107 Holland America Zuiderdam Senior Cruise Reviews

Embarkation was good ,Cabin was available about 1 hour after getting on, bags were delivered about 2 hours after getting on, which I have found average for all lines. Food services were available right away. The food was served instead ... Read More
Embarkation was good ,Cabin was available about 1 hour after getting on, bags were delivered about 2 hours after getting on, which I have found average for all lines. Food services were available right away. The food was served instead of self service at the Lido because of health department regulations. In fact it was like this the first 48 hours. But there in lies a problem. After the first 48 hours you are supposed to serve yourself. Someone ought to tell service staff this as I was reprimanded for not helping myself to Sushi, or ice tea. Next day they served it again it was confusing. Food was good and plentiful. Chinese station and Pasta station were very good . In fact Pasta station was better then Pasta served in their Italian Restaurant. I prefer buffet over sit down dinner as I can taste a little of everything. Believe me it is no easy task to feed 10,000 to 11000 people a day as I was a retired Ex. Chef for 40 years. In particular when your staff speaks little English. I had a personal tour of the kitchens with the Chef and it was 3 times cleaner then most US restaurant kitchens. The rooms were very clean and well stocked with premium bath and shower products and bathrobes.The beds were the best I ever had on any cruise line I have ever been on. Plenty of storage and closet space, even place to store luggage under bed. Ship overall spotless but showing it's age a lot of seat cushions in public rooms need repair. The shows were good but not as Glitzy as other cruise lines. The ports were nice and interesting. Aruba and Curacao , and The Canal itself were the best. I learned a long time ago not to take cruise lines shore tours as when I get off I negotiate my own tours with the locals, who are at every port of call. This is about 40 to 50 % less expensive. The cruise director was good. The pool areas were very nice but there was at least 2 whirlpools that were always broken.In fact in one of them I could have had a Lobster and Clam boil. All in all the cruise was good, a bit more expensive then some other lines. My opinion is if all the lines offer cruises to same place take the least expensive, because they are almost all the same except for the age of passengers and age of ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
We booked a 3 B/B cruse with HAL's Zuiderdam, from Sept 18, 2010 to Oct 24, 2010. The food and CREW were fantastic to say the least! Even after 36 days aboard the Zuiderdam we didn't want to get off in Fl Lauderdale. Yes, there ... Read More
We booked a 3 B/B cruse with HAL's Zuiderdam, from Sept 18, 2010 to Oct 24, 2010. The food and CREW were fantastic to say the least! Even after 36 days aboard the Zuiderdam we didn't want to get off in Fl Lauderdale. Yes, there needs to be some attention to some of the carpeting, sofa, chairs, tiles that need some updating. At times it looked "dated" in these areas On Sept 18, 2010 we left on the first cruise, a 7 day cruise to Alaska, the scenery was indescribable. Tracy Arm was something I didn't know anything about but came find out that it was a Fjord named after U.S. Army Gen Tracy. The sights were amazing as we went up the Fjord, small icebergs kept floating by as we kept going until the ice stopped us. We stopped at Hudson Glacier and I find no words to describe the beauty of the Glacier and surrounding areas. We also stopped in Juneau, Skagaway and Ketchikan were great ports to visit. Coming out of Ketchikan the Captain announced that we would be going through some heavy weather in route back to Vancouver. We had 85 MPH winds and 30 Ft seas and the Guests, Crew and Vessel just kept on going, some yawing but nothing that serious. I was amazed at how well the vessel handled the heavy seas. we arrived safely in Vancouver on Sept 25, 2010 We then left Vancouver on Sept 25 for a 19 day cruise to Ft Lauderdale. Stopping San Francisco, 3 ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Panama Canal, Columbia and then to Ft Lauderdale, arriving on Oct 14, 2010. We left Ft Lauderdale on Oct 14, 2010 for a 10 day cruise stopping at Half Moon Cay, then to Aruba, Curacao, a partial transit of the Panama Canal again, then to Costa Rica. The Captain announced after we left Costa Rica that we would deviate a 135 miles and go between Cuba and Haiti because of hurricane approaching our normal course of going between Mexico and Cuba. I was amazed at how fast we were going to get back to Ft Lauderdale on time - which we did. I can not say enough about the Crew, the food and how we were treated for these many days was fantastic! I would get back on the Zuiderdam in a heart beat! Wouldn't mind being aboard for a longer period of time either. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Drove from Ft Wth to Vancouver, stayed pre & post cruise @ Coast Plaza Hotel @ Suites(highly recommend their park & cruise package. Arrived @ terminal @ 11:45. Embarcation was smooth & fast.. They tried to direct us to Lido, ... Read More
