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Zaandam Cruise Review by pacificguy: 3rd time on HAL not a charming experience


pacificguy
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Member Since 2011
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Cabin 3.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 2.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 3.0

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3rd time on HAL not a charming experience

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego

The Sea of Cortez is a new cruise area and the shore excursions will need some upgrading to make them value for money.

Food selection was quite good but the food service level in the main dinning room was more rushed than that received on HAL ships Prinsendam & Ryndam.The main dinning room was understaffed compared to those ships and service staff were very rushed.Drinks service was very slow.

Entertainment was quite good with lounge acts professional and big stage shows delivered with plenty of polish and verve.

The ship is not new and could use some refurbishment in public areas and you will not find a fridge in your cabin for some reason.

A special note for service crew in the bars.They were a happy group delivering prompt and cheerful service to their guests.The cabin service can best be described as indifferent and inferior to any we have received in our past eight cruises on Princess,Celebrity and HAL.

We were "upgraded" from a full sized More obstructed cabin to a Category G cabin that was only 2/3rds the size of a standard outside cabin. Too bad for us,the ship was fully booked and we could not get the full sized room we had booked.HAL insists that a small room with two portholes is an upgrade from a full size obstructed view room.

A couple of 45 day HAL guests will be taking their business elsewhere. Less


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Cabin review: Zaandam Large Fully Obstructed Oceanview Lower Promenade

2505-very small with two small portholes;,one chair plus a stool,shower no tub,too close to the anchor chain,no fridge;avoid it unless you are sailing as a single

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