Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Holland America
Sailing Date: March 6th, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
This was our second sailing on the Zaandam in 4 months, and we had a truly wonderful time both times. We found many pleasant changes made that enhanced our cruise, including the fact that they raised the temperature of the ship. I was able to wear sleeveless dresses for formal nights and not be frozen to death, in fact, I was quite comfortable. They also recently started staggering the dinner seating times, and that helped quite a bit toward receiving hot food for dinner.
One excursion not to be missed is the canopy tour in Jamaica. Thrilling, different and exciting!
We really enjoyed the premium restaurant, the Pinnacle Grill, though hopefully they will not raise the $20 per person charge. At that price it was well worth it, but any more than that is asking too much. The food was very much better than the main dining room, and the atmosphere was elegant and relaxed at the same time.
The late night buffets are still not much to speak of, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. On other cruise lines it is tempting to load up on food and desserts right before bed.
Holland America does a great job of making you feel like a VIP, and we enjoyed that they attract an older and more mature crowd.
One of the plusses of this particular ship is the sliding dome over the swimming pool, to keep out any rain below, though the sun bathing areas tend to be a bit more crowded at times.
Half Moon Cay is excellent and gorgeous, however, this ship doesn't spend nearly enough time there, so we are looking forward to taking a different one next time.