Drove from Ft Wth to Vancouver, stayed pre & post cruise @ Coast Plaza Hotel @ Suites(highly recommend their park & cruise package. Arrived @ terminal @ 11:45. Embarcation was smooth & fast.. They tried to direct us to Lido, went to MDR. Room was ready @ 1:15. Nice room LOTS of storage. Balcony above lifeboat #9, no problem. Staff was EXTREMELY friendly entire cruise, including the Captain which we ran into 4-5 times. We were 45 minutes undocking(no reason given). On Monday entered Tracy Arm @8:05 AM, departed @11:49, Nice views. Docked Juneau 2:18PM, undocked 10:27 PM. We spent the day in the city, lots of family history ( I am 4th generation of Joe Juneau). Went to Red Dog Saloon for 2 rounds of Alaska beer(fun place-reco}. Tue docked Skagway 6:20 AM, undocked 9:17 PM. Took the train up to Frazier, bus back(stopped @ gold mining show corny but good entertainment. Great tour-scenery-Eng. stopped train so we could see Mama black bear with 3 cubs close to track. The GREAT thing about this cruise was the WEATHER-sunny @ 68 in ports. Wed was Glacier Bay- This was breath-taking. scenery,whales, sea otter, eagles,etc. Wore light jacket up, sat on balcony in shirt watching whales ( bring GOOD binoc.). Park rangers boarded on our starboard side @ 7 AM while was still moving slow, they were very helpful in person @ speakers, they disembarked @ 4 PM. Mariners Brunch with Capt. @ champ @ 11:30 FRI. This was the dancers @ singers last day, the 4 singers sang together @ 3PM BEST performance ever saw on a cruise- do not know who is replacing them. Forgot Ketchican, took bus tour @ 12:30 to Saxon tribe show @ poles- was interesting. Back to Fri, farwell great nice special menu by head chef- great. I think the DESSERT EXTRAV was this nite @ 10:30 DO NOT MISS, best desserts, MDR good not impressed with LIDO except bread pudding. It was nice that you can order full meals from room service, same as MDR in evening, did twice, had full breakfast in room every morning. We did not self disembark, but were in cab @ 8:30 on Sat. Was a very enjoyable trip!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This was our 2nd cruise (both on Holland America), our first on the Zuiderdam, and the last time we will book anything other than a Deluxe Veranda Suite, because if the room is nice, you WILL spend time in it, no matter what anybody else ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise (both on Holland America), our first on the Zuiderdam, and the last time we will book anything other than a Deluxe Veranda Suite, because if the room is nice, you WILL spend time in it, no matter what anybody else says! EMBARKATION - Several days before our cruise, our travel agent informed us of the opportunity of upgrading from a Superior Verandah Suite to a Deluxe Verandah Suite at a fairly substantial discount over previously advertised rates. We jumped on the opportunity, since this was a 10-day cruise and we wanted to take full advantage of the larger room size and the special services provided at that level. As a suite-holder, you are also whisked right to the front of the line for registration, so if you don't like the feeling of being part of a large crowd, it's a great benefit. CABIN - We were assigned to Stateroom 7084 on the Port side, aft of mid-ship. The room size did not disappoint (our prior cruise was in a standard Verandah Stateroom) and there was more storage than two people would ever use. There was a full sized sofa (my husband reports that it was great for napping), a separate dressing room, full size bathroom with dual sinks and two medicine cabinets and a full-size tub/shower and 2nd shower compartment (which seemed a little redundant). The king-size bed had every pillow type imaginable, and the robes and slippers provided were comfy. The room also contained a large writing desk, small (but adequate) flat screen TV, a DVD Player and a separate CD Player (although I always travel with our iPod and docking station. Wouldn't it be nice if these Suites were equipped with Bose Docking Stations in the future?) Other amenities for our cabin class were an umbrella (did not use) and a pair of binoculars. The Deluxe Verandah Suite also gave us access to the Neptune Lounge, which was great for bypassing lines at the Front Desk (they took care of EVERYTHING!) as well as a quick place to grab a snack or refill a coffee cup. Our Cabin Stewards, Frank and Hydy, never seemed to take a break and were always at our service. They cheerfully fulfilled my request to remove some of the standard desk chairs on our Verandah and replaced it with a reclining, padded lounger (which was MY preferred place for a cat nap!) FOOD - We have several favorites . . . the Lido Deck for breakfast (thank you to Joanne at the Omelet station!) and the Pinnacle Grill for dinner (we are not big fans of the dining room, preferring the more intimate setting of the Pinnacle for dinner. We