Please give us a review when you get back. We will be on the Nieuw Amsterdam Oct 2011 out of Venice and will be curious what your impressions are. We've always sailed with RSVP so this will be our first transatlantic and first mainstream cruise. Although we enjoy sailing with RSVP we want to try a more varied itinerary. We are a tad concerned going on a mainstream cruise, but having sailed on HAL multi times the staff has been top notch which I can't believe just occurs during RSVP cruises.
Have a great trip.