Lisa's review

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 44

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review

11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 25, 2013

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

The ship was fine. The food was excellent. The service was fantastic. The only problem was most (like 95%) of the passengers were 70 or older. At 10:30 the place turned into a ghost ship. All food other than room service is shut down. The only thing open is the casino. After 11 days it was long and I was glad to be home. One problem was even with the older clientele was the saving/hording of deck chairs. They put their stuff on them then go to lunch or whatever for a couple hours.....not cool. Wouldn't have expected that from the older generation. The trip was quite enjoyable. There needs to be a happy medium ship for people aged 35 to 55. i was travelling with my spouse. The next option doesn't give you that choice

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our room was sideways & actually had a seperate dressing area

Ship tip

Never go to the Lido deck on any ship unless you like juggling your food while looking for a seat. Then when you set your stuff down to go get coffee the staff cleans the spot. It is a horrible way to wake up. We always have sit down meals or order room service.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
ship right in town, not much to see on the island but you can take public transportation to a beach, casino in town, nice to walk around

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
we shared a cab with another couple & did a couple hour tour walked around the old city, on top the fort, bit warm, beautiful day

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
easy shopping, had a nice day

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5
Highlight of the trip, though going the entire distance isn't any different than going to the lake & back out

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Colon, Panama

5 out of 5

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

1 out of 5
almost third world, if you don't have an excursion, don't get off the ship. Dirty, DOES NOT cater to touists. This is where these ppl live. Not any more shopping than what you get before going out of security. Not a good place.
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