Zaandam Review

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Gregory Straub
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Zaandam Overview

For passengers who have traveled on any of Holland America's Statendam-class or Rotterdam-class ships, the Zaandam (launched in 2000 and named after a town in Holland) will seem familiar. The atrium is filled with a signature sculpture. The restaurant is on two levels aft. The Lower Promenade Deck is wraparound. Most public rooms are located on three decks. And there are three banks of elevators (two on Statendam-class vessels). The deck plan is similar to Rotterdam and Amsterdam, but Zaandam and Volendam, its sister ship, lack the horsepower (and the twin funnels) of the co-flagships of the line.

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About Holland America Zaandam


Pro

Service embodies attention to detail

Con

Seating on pool deck feels limited at times

Bottom Line

Cozy ship with a friendly vibe


And that's why, from the moment we stepped aboard Zaandam, we felt at home. Having traveled on other Holland America Line ships, we expected to see Dutch antiques from the line's extensive collection, a sculpted centerpiece in the atrium (in Zaandam's case, a working organ with mechanical figures), paintings of Holland America ships in the stairwells by Stephen Card, and some public rooms decorated in a gracious Dutch colonial motif. And so we did. We also expected familiarly named public rooms like the Crow's Nest, the Rotterdam Dining Room, the Wajang Theatre, the Ocean Bar and the Explorers' Lounge. As such, it took me no time at all to find my bearings.


Fellow Passengers

Holland America traditionally attracts one of cruising's more senior demographics, but interestingly, on our trip -- a short repositioning cruise on the West Coast during a school holiday period, there were many more younger families with children than we have seen on other Holland America ships. Most passengers hail from North America, but there was a significant representation of passengers from Europe and Asia.


Holland America Zaandam Dress Code

On Holland America first and last nights are casual, as are nights in port. Casual means long trousers for men, collared shirts and no sneakers; and for women, neat trousers or skirt with a top, no bare midriff or exercise clothing. There are usually two formal nights per week (suit or tuxedo, gown or cocktail dress). Other nights are informal: jacket with or without tie for men and dress or dressy pants and top for women.


Holland America Zaandam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $14.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $16 per person, per day.


Holland America Zaandam Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Entertainment
2017 Best for Public Rooms
2017 Best for Service

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Deck:
Dolphin Deck
Main Deck
Lower Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck
Upper Promenade Deck
Verandah Deck
Navigation Deck
Lido Deck
Sports Deck
Sky Deck

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Holland America Zaandam Member Reviews

jasonbat
Sail Date: Oct 2018
at various bars throughout the ship. Mostly accommodating but we did get hot water a few times! Zaandam could really benefit from a water fountain somewhere on board. When we were on board they were charging...Read More
drostep
Sail Date: Mar 2019
thought it would be fair to write a good one. This was our first cruise with HAL and we were on the Zaandam. This is a beautiful ship with a musical theme. We liked the baroque organ. We ran into two storms...Read More
brted
Sail Date: Jul 2019
I was a little nervous after reading reviews here, but was very happy with the Zaandam. The ship is a little old, but is well kept and our group of 15 had very few problems. We had balcony rooms on the...Read More
Arun Jain
Sail Date: Jan 2019
the idea of being tossed around in the Drake passage aboard a small vessel. We therefore chose HAL Zaandam although it did mean no setting foot on Antarctica. It was the best decision that we made and...Read More

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