tried the Pinnacle once for breakfast, since it's available to Suite holders, but don't need that level of civility over breakfast, so typically grabbed breakfast at the Lido, instead. We are early risers and never experienced crowds at the Lido, but I understand that by 8:30 or 9 a.m. it can get pretty busy. Breakfast and lunch at the Lido are quick and efficient, and I never experienced a bad meal for either. Another great option for Lunch is the Terrace Grille, with made to order burgers (including pretty great veggie burgers). Maybe it was just our timing again, but I never had to wait for more than a few minutes. And sometimes, if you just don't want fancy schmantzy, a tuna melt is the perfect thing for lunch. We never visited the main dining room for lunch (other than our embarkation day) or breakfast. Favoring the Pinnacle Grill (four evenings) over the Main Dining Room (two evenings), we were very happy with the service at the Pinnacle, the quality of the dishes, and the ambiance. I had taken part in two Cooking Classes in the Culinary Arts Center (sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine) and got to meet the Pinnacle Chef, John Soares, who graciously made our final evening at the Pinnacle Grille very special by making us two dishes from his hometown of Mumbai that were not on the menu. The care he puts into his cooking is evident. The quality of the food at the main dining room was also good, but for our money, the Pinnacle is the way to go if you like to avoid dining with up to 700 other people at once. I also have to comment that the Suite member luncheon served up some of the finest food we have ever experienced. The staff chef (which is comprised of many people from Indonesia) cooked our lunch that day and I can only rave about the quality of the food. (Next time, I would like to sneak into the staff mess hall, just for another taste of the Beef Sumatra and Nasi Goring (fried rice). Room service is available 24 hours a day and is an excellent way to enjoy the view as you come into port from your own Verandah. STAFF/SERVICE - Clearly the hardest working group of people at sea! We were happy to meet the Captain, Werner Timmers, the Hotel Manager David and Cruise Director Patty on the first evening in the Neptune Lounge. Everyone was relaxed and cordial . . . they had their hands full the very next day when they needed to declare Code Red due to suspected gastro-intestinal virus, which remained in effect for the duration of the cruise. The staff appeared to take this in stride and didn't appear to be affected by the long extra hours that they needed to spend to disinfect every surface on the ship each night after their normal working day was over. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them; not only for the dedication, but the fact that they continued to do everything in their power to take care of the passengers on the ship. It was a minor inconvenience compared to what they went through, or compared to getting ill and being quarantined to your cabin. SHIP - Although the Zuiderdam shows signs of age (over the much newer Eurodam), it is still a comfortable ship. I loved walking the Promenade Deck for exercise, and there were plenty of areas to grab some sunshine or watch a sunset in private. We very rarely felt like we were part of a large crowd. Deck chairs and towels were generally ample, and the staff ensured that tables were cleaned in a timely manner, so there was never a feeling of clutter. ENTERTAINMENT - The String Quartet that played nightly in the Explorer's Lounge each evening was superb. The only other entertainment venue we took advantage of was the stand-up comic. He was entertaining, current, and pretty darned hysterical. PRESENTATIONS - As stated earlier, I took advantage of two hands-on cooking classes in the Culinary Arts Center, and met other like-minded foodies. For a nominal fee ($29 per class) we all picked up some great cooking tips from Chef John Soares and dined on our own creations at the Pinnacle Grille over lunch, with complimentary wine to pair with our meals. Recipes were provided to take home, and I am excited to be making the Caribbean Menu this evening for friends for dinner (Jicama & Mango Salad, and Coconut Crusted Caribbean Chicken stuffed with Prosciutto & Banana enhanced with an Avocado Tequila jalapeño sauce ... Yum!) I also took advantage of some cooking demonstrations (again, co-presented by Chef John and Party Planner Michele McDowell, a wonderful and friendly Vancouver, Canada native with an endless amount of energy!) Once again, recipes were provided and even without hands-on or tasting, we all took away some great tips and fabulous menu ideas. The Celebrity Cook-off with the Captain, Hotel Manager and Cruise Director turned into most a Q&A session, but it was a terrific way to see the playful side of the staff and it's clear that they like and respect each other. Captain Timmers, if this "ship Captain-thing" gets old, you should consider a career as a stand-up comic. SPA/GYM - Clean, un-crowded, and best of all, a nice-quality