Mixed Feelings: Zuiderdam Cruise Review by SVBing

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Mixed Feelings

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
We are equal opportunity cruisers sailing many cruise lines, ship size, etc. that said we have also always enjoyed the overall excellence of Holland. This cruise was a mixed . First time sailing this class of Holland ship, it felt claustrophobic. Limited outside view as we traversed the ship due to layout. Just felt closed in. Bar service was wanting, as service poor, not set up as out of certain liquors, glasses. Hmm.... Cabins whereas fairly large also feel old......

Now the cabin and dining room service was superb and the dining room food good. Pinnacle a bit disappointing as Halibut sub standard and veal chop incorrectly cooked, service good but not warm and cordial. Night at Le Cirque was ok, I'd probably skip next time.

Main shows good overall. Three full shows in 7 days, lots of energy, great costuming, although singers only fair. As for other entertainment throughout the ship........ah, little if any , surprising as it left the feel of the evenings less More festive, somewhat hollow.

Art allergy an afterthought and auctioneer and staff, sub par. Didn't care for Walmart feel of shops.

Alaska ports are what they are. All Caribeanized...... So excursions a must although in Alaska can be expensive.

Sorry but not the HA experience we are use to.......... Less

Published 10/10/13

Cabin review:

Handicap cabin forward mid ship. We were upgraded, although no handicap. Larger balcony room huge bath, larger balcony. Cabin about 250 sq ft plus balcony. Great option for same prices reg balcony and larger. You have to be accepting of large shower only no lip but drains at perimeter fewer closets and chais instead of sofa.

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