Panama Canal Cruise on HAL Zuiderdam 11/08/2013

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 08, 2013
Ship: Zuiderdam
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 6068
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago

Holland America Line is the tops in the cruise industry. This trip on the Zuiderdam was no exception. We enjoyed a beautiful suite on the 6th level (Upper Verandah Deck) and had mostly very positive comments during the 10 day cruise to the Panama Canal. The food, as usual, was the best. We had meals mainly in the first floor of the dining room using the Open Seating meal plan. Met many very enjoyable travellers, and had exceptional service. We also had a few meals in our stateroom, especially breakfast. Eating breakfast on our verandah, early in the morning watching the ocean go by, is a great way to start your day.


We also took four excursions during the cruise, all ports except Costa Rica which we had visited previously. All excursions were well managed and we had only positive comments about them all. We especially enjoyed the jet ski (personal watercraft) experience on the island of Half Moon Cay. We're in our mid to upper 60's and throughly enjoyed this experience.  Obviously, the Panama Canal experience was exceptional, including the Ferry excursion we took to complete the transit through Gatun Lake and into the Pacific Ocean.


My wife and I have cruised on most of the Holland America ships. While the Zuiderdam is a beautiful ship, the only negative we had was that the Zuiderdam is starting to show its age and is in need of updating. Nothing major, but you notice the rust around the ship, as well as the wear and tare on the dining room furniture. In past cruises, we always noticed the maintenance crew painting parts of the ship on a daily basis. On this cruise, not once did we see any maintenance personnel painting or updating anything. This is just a minor observation, but it's time to get the ship into dry dock for a major overhaul.


Overall, we had a great cruise with Holland America

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Enjoy breakfast on your verandah. Very invigorating!

5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake And Panama Canal

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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