I recently embarked on a special five-night cruise, exploring the enchanting Mediterranean Sea aboard Holland America Line‘s Nieuw Statendam. This review will guide you through my incredible five-night voyage.
On my first day, I flew to Lisbon and transferred to The Port of Lisbon. After a swift check-in, a friendly Guest Services representative escorted me to my Veranda Suite. I received a brief tour of my suite, complete with a balcony. The suite boasted a bright, luxurious ambience and included a walk-in shower.
Following unpacking, I headed to the Panorama Bar for my first cruise cocktail, a delightful Cosmopolitan. I must admit, it was exquisite! The bar offered a surreal 180-degree ocean view, a perfect backdrop for an enjoyable Tuesday evening. Later, I dined at the main buffet, indulging in Asian-style noodles, stir-fried beef, and sautéed chicken. After this delectable feast, I danced the night away to the best R&B hits at BB King’s Blues Club as we sailed towards the next port of call, Cadiz.
After a restful night’s sleep, we docked in Cadiz. Before disembarking, I enjoyed a buffet breakfast with various delectable options. The day was filled with exploration, from markets and cathedrals to the narrow streets of Cadiz and, of course, the lively Spanish bars.
For a mid-day energy boost, I savoured a burger from Dive-In, with The Back Flip burger being a frequent choice. Returning to my suite to prepare for dinner, I relished lamb rump with lightly seasoned vegetables, followed by a delectable Princess Cake for dessert. The evening continued with delightful music and entertainment at the bar and BB King’s Blues Club.
The third day was a Sea Day, affording me a leisurely morning before heading to the buffet to prepare for the day’s adventures. I attended a mixology class in Club Orange, crafting three delightful drinks.
Returning to my suite, where I prepared myself for a formal evening at Tamarind, the ship’s speciality dining option. For starters, I chose a satay sampler, divine in taste. The main course featured Panang red curry coconut chicken with wok-seared vegetables and roasted peanuts, followed by an assortment of cheesecakes, homemade sorbets, and possets for dessert.
The night continued with music entertainment at BB Kings Blues Club, complemented by an array of exquisite cocktails.
Upon arriving in Barcelona, the overcast weather called for a relaxing morning. I enjoyed a late lunch of beef and chicken tacos before taking a quick cruise bus journey to explore the famous La Rambla street and all that Barcelona had to offer.
In the evening, I joined a bingo round with the topic being Europe (unfortunately, no wins) at the Rolling Stone Rock Room. Later, I relished an Indian-themed dinner at The Main Dining Room, with a delicious Lamb Madras Curry and sides. I capped off the evening on the top deck, watching the sunset as we sailed towards Civitavecchia (Rome).
On the final sea day, we cruised the Mediterranean Sea to the last port of call, Civitavecchia (Rome), where disembarkation would commence. I made the most of my last day by visiting the second officer and the captain on the Bridge, gaining a behind-the-scenes glimpse.
After an informative afternoon on the Bridge, I enjoyed my last meal at Holland America Line’s speciality dining, the Pinnacle Grill. I started with lobster bisque, a newfound favourite. For the main course, I savoured a rib-eye steak with assorted sides, truly the best steak I’ve ever had. A chocolate souffle with custard on the side perfectly ended my three-course farewell meal aboard Nieuw Statendam.
To cap off this incredible journey, I spent the evening at The World Stage, watching the phenomenal Step One Dance Company perform. After the spectacular show, my friends and I continued the festivities at BB King’s, sipping drinks and dancing to R&B music one last time. It was a splendid conclusion to an unforgettable trip.