This was a 14 day Panama Canal journey from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. Zaandam is a smaller ship and doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles" but has a lot to offer. Passengers were on the older side and only 14 or so children on board. Staff and crew were excellent. Never a long wait for a drink or to get something from the Lido buffet.
Pools and hot tubs were never really very crowded and never had an issue finding a sun lounger or place to sit by the pool which was particularly good since we had a lot of sea days on this itinerary.
Casino actually paid out better for me than the last time I was on the Zaandam in July.
Cabin was fantastic. It was a Neptune Suite right down the hall from the Neptune Lounge. Happee, the Neptune Concierge, was wonderful and always eager to help with any requests. The room was very large and had tons of storage space. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub that I never used but was very slipper and a bit trecherous when taking a shower. The room came with a huge balcony (amost a terrace) with sun loungers and a separate table that seated 4. Cabin stewards were great and always made sure the room was clean and tidy and the coffee machine had plenty of coffee pods.
Went on an excursion to a convent overlooking the city (great views) and then a city tour of the walled city.
Unless you are going on an excursion, there is nothing to do here other than spend 20 minutes walking around the port shops and the jade "museum". Basically a "stay on the ship" day.
There is a small port shop area with some stalls and bars / restaurants. Nice beach right off the cruise ship dock where you can buy a beer and sit at a restaurant and go right into the water.
Lots to do and see here for both excursions and independent travel. Taxi to the Zona Romantica is only $10.00 USD per person and takes around 15-20 minutes. Lov.ed walking down the Malecon to see the sculptures and performers. Unfortunately not a lot of time at this port.