Unusual ports, yes, but a neglected ship and bad weather left me pretty flat

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
12 Night Fjords & Highlands (Copenhagen Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 17, 2016
Ship: Zuiderdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7143
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

I cannot recommend this ship (or its sisters) until HAL devotes a lot more time and a lot more money toward ship's maintenance, better menus and better wine lists.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Increasingly poor, low-cost dinner choices in the MDR like veggies and spaghetti-and-meatballs...far too many cheapos costing the line far less. That's gone on for 10-12 years.


Uninteresting, generally, and much reduced in dancers over the past 5-10 years. Austerity measures prevail everywhere.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Long neglected--only now trying belated catch-up maintenance which is years behind.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
OK, generally, and clean; not too much broken this time, but lots of rusted-out pipes and fittings anywhere outside. Old cabin and TV need help.

Ship Tip

Avoid this ship for at least until mid-2017, by which time the line might restore it to decent shape,

1 out of 5

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