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Zaandam Cruise Review by off280

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Member Name: off280
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Cabin Category: E
Cabin Number: 1879
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates Not Rated
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Nice week in Mexico
We booked an inside cabin and had the opportunity to upgrade, several weeks before the beginning of the cruise (for a fee). We chose to upgrade to an outside cabin on the Dolphin deck (1879). It was a wonderful cabin, large with a window and bathtub. It was noisy as they were loading the ship, as a cargo door was just below the cabin. After sailing, we didn't hear a peep in our cabin, except for the last night when the crew was positioning luggage or other cargo right below us.

This was the smallest ship we have sailed on, so we were a bit hesitant; however, in the end, the ship didn't fee small. In fact, the ship was among our favorites. Our summary of the cruise is as follows:


-Nice ship, with big cabins

-Crow's Nest is a great space, and we loved 70's, 80's and Michael Jackson nights

-Pool area at the back of the ship is wonderful, although we like that it was adults only on the Oosterdam

-Loved the overnight in Puerto Vallarta. We didn't have to rush to get back to the ship. Cabo is also great and we could walk to the beach.

-Generally good food, with excellent food at Pinnacle Grill, for $20 a head

-Scheduled LGBT event, but not hosted

-Nice big and well-equipped gym although staff could have been better at ensuring a better sense of decorum from other passengers (shirtless and barefoot people working out)

-HAL cats were great; loved the Adagio Duo

-Photographers weren't in your face

-Made extra efforts to accommodate Passover for Jewish passengers


-Service a bit spotty at times. The host seating people for dinner always looked confused and never acknowledge your presence (line was a mad house). The restaurant seemed a bit under staffed.

-Tea was nice, but it took 20 minutes every day to clear the line, as they were seating one by one. There never seemed to be enough food, and once again, it was under staffed.

-No place to jog on the ship, except the treadmills

-Invisible cruise director and no staff

-Didn't use the spa services as they don't have male masseurs

All and all, a lovely week. We would definitely sail on the Zaandam again.

Publication Date: 05/01/13
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