Nice but very moderate activity
Zaandam Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: November 10, 2012
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
We recently sailed Holland America Zaandam ship to Mexico out of San Diego. I didn't expect such an older crowd. My husband is 61 and we were among the youngest. I imagine because of this the activities were minimal. We loved the tennis courts(and they closed this court after 3 days) and volleyball courts but that was the only out door sport available. They did offer water aerobics and that was a good work out. I felt there could have been more outdoor activities offered. After 8 cruises, this one was by far the least active. We did enjoy the shows and they had a comedian ventriloquist that was awesome. The fact they didn't allow smoking in there bars was an absolute plus in my book. Normally we would love to join in the sing a longs around the piano on other ships but they allow smoking. This time we were able to enjoy all the bars including singing, dancing and just listening to music. The talent was wonderful.
On one occasion I asked for ice water from a bar attendant walking around taking orders. He informed me that he only delivers alcohol drinks. I was very disappointed. However, I found out from other guests that he was an exception and they WERE supposed to deliver any drink I requested.
The fact that you could walk around the entire ship on the 3rd floor was fantastic. Other ships we have sailed didn't offer this.
The crew were friendly but everyone commented on the lack of enthusiasm on the lido deck. They didn't offer trays which cut down on the amount you ate because you couldn't carry more than two plates at a time. I thought that was a good Idea, but I always had to make two trips when I had a bowl of fruit, a lunch plate and then needed a drink. I'm not sure how the elderly people managed. In my opinion, if you are used to being sedate and not wanting to move much, this was the cruise for you.
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Pros: We loved being able to walk around the entire ship without climbing stairs on the 3rd Floor.
Cons: The activities were lacking\, they closed down the tennis courts after 3 days. That didn't leave much to do while at sea.