Panama Canal cruise

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 04, 2011
Ship: Zuiderdam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 6 years ago

We cruised on the Zuiderdam in November 2004 when the ship was much newer. It is still nice and I enjoyed the in-depth optional tour very much, but newer ships are nicer.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We enjoyed the Vista Dining Room, Deck 2 every evening; loved the food and service. Lido did not seem as good of selection or service as we remembered from earlier cruise.


5 out of 5
We enjoyed entertainment every night in the Vista Lounge very much. Informational/instructional presentations such as on the Panama Canal were the Best!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Ship's staff was excellent, but did not seem quite as friendly or helpful as we remembered from 2004.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship size of 2000 passengers is fine, but we found ourselves waiting in line more on this cruise than any other. The condition of the ship considering it is 9-10 years old is still quite good.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Stateroom size was OK, but layout was not as good as we are used to. In 2004 we had an inside room which was much more convenient and if we did it over, would get another inside room. The closets were to small and narrow and was very unhandy next to bathroom. We like ships with walk-in closets much better.
3 out of 5
It is fine if you want to swim or sun. Having been there several times before, a walk on the beach was all we needed.
Don't Miss: ?
5 out of 5
The younger people in our group went on the 11 zip line tour of the rain forest and we enjoyed very much. The shopping locally was OK.
Don't Miss: Zip line through rain forest for younger cruisers
5 out of 5
Seeing the resorts was interesting; some of the group enjoyed snorkeling.
Don't Miss: Resort hotels
5 out of 5
The city, walking and shopping were fun.
Don't Miss: Shopping
1 out of 5
Our Panama Canal ferry boat and bus ride returned us to Colon before the ship arrived. We did not particularly like the shopping at the pier and the delay was a big negative. Don't want to go to Colon again....
Don't Miss: Stay away!

Pros: Panama Canal and Costa Rica rain forest and zip lines

Cons: Stateroom was not as cool as we would like or laid out as well as inside room or newer ships; toilet backed up once;

Recommends Zuiderdam? Yes!

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