MS Zuiderdam

WARNING: This post contains many photos. Proceed only if you have some time. And interest.

Let me introduce you to our home for ten days – the Holland America ship MS Zuiderdam (the u is silent, the i is long).

The floating castle

The floating castle


Our room, just behind the captain's quarters on the Navigation deck.

Our room, just behind the captain’s quarters on the Navigation deck.


And some views of the ship’s interior
Colors were plentiful

Colors were plentiful


Orchids on a dining table in the buffet.

Orchids on a dining table in the buffet.


A stairway - to heaven?

A stairway – to heaven?


looking down into a lounge

looking down into a lounge


looking up above that lounge.

looking up above that lounge.


The stairway in red

The stairway in red


The Vista Lounge, the site of the evening shows.

The Vista Lounge, the site of the evening shows.


A statue along one wall in the Vista Lounge

A statue along one wall in the Vista Lounge


An elevator door

An elevator door


A bench to be used if waiting for an elevator. Or just because.

A bench to be used if waiting for an elevator. Or just because.


And there was our stateroom, which I didn’t get a picture of when it was fresh, before we cluttered it with our belongings. This photo is the view looking out our glass door.
The world outside our room.

The world outside our room.


The Artistic One lounging on our veranda with her book from the ship's library

The Artistic One lounging on our veranda with her book from the ship’s library


Then there was the dining
The first formal night

The first formal night


One of the entrees

One of the entrees


A dessert

A dessert


Did I tell you each dinner came with an appetizer, a soup or salad, an entree and a dessert? Every dinner! Every night! We were taken to our table, usually a table for six where we were seated with new people from many different places each night. The waiter pulled out the chair, pushed in the chair, placed the napkin on our lap and presented us with a menu. I waited and waited for that waiter my first night home – he never showed up! No appetizer, no soup or salad, no entree unless you care to call my turkey sandwich an entree and my Oreos a dessert.Sadness.
The aft pool

The aft pool


The promenade deck

The promenade deck


The midship pool on the Lido deck.

The midship pool on the Lido deck.


Looking up from my lounge chair by the pool on the Lido deck

Looking up from my lounge chair by the pool on the Lido deck


Looking up some more - lights above me

Looking up some more – lights above me


A sunset viewed from the Promenade Deck

A sunset viewed from the Promenade Deck


And every night when we returned to our room after the show, or the Adagio piano and violin being played in one of the lounges, we found a new friend on the bed along with chocolates and the daily newsletter
the dinosaur

the dinosaur


the elephant

the elephant


the happy puppy

the happy puppy


the seal or sea lion (I think)

the seal or sea lion (I think)


the peacock, maybe?

the peacock, maybe?


the flying fish - please note that where I am not sure I am not afraid to guess

the flying fish – please note that where I am not sure I am not afraid to guess


the stingray

the stingray

the lobster

the lobster


The last night, we walked into our room looking for that night’s treat – no animal on our beds! What a disappointment! Then we turned around
the monkey/orangutang

the monkey/orangutang


What fun! We laughed and left it hanging in place.

And that’s how we were forced to survive for those ten days. Tough life, huh?

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to MS Zuiderdam

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Real tough life. I adore the towel folding. I would have had fun taking photos of those cute creatures too!!! πŸ™‚

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  2. suzicate says:

    Looks like a luxurious and leisurely vacation! Love the purple staircase!

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  3. Heather says:

    I’m with Cee – love those towels! How sad that the waiter didn’t arrive. He doesn’t seem to have come to my house either. 😦
    Which place what your favorite? Or did, as always, depend on the mood? How I would love to read a book in a warm breeze again. Sitting the by the fire is nice, but it’s time for some fresh air!

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    • Carol says:

      My favorite excursion was in Curacao, the dolphin encounter. The sea at Half Moon Cay was the most amazing shades of blues and aquas and the sand a very fine, powdery white. Aruba had the magnificent sunset, but Costa Rica is the country I’d like to go back to and explore.

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  4. My family always looked forward to our towel creatures. All of the waiters and room attendants were friendly and helpful. It sounds like you had the same wonderful staff looking out for you. Too bad you couldn’t convince one to come home with you.

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  5. The photos are like EYE CANDY – delicious! My favorite? Your dolphin-smooching gravatar!

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  6. Dawn says:

    Oh my! I will probably never be on a cruise so this was so much fun, to see all the details, all the colors! Such colors! What a beautiful ship, love the towel art too, and the food! It must be hard to re-enter the world after that lovely vacation!

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  7. Robin says:

    lol! It looks like a lot of fun Carol. I love the towel art. πŸ™‚

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  8. I have never seen so many ways to fold a towel. What fun! I do expect it would be a tough transition, but I bet your girls are thrilled to have you back.

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  9. jay53 says:

    Wow. Just wow. They don’t call cruise ships ‘floating hotels’ for nothing, do they? LOVE the towel monsters!!

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  10. I’ve never been on a cruise before (probably couldn’t afford it!), but it looks like a floating city. Huge and elegant and over the top! Love the little towel critters and the fancy lounge areas and the deck. How nice that the waiters were so accommodating, and the food so delicious and, um, comprehensive. Looks like real pampering all around. I bet you were disappointed with your sandwich and Oreos upon your return home!

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  11. lisa says:

    Love it. Love it. Love it!! This looks fabulous. And elegant. And very, very fattening!! πŸ™‚ The towel creatures are adorable. Oddly, Entrepreneur actually said the word, Cruise, the other day. I almost fell out of my chair. Now I know what I might expect if he follows through. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. That was absolutely marvelous! Felt like I was actually there. This sure confirms that I’m going to get my hubby to take me on a cruise before long! Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures and a glimpse of your wonderful cruise vacation!

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