Couldn’t ask for a better first time cruise! Ship is beautiful (a couple of issues from being right out of dry dock, though) and each and every crew member was helpful, friendly and willing to go above and beyond. The food was dependably delicious with a large variety from which to choose. The one problem we had was there weren’t enough people working the buffet...this caused long waits for some of the stations. Sometimes it seemed we were getting nickel and dimed to death...bottled water isn’t that big a deal when you figure HAL could raise the cost of a cruise by $25 and hand out bottles of water as people leave for an excursion...not leaving a bad taste in passengers mouths. The entertainment was good mostly but the shows put on by the HAL group of entertainers was so amateurish we had to leave...we gave it a try the second time they were on and did the same thing.

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Zaandam Cruise Review by grammawalt

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Couldn’t ask for a better first time cruise! Ship is beautiful (a couple of issues from being right out of dry dock, though) and each and every crew member was helpful, friendly and willing to go above and beyond.

The food was dependably delicious with a large variety from which to choose. The one problem we had was there weren’t enough people working the buffet...this caused long waits for some of the stations.

Sometimes it seemed we were getting nickel and dimed to death...bottled water isn’t that big a deal when you figure HAL could raise the cost of a cruise by $25 and hand out bottles of water as people leave for an excursion...not leaving a bad taste in passengers mouths.

The entertainment was good mostly but the shows put on by the HAL group of entertainers was so amateurish we had to leave...we gave it a try the second time they were on and did the same thing.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin E 1907
Nice decor. Individual coffee pots is a must!
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins