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Veendam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
13 Night Spring Panama Canal (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)
Sail Date: May 01, 2009
Ship: Veendam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 8 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Wonderful food. Too bad we couldn't enjoy the buffet as much due to the Swine Flu


5 out of 5
Loved every show!! Especially the Bob Mackie revue

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
So efficient and willing to please

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We didn't have air conditioning the first day - quickly repaired

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved it!
3 out of 5
Too many vendors selling their wares. Too rushed when looking for emeralds.

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!

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