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Zaandam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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558 Reviews

Fatal flaw stopping us doing long cruises

Zaandam Cruise Review by Stupid name

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

The Zaandam lived up to our four star mariner expectations clean, we'll run, great food, no sickness in 38 days, much better entertainment than in the past, the best staff in the world from captain to cabin boy. Good itinery of places that are hard to get to except at great expense making this very good value for money. Sea day activities were lacking especially to those who are regular holland America guest as things such as BBC trivea and films

And test kitchen are repeated on a two week schedule. Most ports had inexpensive tours offered on the dock we did one in nearly every port. They were very reasonable safe and proffessionally run. The natural beauty at the tip of South America was well worth the trip. To bird enthusiast this is heaven, so many diff kinds of sea birds it is like a nature cruise. For the first boat of the season the weather was ver good we even had great weather in Stanley the Falklands although to earlier to go to the king penguins as track still to wet for vehicles

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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin EE 2565

Well kept by our wonderful stewards good position if rough we were quite dissapointed it was not around the horn

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

We chose an idependent guide at port gate. Gone all day and saw much more than boat tour for $50 each

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Punta Arenas

Got cheap shuttle into town went to museums, wi fi cafe and lovely old house. Great day


It was Sunday and voting day so lots shut in town. Boat guide gave erroneous info

Saying prison museum closed we were dissapointed to have missed it. There appear to be some good boat tours that can be booked on land

Researched on Internet and took free city walking tour. European model tip at end around $20 per person it was four hours and just great. Very very good experienced guide lovely city with wonderful trees

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Punta del Este

Took a cheap van tour just ok for a just ok place


Rained really heavily so took a walk and ran back to ship


Took van tour picked up on pier good value much cheaper than the boat and longer

Took free shuttle to shopping center picked up a nice clean cab tour for four came to $15 each driver parked in city center we paid two dollars car park had bathrooms

Then we walked square saw changing of gaurd then went to a great cathedral and st Frances then quickly looked at huge free archeological site in suburb. Traffic was not half as bad as reported driver walked with us. Lima is worth a visit

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Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)

Boat guide gave erroneous info that prison museum was closed due to voting day

So waisted our time. Looked like there were boat tours offered outside port

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