Cruises are Always Great - Some are Outstanding: Zuiderdam Cruise Review by BSinPNS
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Cruises are Always Great - Some are Outstanding
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The cons -â€" Front desk is friendly and tries to be helpful, but the bookkeeping staff can only be described as inept. Eventually the charges came off, but I got to know the desk staff well. Keep track of your receipts and ask for print outs of your bill, otherwise you will be overcharged. Did not see a sommelier in the dining room -â€" I think they have been replaced by bar waiters who will serve you wine, mixed drinks, etc. The dining room is now pushing bottled water for $2/liter. The officers seemed to be content to come out when required for social events, but otherwise were never seen except for Captain Turner. This is in contrast to Celebrity where they are visible and accessible. Previous posters have commented on a sewage smell -â€" we passed it in the vicinity of cabin 6060.
Tours -â€" Did independent tours in the ABC islands. Bully the taxi driver is outstanding as reported in other CC and TripAdvisor posts. Truly superb snorkeling with Woodwind Bonaire. Took a good local tour in Curacao. We did the Sea-to-Sea ship's tour on a small ferry boat through the Panama Canal to the Pacific and the Rainforest tram tour in Costa Rica. Both were excellent and met expectations and served delightful meals with no intestinal distress afterwards.
Summary - Would we cruise with HAL again? Absolutely, they offer a good product with many different itineraries. However, we have booked our next three cruises on Celebrity. The ships are fresher, seem more roomy -â€" even with 50% more passengers, most of the ship is non-smoking, and there are more options for things to do. Less
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