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  1. 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
  2. carlyshenk


    Where does Zuiderdam dock in Curacao? Carol
  3. I read that the sports court on the Zuiderdam includes tennis. Has anyone used it or know when it's available to play tennis?
  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. 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 ?
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Homeagain

    Zuiderdam Casino

    Does anyone know if the Zuiderdam has a craps table in the casino? Thanks.
  10. airboss1998

    Eggs benedict on Zuiderdam

    Fifty days until we leave on the Zuiderdam.... any recent cruisers able to verify if they still have the Eggs Benedict station?
  11. I have some questions about our upcoming cruise on the Zuiderdam and you will notice they are in no particular order, here we go: I am seeing that the Casino is now totally no smoking;is that correct? Are there any Dance classes during the cruise? We chose Open Dining in the MDR –is it better to make a reservation? If not, what is the best time to go? This time it is just the 2 of us, so we would like to meet others, and sit at a large table, does that work well? I have read so much about Panama Rolls – are they in the Lido for breakfast? I read they serve them on the day they go to the Canal. Anyone familiar with free Wifi in Aruba, Curacao or Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Suggested locations? Considering the $25.00 Beverage Card for Fountain drinks (get $50.00 worth), does anyone know if they have ginger ale at thefountain? (I know that is a silly question, but that’s the one I like, and try to stay away from caffeine now) We are in a VC Veranda cabin, I think the deck has 2 chairs & 1 little side table. Is it possible to request a sturdy table so we can eat on the deck on occasion? I have not seen anything about things to do when we dock in Costa Rica. We don’t want to take a ship excursion, or a bus tour. Just meandering around, or maybe grab a taxi to a location for beach and a drink or two? Any thoughts? And are there nice restaurants close to the port? We are really not experts at snorkeling, and really true rookies. Can we rent some fins & masks in port for a reasonable price? Thanks for any feedback and insights you might have!
  12. '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.
  13. My DH and I just arrived home from our first HAL cruise, Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale on Zuiderdam. We’ve been land travelers for many years, and only recently started cruising. This is cruise #3...the first a multigenerational Alaska Cruise on Royal Caribbean and the second a transatlantic on Regent. Obviously two very different experiences, but both good for the audiences we were traveling with. The HAL cruise added a new dimension to our cruise experiences. All in all we had a very good time. It was difficult not to compare the cruise lines and respective experiences at least a little, but we tried to look at the new cruise line and ship for their own merits. The service was excellent...from start to finish...in every venue! The crew appeared to be genuinely happy to be there and their inevitable response of “my pleasure” seemed genuine. A number of crew members (beyond our cabin stewards and MDR waiters) got to know our names and greeted us warmly whenever we saw them. That made for a more personal experience. Our Signature Suite was lovely, spacious, well appointed and always taken care of by our wonderful stewards. We were especially impressed by the number of outlets and USB ports. More than enough for our purposes. The separate shower was pretty tight, but tub shower was nice. We both liked the double sinks, bath amenities and huge bath towels! I liked the vanity for doing my hair and make up. The balcony was very spacious, though the weather was too cool most of the trip to make much use of it. The food ranged from acceptable to very good. We enjoyed the dinner experience in the dining room most evenings, but were happy there was a casual venue at the Lido, on a couple nights we just felt like having a quick bite. We enjoyed coffee and fruit each morning in our room, followed by breakfast some days at the Lido and others in the dining room. Both were good, with plenty of choices. Lunch was either at Lido or Dive In. The burgers at DI were amazing! And the salad bar was fresh, with so many delicious choices. I also loved the made to order pasta and DH enjoyed the carved meats. We both loved all the delicious breads! If we had one food complaint it would be the temperature of food in the dining room at times. It wasn’t always as hot as it should be. One thing I liked very much was the crew in Lido serving most of the food. Many less hands handling utensils! And much of what was self serve was already plated. Entertainment was quite good, with many different venues for different tastes. We most enjoyed Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard. Excellent musicians in both! The main stage shows were hit or miss for us. We loved the Planet Earth production! The Zuiderdam dancers/singers were sometimes very good, sometimes a little off. We enjoyed some movies and especially the BBC Planet Earth documentaries. The screening room was great! But you needed to arrive early because it usually filled up. We missed having a lecturer....DH especially likes that. The interdenominational church service on a Sunday at sea was so well attended we had to bring in more chairs. Two ministers on board did a great job with the service. I’ve read comments from those who don’t like the changes in the Crow’s Nest. But we thought it was a warm and inviting space, though it could get very crowded on sea days. But since there were so many public spaces, we never lacked for a place to sit, read or just watch the world go by. The