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Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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2 out of 3 Food above average, shiip/service above average, entertainment poor

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Review by RVA_PAUL

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

The FOOD:

Dinning room above average variety and tase.

Lido Buffet, way above average as each station has an active attendant that will prepare to order and/or place food on your plate. Passengers do not need to use tongs and get what they want instead simply ask and the attendant will place on a plate and give it to you. This resulted in food being fresh and at correct tempture and not over cooked..

The only negative was that no food outlets were closed by 11 so must return to state room and use room service.

The SERVICE:

At dining room, above average, quick, attentive, and pleasant.

At lido buffet, service above average, attentive, and pleasant

Drink service. A bit above average as there were servers who were around and would occassionaly ask if you would like a drink. At a level where you were not being asked every 5 minutes.

The ENTERTAINMENT:

Severly lacking.

3 Primary venues

- Billboard(piano bar) - Very Very lackluster. Low energy. There were two pianos. Each attended by a capable piano player but not by piano entertainers. At no point was the joint a rocking. Instead I felt like I was in venue were most in attendance were semi awake as the MUZAC played soft rock. Very little entegy or audience engagement demonstrated by the players(not entertainers).... a big difference.

So lame 1 piano would hav sufficed.

Closed by 11 most nights

- Rolling Stone Live 4 piece band

Bands were decent. But only did 2 45 minutes sets per night.

Closed by 11 most nights

- BB King blues

Good muscians and vocalist provided energized show.

Closed by 11 most nights

After midnight all bars were closed and all entertainment ended

- Main stage

Comedian - 2 shows by himself. Funny but not haliarious

Magician - 2 shows by himself which consissted primarily of jokes and a view average card tricks.

Dance shows - 2 shows 1 was good with lighting and stage affects. The other was more free form which I left early.

NO DISCO or any VENU/BAR where one may be a night owl.

By the stroke of midnight the ship referts to a floating hotel offering NO LATE NIGHT THINGS TO DO.


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Just grabbed a taxi that took us to hotel/beach with chairs and drink sevice. Much cheaper than anything HAL offered.


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