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We wanted to cruise the Baltics ans choose this cruise because it docked 2 days at St Petersburg.The last two ports Gottenborg and Helsingborg should be replaced by another day at Copenhagen and Stockholm We flew into Copenhagen a day early and stayed at the Hilton at the airport,and it was a great choice because you dont have to go outside to reach the airport or the Metro to Central Copenhagen[only a 15-20 minute ride available 24/7] Embarkation was fine and waited 15 minutes on line to drop our suitcases and then there were no other lines. No waiting for disembarkation[best we ever had] The activities were limited but we didn`t care because the cruise was port intensive. The magician show was excellent along with the one with the singer/performer the comedian was very good and the production shows were average. Dining was very good[dining room menu was limited with choices on some days] The Garden Buffet was better than other buffets[even Celebrity]. and we didn`t try the premiun restaurants THE SERVICE WAS FIVE STARS The front desk staff was great dealing with the problems with our cabin[the home office should not sell this and other cabins as quads] and extended a generous credit. The ship was well maintained and didn`t any rust mentioned on earlier reviews. Ports Warnemunde: We didn`t go into Berlin,We went to rostock inthe AM on an excursion boat and into Warnemunde in the PM[ both arepleasants towns frequented by locals] Talinin.We walked a mile into town and had a pleasant walk in the old town and the cheapest beers of the trip. St Petersburg.We took a 2 day tour with TJ Travel and it was excellent at half the price of the cruise.[ with only 12 people instead of 40].We covered all the bases[including a subway ride].I would recommend TJ for all your tours[other cruisers used them on other ports and they were excellent]. Helsinki was very good,we used the Hop on-Hop off bus [25 euros] and had a pleasant day. Stockholm was a little hectic,we took the Hop-on Hop-off [33euros] but it was slow and crowded,othe people used public transportation and had the same problem.Perhaps the next time we will use taxis to reach the center of the city. Kiel is another pleasant city but we didn`t go into Lubeck[and this was a mistake] Both Gotenborg and Helsinburg[Sweden] were pleasant but should be replaced by an extra day in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. Copenhagen.We took a ship excursion to Tivoli gardens and was too short and overpriced ,next time we will take a taxi and saty longer to see the fireworks. To summarize the ship is pleasant,the crowd is old the service excellent and the food very good but our cabin was HORRIBlLE for four [it should be sold for up to 3 people only]The same problem exist also with some balcony cabins]

It would be a 4 star cruise if not for the cabin.

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Tanito

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Standard Interior Stateroom
We wanted to cruise the Baltics ans choose this cruise because it docked 2 days at St Petersburg.The last two ports Gottenborg and Helsingborg should be replaced by another day at Copenhagen and Stockholm

We flew into Copenhagen a day early and stayed at the Hilton at the airport,and it was a great choice because you dont have to go outside to reach the airport or the Metro to Central Copenhagen[only a 15-20 minute ride available 24/7]

Embarkation was fine and waited 15 minutes on line to drop our suitcases and then there were no other lines.

No waiting for disembarkation[best we ever had]

The activities were limited but we didn`t care because the cruise was port intensive.

The magician show was excellent along with the one with the singer/performer the comedian was very good and the production shows were average.

Dining was very good[dining room menu was limited with choices on some days] The Garden Buffet was better than other buffets[even Celebrity]. and we didn`t try the premiun restaurants

THE SERVICE WAS FIVE STARS The front desk staff was great dealing with the problems with our cabin[the home office should not sell this and other cabins as quads] and extended a generous credit.

The ship was well maintained and didn`t any rust mentioned on earlier reviews.

Ports

Warnemunde: We didn`t go into Berlin,We went to rostock inthe AM on an excursion boat and into Warnemunde in the PM[ both arepleasants towns frequented by locals]

Talinin.We walked a mile into town and had a pleasant walk in the old town and the cheapest beers of the trip.

St Petersburg.We took a 2 day tour with TJ Travel and it was excellent at half the price of the cruise.[ with only 12 people instead of 40].We covered all the bases[including a subway ride].I would recommend TJ for all your tours[other cruisers used them on other ports and they were excellent].

Helsinki was very good,we used the Hop on-Hop off bus [25 euros] and had a pleasant day.

Stockholm was a little hectic,we took the Hop-on Hop-off [33euros] but it was slow and crowded,othe people used public transportation and had the same problem.Perhaps the next time we will use taxis to reach the center of the city.

Kiel is another pleasant city but we didn`t go into Lubeck[and this was a mistake]

Both Gotenborg and Helsinburg[Sweden] were pleasant but should be replaced by an extra day in both Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Copenhagen.We took a ship excursion to Tivoli gardens and was too short and overpriced ,next time we will take a taxi and saty longer to see the fireworks.

To summarize the ship is pleasant,the crowd is old the service excellent and the food very good but our cabin was HORRIBlLE for four [it should be sold for up to 3 people only]The same problem exist also with some balcony cabins]
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Cabin Review

Standard Interior Stateroom
Cabin M 1054
TERRIBLE!!!!!
The cabin should for 3 [maximiun] It was sold to us a s a quad.
First the bunk bed opens on top of the beds leaving only 3 feet of space between the beds anf the bunk and only 3 feet between the bunk bed and ceiling.[we bumped our heads all the time]
Also when the bunk bed was open there was no insulation and you could hear everything from the lounge above us.
Same problem on a balcony cabin we declined when we complained
ALL THESE CABINS SHOULD BE TRIPLES NOT QUADS
SHAME ON YOU HOLLAND AMERICA
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