Launched in 2002, Zuiderdam features a large number of balcony cabins (pictured). Storage space is generous and cabin size is ample. However some amenities that travelers who stay in better hotels expect will find them absent from Zuiderdam. Complementary bathrobes, brand-name amenities, and clock radio/CD players are not provided in Zuiderdam balcony cabins.
Uncle Bill, who was a longtime Holland-America customer, has not been impressed with the cruise line's newer ships like the Zuiderdam. He says, "Holland-America’s gone downhill since it was bought out by Carnival; they cheapen things and take a lot of shortcuts. The only good change was the addition of a pizza bar."
Although Zuiderdam has good facilities for children, there were few on a May cruise. Zuiderdam kids' staff says more children come aboard during school holidays and summer cruises.