Christmas cruise 2019

Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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Zuiderdam

14 Night Eastern & Tropical Caribbean Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 20, 2019

Ship: Zuiderdam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8082

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review summary

We picked this cruise primarily for the ports of call. Holland America will not be on our top 3 when looking for our next cruise for sure.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Dedicated port to the Zuiderdam, so no long waiting lines. Easy embarkation.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
While the restaurant service and the staff were very good, the food we pre-ordered each night was not the same. One or more of the dishes were changed each night and some of the condiments were not served. Also the food was not flavorful.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Very small pools, no onboard entertainment activities during the day

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The shows were just ok. Since it was Christmas onboard there should have been Christmas themed show(s) not just a ballet type show.

Children's Programs

Grown up kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service from the waiters and the room stewards

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Open feeling and clean ship

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Unlike previous cruises the cabin was spacious and very clean

Ship tip

Look at other cruises if you have children especailly teens

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

We visited Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach instead

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
Ok, Looks like they are yet to recover from the 2017 hurricane devastation. Remnants can still be seen all over

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Old San Juan beautiful as ever.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Ok, Looks like they are yet to recover from the 2017 hurricane devastation. Remnants can still be seen all over especially on the French side.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Best stopover on the cruise. Crystal clear water and it was a beautiful day.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Quick and easy.
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