FIRST HOLLAND-AMERICA EXPERIENCE: Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Tonka Tone

Zuiderdam 5
Tonka Tone
Member Since 2013

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Sail Date: November 2013
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I would describe this as a happy ship with a contented crew, many of whom have been either on this ship or on other HAL ships for a number of years. The cruise director, Hamish Davis, did a great job and the entertainment was generally of a high standard. There are many obstructed views in the Vista Lounge (theatre) due to badly positioned pillars and so people were arriving extra early in order to get seats with a good view. The 'happy hours' were not ideally timed for early sitting diners.

The food was of a very good standard although there were occasions when we did find the choice limited - but everybody is different.

The ports of call were interesting and it is up to the individual as to whether or not they take up the excursions on offer - personally I think staying on the ship rather than going ashore is a total waste of a holiday.

Not the largest cabin we have travelled in but very well appointed with a large bed and ample draw and cupboard space. More Balcony small but adequate.We has a problem with the drain plug in our bath but this was swiftly dealt with. Our cabin stewards were very polite, efficient and caring.

The captain, British of course, was a real gentleman and appeared to do a fine job. I would have no qualms about doing another HAL cruise except that these usually involve a transatlantic flight for us Brits. Less

Published 12/11/13

Cabin review:

Not the largest cabin we have travelled in but very well appointed with a large bed and ample draw and cupboard space. Balcony small but adequate.

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Tonka Tone
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