Holland America Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews

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Over da Hill
Member Since 2017
1 review
20 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
tbrown62
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 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
10 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
19 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
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christojo58
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
19 forum posts
14 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
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
4 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
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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
Estomvhe
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
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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
s.stevens2005
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
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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
visibilityunlimited
Member Since 2013
1 review
99 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Overview: This cruise was a terrific value and included Cartagena, Colombia which we'd not visited before. This was our first cruise on HAL. All food venues were comfortable and the food was excellent. All lounges were also spacious and ... Read more
Dr. ECU
Member Since 2011
1 review
25 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We chose to cruise on the Zuiderdam ship because it went to the Southern Caribbean, Central America, and the Panama Canal. The price was excellent for a long cruise. We had a great cruise with no real issues. I had read some rather ... Read more
Snickeldad
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We had a great cruise to the Southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal. The Zuiderdam was an older ship, but still in great shape. It is also smaller and this is what we preferred for this cruise. The staff from top to bottom was ... Read more
skpdavis
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
10 helpful votes
My Wife and I recently went on an 11 day Caribbean Cruise with Holland America N.V. aboard the Zuiderdam from Fort Lauderdale through Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Colon, and Puerto Limon from 9 through 20 November. This was our third trip ... Read more
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