CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Zuiderdam Eastern Caribbean May 28, 2005

My 11th cruise, first on Holland America. Embarkation went very fast. Cabin was plenty big for family of 4. deck 5 with verandah. Soda card was worth it. $28.00 on first day. Card is not good on Private Island.Food in all venues was very good. Service in dining room was inconsistant.No napkin on lap or help with chair which are very heavy. We ate on 2nd floor vibration was minamal. Kids went to club HAl ages 9&11.

They had a great time.They still have a few bugs to work out. ex.-T-shirt project and the T-shirts were to small. they should have asked sizes on the form you fill out before camp starts. Private Island was beautiful. St Thomas -We took excursion to St John It Was expensive and short on time. We had 1hr and 10min on the beach. Tortola- we took cab to Cane garden bay and spent day on beach. very nice and they have facilities and food. Nassau- has gotten very bad with beggers. we docked at 12 and there were 3-other ships there. things were closed do to nassau holiday. You must bring picture ID when getting off. we only had our ship card and were giving a rough time about it. No other ports asked for picture ID.2 days out to sea, there were not enough activities.There is no midnight buffet but you can get some food on lido deck. There is also not a show every night. The times in the news letter were wrong often so you miss out alot on things. The captians reception was aweful. they came around 1 time with drinks and food. They only had OJ for none drinkers and kids.high tea was nice if you can get there. Disembarking was simple and nice that you can stay in room until you are called. they also have a parking garage in Ft Lauderdale it is $12.oo per day. Overall we had a nice time and met nice people. we probaly will not cruise with HAL again. I have had better service on carnival and Royal carribean.

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