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Zuiderdam Cruise Review by dann54

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Member Name: dann54
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 7058
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Great cruise

My wife and I booked this cruise without the kids so we could relax and enjoy the cruise. FYI we took the kids with us on a cruise in Decenber. Our desire to see Aruba and the Panama canal were the reasons for this trip. We booked suite # 7058. Embarkation was very smooth. Would have enjoyed some refreshments in the staging area where we waited to board. Once aboard our suite was ready and waiting for us. We met our cabin stewards right away and they answered the few questions we had. The suite was great and well worth our money. The Neptune Lounge was right across the hall. The refreshments and appetizers were very good.

Yuri and Safyon were our cabin stewards and they were great in every detail. One of the benefits of booking a Neptune Suite is the laundry and dry cleaning service, which allows you to pack a little lighter for a 10 day cruise. This was done very well and in a timely manner.

The food on the Lido deck was good. We enjoyed breakfast in our room the first couple of days, and it was very good and delivered on time. We then discovered breakfast for suite guests in the Pinacle Restaurant which was exceptional, great service and food. Dinner in the Vista. was very good as well. We were seated at a table for 2 to enjoy each other's company. The servers were very attentive to our needs. Rod the wine steward was always available and helpful with suggestions.

The BB King Blues Band made the evenings very entertaining! They were great, & got everyone involved. Our favorite excursion was the zip lining in Costa Rica. There are two options available for zip lining there. One is 3 hours and the other is 7 hours long. The 7 hour trip included the AdrenaLine. Wow, was this worth it!! We highly recommend the 7 hour excursion! Also, the bus was a very comfortable tour bus, and the guide was very informative.

I spend a lot of time in the casino and found the staff there to be very friendly. Alex, Victor and Daniella are very good at what they do. There was always friendly conversation and thank you's for tips made for the dealers.

My wife and are are already looking at options on Holland America for next winter!

Publication Date: 02/05/14
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