We decided to booked our first cruise to explore Alaska last July, 2011. After doing some research and talked with friends, we decided to go with Holland America (HAL). Zaandam did not disappoint us, we're very happy overall with the whole experience! Highly recommended it to everyone! The ship itself, Zaandam, is a bit outdated especially in the room interior. It probably needs some remodeling in the near future, but it is adequate for our needs. The bed is surprisingly very comfortable. The overall experience in the ship was great. Service was excellent, everyone was very friendly and helpful. The activities and entertainment was pretty good. While the entertainment was catered toward the older crowd, we were quite pleased with it. The food was really good, lots of variety, tasty and presentation was superb. The food is probably the best part of the whole thing. During the cruise, the view was amazing. We were able to see the glaciers and even multiple whales. The crew would explain in the detail as we're cruising so you will be informed throughout the whole excursion. We didn't book any shore excursion at the ports through the cruise line although we believe most people did. The port check-in/checkout process was a breeze. No long lines, everything was smooth and quick. Throughout the cruise, we felt spoiled and treated very nicely. We think it's worth every penny! We will surely book another cruise with HAL! :)

Love our first cruise with HAL to Alaska!

Zaandam Cruise Review by 2happytx

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2011
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
We decided to booked our first cruise to explore Alaska last July, 2011. After doing some research and talked with friends, we decided to go with Holland America (HAL). Zaandam did not disappoint us, we're very happy overall with the whole experience! Highly recommended it to everyone!

The ship itself, Zaandam, is a bit outdated especially in the room interior. It probably needs some remodeling in the near future, but it is adequate for our needs. The bed is surprisingly very comfortable.

The overall experience in the ship was great. Service was excellent, everyone was very friendly and helpful. The activities and entertainment was pretty good. While the entertainment was catered toward the older crowd, we were quite pleased with it. The food was really good, lots of variety, tasty and presentation was superb. The food is probably the best part of the whole thing.

During the cruise, the view was amazing. We were able to see the glaciers and even multiple whales. The crew would explain in the detail as we're cruising so you will be informed throughout the whole excursion. We didn't book any shore excursion at the ports through the cruise line although we believe most people did. The port check-in/checkout process was a breeze. No long lines, everything was smooth and quick.

Throughout the cruise, we felt spoiled and treated very nicely. We think it's worth every penny! We will surely book another cruise with HAL! :)
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Cabin Review

Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
Cabin HH 3381
Cabin is pretty small and outdated, but it is clean and adequate for our needs. Closet size is really good though, enough room to store our clothing and suitcases. A partial view of the ocean, nice location.
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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