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Zuiderdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Kranksr

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

We chose this cruise because of timing as we wanted to cruise in April. We were a little worried about cruising with Holland American because of their reputation of being geared toward a much older crowd then we were used to. Yes the average age was much older, but don't let that deter you as the cruise was excellent.


We had a balcony room on the 10th deck. The room was about average as far as size and comfort goes. However, the room stewards were the best we have ever had. Our every need was met instantly and with a smile no matter what time of day. Our room location was perfect as it was above the lido deck so all that noise was below us and the crows nest was right outside our room. The crows nest is a bar with panoramic views at the bow of the ship.


Lido deck buffet: great selection of food. There was italian, asian, mexican, sandwiches, pizza, hamburger\hotdog grill, a great salad station and of course deserts. The food quality was very good compared to other cruise lines and we have been on quite a few cruises.

Main Dining room: the main dining room was pleasantly designed. The diner food quality and selection was outstanding. I would rate the quality better then other cruise lines, but not by much as we have experienced good main dining room food on other cruise lines. The waite staff were exceptional. We are breakfast in the main dining room but I would recommend the buffet as the selection on the buffet was better.

Pinnacle Grill ($ dining ): we dined at the pinnacle grill twice during the cruise. The food, in my opinion, was not worth the $35.00 charge. Don't get me wrong the food was good, but not $35.00 better then the main dining room. However, David, our waiter was outstanding.

On board experence:

Days at sea got a little long as other cruise lines offered more events to occupy your time. Biggest complaint would be the lack of music in the pool areas. Holland American is in partnership with American test kitchen and offer many cooking shows and they were outstanding. The BB King lounge was the only choice you had for live dancing music. The band, B B King All Star band might be the best band I ever heard on a cruise and they played every night.

Excursions: All I will say is you should book your excursions from a site such as Viator. The excursion we booked from the ship was poor. However the excursions we booked through Viator were outstanding.

Shopping on board: same as all cruise lines.

Overall experience : Outstanding! This is the smallest ship we have ever cruises on and I doubt we will ever cruise on a large ship again. The personal touch you receive on a small ship is remarkable and something everyone should experience. Holland American does personal touch better then any other ship we have been on. DO NOT let the average age deter you as it is something we did not even notice nor did it effect the fun we had in the slightest. If you are a 20 - 35 year old party animal this is not the ship for you! We are in our 50s and we had a wonderful time.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 10005

It was an average balcony room. Very clean and a great movie selection. Room stewards were outstanding.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


WOW!!!! We used Viator to book this excursion. The tour was run by Terraventuras. The zip line was the best we have ever done (6th). It was located about 2 hours from the cruise port but don't let that deter you as they will have you back in plenty of time. This zip line was at the top of the mountain you see when pulling into port. It does require some pretty good hiking up the mountain so keep that in mind. There were 13 platforms. This includes a superman line where you are scraped to you back and you fly horizontal to the ground (coolest thing ever). An added bonus was a Tarzan swing were you are strapped to a rope and and you jump off the platform swinging from the rope (2nd coolest thing). Your was VERY SAFE and very professional!

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Just very disappointing.

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Scuba Diving

Hans at curious2dive was great! The personalized experience was second to none. He even included underwater pictures at no additional cost. Booked through viator.

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