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Zaandam Review

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First time on Zaadam

Review for Zaandam to the Mexican Riviera
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2013
Cabin: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

My husband and I have cruised 8 times, three on Holland America. This was our first time on the Zaadam, a smaller ship than we are used to.

First of all, I want to share a great tip that I got off of Pinterest. Take a power strip with you on your cruise, as most state rooms only have one outlet. With the onslaught of cell phone, ipads, ipods, etc., the extra power outlets are a great way to get everything powered at one time. You can even use this in the airport. We had several people ask to use ours while waiting in the airport and we were happy to oblige. Thank me later.

Back to the ship. We are boring cruisers. We go solely for Rest and Relaxation. We usually don't go on shore excursions but opt for independent art gallery shopping and local fare while in port. Sometimes we just stay on the boat and relax near the pool. One reason we choose Holland America is that they allow you to bring your own wine on board. We made a quick stop at a Walgreens in San Diego and stocked up with bottles of wine. These can be carried right on to the ship and consumed in your state room for no fee. If you wish to have this wine at dinner, there is a corkage fee. But we usually just waited until after dinner and enjoyed the wine in the room.

Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Cabin G

Lots of closet room, curtain between closet area and bedroom. Bath is dated but has real bath tub and good shower pressure. Some black mold around shower and tub. Beds are comfy. Bring power strip for electronics as there is only one outlet in state room. Dated hair dryer in bath, bring your own.

This deck is underneath walking deck, so it did get noisy, but we weren't in the room that much, so it didn't matter. Some ship engine noise toward the end of the cruise. Stateroom is showing signs of wear and tear. Porthole for viewing. Nothing special but cheap!

Port Reviews

Puerto Vallarta

We took a bus to the city center on the ocean, I think it was called the Malcon. There were beautiful statues and sculptures there, along with living statues. Quite unique. Lots of shopping and tequila tasting there as well. There is also a beautiful church there that can be toured. We bought a couple of original watercolors from two different street artists that are proudly displayed on our "travel wall" at home. Bus was scary but cheap. Take a taxi.

Cabo San Lucas

We tendered in to Cabo, which is a beautiful sea side destination. Although we didn't have a lot of time here, we shopped, enjoyed some local fare and marveled at the Arches. We definitely want to go back here, to enjoy Lover's Beach and get to know this little area better. The whales were migrating in January and we were lucky enough to see them from the ship. However, would love to take a whale watching expedition next time.

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