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Joan

Age: 39

Occupation:educator

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: 2010-07-3

Itinerary: Alaska Inside Passage

After reading some bad reviews, I was worried I would not enjoy my Alaska cruise on the Zuiderdam. Now that I have returned I have to wonder if these complainers were on the same ship. The crusie was wonderful from start to finish! After watching some of the rude customers on board, I have come to realize that some people are just not happy if they do not invent something to b*^%h about. Of course a ship with 2,000 passengers on board might have a small problem or two. Heaven forbid you have to wait 3 minutes to get your omelet cooked or something. My advice;don't believe these whiners and book on the Zuiderdam to Alaska, sit back and enjoy!!

The food was really good. I saw the complaints about the LIdo and can't really understand it. The breakfast was wonderful and cooked to order. The chocolate crossiants were to die for and YES, the orange juice is fresh sqeezed and delivered with a smile. The dining room food and service were great and the meal at the Pinaccle Grill was the best steak I have ever eaten. I had been on a Carnival cruise before and the food was disgusting. This was FAR better!

We received a free upgrade to a balcony room. We thought we had died and gone to heaven. Our steward was great and always available when we needed something. The room was always clean. I wish I had brought him home with me!

There was certainly something fun to do all the time if you wanted. We loved lounging around and looking at the incredible views!! The spa had a daily special that was affordable. I had a full body massage, scalp massage and facial for $119 and it was incredible. Shows were fun and we loved the addition of a 5K breast cancer walk for charity on the deck on the last sea day. What a fabulous idea!

We loved the musher's dog camp at Skagway and the Lumberjack show at Ketchikan. Whale watching was good but we saw more whales from our balcony on the ship!

We were treated like celebrities all week. If you are a snob who is never happy with anything, I guess stay away. If you are a regular joe like us, believe me, you won't be disappointed aboard the Zuiderdam!

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