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The other day, I wrote a post about our ports of call on our recent Panama Canal cruise aboard Holland America’s Zuiderdam. I even took you on a tour of ms Zuiderdam! Today, I’m going to talk about what we did on sea days (because we had a few of them) and the FOOD!
Again, to recap, it was a 10-day cruise with the following ports of call…
Half Moon Cay ~ February 6, 2017
Aruba ~ February 8, 2017
Curaçao ~ February 9, 2017
Panama Canal ~ February 11, 2017
Costa Rica ~ February 12, 2017
On a 10-day cruise, with only 5 ports of call that means you have five — yep, 5 – sea days (not counting embarkation and disembarkation days).
So what do you do?
1. Walk or visit the gym and work out to avoid gaining weight (remember they have unlimited food and it is really good on this ship). We went to the gym a couple of times. I loved that they had a rowing machine (I got hooked on using one when I was visiting my friend in California last year). But then we opted for walking. On deck 3, you can go all the way around (and it is protected from the elements … normally we walk on Deck 10 on other ships and the wind is whipping all around…). I actually managed to lose 2 pounds on this cruise — a first for me.
2. Swim or sunbathe. There are two pools as I mentioned in this post.
3. Food Demonstrations. There was a food demonstration in the Queens Lounge pretty much every sea day and a couple of port days. There was a food demo the day we were in Panama. Had we know that our tour was going to be so lame (a dangerous boat driver and not enough time to see wildlife), I would have rather stayed on board, saved our money (that tour was expensive) and attended the food demo.
I may have missed that one, but I think I went to every other one. Chef Estaban prepared some amazing dishes.
At the end of the cruise, the culinary arts director (pictured above — I wish I could remember her name) handed out the recipes that they prepared. I hope to make some of them soon.
4. Lectures. They have lectures (and sometimes movies) on the next port of call. The ones about the Panama Canal were really interesting.
5. Galley Tour. There is a free galley tour. We did this on the Carnival Glory when we sailed last year. It was really cool to see the inner workings of the kitchen that feeds 2000+ guests, 3+ meals a day for the duration of the cruise.
The kitchen is kept so clean too.
6. Trivia. At least once or twice a day they would have trivia – either in the Queen’s Lounge or in the Crow’s Nest. For some of trivia’s whoever won would receive wine or champagne.
8. Eat. The food is really good…I mean really good on Holland America. Although, we just have Carnival to compare it with. It seems that you can eat food from dawn ’til dusk. Just don’t over do it, unless of course you walk or visit the gym. You don’t want to go home 10 pounds heavier.
I always like to try new food on cruises. This cruise I got to try foie gras (picture above on the left). I thought it was delicious and look forward to having it again.
Other things you can do (but we didn’t): gamble, shop ’til you drop (although I did buy some perfume on the ship), attend art auctions, go to the spa, ping pong, chess.
This concludes part 2 of our Panama Canal Cruise aboard Holland America’s Zuiderdam.
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