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FEBRUARY 10 – 17, 2019

Exotic islands meet endless fun when we sail in a “Nieuw” direction on one of the most popular ships we’ve chartered – Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam! Explore more of the Caribbean than ever as we sail to four gorgeous islands from gay-centric Ft. Lauderdale with 2100 gay and lesbian friends. An intimate ship size lets you truly connect with friends old and new with the perfect blend of legendary performers, fabulous parties, and plenty of time to simply relax.

Explore Four Magical Islands

Our newest cruise sails to the most beautiful and exotic islands in the Caribbean, starting with the first-ever visit to the picture-perfect beaches of Punta Cana. Powder-white sand and endless shores meet azure waters to set the stage for an idyllic day.

Vibrant San Juan invites you to explore the charming streets of Old Town or the sophisticated beaches in Condado, or discover the natural beauty just minutes from the city.

And if you’re in the mood to shop, the streets of Philipsburg on St. Maarten offer the best deals in the Caribbean. And the rest of the island boasts incredible tours, inviting beaches, world-class restaurants, and the distinctive flavor of both French and Dutch cultures on one majestic island.

After a relaxing day at sea, we’ll arrive at our own private island of Half Moon Cay, your only decision is whether find a chair on the luxurious beach or join a few friends in the crystal blue waters. Add exceptional snorkeling and a few sports options for the perfect day in every way.

Nieuw Amsterdam

This striking and magnificent 2100-passenger vessel will impress you with her panoramic ocean views, striking modern design, innovative dining, stellar entertainment venues, and spacious accommodations. It’s no wonder that she’s the favorite of our guests year after year.

 

SPACIOUS AND MODERN STATEROOMS

When you do finally return to your stateroom, you’ll enjoy a quiet, elegant retreat, with rooms larger than many in the industry. Most offer a private verandah and feature modern staterooms amenities including flat-screen televisions with DVD players, large bathrooms, luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, and 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Nieuw Amsterdam’s luxurious suites offer in-room whirlpools, spacious rooms with sitting areas, access to the private Neptune Lounge (suites SC and above), and much more.

And should you need anything, Nieuw Amsterdam’s pampering staff is just a phone call away. Let Holland America’s legendary service staff take care of your every need. Onboard the ships of Holland America Line, you’ll discover a cruise experience that is modern, fresh, and appealing – in an ambiance both timeless and refined.

 

NIEUW AND UNIQUE PLACES TO RELAX

Nieuw Amsterdam offers an amazing array of options for total pampering and relaxation in unique and innovative ways.

The striking main pool boasts plenty of space to relax, swim, and play, with plenty of comfortable chairs and cabanas. There’s even a full “magradome” roof that can be closed, just in case. Private cabanas are available on two decks, tastefully decorated, filled with amenities to provide an exquisite poolside retreat. There’s even a separate oasis called “The Retreat” located above it all!

On the aft deck of the ship the inviting Lido pool provides the perfect place for sunning, relaxing, and taking in endless ocean views. At night it transforms into an outdoor nightclub for the world’s best dancing under the stars!

The Greenhouse Spa & Fitness Center is the place to go for heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite. Soothe your tensions away in the relaxing hydro pool. And make time for a workout in Nieuw Amsterdam’s state-of-the-art fitness center.

 

OUTSTANDING AND FLEXIBLE DINING CHOICES

Nieuw Amsterdam offers an exciting blend of delicious options for all tastes and styles in an incredible choice of venues. As with all RSVP cruises, there is never an assigned table, dress code (that’s right…no formal nights), or dining time – you’re always free to dine whenever, wherever, and with whomever you like. The 2-story Manhattan Dining Room offers impeccable service and an extensive wine list to set the stage for sumptuous multi-course menus boasting a variety of cuisines from around the world.

Casual options abound, starting with the indoor/outdoor Lido Restaurant offering an ever-changing selection of freshly-prepared dishes to suit any appetite. From grilled paninis to sushi, from barbecued chicken to fresh salad options, you’ll find whatever you’re in the mood for.

For incredible poolside snacks, check out Dive In – the most delicious burger at sea! And New York Pizza delivers the perfect slice right when you need it.

If an entire day of exciting activities leaves you wanting something more, you can always order room service too, available 24 hours a day.

 

Something Special. And Delicious

If you’re looking for something special for a night of romance, or great friends, our three specialty restaurants offer a dynamic range of cuisines and settings.

The legendary Pinnacle Grill offers elegant and sophisticated dining in an intimate setting. Premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes, and an awesome wine list are the star here with an extensive menu highlighting skilled technique and amazing freshness.

Drop by Canaletto Restaurant for rustic Italian fare in an upbeat family-style setting, featuring fresh made pastas and other regional specialties.

And for authentic Asian cuisine, look no further than Tamarind with panoramic views of the ocean and mouth-watering food that will keep you coming back for more.

Please note that an extra charge applies for The Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto, Tamarind restaurants.

