Holland America Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews

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msmayor
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
1,591 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our third HAL cruise and second on a Vista class ship. We loved the Westerdam when we sailed her two years ago so were excited to be in 'familiar surroundings' for this cruise. The Panama Canal is a bucket list item for me and ... Read more
4eric
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
Let’s start with the basics: this is an old ship with old décor and design badly in need of full dry dock rehab, and a very old clientele (mostly 60-80 age). If this is your cup of tea, then this is your ship. For ... Read more
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ronjeuch
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was the third cruise with HAL. Visiting the Panama Canal was on the bucket list. Several aspects of the latest cruise deserve some remarks. The food selection has gotten smaller compared to earlier cruises. The main dining service was ... Read more
sassyred4u2005
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
We just got off of the Zuiderdam we went to the Panama Canal. The ports were amazing we had wanted to do this cruise for a while. Pros: Food was really good. staff onboard were all very nice and attentive. Ports were great, but still ... Read more
Over da Hill
Member Since 2017
1 review
37 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
To put this in context, my wife and I (in our mid 60's but still very active) have been on 10 cruises including one European River cruise (Viking). We have used Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Princess. I would rate this cruise ... Read more
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tbrown62
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
my wife and I are mid 50's and there was an older very friendly crowd on this trip. this was only our second cruise and first on Hal. Service is excellent and food selections were great. we did open seating but soon found that later ... Read more
Chartinger
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
For years we have discussed doing a Panama Canal trip, having visited most of the Caribbean islands on other cruises. This was a 10 day, which is on the outer limit of what my wife and I consider, especially with a lot of sea time. We ... Read more
gatodoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my 25th cruise and first on HAL. I knew the crowd would be mature, but they were very mature. At 65 I felt like a youngster. The onboard offerings were very limited and seating for the better ones was totally inadequate. Good ... Read more
rmpdx78
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
22 helpful votes
I want to start this review by saying that Holland American Line (HAL) is not for everyone. They tend to cater to an older (retired) crowd. My wife and I are both in our mid-30's and this was our second outing on HAL. We love HAL! It ... Read more
christojo58
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
19 forum posts
18 helpful votes
THE CRUISE LINE - Holland America We've been on five cruises, and all of them on Holland America - so, we can't compare to other lines. Our experience has been consistent. It is classy, but no where near stuffy. The staff are friendly ... Read more
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txernurse
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal destination. Although the Zuiderdam is an older dated ship, it still provided that smaller mid-size ship that we love. We prefer to cruise on HAL due to the "older" crowd and less loud ... Read more
Tristansnana
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
On the whole the experience was good, but the low points more involving disruption from extensive cleaning, were very disappointing indeed. The food and service in the Dining room was great, all food very professionally produced to a ... Read more
pacerh
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our forth Holland America cruise and we picked the Zuiderdam because of going through the Panama Canal. The stop at the port in Columbia was another reason as was the BB King band that we had heard on another cruise. Going ... Read more
Keeversdad
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
Holland America generally appeals to an older crowd and as a couple in their mid-sixties we were definitely among the youngest onboard. The Zuiderdam is starting to show her age (a 2002 build) with some upgrades made. We were told that ... Read more
ckaweigh
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
This was my fourth Holland America cruise, and even though I loved the ports of call, this was my least favorite HAL cruise. I struggled with whether to rate this cruise three or four stars, and I settled on four because there were many ... Read more
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Estomvhe
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We choose the 10 Day Cruise instead of the 11 Day because we liked the only being at sea 1 day between ports. We drove from Iowa to Ft Lauderdale and arrived in time to embark without a long waits or lines. Parking was very close to the ... Read more
jphilli
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports plus the partial transit of the Panama Canal. The ship itself is interesting and really quite lovely for a smaller, older ship. It has been well maintained and is very clean and "arty." ... Read more
mimiclem
Member Since 2002
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers in our early 60s, with over 30 cruises on ocean and river vessels. This was our first cruise on HAL - Princess is our preferred line. We found the ship to be outdated, despite its upgrades. Very dark long ... Read more
ekkc10753
Member Since 2009
1 review
267 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
As background, we are 3 star Mariners in our early 60's with no experience whatsoever with any other cruise line and we chose this cruise because of its itinerary: Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Colombia. It was also extremely last minute, ... Read more
Hillsy
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
First of all the ship itself was excellent if a little dated in places, food and choice was excellent. Ports of call, especially Cartagena and the Panama canal outstanding. My wife and i thought the entertainment was just OK,with the ... Read more
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s.stevens2005
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We were a little hesitate booking an older ship. Holland America was a great experience. The staff and food were excellent! Our room was clean and comfortable. Our room staff were very attentive and kept the room very clean. ... Read more
jpatrick1
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
24 helpful votes
I am amazed at all of the petty complaints that I have read here and overheard on the ship. One guest referred to the food as "hospital food" another complained about the taste of the ice. There were other complaints too ... Read more
rodash
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
4 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I had canceled a mid-December booking for the Koningsdam when I learned that the new ship did not have deck chairs on the Promenade Deck. Therefore I was very happy when I received an email from HAL with a last-minute deal on the Zuiderdam ... Read more
jwh0002
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for two reasons, to set foot in South America and to see the Panama Canal. This cruise met both of those criteria but both were disappointing. The stop in Cartagena on the 11 day version of the trip met the South ... Read more
purpletigger68
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I've been on many cruises, including a few on other lines (Carnival and Celebrity), and always come back to Holland America because of the consistency and atmosphere. This cruise on the Zuiderdam had a great itinerary, the ship had just ... Read more
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