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Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 8
Helpful Votes: 184

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 30, 2016

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 6131

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

The itinerary of this cruise is just great, all of the ports were very interesting especially the Panama Canal stop.  The entire crew was helpful, courteous and polite to not just me but to other passengers as well.  Food was among the best I ever had on a cruise, tied Celebrity for #1 in taste and quality.  Cabin steward and his assistant were excellent. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
One door down from the aft elevator so it was great for me and my wife who has mobility issues. AC unit was a bit loud but got used to it in a day and slept like a baby after it.

Ship tip

Anytime dining is great, late dining only if you want to eat late! Great ship and crew.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
Get an excursion as time in this port is limited and one really wants to stay in safe areas and not wander around. Traffic is congested and on your own may have you miss the boat.

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5
Get an excursion to get a full canal experience. I highly recommend the ferry from the Atlantic to Pacific, amazing full day tour.

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Colon, Panama

3 out of 5
Get an excursion, sketchy town. I passed thru town in a bus and based on the ghetto I saw I would say excursion or go to the terminal and back to the ship. Not safe on own.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Not much at the port but the excursions offer a lot to see. I went to the Tuytic hacienda to see sugar and coffee production as well as to go into the interior and see some of the country. Well worth it and our guide, Jose, was excellent explaining history and culture. The meal at the hacienda was very good.
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