Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

Zuiderdam and united provide a great cruise experience!

Sail Date: December 11, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Chris of united and Holland America's Zuiderdam delivered in providing us a with a wonderful cruise vacation that included the Panama Canal, Half Moon Bay, Aruba, Bonnaire, and Costa Rica.  Everything was handled so professionally from the beginning booking by Chris to the end of the cruise experience.  Thank you!

Cabin / Stateroom
Quiet, clean, well organized, and very comfortable cabin (away from the elevators, and with no noise from above or below). As I sleep better without light in the room, this was a perfect choice of cabin!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Easy, well-organized!
Ship Quality
Dining room, cabins,, theaters, and lounges were very comfortable and up to date, but outdoor pool area needs some sprucing up.
Destinations and Excursions Excellent, well organized, excursions included snorkeling (Half Moon Cay and Bonnaire) white water rafting (Costa Rica), and a visit to the Embera Native Village (Panama)
Onboard Activities
Loved B.B. King All Stars, Dancing with the Stars, and nightly dancing to a live band.
Children's Programs Didn't experience
Service and Staff
Dining room and cabin staff were wonderful!
Food and Dining
Best service on any cruise line! Special diets are provided with delicious selections.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Beautiful, but windy.
Kralendijk, Bonaire
If you are experienced as a snorkeler, be sure to ask if your snorkel excursion will go to the best sites (or they'll just take you to a beach where they take beginners.
Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal) We didn't "cruise Gatun Lake", but chose the Embera Native Village Excursion. It was the best choice we could have made!!
Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica We loved our white water rafting excursion!!!!
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Snorkeling...and walking on a long beach with beautiful soft (like flour) beach! Next time, I'll also take the horseback riding excursion on the beach (and in the water)!


If you have any dietary requirements, needs, or desires, just tell the dining room stewards, and they will be very happy to arrange for what you'd like! They made dining a happy and pleasurable experience for all!

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