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Zaandam for Families

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Zaandam for Families

Editor Rating
Families
4.0
Because my cruise was over a holiday, there were quite a few children and teenagers onboard. Children and teens have separate public rooms on Deck 9. Club HAL Kids is for children ages 3 - 7 and Club HAL Tweens is for kids ages 8 – 12. The Loft is for teenagers ages 13 - 17. Signs limit access to these areas of the ship to the appropriately aged passengers.

Club HAL activities are scheduled at sea from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. Activities resume at 8 p.m. and last until 10. From 10 p.m. to midnight there is group babysitting for $5 per child, per hour. (Personal babysitting may be available at a mutually negotiated rate after midnight.)

To participate in Club HAL children must be potty trained. Younger children must be signed in and out of the program by their parents; older children and teens may come and go as they please. The teen program is not as organized as the program for younger children, which is broken up into half-hour activities. The teen area is more for "hanging out" and self entertaining with video games, karaoke, videos and music. In the evening there is a party for teens in the Loft. When in port, the ship's company provides all-day activities for children, including lunch. On sea days children are expected to lunch and dine with their parents.

On Deck 10 there is outdoor space for children, a veritable fort with wooden palisades for climbing and defending. On my cruise, the children's and teen areas were well patronized, and there was adequate supervision of activities. When I visited, I was accompanied the whole time I was in the Club HAL space, a good sign that children are protected.

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Zaandam Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
4.0
Public Rooms
4.0
4.3
Cabins
4.0
3.8
Entertainment
3.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.8
Family & Children
4.0
2.9
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.0
Enrichment
3.0
3.8
Service
3.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.9

Sailing From

Buenos Aires San Diego Santiago (Valparaiso) Seward Valparaiso Vancouver

Cruises To

Alaska Hawaii South America

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Ship Stats
Crew:
647
Launched:
2000
Decks:
10
Tonnage:
60,906
Passengers:
1,440
Registry:
Netherlands
CDC Score:
97
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