Statendam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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2 out of 5

Statendam cruise

Sail Date: January 14, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This ship was very old and had very little to offer.  Very little variety in the casino machines and allowed smoking everywhere in the casino.  First room we were in was very hot.  Next room vibrated so bad we had a hard time sleeping.  You could not sit in the theater seats without sliding forward.   

On the plus side, the crew was very good and the food and entertainment was good. The crew did everything they could to try to make us happy. This ship was being sold and a new ship will take it's place. This ship gave us a very bad taste for cruising Holland America. We will not cruise on Holland America again.

Ship Quality
Very old and not in good working order. Plumbing, A/C in poor condition
Food and Dining
Food was great. Took too long in the main dining.
Cabin / Stateroom
First room(807) was very hot. @nd room(158) vibrated so bad we had hard time sleeping.
Service and Staff
Staff did everything they could to try to make us happy. (Jody Becker) was great.
Only complaint was everything was geared to 80 and older croud.
Onboard Activities
Very little to do if you didn't use the pool.
Destinations and Excursions
Some were great and some were poor.
San Diego, California
Wish we had gone a day or two early so we could have seen more of the town.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Enter Panama Canal At Balboa
Panama Canal Transit
Didn't realize how fast the ships were raised and lowered
Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal
Cartagena, Colombia
Didn't realize what a large and moderen town Cartagena was.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Only went to the airport.


Lido food was very good. Only complaint, it was not open enough.

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