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Zaandam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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524 reviews
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Great Ship & Interesting Itinerary

Review for Zaandam to Canada & New England
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2019
Cabin: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite

My review is written from this perspective: During our forty-two married years together my wife and I have previously cruised twenty-four times. We’ve been on Holland America four times already, plus multiple cruises on Royal Caribbean, Windstar, Uniworld Europe River Cruises, and once on Oceania. We enjoy cruising, especially the at-sea days. We liked this itinerary for its two up-front at-sea northbound days from Fort Lauderdale as our opportunity to decompress from our everyday lives at home, plus the anticipated at-sea day towards the end of the cruise while watching the St. Lawrence shoreline glide past.

Spoiler Alert: We had a really nice cruise!

Embarkation & Disembarking: Getting on the ship in Fort Lauderdale was one of the most efficient and fast processes we’ve ever experienced. Even though we arrived a bit early for our posted boarding time, we were able to get right on the ship. A great start for our cruise. Disembarkation day was unusual. The St. Lawrence River was very high and overflowing its banks because of the combination of a late snow melt from the shoreline mountains together with recent heavy rains. That kept our ship from sailing from Quebec City to its final destination in Montreal because the ship couldn’t fit under a bridge between the two cities even at low tide. So we stayed moored in Quebec City overnight instead of moving on to Montreal. Holland America had to put all of us on coaches extra early on disembarkation day for the 3-hour ride to Montreal. We saw lots of flooding along the way to Montreal, but we arrived at the airport with minimal hassles. Good for Holland America, since they also had the nightmare of getting all of the incoming passengers transported from Montreal to meet the ship in Quebec City, too.

Cabin Review

Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite

Cabin SA

Excellent in all ways. We were spoiled.

Port Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Pre-cruise HAL hotel was just okay.


Booked our own pre-cruise hop-on-hop-off trolley for the day.

Bar Harbor

HAL cancelled our excursion. No big deal because we've been here before. Just strolled the Norman Rockwell-like streets and enjoyed a lobstah roll at a local pub.


Still closed for the winter


Mostly still closed for the winter

Sydney (Nova Scotia)

Mostly still closed for the winter

Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

Loved this excursion. A beautiful island.

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