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  • Pinnacle Grill

  • Vista Dining Room

  • Aft Pool

  • Atrium

  • Casino

  • Explorer's Lounge

  • Fitness Centre

  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon

  • Lido Bar

  • Lido Pool

  • Neptune Lounge

  • Piano Bar

  • Sports Bar

  • Vista Show Lounge

Zuiderdam - Holland America Line

Zuiderdam itinerary and upcoming sailing dates
Jan 25, 2020 Tropical Caribbean, 7 nights from $2003
Feb 1, 2020 Western Caribbean, 7 nights from $2145
Feb 8, 2020 Tropical Caribbean, 7 nights from $2668
Feb 15, 2020 Panama Canal Sunfarer, 11 nights from $4654
Feb 26, 2020 Panama Canal Sunfarer, 11 nights from $4619
Mar 8, 2020 Panama Canal Sunfarer, 10 nights from $4861
Mar 18, 2020 Panama Canal Sunfarer, 11 nights from $4128
Mar 29, 2020 Panama Canal Sunfarer, 10 nights from $3881
Apr 8, 2020 Panama Canal Sunfarer, 11 nights from $4367
May 3, 2020 Greek Odyssey, 12 nights from $4253
May 3, 2020 Greek Odyssey and Mediterranean Empires, 24 nights from $7582
May 15, 2020 Mediterranean Empires, 12 nights from $3696
May 15, 2020 Mediterranean Empires and Adriatic Dream, 24 nights from $6939
May 27, 2020 Adriatic Dream, 12 nights from $2873
Jun 8, 2020 Turkey and Greece, 12 nights from $4233
Jun 8, 2020 Turkey Greece and European Splendor, 24 nights from $8035
Jun 20, 2020 European Splendor, 12 nights from $3887
Jun 20, 2020 European Splendor and Northern Isles, 26 nights from $9046
Jul 2, 2020 Northern Isles, 14 nights from $5437
Jul 2, 2020 Northern Isles and Jewels Of The Baltic, 24 nights from $9261
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Zuiderdam Overview

The Zuiderdam is a mid-sized Holland America Line cruise ship. Launched in 2002, she was the first ship in the cruise line's Vista Class. Her sister vessels are the Oosterdam, Westerdam and Noordam. The names are all inspired by the Dutch words for the four points of a compass ('Zuid' means south, 'Oost' - east, 'West' - west, and 'Noord' - north).

The Zuiderdam specs

Measuring 936 feet in length and weighing 82,305 tonnes, the Zuiderdam is on the smaller end of the cruise ship spectrum. She can accommodate 1,964 passengers and 817 crew members. Her maximum cruise speed is 24 knots.

Inside the Zuiderdam

The Zuiderdam underwent renovations in 2015. Most of the public rooms received a makeover and several new dining venues and cabins were added. Although the interior decor was given a facelift, much of the ship's original features remain, such as the Waterford Crystal Seahorse that is suspended from the roof in the three-storey atrium. Several other original artworks, including an Andy Warhol painting of Queen Beatrix, can be found throughout the ship, along with delicate antiques and Dutch memorabilia.

The atmosphere on board is elegant and refined without being pretentious. Although there tends to be at least two formal nights per cruise, the dress code the rest of the time is smart casual.

Things to do on board the Zuiderdam

For a medium sized vessel, the Zuiderdam has an impressive array of activities to choose from. Seasoned cruisers will find all of their favourite pastimes, such as trivia games and informative port lectures, as well as a few innovative, new features.

Of particular note is the ship's Dancing with the Stars: At Sea competition, an interactive, fun event that encourages people to learn how to dance. Those that are any good may be selected to strut their stuff in the final on the last night of the cruise.

Other on board activities include bingo, wine tastings, art auctions and enrichment lectures.

Zuiderdam restaurants and bars

The Zuiderdam has struck a perfect balance when it comes to eateries; there are enough venues to ensure there's something to suit everyone's tastes without the choice being overwhelming. Take dinner for example; you can choose to dine in the main dining room, at the buffet or in one of two specialty restaurants.

A lot of the ship's on board entertainment revolves around food. The Culinary Arts Centre in the Queen's Lounge hosts live demonstrations by leading chefs, and an Indonesian Tea is usually held at least once during a cruise. Do also keep an eye out for chocolate tastings in the Explorer's Lounge.

Zuiderdam itineraries and shore excursions

The Zuiderdam spends most of her time exploring the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and the Pacific Coast. Itineraries range from 7 nights to 27 nights. The shore excursions available will depend on your chosen destination, but you can expect a wide range of tours to choose from.

