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Zuiderdam Cruise Review by corke: MS Zuiderdam is a VERY tired ship

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Member Since 2011
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Cabin 3.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 1.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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MS Zuiderdam is a VERY tired ship

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

The ship has not been refurbished in years and is badly in need of a total overhaul.

- There is rust on may areas of the exterior of the ship. In the past, when cruising, I noticed that, in every port, there were workmen paining the hull of the ship. Not so on this cruise.

- There is rust on the tiles in the pool.

- There is rust on the rails of the movable roof (over the pool).

- When they open and close the roof, it makes a terribly loud noise.

- The portholes, and almost all windows on the ship are filthy.

- The wood surrounding the pool is badly in need of some stain and polyurethane.

- In addition, the wood surrounding the pool has grooves in which there seems to be some type of tar. Ruined bathing suits.

- The Vista lounge (in which the shows are presented) is very shabby; the furniture is fraying and torn.

- The shows put on by The Zuiderdam Singers and Dancers were terrible. Rank amateur. Two male More and 2 female singers. One female singer had a decent voice; the others cannot carry a tune.

- Many bathrooms were "closed for cleaning" for the entire cruise.

- One hot tub was covered with netting for the whole cruise and was not usable.


- The food was very good

- The entertainer in the Piano Bar was very good. Less

Published 01/26/14

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Cabin review: 1099

The cabin was adequate.The bathtub did not drain properly.Some of the cabinets seemed to be coming off the hinges.

Port and Shore Excursions

Panama Canal Tour

Too slow.
Took 9 hours.
Not enough food on the ferry.
The Men's toilet facilities were not acceptable.

Rainforest Aerial Tram Tour

Excellent experience.
Bus was comfortable; the Rainforest walking tour and Aerial Tram were great.
Guides were great.
Lunch was great.
Extremely well organized.
Highly recomment.

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