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Holland America Line Zuiderdam Cruise Reviews

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

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Southern

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Cruiser Rick1

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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. Embarkation went very smoothly in Ft. Lauderdale. Ship is older and smaller than what we have sailed on recently but it is in very good condition. The ship has three sets of elevators where ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


7 Day Caribbean Cruise

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Southern

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Forseti Cruiser

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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 excellent, as usual, and the food was good. The entertainment, however, was sorely lacking. The first night, there was no show in the main stage area. For 6 nights, the main entertainment ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Meh.

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Southern

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nodumblond

10+ Cruises

Age 2020s

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 on HAL again, as we appreciate the relative calm on board (we drop the average cruiser age by 20 years when we embark) and had not been on a Dam ship in four years. (As background: ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Extraordinary Food/Presentation/Service but bring a sweater

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Eastern

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KruzinAl

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Had an awesome cruise, 7 day Caribbean. ship is from 2002 but renovated in 2017/18 My wife and I have sailed primarily Royal, Celebrity, Princess, NCL, Carnival and my wife Cunard in the past, over 40 cruises. 1900 passengers and 9 decks with lots of elevators. many were on 2, 3 and 4 week back to back cruises we are 65 and 68 so almost felt young!! An older mix, say average age ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Disappointing vessel

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - All

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CasaFenice

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

I am missing a single day to become a *** three star mariner with HAL. I crossed the Atlantic twice: once on the Noordam and once on the Koningsdam from and to Civitavecchia, plus three weeks on the New Amsterdam (which is still my favorite vessel in terms of decor and style). Firstly, the ship voyage was often unexplainably rocky - even when there was not particularly rough seas. This made me ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Zuiderdam = Huge Dirty Disappointment

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - All

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StevenLaChance1

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

We chose the Zuiderdam for a romantic, relaxing cruise. We were very disappointed with many things about the Zuiderdam and Holland America as a company. First, let me start by saying the Holland America has some serious operational and procedural issues which need an outside consultant to fix. Embarkation: You know you are in trouble when getting on the ship is the best thing you can say about ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


Good but not Great

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Western

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mholder

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

We've cruised Royal Carib, Princess, Norwegian, and Carnival in the past. I would put say that the Zuiderdam was better than Carnival and Norwegian, the same as Royal Caribbean, but not quite as nice as princess. We were a party of 6 with 2 rooms. 8111 and 1035. 3 middle aged adults and 3 in their 20s. The good: The ports were excellent. Not overcrowded and full days at each port. We didn't ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Two weeks aboard- no more Test Kitchen?!?!

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - Western

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KEHJMT

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We did two seven day cruises back to back on the Zuiderdam, coming back to Fort Lauderdale in between. We like Holland America because of the extra large verandas and the fact that their ships aren’t overwhelming. Big enough to offer enough to do but not so big we feel lost in crowds. We also signed on with Holland America in part because of their offering for America’s Test Kitchen. We ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Just average

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - All

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Panamaleenie

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Just finishing up our holiday cruise. First time on HAL but have cruised most lines. The good: room stewards were very good and so was the food. The Bad: We had a balcony room which was pretty small, buckets around ship to catch leaks, lack of activities on at sea days, nightly entertainment horrendous, sewage smell in a few corridors. The Ugly: It was our Anniversary, which was noted ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


ZERO entertainment = HUGEST disappointment. Service = bad, rude. Nice old ship.

Review for Zuiderdam to Caribbean - All

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wendylamond

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Hi there. It’s January, and I’m back home in Michigan. We are all snowed in today so I’m finally going back to submit my review for my holiday cruise. Most of which I typed while I was on the ship, and some I filled in just now. (So please excuse my mixed tenses!) Here it is: ROOMS: It’s 4:24 a.m. and I'm on the ship, on Christmas Eve morning, actually. I’ve been thinking about it ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Traveled with children


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