Carribbean/Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review

11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: January 04, 2016

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 4132

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

This was our second time taking this cruise, although the first was several years ago.  It was fine, except for minor problems.  Meals were not up to Holland America standards, there was only minimal shipboard activity, and spaces were often too small for the number of people on board.  On the other hand, the stateroom stewards were excellent, as were the Windows 10 presentations.  The excursion through the Pacific locks in the Panama Canal was terrific, with an outstanding tour leader.  The B.B. King Blues band was outstanding also, well worth seeing and hearing over and over.  Overall, the experience was a bit better than our last time on the Zuiderdam.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Only the Windows 10 presentations rate comment.


5 out of 5
There were two nights without entertainment, and one with a movie.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were on a guaranteed reservation, and were awarded a handicap room. It was spacious and well kept, with a large balcony.

Ship Tip

Be prepared for a dearth of onboard activities while at sea.

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5
Take the ferry trip on through the Pacific-side locks. Well worth the money.

Cruise Gatun Lake And Panama Canal

5 out of 5

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

3 out of 5

Colon, Panama

3 out of 5

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
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