Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 53

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5

10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 10, 2019

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6110

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This cruise is outstanding. Never doubt to take. It is full of activities and plenty of good food and you will make many new friendships to last forever.


5 out of 5
Fast, smooth and easy.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food, service, and staff were excellent. Although I absolutely love the Holland line I was surprised to see the lack of concern of the dress code on this line for the MDR. People dressed as they were going to the Lido deck and that was a disappointment.

Coffee Shop

5 out of 5

Marienne was a joy in making my coffee every morning.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Althouh this cruise line mainly caters to an older crowd, there are lots of activities for all to enjoy. If you are younger, not so much.

Beauty Salon

5 out of 5

Had my hair cut. Such a treat to have scalp massaged and get an excellent cut. Staff is so interesting to talk to and laearn about their family and life of their countries.


4 out of 5
This cruise had a variety of entertainment. Illusion, comedy but the highlight was a steel pan band that was superb. In fact outstanding and unbelievable. The knowledge of their musical talents was so moving. I have never met such a personable and talented foursome sharing their knowledge of classical music on a steel pan before. I think Holland should share more talent like this with the world. I will never this group.

Children's Programs

No children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Cannot ask for more. They can’t do enough to make your vacation the very best for you. They work very hard and it is so amazing they remember your name from the first day. Kudos to HAL for their extreme quality.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Always above standards.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Size and storage space very good for the stay of the trip. Stewards did an outstanding job and never forgot to leave fruit in the basket and fulfilled a request I made at beginning of trip. Friendly and hard working.

Ship tip


Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
I come in a day early to make sure no problems in arriving on time the next day for cruise. Always something to do if you should want to spend time doing so.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
If you are a beach fanatic, this is the place to relax. The waters are beautiful.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Since I have repeated this cruise i just got off to visit the shops and stretch my legs. It is just OK.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Took an excursion to get some rum at their factory. This excursion also inclided the Aloe Factory which was quite interesting and the Chi Chi exhibit was fun.

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal Did not visit port

Didn’t go this route.

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5
This visit I enjoyed from my balcony.

Colon, Panama

1 out of 5
Did no excursion but got off in this port to see poverty. It offers nothing off shore unless you wanted free Wi-Fi. Staff liked this port to communicate with family and friends.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
Did not want an excursion for 7-8 hours somstayed on ship. Would have gotten off to see park within walking distance but it rained all day in rain forest atmosphere.


5 out of 5
So easy with expedited luggage removal.
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