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June 2017 - Veendam to Bermuda

Comfortable Ship

 I read many negative reviews of the Veendam  but I took a chance because of the itinerary. I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the most pleasant cruises I've ever taken. Yes the ship is old but it was refurbished six years ago.  I had an  Oceanview state room that had a full sofa in it. With the foam mattress topper, the bed was more comfortable than my bed at home. I had no problems with the cabin, 540,   The only other  HAL  ship I have been on is the Eurodam.  I like the layout of the ship much better. I loved the Explorations Cafe.  The leather chairs were all comfortable. The view was great. The library was incredibly well stocked and there was always a chair to be had. I love the size of the ship. All of the crew were incredibly  Nice. I read that the food was not as good on the ship as other HAL ships.  I have not one bad experience. In fact, the food was better than any cruise ship I have been on including the Queen Mary 2.  If you don't like a few scuffs and scratches and prefer shiny new ships, don't take this one. But if instead you want a comfortable, relaxing cruise with great food,  by all means choose the Veendam.  The itinerary was great. I loved being docked right in Hamilton. Bermuda is worth a visit for anyone who loves islands. 

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Caribbean Princess

December 2016 - Caribbean Princess to Caribbean - Southern

The ABC islands

The Caribbean Princess is not up to the standards of the Royal and the Regal Princesses. However, I like the outdoor pool/deck areas better on this ship. The service wasn't up to the standard I have come to expect on Princess. And there aren't enough public areas or they are too small. There isn't much comfortable seating onboard. The itinerary was good. I liked being in 2 ports after dark. I really enjoyed Bonaire.

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Queen Mary 2

October 2016 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

Cruising in Comfort and Style

I love the Queen Mary 2. I enjoy sea days on cruises and the 6 days  crossing the Atlantic are chocked full of interesting things to do. I love their lecture series. The guest lecturers are very informative with interesting topics.  There is enough public space that I never felt crowded. I love the library and bookstore. The afternoon tea is not to be missed. Unfortunately, this trip I found that the bookstore has changed vendors. Gone are all of the Cunard memorbilia. On a previous crossing I bought a small World Atlas with Cunard emblazoned on the cover. The library and the Commidore Club offer seats facing large windows at the front of the ship. These were my favorite places to sit and relax.

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Royal Princess

October 2015 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Norwegian Getaway

October 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern

Regal Princess

September 2015 - Regal Princess to Transatlantic


April 2015 - Eurodam to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Azamara Journey

April 2015 - Azamara Journey to Transatlantic

Peggypowers47gmailcom's Tips

Veendam Veendam - If you like libraries on ships, this is the second best I have encountered. Only the Queen Mary 2 has a library rival this one. There are plenty of blocks games in the exploration café.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - I would always buy the 7 night restaurant package for $139. The restaurants are super. My favorite (both for seafood and steak) is Cagney's. Unless you like crowds, avoid the pool area.

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