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Zaandam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Zaandam

22 Night South America & Antarctica Holiday (Santiago To Buenos Aires)

Sail date: December 15, 2017

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1962

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Wonderful trip full of beautiful scenery and wildlife!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
The staff and availability of lunch was excellent. Though this was my husband and my third Holland America Cruise, we were somehow assigned twin beds in a cabin second from the last in the far back of the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We loved the Expedition Talks and went to every one! The Library and Fitness Center are great. Could use more Treadmills perhaps.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The Opera singers and Argentinian show were our favorites.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Bagus in Dining, Herry and Mugi as Room Stewards, the Captain, Bonnie, and Ryan were super! Every staff we encountered was outstanding.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
Though this was my husband and my third Holland America Cruise, we were somehow assigned twin beds (rather than a Queen bed) in a cabin second from the last in the far back of the ship. So we had separate beds the whole cruise. In addition, I could feel the ship vibrating almost all the time and the noise was loud much of the time. The room had a nice window and a tub, but we had no hot water for the 6 days around freezing Antarctica! I called several times but it was many days before I could shower or bathe in our own room.

Ship tip

Bring lots and lots of heavy warm clothes to Antarctica. (Face mask, wool sweaters, ski jacket, heavy cloves and hats).

Ports of call

Puerto Montt, Chile

4 out of 5

Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

4 out of 5

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

4 out of 5

Punta Arenas, Chile

5 out of 5

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

5 out of 5

Antarctic Experience

5 out of 5
Magical; fabulous wild land viewing!

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

5 out of 5

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

4 out of 5

Montevideo, Uruguay

4 out of 5

Buenos Aires, Argentina

4 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth and well organized
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