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Christi Claiborne

Age: 37


Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: 11-29-2008

Itinerary: Panama Canal

Would not do it again! The cruise was nice. The stops in Panama and Costa Rica were rough at best. Panama is filthy and VERY scary. This was my 2nd trip on this boat,love this ship. The food was great. The open dining options were the worst - as you wish was more as they wish - we were told to make reservations daily . We would call 6 or 8 times a day and they would not answer the phone. Also we decided to see if we could have a standing reservation as was told by our server we could. They refused our request. We noticed that 8-10 couples did get this option - they were seated in the same spot night after night. Nice and very clean. We had a balcony and would spend the money to get the bigger suite than the suite we had. The excursions were the biggest let down of the trip. They had everyone go to a lounge and it was chaos. We even missed one of our excursions and had to pay a taxi $60 to get to the sloth rescue. Panama - STAY AWAY FROM THE INDIAN VILLAGE !!!! It was a 4 hour bus ride with NO bathroom in a VERY SCARY AREA. You take a tiny canoe trip to see an indian village that is as real as disney world . You get there and you get to share a loaf of bread ,slices of cheese and slice of meat - YUK - Then they talk about 10 minutes of how their life is. Then you go and get the hard sell to buy their stuff. It was VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. No one is doing any daily chores or anything they are all looking at you to buy things and you have nothing else to do. It was the biggest rip-off I had ever been on. The people around me were all telling me how uncomfortable they felt. We did not get to see much of the country, but from the window of a dirty bus hoping that we get back alive. I loved the trip. I would NEVER go back to Panama if they paid me.

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