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Zaandam Cruise Review by The jakkster

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Zaandam
Zaandam
Member Name: The jakkster
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: G
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   1.0 out of 5+
Dining 1.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 1.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 1.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 3.0
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What a disappointment

Truly bad experience. We cruised up to Alaska with holland America and had a horrible experience. The check in was smooth and efficient and the cabin steward was good but there the positive experiences end. The remainder of the crew seemed to have no clue about customer experience - every time you asked for anything, even asking for glasses by a water machine, they sent you somewhere else as if helping you was too much trouble. They all looked surly and miserable and didn't seem to want to be there. Unfortunately that isn't a nice environment to spend your holiday.

The food as terrible too. The only hot thing was the plates which were invariably scorching. The food was always warm at best and tasteless. We found the cafe by the pool was the only place service freshly cooked food but that meant a diet of burgers, chicken, burgers, pizzas and Mexican tacos. Couldn't wait to get off the boat at ports to get some decent food.

One of the worst bits was the cabin. The room itself was fine but the bathroom is in desperate need of renovation. The tiling has been repaired but badly. The smell from the toilet was terrible every time you lifted the lid.

The only really positive was the port stops. Good schedule and they are one of the few boats who can get into glacier bay. I understand only 2 cruise boats are allowed in each day so not sure how they decided which ones but it was a truly stunning day

We cruised back with Norweigian and had an amazing experience so you just need to be careful about which cruise line you pick. We met some people on princess who also were having a great experience.


Publication Date: 08/11/13
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