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- 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 are above

either the incineration (or the trash compactor?) The noise and

vibration went at various times all through the day...even in the

early a.m. Although we were happy at first with the extra-large cabin

and their mid-ship location on Main Desk near the Purser and Shore Excursion

Desk and elevators, the aggravation was not worth it. Since it was a

14 day Holiday cruise, the ship was fully booked and the one statement

Guest Relations offered us was not suitable. Eventually, HAL offered

us on board credits, but not enough to take away the displeasure

of the noise and vibrations.

I don't know how far down the hall on that side of the ship the noise/

vibrations reached, but be very, very careful of booking those cabins.

- Not much in poolside entertainment and....

On other ships, there is always music, pool games, etc. going on

during the day, especially days-at-sea. Here, very little. In fact,

rather a sedate, quiet cruise. Surprised us that - here we are in

the Caribbean - and no traditional island music. Poor programming.

The Shows were generally retreads - and the singers were awful.

Mike Bliss - the comedian, juggler, magician was excellent.

- Kudos for the Microsoft at Sea classes. A bright spot.

- Food

Standard cruise fare ....not terrible, but the Dining Room dinners

were over-salted and over-sauced. The Chef menus were a bit pretentious.

Stick to the simple selections: fish, grilled steaks, etc. offered daily.

Pinnacle Grill was excellent.

Canaletto - over-salted ...we didn't eat the spaghetti and meatballs

entree it was so bad.

Best was Breakfast in the Dining Room ...lots of choices

and the smoked salmon (lox) excellent.

- Casino

Small, not very interesting.

Bottom line: An older ship - and it shows, despite the dry-dock refurbishing.

Unless the itinerary is a must-do, skip this ship. Sad, because our

other HAL cruises (Noordam, Maasdam) were much more satisfying in terms

of service, food, and entertainment.

 

BEWARE: Certain Cabins ++++

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by xxyyzz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2012
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

- 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 are above


either the incineration (or the trash compactor?) The noise and


vibration went at various times all through the day...even in the


early a.m. Although we were happy at first with the extra-large cabin


and their mid-ship location on Main Desk near the Purser and Shore Excursion


Desk and elevators, the aggravation was not worth it. Since it was a


14 day Holiday cruise, the ship was fully booked and the one statement


Guest Relations offered us was not suitable. Eventually, HAL offered


us on board credits, but not enough to take away the displeasure


of the noise and vibrations.


I don't know how far down the hall on that side of the ship the noise/


vibrations reached, but be very, very careful of booking those cabins.


- Not much in poolside entertainment and....


On other ships, there is always music, pool games, etc. going on


during the day, especially days-at-sea. Here, very little. In fact,


rather a sedate, quiet cruise. Surprised us that - here we are in


the Caribbean - and no traditional island music. Poor programming.


The Shows were generally retreads - and the singers were awful.


Mike Bliss - the comedian, juggler, magician was excellent.


- Kudos for the Microsoft at Sea classes. A bright spot.


- Food


Standard cruise fare ....not terrible, but the Dining Room dinners


were over-salted and over-sauced. The Chef menus were a bit pretentious.


Stick to the simple selections: fish, grilled steaks, etc. offered daily.


Pinnacle Grill was excellent.


Canaletto - over-salted ...we didn't eat the spaghetti and meatballs


entree it was so bad.


Best was Breakfast in the Dining Room ...lots of choices


and the smoked salmon (lox) excellent.


- Casino


Small, not very interesting.


Bottom line: An older ship - and it shows, despite the dry-dock refurbishing.


Unless the itinerary is a must-do, skip this ship. Sad, because our


other HAL cruises (Noordam, Maasdam) were much more satisfying in terms


of service, food, and entertainment.


 

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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin E 1083

AVOID Cabins 1083 and 1085
and possibly others along that row.
Terrible noise and vibrations underneath those cabins.

Main Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins