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Zuiderdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Outstanding cruise, ship, staff, all together!

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by donaldcooke

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

We chose this cruise to check another destination off our bucket list and are totally satisfied with our choice. Our cruise was the first after the Zuiderdam's recent rehab, and everything was bright, airy, polished and 'shipshape'! The food was above the standards we have had lately on Carnival and Royal Caribbean on the Lido deck and in the main dining room. Every meal we had in the dining room was superb in presentation, taste, and in the service by the waiters. Room service was also excellent. The casino was fresh, which was quite a change, and did not allow smoking. I didn't find anywhere on board the ship where I smelled smoke. Our veranda rooms were nice, clean, and included a bath tub. Very spacious. Our cabin steward did an excellent job of keeping our cabin fresh and clean. The entertainment was exceptional, in the main theater, the movie theater and in the lounges. We booked the Panama Canal Excursion via EXEC, and were completely satisfied as well. In all, we came away in good moods, full of 5 star food and service, and educated in the building of the Panama Canal. It was a very satisfying 10 day cruise. The only bump in the road was embarkation - it seemed to take forever, but we made it! This was our 12th cruise. Our stop at Limon, Costa Rica was exceptional. We booked an all day taxi with Lobo, or the Wolf, and he did an exceptional job of showing us around the country with many fascinating stops and commentary. I would recommend his service without reservation and encourage you to ask for him by name when you get off the ship!


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VC 8026

Our cabins were clean, updated recently, offered a bathtub, and our steward did an outstanding job of refreshing our room throughout the day and turndown service at night.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Half Moon Cay

Our day had great weather and the beach was exceptional!

Aruba

Did a little shopping but spent most of the day at the beach.

Our guide was exceptional. He was well versed in the geography, fauna, island creatures, provided information on herbal and plant use for health and wellness, and provided a very educational tour of the country. I'd recommend him to anyone!

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