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We chose this cruise because of the itinerary that included the Panama Canal and Cartagena. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was a breeze. We landed at FLL around 1:00 and were enjoying a light lunch by 2:00. Disembarkation was also a breeze. We chose luggage direct and were off the ship by 8:30. Got to the airport a little after 9:00. Our luggage arrived at our final destination, BWI, without incident. The ship had a more laid back vibe, We did not miss the belly flop or wet t-shirt contests. Lounge chairs were at a premium on sea days. You could, however, find a very comfortable deck chair on the Promenade deck. The entertainment was good. The B.B. King All-stars were the best band we have heard on all of our cruises. Listened to them every night they played. The shows in the theater were also good. Drink prices were quite reasonable compared to other cruise lines. The evening special $5.00 martinis at the Billboard Lounge were excellent. Food was uniformly good. We chose anytime dining and only had to wait one night. Service was excellent. The Lido grill served excellent food. Seating could be a challenge at lunch. Canaletto and the Pinnacle Grill were outstanding. The tours in Cartagena, Panama City, and the hacienda tour in Costa Rica were awesome. We had excellent tour guides for all of our tours. We look forward to going back. After 30 cruises, this was our first on HAL. It will definitely not be our last.

Great cruise

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by mthfish

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We chose this cruise because of the itinerary that included the Panama Canal and Cartagena. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was a breeze. We landed at FLL around 1:00 and were enjoying a light lunch by 2:00. Disembarkation was also a breeze. We chose luggage direct and were off the ship by 8:30. Got to the airport a little after 9:00. Our luggage arrived at our final destination, BWI, without incident.

The ship had a more laid back vibe, We did not miss the belly flop or wet t-shirt contests. Lounge chairs were at a premium on sea days. You could, however, find a very comfortable deck chair on the Promenade deck.

The entertainment was good. The B.B. King All-stars were the best band we have heard on all of our cruises. Listened to them every night they played. The shows in the theater were also good. Drink prices were quite reasonable compared to other cruise lines. The evening special $5.00 martinis at the Billboard Lounge were excellent.

Food was uniformly good. We chose anytime dining and only had to wait one night. Service was excellent. The Lido grill served excellent food. Seating could be a challenge at lunch. Canaletto and the Pinnacle Grill were outstanding.

The tours in Cartagena, Panama City, and the hacienda tour in Costa Rica were awesome. We had excellent tour guides for all of our tours. We look forward to going back.

After 30 cruises, this was our first on HAL. It will definitely not be our last.
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Cabin Review

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Cabin K 1048
The cabin was large compared to interior cabins on other cruise ships. It was large enough for a couch on which two of us could site comfortably. There was plenty of storage. Bathroom was a typical cruise ship bathroom. Air conditioning worked well. We had no complaints about the cabin. Our room attendants Hadi and Giri did a great job.
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