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Zaandam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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528 reviews

I Love Penguins

Review for Zaandam to South America
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6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
Cabin: Verandah Suite
Penguin Diving In
Penguins Porpoising
Penguins Jumping On Iceberg
Whale Spout Up Close
Whale Tail
Antarctic Landscape

The cruise exceeded my expectations in every way. The high point was the 4 days in the Antarctic. I will never forget the joy of watching an iceberg float by with penguins on it - with one every once in a while waving to you, or so it appears. Than you watch some of them dive off and go porpoising across the waters. Later on, an iceberg goes by and they are jumping on. A little further an iceberg goes by with a solitary penguin on it. Your camera is your best friend at this point to help capture this unbelievable spectacle and all the Antarctic beauty ever present around you.

And as if that wasn't enough there were the frequent whale spouts, some so close you could hear them, followed by their majestic arch and gigantic tail appearing as they take a deep dive. Than there was, for me, the beauty of the many variety of antarctic birds that followed the ship. One, the wandering albatross has the largest wing span of any bird, up to 10 feet (over 3 meters). The ever changing sea state, ocean color and sun angle made each soaring maneuver another art piece I had to capture. And haven't even mentioned the icebergs - a prime attraction to say the least.

As for the ship, it has been maintained in excellent shape. You couldn't ask for a better crew. Very friendly and as one who can testify to their around the clock effort to keep the ship clean, I was often up at all hours to photograph the sun set at midnight or a sun rise at 3:00 AM. My wife and I had a balcony suite, room 7038, port side on deck 7. Perfect in location and size. We had no problem with motion sickness for the moderate sea states we were in.

Cabin Review

Verandah Suite

Cabin A

We booked 15 months early to get a good location. Would choose this room again. One thing to be aware of is the overhang from the deck above starts here. Rooms further aft have more overhand. Pros is it provides more shade and weather protection. Cons is it restricts viewing up at the night sky or mountains scenery when you are in close.

Port Reviews


The Land Rover ride was half the enjoyment and truly a great King penguin experience.

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