Zaandam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Zaandam 18 Night Eastbound Panama Canal Cruise

Sail Date: September 15, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We really enjoyed the entire cruise experience - stateroom was comfortable with good storage, food was good, service was good, some of the entertainment was really good.  We met lots of really nice fellow passengers - especially in the dining room with Open Seating dining.  We LOVED  Open Seating Dining - it allowed us to meet different people and we never felt rushed to be in the dining room at a specific time.


The staff did a great job handling luggage at embarkation and debarkation.


We were surprised that room service was available on debarkation morning - we ordered full breakfasts; poached eggs, an omelet, fresh fruit etc. and actually received it at the time we specified.  We have never seen a cruise line offer that on the last morning.  Nice touch.


When we booked our trip we were thinking 18 nights might be too long for a cruise, but by the end we didn't want to get off the ship.  We were spoiled.

Ship Quality
Some drydock work started before we got off
Food and Dining
LOVED Open Seating dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Great storage. Lighting/electrical not so good.
Service and Staff
Very pleasant and eager to please
Some better than others
Children's Programs Didn't use
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Seattle or SFO would have been better than Astoria


We enjoyed everything that we participated in.

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