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3.5 Editor's Rating
There's nothing wrong with a classic. And in an era where cruise lines keep adding a dizzying array of features (Skydiving! Bumper cars! Zip lines!), Holland America's Zuiderdam maintains the line's reputation ...
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743 Holland America Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews

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FMgals
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Hello, We have been loyal HAL Cruisers the decade or so and have always been quite happy with the ships, the service, the food and our accommodations. We decided to try a Caribbean Cruise to get away for the Xmas and New Years ... Read more
SWeaster
Member Since 2006
1 review
188 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Our first cruise together was on the Zuiderdam in Fall 2004. With a long Christmas break at work and the availability of a Monday to Monday cruise we decided to sail on her again. This allowed for a two day drive to Fort Lauderdale ... Read more
Grandpaul
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
10,575 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Recently returned form a 10 day cruise on the Zuiderdam to Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal and Costa Rica. Some of my favorite places to visit. Our first cruise on the Zuiderdam. We had sailed on the Maasdam a couple months before so being ... Read more
Capt Bob
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Having sailed numerous times (over 200 days) on Holland america I think I can safely say they have dropped from a premier cruise line to a mediocre line. Upon arriving I was told that I was only a 3 star Mariner and I could wait with ... Read more
nebraskacorn
Member Since 2012
1 review
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had read several negative reviews of this ship, we had a wonderful experience! Yes, some of the soft goods were a little worn (i.e. scratched leather furniture) but the elegance of the ship more than compensated for wear and tear. We ... Read more

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Flshelley
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Our travel agent advised us that this cruise line attracts mature travelers. Being recently retired, I assumed that meant 50's and 60's. I think we were among the youngest ones on the cruise. Watch out for the ones on the mobile scooters! ... Read more
Sstylechild
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Our 9th cruise, and 2nd on Holland America was just O.K. The food was Buffet Restaurant quality at best, ( think Golden Corral, Old Country Buffet). Dining room service was not quite up to par as I've experienced on most other cruise ... Read more
sasysutler
Member Since 2005
20 reviews
4,465 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was the 2nd time on Zuiderdam as mom wanted to see the Panama Canal AGAIN. Embarkation was a breeze, and right to our room at noon. The ship is easy to manuver around, but even with an update she is nothing special. All the ... Read more
Camden lady
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Embarkation: It was only a 10 minute cab ride from the airport to the cruise terminal. Once there the embarkation process proceeded quickly and we were on board the ship within an hour or so. The ship is definitely older however we ... Read more
Myra W. Darwish
Member Since 2011
1 review
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Intro: I wanted to share how our trip on the Zuiderdam, which sailed Nov. 9th to Nov. 20th from Ft, Lauderdale, FL, was an overall positive and memorable experience for us. We typically plan a year in advance, but this go around, we waited ... Read more

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cascadecruiser
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
223 forum posts
1 helpful vote
EMBARKATION. It was a breeze at the terminal in Civitavecchia as half of the Zuiderdam’s passengers were staying on from the previous cruise. With no lines, we were processed in minutes. Within 30 minutes boarding was opened and ... Read more
bump70
Member Since 2015
1 review
30 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This is our 15th cruise, and second on HAL. Holland America's service is outstanding as is the food. Yes, the Zuiderdam is an older ship, but, a well maintained and clean vessel. This ship is for the older crowd, as it doesn't have ... Read more
Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
HAL put together a 7 day Greece with a 19 day transAtlantic cruise calling it a "Collectors Journey". They promised different meals and shows over the 26 days but repeated the menus and the shows from the first 7 days into the ... Read more
boom_boom
Member Since 2005
1 review
126 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The great was the aft Neptune Suit with the wrap around balcony. After more than a dozens cruises in various levels of cabins, we found our dream with the aft and wrap around balcony. Even with a very port-intensive cruise this was an idea ... Read more
Amy Altemus
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was my first cruise on HAL, after having cruised with Oceania, Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. It may not be my last, but were I to do this again, it's not going to be on the Zuiderdam, which needs to go into dry ... Read more

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russianrex
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We booked our first HAL cruise (22 night Mediterranean) with a little apprehension after reading the many mediocre reviews on this site. I will preface this review by saying that my husband and I are both 47 and our main concern was that ... Read more
Stuartgail
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We found the ship, although dates, clean and well kept. Our stateroom was small but functional. The bed was comfortable and there was adequate storage. The balcony furniture left a lot to be desired but we were still able to enjoy great ... Read more
Bevs@winshop
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Chose this cruise for the wonderful ports and the dates as it was my 60th. Stayed in a Neptune Suite on deck 6 and it was perfect. Initially after booking I had read quite a few negative reviews, but to the contrary we couldn't fault ... Read more
Jakebigwhitedog
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I have cruised many times and this itinerary was the second time for my wife. Everything about this cruise was wonderfu, from start to finish. Food: We had early seating door dinner in the Vista dining and joined a table ... Read more
bfarmerva
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
We cruised with another couple on Holland America for the first time this past September. We had read that the Zuiderdam had had a major face life last spring, but it must have been for the public areas, not the staterooms. The staterooms ... Read more

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Mahtomedi
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
First time with Holland America, although my 7th cruise. Had a Signature Suite for 3 of us. Plenty of room and closet space. Embarcation was easy. Room steward was great. I requested ice one day and for the rest of the trip had ice ... Read more
Cath White
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
I am writing this review to alert to how Fantastic and supportive Holland America Zuiderdam Customer Service Manager and Corfu Port cruise Agency Team dealt with my unfortunate experience of missing the ship! It is possibly everybody's ... Read more
silverhybrid
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was our fourth HAL cruise and the first on the Zuiderdam. We enjoy the HAL line as we enjoy the smaller ships and the traditional, classic touches. This trip originated in Barcelona where we had an overnight on the ship and we ... Read more
spankyfinch
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
198 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Wasn't sure about this ship by the reviews here...I would say having lived it, its average to the ten-ish others I’ve been on. It has its good and its not so good like any ship I've been on. We flew to Vancouver day of the cruise and ... Read more
waiheke
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, Holland America Line ms Zuiderdam, 11-NIGHT ADRIATIC DREAM. We booked a Signature Suit, SS, Location: Upper Verandah Deck. Check in was fast and efficient, off to a good start. The suite was a reasonable ... Read more

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