Holland America Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews

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NCJean
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
32 forum posts
28 helpful votes
This cruise was the 10-day Sunfarer itinerary, which is a partial transit of the Panama canal with additional calls at: Half Moon Cay; Orenjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. I cruised with my sister; we ... Read more
GWWToronto
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Upon viewing the exterior of the Zuiderdam while boarding my first impressions were not good. There is rust evident, especially in the mechanisms above the life boats. On the interior there were gaps in the stairway carpeting (as ... Read more
Margaret Ivin
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our second cruise with HAL. Although the Zuiderdam is showing her age in places, overall we had no complaints. Everything was clean and sparking and worked very well. Our room (1052) was extremely comfortable (although the bed ... Read more
mjjden
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
110 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We were a little apprehensive boarding the Zuiderdam after reading some of the Cruise Critic reviews, but were pleasantly surprised. Yes, there were some rust spots, but who cares, it is not like the pipe is going to fall off the ship. ... Read more
Iris5383
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
451 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the 14th cruise in 16 years for my DH and myself. During the cruise we were awarded our bronze medallion for 100 days on Holland America ships. Pre-cruise we stayed at Best Western Plus, Fort Lauderdale Airport South on ... Read more

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Ollie1940
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We enjoyed a comfortable cabin on Deck 10 ("Observation Deck"), a good bed, clean, efficient bathroom facilities. Our cabin was a one-minute walk from the "Crows Nest", an observation lounge and bar at the front of the ... Read more
getawayfromitall
Member Since 2011
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Arrived at the pier 12:00 noon. Waited on line outside the building for ten minutes, then entered to stand on another line for 20 minutes to get past security check. Waited another 15 minutes to check in and obtain the cruise cards, and ... Read more
Eqhntr78
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We took a family cruise on 2/05/16 which consisted of my parents (mid-60's), my sister's family (early 30's with a three year old) and myself and husband (37 & 45). Even my parents said they felt extremely young on this cruise ... Read more
planitohio
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
164 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was our 14th cruise, our first on Holland America. We cruised with another couple that was on their second cruise, first on Holland America. Boarding in Ft. Lauderdale went very well. We were on the ship by 11:30 and able to go ... Read more
lovetocruise3333
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We are a couple in their late 50 's traveling with our best friends also in their late fifties. We flew in from New York to Fort laudersdale the day before. We stayed at the Embasssy Suites which is less than a mile from Port Everglades ... Read more

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janazombie
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I just love Holland America and would suggest spending the extra $$ to get a balcony suite, preferably a Neptune Suite. Our room and balcony was enormous and we had private "membership" to the Neptune Lounge, which is like ... Read more
pbnjrockette
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
983 forum posts
2 helpful votes
EMBARKATION—We arrived on an early flight and were in Group 3 to enter the ship. No lines at check-in but had to wait until after 11:30 to board the ship. Our cabin was ready and we went up to Deck 9 Lido for an uncrowded lunch. Was ... Read more
skip.brandy
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
247 forum posts
It's the first time we haven't driven down to Florida from Ont. Ca. We flew using the services of HAL, on A/C, we had checked out the air fares before we booked the flight, and the fares were cheaper than what was quoted with A/C, by a ... Read more
LISP
Member Since 2014
1 review
32 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
The cruise was fine, let me start by saying that. But the ship is showing it's age. People were calling it the "rusterdam" because of all the rust evident everywhere. The chair is our room was in deplorable condition. Took ... Read more
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MrStuff
Member Since 2010
1 review
18 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Having done the same cruise on NCL, I found HAL quieter, friendlier and more upscale. Their Half Moon Cay was a pleasant surprise - much nicer than NCL's private island. My signature suite was large; you could throw a small party on the ... Read more

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FMgals
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
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
194 forum posts
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
11,006 forum posts
5 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
2 reviews
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
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
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
4,511 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
3 reviews
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
My & Mau
Member Since 2011
1 review
17 forum posts
4 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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