Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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2 out of 5

Cruises just aren't the same anymore

Sail Date: May 17, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This is our second cruise this year.  We can comfortably comment on the cruise because it's not our 1st or even 5th cruise.  We have sailed on at least 5 different cruise lines in the past 17 years.  That being said, this last cruise with Holland is a reminder of what I feel are the dramitic changes that have occured in the past 3 years.  Without wasting too much time let me point out these changes or differences as I have noted them.

A)  The quality of the food has detiorated dramatically

B)  Instead of being brought water or tea or having adequate staff in the Lido dining area to service the customer, it appears many of the staff are walking around trying to sell Coke or Beer, of course this is an upcharge from which they profit

C)  The shows and entertainment (professional quality) has all but gone away.  There are some shows but they are not of the quality that had been the norm during previous years of cruising.


The most important thing I would like to note is the rediculous toilet flush location these ships have.  You have to touch the toilet seat each time to either lift it or lower it in order to flush the toilet.  The reason for this is obvious, they do not want you to flush the vacumn toilet with the seat cover up, however, touching the seat in order to flush and then prior to using each time puts your hands in contact with many potential germs.  No wonder the noro virus has become so prevalent.   The first cruise we took this year on a Princess ship our of Galveston experienced a large number of the passengers and crew coming down with the virus.  During our most recent cruise we were cautious of everying, handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, toilets, etc.   It is not pleasant thinking of all the germs, the fact that in order to maintain profitability the cleaning the rooms from one guest to another has to happen within hours does not allow enought time to clean each cabin properly.  The first thing my wife saw on this past cruise was pubic hair from the prior guest in the bathtub.  Not the way you want to start your cruise for sure.




Cruise Photos

Ship Quality
It getting old and this is becoming obvious
Food and Dining
Didn't really care for the "fancy" named food
Cabin / Stateroom
Bathroom tiles broken, bad caulking in bathtub covering rust spots, water stained light fixture in stateroom
Nothing to write home about
Onboard Activities
The marriage game was the highlight for many on this cruise, that's not saying much
Destinations and Excursions
We went for Bar Harbor, Charlotteown and Quebec, the other stops like Halifax and Sydney could have been omitted altogether
Boston, Massachusetts
Bar Harbor, Maine
Beautiful - be sure to book your excursions with Acadia National Park Tours, you'll save yourself $70 per person from the Cruise fare
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Not a thing to do hear, nor was it a very pretty port.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
a bit dreary, nothing really worth spending time or money to do here
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Beautiful - be sure to take a carriage ride for $10 right next to the pier, you'll save yourself $30 per person
Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence
This takes place at night mainly
Quebec City, Quebec
Beautiful, fantastic port, great people, food, hospitality. Be sure to check out the Hotel Le Priori


Order room service, they steak sandwich was better than the filet they serve in the dining room as is their breakfast

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