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10 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

10 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Aruba
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 8
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Zuiderdam

Zuiderdam - Holland America Line

Pros

Partnerships and Music Walk mean exciting enrichment and entertainment choices

Cons

Pool and some public areas appear dated; cabins could use more storage

Bottom line

Continual refurbishments and additions keep older ship fresh for a variety of destinations


Cruise Reviews

First cruise on Holland America but 20th cruise overall. Wanted to see the Panama Canal and we selected Zuiderdam. I have avoided HAL for years and confirmed that this is not the cruise line for me. Embarkation went very smoothly in ... Read More
First cruise on Holland America but 20th cruise overall. Wanted to see the Panama Canal and we selected Zuiderdam. I have avoided HAL for years and confirmed that this is not the cruise line for me. Embarkation went very smoothly in Ft. Lauderdale. Ship is older and smaller than what we have sailed on recently but it is in very good condition. The ship has three sets of elevators where most now have only two. This decreased the distance we had to walk and the elevators worked fine and while busy, didn't have to wait too long. We had an obstructed view cabin on deck 4 forward and were happy to be able to see a little bit outside. Cabin was in good shape with two large drawers under the bed otherwise storage is tight. Were able to order a bottle of liquor delivered to the cabin. The price was high but I saved that much on ordering from the bars. Food quality was a little hit and miss. There is an Eggs Benedict station on the Lido Deck for breakfast with eggs poached to order. I had given up on Eggs Benedict on other ships as 9 times out of 10, the yolk was a solid as a hard boiled egg. Pancakes and french toast can be made to order but this seemed to be a timing issue. Lunch at the Dive In was pretty good but everything is cooked to order and pretty slow. The first few days they used beepers to let you know when your order was ready but these disappeared after a few days. Sushi is available at lunch but should be avoided. Not even grocery store quality. Dinner in the main dining room was pretty good with a few misses. You can order a medium rare steak but your chances of getting one are not good. Sent one back and would have sent the second one back but didn't want to be there for hours. There is no food available after 11:30 pm unless you want an apple. All the Lido stations close exactly when they say the will. Entertainment was also very uneven. Mainstage does not have any traditional singing and dancing shows and no condensed Broadway shows. Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy (name from the program, probably in his mid 50's) was by far the best. Two shows were BBC Nature documentaries with live music. Enjoyed the Lincoln Center piano quintet but the venue needs to be twice as big. Never saw a performance where the little side space was not totally full. Billboard On Board guys, Luke and Collin, were very good as was the BB King Band. However these two groups were the extent of the evening entertainment, and after 11 days, something additional needs to be available. Casino games have a terrible house advantage. Roulette wheel has a zero, double zero and a triple zero which is very bad for the player. Blackjack tables only pay 6 to 5 for a black jack unless you are betting over $15 a hand. I managed to make a little money but quit after about 8 days. Not sure what the deal was with America's Test Kitchen but this was non existent (no longer shown on the HAL website). EXC Talks are supposed to be like TED talks but they are presented by the cruise director reading a script. The one I saw was supposed to be about block chain and off shore banking which have nothing to do with each other. The history of off shore banking may have been correct but it was very confusing to a person with over 40 years of banking experience. Service was good, probably very good. Staff was very friendly from our room stewards, to our dining room waiters, bar servers and others. Liked Aruba and Curacao a lot. Cartagena reminds me of the ports in Mexico where vendors are trying to sell you everything. Very aggressive and unwanted. This was on an excursion called Less Shopping and More Walking. The amount of walking required on most of the excursions seemed to be much more than their descriptions indicate. Even Moderate activity means lots of walking. Panama is interesting and a great engineering achievement. However, going through the locks is like watching paint dry. We did not have an excursion on Canal day and this was a mistake because you will be bored to death sitting on the ship. The ship basically went two boat lengths into Gatun Lake and anchored to let off excursion passengers. Once the tender boats were back we proceeded immediately into the locks to go back out. Last two days of the cruise back to Ft. Lauderdale were the roughest of our 20 cruises. Not sure if this was due to malfunctioning stabilizers, the age and small size of the ship or other reasons, but we will not cruise on this size ship again. There were maybe 6 kids on this cruise. I felt sorry for them as there didn't seem to be much for them to do. Of course there was also not enough for me to do and I will not book HAL again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Hub and I booked a balcony cabin rather last-minute -- back surgery on his part necessitated us letting go a steal of a deal on Empress of the Seas and rebooking a different trip. We were looking forward to sailing on HAL again, as we ... Read More
