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Launched in 2002, MS Zuiderdam is the sister ship to Ms Westerdam, Eurodam, Oosterdam and Noordam. The 82,303 tonne ship has 11 passenger decks and can carry 1,964 passengers and 817 crew members. The ship was renovated in 2015 to include new staterooms and dining venues. There are two public decks including a promenade deck. Zuiderdam is geared towards families and young cruisers.

Accommodation

MS Zuiderdam has 924 staterooms of various types. The largest is the Pinnacle Suite with a balcony at 1,150 square feet. Ocean-view cabins are 174–180 square feet and Interior cabins are 151–233 square feet. All cabins have Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses, bathrobes, massage showerheads, salon-quality hair dryers, toiletries by Elemis Aromapure, fresh fruit on request, flat-screen television, DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Food

The main dining area on board MS Zuiderdam is the Vista Dining Room. This is a two-tiered restaurant with fixed and open seating available for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are open seating. Dining alternatives include the Pinnacle Grill, Le Cirque (fine dining), Lido Restaurant (buffet) and the Terrace Grill.

Activities

The Greenhouse Spa is a two-deck health spa with a solarium and a thermal suite available at an extra cost. There are private massage and treatment rooms and a full range of beauty salon services for  men and women, including hair styling and cutting, pedicures, manicures and facial treatments. The gym has floor-to-celing windows and the latest equipment.

Families

MS Zuiderdam has a Club HAL program for children in three categories. Three to seven year olds can join activities such as pirate treasure hunts, storytelling, crafts, ice-cream sundae parties and a farewell pajama party. Tweens (eight-12 years) take part in Xbox tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties. The Loft for Teens (13-17 years) has mocktail mixology classes, late night sporting competitions, hip hop classes, scavenger hunts, tech classes and teen-only night club events. When there are more than 100 children on board, a HAL Talent Show is offered. The Culinary Arts Center has cooking classes for kids and teens.

Verdict

“We found a ship that is very tastefully decorated in a comfortable décor. The staff is among the best at sea. They are friendly, eager to please, and well-trained. There is an abundance of staff to handle any request. We did not have to wait in any bar, restaurant or public area to be served. The food was varied and well prepared. Dinners were just as described on the menu and well presented. The entertainment was varied (including a comic, a magician, a singer/dancer and the HAL singers, dancers and band. There was something to appeal to anyone. “-jpatrick1

– Cruise Passenger 

– Cruise Critic 

– Berlitz

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