Amazing Panama Canal

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4 out of 5

11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 21, 2018

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5045

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Great trip. Holland is very low key and relaxing cruise line. So glad we took this trip.


4 out of 5
It was fine and organized.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Dining room was good, buffet was fine good service in our section (we sat in the same area everyday). Loved High Tea everyday at 3pm

Coffee Shop

5 out of 5

Excellent hazelnut soy latte.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Loved the Windows 10 Microsoft classes. Informative, brief (30-40 min) . I also read 2 books from ship library, line dancing, trivia and bingo.


Didn't go.

Crow's Next

5 out of 5

Loved it, was there a lot.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Service was ok. A little hit or miss. Loved our server in am at buffet. I had open seating. Waiters were hit or miss. Cabin steward..he was nice but had to go look for him (until the last day, I bumped into him several times)

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Everything was clean and maintained. The ship is older. The Design was ok. The shop layout seemed small and buffet was closed off circle so you had to make "the rounds" to see all food available. Had to wait on line at every station other than beverage to be served.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin clean. A little tight especially in entry area where door, bathroom and closets were.

Ship tip

Bring a shawl or sweater, they kept it cold.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Port is very organized to get to ship. We used Park N Go to park and shuttle.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Loved this beach. Was cut short because of medical emergency night before. Could have stayed forever.

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5
No excursion. Not especially friendly. The port is a working area with fancy stores thrown in.

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
Beautiful. No excursion. Not much open being a Sunday. Whole town has WiFi. People very friendly. Loved it.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Very nice. Took the hop on hop off bus. Enjoyed the historic walled city. Vendors did not bother me. I was alone and came in a side entrance. Architecture is beautiful

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5
No excursion

Exit Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5
Very nice to go back through in daylight. Less commentary.

Colon, Panama

2 out of 5
Got off for WiFi.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
No excursions, did hear great things about the excursions. City is poor, tour hawkers outside port gate were pushy. Working port.


4 out of 5
It was fine. Long lines the customs...
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