Took the Zuiderdam on a Trans Atlantic from March 16-31. This was our first TA, and likely our last. Service on the ship was very good. The activities were suitable for the passengers, average age 70 plus or minus. The food on HAL is quite good and the dining service was dependable but certainly not very personal nor attentive. The wine list is pathetic, and the prices 3 to 4 times retail are outrageous. The staff hasn't a clue about the wine that they have on their list. On this cruise they ran out of some of the low cost wine on the wine list. They sell $5 bottles of crap wine for $6 a glass. I don't know any restaurant that will ever do this. In short, HAL needs to address their entire wine program. The entertainment was very good, especially the BB Kings. Our balcony room was adequate size with a very comfortable bed. The hotel department of this cruise line knows its job and performs it very well. The heat and air system in the room is another story. It was either too hot or too cold. It either worked or didn't. The bathroom was good. If you take one HAL cruise you can depend that another will be just the same. The Zuiderdam is a comfortable ship, with lots of wood and darker colors throughout. Nothing new and exciting to be found on this ship. The gym, while on the small side has a good staff who understand their clients, and the promenade on deck 3 is a great place to get in ones daily walk. Nice hotel, good food, fellow cruisers who love HAL, makes for a very good cruise experience.
This cabin is mid ship adjacent to the elevators on the port side. The veranda had minor privacy issues with the adjacent elevator, but there is no noise from the elevator. Being on the Navigation deck, just below the Lido deck, is a plus. The only problem with this cabin on this cruise was the inability to get the heat and air to work correctly.