Zaandam for Kids

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Zaandam Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.9
    3.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.3
    4.0
  • Cabins
    3.9
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.8
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    2.9
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.9
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.8
    3.0
  • Service
    4.3
    3.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.8
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Zaandam?
  • Pro: Service embodies attention to detail
  • Con: Seating on pool deck feels limited at times
  • Bottom Line: Cozy ship with a friendly vibe

Zaandam for Families

Editor Rating
Families
4.0

Because my cruise was over a holiday, there were quite a few children and teenagers onboard. Children and teens have separate public rooms on Deck 9. Club HAL Kids is for children ages 3 - 7 and Club HAL Tweens is for kids ages 8 – 12. The Loft is for teenagers ages 13 - 17. Signs limit access to these areas of the ship to the appropriately aged passengers.

Club HAL activities are scheduled at sea from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. Activities resume at 8 p.m. and last until 10. From 10 p.m. to midnight there is group babysitting for $5 per child, per hour. (Personal babysitting may be available at a mutually negotiated rate after midnight.)

To participate in Club HAL children must be potty trained. Younger children must be signed in and out of the program by their parents; older children and teens may come and go as they please. The teen program is not as organized as the program for younger children, which is broken up into half-hour activities. The teen area is more for "hanging out" and self entertaining with video games, karaoke, videos and music. In the evening there is a party for teens in the Loft. When in port, the ship's company provides all-day activities for children, including lunch. On sea days children are expected to lunch and dine with their parents.

On Deck 10 there is outdoor space for children, a veritable fort with wooden palisades for climbing and defending. On my cruise, the children's and teen areas were well patronized, and there was adequate supervision of activities. When I visited, I was accompanied the whole time I was in the Club HAL space, a good sign that children are protected.


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