Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

Good alternative to Carribean cruises

Sail Date: January 12, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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 Quality
Don't be afraid of a loarger ship. Zuiderdam has a lot to offer!
Food and Dining
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
Service and Staff
Take time to listen to their stories. Let them know that you are interested in them. You are sure to learn from them.
Good variety.
Children's Programs N/a
Onboard Activities
good variety
Destinations and Excursions
good alternative to usual Caribbean ports
Cabin / Stateroom
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
easy on/off makes it fun way to spend time on beach. Security makes us feel good. Tasty HAL food as always!
Oranjestad, Aruba
Willemstad, Curacao
a favorite. History, color, ease of walking around city makes it a top port.
Cartagena, Colombia
Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)
Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)
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
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
nice city with sights, sounds, smells. Great port container activity was fun to watch.


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.

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