April 2016 - Zuiderdam to Transatlantic
Trans-Atlantic crossings on Holland America Line (HAL) are always wonderful, and this voyage on the Zuiderdam was no exception. Cuisine in the main dining room was exceptional - perhaps the best we've experienced on our four repositionings with this cruise line. The highlights of our cruise were daily mass, as Holland America always sails with a catholic priest, and the excellence in service by the Filipino and Indonesian crew - two top reasons why Holland America is our preferred brand for cruising. Entertainment and guest speakers were top notch - a variety surely to please all tastes. Disappointing on this voyage was the absence of two HAL traditions: Dutch pea soup and pictures with King Neptune in front of ship (perhaps due to rough seas) and the Captain's Black and White Ball, usually held on last formal night (no explanation given). There were some plumbing issues in public restrooms that persisted throughout the journey, wherein several toilets were constantly out of service. One day staterooms on our deck had no hot water, but the problem was resolved within 24 hours.