I just came off a 7 day cruise on the Zaandam. The good: It was a nice ship, tho somewhat aging, but classic decor. Nice cabin, very spacious, the best part of the cruise! Food was average, with average presentation /taste. The bad: Had to wait in line for 2 hours to get on board, terrible long and slow embarkation! Average age was 75 yrs, and all married couples...(I am 40 and single). Terrible odor of boiled cabbage throughout atrium, main deck area, and other days it was an odor of sewage!! Same choice of breakfast buffet every day, nothing different. Poor entertainment, nothing suitable for younger age group. Very miserable bar staff especially at the Dolphin pool bar. Supposed to be designated smoking areas on ship, but this was rarely adhered to unfortunately, so it was offputting to go to any bar/lounge. Supposed to get fruit every day in cabin, but had to wait 2 days for it. No toiletries provided, had to ask, they had forgotten, then only one bar of soap for entire cruise, no replenished items (fortunately I had my own). All in all, it was nice to get away and relax in the sun, but definitely would not recommend this line for any younger, single folks that are looking for some fun and entertainment. If you are married and over 70, then it will be a perfect cruise for you. I was very disappointed, and realize that this line seems to cater for an older clientele, and is not really appropriate for a single, younger traveller... Hey! I got a good sun tan at least! Sorry Holland & America...I am sure I will cruise again with you, but probably not for another 30 yrs....then I know I will have fun and appreciate it all!

Zaandam - Eastern Caribbean

Zaandam Cruise Review by tiffygirl4

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2004
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
I just came off a 7 day cruise on the Zaandam. The good: It was a nice ship, tho somewhat aging, but classic decor. Nice cabin, very spacious, the best part of the cruise! Food was average, with average presentation /taste.
The bad: Had to wait in line for 2 hours to get on board, terrible long and slow embarkation! Average age was 75 yrs, and all married couples...(I am 40 and single). Terrible odor of boiled cabbage throughout atrium, main deck area, and other days it was an odor of sewage!! Same choice of breakfast buffet every day, nothing different. Poor entertainment, nothing suitable for younger age group. Very miserable bar staff especially at the Dolphin pool bar. Supposed to be designated smoking areas on ship, but this was rarely adhered to unfortunately, so it was offputting to go to any bar/lounge. Supposed to get fruit every day in cabin, but had to wait 2 days for it. No toiletries provided, had to ask, they had forgotten, then only one bar of soap for entire cruise, no replenished items (fortunately I had my own).
All in all, it was nice to get away and relax in the sun, but definitely would not recommend this line for any younger, single folks that are looking for some fun and entertainment. If you are married and over 70, then it will be a perfect cruise for you. I was very disappointed, and realize that this line seems to cater for an older clientele, and is not really appropriate for a single, younger traveller... Hey! I got a good sun tan at least! Sorry Holland & America...I am sure I will cruise again with you, but probably not for another 30 yrs....then I know I will have fun and appreciate it all!
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