Some examples include a private tour of the Old Town in Nice, France and a rainforest exploration in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. If you require assistance regarding these tours when on board, you will find the Shore Excursions Desk on Deck 1.

Cabins on board the Zuiderdam

Cabins range in size from 151 square feet (interior) to 359 square feet (balcony), with several variations within each category. There are also some oceanview rooms, which measure between 174 and 180 square feet. All cabins are equipped with basic amenities such as a flatscreen television, DVD player, Elemis toiletries and ample storage space.

For more space and better views, there are three categories of suites: Signature Suites, Neptune Suites and Pinnacle Suites. These start at 273 square feet and go right up to an impressive 1,150 square feet. If you stay in the Neptune or Pinnacle category, you will enjoy perks such as exclusive access to the Neptune Lounge, priority seating for dinner and complimentary dry cleaning.

Zuiderdam Food and Dining

Dining included in your Zuiderdam ticket:

  • Vista Dining Room
  • Dive In at the Terrace Grill
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Explorations Cafe
  • Room Service

Specialty dining (not included in your fare):

  • Canaletto Restaurant
  • Pinnacle Grill
  • Le Cirque

Entertainment on board the Zuiderdam cruise ship

The Zuiderdam by day

Daytime entertainment is abundant on board the Zuiderdam. From wine tastings and cocktail-making lessons, to port lectures and bingo competitions, there's something to suit all interests. With a library, an internet cafe, several pools and many daytime eateries, there's never a dull moment.

If you choose only one activity, make it a trip to the Culinary Arts Centre. Located in the Queen's Lounge on Deck 3, this area is home to live cooking demonstrations and other food-related activities. This fun and interactive centre is not to be missed!

Pools, spas and fitness facilities on board the Zuiderdam

There are two pools on board the Zuiderdam; the Main Pool and the Lido Pool. The Lido is an adults-only area, while the Main Pool is family friendly.

The Greenhouse Spa & Salon is operated by Steiner. Here you will find a range of treatments, from relaxing massages to manicures. It's the perfect escape for a little bit of pampering. Near the Spa is the Greenhouse Retreat, the ship's Thermal Suite. Relax and unwind in the heated loungers or the hydrotherapy pool.

There are plenty of places to exercise on the Zuiderdam. The Fitness Centre is equipped with cardio machines, free weights, stretching areas and other modern equipment. You can also sign up for group classes, such as yoga, for a small fee. If you'd prefer to exercise outdoors, there are sports courts located on Deck 11, and two decks for walking and jogging; one on Deck 3 and the other on Deck 10.

Zuiderdam nightlife

The bars and lounges on board the Zuiderdam are elegant and welcoming. A great place to start your evening is in the Atrium Bar. This intimate venue specialises in martinis and is only open until 8.30pm, so make sure you pop in before dinner.

The Vista Show Lounge is home to production shows and musical performances, while the Queen's Lounge transforms into the 'B.B. King's Blues Club' by night (by day it is the Culinary Arts Centre). Other popular spots for live entertainment include the Explorer's Lounge, for classical performances, and the Piano Bar. An organised pub crawl attracts younger crowds, as does the Northern Lights Nightclub, the ship's late-night dancing venue.

The Zuiderdam for families

Club HAL is Holland America Line's organised children's programme, catering for ages 3 through to 12. Located on Deck 10, this facility is open in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, with breaks for lunch and dinner. After 10pm, Club HAL operates a late-night group babysitting service, available for an hourly rate. Your little ones will be well looked after here no matter what the time of day, with several age-appropriate activities to choose from.

The teenagers have a designated area called The Loft, which is also located on Deck 10. This area is kitted out with the latest video games and films. While there are some organised activities, teenagers can pop in and out throughout the day.

Children have to be at least six months old to travel on short cruises, or 12 months for longer trips - it is best to check before you book your Zuiderdam ticket. Diapers, wipes, formula and other staples can be made available on board if you order in advance. 

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Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Staterooms

  • 249 sq. ft.
  • 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Bathtub & shower
  • Sitting area, private verandah
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows


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Aft Pool

  • Relax by the pool or indulge in a massage. Their swimming pools and fitness centre are available for a high-seas workout. Or take advantage of their full-service spa, complete with sauna, masseuse and juice bar.

Lido Pool

  • Warm days with light, salty breezes are made for lounging poolside with an icy beverage in one hand and an epic novel in the other. Does this count as doing something or doing nothing? You'll soon know...