Veendam Cruise Review to South America

Contributor Level: Purser

2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Exceptional Area of the World

Sail Date: November 07, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The Veendam is a great ship; small enough to be quaint, but large enough to be able to move around. Holland did a great job on most things. The hardest part of this cruise, however, was that we were way outside of Holland's demographic. We're in our 30s, but the average age of the folks on the ship was 65+. Many people were in wheelchairs and had walkers -- this is fine, but it changed our experience quite a bit on board. We aren't huge party animals or anything like that, but it was a change for us. That said, we chose this cruise not for the onboard experience but for the part of the world we were seeing (southern South America). THIS was fantastic, and because this ship is small, we were really able to get up close, especially to glaciers. The excursions were better than expected (albiet pricey), but they were worth every penny.

Pros: The ports-of-call had excellent excursions and South America/Cape Horn was great

Cons: Older crowd; horrible entertainment

Recommends Veendam? Yes!

Ship Quality
Very clean\, nice walkable areas\, good condition\, would have enjoyed a larger pool
Food and Dining
Pinnacle Grille (speciality restaurant) wasn't worth it\, though Canaletto (speciality Italian) was; dining room had superb food for a cruise line\, and we met great people there.
Cabin / Stateroom
It's an average-sized stateroom for a cruise (we were in an interior room). Bathroom was tiny\, and made the 13-day cruise a little claustrophobic (especially when showering).
Service and Staff
Excellent on all accounts; Holland staff are second-to-none!
The ship's average age was 65+ (we are in our 30s)\, so this was the most difficult aspect of the travel. Events and entertainment were geared for an entirely different age group\, and to boot\, the entertainment was quite abysmal. We went to four shows and we left each one early as they were quite unbearable.

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