ikick1

ikick1
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Veendam

May 2015 - Veendam to Bermuda

NOT THE QUALIITY ASSOCIATED WITH HOLLAND AMERICA

THIS WAS OUR 4TH HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE AND SADLY, THE POOREST. WE SAILED ON

THE RYNDAM IN APRIL OF 2015 AND EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT, WHICH PROMPTED US

TO BOOK A CRUISE ON THE VEENDAM. HOLLAND HAS SOLD THE RYNDAM AND KEPT THE

VEENDAM(SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

FOOD WAS REALLY SUB PAR IN BOTH THE ROTTERDAM DINING ROOM AND IN THE LIDO. A

CHICKEN DISH WITH A SIDE DESCRIBED AS A SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WAS CUBED

SWEET POTATO WITH BBQ SAUCE LEFT OVER FROM THE LIDO DECK BBQ THE NIGHT BEFORE. LONG WAITS IN BOTH LIDO AND ROTTERDAM DINING ROOMS. OUTDATED

CASINO GAMES, SFT POOL WAS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH HOT TUBS.

THE GOOD POINTS:   THE CABIN STEWARDS WERE FIRST RATE, THE ROTTERDAM

DINING ROOM HOST, OKA, ALSO A TRUE STANDOUT AMONG THE REST OF THE STAFF.

JERRI , THE CROWS NEST BARTENDER, MADE YOU FEEL SPECIAL AND WANT TO COME BACK

TO THE BAR THAT IS FURTHEST AWAY FROM EVERYTHING(DECK 12 FORWARD)

BERMUDA WAS VERY NICE(EXPENSIVE) BUT NOT ON THE VEENDAM!

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Ketchikan, Alaska - NOT MANY ACTIVITIES OR SITES HERE. NO WHALE WATCHING EXCURSIONS SO PLAN THOSE FOR SKAGWAY OR JUNEAU.TAKE THE FREE SHUTTLE BUS AND SEE WHAT OTHERS PAID $25 TO SEE ON THE TOUR BUS. EAT ON THE SHIP, MCDONALDS 1/4 POUNDER IS $5.29, NOT THE MEAL JUST THE BURGER.
Skagway, Alaska - SHORT WALK TO TOWN FROM DOCK NO NEED TO PAY $2 FOR SHUTTLE
Nieuw Amsterdam Nieuw Amsterdam - ON YOUR SECOND DAY TAKE TIME TO TOUR THE WHOLE SHIP. IT WILL TAKE A FEW HOURS BUT IT'S WORTH THE TIME. FROM THE CROWS NEST ON DECK 11 TO THE MANHATTAN DINING ROOM ON DECK 2, THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO. COOKING DEMOS, POOLSIDE ACTIVITIES, LATE NIGHT DINING. IT HELPS TO PLAN ACTIVITIES IN ADVANCE
Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Spirit - TRY THE BLUE LAGOON ON DECK 7. GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE FOR AN IN BETWEEN MEAL EXPERIENCE.
Hamilton, Bermuda - BEACHES NOT CROWDED(ELBOW BEACH 15 MINUTES FROM SHIP) SNORKELING FROM GLASS BOTTOM BOAT WAS OK .
Veendam Veendam - THE PORT OF BOSTON EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION WAS EXCELLENT. QUICK ON AND VERY FAST DISEMBARKATION WHEN IN THE BUILDING. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO BERMUDA ON HOLLAND, THIS IS A GREAT PORT BUT THE VEENDAM MAY NOT BE THE BEST SHIP FOR YOUR 1ST HOLLAND CRUISE, IT MIGHT BE YOUR LAST HOLLAND CRUISE.

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received a helpful vote on their Nieuw Amsterdam cruise review - ALASKA

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received a helpful vote on their Nieuw Amsterdam cruise review - ALASKA

received a helpful vote on their Nieuw Amsterdam cruise review - ALASKA

shared a quick tip for Nieuw Amsterdam"ON YOUR SECOND DAY TAKE TIME TO TOUR THE WHOLE SHIP. IT WILL TAKE A FEW HOURS BUT IT'S WORTH THE TIME. FROM THE CROWS NEST ON DECK 11 TO THE MANHATTAN DINING ROOM ON DECK 2, THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO. COOKING DEMOS, POOLSIDE ACTIVITIES, LATE NIGHT DINING. IT HELPS TO PLAN ACTIVITIES IN ADVANCE "

received a helpful vote on their Veendam cruise review - NOT THE QUALIITY ASSOCIATED WITH HOLLAND AMERICA

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Spirit"TRY THE BLUE LAGOON ON DECK 7. GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE FOR AN IN BETWEEN MEAL EXPERIENCE."

received a helpful vote on their Veendam cruise review - NOT THE QUALIITY ASSOCIATED WITH HOLLAND AMERICA

shared a quick tip for Veendam"THE PORT OF BOSTON EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION WAS EXCELLENT. QUICK ON AND VERY FAST DISEMBARKATION WHEN IN THE BUILDING. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO BERMUDA ON HOLLAND, THIS IS A GREAT PORT BUT THE VEENDAM MAY NOT BE THE BEST SHIP FOR YOUR 1ST HOLLAND CRUISE, IT MIGHT BE YOUR LAST HOLLAND CRUISE."

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