November 2014 - Veendam to Hawaii
The cruise on the Veendam was a very pleasurable experience. The staff was ready at a moment's notice to cater to our every whim be it getting an extra cup of coffee, a towel for the pool, or a fan because our room was too warm. Nothing seemed to be too much to ask for. The ship was extremely clean with hand sanitizers at every elevator and the entry way of almost every room. The staterooms were roomy and had plenty of storage space for our 3 suitcases of clothing. There were plenty of activities planned for the day including games with the crew, two nightly shows, cooking demonstrations to name a few. The formal "dress up nights" were one of my disillusions as they were more dressy casual, which kind of took the romance out of the nights. Also the casino was too tight on the games. The only place I saw actually winning were the tables where it was a minimum of $15 to play - a bit high for the lower income travelers. Also the bingo at $25 a card for only 4 games was a bit much to win the small pots that were paid. One really nice feature was the unlimited supply of free movies for the days when you did not feel like going out of your cabin or there were no activities that one wished to take part in. The other great feature was being able to get room service brought to you without an extra charge. We also took part in the many photo opportunities and purchased one of their reasonable photo packages. All in all it was a fun cruise that I would definitely do over again.