Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Melanie
- Sail Date: March 2012
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Our stateroom was always clean and whilst not huge, perfectly fine. Clean towels at least twice per day - stateroom attendants must be invisible as hardly saw them but they work so hard.
Food excellent in Lido (24 hrs or nearly!) and main dining room also fab; service in fixed dining was wonderful; we tried any-time-dining with some new friends, maybe not quite so good there as waiters serve different people each night so don't get to know you but this is not a negative!
Entertainment was best ever with top standard and varied acts, the cruise director was excellent too, when does he sleep - always around! All public areas were clean and somebody always seemed to be cleaning something.
One criticism of fellow travellers - why do some people ignore the plentiful hand sanitizers, it's for the mutual good of all, so please use them!
We pre-booked our trips and all went well (a few dramas on trip to Panama Canal, but nobody's fault, and with hindsight added to the day!); trips are expensive but we feel reassured doing these rather than 'doing our own thing'. Captain was very informative, and explained when conditions got a bit rocky due to Trade Winds - we will prob book with HAL again, their crew are always smiling and seem to be happy in their work and so helpful, can't wait for the next cruise!
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