Left Over Cruising: Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Poonster
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Left Over Cruising
Embarkation: San Diego
800 passengers left the Zuiderdam in San Diego on May 8th. Those that boarded there, I felt like, we intruded on their last leg of their cruise. Many Canadians and British were on board and settled into their daily routine of onboard life when in comes 800 beginner cruisers, burly "so what" cruisers and those that like to get away to revisit their great times on board previous cruises.
My biggest disappointment is that the cruise line did not emphasis the dress code on board. Fat guts hanging out, shorts, unkept beards, loud and unsophisticated unsavvy "deal finders. Well, we found the deal too, but knew what to do when we boarded!
When we got to the dinner table on "formal" night, we were the only ones dressed in formal and white dinner jacket. Others in sleeveless shell shirts, t shirts and a puzzled look of More "we didn't know it was formal night" duhhhh read the daily program! We take any chance we can to cruise, but to find the likes of Carnival cruise types instead of the usual savvy cruise types normally on Holland America ships did put us off.
the Zuiderdam was a great ship in that the cabin stewards, dining stewards, lounge waiters were all attentive and cheerful. Beautiful views from the Crows Nest, cocktails in the evenings, piano, violins and guitar music wafting through the lounges in the evening all made our short get away worthwhile. Cabin was worthwhile with a lot of space. The shows were weak. Again last of the cruise, didn't allow for normal mariner status perks, but also meant the last of the entertainment before going on to Alaska with new performers. We love the spectacular dance shows and only had singers this sector San Diego to Vancouver.
MY SUGGESTION: Steer clear of left over bargains and beginner cruisers by beginning the cruise where you get the full feel of the experience. And disembark when you see the refilling of the ship with last minute cruisers. It does change the complete dynamic of the full cruise experience.
I'd sail Holland America again, but NOT when we would encounter left over cruisers. Less