San Diego to Hawaii: Zaandam Cruise Review by airgunnerusn
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San Diego to Hawaii
Embarkation: San Diego
The food was very good - our vote for best escargot and best lobster on our 12 cruises - maybe a bit too many sauces, but I learned to order simple cuts of meat, etc. I did not like the lamb chops, but loved the baked brie. Casual dining was not overly-crowded and the food was very good. Cannot comment on the special buffets as we avoid them, only eating 3 meals, breakfast and More lunch in the Lido, dinner in the dining room and sometimes cookies or sundaes at snack time.
Best meal of the cruise was in the Canneletto Dining area- it is no-extra-charge, but you should make a reservation. The chicken marsala was so good we went back for more another night. And tiramisu dessert was extra-special.
All service on the ship was very good and with a friendly smile. We travel to relax and enjoyed the promenade deck chairs as often as we could - also enjoyed getting exercise on the wrap-around promenade deck. We really had no problems aboard except for a water problem in the cabin which was addressed and fixed the same day and a light bulb that was replaced immediately. One problem on the ship seems to be the TV remote control which did not work very well and several have mentioned on other reviews. We hardly ever watch the TV in our cabins, so it was not a big deal.
It was a great two weeks - this was our first HAL cruise. Less
Cabin review: N1802 Standard Interior Stateroom
We were far forward in the bow - near the Medical area. Being at the end of the hall was SO Quiet - loved it. Inside cabin makes it nice and dark to sleep. It seems out of the way on a map of the ship - but actually with the elevators and stairs close by, it was easy to get around the ship. Lots of storage - maybe the most we have had on our 12 cruises - we had one completely empty closet.Read All Standard Interior Stateroom (N) Reviews >>