Zaandam

3.8 out of 5

Overview

Zaandam is a medium ship, carrying 1432 passengers and 615 crew, and sails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile.

Sails from: San Diego, California, Seattle, Washington, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cruises to: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska, South Pacific - Tahiti, Alaska - Inside Passage

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Alaska Interior Cruise

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All and all had a wonderful time! Got to see a place I've always wanted to see and met some wonderful people! Now that we have experienced it, we would opt to do the land portion before the cruise portion. We were really tired by the end of the two weeks and the relaxing nature of the cruise would've been just what we needed. Will definitely be going back to Alaska!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful Trip!

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The package we booked included lots of amenities, so we had a wonderful time without worrying about any of the details.  Alaska is indeed the last frontier, and was interesting to visit.  It is sad, however, that the glaciers are receding. I was disappointed that Glacier Bay was not the winter wonderland I expected.  The ports we visited were quaint and interesting to explore.  We enjoyed the rafting experience to the eagle preserve on Haines, gold panning and a salmon bake on Juno, and a self-guided tour of Ketchikan.  The cruise through the Inside Passage was breathtakingly beautiful! Entertainment on the ship was top notch and varied.  Food was delicious!  Our veranda room was spacious and had lots of storage spaces.  The bed was oh so comfy!  The bathroom was worn and could use some freshening up.  Staff were attentive and friendly.  Would definitely recommend this ship and itinerary to others.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Good time with the trip

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Our family of 5 had this trip last week and it was a great experience with this trip. The major good point are the food in the upper deck (Lido). We are vegetarians and tried the food in the dining room. The food in the dining room (5th deck) is OK but can be better, particularly when compared our experience with other cruise lines. The design of the ship, and the arrangement of the trip as well as the embarkation and disembarkation, are good. The shows are mediocre and the movies are old stuff. It can be better. But the shopping onboard is also good, better than expected. As always, the photos are ripoff. Overall, it is a good time.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

First time with Holland America but good experienced

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Our family of 5 had this trip last week and it was a great experience with this trip. The major good point are the food in the upper deck (Lido). We are vegetarians and tried the food in the dining room. The food in the dining room (5th deck) is OK but can be better, particularly when compared our experience with other cruise lines. The design of the ship, and the arrangement of the trip as well as the embarkation and disembarkation, are good. The shows are mediocre and the movies are old stuff. It can be better. But the shopping onboard is also good, better than expected. As always, the photos are ripoff. Overall, it is a good time.

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4 out of 5

Wonderful trip

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The scenery and location for this cruise are the highlights. The ship experience was fine, but nothing above average. The experiences we had with views and wildlife made this a memorable vacation. I was concerned with the lack of cultural diversity among the cruise guests. Perhaps Holland America needs to market to people of other ages, races, and backgrounds. This was a ship full of white-haired, white-skinned senior citizens.

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 1432

  • Total Crew: 615

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.33

  • Built: May 2000

  • Refurbished: 8 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 11

  • Total Cabins: 716

  • Cabin Categories: 62

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mhudak357
Contributor Level: Third Mate
May 28, 2015

Read all the information left outside your door or on your bed - all worth the time to be up to date on activities etc. Request a statement the evening of the last night at sea, it gives you time to check for errors and have them corrected before the final statement is processed.

Wildtrip
Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 02, 2013

Leave notes in your room for the steward to get things you need (i.e. extra pillow, more paper)

fladancer
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 25, 2017

Don't miss 3:00 pm High Tea. Go for open dining instead of a specific seating time. Bring a couple of bags. Eat at the Canaletto Italian Restaurant at least once.

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