Zuiderdam Review

Not Quite Epic, But Worthwhile

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Sail Date: Jul 2023
Cabin: Signature Superior Verandah Suite

As one of Holland America’s Legendary Cruises (and also as one of the most expensive), the Voyage of the Vikings on the Zuiderdam, which sailed July 22-August 26, 2023, should have been nothing short of epic. It fell short of that goal, but was still very good and certainly worthwhile.

This review will cover the good things we experienced, as well as the not-so-good things.

THE GOOD THINGS

Cabin Review

Signature Superior Verandah Suite

I don't know why Holland America calls this category of cabin a "suite" as it is just a large room. However, it is spacious, with good storage, two desks, two sinks in the bathroom and two showers ( a tub/shower combination and a stall shower). Both the bedroom and the bathroom look like they have been half-way remodeled. In the bedroom area, the original blond wood remains on moldings, the two desks, the closets, the drawers under the beds while the dark wooden areas around the TV, the bed and the nightstands appear new or at least newish. Surely a stain or varnish could be applied to allow for consistently and a more pleasing appearance. In the bathroom, the dark wooden sink area and tile appear newish as does the floor, but the old pink tubs and showers and old tile that holds mold in the grout could stand replacing.

Port Reviews

Akureyri

Wonderful port with lots of choices of things to do.

Bar Harbor

This is a fabulous port in a quaint town. We were blessed with glorious weather!

Belfast

Belfast is a booming town! It was also our most organized port; by the time the ship was cleared, the tour buses, shuttle buses, "hop-on-hop off" buses and taxis were all lines up and just waiting for us to disembark. We did a shore excursion on the Antrim coast which was very scenic.

Cobh (Cork)

Sadly, it rained all day. While Cobh itself does not have much, and it is a chore to get into Cork, there were lots of options on shore excursions.

Djupivogur

This is a very small town in east Iceland with a virtually unpronounceable name! We took the excursion to the "Valley of the Waterfalls," which was very unique. All vehicles were either vans, pick-up trucks, or 4x4 vehicles which took us to a private sheep farm; the owner was also the tour director, who told wonderful stories about his family who have owned this land for generations.

Halifax

Halifax is one of my favorite cities in the world and very easy to access from the ship. We walked to the Public Gardens, (beautiful!) then to the waterfront where there are lots of restaurants and beautiful views.

Isafjord

From this very small town in the northwest of Iceland, we took a tour to the countryside, through unique tunnels, the beautiful waterfalls and quaint fishing villages.

Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

This was my favorite port. The town is very walkable; it is easy to get to Fort Charlotte and other attractions. An afternoon excursion took us to see Shetland ponies, which are indigenous to the islands. If you are a fan of the TV show "Shetland", this port is a must. (But if you go on a Sunday, an advance restaurant reservation for lunch is must.)

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