Zuiderdam Cruise Review by arrandolan
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We went on shore excursions and enjoyed all of them! The Hato caves in Curacao were amazing, the Gatun Lake and Locks fabulous and the Tortugua Canals and Verugua Rain Forest amazing! All of the days at sea were filled with interesting things to do and the evening entertainment full and we'll done. All of the food was nicely presented and delicious. We are at the Lido a lot for convenience and there was always more than enough selection. I am a vegetarian and I had no problem finding great meals. The salad bar is awesome!
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ArubaWe took a private tour with Cyrillo Croes. He was right on time and have us the best your ever. We got to go to the Donkey Sanctuary, which was a real treat, the lighthouse, the baby bridge and the rock formations. He is a wealth of information and helped us get to know Aruba. I would highly recommend Cerry for tours in Aruba. He is awesome!! Find him on pitaruba.comView All 1,629 Aruba Cruise Port Reviews
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Gatun Lake TourThis was an awesome tour! Our guide, Fabio was so easy to understand in English and taught us all about Panama. The boat ride was wonderful, and We saw sloths, howler monkeys and such lush jungle around the lake. It is peaceful and serene. The boat was comfortable and the driver great at finding animals. I really enjoyed it!View All 32 Gatun Lake Tour Reviews
Gatun LocksUnbelievable! We were so lucky as a huge oil tanker was coming in so we got to see the entire operation! We chose not to watch the movie as we'd watched every Panama Canal movie onboard the ship. We aren't sure there is actually a visitor center with exhibits as we didn't see that either. We were mesmorized by the ship and the lock operation. If you want a snack there is a small offering but be aware the closed at 3:00, so we missed the opportunity for an ice cream, not that we really needed it! All in all the Panama Canal trip was one of the highlight experiences of my life!View All 37 Gatun Locks Reviews
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alone in their own right.
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the tall trees to reach sunlight. It was a great experience! We saw a sloth and trails of leaf cutter ants, and a Bullet and on the hunt. What a day! I would go again in a heartbeat!