billie: we just completed a SA cruise on the Amsterdam in January. It was terrific! GO! I will admit that the dining room fare was not to my liking for the first time in 8 HAL cruises, but I went on the cruise to see unique places and not for a perfect culinary experience---it might have just been me and my changing taste in foods. The food was good, just not appealing choices for me.
This was the best cruise we have ever taken and if you can wait to book one that includes Antarctica, it is defintitely worth the wait! Even without Antarctica, it is still a wornderful experience. Go and enjoy, and one other recommendation, get travel medical insurance for this cruise-it is a long one and if you need to be treated ashore or flown home, or even treated on ship, it is brutally expensive. I had to visit the infirmary twice on our cruise for the first time ever, and my travel insurance covered all of the costs, almost $600 worth! Also, dress in layers, you will be encountering 2 distinctly different seasons during the cruise-that was the biggest packing challenge. Hope this helps. Bill