1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Zuiderdam
We choose this particular cruise because of the itinerary including the following cruise to Iceland, and that it was a mid size ship. Very impressed with the organisation for embarking and disembarking. The food, entertainment and excursions were excellent although some of the excursions seemed a little disorganised with the local guides. Choices of food and menus we could not fault and we ate extremely well. Our only complaint is the "hotel service charge" we were slugged on top the the cruise cost, and the cost of drinks which also incurred a service charge (tip). The cabin stewards were very good and we would have preferred to tip them direct rather the the ship skimming $27 USD per day for tips as well as those collected with every drink purchased and the drinks were not cheap. We were also charged for any wellness activities in the salons and gym. HAL should think about covering all costs with the cruise fare.

Excellent experience for a first time cruiser

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Yelwah

2 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We choose this particular cruise because of the itinerary including the following cruise to Iceland, and that it was a mid size ship. Very impressed with the organisation for embarking and disembarking. The food, entertainment and excursions were excellent although some of the excursions seemed a little disorganised with the local guides. Choices of food and menus we could not fault and we ate extremely well.

Our only complaint is the "hotel service charge" we were slugged on top the the cruise cost, and the cost of drinks which also incurred a service charge (tip). The cabin stewards were very good and we would have preferred to tip them direct rather the the ship skimming $27 USD per day for tips as well as those collected with every drink purchased and the drinks were not cheap. We were also charged for any wellness activities in the salons and gym. HAL should think about covering all costs with the cruise fare.
Yelwah’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Holland America Zuiderdam price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VD 6012
Very good although the TV was very small and TV programing was abismal.
Rotterdam Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews