Review of Zaandam: Zaandam Cruise Review by 1gemini

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Review of Zaandam

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego
This was the first time we had sailed with Holland America. Cruising may be addictive and we were busy feeding our new found addiction. Recent empty-nesters we decided to try out our new "wings" and see what travel in the adult-only world feels like. We were thrilled at the prospect of having a cabin to ourselves and had heard HAL catered more to people at our stage of life than others so decided to try it out. Our last family cruise was on NCL's EPIC, which is a whole other review in itself...

Embarkation was in San Diego. Trying to drop our bags off was confusing. Guys in the baggage drop area couldn't quite decide on where and how that should occur, shuffling customers from one point to another. When finally rid of our bags, we went to check in. Check in and embarkation went smoothly. Because we were early, rooms weren't ready but lunch on the Lido was.

This was the first time I had ever been served at a buffet. It made for a pleasant experience. Because staff did More the serving, there wasn't the usual spills and mess you usually find on most buffets. AND it seemed more hygienic. By day 3, people could more or less serve themselves but staff prepared and served most of the dishes as we went by. The food was always fresh and hot. My favorite was the Asian station. The sandwich line always had a wait as staff prepared food to order. Most times it was easier to get service on the hot meal lines. The dining rooms were elegant, the food was excellent and the service superb! We loved our waiter Ari and the maitre'd, Indra. They went over and above to insure our experiences were memorable.

The ship was easily navigable. No blind turns that required us to go up then down to get where we were going. Signs were conveniently posted. The promenade deck was spacious. The only down side was the smell of sewer gases on the right hand side of the ship.

The common areas were beautiful and comfortable. Our cabin was so, so, I've seen better but we were only there to shower and sleep. We had an outside cabin. Being on the promenade deck, people walked past our window at all hours and the deck got washed every morning about 6:00am. Most of the time, our curtain remained closed. We probably would have been better off in an inside cabin. It would have saved us some money and been quieter.

Having recently been on the EPIC, we couldn't help but make certain comparisons. The art gallery and entertainment on Zaandam cannot measure up, however, the food and service were better. If you could have entertainment and decor from the EPIC, put it together with the food and service on the Zaandam, that would be perfect!

When ready to go again, if the price is right, we wouldn't hesitate to book another trip with HAL. Less

Published 02/07/11
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Cabin review: HH3431 Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)

the size was good. The decor was a bit drab. The bathroom was a nice size. There were lots of closet and drawer space. It would have been nice to have a coffee pot and small refrigerator. Being on the promenade deck next to a doorway out, it was a bit noisy at times. We knew our view would be limited but ended up closing our drapes most of the time anyways because we didn't really want to see the people walking by or have them see us.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Of all the ports we visited, this was the most interesting to us! We toured, used up almost every minute we were there and still hadn't seen everything. Made it back on time for the last tender at 4:30. I loved the old part of town best. We will likely be back to spend more than a day there.

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Lovely, beautiful beaches. The other usual amenities but arranged in a way that is pleasant. Would like to return and stay for more than a day.

Eeew! Interesting but don't care to return.

cute little town. It had pretty much the same stuff to do as the previous town. Puttered a little and enjoyed the scenery.

Nice port, conveniently located to shopping and other amenities. Allows you to do as much or as little as you want without breaking the bank. Been there before so not real interested in tours and stuff. It was nice to be able to just walk on beaches, hang out and take things a little more leisurely. This port as well as the others had the usual things to do: beaching, jet skiing, para sailing, fishing, whale watching, shopping. The shops are pretty much a repetition and more of the same in all the ports with a few unique differences and as usual, Diamonds International.

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