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Mexican Riviera Zaandam Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Mexican Riviera
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27 Mexican Riviera Zaandam Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews


off280 avatar

off280

6 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice week in Mexico

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We booked an inside cabin and had the opportunity to upgrade, several weeks before the beginning of the cruise (for a fee). We chose to upgrade to an outside cabin on the Dolphin deck (1879). It was a wonderful ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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dreamerdick

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Review of the Zaandam by a first time cruiser.

Even as a solo cruiser paying nearly double the advertised rate I came away realizing that not only did I have a great time but I received much more than I paid for. The Zaandam is an exceptional experience and ...
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Sail Date April 2013


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JohnL173

1 Review Written

Nice Week-Long Get Away

This was our first cruise on Holland America. We've cruised three times before on other lines. Overall, this was a good experience, not the best cruise we've taken but not the worst either. One port of call was ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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ldphotography

1 Review Written

A sad experience with HAL a cruise line that I loved

I try to sail on a HAL ship once every 2 years. I normally go to the Mexican Riviera in the winter to use their excellent thermal suite and work out equipment. I consider it my spa week to relax. This was my ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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skooter35

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Another wonderful Cruise!!!

This was our 3rd cruise and we are planning another! The Zaandam was the smallest ship so far that we have sailed and we were not disappointed at all. Yes she was showing her age on the outside, but the inside was ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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Bourne in 64

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Just what the doctor ordered

This is only my second cruise and it's been a while since my first. This would be my first, but definitely not my last as a solo cruiser. I was determined to have a good time and to have reasonable expectations ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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BJzink

9 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Mexico Pacific Coast on Zaandam

We signed up for this cruise because we can drive conveniently to San Diego, and we like the HAL cruise line. It was mostly very pleasant. A few plumbing issues around the ship, but when we reported it from our ...
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Sail Date February 2013


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kimthomason78

1 Review Written

First time on Zaadam

My husband and I have cruised 8 times, three on Holland America. This was our first time on the Zaadam, a smaller ship than we are used to. First of all, I want to share a great tip that I got off of Pinterest. ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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CatB

1 Review Written

Solo Cruiser/First Cruise

I was uncertain as to what to expect of a cruise, but given the cost as a solo traveller, I expected some luxury, fine dining and excellent service. I wasn't disappointed. True, the new reservation system for the ...
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Sail Date December 2012


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statebloom

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Our first HAL cruise and almost surely our last.

Ship: The ship is dated and many items just do not work. Coffee machines (two broken for 3 day straight), steam rooms for which you pay an upgrade fee and do not work for two days of complaining and flickering ...
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Sail Date December 2012


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hayjade

1 Review Written

Travel on a budget

If you like a budget vacation that fits a budget vacation in every way this is for you! I have been on a few cruises with Carnival and the last one was in 2009. Now maybe Carnival has deteriorated to the level of ...
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Sail Date December 2012


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Shimmershine

2 Reviews Written

Zaandam Mexican Riviera Cruise 12/22/12

Good points: -Zaandam much better than the Oosterdam in decor, service and company response to problems. Had a bad leak in my suite ceiling that took days to correct, but received a very generous shipboard ...
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Sail Date December 2012


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chocolate@mixcom.com

2 Reviews Written

A Real NICE Cruise

The Zaandam is starting to show her age at 12 years old but, she is well maintained. There were some problems like some of the areas smelled slightly of sewerage (Lido Deck Men's Restroom), and an overflowing urinal ...
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Sail Date December 2012


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rsmdude

3 Reviews Written

Zaandam Mexico 12/1/12

I had read with caution the recent cruise stories and reviews for the Zaandam but I must say it was truly a pleasure to sail on her last week. The ship has been refurbished and we had zero problems with maintenance ...
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Sail Date December 2012


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kinghippy

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A week on the Zaandam

This was my second experience sailing, and my partner's first. I want to make clear that we did enjoy ourselves. So it isn't necessarily that it was a horrible experience. But it was definitely less than I ...
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Sail Date November 2012


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howareu

1 Review Written

Great cruise, Zaadam is in bad shape

Long time fan of HAL, but will say have not cruised with HAL in five years..Food on this ship was the best we ever had on any cruise, service was great, and ship was very clean, bathroom was large and towels were ...
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Sail Date October 2011


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oliverbc

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

The best cabin ever.

We chose the sea of cortez cruise because we had never been in this area before.I would have liked another ship just for variety. The event that marked my change of heart was the upsell to a superior suite.We have ...
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Sail Date April 2011


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Nutriosotoo

2 Reviews Written

Disappointed with Zaandam

were disappointed with our recent Zaandam cruise. Are now 3 star mariners and will sail with HAL again.There were quite a few issues on the Zaandam that added up to our disappointment. The big view windows in ...
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Sail Date April 2011


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Esoteric

1 Review Written

Zaandam January 12, 2011

Overall my trip was good and I got some rest and relaxation. Unfortunately I woke up with a sore throat the morning after I left the ship, but that is to be expected I guess on a ship full of people where half of ...
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Sail Date January 2010


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DogLover1969

2 Reviews Written

14-day Sea of Cortez/ Pacific Coast cruise on the Zaandam

After reading several negative comments about this ship recently, and a rather forgetful 1-night cruise on this ship last October, I was understandably a little nervous about this adventure. I can report after ...
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Sail Date April 2011


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pacificguy

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

3rd time on HAL not a charming experience

The Sea of Cortez is a new cruise area and the shore excursions will need some upgrading to make them value for money.   Food selection was quite good but the food service level in the main dinning room was more ...
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Sail Date February 2011


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mystichill

1 Review Written

Zaandam Overdue for Drydock

We sailed on Westerdam in October of 2010 in Europe. Everything was fantastic. We expected the same on the Zaandam. Big mistake. We had no climate control for 9 days of our sailing. Our room was as cold as 60 ...
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Sail Date February 2011


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1gemini

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Review of Zaandam

This was the first time we had sailed with Holland America. Cruising may be addictive and we were busy feeding our new found addiction. Recent empty-nesters we decided to try out our new "wings" and see what travel ...
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Sail Date January 2011


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dag144

13 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Thoroughly Enjoyable

This was cruise number 40 (22nd with Holland America)and my third time on the Zaandam. We live in Palm Springs and drove down to San Diego. It's about a 2 1/2 hour trip, but we like to get to the port the day before ...
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Sail Date January 2011


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nreeder

6 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Zaandam 10 Day Mexican Riviera & Copper Canyon

This will be a long review of our Holland America Zaandam 10 day cruise from San Diego to Mexico and the Copper Canyon. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. No one else does this particular route. Besides ...
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Sail Date February 2010


Zaandam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.53.8
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment3.53.5
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family3.52.7
Enrichment3.53.6
Service4.04.3
Value For Money4.03.7
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