Statendam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

A less that good cruise

Sail Date: December 09, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship looked old, worn and tired. None of the fountains were working so the atrium looked like wasted space and the fountains looked silly with no water. They could have done something to at least dress them up with plants if they were not going to use them as fountains any more.

Pros: There was nothing on this cruise that I could say I truely liked

Cons: Almost everything, especially the food

Recommends Statendam? No.

Ship Quality
There was not a chair that was fit to sit in, all of them were so sagged and used that you felt like you were sitting on the floor. The stateroom was stuffy because the temperature control did not work and there was a sewer type smell in all the public area restrooms.
Food and Dining
Tasteless and unimaginative. The Lido buffet served virtually the same food day after day. The main dining room food was usually not hot and took forever. The desserts were either ice cream, or some sort of cake.
Entertainment was like something you would expect at a high school play not on board a cruise ship. Bars had musicians but the music they played was old not very entertaining, nobody was there most of the time.All they seemed to do was play Trivia and Bingo. The culinary classes were really dumb and the recipes they gave out were not followed. They were supposed to be 30 min but were never more than 15.
Children's Programs
I did not see any childrens activities listed in the daily newspaper. I don't think that there even was a childrens program.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our oceanview stateroom was quite nice except for the lack of temperature control since it did not work. It was somewhat stuffy and if it was warm outside the stateroom was warm if it was cold outside it was freezing in the stateroom.
Service and Staff
The housekeeping staff was very friendly the others were not and acted like everybody aboard was old and basically incompetent.

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