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Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5

7 Night Western Caribbean Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: December 26, 2014

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 6160

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about this trip.  Even thought the furnishings and decor of the boat were slightly dated, the boat was in great shape.  Our Veranda Stateroom was extremely comfortable and roomier than similar cabins on other boats.  Every member of the staff and crew was exceedingly kind, courteous, pleasant, and friendly.  By day two of the cruise, several of the crew and staff already knew us by name and spoke with us personally anytime we passed.  The food was amazing.  Unlike some other cruise lines, Holland America never pushed us to purchase shore excursions or retail items either in port or aboard the ship.  It was a no-pressure cruise to say the least.  This was our first Holland America cruise, but it will definitely not be the last.  

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Every meal we ate was absolutely fantastic. 5-Star dining every night!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The ship was well equipped with more to do than we could experience in a short seven day trip. The casino and staff were top-notch.


3 out of 5
The shows weren't Broadway quality, but they were entertaining and enjoyable

Children's Programs

There were very few children aboard and we had none, so we can't comment on the children's programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was amazing, especially Alex, Christina, Daniel, and Caroline in the casino.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was extremely well-maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Roomy, clean, extremely comfortable

Ship Tip

If you are looking for a boat with an older crowd (average age was probably 50ish), this is the boat for you. There were very few children and absolutely no out of control teenagers. It was a pleasant, relaxing, and peaceful cruise.

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
Ft. Lauderdale was the start and end of the cruise, so we only saw the port terminal.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Relaxing, beautiful beach

Falmouth, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Typical of almost any port city in Jamaica. A great place to smoke a good cuban cigar and enjoy some local rum.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Georgeous city. Amazing, world-class scuba diving with Don Foster's dive shop.

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
Key West is always a fun city.
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