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Zaandam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5

10 Night The Atlantic Coast Northbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Montreal)

Sail date: April 24, 2019

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 3370

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This would rank as our least favorite cruise. Zaandam, which we have cruised on twice before, was tired and need some loving care (preventative Maintenance) The staff made the cruise. The weather was cold and windy, but then it is Springtime! Missing the day in Montreal was a bummer. Entertainment was not as good as expected.


5 out of 5
Easy almost walk on no lines

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main was great, Lido was also excellent

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Did not use them


3 out of 5
The shows on mainstage were average; Other than one piano player in the Ocean bar the entertain was average. The piano player, Joel, was excellent

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff, in all departments were excellent and always there to make your trip a wonderful one. They truly help you to Savor the Journey!!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
This was our third trip on the Zaandam. It has gotten tired and the preventative maintence has not been kept up. Still a fine ship BUT needs help!

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was also tired and needs some maintenance. Paint is missing in some places, one inset light was hanging down. We were, unfortunately, under the kitchen and had all sorts of night noises.

Ship tip

Coose your stateroom carefully Most are great

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

Boston, Massachusetts

4 out of 5
Did hop on hop off trolley. The day was a cold and windy day so did not hop off. The tour is a busy one covering a lot of territory

Bar Harbor, Maine Did not visit port

Did not want to tender in, have a mobility issue

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
We shared a private van tour . Bruce Cocrane tours. Excellent went to many places stopped and had lunch. I highly re3commend this tour.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
Shared a car rental! Great at own pace and visited everything we wanted to and even got out and was able to enjoy.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

5 out of 5
Shared a car rental. Great visit. All the typical tourist places. Had a good lunch in town and got to visit the St Dunstans Basicila. This is a must see .

Quebec City, Quebec

3 out of 5
Toured withn Viator coach tour like Boston we stayed on the move all the time. The driver pointed out every thing which to a new comer was not helpful to keep moving and giving history lessons, dates etc.

Montreal, Quebec Did not visit port

Our ship was not able to go to Montreal due to the river flooding. We were bused to the airport.


5 out of 5
disembarked to a bus and then to Montreal. The US customs and Immigration was done at the Toronto airport. Made getting back to Seattle really good.
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