Good alternative to Carribean cruises

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review

11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: January 12, 2015

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: 1114

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review Summary

The Panama Canal cruise is a good alternative for travelers who think they have seen it all.  There is nothing quite like this experience of entering and exiting the locks. 

The port of Willemstad, Curacao is great for history buffs who want to connect the dots between European history and the New World.  The colorful buildings, Dutch influence and Jewish roots of the city make it a meaningful port of call.

An 11-day cruise is also one way to improve on a 7-day cruise!  

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Lido dining is a great way to get top quality food in a shorter time if you want to take advantage of more activities. leave

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
good variety


3 out of 5
Good variety.

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Take time to listen to their stories. Let them know that you are interested in them. You are sure to learn from them.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Don't be afraid of a loarger ship. Zuiderdam has a lot to offer!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Dine as you wish gives the flexibility we enjoy. Eat whenever, wherever we choose. Sometimes with large table, other times eat alone as a couple.

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
easy on/off makes it fun way to spend time on beach. Security makes us feel good. Tasty HAL food as always!

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
a favorite. History, color, ease of walking around city makes it a top port.

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

3 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

3 out of 5
not much going on. could use some pizzaz, although I don't know what. Maybe a lecture on canal commerce for the guys?

Colon, Panama

3 out of 5

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
nice city with sights, sounds, smells. Great port container activity was fun to watch.
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