Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
7+ cruises

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3 out of 5

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

Sail Date: May 17, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
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 Quality
Long neglected--only now trying belated catch-up maintenance which is years behind.
Destinations and Excursions
Wrong time of year, too windy/early, for most. Well overpriced anyway.
Onboard Activities
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.
Children's Programs
Entertainment Uninteresting, generally, and much reduced in dancers over the past 5-10 years. Austerity measures prevail everywhere.
Service and Staff

Tip

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



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