Zaandam Cruise Review to South America

Contributor Level: Second Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
6

Helpful Votes
20

3 out of 5

Just an OK cruise

Sail Date: February 18, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

 

The Zaandam and crew was fine but entree choices in the main dinning room where limited and became boring toward the end of the cruise (14 days). Sea conditions where very good considering how difficult this area can be but the weather in the fjords was limiting which is the luck of the draw. Ports visited where just average but seeing Cape Horn in sunlight was worth the trip.I wouldn't recommend this trip for a new cruiser since what you see is very limited. The Norwegian fjords are much more spectacular with Alaskan glaciers far better than what we saw. If you want to see glaciers at their best try and visit Tracy Arm in Alaska.

Fellow passengers help make the trip and we really had a good group on board. Many countries where represented and we had many good dinner conversations.

Holland America needs to pay attention to the embarkation process which can only be described as FUBAR. No organization with local staff that was very poorly trained and lines that never moved. It was so bad that my luggage made it to our cabin before we did which can only be described as a new low. The whole process was a mess considering most of the information was provided with online checkin. Printing out your own paper luggage tags I think could lead to miss directed bags.

The life boat drill was a complete waste since the noise of the port made it impossible to hear anything said. When this in conducted in an active port like Buenos Aries a written statement with the information covered should be handed out as you checkin.

 

 

 

 

Ship Quality
Older ship but very well maintained
Food and Dining
Got boring toward the end with many repeat dishes
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
ALL the crew where great
Entertainment
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Nothing special about any stop
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Use a local at the dock to take a tour and save some money.
Cruise Strait Of Magellan
Punta Arenas, Chile
No reason to stop other than having to stop after being in the Falklands.
Cruise Cockburn Channel
Cruise Beagle Channel
Cruise Glacier Alley
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
Cruise Cape Horn
Cruise Canal Sarmiento
Cruise Chilean Fjords
Better weather would help but the luck of the draw
Puerto Montt, Chile
No reason to stop
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Do some searching to find transport to Santiago. We used tours by locals and it was great and much cheaper than anything the ship offered


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