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I was scanning cruises in the Baltic for 2017 when this 2016 cruise to both the Baltic AND the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands showed up. I learned on the ship it was really 2 back-to-back cruises and many of the passengers were on board for only 1/2 of the total. We had not been to either area, so we were glad to combine both in one trip, at about the same price we were looking at for just the Baltic. The cabin with balcony was clean and comfortable, average roominess - plenty for 2 people - with enough storage and a comfortable bed. Room stewards kept it neat and tidy ALL the time. We enjoyed many of the ship's activities. The flown-in entertainment - like UkeBox - was fabulous. The ship's company of singers and dancers seemed a little lackluster, and the tech elements in the big theatre were not well done -- too heavy handed in sound and lights. The BB King Band was terrific in the smaller venue. There was always SRO for the classical piano-violin duo in one of the lounges. So there was plenty of entertainment all over the ship for all tastes. Speaking of taste - we had one dinner at the Pinnacle Grill and it was superb. There were several special lunches for Mariner Club or Collector Voyage guests, and they were top notch. Some of the other meals in the dining room were a little disappointing - tough steak, over-cooked lamb chops, etc. We had some of the best meals in the Lido, where we could choose our own menu at every meal. The special meals on the Lido deck were almost always the best. (I didn't care for the German meal, but I think that was just me) Staff and crew were friendly and efficient, always working and willing to do whatever you need. Bartenders are very personable and an entertainment in themselves. Dorine was very helpful with information about ports and how to get to places on our own. We booked transfer to and from ship and airport through Holland America and we were very glad we did so we didn't have to worry about finding our own way there when we arrived all jet-lagged the first day. On the last day, the ship arranged for a 4:00 a.m. bus for all of us who were flying out on VERY early flights. Not sure we could have done that on our own either. Ports were great. Some sailing times turned out to be different from times originally published, which messed up some of our shore activities, but we always made it back in time. Overall, we really enjoyed it and would go again. We would do the same trip again and spend more time in each port. That's the only drawback to a quick overview like this was, a day in each of 18 ports - not enough time in any of them. We had 2 days in St. Petersburg with a wonderful tour. I would go again and pick a different tour next time. So much to see and explore.

2-in-1 Cruise with 18 Fabulous Ports

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Directrix

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
I was scanning cruises in the Baltic for 2017 when this 2016 cruise to both the Baltic AND the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands showed up. I learned on the ship it was really 2 back-to-back cruises and many of the passengers were on board for only 1/2 of the total. We had not been to either area, so we were glad to combine both in one trip, at about the same price we were looking at for just the Baltic. The cabin with balcony was clean and comfortable, average roominess - plenty for 2 people - with enough storage and a comfortable bed. Room stewards kept it neat and tidy ALL the time. We enjoyed many of the ship's activities. The flown-in entertainment - like UkeBox - was fabulous. The ship's company of singers and dancers seemed a little lackluster, and the tech elements in the big theatre were not well done -- too heavy handed in sound and lights.

The BB King Band was terrific in the smaller venue. There was always SRO for the classical piano-violin duo in one of the lounges. So there was plenty of entertainment all over the ship for all tastes. Speaking of taste - we had one dinner at the Pinnacle Grill and it was superb. There were several special lunches for Mariner Club or Collector Voyage guests, and they were top notch. Some of the other meals in the dining room were a little disappointing - tough steak, over-cooked lamb chops, etc. We had some of the best meals in the Lido, where we could choose our own menu at every meal. The special meals on the Lido deck were almost always the best. (I didn't care for the German meal, but I think that was just me)

Staff and crew were friendly and efficient, always working and willing to do whatever you need. Bartenders are very personable and an entertainment in themselves. Dorine was very helpful with information about ports and how to get to places on our own. We booked transfer to and from ship and airport through Holland America and we were very glad we did so we didn't have to worry about finding our own way there when we arrived all jet-lagged the first day. On the last day, the ship arranged for a 4:00 a.m. bus for all of us who were flying out on VERY early flights. Not sure we could have done that on our own either.

Ports were great. Some sailing times turned out to be different from times originally published, which messed up some of our shore activities, but we always made it back in time. Overall, we really enjoyed it and would go again. We would do the same trip again and spend more time in each port. That's the only drawback to a quick overview like this was, a day in each of 18 ports - not enough time in any of them. We had 2 days in St. Petersburg with a wonderful tour. I would go again and pick a different tour next time. So much to see and explore.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 5004
Great cabin with verandah. There were some maintenance issues, but crew took care of it immediately. Bed was comfy, stewards were very attentive and always kept the room clean and tidy.
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