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Zuiderdam Cruise Review by mamalootis: Needs an Overhaul


mamalootis
1 Review
Member Since 2010
19 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 3.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 1.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 1.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 2.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 2.0

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Needs an Overhaul

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We chose the Zuiderdam because we were traveling with others. This particular ship attracted an older crowd. We found ourselves in an un-airconditioned cabin and after many complaints and aggravation we finally were placed in a cabin with working a/c. We did not spend one night without air but were moving our stuff at midnight by ourselves. I later learned that we were not the only ones with this problem but other passengers were without air for two days.

The other complaint I have is the pools. The water was dirty in both pools and the water was as hot as the hot tubs. It had a constant layer of film and scum on top of the pools looking like a breeding ground for germs. There was only one working pool shower for two pools and two thousand people. I have been on ships where they pump in the sea water to change the water and refresh it. The Lido pool offers comfy lounges but they only set up about 30 chairs. The sea view pool had more lounges but not all of them More are set up there were stacks of chaises on the tenth deck tied together and unused. There were no pool personnel to move the chairs etc, but there were plenty of bar personnel to assist with a cocktail. Ask for water and it would be as if you spoke an alien tongue.

The staff on a whole were cordial and the food was very good. I just feel that the ship needed to be overhauled. It was dated.

Life on board was very mellow, very little of the cruise director trying to get the group moving there was some live music poolside and not too many outdoor activities. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


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