10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: December 13, 2010 Ship: Zuiderdam Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship itself was beautiful and the perfect size. The cabin rooms were great and the cabin stewards were very helpful and attentive. The ship was generally clean, particularly in the common areas, and everything was very accessible.
The food wasn't fantastic in the general dining options - including nightly dinners, but there is were enough options to somewhat satisfy most customers. The hours for the buffet were a bit odd, as food wasn't always available when you were ready to eat.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Food options weren't as plentiful as I've seen on other cruises; the dining hours were very odd and food wasn't always available; quality was average.
3 out of 5
Ship entertainment was definitely NOT something I would recommend, however some of the external acts were decent and entertaining.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
You do not get a sense of anyone going "above and beyond" but rather, doing just enough to get through the cruise.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to see everything and walk around Willemstad. Within a short walking distance, you have tourist shopping, local shopping, and historical sites such as the museums and the swing bridge.
Don't Miss: Swing bridge, the colors around town
Very small island, and we experienced poor weather at this port, so all excursions/activities were cancelled. It looked like a beautiful beach that would have been a must see in warm weather.
Don't Miss: Relaxing at the beach
Be sure to check out the rainforest while here. There are several different options, but I would recommend ensuring that you get to the other side of Costa Rica (out of Limon) to see the sights. Limon itself has little to nothing to offer, so be sure to sign up for a tour or excursion when docked here.
Don't Miss: Get on a bus to the rainforest!
The Sea and See Tour was very interesting and gave you the chance to see a lot of the island. Aruba has many different cultures and histories across the island which were great to see.
Don't Miss: Underwater coral reef
Make sure you get the true Panama Canal experience. Being able to actually go through all three lock systems from the Atlantic to the Pacific, cannot be missed.
Don't Miss: Going through the entire canal in a smaller vessel
Pros: Cabin size was huge
Cons: The level of customer service and professionalism of the crew
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