Last week I was fortunate to travel on this beautiful new ship with Holland America Line! Here are a few highlights we enjoyed while on board!
Being that we were born in the 70’s, my husband and I really enjoyed the new venue, The Rolling Stone Rock Room! We found ourselves between here and the BB Kings Blues Club (also a favorite of ours) each evening!
The ship is beautifully decorated, and we really loved the artwork on board. From the glass sculpture by the casino of David holding a cell phone to the portraits of Frank Zappa, Dave Grohl, and Bob Dylan portrayed as old sailor uniforms. The music theme on this second Pinnacle Class ship is beautifully highlighted throughout the ship with art, design, and with the staff.
We stayed in a Vista Suite on this sailing. These cabins offer a little more square footage than a balcony cabin. We enjoyed the extra space and the large balcony. My husband likes to sleep in when we are on vacation, so I would get up and dress for the day, grab a piece of fresh fruit that was complimentary in our cabin and would sit out on the balcony each morning. There is nothing more refreshing than alone time on your private balcony watching the sun come up and the gentle roll of the waves. We also enjoyed the flat screen tv that was hung in front of the bed, as we like to watch all the just released movies at the end of our evenings on board many nights. I know this sounds silly, but we have been on many cruises and in cabins where the tv is position in places in the cabin where we can't seen it if we are laying in bed.
The staff on board was terrific. They all were the first staff on the ship and helped in the completion of the ship load in when she first sailed out from build. They are extremely proud to be part of all of that and it reflects in everything they do on board! We had great service throughout the ship but there were areas that they were implementing some new technology and I think it was slowing them down as it was new to them. Other than that, it was the same wonderful service we have come to love on Holland America Line.
I would recommend the Nieuw Statendam, or its sister ship, the Koningsdam, to any client looking for a great ship to sail on. I have a secret or two about these ships that I would be willing to share but only for those that are booking their cruises with us! We found a few gems that are definitely staying in my playbook for future Holland America Line cruises!
Our itinerary this week was round trip from Ft Lauderdale, and we visited Grand Turk, San Juan, St Thomas, and their private island Half Moon Cay. A great week out of the cold and in some wonderful Caribbean warm waters! A much-needed break from the office!
Leigh Ann Arnholt