Over the summer we went on the Nieuw Amsterdam for the first time since they completely finished their refurbish. The ship looked beautiful with an elegant modern touch. The staterooms boast a more neutral color scheme with the traditional amenities and hospitality one has become accustomed to on HAL.
My favorite area on the ship was the Explorations Café which has replaced the Crow’s Nest. Now you can enjoy your specialty coffees, or an alcoholic beverage, with the beautiful views from the 13th floor. The shore excursion desk is next door and has been given a much more modern technological look.
The midship pool deck has the retractable cover (a wonderful option when cruising in Alaska). The pool bar and Dive In flank either side of the area. As always the Dive Inn never disappoints with delicious burgers and fries for a quick and easy lunch time option. There is also the aft pool with fresh to order pizza.
She has 3 specialty dining options. My personal favorite the Tamarind which is a pan Asian experience that explores flavors from Thailand, China, Japan, and Indonesia. There is also a sushi bar that is absolutely delicious. Canaletto’s is their Italian restaurant. The food never disappoints and it is surprisingly cheap at only $15 per person. The third option is the Pinnacle Grill which is your traditional upscale steak house meal. There are a few table side presentations which add to the experience. One night during the cruise on this particular ship the Pinnacle is turned into Sel De Mer, which serves a French seafood menu. It is simply delicious and is a must try! As always there is the main dining room and Lido Market for the traditional meal options.
Unfortunately as I was traveling with my children I did not get a chance to check out any of the evening entertainment but I overheard many guests discussing how much they enjoyed the shows and piano bar. BB Kings is a blues inspired lounge with great artist and a bar. There is also the casino and a handful of other lounges that boast live music.
There are quite a few spaces that can be used for private functions, a nice high tech meeting room, and the standard conference space that can be used for a variety of size groups.