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Zuiderdam Ship Review

Holland America’s Zuiderdam ushered in a new generation of “dam-ships.” Photo courtesy of Holland America Line.

Zuiderdam Overview

The first of the four-class 1,848-passenger Vista series, the 2002-built Zuiderdam (zuider rhymes with cider) and her sisters share a similar design to Carnival’s Spirit-class ships. Touches of whimsy pop up here and there via bright colors and the odd funky piece of art or furniture style. Overall, though, the ships are casually elegant and very spacious.

Public Rooms & Activities On Zuiderdam

Zuiderdam Crow's Nest
Enjoy the panoramic views from high atop the ship in the Crow’s Nest. Photo courtesy of Holland America Line.

Pleasant public rooms comprise both traditional spaces and modern ones. Lovely old-world-style rooms include the Explorer’s Lounge for low-key musical performances, drinks and high tea. The cozy Atrium Bar on the Main Deck has the feel of a romantic 1930s nightclub while the popular Ocean Bar is also a throw-back and wraps around three-deck atrium with its Waterford crystal chandelier.

Funkier contemporary spaces include the piano bar, sports bar and top-of-the-ship Crow’s Nest, an observation lounge during the day and nightclub/disco at night. The Queen’s Lounge puts on cabaret-style acts evenings and by day is the Culinary Arts Center for cooking demos. Among the most popular spots on the ship is the Explorations Café, a combo coffee shop and Internet center with a well-stocked library — one of the best at sea. For the little ones, the KidZone and WaveRunner children/teen centers are roomy and bright.

The spectacular atrium aboard Holland America’s Zuiderdam is topped with a Waterford crystal seahorse. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Visit the well-equipped gym, the outdoor basketball/volleyball court, or take a stroll around the wraparound Promenade Deck and soak up the great views. The large Greenhouse Spa boasts a thermal suite (a series of saunas and other heat-therapy rooms) and a hydrotherapy pool for relieving muscle tension. Up on deck are two swimming pools–the main one with a retractable roof–and a couple of hot tubs. The pool at the stern has great views.

Dining On Zuiderdam

Zuiderdam Restaurant
Enjoy breakfast, dinner and lunch in the beautiful La Fontaine Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Holland America Line.

When it comes to mealtime, options include the glam two-deck main Vista Dining Room — the Zuiderdam’s has black, high-backed wooden chairs that create a chic look. The smaller and more intimate Pinnacle Grill, the place for steaks and fish, has lovely marble floors, gorgeous Bulgari place settings, and ornate sculpture-like chairs. For casual dining, head to the Lido buffet restaurant, which also has a new Italian section called Canaletto.

Staterooms & Suites On Zuiderdam

Cabins are among the industry’s largest, with insides and outsides ranging from 185 to 200 square feet and all of them having a small sitting area and a tub in the bathroom, plus a flatscreen TV and DVD player, makeup mirror, massage shower head, bathrobes, and super comfy bedding. The deluxe veranda suites and cabins in the stern are among the most appealing rooms because of the views and extra deep balconies. All suites guests are privy to private concierge lounge.

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One Comment

  • EMPLOYEE THEFT on a Holland America!!? You decide… Yesterday my family and I left a Holland America Caribbean Cruise in Ft Lauderdale. My son and I were inquiring about his lost IPod 5 with the customer service manager. My son described where he had lost it and a family of four next to us said they had turned it into a staff member. The family were able to describe it perfectly to the manager with no help from us, as well as exactly when and where they had handed it to the employee and surprise it was not turned in three days later. In fact there was no item device listed found for that day, so no mistake was made. The staff also had made no records of my sons inquiries at customer service looking for it as is the policy. My daughter also lost a nice pair of sandals on the deck late at night that were likely cleaned up and never returned and her friend lost her iPhone 6 in the same spot which was also never turned in. We left the boat disgusted. My 12 son saved $300 he earned cutting lawns to buy that IPod and an adult Holland America employee stole it from him. DO NOT TRUST the staff on Holland America!!!


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