A Floating Retirement Home!
Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: March 25, 2006
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 12 years ago
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!
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Don't Miss: Hemmingway's house and 6-toed cats.
Don't Miss: Rainforest.
Don't Miss: The beach!
Don't Miss: The sight of the ship after getting soaked in a minor hurricane!
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!