Fresh from our day aboard Holland America Lines Zuiderdam in Liverpool on Saturday 5th August 2017.
This was my first visit onboard a Holland America ship and upon arrival i was surprised to learn that the guest capacity is less than 2,000 as the ship looked like it could accommodate more. Having said that I found everywhere to be spacious.
From the moment we walked on every staff member we passed welcomed us and said good morning, a small gesture that goes along way!
The wide teak decks give it a traditional look, with ample sunbeds and space surrounding the pool area at the aft of the ship. Plus you have a short walk to the Lido Market which provides casual dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner, all with a panoramic view out to sea. The different themed stations were easy to locate. My favourite was the pre made scrumptious sandwiches, ideal for on the go.
Explorations Café – powered by the New York Times is the place to get cakes and coffees, with plenty of book and table games to enjoy. Next door is the Crow’s Nest bar with panoramic views out to sea.
The other pool onboard has a sliding roof to accommodate the ever changing weather. This is where Dive In is located – offering grilled burgers or hot dogs
The Pinnacle Grill had an amazing interior, from the quirky ceiling to the glass art work around the walls.
We were fortunate enough to enjoy a 4 course meal onboard:
I’m not a fussy eater and found everything very satisfying. Plates were more than hot, service was excellent and of course the desert was devine.
If you’re looking for quality dining and the added touch the staff bring to your sailing then this is the cruise line for you. Especially if you like live music. Holland America Line won’t disappoint.
Update coming November 2017, adding music venues and more
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