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Panama Canal (and vow renewal!)

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

HAL does the Panama Canal very well. The day before the transit, there were presentations on the history and the building of canals in general, and the Panama Canal specifically. The day of transit, all ship schedules were adjusted for the transit. All deck areas were opened for people to view the locks, special foods (Panama Rolls, etc) were made and served on deck areas. The cruise ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Good not great

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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Rider470
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Weakest link in our cruise has been the excursions, not as described, bus broke down in Costa Rica w a 2 hr delay. Tour Cartagena Columbia listed as 3.5 hrs lasted over 4.5 hours w no food or cafe stops available. Onboard bars running out of my favorite beer and 12oz waters is disappointing. Despite purchasing Have It All package my account has been charged incorrectly for drinks several times. ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Yes, it is literally "the worst ship I've ever been on."

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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jim87
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Chose this ship for the itinerary. Big mistake. Dated in all ways.So lacking in accessible features I can't believe it's ADA compliant. They are carrying wheelchair guests off the ship by hand. In the tiny casino you may earn enough points to qualify for free drinks while playing. But.... Good luck finding a server. Few activities on seadays. You are expected to amuse yourself. Entertainment ...
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Sail Date: February 2023

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person


Didn’t expect to like it so much!

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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Jotravels
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

This is long overdue! We’ve been on 3 cruises in 12 months and have used cruise critic for so much information. I decided it was time to jump in and give back! The three ships we’ve sailed on in the past year were Holland Americas Zaandam, Seaborne Oddessy, and Oceania Vista. We sailed on the Zaandam with a group of 8 people, family and friends. We wanted the iconic experience of going through ...
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Sail Date: February 2023

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Wonderful Time Through Panama Canal

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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CruisingPoof
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

This was a 14 day Panama Canal journey from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. Zaandam is a smaller ship and doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles" but has a lot to offer. Passengers were on the older side and only 14 or so children on board. Staff and crew were excellent. Never a long wait for a drink or to get something from the Lido buffet. Pools and hot tubs were never really very ...
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Sail Date: February 2023

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Cruise nightmare

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

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mmmillee
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this 17 day cruise because we wanted to go through the Panama Canal. We took a Holland America sponsored Zip Line tour in Costa Rica(41) of us. A torrential rain was predicted, but we were not made aware nor was the tour canceled.Dangerous rain including lightening dumped on us during the Zip Line. Of course, we were attached to metal lines with metal equipment. There was a flood of the ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Cabin Type: Superior Verandah Suite

Traveled with disabled person


Holland America changing and not for the better

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

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APSHEPPARD
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We have sailed many times with HAL as well as other lines from Regent and Crystal to NCL and Carnival. HAL has always offered large suites at reasonable cost, but this cruise showed they are cutting corners everywhere. Some examples: Lunch menu in dining room never changes. Dinner there has a very limited menu with changes: additional charges for many items, e.g., shrimp cocktail now $8.50 ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Suite


Fresh beginnings!

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

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Lynn@ECGA
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We sailed on HA from San Diego through the Panama Canal departing on 10/06/21 on Nieuw Amsterdam which was the continuation of the ship's Alaska cruises that marked HA return to North American cruises after pandemic. While the cruise was certainly a decent value there were some issues that made it less so than the same trip on HA in 2018. Most notably are the surcharges on food in the dining room ...
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Sail Date: October 2021

Traveled with disabled person


Good ship—except...

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Oosterdam

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Kruisysue8
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We wanted a cruise where we didn’t have airfare to contend with. We can drive from Phoenix to San Diego, leave our car in a hotel that stores it for free, and take the free shuttle from the Best Western Yacht Harbor ($137 a night) to the cruise port. Perfect. This was only seven days but it only cost $1249 so we were very happy with that part of it. We love absolutely everything about this ship ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Oosterdam

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ElEl
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We sailed on the Holland-America Oosterdam’s 18-day Panama Canal cruise (January 15-February 5, 2020) from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. My wife and I are in our 70’s, and we are four-star HAL Mariners. We had temperatures that were mostly in the 70’s and 80’s and lots and lots of sunshine. (There was very little rain during these 18 days.) We packed sunscreen and some 30% Deet insect repellent ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


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