Hub and I booked a balcony cabin rather last-minute -- back surgery on his part necessitated us letting go a steal of a deal on Empress of the Seas and rebooking a different trip. We were looking forward to sailing on HAL again, as we appreciate the relative calm on board (we drop the average cruiser age by 20 years when we embark) and had not been on a Dam ship in four years. (As background: I have 27 cruises under my belt and he has 24 -- on Carnival, Royal, Celebrity, and HAL.) Embarkation was smooth as we waited until after noon to come on board. We were puzzled when the port agent walked us to a HAL employee, who escorted us to our cabin: turns out they were afraid 'construction materials' might have been left on our balcony, which was not the case. As noted in previous reviews, the cabin (8020, just below the spa and down the hall from the bridge) could use more storage, but we made the most of the shelves in the closet. You can hear noise from the nearby stairwell/elevators, so take care if you're a light sleeper. (Also: no balcony lights at night for navigational reasons.) Having the sofa near the balcony rather than the entrance was really super. We found the bathtub more of a hindrance than anything, especially given the super-clingy shower curtain. Definitely bring a power strip, as the plug in the bathroom was especially persnickety as to what it would power, and you only have outlets at the vanity. The USB ports on either side of the bed were a godsend. And what do they use for wall/door materials? Certainly nothing a magnet can attach to, which was a bummer. As also noted, the TV channel selections were limited and puzzling -- no children's programming, but THREE news channels? -- but there was a surfeit of movies to watch should you choose to. (We didn't.) There were maybe 20 kids on the cruise from toddlers to teens, but: huh? Other than noted elsewhere, service was top-notch. If it fell short, it certainly wasn't the fault of the staff. The ship itself is tastefully done (as usual) in terms of finishes and whatnot. Internet/WiFI was ABYSMAL. The Navigator App rarely worked well right out of the gate -- we quickly learned work-arounds, but counted ourselves fortunate if we could go a day without bothering the Guest Services team to log on (which, by the way, is a terrible use of customer service resources). The first day at sea, the wifi was down altogether for over 12 hours, which created a great deal of consternation for husband trying to run a business where there is no cell service (that would be at home). It finally came up a half-hour before our second traditional dinner seating . . . and 12 hours BEFORE we were notified it was up and running. Guess who missed the first Gala dinner? This is the first time we've ever run into such inconsistent access. We'd gladly pay more if we could be assured it would work. Carnival and Royal have figured it out, so we're not sure why HAL can't. Food in the dining room was very hit or miss -- it's the first time I've not finished an offering because it was inedible -- and the menu very limited. We actually skipped our last meal for the Lido just so we had more options. Hub has unusual and life-threatening allergies, and it appeared that our waiter was stretched thin covering tables which meant we had to be on our game to make sure nothing slipped by. Entertainment is not our thing, but we missed having karaoke as an option. Trivia was REALLY tough. There was a lot of throwback activities -- bridge, mahjongg, flower arranging -- and pickleball, which pretty much says all you need to about the demographic. The Planet Earth presentations were almost always scheduled in the afternoon of a port of call, and we weren't interested in the Oprah offerings. We did catch the dance show one night and was very impressed. Casino slots, as usual, were tight. The pools were always full -- the 'Retreat' above limits seating -- and we never once spent time in the aft pool area as a result. Mixed results at the spa -- I had a masseuse assign me 'homework' of taking baths to reduce stress, which I have time for because I don't have kids. (Really.) I did get caught up on much recreational reading on our balcony, so there's that. Ports: we skipped Half Moon Cay as it lacks shade (unless you purchase it). Unfortunately, our whale-watching tour at Grand Turk was cancelled due to high winds. Amber Cove was a major disappointment -- the taxis are complete ripoffs, and we spent two hours in a car with a very well-meaning man who had very limited English skills -- and while the pool is nice, the shore is not at all attractive. It's hard to go wrong with Key West -- we've been enough times that we know who to visit and ask about new things, and got great recommendations for new galleries and a yummy place for lunch -- although we were disappointed that we docked west of Mallory Square and missed out on what sunset activities we might have watched as we left. All in all, while we love the general ambiance that HAL provides, there were enough hiccups that we will hesitate booking again, much to our dismay. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We've cruised with Holland America at least 4 times and chose them because of their excellent service. This cruise stopped at their private island first, then Grand Turks, Amber Cove and Key West. The service was excellent, as usual, ... Read More
We've cruised with Holland America at least 4 times and chose them because of their excellent service. This cruise stopped at their private island first, then Grand Turks, Amber Cove and Key West. The service was excellent, as usual, and the food was good. The entertainment, however, was sorely lacking. The first night, there was no show in the main stage area. For 6 nights, the main entertainment consisted of 3 evenings of the dance troupe performing, 1 night of a comedian who wasn't very funny, 1 night of a different comedian/mentalist who was really good, and then 1 night of both comedians performing, one after the other. The daytime activities weren't interesting to anyone in my group, so we spent a lot of time playing cards. They had several activities scheduled at 5 pm, but we had early seating for dinner (5:30) so we couldn't do any of those activities. Mass was scheduled at 5 pm every day. Having Mass in the morning would have made more sense. They also had Total Body Conditioning in the fitness center at 5 pm instead of in the morning. We took the Grand Turk Experience excursion for $44.95. It was worth about $20. The bus took us to the light house but to enter it was an extra charge. We stopped at a small market for about 20 minutes. I wouldn't recommend this excursion. The Amber Cove excursion of Mountain Views & City Sights was interesting and worth the $59.95 charge. Key West is very walkable and there's no need to purchase an excursion to see the sights. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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