.A. after its recent drydock, and it looked (and smelled!) like a new ship.

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