 

Healthy Options & Special Needs

For our guests with special dietary needs, RSVP and Holland America offer “Light and Healthy” menu items featuring meals low in sodium and cholesterol, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, fat-free, diabetic, or other special dietary needs meals, as requested.

 

MORE PLACES TO WATCH AND ENJOY

There’s no better ship for entertainment than Nieuw Amsterdam offering a stunning variety of venues in every size and style. The two-story main theater features our signature entertainers, along with Holland America’s spectacular production shows and variety acts.

The intimate BB Kings Lounge hosts our original RSVP cabaret entertainers, singers, and so much more. By day, it’s known as The Culinary Arts Center, featuring a demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by Holland America’s own Master Chefs or culinary guests.

Also you can’t miss Billboard Live, our authentic Piano Bar, where stars keep you singing along well into the night. Take in a movie in the onboard cinema or settle in to enjoy world-class classical performances at Lincoln Center Stage. And of course, no modern ship would be complete without a world-class casino, this one more Monte Carlo than Vegas with a sophisticated setting to try your luck.

Finally, head to the top deck where the Crow’s Nest, a stunning lounge with sweeping views, invites you to one of the most enticing bars you’ve ever seen.

The real fun is onboard

Of course, the best days of the cruise are enjoyed at sea. Start with a lazy brunch with friends. Wander up to our sunny decks, sparkling pools, and whirlpools to play and relax. Treat yourself to a treatment in the award-winning Greenhouse Spa. Take in a fitness class from our talented instructors, work out in the super-modern gym, or get your game on at our outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. Just save some energy for RSVP’s signature T-dances, pool games, and general good times all day long.

 

Culinary wonders reimagined

One of the best parts of any RSVP vacation is sharing a meal with friends old and new and you’ll find a breadth of remarkable dining options onboard. From the two-story main restaurant, to favorites like Pinnacle Grill steakhouse, Tamarind’s Asian specialties, and Canaletto’s rustic Italian, you’ll find something for every taste and style.

For a casual bite, the Lido Market turns out a never-ending selection of delicious treats day and night that always keeps you coming back for more. And of course, the absolute best pizza at sea, along with Holland America’s signature pool-side “Dive-In” burger bar are sure to satisfy any craving!

Every meal is designed for sharing great times, with no assigned dining times or tables. You’re free to dine whenever you want, with whomever you want. And come as you are since we have no stuffy dress codes!

 

Fabulous parties for everyone

Our world-class gay DJs play your favorite hits and more as we transform the outdoor back deck into a friendly and inviting nightclub under the Caribbean sky. Revel in our theme parties and T-dances ranging from a single color to the truly silly to the Costume Contest, a tradition that brings out everyone’s creative best. Watch our booked guests( http://rsvpvacations.com/caribbean-cruise/17#booked) page for more details about upcoming themes and ideas for this year!

5:00 PM

Start off the fun with style, on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. The city always rolls out the rainbow carpet to welcome us, with favorites Hunters, The Manor, and Village Pub ready to entertain you!

Relax and discover the magic of a day at sea onboard Nieuw Amsterdam. From a special brunch to wacky bingo sessions, it’s not a typical day on a ship. Indulge in the Greenhouse Spa or take in some rays around the Lido Pool. Just save some energy for our first T-dance this afternoon!

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches await you today with azure waters and true powder-white sand at your feet. It’s our first-ever call to this magical resort town.

8:00 am – 8:00 pm

San Juan combines the culture of a historic city with the lifestyle of a modern metropolis. Visit Old San Juan’s beautifully restored historic sites, go shopping or stop to enjoy authentic sangria and tapas. One of the gayest destinations in the Caribbean, San Juan features two gay beaches, a number of gay-popular restaurants and several gay bars.
Beyond San Juan, there are mountains, caves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches and a massive rainforest that supplies fresh water to the island.

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Valentine’s Day brings us to the unique island of St. Maarten, where there is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage. Add dozens of beaches and lagoons, luxury hotels, elegant villas, and over 300 restaurants and you may understand why St. Maarten is the most visited of all the Leewards. All the great chefs, European, American, or Asian vie to compete in this gourmet capital of the Caribbean, creating cuisines equal to the best of Paris or New York.

Our final ‘at sea’ day and no doubt, you’ll still want to explore Nieuw Amsterdam, but regardless…this day is totally yours. Enjoy the warm weather, see a matinee performance of one of the signature entertainers, enjoy a lick at the Bear Ice Cream Social, or just lounge in your deck chair until the sun sets. It’s all up to you.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our own private island is also known as Little San Salvador Island, a 2400-acre paradise that’s all ours for the day. The nickname “Half Moon Cay” comes from the island’s 2.5-mile crescent-shaped beach. With three on-island sports centers, you can either get really active or while away the hours under the sun. The choice is yours!

7:00 am

We’re back where it all started, beautiful Fort Lauderdale. With President’s Day Weekend in full swing and with most people off work Monday, the stage is set to enjoy the long holiday weekend. A favorite Sunday Funday thing to do? Brunch and afternoon drinks at Rosie’s Bar & Grill!

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