interactive maps in Explorer were fun and we often saw them being used. Gale force winds forced us to miss the port at Charlottetown PEI, which was disappointing. But we appreciated that the captain put the safety of the passengers first. We liked his daily reports but appreciated that there were not announcements continuously throughout the day like there were on Royal Caribbean. We enjoyed a Q and A with the captain as well as a couple personal interactions and found him friendly, humorous and above all, capable. The cruise director Sabine was very personable and approachable. And her staff seemed to follow her lead. We took a few HAL excursions and did our own thing in a couple other ports. The excursions were very well done, with excellent guides. Perhaps we were fortunate in that regard. I’d highly recommend “Intimate Look at Acadia National Park” in Bar Harbor. We appreciated that there was generally some form of shuttle transportation in most ports for those who wanted to explore on their own. Based on this experience we wouldn’t hesitate to sail HAL again. Judy
  14. Can't tell from the deck plan for the Zuiderdam whether or not there is the full Greenhouse Retreat. It says Greenhouse Spa and Salon and shows a hydro pool. I took a look at deck plans of a few other ships and they say the same. Anyone know? Karen
  15. A Great Hello to ALL; We are doing the Zuiderdam in SEPT. of 2019 which does the "COLORS OF CANADA & NEW ENGLAND. Has anyone out there done this particular cruise??? It starts out in Quebec City, the goes to the following ports: Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Saint John, Portland, Maine, Boston, and finally New York City. Its a 13 day cruise. Iam particularly interested in the Canadian Ports of Call and was wondering what was your "Favorite" things to do and maybe even your "Least" favorite things that you did. Any words of wisdom and advice will be TRULY APPRECIATED. I know on the Holland America website it says to bring a warm jacket and even gloves so that I have duly noted. Oh I forgot to mention it also stops in Newport, Rhode Island too. THANK YOU TO ALL and I will acknowledge all who help me out. Chuck PS We have opted for the SIGNATURE SUITE which I do consider way over priced but you are only on this old earth for a very short period of time so I splurged. Navigation Deck 8 Starboard Side.
  16. Hi All, We're just getting ready to book the 12 day Baltic Cruise on the Zuiderdam for May 9th. So far the cabins we've looked at (and available) are either towards the front or the back of the ship. For those of you who've cruised this ship, which location would be preferable. None of them are totally forward or back but just not in the center as I would prefer. Any suggestions? Are there any locations/cabins that must be avoided at all costs? Thanks!!
  17. Zuiderdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0600-1700. She is doing an 11-day partial Panama Canal Cruise. She is the only cruise ship in port. Wednesday, December 5 Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, December 6 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, December 7 At Sea Saturday, December 8 Aruba Sunday, December 9 Curacao Monday, December 10 At Sea Tuesday, December 11 Cartagena, Colombia Wednesday, December 12 Panama Canal (Partial Transit) (Cruising) Wednesday, December 12 Colon, Panama Thursday, December 13 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Friday, December 14 At Sea Saturday, December 15 At Sea Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . ***Addict alert*** Prinsendam will be in Port Everglades on Friday, December 7 and will be headed to dry dock in Freeport (from which she will return on December 15). At present (may change by Friday), she is due to be at Pier 26 from 0600-1600. Please post if you are planning on watching. If we have some interest, I will start a sail-away thread. Otherwise, we will have Oosterdam on Saturday, 8 December.
  18. @*Miss G* - This might be one for you, but if anyone's been on the 10 or 11 day S. Caribbean, that would be even better. Does anyone happen to know what the performance times are for the Lincoln Center Stage on the Zuiderdam? We're sailing with my wife's dad for Christmas, and he really enjoyed them on the Eurodam. Being a good son-in-law, I want to make sure we block out time to see them. Thanks!
  19. Hi-- A Roll Call has been created for anyone taking this cruise, but it's very "light", only about 10 posters at this point. We ARE trying to establish a HAL Meet & Greet, very informal, so that we can......Meet & Greet! We would love to have fellow cruisers attend to compare notes, excursions - and maybe make new friends. The Thread is: November 25, 2018 - Zuiderdam 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer, date tentatively is Tuesday, 11/27 @ 11:00am - deltadoug13 is the Coordinator, I'm just his Secretary - he just doesn't know it!
  20. Zuiderdam will be in Port Everglades from 0830 (surprisingly late???)-1700 at Pier 26 (port to). She will be doing an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. She is the only ship in port. November 14 Fort Lauderdale, FL November 15 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas November 16 At Sea November 17 Aruba November 18 Curacao November 19 At Sea November 20 Cartagena, Colombia November 21 Panama Canal (Partial Transit) (Cruising) November 21 Colon, Panama November 22 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica November 23 At Sea November 24 At Sea November 25 Fort Lauderdale, FL The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com . Also, Rotterdam will be in Aruba from 0700-1600. https://www.portarubawebcam.com For the addicts: Rotterdam will be in Key West on Friday, 11/16 from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com Next up: Oosterdam on Saturday (11/17).