Stott Pilates table, which I took advantage of nine of the ten days on board ship. There are classes available (some complimentary, some $12) as well as private instruction if you need it. Having done pilates for over four years, I didn't need the instruction or a class and I enjoyed working out on my own. The gym is fully stocked with everything including bikes, treadmills, rowing, weights and ellipticals. Something for just about everyone, although I could live without the dance music at 6 a.m. Bring an iPod for an undisturbed workout. We both took advantage of spa services. I am still a skeptic of a service that promises to remove inches and cellulite, but at sea, it's a good time to try something you wouldn't normally do on land (and no, I don't believe that I lost 8 inches from my abdomen . . . I just don't). We also took advantage of the Thermal Suite package, but sadly, only got to use that terrific pool (with a waterfall that feels like a fire hose on your back and neck) before they emptied the pool due to Code Red (money was refunded). FELLOW CRUISERS - Perhaps the destination (Panama Canal) or length of cruise (10 days) brought out a much older crowd, but we both prefer this to a cruise ship filled with children. However, I must say that I personally witnessed several instances of guests treating the staff like servants, and was embarrassed to witness it. To the fellow standing to my right barking bagel his order to the Lido cook on the last day of the cruise and then snidely remarking under his breath about it being "the last day . . . it's about TIME they understood English", I say, "Shame on you." (You know who you are). To the cook, who smiled and said, Yes, Sir, coming right up,", what I would have LOVED for you to say is, "Sorry Sir, my English is a little weak. Would you prefer that I speak to you in the other five languages in which I am fluent?" Now THAT would have made my day! OVERALL - We loved our experience. We felt pampered and spoiled, and have already paid a down-payment on a future cruise, which we hope to be in the Mediterranean in 2010. The only room for improvement is to create more "As you Wish" dining options (like the Eurodam) for people who don't want to feel part of a herd. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
First time on Hal. The zuiderdam was in need of repair. The nice benches by the elevator had been damaged and were in dis- repair Stayed in a local hotel the night before and we got in so late and had to get up early, it was a tough start. ... Read More
First time on Hal. The zuiderdam was in need of repair. The nice benches by the elevator had been damaged and were in dis- repair Stayed in a local hotel the night before and we got in so late and had to get up early, it was a tough start. We were bussed tot the ship and when we got there it was chaotic trying to identify our bags. There was no one to help but the porters and they werr just loking for a tip to give out info. Once we figured it out and got to registration, it went smoothly. Cabin seemed small at first but fine for two people. We quickly put everything in the closer and went to explore the ship. The stewards were very attentive. Food was good and we ate in pinnacle grill twice, excellent experience. The regular dining room was fantastic for food and serrvice. We were always asked if we wanted to join others at a table, very accommodating and we met so many great people. The shore excursions were wonderful. Don't miss the umbera Indian visit. Mom is late 70's and made it easily. The rain Forest cruise was wonderful, got lots of great photos. The dessert night was unbelievable. Words can't describe it, stunning starts it. It was a work of art! Staff was so fun and they not only remembered our names but what we liked to eat and where we liked to sit. The canal experience was wonderful and so much more than i had imagined. Dont miss a mimosa before dawn while entering the canal. A truly memorable experience. Another check off the bucket list!! Next stop, eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
My brother and I usually go away in January to break up the winter in Boston. August 2008 he expressed interest in joining me on a cruise. I chose the HAL Panama cruise as we have never been to Panama. We are the odd couple, he is ... Read More
