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Member Name: xxyyzz
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: E
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 1.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Ship Facts: Zuiderdam Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Zuiderdam Deck Plans
BEWARE: Certain Cabins ++++
- I sure hope HAL reads these reviews.

- Thanks to all who post here and on Boards

Of all the cruises we have ever taken, the Zuiderdam was lowest in our estimation.

- BEWARE of Cabins 1083 and 1085

We were shocked that there was an unidentified noise underneath these

cabins - like a chain being dragged. The vibrations actually shook

the cabins. We complained and later found out these cabins are above

either the incineration (or the trash compactor?) The noise and

vibration went at various times all through the day...even in the

early a.m. Although we were happy at first with the extra-large cabin

and their mid-ship location on Main Desk near the Purser and Shore Excursion

Desk and elevators, the aggravation was not worth it. Since it was a

14 day Holiday cruise, the ship was fully booked and the one statement

Guest Relations offered us was not suitable. Eventually, HAL offered

us on board credits, but not enough to take away the displeasure

of the noise and vibrations.

I don't know how far down the hall on that side of the ship the noise/

vibrations reached, but be very, very careful of booking those cabins.

- Not much in poolside entertainment and....

On other ships, there is always music, pool games, etc. going on

during the day, especially days-at-sea. Here, very little. In fact,

rather a sedate, quiet cruise. Surprised us that - here we are in

the Caribbean - and no traditional island music. Poor programming.

The Shows were generally retreads - and the singers were awful.

Mike Bliss - the comedian, juggler, magician was excellent.

- Kudos for the Microsoft at Sea classes. A bright spot.

- Food

Standard cruise fare ....not terrible, but the Dining Room dinners

were over-salted and over-sauced. The Chef menus were a bit pretentious.

Stick to the simple selections: fish, grilled steaks, etc. offered daily.

Pinnacle Grill was excellent.

Canaletto - over-salted ...we didn't eat the spaghetti and meatballs

entree it was so bad.

Best was Breakfast in the Dining Room ...lots of choices

and the smoked salmon (lox) excellent.

- Casino

Small, not very interesting.

Bottom line: An older ship - and it shows, despite the dry-dock refurbishing.

Unless the itinerary is a must-do, skip this ship. Sad, because our

other HAL cruises (Noordam, Maasdam) were much more satisfying in terms

of service, food, and entertainment.

Publication Date: 01/14/13
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