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Zuiderdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Fabulous and faultless

Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Annette.Mark.Haslemere

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

First time with this cruise company mainly because we wanted to see the Panama canal in action.

From start to finish the cruise was faultless in every aspect.

Every destination were worth the visit, with interesting things to see made more special by excellent tour guides.

The cruise staff from top (the captain especially who regularly walks around) to bottom were all happy, efficient and always there to help.

Food was excellent and fine dining was true to its word.

The most important and impressive part of this cruise company is the fact that they have brought the old style of cruising to the present day. Guests are more sophisticated and pleasant to talk too.

I know this might sound snobby but this is not the cruise for you if you like to party till 4am and make noise!!

String quartet, piano bar, band, singers and dancers first class.

Excellent gym and knowledgeable staff.

Food is served by staff everywhere, therefore better for hygiene and waste control.

Thank you to all and will look forward to our next cruise.

Better than Norwegian, Costa and on par with Royal Caribbean.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 6023

First time we have had a balcony and will always book one now.

Spacious with plenty of storage for all the wife's dresses and shoes!!

Loved waking up to see out onto the ocean etc.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We had friends who took us out to dinner.

Not much to do apart from shopping.

Fly to miami and transfer to get day on South Beach on return. Get bus for $5 return

Half Moon Cay

Lovely relaxing day, however it can rain and little cover

Island Tour

Querky museum with interesting sculptures, caves and bats. Your guide again excellent and funny. Not too long on bus again which works well.

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City Tour

Took the catamaran to avoid any traffic. Excellent round bay and dropped at city walls. Be polite to vendors and they go away. Clean and tidy and safe to visit. Tour guide funny and knowledgeable again. Stops at a couple of welcome break to cool down and see local glass street artist who was amazing. 2 for $10 a bargain. Time to explore too or simply get a beer.

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Colon (Cristobal)

Stayed on ship on bow at deck 4 all day to witness how the canal operates. Unbelievable.

Get up early to get to the front. However be prepared and take ponchos. The rain ☔ in a strange way made the experience. It also got rid of the people!

The Tortuguero Canals

Quick bus ride again you pick up old train that doesn't go very far, however fun but also time to stop and see the sloths and monkey's.

Onto a boat on the canal that takes you back down similar train route.

Wildlife seen was fantastic and how the guides spot them is amazing. If you spot something shout and they will turn round too. Crocodile, bats, herons, lizards, more monkeys and birds.

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