Veendam to Alaska - just okay

Veendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Glacier Discovery Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)
Sail Date: August 16, 2009
Ship: Veendam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was nice enough and the stateroom was adequate for our needs although I would have preferred a room with a bathtub instead of a shower only.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food was generally good but not outstanding. The chilled soups are not to be missed. A couple of the desserts were outstanding (brownie baked Alaska and a caramel banana pie) but the desserts at the Lido buffet and the midnight chocolate extravaganza were pretty but bland (grocery store quality).

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We enjoyed the musicial theatre at the Showroom at Sea. Our cruise director Eric was equally entertaining. Skip the "how to shop in port" talks unless you're interested in buying expensive jewelry. We enjoyed the casino slots (won some money). There weren't just a whole lot of activities/talks that interested us, so we skipped those.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Joko did a good job, was friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Did not appreciate the plumbing issues. Sometimes the toilets worked; sometimes they didn't. The Veendam is a smaller ship and you really feel the motion of the water!

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Clean and comfortable and well maintained by our cabin steward.
3 out of 5
Nice town. We enjoyed just walking around and shopping.
3 out of 5
Very touristy. Lots of high end jewelry stores, but I really didn't go to Alaska for that.
3 out of 5
Book a shore excursion. The town is quaint, but small and you can pretty much see everything in a couple of hours.

Pros: Food

Cons: Sea sickness and plumbing issues on ship

Recommends Veendam? No.

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