My brother and I usually go away in January to break up the winter in Boston. August 2008 he expressed interest in joining me on a cruise. I chose the HAL Panama cruise as we have never been to Panama. We are the odd couple, he is Oscar and I am Felix, so I chose a cabin with ample room. Little did I realize at the time that we would be treated royally? We would have complimentary laundry, use of binoculars and umbrellas, priority boarding, just to name a few. We went to Men's Warehouse and ended up purchasing two tuxedos; thought that we might as well play the part. On January 17th we flew from Boston to Ft Lauderdale on Jet Blue and stayed at the Holiday Inn, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center. This is near the cruise port; there is an $8 shuttle to the cruise port and they pick you up at the airport. On Jet Blue we paid $185 roundtrip each as I had a credit; the hotel stay was free due to a rewards program. I have stayed near this hotel before and like the location. It is also near a 24 hr Walgreens which is good for last minute purchases. Several restaurants are also nearby. On January 18th we headed to the Zuiderdam at 10am but did not board the ship until 4pm as we were told the Zuiderdam had a virus problem and the ship had to be cleaned. They did allow us to board the ship, but did not allow us to enter our cabin. So we went to the Lido dining with our baggage for something to eat. Then at 4pm we were allowed to enter our cabin and fetch life vests for the mandatory drill. My brother thought the trip was too expensive when I first told him about it several months ago. When he saw the size of the cabin, he was very impressed. I also was impressed. Pictures sure do not tell you everything. We had a Verandah Suite which is debatable. One only needs an inside cabin, that is what I started out with, for you have use of the same ship as those with suites. I started out with an inside cabin. However, after the first cruise I paid the few extra dollars for a window while still maintaining a reasonable cabin then I grew to a balcony which I still maintain using a suite only when necessary. We found the crew to be courteous, friendly, and helpful and always cleaning up the ship. There are many hand cleaners around. The first thing we did when we got to the cabin was to unpack, especially our tuxedos and prepare to have them pressed for formal night. As I got several compliments while wearing my white dinner jacket that will accompany me on future cruises. Now a review of some of the public areas: Vista Lounge - Decks 1, 2: this is the formal we went here for sit down meals and to be waited on; our dinner was at 5:45, early but we still did not make the 7pm shows. On one formal night a gent showed up in sandals hoping to be seated. Shore Excursions - hours vary & Front Office open 24/7 both on Main Deck 1: these are self explanatory. Atrium - Decks 1, 2 ,3; open space. Explorers Lounge - Deck 2; for drinks Pinnacle Bar - Deck 2: for drinks. Pinnacle Grill - Deck 2: eating is $20 extra. My brother thought the food and service was better here than the Vista Lounge. This was true but the menu was the same each night whereas it varied in the Vista Lounge. Queens Lounge & Culinary Arts Center Deck 2; some of the shows are here also cooking demonstrations Northern Lights Night Club; Sports Bar; Piano Bar - all on Deck 2: drinks Vista Lounge Decks 1, 2, 3: this is where most of nightly shows are, usually at 7 & 9; also a meeting place for some of the tours and lectures. Casino - deck 2; there were slot machines for $.01 on up; money spent could be charged to your room or you could use cash. I chose the former and broke down for $10. The last evening we were informed that the casino operation is separate from the ship so I cashed out for $10. Photo Gallery - deck 3; one could argue that it is less expensive to take your own photos, but still... Meeting Rooms - deck 3; no experience here Screening Room - deck 3; this is where movies were shown, the seats were very comfortable! Lido Restaurant - deck 9; this is the informal restaurant where people who wear sandals can eat! Crow's Nest & Explorations Cafe - deck 10; this is one big room with a great view forwards; a library, dvd rentals, and the internet cafe which is open 24/7. Observation Deck - deck 11; this also has a great view forwards. Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
We are a couple from south Florida who booked this cruise as an (early) celebration of my 60th birthday. Because of a small inheritance, we had some extra money, so we really "splurged" on this cruise! We flew business class ... Read More
We are a couple from south Florida who booked this cruise as an (early) celebration of my 60th birthday. Because of a small inheritance, we had some extra money, so we really "splurged" on this cruise! We flew business class from Miami to Zurich to Venice, and booked a deluxe suite on the Zuiderdam in the stern of the ship with a huge, wrap around balcony. We flew into Venice a couple days early and stayed at a great B&B near St. Mark's Square. It was great to have extra time in that magical city, but it wasn't near enough. We boarded our lovely ship at around 13:30 Thursday, October 23rd. It was a little disorganized and, although we went to the shorter line for suite check-ins, it didn't really matter because there was a huge line for the security scans. No matter. Even with the long line, it only took us about 20 minutes or so to get aboard. Although it was close to 14:00, a staff member greeting us as we boarded said that our rooms weren't ready. So, we went up to the Neptune Lounge to wait. But when we reached there, they cheerfully informed us that, of course our suite was ready and escorted us to our room. What a room! We'd had an SS suite before on the