Spring Trans-Atlantic crossing on Zuiderdam

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Transatlantic


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
29 Night Azores And Normandy & Baltic Adventure (Ft. Lauderdale To Copenhagen)
Sail Date: April 18, 2016
Ship: Zuiderdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6080
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Trans-Atlantic crossings on Holland America Line (HAL) are always wonderful, and this voyage on the Zuiderdam was no exception. Cuisine in the main dining room was exceptional - perhaps the best we've experienced on our four repositionings with this cruise line.  The highlights of our cruise were daily mass, as Holland America always sails with a catholic priest, and the excellence in service by the Filipino and Indonesian crew - two top reasons why Holland America is our preferred brand for cruising.  Entertainment and guest speakers were top notch - a variety surely to please all tastes.  Disappointing on this voyage was the absence of two HAL traditions:  Dutch pea soup and pictures with King Neptune in front of ship  (perhaps due to rough seas) and the Captain's Black and White Ball, usually held on last formal night (no explanation given).  There were some plumbing issues in public restrooms that persisted throughout the journey, wherein several toilets were constantly out of service.  One day staterooms on our deck had no hot water, but the problem was resolved within 24 hours.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

Not applicable

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Some public areas of ship are showing age and need updating/new upholstery

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Upholstery, drapes and carpet needed thorough cleaning. Sofa-bed needs re-upholstering as was heavily stained. Vanity counter in bathroom was chipped and had sharp edges. Excellent mid-ship location for trans-Atlantic crossings, especially this trip when we experienced 24-26-ft waves on several days of crossing.

Ship Tip

One, Two and Three-Star Mariners would benefit from earlier arrival at cruise terminal, as boarding order is by numbers assigned at check-in. The Once aboard, staterooms are generally available and guests can enjoy lunch in main dining room or Lido buffet.

5 out of 5
Good selection of hotels in all price ranges near cruise terminal for pre-cruise stay.
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