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  1. flagmom

    Zuiderdam in Curacao

    Can someone please tell me where the Zuiderdam generally docks in Curacao? I understand there are two different piers. Thanks.
  2. losercruiser

    Happy Hour on Zuiderdam?

    Hi, Anyone recently on the Zuiderdam? Do they still have happy hour?
  3. "Sea-Esta"

    Zuiderdam VB Cabins

    My parents and I are looking at going on the Quebec City - Whales and Fall Colour Cruise on September 12th to 27th. We are looking at booking a room for 4 people but told by are Travel Agent that HAL can bump us to a 3 person cabin. Wanting others thoughts on decks 4, 5, 6, and 10. What cabins would you avoid if choosing a 3 person cabin. We would really like a 4 but don’t want to be bumped to a 3 with no say where we are on the ship along with what side. We prefer Starboard. Thank you in advance ☺️
  4. We absolutely adored our retreat cabana on the Eurodam last April. On our future Panama Canal cruise March 20-31, we have one booked on the Zuiderdam but the last posts I read indicated that they were in disrepair. Anyone have more recent experience with the Retreat area on the Zuiderdam?
  5. Does anyone have a picture of what a roll-in shower is like? My hubby has hip troubles and would have issues entering a step in tub to shower. He is not officially handicapped but does walk with a unusual gait. Would I be able to book a cabin (looking at VA8032) that has a roll-in shower or are they saved for wheelchair guests?
  6. memoriesbmds

    Price Drop - Zuiderdam

    Our final payment is not due until March 2019. Checking the fares, there has been a price drop of $616 for our cabin type. I contacted my TA to grab the discount for us. The response: HAL will not refund the difference unless we cancel, pay the cancellation fee, and then rebook. Can I deal directly with HAL on this issue? What would be the best way to get this price drop refund approved?
  7. Good afternoon! We've got another professional photo album for you, this time from Holland America's Zuiderdam: https://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/zuiderdam-266/ Please enjoy the photos, and let us know what you think! Cheers, Christina _____________ Christina Janansky Producer Cruise Critic
  8. Cap N

    Zuiderdam Question

    RE: Post Refit Features and Additions I would be grateful to know what attractions were added on the Zuiderdam during last fall's dry dock. Does the Zuiderdam now have Holland America's Exploration Center (EXC) and the Rijksmuseum at Sea like were added to the Westerdam earlier in 2017? If not, does anyone know when they are scheduled to be added? I have read the Zuiderdam now features B. B. King's Blues Club and Lincoln Center but I have not been able to find out what other innovations were added. (Sadly, when I phoned HAL the agent said he wasn't sure.) Thank you for your replies. Cap
  9. Can anyone advise if hangouts works on the middle tier plan (or recommend a different WiFi-Calling app on that plan) What was the usual / typical call quality?
  10. 'Twas the night before HAL Cruise, and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not Poohby. Not spouse. The suitcases packed, we had at least five, In hopes that the Zuiderdam soon would arrive. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys & girls, moms & dads, teens, tots, toddlers and wee little shavers! It’s time once again for another research project / trip report from the National Institute of Cheer. We leave tomorrow on our first ever Christmas Cruise. (Yay!) It’s a 10 day Southern Caribbean itinerary that calls on some of our favorite ports: the ABCIslands of Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao. The closest we’ve come to an actual holiday cruise was a Eurodam sailing that ended Christmas Eve back in 2016, but this will be our first one that actually includes the holiday. It’s also our first cruise that’s longer than a week since 2014. (Double yay!) For us, a 10 day sailing hits the sweet spot lengthwise. Seven days is just too short. Don’t get me wrong. We’ll take what we can get, but we prefer 10 or more days. Our itinerary takes us to the picturesque southern Caribbean, where we haven’t been since early 2014. Our port stops are: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Amber Cove, Dominican Republic – A new port for us Kralendijk, Bonaire – One of our favorite snorkeling destinations Willemstad, Curacao Oranjestad, Aruba We have several deep and profound research projects planned for this voyage, covering a broad array of subjects important to you, the VIP cruising public. The Department of Gastronomics will attempt to get copies of all the menus. I don’t know about you, but we like to review menus for our upcoming cruises so we can determine the best days to schedule specialty dining. It also helps you to plan your pairings if you’re bringing your own wine and paying corkage. The Department of Harmonics will explore the music venues on the Zuiderdam: Lincoln Center Stage, the B.B. King Club, and Billboard Onboard. The Department of Theatrics will report on the shows and the clean, bright entertainments available in the main show room, The Mainstage. Our world-renowned Department of Alcademics® plans to research the cocktail menus, wine lists, and drink packages – in painstaking detail. We’re doing this - not because we intend to drink - but rather because people have a lot of questions about the beverage packages and we aspire to perform valuable research, which will enable us to report back to you. Selfless, I know.
  11. feathersandnananose

