Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

A clean ship with pitiful entertainment

Sail Date: October 14, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Zuiderdam was our first experience on Holland America and will probably be our last.  We were in a balcony cabin which was nicely appointed and the Cabin Stewards were exceptionally good.  They needed to be since the bath tub didn't drain properly and the A/C was grossly inadequate.  These issues were eventually addressed and made good, only as a result of continued persistence by the Stewards.  We experienced heavy seas between Cadiz and the Azores resulting in substantial amounts of salt being deposited on the balcony and the balcony furnishings.  They were never adequately cleaned in spite of the cabin stewards best efforts.  The entertainment on board ship was pathetic.  A 5 piece band, overweight and over aged dancers and singers and an entertainment schedule that was the worst we've ever seen and we've been on dozens of cruises.  The food on the other hand was good and the service in the dining rooms impeccable.  The wine list was exemplary.  The itinerary was the reason we chose the Zuiderdam and it was as advertised.  The Captain did a great job keeping us informed but why he allowed the apathetic level and sub standard  entertainment schedule remains a mystery.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our Stewards were outstanding and thank the Good lord that were.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
The worst we've ever seen on any cruise ship including Carnival - that's how bad it was
Service and Staff
Food and Dining


If you enjoy quality entertainment of the type provided by Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and NCL then don't sail on the Zuiderdam.

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