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Zuiderdam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Zuiderdam - Eastern Caribbean

Review for Zuiderdam to the Eastern Caribbean
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Sail Date: Oct 2003
Cabin: Signature Superior Verandah Suite

After 23 cruises over the same amount of years I found the MS Zuiderdam a wonderful surprise. Everything worked as it should from embarkation to disembarkation. The ship is new and the crew is geared towards pleasing ALL its passengers. It is the only cruise I have ever been on that I found very little to complain about. This was the Eastern Caribbean cruise with ports of call including Half Moon Cay, St. Marten, St. Thomas, and Nassau. I found NONE of the problems reported in previous reviews of this ship. There was NO sewage odor, vibration in the dining room was as expected while being on a ship over her screws, the entire staff was pleasant and eager to please. The food was very good. We did not try the Odyssey speciality restaurant but heard the prime rib there was to kill for. The shows were OK but not exceptional and the normal day to day shipboard activities were what one would expect. One of the nicest things was no one on the staff was hawking drinks or any other profit oriented endeavor. I thought the no tipping policy was a refreshing change and found the staff worked harder that those lines which demand x amount of dollars per day per person and especially those which automatically place said charges on your bill. Therefore it was nice to compensate those who treated you well accordingly. We had a class SS cabin (6063) and found it perfect. It is midships, starboard and a little forward. I found it well laid out and the only complaint was that as on most ships there are not enough electrical outlets. I knew this in advance so we brought along a power strip and that solved the problem. The only disappointment on the cruise was the fact that there was no engine room or bridge tour. Holland America's corporate office indicated that there would be and to sign up at the front desk. The front desk personnel responded to my request "Oh no, that is impossible, because of 911". Well excuse me, I don't buy into that. As far as I am concerned they could make a profit center out of those locations and charge say $ 100.00 and take small parties well guarded to secure areas. So that is my opinion of the Zuiderdam. I highly recommend her and Holland America.

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Signature Superior Verandah Suite

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