Beautiful scenic cruise but ship has operational issues
Zaandam Cruise Review to South America
The cruise met and exceeded our expectations for scenery. Views were breathtaking and captain did excellent job of informing us each day of what and at what time we would pass by scenic locations. Ship is just right size for this trip and staff was very polite and helpful.
However, AC was very poor in our stateroom. We were on deck seven and little to no AC in suite for the first three days. We were not alone ...it was an issue in many cabins we learned from talking with other passengers. It was pronouncedly bad when we were in warm climate portion of trip. I have been on more than three dozen cruises and never encountered such a problem. It was terrible to try to sleep. It was not acknowledged by staff as a problem. AC in activities area of ship was fine.
The dining room was clearly understaffed. You had to ask repeatedly for anything from iced tea (which was awfully weak) to cream instead of milk for your table. The waiters were very humble and kind but obviously overloaded every single night.
We took tours at every stop and found some good and some very poor and many were over priced for the quality we had expected from H-A.
In summary we loved the cruise itself but found the ship in need of attention in cooling system and dining room. Stateroom service was outstanding..
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