Magnificent Antarctica

Zaandam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5

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

Sail date: December 17, 2018

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Really enjoyed being on the Zaandam. The chance to go to Antarctica is super special. Loved it!!


4 out of 5
Smooth and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Trivia, Spanish Lessons, Specialist talks by Antarctic experts, Sauna, Pre-port information - excellent range, was always able to find something to do if I wanted to.


4 out of 5
The performances themselves were excellent - great variety of shows which I really enjoyed. The Zaandam dancers costumes need a serious update.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Super service - felt very well looked after by all

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Layout was well organised and user friendly. Very clean although I was surprised and disappointed to find that the smoking was permitted in the Casino - gross. Also while handwashing was available all over the place there was little encouragement to use it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Terrific in all aspects.

Ship tip

Eat dinner in the Dining Room

Ports of call

San Antonio, Chile Did not visit port

Went from Santiago to San Antonio port direct

Puerto Montt, Chile

4 out of 5

Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

4 out of 5

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

3 out of 5

Cruise Chilean Fjords

4 out of 5

Cruise Amalia Glacier

5 out of 5

Cruise Canal Sarmiento

4 out of 5

Punta Arenas, Chile

3 out of 5

Cruise Strait Of Magellan

4 out of 5

Cruise Cockburn Channel

4 out of 5

Cruise Beagle Channel

4 out of 5

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Did not visit port

Winds too strong -couldn't dock.

Cruise Glacier Alley

4 out of 5

Cruise Cape Horn & Drake Passage

5 out of 5

Antarctic Experience

5 out of 5

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

5 out of 5

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

1 out of 5
Excursion bus broke down - still fighting to get money back

Montevideo, Uruguay

2 out of 5
We arrived on a Sunday and everything was closed. I think more things opened up (much) later in the day but by then we were back on board.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
Excellent. Very smooth
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