I have never posted on this board before but spent a lot of time reading posts here before my cruise on the Zuiderdam, August 2-9. This was my first cruise ever and I was disappointed with a lot of the reviews I read. I went into it, however, with an open mind, and just wanted to have a nice, relaxing week. I did that, and much, much more!!! The ms Zuiderdam is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL ship that I would sail on 100 times over if I could. The service was like none I have ever experienced, the food was wonderful, and none of the problems others complained so much about were apparent to me at all. I am going to be writing a lengthier review soon, but for anyone sailing in the near future, have no fear, you will have the vacation of your life!! I think the key is to remember that it is just that, a vacation. RELAX!!! I would love to answer any questions for anyone travelling on this wonderful ship, I could talk about it forever!!!