Veendam Cruise Review to Hawaii

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4 out of 5

A Memorable Voyage

Sail Date: November 15, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The cruise on the Veendam was a very pleasurable experience.  The staff was ready at a moment's notice to cater to our every whim be it getting an extra cup of coffee, a towel for the pool,  or a fan because our room was too warm.  Nothing seemed to be too much to ask for.  The ship was extremely clean with hand sanitizers at every elevator and the entry way of almost every room.  The staterooms were roomy and had plenty of storage space for our 3 suitcases of clothing.  There were plenty of activities planned for the day including games with the crew, two nightly shows, cooking demonstrations to name a few.  The formal "dress up nights" were one of my disillusions as they were more dressy casual, which kind of took the romance out of the nights.  Also the casino was too tight on the games.  The only place I saw actually winning were the tables where it was a minimum of $15 to play - a bit high for the lower income travelers. Also the bingo at $25 a card for only 4 games was a bit much to win the small pots that were paid.  One really nice feature was the unlimited supply of free movies for the days when you did not feel like going out of your cabin or there were no activities that one wished to take part in.  The other great feature was being able to get room service brought to you without an extra charge.   We also took part in the many photo opportunities and purchased one of their reasonable photo packages. All in all it was a fun cruise that I would definitely do over again.

Ship Quality
The ship was one of the smaller in the fleet. The pool was small for the amount of guests on board. However, they did have a basketball court, tennis court, and several places where you could go dancing.
Food and Dining
There was quite a variety of foods to chose from. It would have been nice to be able to eat after midnight for night owls. They had a couple of restaurants on board if you did not chose to eat in the dining hall or on the lido deck.
Cabin / Stateroom
The bed with the two singles put together was about the size of a queen bed. It was soft yet firm with lots of pillows. There was also a couch and plenty of room to dress in. The shower was small but the water pressure was good and the water came out warm right away. The crew kept the room very clean as they visited a couple of times a day.
Service and Staff
Andi, our stewart, and his staff were outstanding. No request was too great and everyone always had a big smile on their face, even in the wee hours of the morning.
Some of the entertainment was Vegas level which was surprising to say the least. One particular show, however, seemed like they just asked some previous entertainers to come in and fill up 10 minutes of showtime with something. It was like a small town variety show.
Onboard Activities
The bingo and casino were way too expensive to be any real fun. However, most of the demonstrations/classes were really a lot of fun. Some of the activities had to be cancelled due to bad weather/seas, but the availability of movies made up for most of that.
Destinations and Excursions
The excursions in Hawaii were usually fun with options of surfing, bus tours, zip-tyings, snorkeling, etc. There were less expensive options on shore with the natives but I guess this was a way to have it paid for in advance and to make sure that were were in a safer environment. The excursions in Ensenada were few to chose. I think that if you went to shop you definitely weren't disappointed as there were plenty of shopping excursions.
Lahaina, Maui The tour through the island where I had my coconut hat made
Honolulu, Oahu
Visiting the memorial for the Arizona
Nawiliwili, Kauai Snorkeling
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The glass bottom boat
Hilo, Hawaii
Zip tying over the falls
Ensenada, Mexico
Shopping in the market by the blow hole


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