Veendam Cruise Review to Bermuda

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7+ cruises

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2 out of 5

NOT THE QUALIITY ASSOCIATED WITH HOLLAND AMERICA

Sail Date: May 30, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

THIS WAS OUR 4TH HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE AND SADLY, THE POOREST. WE SAILED ON

THE RYNDAM IN APRIL OF 2015 AND EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT, WHICH PROMPTED US

TO BOOK A CRUISE ON THE VEENDAM. HOLLAND HAS SOLD THE RYNDAM AND KEPT THE

VEENDAM(SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

FOOD WAS REALLY SUB PAR IN BOTH THE ROTTERDAM DINING ROOM AND IN THE LIDO. A

CHICKEN DISH WITH A SIDE DESCRIBED AS A SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WAS CUBED

SWEET POTATO WITH BBQ SAUCE LEFT OVER FROM THE LIDO DECK BBQ THE NIGHT BEFORE. LONG WAITS IN BOTH LIDO AND ROTTERDAM DINING ROOMS. OUTDATED

CASINO GAMES, SFT POOL WAS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH HOT TUBS.

THE GOOD POINTS:   THE CABIN STEWARDS WERE FIRST RATE, THE ROTTERDAM

DINING ROOM HOST, OKA, ALSO A TRUE STANDOUT AMONG THE REST OF THE STAFF.

JERRI , THE CROWS NEST BARTENDER, MADE YOU FEEL SPECIAL AND WANT TO COME BACK

TO THE BAR THAT IS FURTHEST AWAY FROM EVERYTHING(DECK 12 FORWARD)

BERMUDA WAS VERY NICE(EXPENSIVE) BUT NOT ON THE VEENDAM!

Ship Quality
OLD, NEEDS REPAIRS
Food and Dining
EDIBLE BUT NOT THE USUAL HOLLAND QUALITY
Service and Staff
SURI & HANDI(CABIN STEWARDS) OKA(ROTTERDAM HOST) JERRI(CROWSNEST)
Entertainment
NOT GREAT JUST OK. CREW INDONESIAN SHOW WAS INTERESTING & FUNNY
Onboard Activities
TYPICAL CUINARY/FLORAL/ MIXOLOGY CLASSES
Destinations and Excursions
PRE CRUISE WEBSITE SHOWED 4 EXCURSIONS. MANY MORE WHEN YOU GET ONBOARD
Cabin / Stateroom
WE HAVE HAD SUITES TO INTERIOR. SHE SMOKES SO A BALCONY WAS
ALWAYS A MUST. NOW WITH THE SMOKING BAN ON BALCONY'S AN
OCEAN VIEW IS THE WAY TO GO. SAVE A COUPLE HUNDRED$$$. DECK
6, ROOM322 IS A GREAT LOCATION ON SMALLER HOLLAND SHIPS.
Boston, Massachusetts
FAST EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION
Hamilton, Bermuda
BEACHES NOT CROWDED(ELBOW BEACH 15 MINUTES FROM SHIP) SNORKELING FROM GLASS BOTTOM BOAT WAS OK .

Tip

THE PORT OF BOSTON EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION WAS EXCELLENT. QUICK ON AND
VERY FAST DISEMBARKATION WHEN IN THE BUILDING. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO BERMUDA ON
HOLLAND, THIS IS A GREAT PORT BUT THE VEENDAM MAY NOT BE THE BEST SHIP FOR YOUR
1ST HOLLAND CRUISE, IT MIGHT BE YOUR LAST HOLLAND CRUISE.



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