Canada and New England Fall colors

Zaandam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5

11 Night The Atlantic Coast Southbound (Montreal To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: October 05, 2019

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6228

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This was a repositioning cruise from Montreal to Ft Lauderdale. This was a great cruise for us. I enjoyed the 3 days at sea sailing down to Florida, it provides some relaxing time to unwind and enjoy the trip. I highly recommend Holland America, however, be aware that it is definitely an older crowd. There were only 3 children under the age of 13 and then the next youngest was probably in their late 20s traveling with family. I would guess the average age of all passengers was probably in their late 70s.


5 out of 5
Went extremely smooth (we were the last ones on board because I made a mistake on the time to be onboard)

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
This was our 9th cruise, I think the food in the Lido Market and the Dining room was a little better than any other cruise.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I utilized the fitness center and the men's sauna - these were nice except the men's changing room was very compact. I also attended some of the Microsoft training sessions and learn about features that are already available on my computer.


5 out of 5
The Zaandam dancers and singers were amazing! All the other entertainers were great except for the guitar player/comedian.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Very attentive and friendly. It always helps to have a staff/crew that has a good attitude and is friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is due for dry-dock in about 6 months so I am sure they will be addressing some of the minor issues at that time. All the public areas were clean and well maintained. Our original stateroom needed to have the bathroom redone. We had to be moved to a different stateroom on the second night because of some other issues.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This is an accessible cabin with an extended balcony at the back of the ship. Very nice!

Ship tip

Do not reserve a stateroom on deck 1 at the back of the ship, ours was extremely noisy because the engines, propeller, A/C unit.

Ports of call

Montreal, Quebec

5 out of 5
Hop-on, Hop-off bus - nice tour of the city.

Cruise St. Lawrence River

3 out of 5
This was overnight from Montreal to Quebec, could not enjoy at night time.

Quebec City, Quebec

5 out of 5

Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence

3 out of 5
I thought we would be sailing close enough to shore to enjoy the Fall colors but we were too far away from the shore.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

5 out of 5
Went to the musical, Anne and Gilbert -- very well done, really enjoyed the production. It included a walking tour with an very informative guide.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

2 out of 5
Not much to see at this port.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
Hop-on Hop-off bus - very interesting city with lots of history.

Bar Harbor, Maine

5 out of 5
Tour of the Acadia National Park was wonderful!

Port Canaveral, Florida

1 out of 5
Nothing to do except the Space Center, which we have already done in the past. We did go to the Exploration Center, it is a very informative center, enjoyed it.


5 out of 5
Very smooth and quick.
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