Veendam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

Never enough time

Sail Date: June 23, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship is very well maintained, clean and well staffed.

Pros: HAL service and seeing new places

Cons: cigarette smoke

Recommends Veendam? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
HAL has, by far, the best food of any cruise line I've been on. Excellent wine selection as well
Cabin / Stateroom
Though small, the stateroom was clean and comfortable. We did have a few problems with lights, but they were fixed very soon after we reported them.
Service and Staff
Almost too friendly.
We normally don't go to shows, but the one that we did go to was excellent.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Traffic and crowds make this a strenuous and stressful port to visit. By all means go with organized tours. The folkloric show is great. Lot's of stairs and very few elevators, so plan to walk a lot... I mean A LOT!
Don't Miss: Catherine's Palace in Peterhof
Tallinn, Estonia
A great port to wander about in on foot. It's easy to walk from the ship to the old town.
Don't Miss: The wall surrounding the old town with its many towers
Stockholm, Sweden
Take the shuttle boat from the dock into town. You'll get a good look at Stockholm from the water. Lots of nice places to have lunch - like Flyt. Get an excellent (free) map at the Church of Stockholm (Storkyrkan) near the Palace.
Don't Miss: The Royal Palace
Helsinki, Finland
Another very "walkable" city.
Don't Miss: The Church in the Rock
Aarhus, Denmark
By all means visit Den Gamle By. Great place for the kids to explore too.
Don't Miss: Den Gamle By
Oslo, Norway
A great place to see some tall ships. You can easily walk from the ship to the main sights. Get a map at the tourist Info center.
Don't Miss: Nobel Peace Center

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