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Zuiderdam Cruise Review
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Zuiderdam Cruise Review by panamamlb

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2017
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Chose this cruise for the itinerary because it included the Panama Canal. The ship is older and needs to be renovated. Our cabin had a tub which should be removed and replaced with a shower which will provide more room to move about. The closets in the cabin creaked which made it difficult to sleep. The carpets are well worn, some areas of the ship smell bad, the entertainment, food and dining service leaves a lot to be desired. Even the "specialty" restaurants did not deliver as hoped.

The best part of the cruise was the BB King Blues band.

Most of the excursions were interesting but expensive.

The comedian/ventriloquist joked that the average age of the guests was 108...he wasn't far off. This was the oldest crowd that I've ever cruised with. They provide good facilities, scooters and such for the disabled client. I definitely would not recommend this for a young couple. My advise is to choose an ALL-INCLUSIVE resort or cruise because by the time you pay for EVERYTHING (including water) you will spend as much if not more.

Because of this experience I will not choose Holland America again.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VF 8128

The closets constantly creaked. Don't know what is above this cabin but sounds like moving heavy furniture all hours of the day.

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