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Holland America Line Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews for Gourmet Food Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean

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Good, but not Holland America's usual standard
"A good friend of mine worked in the cruise industry and he told me to never book a cruise on a ship that's just come from drydock as there is always unfinished work and crew challenges.A laid back experience with good quality and service...."Read More
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First time with HAL...

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R'man
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Zuiderdam was our first HAL experience. It was our worst overall ship and cruise experience ever. We were greeted in our cabin bath by a gush of brown water from the cold tap, which lasted two days.  There were leaking pipes around the ship, faulty A/C systems, and some of the worst shipboard food. When spaghetti and meatballs were the highlight...but don't expect any Parmesan to top your ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom


Good, but not Holland America's usual standard

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SSUnitedStates
10+ Cruises • Age 2020s

I've sailed with Holland America three times in the past, all prior to the COVID pandemic. The Westerdam, the Nieuw Amsterdam, and the Eurodam. Each ship impressed with it's service, food, comfort, and laid back style. I am not a fan of the mega ships that are out there and Holland America tends to run in the mid-size ship category. Oh yes, the mega ships at other lines are very ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Lack of Crew

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FloridaCPA
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was the worst service I’d ever experienced on a ship. They didn’t seem to have enough crew for sailing at full capacity. Food in the main dining room was quite pedestrian, with emphasis on inexpensive foods such as chicken and pasta. Portions were consistently small. Traditional sides such as garden salad and baked potato were not available. There were even fewer menu choices on the ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Standard Interior Stateroom


Extraordinary Food/Presentation/Service but bring a sweater

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KruzinAl
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Had an awesome cruise, 7 day Caribbean. ship is from 2002 but renovated in 2017/18 My wife and I have sailed primarily Royal, Celebrity, Princess, NCL, Carnival and my wife Cunard in the past, over 40 cruises. 1900 passengers and 9 decks with lots of elevators. many were on 2, 3 and 4 week back to back cruises we are 65 and 68 so almost felt young!! An older mix, say average age ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Zuiderdam needs an upgrade.

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LISP
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

The cruise was fine, let me start by saying that. But the ship is showing it's age. People were calling it the "rusterdam" because of all the rust evident everywhere. The chair is our room was in deplorable condition. Took pics and sent them to Guest relations. Arms were filthy and the whole chair stained. The crew was amazing as always. Did notice some changes in the dining room menu. ...
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Sail Date: December 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Zuiderdam holiday cruise had its glitches.

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FMgals
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Hello, We have been loyal HAL Cruisers the decade or so and have always been quite happy with the ships, the service, the food and our accommodations. We decided to try a Caribbean Cruise to get away for the Xmas and New Years holidays. The food was still fabulous but we noticed other things that seemed to be lacking compared to previous experiences. I know it's just a little thing, but we ...
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Sail Date: December 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Relaxing cruise through the western Caribbean

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MrStuff
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Having done the same cruise on NCL, I found HAL quieter, friendlier and more upscale. Their Half Moon Cay was a pleasant surprise - much nicer than NCL's private island. My signature suite was large; you could throw a small party on the balcony. While the Pinnacle Grill was not worth the extra charge, overall the food, especially in the main Vista dining room, was very good. The entertainment ...
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Sail Date: December 2015

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


First Cruise Complete; A Holiday One!

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CubanBeat
First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

Just finished our cruise and omg, it was an amazing ship! We embarked from Port Everglades and I have never in my life been without internet access that long, but that's the point of a cruise, right? To experience it all? We did! We started our trip staying at the Quality Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port South. This is key: THEY HAVE A FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE AAAAAAAAAND A FREE CRUISE ...
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Sail Date: December 2014

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


Overall B+, but avoid the massage!

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tqmbill
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

RATINGS (out of 10): Stateroom 'VA' veranda - 8 Ship condition - 9 Staff - 10 Food quantity/variety - 9 Food quality - 6 Itinerary - 10 Grand Turk catamaran/snorkel - 7 San Juan PR strolling - 7 St. Martin Orient Bay Beach - 6 Half Moon Cay - 10 Entertainment - 7 Spa Massage - 1 (one) Gym - 9 Poolside - 6 COMMENTS 1. My wife enjoyed her couples massage, but I felt that my masseuse ...
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Sail Date: December 2013


BEWARE: Certain Cabins ++++

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xxyyzz
10+ Cruises • Age 2020s

- I sure hope HAL reads these reviews. - Thanks to all who post here and on Boards Of all the cruises we have ever taken, the Zuiderdam was lowest in our estimation. - BEWARE of Cabins 1083 and 1085 We were shocked that there was an unidentified noise underneath these cabins - like a chain being dragged. The vibrations actually shook the cabins. We complained and later found out these cabins ...
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Sail Date: December 2012

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


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