The whole cruise with the exception of the dis-embarkation was very, very, good. There was more activity to participate in and the prizes for trivia are back again singlely. The cruise director did a great job. He is out and about with the passengers and he is energetic and fun.The entertainment was very good, especially the magician and the steel band (Island Magic) The steel band was fantastic (nothing like i have seen or heard before) they had a command performance one afternoon and the theatre was full. They were the entertainment that got a standing ovation and much cheering. THEY ARE A MUST SEE AGAIN
The food was excellent (much improved indeed) the crew of HAL ships is always great.The ports were good except for Aruba. (There too long with nothing to do)
I cannot say enough about the Captain. He was ever so visible during the whole cruise. He posed for pictures at the mariners lunch with each person and for the special portraits taken. He participated in fun things with the cruise director and he was seen quite often. We had a question and answer time with him and i told him that i have been on 6 different HAL ships and he is the first captain to be so visible and personal. I rarely saw the captain on the other ships. Capt. Turner should be congratulated.
The seas were smooth as glass and as i stated, it is my best cruise ever. I happen to be a travel agent so i am always looking and listening. I was well pleased.
My only negative is the dis-embarkation!! I believe that Zuiderdam had a good plan in place and it should have worked well but problems arose that made it very bad. We were never told why or what the problem was but it created a mess for the passengers. Those disabled and others! It left a bad taste for awhile after such a great trip but not bad enough to declare the cruise bad. IT WAS A GREAT TRIP. I highly recommend others taking a cruise on the Z