Zuiderdam 5

“Best Yet”
Cruise review of Holland America Zuiderdam

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Embarcation did take a little longer than usual since the ship had just come from drydock. As usual there was much moaning and groaning by the folks being held back from mass consumption at the Lido.

Drydock certainly caused some problems. But the crew worked their tails off getting the ship back in order. This did take a couple of days. We did not experience any problems with our cabin.

Like stated by others the ship had a couple of fire alarm situations(not anything major) and did lose power once for 30 to 45 minutes. With the age of most of us there should have been recognition that the ship is a multi-mechanical device and there are going to be problems every now and then.

Food was great. Never had a bad meal. This included the Lido, Vista and Pinnacle. Did not eat ate Canelleto. Have eaten there before and did not think it was worth the $10 extra. We had Fuad and Fuad in the dining room with Rahmet as their supervisor. They were one of the best More dining room teams that we have had on Holland America.

We were not impressed with the entertainment. Although the Steel drum band was terrific.

We took 2 shore excursions: AquaTrax the Cay, certainly was envigorating, and the Panama Canal Excursion. Both were worth the money.

Ode and Sugi kept our room spotless. Could not have asked for better stewards.

With all said this was an absolutely great cruise. Less

Zuiderdam Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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Port and Shore Excursions

Hired a cab to take 4 of us shopping.

Great place to start the cruise.

Only shopped at pier. Do not leave you tours here. There were problems encounterd by some. Men with guns.

Published 01/03/13

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Zuiderdam Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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