Hi NYCBeach. I could not miss the opportunity to be the first to welcome you to Cruise-Chat.
You have specific questions that I cannot answer but I would like to pass on a couple of comments.
The Zuiderdam was my first. I have been hooked on cruising ever since. The ship is not too big and there are many small lounges with chairs to curl up in and watch the ocean go by.
You will have no problem relaxing with some alone time.
Have you booked your cruise yet?
Finally getting back on a Dam ship, Nieuw Amsterdam Nov'11 (My Mom's 80'th B'day cruise)
Navigator of the Seas 2010
Serenade of the Seas 2009, 2011