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Zaandam Cruise Review
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Eat A Lot But Walk A Lot

Zaandam Cruise Review by LeftCoastDave

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2009
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Background: We're primarily Cancun resort vacationers, but have taken couple cruises recently. Spent 15 days on Zaandam to Hawaii out of San Diego, our home city. Encountered a long line at embarkation but it moved quickly. Ship Info: Mid-sized ship, 1500 passengers. Activities: Although we did not participate there was always something going on: bridge lessons and playing. for example. Service: Excellent. Room stewards were superb, room service (ordered coffee every morning at 6 AM) was perfect. Dining room staff were always friendly, helpful, etc. We used HAL's suggested $11/day/person gratuity charge, plus extra for the room service. Port/Shore Excursion: While we went ashore at each port, we purchased only 1 excursion: AZ Memorial at Pearl Harbor. At Maui we tendered in to Lahaina and walked around a while. At Hilo, Nawiliwi, and Kona we rode free shuttles to shopping. Folks we talked to said the helicopter rides were great; all said the excursions were expensive. Stateroom: Large ocean-view on Main deck (2) was fine. Dining: Food was very good to excellent. Entertainment: (5 star scale) We enjoyed all the entertainment. Pool quartet: 3.25; HAL singers/dancers: 3.5; the other entertainers: (2) 5s, (2) 4s, and (2) 3.5s.Disembarkation: Used "expedited," which was perfect. Summary: Our next cruise is probably 3 years away. We will consider HAL. Oh, average age aboard was probably high 70s; lots of walkers, canes, wheel chairs. They all got around fine.

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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Quiet for the most part. Heard a bit of noise each morning coming from deck 3 Promenade, no problem though. My wife says the shampoo, lotion, etc. were top brand.Beds were comfortable. Will probably select Main Deck/ocean view for next cruise.

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Been here before. Only walked around, but this was our favorite walk-around port.


I have been wanting to go to AZ Memorial for some time. Following visit to Memorial we had interesting bus tour. We traveled to other side of Oahu, away from all the Honolulu buildings!

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