    Live classical music on the Zuiderdam

    We have previously "found our home" with the Adagio group (twice a piano/violin duo, and the last trip an actual string quartet). Have they been replaced by "Lincoln Center Stage?" And is LCS as intimate as the Adagio was? I loved sitting in a small room (a "chamber") listening to chamber music. It was perfect. We'll be on the Zuiderdam in June, if that makes a difference. If it's Lincoln Center Stage, is it in a smaller room with casual seating, or more concert seating? Just prepping my expectations. Barb ("Feathers")
  12. This cabin is opposite elevators. Would we hear any noise from them? Does anyone know size of Balcony? Any reviews about this cabin would be appreciated.
  13. Do they still offer breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill for (Neptune) suite guests? Thanks
  14. Sorry, i'm sure this has been answered many times in other threads, but of course now that i need it i can't find it! We're leaving this Sunday, our first HAL cruise. Can someone explain the boarding process for me? Our boarding passes say 1 pm. Is this a "suggested" time for everyone, or do they assign staggered check-in times? We've only sailed on Carnival before, and for them you select your boarding time and everybody is staggered starting at about 11 am. I'd like to know whether we can arrive earlier and be allowed to board, or will we have to wait until at least 1? Thanks in advance for your help!
  15. DreamsVacations

    Zuiderdam Veranda Balcony Cabins

    I am starting this thread to raise awareness of the very poorly configured Veranda Balcony Cabins on the Zuiderdam. Holland America allows passengers of up to 4 passengers to book these cabins. However, unless you do not care to have access to the balcony (which I believe is the sole reason most of us pay the increased cost to have a balcony cabin) or the bar fridge and vanity, I would recommend saving your money and book an Ocean View or Interior cabin. We are a family of 3. My daughter, grandson (11) and I, were on the 10 day Holiday cruise this December 16, 2018. In order to have the 3rd bed, they had to remove furniture from the cabin for the duration of the cruise and entirely block access to the balcony door, bar fridge and vanity. The first front desk customer service we spoke to, advised the cabin accommodates up to 4 passengers. This is impossible with 2 single beds and a love-seat pull out single sofa bed all wall to wall with no drop down for a 4th. Another family of 3 we met on this cruise had the same type of cabin and issues. We were all very disappointed after paying the extra cost to have a balcony cabin with no access to the balcony. Has anyone else experienced the same on the Zuiderdam or any other Holland America or other cruise line ships?
  16. carlyshenk


