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Sacramento2012
Member Since 2011
1 review
37 forum posts
11 helpful votes
May 17-29, 2017. Two places to visit on my bucket list were Norway and Scotland, so when I saw this HAL cruise to both places, I was sold. This was my first cruise on the Zuiderdam and I was very pleased. The itinerary was round-trip ... Read more
BakedAlaska7751
Member Since 2015
1 review
87 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise mostly because we stumbled upon it in a casino user promotion that we got in the mail. We didn’t even know that itinerary was offered and we’ve been wanting to visit Norway and Scotland in greater depth ... Read more
minheit
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We travelled as a group of 6 - 3 couples. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary; none of us had cruised before with Holland America and reading the reviews prior to going we weren't expecting the ship to be the best. The ship ... Read more
vickikomer
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We took the Zuiderdam transatlantic, and chose it because we had taken the same ship to the Panama Canal in 2012 and had a very good time. There wasn't a problem with embarkation or disembarkation. We opted for a suite, and we enjoyed ... Read more
OceanTraveller4ever
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
332 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Second trans-atlantic on the Zdam, and it was great again. The ship is in good shape, and the service is full, efficient, and happily delivered. SY cabin was fine, except for the old small flat screen TV. Those are cheap, with crappy ... Read more
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sailorgirl
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
655 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
A TransAtlantic offers us a lengthy cruise at a reasonable fare with lots of sea days to relax and/or take advantage of the amenities and activities of the ship. We've done several before and always had a good experience. Holland America ... Read more
mully31
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Great ports on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing and an amazing staff at Holland America's Zuiderdam made the cruise memorable. Although the cabin was old and dated, with a tv screen that was barely readable, the crew and the planned activities ... Read more
Workinless
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
95 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We are seniors and this cruise was tailored for us The ship is a bit old, but is laid out well . I walk a lot and like the full promenade deck. Cabin (7028) has a very good design. Liked the curtain between the bed and bath as ... Read more
Tadeusz
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
To be clear, there was much to like and enjoy on this cruise through the Panama Canal. To start, the food in the Pinnacle Grill and main dining room was excellent and the staff throughout the ship was super-friendly and helpful. However, ... Read more
msmayor
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
1,685 forum post
19 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our third HAL cruise and second on a Vista class ship. We loved the Westerdam when we sailed her two years ago so were excited to be in 'familiar surroundings' for this cruise. The Panama Canal is a bucket list item for me and ... Read more
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4eric
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Let’s start with the basics: this is an old ship with old décor and design badly in need of full dry dock rehab, and a very old clientele (mostly 60-80 age). If this is your cup of tea, then this is your ship. For ... Read more
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ronjeuch
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was the third cruise with HAL. Visiting the Panama Canal was on the bucket list. Several aspects of the latest cruise deserve some remarks. The food selection has gotten smaller compared to earlier cruises. The main dining service was ... Read more
sassyred4u2005
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We just got off of the Zuiderdam we went to the Panama Canal. The ports were amazing we had wanted to do this cruise for a while. Pros: Food was really good. staff onboard were all very nice and attentive. Ports were great, but still ... Read more
Over da Hill
Member Since 2017
1 review
43 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
To put this in context, my wife and I (in our mid 60's but still very active) have been on 10 cruises including one European River cruise (Viking). We have used Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Princess. I would rate this cruise ... Read more
tbrown62
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
my wife and I are mid 50's and there was an older very friendly crowd on this trip. this was only our second cruise and first on Hal. Service is excellent and food selections were great. we did open seating but soon found that later ... Read more
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Chartinger
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
For years we have discussed doing a Panama Canal trip, having visited most of the Caribbean islands on other cruises. This was a 10 day, which is on the outer limit of what my wife and I consider, especially with a lot of sea time. We ... Read more
gatodoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my 25th cruise and first on HAL. I knew the crowd would be mature, but they were very mature. At 65 I felt like a youngster. The onboard offerings were very limited and seating for the better ones was totally inadequate. Good ... Read more
rmpdx78
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
25 helpful votes
I want to start this review by saying that Holland American Line (HAL) is not for everyone. They tend to cater to an older (retired) crowd. My wife and I are both in our mid-30's and this was our second outing on HAL. We love HAL! It ... Read more
christojo58
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
19 forum posts
22 helpful votes
THE CRUISE LINE - Holland America We've been on five cruises, and all of them on Holland America - so, we can't compare to other lines. Our experience has been consistent. It is classy, but no where near stuffy. The staff are friendly ... Read more
txernurse
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal destination. Although the Zuiderdam is an older dated ship, it still provided that smaller mid-size ship that we love. We prefer to cruise on HAL due to the "older" crowd and less loud ... Read more
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Tristansnana
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
On the whole the experience was good, but the low points more involving disruption from extensive cleaning, were very disappointing indeed. The food and service in the Dining room was great, all food very professionally produced to a ... Read more
pacerh
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our forth Holland America cruise and we picked the Zuiderdam because of going through the Panama Canal. The stop at the port in Columbia was another reason as was the BB King band that we had heard on another cruise. Going ... Read more
Keeversdad
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
Holland America generally appeals to an older crowd and as a couple in their mid-sixties we were definitely among the youngest onboard. The Zuiderdam is starting to show her age (a 2002 build) with some upgrades made. We were told that ... Read more
ckaweigh
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
This was my fourth Holland America cruise, and even though I loved the ports of call, this was my least favorite HAL cruise. I struggled with whether to rate this cruise three or four stars, and I settled on four because there were many ... Read more
Estomvhe
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We choose the 10 Day Cruise instead of the 11 Day because we liked the only being at sea 1 day between ports. We drove from Iowa to Ft Lauderdale and arrived in time to embark without a long waits or lines. Parking was very close to the ... Read more
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