not up to HAL past standards

Zaandam Cruise Review to Mexico

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Sea Of Cortez (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 10, 2011
Ship: Zaandam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
entertainers were not well chosen--schedule of certain activities were scheduled always at dinner time--
embarkation was a mess and very poorly supervised -especially with luggage-
help for people needing help was available and done with a great attitude

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
dining room; food was good-not great--breakfast and lunch service was very spotty-
Lido was good, service very good,help given graciously when needed
dining room--where was the crew member with mints and fruit after dinner?
it was there once--every other cruise with HAL had it every night--a little thing but representative of cutting back for the passengers


3 out of 5
dancers and singers were very good
other evening entertainment was mediocre--and where was a comedian?--a ship should
always have a stand-up comedian
trivia:only once a day--there are a lot of trivia fans who travel with HAL--prizes (while not important) were poorly thought through--

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
lido staff excellent
help getting off ship was remarkable (I needed use of a cane and help was always there
when needed)-special help on disembarkation was a wonderful treat

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
ship itself was very nice-clean, easy to get around--not too much walking to get to many
activities--never had problem finding table at Lido

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
very nice cabin--good location--
3 out of 5
spent two days there--one day too many
Don't Miss: have been there so oftenthat I don't consider anything "don't miss"
5 out of 5
Cabo San Luca -always a delight
Don't Miss: just walking around

Pros: ship itself was very nice

Cons: baggage embarkation was bad and some previous features of HAL were missing

Recommends Zaandam? Yes!

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