  21. Seems to be a lack of clarity regarding casino smoking ban (or not) on Zuiderdam and Westerdam. I booked a cruise for next month on Zuiderdam when policy on HAL website said Eurodam, Oosterdam as well as Zuiderdam and Westerdam were smoke free. Now when I look it appears that Zuiderdam and Westerdam are not included in smoke free casino list when I go to page 16 of Q & A PDF on HAL website. Can anyone tell me from personal experience whether Zuiderdam casino is smoke free?
  22. We are cruising soon on Zuiderdam to Panama Canal -- we are Diamond on Royal and have been on others but this will be our first time on Holland in a Signature suite. Are those like junior suites on Royal? Hard to tell from the pics online. Also this is a new itinerary for us, so any recommended excurions (easy or maybe moderate, not strenuous) for Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Colon, Puerto Limon, Gatun? Thanks!
  23. Zuiderdam will be at Pier 26 (port to) from 0600-1700. She will be heading out for an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Wednesday, October 24 Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, October 25 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Friday, October 26 At Sea Saturday, October 27 Aruba Sunday, October 28 Curacao Monday, October 29 At Sea Tuesday, October 30 Cartagena, Colombia Wednesday, October 31 Panama Canal (Partial Transit) (Cruising) Wednesday, October 31 Colon, Panama Thursday, November 1 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Friday, November 2 At Sea Saturday, November 3 At Sea Sunday, November 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL Also in port is Celebrity Infinity at pier 18 (d. 1600). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . For the addicts: Rotterdam will be the first HAL ship to visit Key West this season on Friday 10/26. She will be in port from 0800-1700. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ . Zuiderdam will be in Aruba on Saturday 10/27 from 1300-2300. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ . Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam will be in FLL and Rotterdam in Tampa on Sunday 10/28.
  24. Another busy day in Port Everglades with seven cruise ships in port. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at Pier 21 (Starboard to) from 0615-1700. She will be embarking on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 17 Key West FL Tuesday, December 18 At Sea Wednesday, December 19 Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Thursday, December 20 Roatan, Honduras Friday, December 21 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Fort Lauderdale, FL Zuiderdam will be at Pier 26 (Port to) from 0530-1600 (blocked for most of the day by Edge). She is going on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday cruise. Sunday, December 16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Monday, December 17 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Tuesday, December 18 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday, December 19 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic Thursday, December 20 At Sea Friday, December 21 Bonaire Saturday, December 22 Curacao Sunday, December 23 Aruba Monday, December 24 At Sea Tuesday, December 25 At Sea Wednesday, December 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL Other ships in port are Regal Princess at pier 2 (0500-1600), Adventure OTS at pier 29 (0430-1730), Carnival Conquest at pier 4 (0330-1600), Celebrity Edge at pier 25 (0600-1600), and Harmony OTS at pier 18 (0515-1630). The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ . Rotterdam will be in Tampa from 0700-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.porttampawebcam.com/. Carnival Miracle is also in Tampa. Sunday, December 16 Tampa, FL Monday, December 17 Key West, FL Tuesday, December 18 At Sea Wednesday December 19 Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Thursday December 20 Roatan, Honduras Friday December 21 Costa Maya, Mexico Saturday, December 22 At Sea Sunday, December 23 Tampa, FL Eurodam is in San Diego from 0700-1700. http://sundiegolive.com/ For the addicts: Both Volendam (0800-1700) and Rotterdam (1100-1800) will be visiting Key West on Monday, 17 December. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: Volendam in Port Everglades on Tuesday, 18 December.
  25. Having enjoyed and appreciated the trip reports posted by fellow CC’ers, I thought I’d give it a try. Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a bit of drivel with your morning coffee. Hopefully we will find this mutually fun and informative! IT BEGINS Earlier this year my husband and I were thrilled to book a Trans-Pacific on the Westerdam: Vancouver to Tokyo. Sadly, due to arising work conflicts, it was not to be. :( But wait! We haven’t done the Colors of Canada and New England yet! And no work conflicts!! The Zuiderdam is newly out of dry dock and calling our names. Our first sailing on this Vista-Class ship was 10 years ago, so we shall call this our 10th anniversary cruise. I believe the traditional gift for the 10th anniversary is tin or aluminum. I’m guessing a man invented that list. The only thing that comes to mind is a pot or some tin foil. I will forgo the gift. Our route has us departing from Manhattan Cruise Terminal, sailing down the Hudson, past the Statue of Liberty, and underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Since departure is at 8:00 pm we should have some spectacular nighttime views of The City That Never Sleeps. Knowing how crazy the weather can get in the Mid-Atlantic Region, we booked our flights and hotel for arrival the day prior to departure. We chose our hotel carefully. We wanted to be relatively close to the Cruise Port but somewhat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We found a great spot between Times Square and Central Park. Time to relax. Sent from my iPad using Forums