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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Antarctica
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"My wife and I flew from Sydney to Santiago. Our flights aboard Latam were excellent. We have travelled with them during our past two visits to South America. This is a good airline with a fixed menu per..."Read More
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Perera

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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Great itinerary and good ship

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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AKJonesy

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We've been on a number of cruises with HAL and sailed on 6 different ships. I wasn't too thrilled about being on Zaandam due to it's smaller size but understand that the larger ships don't go to Antarctica. This was a first voyage on Zaandam, and even though it is a BIT smaller than what we've sailed on, I was pleased overall. I think I was a bit surprised that the food quality seemed to be ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: San Francisco

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)

40 Helpful Votes


Return to Antarctica

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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Bridget31

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

When we sailed away from Antarctica in January 2010, aboard a Princess ship, it was with sadness that we would not be returning. However, while searching for a Canaries cruise in 2015, we came across a South America cruise, which sparked the idea of visiting Antarctica once more. HAL provided the perfect itinerary for 2018, but just before we booked, offers too good to miss saw us join the 2017 ...
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Sail Date: January 2017

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

Traveled with children

59 Helpful Votes


Beyond Belief

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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Perera

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

My wife and I flew from Sydney to Santiago. Our flights aboard Latam were excellent. We have travelled with them during our past two visits to South America. This is a good airline with a fixed menu per destination for economy passengers. The food was tasty and satisfactory and the service was excellent. They served very good Chilean wines and Whisky ( indispensable for me to cope with ...
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Sail Date: January 2017

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

40 Helpful Votes


Met and Exceeded All Expectations!

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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gphb

10+ Cruises

The ms Zaandam is a wonderful ship for this route. It is comfortable with all the elements of what we had hoped for from Holland America, with outstanding food and service, elegant architecture, a true wrap around teak promenade deck, a double height dining experience, and a well-stocked Lido. The itinerary is second to none in the world I am sure. Holland America has had a relationship with ...
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Sail Date: December 2016

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Traveled with children

17 Helpful Votes


S P E C T A C U L A R

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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Drive-LA

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

From Santiago Chile to Cape Horn, then across to Antarctica for a cruise of the coastal waters for 4 days, then the Falkland Islands, Madryn Argentina, Montevideo Uruguay and then finally Buenos Aires Argentina. Was in Antarctica for New Years. Have to say this was the most spectacular cruise we've ever been on. It was perfect in every way. The most friendly crew we'd ever experienced. They were ...
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Sail Date: December 2016

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

10 Helpful Votes


Perfect again

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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big43rdkid

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Having done the same cruise last January and finding it excellent and Antarctica amazing we decided to treat ourselves again but in the reverse direction. This was the Zaandam's first Antarctic cruise of the season so we three weeks later then previous and not sure what would be different. At embarkation in Valparaiso we saw Scott D. one of the Antarctic specialist from last cruise and he ...
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Sail Date: December 2016

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

73 Helpful Votes


Bucket List Cruise to Antarctica

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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Btimmer

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

For a number of years I've wanted to travel to Antarctica and have heard the warnings that access to this part of the world would be reduced if not eliminated to cruise ships of the HAL size. So I booked us on the Zaandam sailing out of Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. I will note that we are experience 4 star Mariners on HAL. We departed the US from Atlanta on Delta on a direct flight to Santiago ...
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Sail Date: January 2016

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

36 Helpful Votes


HAL MS Zaandam to South America and Antarctic; the cruise of a lifetime!!

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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momilani

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

I am just beginning to put together the scrapbook for our holiday trip aboard HAL’s ms Zaandam around the tip of South American and on to the Antarctic Peninsula, and it dawned on me that I never got around to writing my review of this amazing journey. This was a bucket trip for my husband, and I frankly wasn’t that wild about the idea due to the specter of crossing the notoriously rough Drake ...
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Sail Date: December 2015

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

19 Helpful Votes


We were lucky with the weather. Very lucky.

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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alhamn

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Started in Valparaiso. This is my second HAL-cruise. First on Eurodam, over Greenland. Was surprised liking the much older Zaandam better. Not only because the cabin and balcony, was a bit larger here. Most public rooms were more attractive to me. (Gym, Crows nest, dining room, theatre etc.) The theatre suffered from not so good sound. Breakfast and lunch in main restaurant (Rotterdam) was ...
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Sail Date: January 2016

Departure Port: Liverpool

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

26 Helpful Votes


A Mixed Experience

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica

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Flaneur72

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We are experienced cruisers, recently sailing on Crystal, Azamara Club, and Princess. This was our first Holland America ship in over 15 years. My wife has mobility difficulties, so we booked a special cabin. The cruise was 21 days long, the highlight a three day cruise of the shores of Antarctica. We chose HAL because the itinerary suited our desires and the price our purses. The itinerary ...
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Sail Date: January 2016

Departure Port: San Francisco

65 Helpful Votes


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