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Zuiderdam Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Embarkation
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Zuiderdam
4.0 / 5.0
1070 reviews

Pros
Partnerships and Music Walk mean exciting enrichment and entertainment choices
Cons
Pool and some public areas appear dated; cabins could use more storage
Bottom Line
Continual refurbishments and additions keep older ship fresh for a variety of destinations

About

Passengers
1,970

Crew
800

Passenger to Crew
2.46:1

Launched
2002

Shore Excursions
697
Sails To
Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Mediterranean, Western Caribbean
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Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor

Zuiderdam Overview

With its traditional heritage and older demographic, you might expect a cruise on Holland America's Zuiderdam to be a placid affair. Wrong. Thanks to interesting enrichment partnerships and outstanding entertainment choices, we found ourselves going from morning to night.

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What kept us so busy? A morning mindfulness session developed by editors at "O, The Oprah Magazine." Cooking demonstrations with "America's Test Kitchen." BBC Earth movies. Afternoon classical music concerts at the Lincoln Center Stage. Singing along to the dueling pianos at Billboard Onboard. Watching the passengers get down in the B.B. King's Blues Club. Add in trivia sessions, wine tastings, mainstage shows and (if you're a PC fan) a full schedule of Microsoft Digital Workshop classes, and we barely had time to eat.

Zuiderdam received the full line-up of HAL features in a late 2017 refurbishment; the ship itself dates back to 2002. There are still some places where the vessel shows its age -- the polar bear in the pool area needs to go (while Zuiderdam sails Alaska, it also does Panama Canal and European itineraries), as does the strange throne-like bench in the aft pool -- but overall, the refresh brought some life to an older ship. We were particularly cheered by the USB ports near the bed in the cabins, although we still feel the rooms lacked storage.

On a previous Zuiderdam cruise, we gave the ship excellent marks for logistics. For example, our time on the ship was part of an Alaskan cruise tour, and passengers both embarked and disembarked in Skagway. Zuiderdam staff had the process down to a science; our room was ready when we boarded the ship and luggage arrived promptly. We found similar attention to detail on a subsequent partial Panama Canal transit; despite an array of tours and a tricky time-sensitive tendering operation, the cruise ship staff had their act together to make the operation run smoothly, with competent and efficient service that we found throughout the ship. And, it's that consistency that makes a cruise on Zuiderdam a fail-safe proposition.


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Fellow Passengers

Holland America has a reputation for attracting a more mature crowd, although this can vary depending on the destination. On a late August Alaska cruise, the bulk of the 2,022 passengers were ages 51 to 74; there were 174 children under the age of 17. During longer cruises through the Panama Canal and Caribbean, the number of children drops to less than a dozen or even zero; on our Panama Canal cruise, the only young children onboard were crew kids who were visiting families. The number of passengers who are repeat HAL customers also increases on these trips; 65 percent were repeat passengers on our Panama Canal cruise.

HAL draws a fair number of international passengers, though North Americans always dominate. Other nationalities might include Australians, Chinese, British and Dutch, among others.


Holland America Zuiderdam Dress Code

Zuiderdam is a fairly casual ship, particularly during the day when most people wear T-shirts and shorts. Most evenings, the dress code is smart casual in all dining venues, with men wearing casual shirts and women wearing pants and sweaters. Gala nights are held twice on a seven-night cruise; we saw only a handful of gowns and tuxedos, with most passengers opting for cocktail dresses (women) and a sport coat (men). Even during longer voyages, we found passengers eschewing more formal attire in favor of being more comfortable.


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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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  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
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  • 2016 Best for Dining
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  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
  • 2013 Best for Fitness
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Holland America Zuiderdam Member Reviews

texandk
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Well done, Captain and crew of the Zuiderdam !!!.... Read More
OBX-Cruisers
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Zaandam from Montreal & either Zuiderdam or RCL AOS from QC), but we chose the Zuiderdam because of its sail date that would allow us to spend my wife's birthday with our friends in Quebec City.... Read More
rrobo
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Don’t think we will be back on Zuiderdam any time soon..... Read More
Editz68
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Anyway, this is only my second cruise, the previous being a 9-day Alaska cruise on Westerdam, another Vista class sister ship to the Zuiderdam.... Read More

Holland America Line Fleet

Maasdam
4.0 / 5.0
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594 reviews

Holland America's stately Maasdam launched in 1994, but has gone through two major refurbishments in 2006 and 2011, adding contemporary features.

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Rotterdam
4.0 / 5.0
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Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is a throwback to earlier cruise ships compared to most megaships built after 1995.

Veendam
4.0 / 5.0
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The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with the strong traditional flavor that HAL's known for.

Volendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


The 1,432-passenger Volendam has had a couple of refurbishments since its 1999 debut, one in 2006 and one in 2011, which saw a ship-wide spruce up.

Amsterdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Built in 2000, Amsterdam is smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes of ships and a recently had Canaletto, a casual Italian eatery, installed.

Prinsendam
4.0 / 5.0
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Prinsendam, Holland America's smallest vessel offers destination-immersive itineraries and superb value for money.

Zuiderdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


As cruise lines add a dizzying array of features, Zuiderdam maintains Holland America's satisfying and enjoyable, although not particularly surprising, experience at sea.

Westerdam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Although it's not a new ship, Holland America's Westerdam continues to do what the line does best -- balance the traditional cruising experience with updated, contemporary amenities.

Noordam
3.5 / 5.0
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Holland America Line aims to strike a balance between classic and contemporary, and the intimate, 2,000-passenger Noordam, christened in 2006, manages this well.

Eurodam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional and upscale; emphasizes music and gourmet dining; features Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Onstage, B.B. King's Blues Club; holds about 3,000.

Nieuw Amsterdam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional emphasis on gourmet dining, live music and an impressive art collection; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center and B.B. King's Blues Club; holds fewer than 3,000.

Koningsdam
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Upscale; emphasis on music and gourmet dining; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center, Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King's All-Stars Band; holds about 3,500.

Nieuw Statendam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Holland America welcomes a second ship to its Pinnacle Class in 2018. Nieuw Statendam will follow in the footsteps of Koningsdam, the line's largest ship.

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