This is HA newest and largest cruise ship and we wanted to try it after having done the Volendam in December 2018. Happy that we did.
Embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly. We arrived in FLL the day before, which allowed us to arrive at the ship about 1 pm when embarkation was just beginning, so it went smoothly.
We miscalculated on disembarkation. We had booked a 8:50 AM flight from FLL to IAD. We took our luggage and rolled off the Nieuw Statendam at 7:30 AM, grabbed a taxi to FLL, but couldn't get our luggage checked in time, in time being 8:30 AM, and thus we couldn't get our boarding passes in time either.
We got lucky; there was a 1:05 PM flight from FLL to IAD and we were able to check our luggage and get our boarding passes for that flight.
The World Stage theater was very impressive, cutting edge, and entertaining.
The décor of the Dining Room was somewhat spartan to our tastes. But the food and service and our table mates were all outstanding. The social interactions added so much to our cruise experience.
The live music at the Rolling Stones and the B.B. King and the Lincoln Center Stage, and the twin piano players played to full houses.
Our Vista Suite was obviously new and well designed. The tv screen was 55 inches. On the Volendam it was 30 inches.
We missed the library that was on the Volendam, but was absent, or radically downsized, on the Nieuw Statendam.
FWIW, we are Platinum members on RCCL, but now we prefer Holland America. It caters to an older demographics and Holland America knows how to appeal to us seniors really well.
It's somewhat small but very well laid out. The bed was comfortable. There was more than enough storage space.
The bathroom was small but very well laid out. The towels were sumptuous!
The cabin attendants were great and we tipped them accordingly, as we also did our dining room wait staff.
Port Everglades has the embarkation and disembarkation down to a science, what with 8+ cruise ships arriving/leaving every weekend!
Experience was fine, but the sun was intense. Bring your sun screen!