    Where does Zuiderdam dock in Curacao? Carol
  17. Reporting live from Zuiderdam on second-to-last day of New Year's cruise. I have personally cruised around 10 times on Costa/Carnival/NCL/Celebrity. This is our second HAL Holiday cruise (last year on Eurodam for New Year's cruise which we loved). I am a late 30s professional traveling with my wife, two kids 5 and 8 years old, and 2 grandparents. Ship is in very good shape, service is good and food has been very acceptable in the dining room (a few misses here and there and somewhat a step down from Eurodam last year but still quite enjoyable overall). Although the weather has not fully cooperated, we have also enjoyed the itinerary. Why choose HAL for a family cruise? We tend to enjoy dining in the dining room at set times, dress up for gala nights (3 generations in tuxedos and long dresses!) and enjoy a more traditional cruising experience. My parents also enjoy the HAL experience and this is a way to spend quality time together. Finally, my wife and I enjoy BB King Blues Club and like to go dance there at night after the show. I know my comments will not rally all of you, but I have found the intolerance from cruisers toward kids much more prevalent this year. Hearing a few loud comments such as "when are we going to throw all of the kids overboard?". The front desk also confirmed that one of the most frequent complaint has been around the number of kids onboard. We did not feel this resentment last year on Eurodam. Frankly, my (perhaps biased) judgment is that kids have generally been well behaved and supervised throughout the cruise. Also, my feeling is that if you don't like kids, you should not pick a cruise during an important school break, or perhaps go higher scale with Seabourn, Oceania or Crystal. Another related disappointment is that management decided to reserve the full aft pool area to “Adults Only”. This was an area that we frequented daily last year on Eurodam for Al fresco breakfast or lunch, and this was not possible this year. Added to that the fact that the roof cover over the midship pool was almost always closed (never fully open), we have not been able to spend any quality time outside getting some of the ocean breeze or direct sun exposure. Despite these important shortcomings, we have had a pleasant cruise but wish we would have felt more “on a ship” and not in a closed off, roofed up, air conditioned hotel… We thought we had found a cruise product that suited our family following the Eurodam cruise last year, but we will likely need to go back to the drawing board... All the best to all of you for 2019! Fred
  18. I read that the sports court on the Zuiderdam includes tennis. Has anyone used it or know when it's available to play tennis?
  19. There’s just one ship in Port Everglades for this one and it’s the lovely Zuiderdam. Should be lots of great views of her! Zuiderdam is heading for the 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer - always a nice itinerary, especially at this BRRR-Y time of the year. She will be pier 26. Here is her itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (06 Feb d1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (07 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (09 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (10 Feb 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (12 Feb 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (13 Feb 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (13 Feb 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (14 Feb 0630-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (17 Feb a0700) The webcams are located at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com For the Sail a way Addicts - the Nieuw Statendam will be in St. Maarten on Feb. 7th and the Koningsdam will be in Aruba on Feb. 8th. St. Maarten’s webcam is located at https://www.portstmaartenwebcam.com and Aruba’s webcam is located at https://www.portarubawebcam.com Next sail a way - Oosterdam on February 9th.
  20. crusin'k

    Up Front on Zuiderdam

    We are looking at a cruise on Zuiderdam in Feb 2019. We have never stayed in a cabin that was "up front" but are considering either 4018 or 4017. Neither of us have ever experienced motion sickness but we are wondering if anyone can offer any feedback regarding motion in these rooms. The cruise is a 10 day partial canal voyage. Any feedback would be helpful.
  21. berylde

    Boarding Zuiderdam

    We usually cruise with RCCL and arrive for boarding in Port Everglades around 11 am. We will be on the Zuiderdam in 2 weeks. Will we be able to board around 11 am on Holland America also ?
  22. You posted this under a Zuiderdam question: "We also were able to get one of the "bump out" cabins, in which the cabin and balcony angles out. This should give us a bit more space in the cabin, but more importantly will allow us a better forward view." What are the "bump out" cabin numbers? Did you post a review?
  23. Seeing the Panama Canal has long been on my bucket list. We were able to experience it from Nov 4 - 14 on the Zuiderdam. It was a great trip even if the azipod had problems at the end. I journaled the trip at https://mmmtravelmemories.com/ with some pictures. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer.
  24. A relatively quiet Boxing Day in PE with only two cruise ships. Zuiderdam will be at Pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1600. She is embarking on an 11-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday cruise. Wednesday, December 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, December 27 At Sea Friday, December 28 At Sea Saturday, December 29 St. Maarten Sunday, December 30 St. Lucia Monday, December 31 Barbados Tuesday, January 1 Fort-de-France, Martinique Wednesday, January 2 St. Kitts Thursday, January 3 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Friday, January 4 At Sea Saturday, January 5 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Sunday, January 6 Fort Lauderdale, FL The other ship in port is Costa Deliziosa at pier 19 from 0430-2300. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Koningsdam and Veendam on Friday 28 December.
  25. ugotscales


    Has anyone taken the Zuiderdam transatlantic Cruise? I’d like some feedback before booking. I’ve also never cruised HAL. I’ve taken 3 on RCCL and 8 on CCL Sent from my iPhone using Forums