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Age: 50

Occupation:Account Manager

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: February 26th, 2005

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

After reading many disappointing reviews of this ship, I must admit we were apprehensive. However, we LOVED this cruise! I think some of the negative comments I read come from some very spoiled people. From a smooth embarkation to a very timely debarkation, the entire cruise was heavenly.

Good: Excellent illusionist on two of the nights. We are not usually very interested in magician types, but this guy was awesome! Very good food every night in the dining room, and we were blessed with 2 other very nice couples. Very nice room, we took an obstructed view for a reduced price, but could still see around the lifeboat and the full size patio door let in plenty of light. We have found that we did not use the balcony on other cruises very much, so we saved $$ here. Wonderful staff - very friendly and attentive. Our cabin was always clean and ice refilled. Ports were fine - I think most of the Caribbean is pretty much the same and I love it.

Bad: The only thing we regretted was signing up for the expensive mini boat snorkel tour in St. Thomas. The reef we went to was pretty lame. The little boats were no match for the 4-6 footers we had to cut through. The Virgin Gorda/Baths tour was excellent. This is one you do NOT want to try and do on your own. There is a ferry service, but it seemed very unreliable and the Baths were a good 45 minute boat ride away from the ship. We will definately sail this ship again. We have been on the Westerdam which is not nearly as nice. Also have sailed with Princess, Norwegian and Costa. Holland is our favorite.

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