Wanted to passage the Panama Canal again - to see the new larger locks that were being built the last time we passed this way - Holland America was recommended to us - we were disappointed at the poor meals - not much choice and constantly had rice (which we are not keen on) - the expensive poor trips - some of which did not actually visit all the places listed. As the cruise went on - things that had really grated seemed less important - unlike many other cruise ships there were plenty of places to just sit and read. Thoughtful touches like snacks and drinks available outside the ship when on deck watching the entry and exit to the locks on the Panama Canal - a bit disappointed that the majority of our fellow guests did not seem to grasp that on 'Gala Nights' - you are supposed to dress up - many men wearing Beach shirts and shorts - amazing - very few men seemed to own jackets and certainly not ties ! The resident dancers and singers very good.

This ship is getting very tired

Zaandam Cruise Review by the welsh traveller

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Wanted to passage the Panama Canal again - to see the new larger locks that were being built the last time we passed this way - Holland America was recommended to us - we were disappointed at the poor meals - not much choice and constantly had rice (which we are not keen on) - the expensive poor trips - some of which did not actually visit all the places listed.

As the cruise went on - things that had really grated seemed less important - unlike many other cruise ships there were plenty of places to just sit and read.

Thoughtful touches like snacks and drinks available outside the ship when on deck watching the entry and exit to the locks on the Panama Canal - a bit disappointed that the majority of our fellow guests did not seem to grasp that on 'Gala Nights' - you are supposed to dress up - many men wearing Beach shirts and shorts - amazing - very few men seemed to own jackets and certainly not ties !

The resident dancers and singers very good.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin H 3371
Started off in this cabin - ideal for people that are deaf ! we wondered why level above was blanked off in the ships schematics - the galley above - busy 24 hours - do not book cabins in this area.
Complained directly to 'Louise" the Hotel Director - moved to 2524 - slightly larger - BUT - the promenade deck above - so the sounds of other guests running around the circuit - but worse - whenever the ship entered port - electric motors powered up - presumably to drive the 'thrusters' that enable the ship to move up to the dock - sideways.
However - at least this was rarely before 05-30 - so sleeping was good for much of the night.
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