DBA’s Cruise Diary: Day 2 – at Sea

DBA’s Cruise Diary: Day 2 – at Sea

Since we have now slept on the ship, I wanted to mention to anyone concerned about the mattresses or pillows as they are different than the other ships, that my head and body can’t tell the difference. Everything is just as comfortable. Even more so, the dispensers in the shower are extremely convenient for the shampoo, conditioner and shower gel and they are the same great Elemis products that have been featured for years.

The sea day began with breakfast in the Manhattan Dining Room, the enhanced menu which has been around for several months offering an impressive array of selections from bowls of cereal and cream of wheat to more traditional Japanese and English breakfasts among the selections. A nice leisurely breakfast on board was a great way to start a lazy sea day.

Many options are available on the sea days, from Digital Workshop sessions with the ship’s Techspert, athletic events by the pool, trivia games throughout the day and so much more. Many others decided to make it a spa day and I heard that the Greenhouse Spa and Salon were a busy center of activities as well. The spa likely so busy because there’s no reason to leave on a sea day and the Salon likely bustling because of the formal night that would come later that day.

The Screening Room.

I used the opportunity to explore more around the ship and get a few more pictures and after doing this for a while and comparing in my head where various art pieces were on Eurodam, we decided to stop by the Lido and grab lunch. Grilled tuna melts with provolone and Caesar salads made for a great quick lunch by the aft pool as DJ Brad had some musical trivia going on.

A couple hour nap and then it was time to start getting ready for the formal night approaching. Thanks to the pressing services onboard the ship I didn’t have to stress that my shirt and tie were a wrinkled mess when I unpacked the day before. Coordinating with our friends in a couple other rooms we headed to the Manhattan Dining Room at about 6:15pm. Open dining has been extremely smooth onboard and there was no wait as we were taken right to our table for 8. One big formal night change on Nieuw Amsterdam is the fact that the chair covers are a stretchy spandex-like material and this helped the dining room look even more sleek and sophisticated on this special night. Dinner was fantastic with jumbo shrimp cocktail, my favorite the French onion soup and ‘Land and Sea’ which is a beef filet and a couple jumbo prawns. I picked the cherry jubilee sundae and it was a great ending to the evening.

Entertainment was Cantare, truly the best vocal performance anywhere in the fleet. This group of 4 male singers has voices that go far beyond anything you would expect to hear on a cruise ship and the talent is deserving of a world tour. The song variety was diverse and the show ended with a double standing ovation. After the show, we went up to the Crow’s Nest to listen to guitarist Matt Murphy for a bit with a couple cocktails and then with Grand Turk arrival coming early the next morning, our group split up and we called it a night.

Entertainers take the stage.

DBA, our favorite HAL employee and blogger, is on board Nieuw Amsterdam and will be blogging from the ship during his cruise. To check out his blog, visit www.dutchbyassociation.com. Enjoy the posts!


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  1. Elyce March 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Hi, DBA. The Nieuw Amsterdam sounds wonderful. Do you have any idea if Cantare is a permanent fixture on the NA, or will they be going to another ship after the end of their contract?

  2. Suzanne March 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Sorry I missed these talented singers, I’ll hear them my next cruise..Looking forward to the next installment DBA..

  3. Alice Weaver March 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I am enjoying this blog. We depart Kobe, Japan (Volendam) on May 2 and I am trying to compare your reports with my expectations. Wish I had a “spy” on the Volendam too.

  4. Alice Weaver March 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Oh and a question about on board classes ( i.e. Digital Workshop or rumored cooking classes). Do we need to sign up in advance of sailing?

  5. Henry Wortman March 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    My wife and I along with another couple will be boarding the Nieuw Amsterdam on June 3, 2011 in Venice. Can’t wait.

  6. Fuat Baran March 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    My daughter and I enjoyed the Japanese Breakfast option. Yum.

  7. Marilyn Atkari March 28, 2011 at 12:09 am - Reply

    We leave this coming Sunday (April 3) for 27 days on this ship.. can’t wait!! nice photos.

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