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  • Holland-America-Pinnacle-Grill - In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Pinnacle-Grill - Head to the Pinnacle Grill during your Zuiderdam cruise for fine dining in a refined atmosphere — and a sumptuous view.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Family-Style.jpg - Head to Canaletto for authentic Italian fare that celebrates "spartire" (Italian for "sharing").
  • HAL-Canaletto-Grilled-Lemon-Thyme-Seabass.jpg - A grilled lemon thyme sea bass served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Paparadelle-with-Shrimp.jpg - Paparadelle with shrimp served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Poached-Pear.jpg - A poached pear dish served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Veal-&-Sage-Polpettini.jpg - Veal and sage polpettini, a Pugliese specialty, available at Canaletto on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-Cannonball-burger-fries.jpg - Try a Cannonball burger with fries at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill, offering alfresco dining by the pool on your Holland America ship.
  • HAL-Land-&-Sea.jpg - Pair a surf-and-turf dish with a glass of wine on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Pinnacle-Suite-CatPS - The Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse Veranda Suite) aboard Holland America Line rewards you with about 1,296 square feet, including aprivate  veranda, kind bed, oversize whirlpool bath, living room, mini-bar, floor-to-celing windows, large-screen TV and concierge service.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Signature-Suite - A Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Holland-America-teak-deck-chairs - Pull up a teak lounge chair, relax and take in the view from the deck of your Holland America ship.
  • Holland-America-Zuiderdam-Atrium - This is a view looking down to a spiral open space from the atrium staircase aboard Holland America Line's Zuiderdam.
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Piano-Bar - Enjoy music with a talented and comedic keyboard host playing requests at the Piano Bar aboard your Holland America Line cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Aft-Pool - The Aft Pool aboard Holland America's Zuiderdam.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Lido-Pool-Midship - The sculptural figure of dolphins at the Lido Pool aboard Holland America's Westerdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.
  • Holland-America-Culinary-Arts-Center -  Improve your cooking skills from a roster of celebrated chefs as part of Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Culinary-Arts - Enhance your kitchen skills by signing up for a Culinary Arts Center demonstration kitchen on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Zuiderdam -  Holland America's Zuiderdam sails the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and up and down the Pacific Coast.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Lido-Pool-Midship - The sculptural figure of dolphins at the Lido Pool aboard Holland America's Westerdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Pinnacle-Suite-CatPS - The Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse Veranda Suite) aboard Holland America Line rewards you with about 1,296 square feet, including aprivate  veranda, kind bed, oversize whirlpool bath, living room, mini-bar, floor-to-celing windows, large-screen TV and concierge service.
  • Holland-America-Zuiderdam-2 -  Holland America's Zuiderdam sails the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and up and down the Pacific Coast.
  • Holland-America-Zuiderdam-Atrium - This is a view looking down to a spiral open space from the atrium staircase aboard Holland America Line's Zuiderdam.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Culinary-Arts - Enhance your kitchen skills by signing up for a Culinary Arts Center demonstration kitchen on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Zuiderdam -  Holland America's Zuiderdam sails the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and up and down the Pacific Coast.
  • Holland-America-Zuiderdam-2 -  Holland America's Zuiderdam sails the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and up and down the Pacific Coast.

ms Zuiderdam: Fun, fine wines & loads of youthful energy

Have you sailed on Holland America's Zuiderdam? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

The first ship in Holland America's Vista-class series, the ms Zuiderdam uses the latest industry and environmental technologies, such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system. 

As with most of the Holland America cruise line, this ship features exquisite art and antiques while serving up a combination of youthful energy with traditional cruise fare. Whether it's more gourmet dining, such as Le Cirque, or a pub crawl throughout the ship, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Who will like sailing on Zuiderdam

This ship typically attracts an older crowd, usually from early 50s to mid 70s. However, this ship also has amenities for children and can attract the young at heart.

Where Holland America's Zuiderdam sails

The Zuiderdam sails the Southern Caribbean and through the Panama Canal in winter. Summer sailings include Mediterranean cruises including La Goulette (Tunis and Carthage), Barcelona, Spain Monte Carlo, Monaco Santa Margherita Ligure (Portofino) Italy Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice Italy, and Istanbul, Turkey.

Ratings & awards

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Activities

Probably most notable is the Dancing with the Stars at Sea program, where passengers are offered lessons in waltz, cha cha and jive. Following lessons, the top dancers compete on the ship to win a performance on the last night of the cruise. The "champion" then wins free tickets for Holland America's Dancing with the Stars Champions cruise.

The Culinary Arts Center features a demonstration kitchen and offer interactive gourmet cooking lessons, taught either by culinary guests or the cruise's chefs. The Pub Crawl through the ship is $19.95, but gets you four drinks not including beer and the raucous crowd you might meet. Meanwhile, the Explorations Cafe is a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can read or surf the internet. Also, an Indonesian tea is offered usually once during every cruise and is not to be missed. 

Family

Although most passengers are older, there are still amenities for kids. Club HAL offers facilities and activities for kids ages 3-12, while The Loft is designed exclusively for teens to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.

The sculptural figure of dolphins at the Lido Pool aboard Holland America's Westerdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.
Courtesy of Holland America LineThe sculptural figure of dolphins at the Lido Pool aboard Zuiderdam.

Entertainment

Vista Show Lounge features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts. The Culinary Arts Center becomes the Queens Lounge at night, with performances of contemporary and classic rock covers by the HALCats, the cruise line's own band. The Crow's Nest offers beautiful views by day, but at night turns into a nightclub.

Dress code

This ship remains fairly casual for shorter voyages, with several formal nights with cocktail dresses and sport jackets. Longer voyages will usually have more formal attire.

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Your take

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Teen/tween space
  • Where: Club HAL

  • What: Dolphin sculpture
  • Where: Lido Pool

  • What: Wine tasting
  • Where: Zuiderdam
  • The Waterford crystal seahorse greets visitors and introduces them to the art throughout the ship.
  • The Lido Deck pool offers a retractable roof for colder days, along with a large polar bear statue to keep you company.
  • The Greenhouse Spa offers a full hydrotherapy pool.
  • Le Cirque at Pinnacle Grill brings the famous New York restaurant to life on the ship.

Top dining options on board

Le Cirque and Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Steakhouse
  • $49
  • Open: Dinner

Canaletto

  • Style: Italian
  • $10
  • Open: Dinner

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Fast facts

1,916 Passengers [?]
817 Crew
15 Decks
2001 Maiden voyage
82,305 Tonnage [?]
936 Length in feet
105 Width in feet (max beam)
28 speed (mph) [?]

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