Nieuw Statendam Cruise Ship Review

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Ship Review: A Voyage of Elegance and Culinary Delights

Embarking on a journey aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam is to step into a world where timeless elegance and modern sophistication coalesce. This detailed review delves into the myriad aspects that make the Nieuw Statendam a standout choice for discerning travellers seeking a luxurious cruise experience.

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Timeless Elegance Meets Modern Sophistication

From the moment you step aboard, Nieuw Statendam’s meticulously crafted ambiance is palpable. The ship marries intricate artwork, soft lighting, and grand architecture to create an inviting yet sophisticated environment. This harmony of contemporary aesthetics with touches of cruising’s golden era is a visual feast, evoking a sense of timeless elegance.

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Accommodations: A Haven of Relaxation

Nieuw Statendam excels in offering a range of accommodations, from cosy interior cabins to the luxurious Pinnacle and Neptune suites, which provide exclusive access to Club Orange dining and the Neptune Lounge. Each space is a sanctuary of relaxation, a home away from home.

Verandah Staterooms: Personal Havens

The Verandah stateroom, spanning 228 square feet including the verandah, is particularly noteworthy. These staterooms offer high-end hotel luxury, complete with complimentary bathrobes, slippers, a mini-bar, shoeshine service, and Elemis toiletries. The Egyptian-cotton bed linens and premium mattresses ensure a restful sleep.

Verandah Stateroom Aboard Nieuw Statendam - Sail Away Magazine
Verandah Stateroom Aboard Nieuw Statendam – Sail Away Magazine

The Verandah: A Window to the World

A standout feature is the private balcony, offering panoramic ocean views and a front-row seat to the destinations visited. The modern amenities, ample storage, and numerous power supply options highlight the staterooms’ blend of décor, practicality, and comfort.

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Culinary Odyssey: A Feast for the Senses

Nieuw Statendam’s dining options are a gastronomic journey, catering to diverse palates with both inclusive eateries and specialty restaurants.

Main Dining Room: A Symphony of Flavours

The Main Dining Room, with its elegant décor and ocean views, offers a daily-changing diverse menu, combining traditional favourites with modern twists. The addition of premium options like lobster benedict adds a nice touch.

Lido Market: A Buffet of Freshness

The Lido Market stands out for its food quality and selection. Freshly cooked and thoughtfully prepared dishes create a vibrant dining experience, enhanced by the attentive staff.

Specialty Eateries: A World of Flavours

  • New York Deli & Pizza: Offers classic sandwiches, bagels, and pizzas, embodying the essence of Manhattan’s delis and pizzerias.
  • Dive In: A haven for gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and fries.
  • Grand Dutch Cafe: Reflecting Holland America’s Dutch heritage, it serves delightful pastries and snacks alongside rich coffees.
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Pinnacle Grill: Pacific Northwest Excellence

Pinnacle Grill, a testament to premium steaks and fresh seafood, is an experience worth the $39pp charge, ranking among the best steakhouses at sea.

Tamarind: A Journey through Asia

At $25pp, Tamarind presents a fusion of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Japanese flavours in a menu that is both authentic and innovative. This is by far the best Asian restaurant we have eaten at!

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Nami Sushi: Artful Sushi Creations

Adjacent to Tamarind, Nami Sushi offers expertly crafted sushi in an intimate setting, operating on Alacarte pricing.

Rudi’s Sel De Mer: French Seafood Mastery

Named after Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, this restaurant offers classic French dishes with a seafood twist, justifying its $49pp cover charge.

De Librije: A Missed Opportunity

Unfortunately, De Librije, despite its Michelin-rating, fell short in service and attention to detail, notably in accommodating dietary restrictions. A real pity, as every other dining venue onboard was pretty much a faultless experience.

Entertainment and Activities: Tranquility and Enrichment

Nieuw Statendam’s entertainment and activities cater to a more relaxed and mature audience, eschewing high-energy attractions for more subdued and enriching experiences.

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Destination-Focused Activities

The ship’s focus on destinations is evident in its extensive shore excursions and the unique Explorations Café, offering interactive destination exploration tools.

Relaxation and Wellness

  • Lido Pool: Main pool area with a retractable roof, hot tubs, and comfortable seating.
  • Sea View Pool: Ideal for sunbathing.
  • Greenhouse Spa: Offers a range of beauty and massage treatments, including a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite.
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Fitness and Sports

A fully-equipped Fitness Center and a Sports Court cater to active guests, with a variety of included fitness classes.

Children’s Entertainment: Limited but Quality

While the children’s club is smaller compared to family-focused cruise lines, it offers quality activities suitable for a more adult-centric cruise line.

Evening Entertainment: A Rich Tapestry of Performances

Nieuw Statendam’s evening entertainment is a highlight, with the World Stage Theater offering Broadway-style shows and unique performances like BBC Earth in Concert.

Music Venues: Diverse and Enthralling

  • BB King’s Blues Club: Offers soulful and upbeat music performances nightly.
  • Lincoln Center Stage: Features classical contemporary music in a sophisticated setting.
  • Rolling Stones Rock Room: For Perfect venue for your favourite rock classics.
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Service: Unparalleled and Personable

The service aboard Nieuw Statendam is consistently outstanding, from the attentive bar service to the impeccable dining staff.

Connectivity at Sea: Fast and Reliable WiFi

The Premium WiFi package, at $34.99pp per day, offers fast and reliable internet connectivity, a significant improvement over previous experiences.

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Conclusion: A Memorable Journey on the Nieuw Statendam

In conclusion, Nieuw Statendam offers an unforgettable cruise experience, balancing luxury, relaxation, and culinary delights. It stands as a favourite among cruisers, a testament to Holland America’s commitment to excellence and a perfect venue for significant life events, such as the exchange of vows. The Nieuw Statendam is not just a cruise; it’s an experience that lingers long after the journey ends.

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