Zuiderdam To Alaska – Day 7 – Final Day At Sea

I woke up this morning somewhat late (around 9 am to be exact) and I slowly began my final day aboard the beautiful Zuiderdam. Today would be a day cruising the Inside Passage and I was looking forward to having a relaxing day sailing before I disembarked in Vancouver the next day.

Later in the day, I met with Ron van Vliet, Zuiderdam’s Culinary Operations Manager. Ron was kind enough to give me a private tour of the Zuiderdam’s storerooms and galleys. I took a bunch of great photos and learned a lot from Ron and I will be sharing my tour with you in an upcoming post later this coming week.

The rest of the day was very uneventful and was spent mostly photographing the ship and reluctantly preparing to disembark. Later in the night, we attended the final show of the cruise – comedian Dan Bennett. Dan was a sight comedian, meaning he not only performed his comedy routine, but he also utilized visual aids in his act. Dan was pretty talented. He was able to juggle 7 balls, 3 baseball bats, 5 soccer balls, and was able to balance a bowling ball on his head. His hilarious routine and unique personality won over the ship almost immediately.

Zuiderdam - Day 7 100Now, as I write this final journal entry in my stateroom late at night, I feel sad to be leaving this great ship and her equally great crew. I’ve really enjoyed my time aboard the Zuiderdam and sailing with Holland America Line. As usual, the food was delicious, the ports were intriguing, the crew was outstanding, and Holland America Line continues to set the bar high for the cruise industry.

Thanks for following along this past week. Stay tuned this coming week for much more!

Coming up this week:

  • Complete ship review
  • Zuiderdam video tour
  • Videos from around the ship & Alaska
  • Photos from the ports
  • Interview with Hotel Director Boban Zivkovic
  • Private Galley Tour with Ron van Vliet



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.