Second Half of Our 28-Day Cruise

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

4.9 out of 5
Zuiderdam

12 Night Baltic Adventure (Copenhagen Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 05, 2017

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Review Summary

A life time of memories from many interesting ports.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We were already on the ship from Ft. Lauderdale.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Everything is exceptional.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Meet the ships' officers, a Johnnie Waker scotch tasting, a Belgium beer tasting, prize drawings at the gift shops (won a prize 3 times), Culinary Arts Center demonstrations, meet the ships permanent party entertainers & a backstage tour.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The entertainers brought aboard at each port provide great shows. We really enjoy the comedians. There is a wide variety of live music every evening on the ship.

Children's Programs

No children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Couldn't ask for anything more.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Cleaning seems to be going on 24/7. Very easy to find your way around the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very user friendly room & worth having a balcony. The only complaint I have is that no one can ever provide the specific room size. For example the square footage of a room may range from 235-375 feet, but no one can tell you the size of the room you are booking.

Ship Tip

If you take the better insurance offered for your cruise & you are unable to go on a Holland America tour because of health issues no matter how minor you will receive a refund.

Ports Of Call

Copenhagen, Denmark

5 out of 5
The shuttle to town was 10 Euros each. This was a COSTCO Tour & we had a very difficult time finding the starting point for the bus tour. However, the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour was well worth it. After the tour we walked into a very small establishment, Monten, for something to eat. The owner, Jasper, informed us that he did not serve food, but encouraged us to stay & have a local beer. All of the patrons were very friendly.

Kiel, Germany

5 out of 5
We had booked a tour, but didn't go because we weren't feeling well. By noon we were good to go & walked into Kiel following the "Blue Line" on the sidewalk from the port to town. We were able to connect to the internet at Starbucks. Note: We didn't make a purchase, just sat at their outdoor area.

Tallinn, Estonia

5 out of 5
Took the Hop On, Off Bus at the pier & we also walked around town. The old city was very unique with beautiful buildings & interesting shops. We had lunch at the Beer House Brewery. A flight of beer had 8 samples which were 6-8 ounces. We ordered a large pretzel which was made to order, latkes & bratwurst. Would love to go back to Tallinn for several days.

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5
The ship spent two days here & we had an 8 hour tour each day. There was a different guide each day, they were very informative & spoke perfect English. The weather was sunny & cold which did nothing to take away from this fantastic two days. This was a Holland America tour which was on the expensive side, but was well worth it.

Helsinki, Finland

4 out of 5
This was a boat & bus tour. The people were friendly as in all of the countries we visited. The only negative thing was that the stay in Finland was very short.

Stockholm, Sweden

5 out of 5
Hop On, Hop Off Bus tour. WE also walked around a bit & had lunch at Kunggallen. THe food was very good & the waitress refused a tip in Euros or dollars. She stated unlike the United States they are well paid & thanked us for the offer.WE also walked through a food mall that was just amazing. We were in Stockholm for two days & on the second day we took a canal tour, walked around a park & went to the ABBA museum.

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany

5 out of 5
Went on a tour to Wismer & walked around the town which went back to the 1200's. Viewed building damage still remaing from WWII. The tour also included a stop at a local brewery where we sampled 3 different beers. The brewmaster also explained his brewing process. After the tour we walked around Warnemunde. A beautiful seaport with interesting shops adjacent to where the ship docked. Before we returned to the ship we had beer & hotdogs. This was a mistake because when we returned to the ship the Lido Deck around the pool area was offering German food & beer & we were too full to partake,

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very smooth. We had breakfast before leaving since we were in the last group to disembark & weren't flying home until the next day.The porters here were very helpful.

Traveler Photos

Palace grounds. Palace grounds. City Street Beer flight & fresh pretzel. Standing with Jasper the bar owner. I am standing on a wooden crate. Walled Town
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