Zuiderdam 5

“A SLICE OF HEAVEN”
Cruise review of Holland America Zuiderdam

mike1-4-all
Member Since 2010
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One of our long time wishes were fulfilled on this journey.My wife has always wanted to see and touch a Sloth, and I have wanted to see Aruba so we found a perfect cruise that offered both and more.

It is always nice to get away but this time it was extra memorable with seeing the Panama Canal visiting places we have only read about,experiencing the views of rain forests and the humidity was awesome to feel the rain in eighty degree weather and not feel cold and be dry a few minutes later (except for the humid part it was actually enjoyable)

The Sloth Sanctuary excursion was one of the highlights of the trip for us. It was a bit overpriced compared to what you get for that price.However upon seeing her eyes light up and knowing it meet a long time yearning, it did mean so much more.

We also took an excursion to visit by means of bus ride to river and on motorized canoes for about forty minutes to see an Indian Village.The canoes were carved from trees and More even thou it rained most of the way there it was another cherished trip. Seeing the artwork created by the tribe and how they make the dyes for coloring of the baskets/bowls/ and cloth work having fresh fish and plantain served in a bowl made from banana leafs was neat.

Aruba was awesome I just walked around town and had some one on one conversations about life there and visited the Casino (paid for trip-- well at least the drinks)and enjoyed walking around.

Oh yea Review ??? LOVED EVERY MINUTE--AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN A HART BEAT

WHETHER YOU ARE A FIRST TIMER OR A SEASONED CRUISER-- THIS IS A KEEPER :-) Less

Zuiderdam Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America


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Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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Cabin review: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

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although the deluxe verandas cabin on the web pages do not look like the one we got. They were roomy enough with ample space to store your belongings and move around without bumping into each other. The balcony was only two chairs (one with a cushion)and a small round table to hold a cup or glass and a foot stool. I did however manage to get a great tan there :-)

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Being a past cruiser with Holland we found it easy to go threw . It was a very short walk into the terminal and we were rushed off to be the first groups called in.Upon returning we were rushed off due to an early flight leaving and went right into a taxi to the airport so I cannot say we had a long time to wait like disembarking in the past cruises where we have had to wait to be the last group called in the past

Published 11/14/10

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Zuiderdam Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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