Zaandam Cruise Review by Martin Evans
- Sail Date: March 2005
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom
Overall, we loved our cruise. It was extravagant, yet comfortable.
The service was outstanding. The Indonesian staff were very friendly and seemed genuinely eager to be helpful. We got to know those that had been waiting on us and were sad to leave them.
The food was also outstanding. We opted to eat most meals in the dining room (no extra charge) rather than the Lido deck. The appetizers and soups/salads were exceptional. There was plenty of variety. I cannot name a meal that I did not like.
The entertainment was very good. We saw two very energetic singing/dancing shows, a magician, a singer impersonator, a comedian, and a ventriloquist. The ventriloquist act contained sexual language and swearing, which we didn't care for.
Our inside cabin had plenty of room and was more than adequate with a king sized bed, flat screen TV with DVD, and small couch. Our cabin, and the rest of the boat were very clean.
The public rooms and lounges were nicely designed. Many times there were only a handful of people there during after dinner hours, which made it a small but comfortable setting. A classical trio, a piano lounge singer, a ballroom dance quartet, and a soft rock group all played very well. We especially liked the classical music. The interdenominational Sunday service was very disappointing.
The atmosphere was generally relaxed. Most people were at least in their 50s with many in 60s and 70s. Some might complain that this type of cruise is for older folks, which is generally true, but we found the conversations with the older folks to be engaging. We certainly learned a thing or two from an older generation about how to ballroom dance! We did not hear any cursing or see any drunkenness. The staff didn't press us to purchase alcoholic drinks or have someone constantly offering drink specials near the pool deck, which was the case on Royal Caribbean. This was not a "party" boat.
The port visits were good although Half-Moon Cay was exceptional. At Road Town, we rented a car and found that we had much more time to spend at a much cheaper price than if we would have taken a shore excursion to see the view at Sky World and to spend time at Garden Cane Beach, which were both worth the trip. Traffic was a bit of a problem in town. At St. Thomas, the ship docked 1/2 hour from the town center, while most ships were docked at the town center where most of the shopping and attractions were. Traffic was a problem here, too, and some areas did not seem safe. At Half-Moon Cay, the small island is a picturesque spot for relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, and enjoying their barbecue lunch.
If you are looking for a relaxing, non-party type cruise, this would be an excellent choice.
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