7 Night Bermuda (New York Roundtrip) Sail Date: August 07, 2011 Ship: Veendam Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
The ship is relatively old and according to my information, it was recently refurbished; however, it still is a comfortable ship to be in.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The quality and the taste of the food is the best we've had compared to the previous 10 cruises from the 3 other cruise lines we've taken. The unique concept of "As you wish dining" a combination of Traditional time seating and Freestyle dining is an interesting one. We prefer traditional dining, however, at the time I booked they ran out of the traditional dining seats, so we were as assigned to the "As you wish dining" scheduling. I had to reserve my dining time for first 3 nights in advance and again reserve each and every night thereafter. Fortunately, we had no problems and did not have to wait for tables; on the other hand, there were other passengers who had to wait for quite a while for their tables. Putting myself in their situation, we feel this promotes more anxiety and this diminishes the pleasure of the whole dining experience unless you're one of those individuals with a lot of patience. The ship should assign more seats for the Traditional seating time.
3 out of 5
I suppose we should not expect too much entertainment and activities that require a little more energy to a cruise line that is known for older guests. Surprisingly, there were a good number of younger adults and children on that cruise.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Never did I hear any crew member say, "oh sorry, that's not possible" or "sorry, sir we can't do that". They accommodated our every request but we made sure our requests were not unreasonable. That speaks highly of the staff!
5 out of 5
The deck plans are simple and you can navigate within the ship without difficulty. The public areas are clean. The decor is modest and pleasant to the eyes and other senses and it is understandably suited for the passengers it is primarily intended for... older adults.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
We were given an upgrade according to our booking specialist so we had a good size room with a bathtub in the bathroom. However, our room's AC was not working properly and it was not as comfortable but thanks to our steward, at their suggestion, they provided a fan that circulated the air better and made it just a little more comfortable for us while waiting for their Engineering Dept. to correct the matter. It was not only our room that was like this but several rooms in our area of the ship.
This cruise skipped St. George due to choppy waters so it went directly to Hamilton, The following day, we took the No. 3 bus from Hamilton to St. George's and it took us about an hour to get there. When we got there, we literary spent 15mins. in town and took the ferry to the Dockyard. Nothing to really see in St. George's. Whereas at King's Wharf, we spent close to 2 hours as there were more things to venture out to. St. George's should be skipped altogether instead head directly to Hamilton and have an extra day there.
Don't Miss: None... you're better off missing St. George's altogether and have an additional enjoyable day in Hamilton with your own option to waste your time in St. George's.
Cruising is the way to go to Bermuda due to the ridiculously exorbitant prices of goods and services there. The beaches and places to visit are beautiful. The services such as public transportation are convenient, comfortable and on time. The people are friendly and you feel safe all over the Island. The taxi drivers we had are hard working and honest. We didn't bother dining out of the ship. During meals when we could, we went back to the ship and consumed the 5-star food quality they served without incurring additional expense. And that's the beauty of cruising in Bermuda.
Pros: Convenient embarkation/bebarkation, excellent service and culinary bliss
Cons: Social activities and night entertainment on board
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