Westerdam, and the SC cabin was similar, but with some nice additions. Six roomy closets, half with optional shelves, cabinet space all over the room; a dressing room with a three-drawer vanity; and a huge balcony! I practically lived on that balcony. I don't know if we would have gotten so much use out of a side balcony because it was cold and stormy during some of the trip. But our completely covered balcony was out of the wind and weather if you didn't go over to the side section. I'd never had a wake cabin before and found the sound of the water hypnotic. It sounded like a waterfall (Niagara?) and I found my eyes closing too often as I sat out there and gazed at the water. The room was in good shape, though there was a slight stain on the carpet. Our cabin steward, Dedi, was fantastic, going beyond the call of duty several times during the cruise. The sailaway in Venice was breathtakingly beautiful. We enjoyed it from the Crow's Nest as we met our fellow Cruise Critic cruisers from our roll call. We had an extremely active roll call and about 60 of us showed up at the Meet and Greet. It was great to have "friends" aboard whom you'd been "talking" to online for ages as we all anticipated our upcoming cruise. Sorta like having a ready-made family aboard. It really increased our enjoyment of the cruise to have friends to hang with on shore excursions and on the ship. The hotel manager, Mark, was very welcoming to us. He attended both the first Meet & Greet, but also our second one on our first sea day. Then he surprised us with a special luncheon for CC'ers at the Pinnacle Grill. What a treat that was!! HAL has a reputation for good service, and it lived up to its reputation as far as we were concerned. We had great service in the dining room with waiter Ali and assistant waiter, Kadek. They were so sweet and went out of their way to anticipate our needs. All the crew, especially those that worked in food service, were working double and triple time because of the extra burden of being under Code Red for most of the cruise. Yet, almost every one of the crew and staff we had any dealings with were unfailingly polite and professional. We had no complaints whatsoever about the service on the Zuiderdam. We really disliked what they've done to the Crow's Nest - adding the internet cafe and library. Why would anyone put a library and nightclub in the same room?? It has completely destroyed the ambiance of the Crow's Nest, which used to be our favorite place to enjoy a drink and do a little dancing. Adding the screening room was a nice touch on deck 3, but we never got to see a movie there because the seats were always taken. There also seemed to be fewer shops with fewer choices than we had seen on the Westerdam in March 07. We both found the food to be excellent in both the dining room and lido. Loved all the ice cream choices - totally free. Nothing feels like "vacation" as an ice cream cone. And, of course, the scrumptious bread pudding with vanilla sauce!! Pinnacle Grill was great for dinner and breakfast. We didn't see as many shows as we normally do. Part of that was because the entertainers were sick with Noro virus. But mainly the problem was the change of time for the shows. We had fixed dining at 8pm. In order to see a show, we had to go to the 7pm one, which was just too early for us, especially days we were in port. We used to enjoy the 10 pm shows very much, so were disappointed with the change of times. Again, can't figure the logic of whomever made that decision. We greatly enjoyed all the ports: Dubrovnik, Corfu, Sicily (Taurmina), Rome, Cartegena, Cadiz, and Madeira. The only complaint I had about the ships tour in Rome was that we couldn't hear the tour guide on the headsets. Combination of static and a heavy accent. We used CC - especially our roll call - to guide what we did at each port. Our fellow cruisers were informative and helpful. Yes, I got the noro virus despite taking all precautions, but, thankfully, it was while we were making the crossing, so I didn't miss any of the ports. The medical staff, the Neptune Lounge, and our cabin steward all were wonderful about taking care of me and making sure we had everything we needed. Didn't like getting sick, but at least had a great room to be quarantined in! Used the spa a lot, and the quality of their services (massages, seaweed wraps, etc.) was great! Love the wrap around promenade on the HAL ships. Loved the piano bar, cigars under the stars. Too many things to count, and this review is already long. We had a fantastic time on our "cruise of a lifetime." We might not be able to afford to go all out again, but are already planning a Hawaiian cruise on the Zaandam - probably in a regular balcony room. Read Less
Sail Date October 2008
Zuiderdam Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.5 3.7
Public Rooms 3.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 2.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.8
Enrichment 5.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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