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We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal destination. Although the Zuiderdam is an older dated ship, it still provided that smaller mid-size ship that we love. We prefer to cruise on HAL due to the "older" crowd and less loud partying crowd. The dining was wonderful each meal. Especially the Pinnacle Grill - the filet mignon was so delicious. We ate there 3 times. The main dining room was very good. However, it would have been nice to have a little more flexibility in the time of seating. Norwegian Cruise Lines has the best seating that we've experiened (show up when convenient and sit at a table that is ready with others at the same time). The main theater entertainment was wonderful each night. The only complaint that I would have would be the lack of other evening entertainment. The HAL band was bad, really bad. The BB King Band was great, but disbanded after the 3rd night. I felt as though we should have been offered an explanation, but was not. Almost every employee was pleasant and helpful. I just wish that the employees in the Greenhouse Spa were not so high pressured to sell products. We will definitely take a Holland cruise again.

11 Day Panama Canal Cruise

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by txernurse

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We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal destination. Although the Zuiderdam is an older dated ship, it still provided that smaller mid-size ship that we love. We prefer to cruise on HAL due to the "older" crowd and less loud partying crowd.

The dining was wonderful each meal. Especially the Pinnacle Grill - the filet mignon was so delicious. We ate there 3 times. The main dining room was very good. However, it would have been nice to have a little more flexibility in the time of seating. Norwegian Cruise Lines has the best seating that we've experiened (show up when convenient and sit at a table that is ready with others at the same time).

The main theater entertainment was wonderful each night. The only complaint that I would have would be the lack of other evening entertainment. The HAL band was bad, really bad. The BB King Band was great, but disbanded after the 3rd night. I felt as though we should have been offered an explanation, but was not.

Almost every employee was pleasant and helpful. I just wish that the employees in the Greenhouse Spa were not so high pressured to sell products.

We will definitely take a Holland cruise again.
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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 7143
Cabin was as roomy as allowed on a cruise ship. Enjoyed our balcony. Bathroom was a good size. Quiet cabin located at the end of the hallway.
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