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Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Verified Review

11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 21, 2018

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1088

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

our 1st journey with holland america line- compared to the other cruises a nice experience-the staff was very friendly and helpfull -the stays in port a bit short- but perhaps that was due to a medical ER- evacuation that cut out some sometime-overall a great time- hallways could be more distinct on each floor-theme or picture wise- for easier orientation, the food was great and served fresh,nice and presented very tempting, there was plenty of things to do and easy find a quiet corner. all of the crew and staff do go of there way make it a great cruise-will choose this cruise line again!


5 out of 5
friendly -uneventfull -welcoming and organized

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
main dinning room was very nice -i had any time seating worked out perfect

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
theater was nice -the dance show fantastic - outside deck activities are much less then on otherships-


4 out of 5
stage dance show fantastic - park west art - great as always

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
kids had so much fun in pool and playing on deck - princess spa day lots of fun- did not go often to the club

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
all of the ship personal and service was outstanding -hellpfull and patient always with a smile-made up for the lack of some of the out door activity that where not there GREAT room service -please tip these great people

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
well maintained and clean ,-the cabin hallways could be a bit more individuel (like ea. floor to have a theme and more distinct) pools nice -hot tubs clean 1 was a bit to cool

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
1088 was EXTREMLE loud did not sleep the 1st 2 nights but was moved to a quiet cabin -the service staff came and inspected the extreme noice level and relized where it came from&how difficult it was to get sleep - problem solved and the rest was smooth sailing- the 1 st cabin itself was very nice it was the location

Ship tip

don,t expect the most modern ship but the staff and the atmosphaere makes up for that and gives it a flair of its own - do make it to the photo gallery early enough to get your pics - they close and pack up and your pics are shredded- no getting them later!!!

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
embarked at this location

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
we missed the picnic on the beach , wonderfull colour of the water- must see ! plenty of space to get away from the growd if you choose to -1/2 moon cay is great gateway to look forward to the other stops,-sting ray excursion nice

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
we did the submarine atlantis -went to 147 feet depth -very well worth the experience and great snorkling stop

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
historic stop dutch influence very visible ,in the small houses side by side - beautifull blue waters

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
this port is my favorite(2nd visit) time stood still here and the port itself is so wonderfull - so many animals and many free rooming or flying we never made it out of the port- it was so nice taxi drivers a very agressive here

Colon, Panama

5 out of 5
we enjoyed the indian village --even so very touristy- beautifull artwork -fun eating the fresh cooked food out of the hand made banana leave bowls- wander away from the growd to get more of the local experience very nice drive back to the ship

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
monekys sloth and ziplining- have fun- we did the stop was just tooooo short- even so we managed to get on a combo tour of ziplining and the canal tour( not offered thru the ship) we had plenty time for the 2( nature tours greenway) -the cruise ships should book this with them- as it was run very organized on time pick up at port - drive back fun stops of the beaten path roadside stalls -it gives you a tease of costa rica (been 3 times)


5 out of 5
no problems -smooth
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