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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Review

Our cabin was fine. But our dining was uneven, and several areas were overdue for a refit to make it more contemporary.

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Introduction

A venerable cruise line with a lineage dating back 14 decades, Holland America is not quite a luxury line but the fleet incorporates a number of amenities that carry them a cut above their mass-market competitors. Launched in May 2000 and carrying 1432 passengers, Zaandam is typical of Holland America’s comfortably midsized ships. A vague musical theme inhabits the Zaandam, most notably the giant Dutch pipe organ sitting in the lobby. But a number of the ship’s features will be familiar from other Holland America vessels, including the Explorations Café, the Pinnacle Grill steakhouse, and the Culinary Arts Center, where cooking shows transpire in a show kitchen. Sailing most of the year in Pacific waters, Zaandam summers in Alaska and spends winters in Hawaii, Mexico and points south. We hopped on to take the pulse of the ship.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Interior Cabin
  4. Other Cabins
  5. Cabin Amenities
  6. In-Room Dining
  7. Dining
  8. Drinks
  9. Recreation
  10. Cafés
  11. Lounges and Public Spaces
  12. Sports and Fitness
  13. Retail
  14. Other Activities
  15. Shows and Other Entertainment
  16. Nightlife and Shows
  17. Pools and Decks
  18. Pools
  19. Decks and Sun Areas
  20. Services and Staff
  21. Deck Plans
  22. Staff and Ship Policies
  23. Health and Safety
  24. Conclusion
  25. Rotterdam Dining Room
  26. Lido Restaurant
  27. Canaletto
  28. Pinnacle Grill
  29. Terrace Grill
  30. Explorations Café
  31. Crow’s Nest
  32. Piano Bar
  33. Ocean Bar
  34. Mondriaan Lounge
  35. Greenhouse Spa and Salon, Gym
  36. Sports Deck and Sky Deck
  37. Lido Pool and Lido Bar
  38. Sea View Pool and Sea View Bar
  39. Outdoor Walkaround
  40. Casino Bar
  41. Club HAL, The Loft and The Oasis
  42. Neptune Lounge
  43. Digital Workshop
  44. Signature Shops
  45. Wajang Theater and Culinary Arts Center
  46. Hudson Room
  47. Photo Gallery
  48. Art Gallery
  49. Atrium and Front Office
  50. Casino
  51. Explorer’s Lounge
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