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Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 23, 2008
Ship: Veendam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
We enjoyed sailing with the Vendaam from Tampa to Key West, Belize, Guatemala and Costa Maya. The itinerary is excellent for a 7-day cruise.
If you are interested in visiting archelogical sites, the choice that you have on this cruise is incredible. Shore excursion staff goes above and beyond their duties and we will never forget our trip to Tikal! Aboard the Vendaam, you definitely feel a more European atmosphere than on other lines (we cruised Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney). Spectacular antique pieces can be admired on most decks. Pool area is not great and in line with the age of the ship, as well as room size. Staff is outstanding, excellent presentation of food, but average quality. Movie theater screen are poor, but the library area is very interesting!!!
3 out of 5
We were on a 10-hour excursion to Tikal that we loved, had a glimpse at the city only on our quick bus transfer. Less poor area than Belize, still I wouldn't stroll downtown like I would do in Key West.
Don't Miss: Fly to Tikal!
3 out of 5
No port docking, you go ashore only by tenders. They're building the pier. Very poor area.
Don't Miss: Jungle and jeep adventure
3 out of 5
The damage of last year hurricane is unfortunately still very visible. The waters are very clear and of a stunning blue color. Local people are very friendly and gentle.
Don't Miss: A snorkel excursion
5 out of 5
Do not need excursions. Just walk and you will love it! Hemingway House is a must see (especially the cats). Great shops, including Coach Factory!
Don't Miss: Walking downtown and taking pictures!

Pros: The shore excursions

Cons: Pool and shops

Recommends Veendam? Yes!

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