Pick a different ship!!!
Pick a different ship!!!
I am a smoker and this ship's smoking area was to small for the number of smokers onboard. I was on the Niew Amsterdam Alaska cruise 2 years ago and that ship had more and larger smoking areas. That ship had better overall layout and appeared newer than the Ziuderdam. Advice would be: if you are a smoker do not pick the Zuiderdam for a cruise.
Holland is geared to an older crowd. Did not matter to me since with my ex-wife. Not for singles, unless older age group.
On days you don't want a late dinner, schedule an earlier time as soon as possible.
Do not miss Lincoln Center Stage.
Excellent service and accomodations at a price for an older crowd
Be sure you're not the next to last cabin aft. Bed shakes from engine vibes & thrusters
Do not get the Romantic Voyage Package (see summary)
Expect an older crowd, great service and a laid back atmosphere.
Not too many onboard activities
Near but not too near the elevators is a must. There is small hall on either side of front bank of elevators so walk by fewer rooms to get to the elevator. Less walking is so important on a cruise.
if you have allergies AVOID this ship
The bar behind the Casino was a great find.
Find a different ship as this one is tooo old
If you take the better insurance offered for your cruise & you are unable to go on a Holland America tour because of health issues no matter how minor you will receive a refund.
This really applies to all ships. If you are flying home from Europe plan to fly the day after docking. Removes a lot of stress & provides some time in the disembarkation port. Also there is no need to rush off of the ship & there is time to have breakfast in the dining room.
Near but not too near the elevators is a must.
Utilize the dining room for breakfast & lunch when possible.
be mentally prepared to hang out with senior citizens and embrace their wisdom and life experience. It's was different from past cruises.
Don’t take shore excursions through Holland American
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