Following my first cruise with Holland of America that I liked, I left Fort Lauderdale on December 6 aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam for a 7-day Caribbean cruise. Inaugurated in 2010, this mid-size ships offers beautiful modern rooms and common areas, decorated with pieces of art. The service is always excellent, however, I found that the quality of the food was less than on the ms Maasdam. A 7 -day stay is too short to enjoy the islands, it gives a good overview, but you must return as soon as one gets to reach of all the Eastern Caribbean.
Day 1: At sea
We discover the ship, take a tour of the kitchens, and relax on the deckchair.
Day 2: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
The ship is almost docked on the beach! We walk from the ship to the dock and arrive directly on the beach ahead, under the shade of palm trees. The water is clear and the sand is very fine.
Day 3: San Juan, Puerto Rico
We arrive in this bustling city, the police is very present to manage traffic and tourists that invade the city. We walk a few blocks and discover a Spanish colonial historic district, very colorful. We visit the Fort San Felipe, a citadel of the sixteenth century located at the most northwest point of the islet of San Juan and a world heritage of UNESCO. We try to see everything, but the sun sets and we must return to the ship, we will come back!
Day 4: St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. After San Juan, hard to be as amazed by the small town of Charlotte Amalie. It contains tons of duty-free shops for the cruise, but with the exchange rate, bargains are hard to find. We go up the 99 steps to the castle of Blackbeard, the view is beautiful. We must return to Magens Bay which is renowned internationally as one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches.
Day 5: At sea
Relaxing on the deckchair, cooking classes, tea at 3, walking on the promenade bridge.
Day 6: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
A dream! We are moored beside the Zuiderdam and a small boat takes us in less than 10 minutes to the private island. The beach and sea await us, you can rent a mattress to float all day in this great blue bath. Small tropical fish come to greet us. A barbecue is prepared for lunch and we regret to leave this paradise.
Day 7: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
We are back…