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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: Zuiderdam 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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