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Zaandam Cruise Review by cjsandfs

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Zaandam
Zaandam
Member Name: cjsandfs
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Cabin Category: D
Cabin Number: 6102
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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sailing all the way home
This was a good way to get home and see some places I had never seen for less than a one way business airfare.

I enjoyed the many sea days but didn't find any ports I wanted to go back to.

Food and service was good, excellent most of the time. The chef, Jock, was great, and so patient.His cooking demos were a highlight.I also enjoyed meeting the onboard florist.Fascinating and so modest.

Some of the entertainment, [Xu Pingxin the dulcimer player,and Matilda and Patrick, the ventriloquist act,] was world class.We also had a good flautist, a violinist and a juggler who coped well with rough seas.

The comedians were forgettable and the Zaandam dancers reminded me of high school musicals.Oh dear.

I had a few problems with my cabin. It was a good size for a single but should have carried a 'beware of the noise' warning. I picked D6102 for the view and didn't realise that there would be a total lack of soundproofing from the theatre below.

Hal handles solo cruisers well. I never booked for dinner in the Rotterdam, just turned up and was seated with various interesting fellow cruisers.I have to confess to a return visit to the Canaletto by myself so that I could eat all the candy floss they serve with coffee.

Publication Date: 12/13/11
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