Wonderful cruise to the Panama Canal

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 30

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 10, 2019

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5038

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall a great experience. Great room attendant. The 2nd floor dining room staff was exceptional


4 out of 5
Embarkation was a little late due to ship being clean. Lines moved fast and everyone was sent to the Lido deck for a great meal.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The dining room staff were very friendly and helpful. Nice variety of food. My only concern was at breakfast where the pork bacon and turkey bacon were mixed together. The is not good for non-pork eaters. Room service menu is poor and service very slow. We waited about 1 hr and 30 minutes instead of the promised 40 minutes and the food arrived cold.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The talks and shows in the EXC were wonderful and informative. Love the BBking lounge and the steel band


3 out of 5
Great steel band and BB king entertainers.

Children's Programs

No children traveled with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Most of the waiters on the Lido deck were nice. Reema and Emmanuel helped us find seating. Greeted us by name every time the saw us. The made sure we were comfortable and that were had drink service.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Ship design was nice and all areas were visited were clean

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
We had ample space for our belongings and area to store our luggage.

Ship tip

If driving to port, drop off your luggage first. We made the mistake of entering the parking lot first, had to pay the attendant to exit eventhough we told him we needed to drop our luggage. Then we had to reenter after dropping the luggage and had to pay again. Next time we will op from a private parking lot and shutler.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
Lots of traffic and road construction. We did not do an excursion

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
Eco tour is just a boat rip up the Lagoon but the guide was knowledgeable

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
We have visited Aruba several times and op for a private tour for $20 a person. Well worth the price

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
We did the Authentically Curacao tour. The visit to the Curaçao liqueur distillery and the ChiChi doll makers were excellent. Very knowledgeable tour guide

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Colon, Panama

5 out of 5
We took "The Best of Panama to Colon" tour. Really enjoyable. Love the visit to the Emberá Native village and the visit to the Agua Clara Expansion Locks observation area.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Even though it rained through most of the tour we still had a great time. Come prepared with a rain coat and hood. We took the "Caribbean Train, Countryside & Tortuguero Canals" tour.


5 out of 5
Fast disembarkation with lots of porter availabel to help with the luggage.
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