Gregory Straub
Cruise Critic Contributor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Like other ships that are built with modular cabins, Zaandam's standard outside and standard balcony cabins are identical. They are large by industry standards, beginning at 182 square ft. and going to 197 square ft.. Standard cabins have twin beds that are convertible to a queen, two nightstands with lockable drawers and individual reading lamps. Each cabin has a loveseat with end table, ottoman, reading lamp, desk with a lighted vanity mirror, chair and three drawers. Even the smallest cabin has multiple closets, some with shelves, others with wooden hangers.

All cabins have a flat-screen TV, with several channel options; pillow-top mattresses, high thread count linens, and multiple pillows; and the furnishing of fine toiletries. Televisions are not interactive except in suites.

Bathrooms in standard cabins are compact, but the large outside cabins have tubs, as well as showers; check your desk drawer for a hair dryer.

Other cabin features include a 220/110 volt outlet in the bathroom for electric shavers and another on the desk for cell phone, iPod dock or laptop. There's a safe in the closet; it's operated by swiping your credit card (no charge, though).

Stewards service the cabin twice daily and replenish ice. Evening turndown service includes a chocolate. The ship services notebook includes note paper and postcards. (Additional free postcards are available in the Explorations Café/Library.)

Stepping up from the basic cabin, you can reserve a Verandah Suite, which is 292 square ft. The difference in size between a large outside cabin and a Verandah Suite is the balcony and a larger bathroom. At this level you receive a refrigerator with mini-bar and a whirlpool bath. The balcony is furnished with two chairs and a table.

Deluxe Verandah Suites are a large 556 square ft. (These "suites," like the Verandah Suites, are not true suites -- they have only one room -- just large cabins.) The balcony has four chairs and a table, and two sun loungers. A sectional sofa and occasional chairs provide a seating area for entertaining. Deluxe Verandah Suites include a small dressing room.

At the top of the stateroom pecking order are the Penthouse Verandah Suites, which are a whopping 1,159 square ft. These are true suites, comprised of a bedroom, a dining room that seats eight, a living room, a full bathroom with separate toilet/bidet room, a separate shower stall and bathtub, and a powder room.

Passengers who book Deluxe Verandah Suites and Penthouse Verandah Suites have exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge, staffed by an attendant who will book spa treatments and restaurant reservations for which suite guests have priority. The lounge is stocked with free soft drinks and snacks, and Continental breakfast is available here each morning.

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