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Zandaam - Horrible
"We chose this cruise for a girls getaway because it was a short cruise and was fairly inexpensive. However, I would have gladly paid more if everything could have been improved. The food in the dining room was, on..."Read More
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lgnelson13

2-5 Cruises

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Haunted cabin spoiled a lovely cruise

Review for Zaandam to South America

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ilsun

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

The cruise offered a chance to circumnavigate South America with mostly interesting ports. Speedy embarkation, The ship has sophisticated/muted interiors and an outstanding display of art & musical memorabilia throughout the ship. Cabin 6180 looked fine, spacious with all amenities but when the ship was at sea a creaking/grating noise came from the junction of the veranda & the ceiling, the noise ...
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Sail Date: September 2017

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

9 Helpful Votes


Boring and disappointed

Review for Zaandam to South America

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Suej1

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

HAL used to have great service and class. This was a 34 day cruise from San Diego, Calif. to Rio de Janeiro. On the first half from San Diego there were no activities except for trivia and unhosted cards.But there were a lot of opportunities to spend your money at bingo and on all the sales going on. It was like a floating Walmart. At the pool, it was difficult to get a glass of water or iced ...
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Sail Date: September 2017

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

13 Helpful Votes


Zandaam - Horrible

Review for Zaandam to Pacific Coastal

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lgnelson13

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise for a girls getaway because it was a short cruise and was fairly inexpensive. However, I would have gladly paid more if everything could have been improved. The food in the dining room was, on several occasions, cold. The service we received was normally very good except for the lobster night when we had a horrible server - Handri - he acted as if we were inconveniencing him. ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

22 Helpful Votes


Nice boat but not enough activities

Review for Zaandam to Pacific Coastal

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Jellybelly

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

we chose this cruise because we just wanted a short getaway and one that did not involve a long distance plane ride. We ate dinner every night in the dining room and sat at different tables with different people every day which was OK. It is cool to get to meet people for different places. We ate breakfast most days in the dining room and sat with other people. We had food at the Dive Inn a couple ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

7 Helpful Votes


Attention to detail is gone... Bad food - some very shoddy service

Review for Zaandam to Pacific Coastal

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naomiafc

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

This is my 3rd Holland America cruise, the first two were also short - but both were great with good food and impeccable service. First I will say that my room steward was STILL amazing; Heri ! Room 3410. Without him this would have been a total loss. I went with 3 girlfriends a a short fun vacation. Well, all fun that was had - was created by us. It started with cranky front desk people with ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

10 Helpful Votes


37 Days South America

Review for Zaandam to South America

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dockman

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

I did the 37 day cruise Oct 2, 2016 from San Diego to Buenos Aires on the Zaandam and have a few comments. As a four star mariner i have done quite a few HAL cruises. This was my second time on the Zaandam. The first was last year YVR to Valparaiso also on the Zaandam. Embarkation at San Diego: For me it was fine but as four star I got to skip a big line of very frustrated looking people ...
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Sail Date: October 2016

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

31 Helpful Votes


South America and Repositioning

Review for Zaandam to South America

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lilybay

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

I had wanted to do the South America cruise but was not willing to fly all that distance and back. I loved the length of the cruise and the experience of traversing the entire pacific coast form San Diego south and around Cape Horn. There are always things you can find to complain about if you want. I generally prefer to focus on what is good and then I am happier. There would have been little ...
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Sail Date: October 2016

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)

1 Helpful Vote


Excellent cruise except ...

Review for Zaandam to South America

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pweath

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

I came back to Holland after my experience on the Regal Princess. Holland has always been my favorite but she would be priced somewhat higher for balconies because she has fewer that other cruise lines. One thing you could always depend on was the service and the food. I am now traveling alone since loosing my husband. This ship had many single cruisers traveling alone. The cruise line gave a ...
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Sail Date: October 2016

Departure Port: Ilulissat

12 Helpful Votes


Disappointing

Review for Zaandam to South America

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Lodemark

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Check in was a breeze as we were in a Neptune suite. Others complained of a disorganised shambles and taking up to 3 hours! Suite appeared very nice, but the bathroom DEFINATELY needs a serious upgrade compared to other top suites we have had on other ships.Toilet was blocked. Bedding was great, very comfortable and plenty of pillows. For the size of suite TV needs to be bigger. Use of Neptune ...
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Sail Date: October 2016

Departure Port: Ilulissat

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite

15 Helpful Votes


32 Days on the Zaandam, from San Diego to Buenos Aires

Review for Zaandam to South America

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Deck Cargo

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

32 days on the Zaandam from San Diego to Buenos Aires Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, even taking into account that 4 of the ports were cancelled, 1 due to unrepaired earthquake damage to the port and 3 because of adverse weather. Holland America did arrange for visits to 3 alternative ports; however 2 of these were not very interesting. The crew were 50% Indonesian, 30% Filipino and ...
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Sail Date: October 2015

Departure Port: Ilulissat

107 Helpful Votes


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