Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

A Floating Retirement Home!

Sail Date: March 25, 2006

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship's planners did an outstanding job of carving out a beautiful environment into every square inch. The library had the most current selections and the coffee bar was as good as any Starbucks. The food was good, even gourmet, but by the end of the cruise, I was craving KFC and Mickey D's. The pizza, burgers, and other "kid food" were not as good as other ships. The pillowtop mattress and high thread count linens were a great touch. We were warned that a higher percentage of seniors traveled with H.A., but were surprised at how much time the staff had to spend dealing with wheelchairs and walkers. That was probably our main issue. Otherwise, not bad, but if you are under 50 and need a morale boost, stay off Holland America!

Pros: After many years of cruising with one cruise line, we decided, as Emeril would say, to "take it up a notch" and sail with Holland America. From the teakwood deck chairs and huge library, to the exceptional fitness center and movie theater, the ship was magnificent. Service was better, also.

Cons: The average passenger's age was probably 70. I was surprised at the number of wheelchairs and powered scooters. Being in the retirement facility business, I thought I was back at work!

Food and Dining
Gourmet overkill! How's about some Southern cuisine, more pizza (24-hours), etc. I asked for Tobasco sauce for my eggs at breakfast and they had to search the kitchen.
Rather sedate.
Ship Quality
Ship was beautiful, and speaking of cleanliness, the Captain advised on the first day of the cruise that there would be no viruses on his ship! There were hand-sanitizer dispensers everywhere!
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom window overlooked the Promenade deck and we discovered the one-way glass. You see out but the morning joggers can see you! Hee Hee!
Service and Staff
Very busy, however with the geriatric passengers.
Key West, Florida
It was cold in Key West. Take a sweater.
Don't Miss: Hemmingway's house and 6-toed cats.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Get a massage under a palm tree in the breeze on the beach! Great Mexican lunch served on a table set about a foot into the calm water on the beach! Didn't get any better.
Don't Miss: The beach!
Belize City, Belize
Rough weather that day caused havoc with many planned activities. Don't go outside the tourist "zone"!
Don't Miss: The sight of the ship after getting soaked in a minor hurricane!
Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
The people were wonderful. We did the rainforest hike. Great! Don't let the working port fool you. Get out there!
Don't Miss: Rainforest.

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