Great South American Adventure

Zaandam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5

16 Night South America Passage (Rio De Janeiro To Santiago)

Sail date: November 01, 2017

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2516

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Great cruise....very relaxing, excellent weather , not too rough anywhere. FIORDS were the highlight for me....glacier alley particularly.Holland america ZAandam was a very comfortable ship.


4 out of 5
Ok...was on in reasonable time

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room open seating was good. Food reasonable portion sizes, good options for each course. Good choice of wines. Excellent service by wonderful crew......

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Played cards in Hudson room....good having special card tables. Excellent digital workshops on Windows 10 with super teacher, Claudia. Entertainment good standard. Hot tubs great but 8 a.m. start a bit late.


4 out of 5
Cruise Director great...not over the top! Dancers, singers and band excellent. Tango dancers superb. Enjoyed most of the entertainers. 45 mins good length for shows.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Outstanding! Very humble, friendly and customer focussed!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Good shop size....not too many people! Very comfortable and charming. Always very clean and well maintained. Didnt have to fight for a chair anywhere!

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Comfortable and spacious. Two portholes ok but would much prefer one large window! Close to front lifts.Warman, cabin steward, so obliging!getting into bath for shower could be difficult for some!....but handrails there if needed.

Ship tip

Enjoy this beautiful ship and all it offers you.

Ports of call

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

4 out of 5
Yes but before the cruise! Felt safe and enjoyed Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, even though very windy!

Punta Del Este, Uruguay

4 out of 5
A lovely resort town......walk it!

Buenos Aires, Argentina

4 out of 5
Great Tango Show and steak dinner

Montevideo, Uruguay

3 out of 5
Boring....did hopon hop off bus....everthing pretty grey and heaps of graffiti

Stanley, Falkland Islands

5 out of 5
Loved it. Very desolate. Excursion to rock hoppers was awesome. People great!

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

4 out of 5
Lovely. Did excursion to Tierra Del Fuego...very scenic.

Punta Arenas, Chile

4 out of 5
Interesting town but not much open on a sunday. Try pisco sour!

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
Had a driver for 4....Juan Humberto booked through tripadvisor...excellent. very scenic and lunch of salmon was amazing.....volcanoes and very changeable.

San Antonio, Chile

3 out of 5
Just a port. Did an excursion to Santiago and around town! Interesting city. Would have preferred to visit wine area and Valparaiso en route to airport.


5 out of 5
Very efficient.
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