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Zuiderdam Cruise Review by judygriff

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Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam
Member Name: judygriff
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
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Cabin Number: 5006
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Great cruise

We were a little concerned after reading some of the reviews, but we didn't have any complaints. The ship was very nice, our cabin was very nice. We embarked without any problems directly from airport around noon. We had lunch and our room was ready. One piece of our luggage lost the room tag, but was found quickly. We would prefer to stay more in the middle of the ship. We were in a forward room and it was a little rocky. My dad who traveled with us was mid-ship, and it seemed less rocky.

Our cabin steward was the best. room was very clean and he had it finished everyday while we were at breakfast. We ordered coffee from room service everyday and it was always right on time.

The food was generally good to very good in the dining room. We had anytime seating and it worked out great because we could either sit with different people or just the three of us. We never really waited and we could go when we wanted to. The buffet was okay. Barbeque was good. The pinnacle grill was very good and worth the extra payment. The drink stations were the only problem. There was always a wait while they served you. The entertainment was good. The pianist was fantastic. The comedy of Mike Robinson was good. Didn't care for other comedy act. Skipped the dancers. We did see some movies but there was limited seating and you had to get there early. The computer and photo workshops were always too crowded. They needed a bigger venue for these. Plenty to do on sea days or just relax. We always found seating around the pool.

We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the panama canals. It was very interesting. Truly enjoyed the ports. Half moon Cay was very nice. we rented the umbrella and the barbeque was good. In Aruba we took the Kukoo Island tour and beach getaway. In Curacao we walked around ourselves. In Cartagena we walked off and found a bus tour for $20 a person that was very good they took us everywhere(fort, old town, shopping) just make sure you ask price. They all were giving different prices until we found one that was only $20. It was so worth it.Puerto limon we did Eco jungle cruise. We did see monkeys and sloths even stop at banana plantation made this a great excursion. Colon is the only place it wasn't worth the trouble of getting off ship. nothing there! It really is just for those who took a tour to get back on ship. Overall we all really enjoyed this cruise. The staff was friendly and very good.


Publication Date: 05/01/14
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