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Zaandam Review 12/11-18/2004 Part 2


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The Cabin: Lower Promenade, Aft, Outside, Obstructed View #3397


I was apparent that the last occupants smoked heavily. On the first morning we found out that we could ask that our cabin be "deep cleaned," which was done right away (with a smile!) and that helped a great deal. All of the comforters, pillows, shower curtain, etc. were removed and replaced. The walls were cleaned with some type of detergent and the carpets were vacuumed with something that made them smell better. The cabin was much more pleasant afterward so we were happy.


We paid for a category "K" inside cabin, but we were upgraded to a slightly larger outside cabin (DD) with an obstructed view. For the cost, this cabin was a good value. We had a bathroom with a tub, plenty of storage, a little sofa, make-up table with lighted mirror, heavy Egyptian cotton towels, new, thicker, comfy mattresses (although my husband’s side was showing signs of a "dip" already), and very high-count, soft cotton sheets. Although the view was obstructed, we only had to look slightly to the right or left and we could see the ports, the sky or the sea. The only problem with the cabin (after it was cleaned) was that during the night and early morning it was EXTREMELY noisy. Other people with cabins in the same area complained of LOUD overhead banging and pounding during the night. Not every night was noisy, and, through the aid of antihistamines, I managed to sleep through about 90% of the banging stuff. My husband didn’t fare as well. He was frequently awakened. But this is the "price" you pay when you book a guarantee cabin. For more $$, we could have chosen the exact cabin we wanted in the exact area of the ship, but with a guarantee you take your chances. In our case, it made the difference between being able to afford to cruise, or not cruise at all. For this time I think we made the right decision; I can't imagine not taking this trip.


Cabin Steward: Excellent, nearly invisible, polite service. No complaints, whatsoever.


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