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Southern Caribbean Zuiderdam Southern Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zuiderdam
Southern Caribbean
Departure Port

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Very Good

36

Average

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Poor

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Terrible

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105 Southern Caribbean Zuiderdam Southern Caribbean Cruise Reviews


Cruiser Rick1 avatar

Cruiser Rick1

11 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Mostly misses, very few hits. Would never do Panama again.

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First cruise on Holland America but 20th cruise overall. Wanted to see the Panama Canal and we selected Zuiderdam. I have avoided HAL for years and confirmed that this is not the cruise line for me. ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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nodumblond

21 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Meh.

Hub and I booked a balcony cabin rather last-minute -- back surgery on his part necessitated us letting go a steal of a deal on Empress of the Seas and rebooking a different trip. We were looking forward to sailing ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Forseti Cruiser

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

7 Day Caribbean Cruise

We've cruised with Holland America at least 4 times and chose them because of their excellent service. This cruise stopped at their private island first, then Grand Turks, Amber Cove and Key West. The service was ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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AlexMichael

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal Cruise

Our trip was a 10 day Caribbean cruise to Half Moon Cay, Curacao, Aruba, Puerto Limon and of course the Panama Canal. We had always heard about the Canal from other cruisers and was great to finally see it for ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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BillnBrian

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

A wonderful cruise and worth the money.

We chose this cruise because we had taken Holland America before and really enjoyed it. This trip was to celebrate my 60th birthday and what a wonderful celebration it was! Everything was perfect! Our stateroom ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Naismith

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary and value

We chose this ship because we are not into mega ships and had been wanting to do the Panama Canal. This delivered so much more than expected. The food was excellent, the service superb. Lectures were interesting ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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jdc

1 Review Written

Nice cruise ship but too crowded and lacking entertainment

We went on a Panama Chanel Cruise in March 2019. Here are our good and less impressive experiences from our trip. Stateroom: We lived in a veranda on the 10th floor. Beautiful view. The stateroom was really nice. ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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baddancer

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Excellent overall experience.

Overall, we loved our cruise. We took advantage of $49 for 3rd and 4th guests to take two of our grandchildren, ages 11 and 13, and along with cruise credits obtained via CCL stock ownership and monitoring price ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Dolby1000

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Always great to be on a cruise, many highlights, but HAL needs some improvements

This is about our 12th cruise, we previously cruised on Carnival and Disney, but mostly with Royal Caribbean. We had just tried Disney in 2018 but found that their experience just did not warrant their more ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Hunt1530

14 Reviews Written

52 Helpful Votes

Another successful HAL experience

We recently returned from a partial Panama Canal transit aboard the Zuiderdam. This was our tenth cruise on a Holland American vessel and as always we were very satisfied with the voyage and especially the service. ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Kranksr

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal cruise

We chose this cruise because of timing as we wanted to cruise in April. We were a little worried about cruising with Holland American because of their reputation of being geared toward a much older crowd then we ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Cruisegal1127

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Nice, but Everyone Said it was Better

We had a sort of family cruise. Ended up only being 5 of us. This cruise was a good value for 11 nights, onboarding very easy, although I arrived on a red eye so first in line does help. First cruise with ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Imzdo1

8 Reviews Written

25 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal Cruise in the Pinnacle Suite

This is our third cruise on Zuiderdam so we knew what to expect from the ship and were looking forward to seeing the Panama Canal up close and personal. We were given the opportunity to upgrade from our usual ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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jonyyuma

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Our longest cruise March 31, 2019 Panama Canal

We arrived in Florida amid a flood of other cruisers. Definitely not accustomed to thousands of other confused people charging 0r standing around. We had finally located our luggage at a different.station, other ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Macie28

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Tried to enjoy Holland America for a third time-Never Again

My wife and I chose this cruise because of a special promotion and it being a Panama Canal cruise. The ship itself was well maintained and the overall service was good, at best. The Captain and the crew were quite ...
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Sail Date March 2019


Johane avatar

Johane

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great for first time travellers or older less mobile people.

This was my 25th cruise and my first with HA my sister was her first and having nothing to compare with she is more leaneant than I am With ther evaluation of the cruise. I had the impression that HA are trying ...
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Sail Date February 2019


KY Deb avatar

KY Deb

3 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

First HAL cruise and probably last

We have sailed on well over 20 cruises with most main cruise lines. Carnival, Princess, NCL, but mostly with Celebrity which we have elite status. Celebrity did not offer a partial Panama Canal transit, so we ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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10803

1 Review Written

Just ok

there was many disappointing things on the cruise. And a lot of excellent things. The staff was amazing her room stores were exceptional everyone seemed very friendly. The food was very average gnome memorable ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Senior Single

16 Reviews Written

82 Helpful Votes

Something is missing

As a three-star mariner with Holland America, I have enjoyed many of their ships over the years. The latest improvements did away with the wonderful library and great coffee bar. Explorations Café is now up on ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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SC Maverick

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great cruise, excellent staff

Cruise staff was excellent. Ate in MDR every night. Daily vegeterian options every day or weekly always available. Dive In & Taco Bar were fantastic, but only available in afternoon. They have some of the best ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Carlou

3 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Excellent food and excellent service

We wanted to see the Panama canal in a confortable cruise with excellent food and relax atmosphere. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well, quick and smooth. We reverved for the first time an Inside cabin and ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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marschaller

7 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

Excellent ! - Much more than expected

I was worrying before the cruise due to many negative reviews and feedback here regarding the ship and the cruise line itself. I think if someone is "hardly American or Canadian" should be a different category in ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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DreamsVacations

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Holiday Cruise Not Very Festive and Very Poor Layout in Veranda Cabins

We chose the Holland America Zuiderdam ship for our 2018 Christmas family vacation. The only reason I would give any stars for this cruise is for the room and dinning stewards who provided the utmost impeccable ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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casaoro

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

My trip report to my armchair travelling friends

Assigned to cabin 1029 on the Main Level of the Holland America Line (HAL) ms Zuiderdam, I had only a single flight of stairs from the boarding level (A) to climb. Picking the port side, I found myself walking past ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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aotmc

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Panama Sunfarer on Zuiderdam good not great

This was my third HAL cruise in the past 3 years. Overall, I enjoyed it, but there were some serious flaws, and some expected impressive wins. SHIP- This is an older vessel, I was surprised by how some things ...
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Sail Date December 2018


Zuiderdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04
Dining3.54
Entertainment4.53.6
Public Rooms3.54.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family2.03.4
Enrichment5.03.6
Service4.04.4
Value For Money4.53.8
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