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Zuiderdam

Defining the future of cruising, Zuiderdam (pronounced Zi-der-dam) began her inaugural season in 2002 as the first of Holland America's Vista Class cruise ships. Forward looking in both design and spirit, Zuiderdam trumpeted the arrival of a new age in cruising. Seamlessly combining classic nautical finishes with all the modern cruise ship amenities guests could wish for, a voyage on Zuiderdam is nothing but spectacular.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 14/12/2002
Tonnage 85000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 28
Number Of Decks 11
Number Of Elevators 14
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 3
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1848
Crew 800
Refurbished 2008

Ship Facilities

Holland America Line prides itself on the amazing cuisine it has to offer on each cruise ship, and Zuiderdam is no different, offering a range of casual and formal restaurants, perfect for any occasion.

Included dining:
  • The Dining Room - this is the ships main restaurant and serves everything from classic dishes to regional favourites depending on the destinations visited.
  • Lido Market - no cruise is complete without a buffet, and Lido Market doesn’t disappoint with its global cuisine and casual setting.
  • Dive-In - if you fancy a burger, nowhere onboard does it better than Dive-In.
Speciality dining:
  • Pinnacle Grill - expect premium ingredients expertly prepared by dedicated chefs in this intimate restaurant.
  • Canaletto - guests are welcomed into this authentic Italian restaurant to try some of the country’s best dishes.

Following a fun-filled day of exploring the incredible destinations or chilling out on Zuiderdam, head to one of the ship’s entertainment venues and see what this cruise has to offer once the sun goes down.

  • Lincoln Center Stage - live chamber music performances
  • B.B King’s Blues Club - live renditions of some of the best music to come out of Memphis.
  • Billboard Onboard - watch on as duelling pianists serve up some of the top songs of the last 50 years.
  • The Mainstage - expect a variety of acts, from singers to dancers.
  • Casino Action - featuring slot machines and games tables.

Alternatively, if you’d rather spend your evening in the comfort of a bar, there are plenty to choose from. For cocktails and ocean views, the Seaview Bar is a great spot, while the Lido Bar is also perfect for an al fresco drink. Back inside and Pinnacle Bar, Ocean Bar and the Crow’s Nest are all popular hangouts for guests of an evening.

Kids have not been forgotten on a cruise with Zuiderdam. As well as dining options perfect for the family and evening entertainment at the theatre appropriate for all ages, there are various clubs onboard to help keep kids occupied and having fun.

AgeClub
3-7A colourful playroom with arts and crafts, TV and games
8-12A separate area on the ship with arcade games and games consoles.
13-17The Loft and The Oasis are areas just for teens with lounges, internet and even a sundeck.

Spa and Fitness

With so many spa facilities onboard Zuiderdam thanks to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, there’s no excuse to leave your cruise feeling stressed:

  • Treatment rooms
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Steam room & aromatic room
  • Jacuzzi®, hot tub, sauna

There’s even a Lifestyle and Fitness Centre so that guests can learn more about their health and wellbeing. In addition, the onboard sports facilities will please any guests who like to stay active. The fully-equipped gym, featuring free weights, machines and exercise classes, is perfect for anyone who likes an intense workout, while the sports courts are ideal if you like head-to-head sport against other guests.


Recreation

There’s no end of ways to stay busy during your time on Zuiderdam. For a spot of retail therapy, the onboard shops offer luxury brands at duty-free prices, ideal if you’d like a memento of your amazing cruise. Guests may also enjoy the Culinary Arts Centre, where expert chefs put on live cooking show, while the Explorations Café is a great spot for a bit of peace and quiet while you read a book or browse the internet. For those wanting to use their time on the ship to delve deeper into the history and culture of the regions they visit, the Explorations speaker series offers expert talks on a variety of topics. This has been introduced alongside Explorations Central, which features a TV channel with films and documentaries about each destination, Q&A sessions with local guides, itinerary-focused group discussions, and much more.

Customer reviews for Zuiderdam

Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. Dining was a pleasure and the ship was easy to manoeuvre around. Loved the talk on the History of Faberge and the chance to see Faberge Eggs - Brilliant. We also enjoyed the BBC Planet Earth programmes.

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I enjoyed cruise but was dissapointed that we didnt see more of Panama Canal. Entertainment on ship not too good. Staff very good and helpful. Pre cruise arrangements good but Collins Hotel in Miami very basic.. Post cruise arrangements awful. Spent all day in Miami Airport. No special assistance organised and very disjointed. All in all would not recommend this cruise to anyone elderly travelling on their own.