Veendam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Interesting with some challenges

Sail Date: May 01, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

First sailing after being in dry-dock for a year. Ship was beautiful,but probably sailed too soon. Everything wasn't quite ready. However, given the Swine Flu, some plumbing issues, and cancelled excursions, the cruise was wonderful. The crew handled everything in such a positive way, excellent food, good service, GREAT beds and I really loved the Lanai room. Some passengers gripped about everything, but you can't please everyone! The people I traveled with were all very pleased and will definitely sail w/Holland America/Veendam again.

Pros: The way Holland America/Veendam handled the changes due to the Swine Flu and the alternatives and solutions offered.

Cons: Missing Costa Rica - I was really looking forward to this excursion

Recommends Veendam? Yes!

Ship Quality
We didn't have air conditioning the first day - quickly repaired
Food and Dining
Wonderful food. Too bad we couldn't enjoy the buffet as much due to the Swine Flu
Cabin / Stateroom
Loved it!
Service and Staff
So efficient and willing to please
Loved every show!! Especially the Bob Mackie revue
Cartagena, Colombia
Too many vendors selling their wares. Too rushed when looking for emeralds.

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