Roadtrek Cruise on the Holland America, Nieuw Amsterdam, March 20th to 27, 2011
We didn’t know what to expect as first time cruisers, but Carol Ann from New Horizons Travel, Inc. and the Creagers made it so very easy. They were the perfect hosts throughout the cruise.
The 936 foot ms Nieuw Amsterdam carried 2094 guests and had a crew of 884 to provide our every need. The ship is new and was selected as “Ship of the Year.”
The eighty-five Roadtrekkers and guests checked in with Bill and Edna Creager to receive the cruise pins they personally designed and provided for us. We wore the attractive pins throughout the trip to help us identify each other.
Everything on this cruise was first class! The ship was sparkly clean and the international staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. Our waiters had our names memorized by the end of the first dinner. The food was tasty and the presentation was superb. We could have all we wanted (ask Dave Gottdiner-three lobster dinners & one filet at one meal).
The Roadtrekkers cocktail party was before our first formal dinner. Unfortunately, some of us didn’t leave our cabins that night due to seasickness. That first full day at sea had crosswinds of 41 knots all day and we were tossed and turned. Made for some tricky walking around the ship as we received those gusts. Things were much better the next day and serene by the end of the cruise. We learned that Bonine, Travel-Eze wristbands, soda crackers, beef broth and ginger ale all help those with queasy stomachs and spinning heads.
We made stops at Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Each of these ports had a variety of interesting shore excursions & shopping available.
We truly enjoyed our first cruise and look forward to our next. Thanks again, Bill and Edna, for a job well done.