Holland America slipping a little bit.

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 25, 2016
Ship: Zuiderdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6051
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

In general, I would say Holland America is slipping a little bit.  Their cruise ships are aging and the quality of the overall decor reflects it.  The food was not quite up to prior standards and we missed some of our favorite events including Chocolate Desert Night and Champagne Night.  The Piano Bar was still excellent, but the shows (except for the comedians) were below par.  The excursions were well organized, but the destinations were not too exciting.  The Pinnacle Grill was excellent.  Finally, the cruise line needs to put an end to the saving of deck chairs in the pool areas.  They should require that all deck chairs be occupied within 15 minutes or made available for other passengers who ARE present.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabins were fine, but could have used a little more drawer storage for clothing.

Ship Tip

Piano Bar was outstanding, but arrive early if you want a seat. Pinnacle Grill was excellent, but you need to reserve early for best seating times.

3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5
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