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Holland America Line: Zuiderdam

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Zuiderdam Review

Launched in 2002 with a named inspired by the Southern compass point, Zuiderdam was the first ship in Holland America Line’s Vista-class. Suspended in her three-story atrium, a Waterford-crystal seahorse is the first of her exquisite art pieces that passengers see.

Other notable art throughout the ship includes a painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist Andy Warhol and medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Ships for the 21st century, Vista-class vessels integrate new, youthful, and family-friendly elements into Holland America Line's classic fleet. Exquisite Waterford-crystal sculptures adorn triple-deck atriums and reflect vivid, almost daring color schemes throughout. Although all the public rooms carry the traditional Holland America names (Ocean Bar, Explorer's Lounge, Crow's Nest) and aren't much different in atmosphere, their louder decor (toned down a bit since the introduction of the Zuiderdam) may make them unfamiliar to returning passengers.

Veterans of cruises on older Holland America ships will find the layout of public spaces somewhat different; still, everyone's favorite Crow's Nest lounges continue to offer those commanding views.

Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet's multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the ships' names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland's rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.

Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families on board, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • Next to the Crow's Nest, an outdoor seating area is a quiet hideaway
  • Exterior panoramic elevators offer an elevated view of the seascape
  • You can borrow iPod shipboard art tours

Cons

  • Vista-class ships do not have self-service laundry rooms
  • Murals in Pinnacle Grill restaurants look out of place alongside priceless art found throughout the rest of the ships
  • Some chairs in Pinnacle Grill are so heavy that they barely budge without effort
Ship Stats
  • Entered Service 2002
  • Passenger Capacity 1,916
  • Crew Members 817
  • Number of Cabins 958
  • Gross Tons 82,305
  • Length 936 feet
  • Width 106 feet
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Mar 30, 2017

Review of Zuiderdam

Zuideveld Age: 65 Occupation:director Number of Cruises: 1 Cruise Line: Holland America Ship: Zuiderdam Sailing Date: 2015-07-22 Itinerary: Exploring the Mediterranean The cruise was most enjoyable & fun. Stateroom was great, plenty of wardrobe space, didn't have to live out of suitcase. Staff so experience, knowledgeable & so eager to assist if there was any issues. One issue as to ensuite, such a large bath would have preferred a larger shower

recess. Our personal issues are as follows: Wine select was inadequate (bought the wine package when we chose a bottle it was not available or it had not been place in wine cellar! - sorry not good enough you charge incredibly prices for very mediocre wines, drinks (including bottle water, I understand you are a floating hotel even the 5 star hotel have complimentary water ( thank goodness for one of your staff member went the hold ten yards to secure a bottle for us). Crows nest window was dirty when we boarded in Venice & was not cleaned throughout the 22 days! Please understand that these are my petty issues however, it does leave a bad taste in ones mouth. We were also put in an embossing position when our credit card supplier contacted us advising we had exceeded our limit due to your accounting department putting a claim on the 22 days 3 times that amount instead of 1. The food was edible but not special. Fantastic, roomy cabin. TV could have been positioned better at enter of bed instead of side. OK shows and activities, what we attended was enjoyable WAY TO EXPENSIVE shore excursion! Enjoyable cruise given it was our first, would we go on another, probably not, would do a little more research. The on board expenses on wifi, corkage, water, wine we considered excessive. The port we visited were fantastic.

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Aug 19, 2015

Exploring the Mediterranean

The cruise was most enjoyable & fun. Stateroom was great, plenty of wardrobe space, didn't have to live out of suitcase. Staff so experience, knowledgeable & so eager to assist if there was any issues. One issue as to ensuite, such a large bath would have preferred a larger shower recess. Our personal issues are as follows: Wine select was inadequate (bought the wine package when we chose a bottle it was not available or it had not been

place in wine cellar! - sorry not good enough you charge incredibly prices for very mediocre wines, drinks (including bottle water, I understand you are a floating hotel even the 5 star hotel have complimentary water ( thank goodness for one of your staff member went the hold ten yards to secure a bottle for us). Crows nest window was dirty when we boarded in Venice & was not cleaned throughout the 22 days! Please understand that these are my petty issues however, it does leave a bad taste in ones mouth. We were also put in an embossing position when our credit card supplier contacted us advising we had exceeded our limit due to your accounting department putting a claim on the 22 days 3 times that amount instead of 1. The food was edible but not special. Fantastic, roomy cabin. TV could have been positioned better at enter of bed instead of side. OK shows and activities, what we attended was enjoyable WAY TO EXPENSIVE shore excursion! Enjoyable cruise given it was our first, would we go on another, probably not, would do a little more research. The on board expenses on wifi, corkage, water, wine we considered excessive. The port we visited were fantastic.

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Mar 21, 2015

Efeso excursiones

No estaba seguro de qué esperar cuando reservé este viaje, pero me sorprendió gratamente . Nuestro conductor Josef era muy profesional y siempre disponible. Nuestro guía era muy eficiente y amable , y siempre fue un viaje fenomenal para nosotros. Fue uno de los puntos destacados de nuestro viaje y yo se lo recomiendo a los que quieran hacer un recorrido por la zona. Ada la Agencia de Viajes Ada Vegas Travel ( adavegastravel.com ) era rápido en

el suministro de información y muy bien organizado . Gracias a todos por un tiempo maravilloso en Turquía.

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Sep 25, 2014

Inside Passage Alaska

Overall a wonderful experience. Cabin staff and crew were amazing, friendly and helpful and always ready for a laugh or a chat. Food, particularly the Vista Dining Room was delicious. Entertainment was diverse and of a high standard. Shopping on board was OK. Not a great range of gear and you are better off waiting til you visit the stops along the way. Spa was beautiful and if you don't mind paying a bit extra, the pampering is definitely worth

it. Just watch the sales pitch for products though. They aren't cheap. Best service and meals were in the Vista Dining Room. Lido food was ok but sometimes hard to get a table. Stateroom was lovely. Fantastic veranda views. Did not participate in any organised activities except for trivia nights. Spent most of our time enjoying scenery, reading and chatting to folks from different parts of the world. Dog sled ride was disappointing. Beware the jewellers at each stop. They are ruthless! The Lumberjack show was fun.

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Jul 14, 2012

Alaska

Wow! What a fantastic experience! The entire crew from stewards to entertainers to the cruise director were all so very professional and friendly! Their service was extraordinary! The food was outstanding! The best 5 Star dining I have ever had! Amazing how fresh everything was and what a huge selection! The only way to survive the waistline bulge is to do a lot of walking and always take the stairs! The stateroom was excellent! I

would highly recommend a room with a terrace! We spent a lot of time out there! The activities were outstanding! There was lots of selection and it was often difficult to decide what to participate in as there were sooo many great activities! The musical entertainment ( except the guitar soloist) are worth the trip alone! The zipline in Juneau through the rainforest is outstanding! The tour operators were charming and extremely experienced! It poured rain however it did not change the experience-in fact I think it added to the experience! Don't miss it! We also did the train ride in Skagway which was great! The lumberjack show in Ketchikan was very entertaining! A little corny but funny and interesting! My trip was amazing! The entertainment was outstanding. Other than the guitar soloist, the talent of the musicians and dancers were better than many things I have seen in New York and LA! Truly one of the highlights of the trip was the Zuiderdam singers and dancers! They were outstanding and off stage they were charming and always took time to answer questions and talk to the patrons!

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