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Zuiderdam Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1004 reviews
32 Awards

Ship showing its age, great crew

Review for Zuiderdam to the Panama Canal & Central America
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2018
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

The ship, unfortunately, was showing its age. Buckets were set up in different common areas so liquid that was dripping from ceiling could be collected most of the trip. In the Lido buffet area, liquid was coming up from the floor tiles and being mopped almost the entire trip. Last two days of the cruise, the ship had a problem with one of the azipods and had to max out the other to get to port on time, which caused an annoying vibration for the rest of the trip. Arrived at port over late 3 hours because of the azipod issue, causing some people to miss their flights Can't say enough about the crew, always cheerful and ready to help. Cabins were nice and kept very clean. Been on Holland America before, but on this cruise talent was not as good. BB King lounge was more like a high school band (singer had great pipes though). Main stage acts, half were very good, others were mediocre at best (Other people seemed to enjoy and would disagree with us). Food was varied and again, unbelievable service in dining and lounge areas. I like Holland America and will cruise again with them, everybody has a bad day now and then.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Cabin VE

No complaints about cabin, tended to by two great cabin attendants.

Port Reviews

Half Moon Cay

Beautiful island, water, and facilities.


Pretty port town. Safe and clean.

Colon (Cristobal)

Gritty port town, did not look safe outside terminal

Puerto Limon

A lot of poverty and homes turned into protected compounds surrounded by fences topped with barbed wire and barred windows and doors.

Puerto Limon

Saw sloth and monkeys in the wild, nice.

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