Holland America Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews

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rmpdx78
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
4 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
pacerh
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 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
3 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
3 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
2 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
6 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
3 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
17 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
8 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
23 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
6 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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visibilityunlimited
Member Since 2013
1 review
79 forum posts
4 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
21 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
piper
Member Since 2003
1 review
291 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our first HAL cruise. We had been told that the service on HAL was better than other lines and we have to agree. The staff seems genuinely happy with being their and doing their job. Our cabin steward was rarely seen, but ... Read more
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Herbs Mom
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were excited to cruise on the Zuiderdam again, this time for the Canada/New England Cruise. We came in to Quebec a few days early to enjoy the city and wish we had a few more days - Quebec City was delightful and autumn is a great ... Read more
explorer1086
Member Since 2011
1 review
76 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
My wife and I booked this cruise for its itenerary and the chance to see some fall colors. Dining in the main dining room exceeded expectations. The food and presentation were very good and the wait staff seemed generally very efficient. ... Read more
janok
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Had a good time on this cruise, we were definitely in the younger group (and we're in our early 60's) so it was sometimes a little slower than we would have liked but on saying that there were no noisy parties etc going on into the night! ... Read more
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dossbig
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We sailed on the 12 day Zuiderdam Canada/New England cruise from 10/7/16 to 10/19/16. We got to Quebec City on 10/6/16 a day before embarkation and enjoyed a great meal at Le Saint Amour and a restful night at The JW Marriot. The ... Read more
Blueshound
Member Since 2016
1 review
31 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Given the Zuiderdam's age, and taking into consideration the reports that the intended updates were not fully realized on the last scheduled dry dock due to a labor strike, the ship doesn't look as worn as you might think. Of course you ... Read more
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