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Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 42

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
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Zuiderdam

21 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer & Wayfarer Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 16, 2018

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8092

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

On and off was easy and fast, very well coordinated to minimize wait times.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very smooth and efficient process.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food did not meet expectations, both quality and variety. The food in the upgraded restaurants were quite good. In the main dining room I was not even offered a cocktail or wine. The servers seem more occupied with serving the guests with wine packages.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I visited the Spa, attended a couple of the cooking demonstrations and participated in the group trivia sessions.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The two piano players in the Billboard lounge were fantastic and the band in BBKings was great too. In general the entertainment was very nice.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward Paul was lovely and took great care of us and any request. Where service expectations were not met I believe more training is what is required. The people seem eager to please, some just don’t know what to do.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Some of the exterior common areas around the pool decks seem a bit old and in need of a refresh.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The suite was lovely, I believe the lighting was lacking. The room seemed dark and seeing near the closet was difficult.

Ship tip

The bar behind the Casino was a great find.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
The terminal is great, the on and off process went smoothly.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

2 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
The port is not the main part of the island, really just a shopping mall and beach club area. Quite nice but very limited activities.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

4 out of 5
Pretty water, very lovely locals.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

4 out of 5
Cute little local market.

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
Pretty beach club area.

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Colorful area.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very efficient and the staff was excellent.
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