A Look Inside an Obstructed Ocean-view Stateroom on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam

November 24, 2015

For our recent transatlantic cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, we booked a Category H obstructed ocean-view guarantee. We were assigned to stateroom #4075, located in the center section of Deck 4, the Upper Promenade Deck. Here’s a look inside.  The first thing you notice upon entering stateroom #4075 is the lifeboat in front of the window. (NOTE: all Category H […]

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A Look at New York Pizza on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam

November 19, 2015

We just returned from a 12-day transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale on board Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship. During our eight straight days at sea, we got to check out some of the updates to this ship earlier this year. One of those updates was converting the SLICE pizzeria on the aft […]

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The Joys of Transatlantic Cruising

November 12, 2015

On November 2nd, we were scheduled to set sail from Barcelona, Spain to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship. Bad weather occurred one day in Barcelona, Spain recently. It was the day our ship was scheduled to dock and take on 1,100 new guests, including us. High winds and pelting rain caused […]

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Packing Advice for a First Cruise (to the Caribbean)

October 19, 2015

A first-time cruiser named Morgan asked for our advice as to what to pack for her 7-Day Caribbean cruise. Here is Mr. Jones’ packing checklist as we are heading out the door for a cruise or any kind of trip anywhere in the world: “Got your passport?” “Got your credit cards?” If my answer is “yes” […]

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