Cruise to Panama on m/s Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryWe have cruised several times on other cruise lines so this was our first time with Holland America. Since it was supposed to be "a step above" some of the others, we were looking for a little bit better experience. We did have a great cruise, but did not find that it was any better or worse than other cruises. The stateroom was a little larger, but that could have been just the ship and can't speak to all of the Holland America ships. Also, there were a few more minor mistakes than on the other ships we have sailed (i.e. our cabin was missed a couple time when daily newsletters were delivered and we had to ask for it, there was no bottled water in our room when we sailed, etc.). We did feel, however, that the evening shows were excellent and having chats sessions during the cruise with the people in the shows was interesting. The food was excellent and we liked the fact that the same foods were served in the buffet (plus more) as in the dining room so that if you chose the buffet on formal nights you didn't feel like you were missing something.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Excellent variety of evening shows
Cons: Daily activities were repetitive after 4 days at sea