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Zaandam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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527 reviews
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Antarctica was great but HAL cruise was so-so

Review for Zaandam to Antarctica
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Ken the cruiser
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2018
Cabin: Verandah Suite

This cruise was everything we expected and more! Great ports of call, 4 days cruising in Antarctica waters where we saw bunches of penguins, sea lions, whales and a wide variety of birds. Onboard, they offered great lecturers on sea days and even had a few interactive game shows which elated my DW.

However, two areas where HAL did not meet our expectations were (1) the quality of their production shows and (2) making sure passengers sanitized their hands when going into a dining area and when reboarding the ship after a day in port.

Quality of HAL production shows. The singers and dancers were fine, but the pace of the shows were that of watching a Lawrence Welk Show. That's fine if you like a slower pace, but we're in our mid 60's and grew up on rock and roll and were board stiff during most of their shows. However, they did hire some great entertainers which made up for the lack luster production shows produced by a New York-based production company from what we understand.

Cabin Review

Verandah Suite

Cabin AA

Nice room with no issues and stocked with a great pair of binoculars.

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