Zaandam Cruise Review by AKJonesy
- Sail Date: December 2019
- Destination: Antarctica
- Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed view)
This was a first voyage on Zaandam, and even though it is a BIT smaller than what we've sailed on, I was pleased overall. I think I was a bit surprised that the food quality seemed to be a bit better than past sailings. Perhaps this was due to the itinerary...I don't know. I also noticed that the passengers seemed to be more relaxed and shall I say, on better behavior? Again, I don't know if it is due to the itinerary and cost of this particular cruise, but my husband and I both noticed this.
The ship is a bit smaller, as I said but I still found many quiet spaces on the ship when I just wanted somewhere by myself. We found a great group in the Crow's Nest daily at trivia and happy hour times. The Crow's Nest was lively and fun then.
As usual there were nearly no children on this cruise, and that suits us well. The average passenger age was probably 65-70, and that suited us also. Most of the "seniors" we hung out with were well traveled and fun. I noticed many people in the Hudson room daily playing bridge and other card games. We enjoyed the movies in the screening room, AKA, America's Test Kitchen although the main pull down screen was well worn.
I sat out on deck a few times, but walked the Promenade almost everyday. Depending on the time of day, I had the entire Promenade to myself depending when I chose to get my exercise in.
I thought the number of sea days was going to grow weary, but I always found something to do, and I think that is key. If you are a well seasoned HAL cruiser, the it's easy to get that feeling of "been there, done that" when you look at the daily offerings for activities. I think it is key to meet up with people and figure out your own activities to fill those voids.
We keep going back to Holland America so I guess the fit is good for us.
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