Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4 out of 5

Panama Canal cruise

Sail Date: November 04, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

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!

Ship Quality
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.
Food and Dining
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.
Service and Staff
Ship's staff was excellent, but did not seem quite as friendly or helpful as we remembered from 2004.
We enjoyed entertainment every night in the Vista Lounge very much. Informational/instructional presentations such as on the Panama Canal were the Best!
Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
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
The city, walking and shopping were fun.
Don't Miss: Shopping
Colon, Panama
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!
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
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: ?
Oranjestad, Aruba
Seeing the resorts was interesting; some of the group enjoyed snorkeling.
Don't Miss: Resort hotels

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