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Mike

Age: 26

Occupation:Firefighter/Paramedic

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: September 10th, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

I spent so much time reading the reviews before my cruise. And after reading some stories people had written, I began to worry that I might have booked a cruise that would turn out to be miserable for my wife and I. People did an awful lot of complaining. Now that I've sailed on the Zuiderdam, I realize that it's not the cruise that's miserable, it's all the miserable, unhappy passengers!

Some people just aren't happy unless they're complaining about something. There wasn't a moment that I was unhappy with any part of the cruise or the staff on this ship, but if I had to take another week on board with some of these crabby old people, someone would be going overboard! My wife and I couldn't believe how much complaining we heard from people about some of the most petty things... Get a life! And to the credit of the staff, they handled all the complaining with a smile and a polite tone. Despite the moaners, there were some very nice people on board.

There were some young kids on board that seemed to bother the sour seniors in the pool area, but my wife and I enjoyed watching the young kids have fun. The ports were beautiful. The food was outstanding. I didn't like having to board the lifeboats as tenders to shore just because it was hotter than hell. It would be nice if a larger boat intended for moving large numbers of people could be chartered at the ports where there are no docks.

Our room was great, always clean. We did not do any excursions, so I cannot comment on that. All I can say is that the ship is beautiful, well kept and fun to be on. The staff is always catering to the passengers, and if they have any down time at all, they're spending it cleaning and polishing something. My only advice to anyone planning a cruise and reading these reviews is to take some of these reviews with a grain of salt. Don't get panicked- you'll have a great time!

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