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Zaandam Cruise Review by Jaguar320

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Zaandam
Zaandam
Member Name: Jaguar320
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Hong Kong
Destination: Asia
Cabin Category: AA
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Cold Zaandam
We have enjoyed cruising with Cunard and Princess and we were looking forward to the Zaandam for the China/Korea cruise out of Hong Kong. The ship and the cabin was extremely cold. Forget the high quality bedding it is just hype. We borrowed blankets from the pool deck. The cabin is very dated and the toilet was smelling. This ship is well past its prime according to other Holland America cruisers.

Having stated that the ships crew were friendly and the food was fine. Comparable to Princess and Cunard. The Pinnacle restaurant is extra cost but worth it once per cruise.

In addition the various workshops for sea days were well presented. The Culinary Arts was well received and the Digital Photography workshops were well presented. Others enjoyed other programs The Library is very dated and the magazines offered are rejects from your local dentists office.

The shows were very mixed is both quality and in style. Some of the small music groups in the bars were excellent.

One of the disappointing features was the person who presented the shore orientation programs. It went like this " My old Computer is acting up, Here are some vague facts" "There is nothing at this port at Jeju "South Korea" In fact most staff and cruisers found it quite delightful and it was easy to walk in into town.

There were both weather and immigration issues on this cruise and the captain gave consistently poor information. We were granted "mariners status" although we have not cruised with this line before. The reason I mention it is that we were invited to the Captains lunch. This was a major PR disaster. A few words then run away!!! He had been getting criticism for his poor communication before. If Holland America is asking people to attend this thing then surely the captain and first officer should circulate and talk to the guests.

Finally, I will be looking at other cruise lines and please don't use this ship for Alaska you will freeze!

Publication Date: 03/04/12
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