The Caribbean and the Panama Canal March 2012 was my first ever cruise with HAL and my friend’s second. Visiting so many fascinating places and seeing the Panama Canal was fantastic. We enjoyed it so much that we have booked another cruise for November. We are two English ladies who have both lost our husbands to cancer in recent years. It made us realise that you should never put things off, because you never know what life has in store. We actually had the most wonderful holiday and at times laughed till we cried, especially viewing our formal night photographs, they were hysterical!! We didn’t realise that when the photographer told us to put our hands on our hips, that we would end up looking like ladies of the night!! What a laugh it was though.
Being a Londoner my accent is very noticeable and we only had to say a few words for people to say “Are you from England?” It helped start many conversations. We had open dining and met lots of wonderful people who were so interested in what we had to say, likewise we heard many fascinating stories from strangers who became friends. I can not begin to explain to my family and friends about the excellent service from absolutely everyone on board, from the cabin boys to the Captain, who’s English accent seemed to charm everyone. I think my daughters have had enough of me praising the wonders of the Zuiderdam, but they need to get used to the idea that their Mum is now hooked on HAL cruises. I hope to take one of them to Alaska next year, hopefully on the Zuiderdam. November can’t come quickly enough for our next cruise and I know we will spend the whole time with a smile on our faces. Thank you Holland America. — Margaret S Morris.