Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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4 out of 5

Relaxing cruise from Boston to Quebec on Veendam

Sail Date: June 07, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The first week of June was mostly sunny with average high of 62 degrees, very nice for our cruise. Especially enjoyed Bar Harbor and Quebec. If we were in control, we'd skip the stop in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a tiny town that appears depressed and doesn't offer much to do. Instead, we'd prefer another night in Quebec, or an additional night in Bar Harbor. I would've like time to hike the trails in Bar Harbor. 

The dinners in the Rotterdam were generally very good, with some spottiness. Ex: one night the leg of lamb that was excellent, but on another, a rack of lamb was spongy and disappointing. Lido offered a fair variety. Dishes looked fresh. The first 2 days of the sailing, there was no self-service in the Lido as a precaution against contagious illnesses. This held up things a little. Guests were asked throughout the voyage to use hand antiseptic dispensers. 

Our stateroom, 103, had a cracked sink but was generally very comfortable and since it's forward, conveniently close to the spa, gym, and Lido on deck 11. 

The salon services were very nice.

We appreciated that the lines were short or non-existent at the service desk.  


Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Generally high quality.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence
The ship cruises at night. In the early morning, we had fog. Didn't see much!
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
We shopped and had lunch, toured an old home, took their "Duck" town/harbor cruise.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Not much to do in Sydney, but we had lovely weather to do it in!
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Citadel is fascinating.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Quaint, lovely. Took an Acadia tour. Would've liked to hike the trails but not enough time.
Boston, Massachusetts

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