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This was our sixth HAL cruise and it didn't disappoint, just like all the others. The ship is 16 years old, but I understand it has just returned from a re-fit in drydock. The interior looked brand-new. You coulda said the ship was 16 weeks old and I woulda believed it. It seemed everything was new - carpeting, furniture, facilities, new layouts of many public rooms. We were on an Alaska cruise last summer on her sister ship, the Noordam. We could see the differences with the new layouts. The crew was uniformly excellent, pleasant, helpful and seemed to be enjoying their jobs. We always chose the open seating in the dining room so as to meet new people. This is almost the highlight of the day. We ate in the Canalotto Italian restaurant 3 times as we enjoyed it so much. This cruise went from Ft. Lauderdale to Half Moon Bay, Aruba, Curacao, Cartigena, Panama Canal, Puerto Limon and back to Ft. Lauderdale.

Old ship . . . NEW SHIP!

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by jawbreaker41

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This was our sixth HAL cruise and it didn't disappoint, just like all the others. The ship is 16 years old, but I understand it has just returned from a re-fit in drydock. The interior looked brand-new. You coulda said the ship was 16 weeks old and I woulda believed it. It seemed everything was new - carpeting, furniture, facilities, new layouts of many public rooms. We were on an Alaska cruise last summer on her sister ship, the Noordam. We could see the differences with the new layouts. The crew was uniformly excellent, pleasant, helpful and seemed to be enjoying their jobs.

We always chose the open seating in the dining room so as to meet new people. This is almost the highlight of the day. We ate in the Canalotto Italian restaurant 3 times as we enjoyed it so much.

This cruise went from Ft. Lauderdale to Half Moon Bay, Aruba, Curacao, Cartigena, Panama Canal, Puerto Limon and back to Ft. Lauderdale.
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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 10014
As I said, everything seemed to be brand new. Large flat-screen TV opposite the bed instead of in the corner.
Observation Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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