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Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Zuiderdam

24 Night Fjords & Highlands And Baltic Adventure (Copenhagen Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 17, 2019

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Wonderful experience - great family bonding cruise. I'd do it again.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Quick and painless

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Breakfast offerings at Lido Market were excellent. Main dining room menu would have benefited by showing pictures of the items (maybe on the cruise app) so we could see what the items are (it wasn't clear what was a pasta dish or what was in various appetizers). The kitchen posts these photos in the back but passengers don't have access.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Didn't really use them. Too cold for the pool.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Liked the America's Test Kitchen offerings. Lincoln Center Stage was my favorite experience. The main stage shows were good. They were generally offered twice, which made them accessible to everyone. One show was offered only once and we arrived too late to find a seat. Pianists were not that great - they tried too hard (Liberace style and Jerry Lee Lewis style).

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone I encountered on the staff was friendly and accommodating. It was amazing to see the ship's Captain take part in so many events, even greeting us as we went on various tours.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Yes, very clean. The layout of the shops made it inconvenient to shop as they were out of the way. The items in the main shop were not very appealing.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Wonderful location (front of ship near elevators) and being on the port side afforded us better vistas of things like sunsets and distant islands

Ports of call

Copenhagen, Denmark

5 out of 5
We arrived two days early and enjoyed the town quite a bit. Took the train to Malmo Sweden which was fun. The hop on and off bus is good.

South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland

5 out of 5
Did Edinburgh Castle tour - guides can't keep their groups together on the castle grounds so expect to do a lot of exploring on your own.

Invergordon (Inverness & Loch Ness), Scotland

5 out of 5
Scenic Drive and Dornoch - very cute town, Dornoch. The Whisky shop had a wonderful clerk who explained the Scottish tartans and how they were handed down to the next generation. The Jail is a great place to shop

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

5 out of 5
Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae & Skaill House. Extremely interesting tour and a great experience despite the cold rainy weather.

Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis, Hebrides

5 out of 5
Historical Lewis was really interesting. We enjoyed the detail in which the guide told the ancient storis of the area.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

3 out of 5
Wish we didn't go on the Giant's Causeway tour because it took about 2 hours just to get there and not much to do once there. It's interesting but...would have rather spent time in Belfast proper.

Dublin, Ireland

5 out of 5
Jameson Whiskey tour was wonderful. What a stunning experience. It's like the Disneyland of distilleries.

Cherbourg, France

4 out of 5
Didn't have a tour as the wine tour was closed on Sundays, so our tour was canceled. We took a small tourist train at de Gaulle plaza which gave us the lay of the land. We had a good time walking through neighborhoods and window shopping (many shops were closed). Met some friendly locals who helped us locate an open bakery so we could buy some macrons.

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

5 out of 5
The Beer tour was outstanding.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

3 out of 5
Didn't have an excursion and there was a national public transportation strike. It took forever to get a seat on one of the Hop On Hop Off buses. Wish I would have known to go to a different pick up spot and not the one across the street from the airport. The canal boat tours are better than the buses.

Oslo, Norway

3 out of 5
No excursion. It was Feast of the Ascension and the whole town was practically shut down. With the rain and nothing much to see that was open, the day was fairly disappointing. A highlight was walking the roof of the Opera House.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
I got separated from the rest of my group when I needed to take the elevator and the rest took the stairs. We met up again at the airport.
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