Veendam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4 out of 5

Relaxing cruise with Great Staff

Sail Date: October 10, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We loved the staff on this cruise. Our room steward Yendri was polite, friendly, and he kept the room clean. We had open seating, but found we needed a reservation to get a table in a timely fashion. We ended up at the same table nearly every night and the waiter at table 134 was just great. He remembered we all liked tea, and he had it for us nearly  as soon as we sat down.

A BIG minus on this trip was the lack of port time in every port except Port Canaveral where there wasn't much to do if you had already been to the Space Station.

Cabin / Stateroom
We normally get a window or balcony so it was a bit of a let-down, but it was sure handy to everything.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We just took one of the shore excursions because we had taken this trip before. We did find an area in Nova Scotia we want to go back to.
Onboard Activities Would have liked more lectures. The preacher (Rev, Peabody) was good and aware he had Protestants of various ilks.
Children's Programs Did not use.
The entertainment on past cruises has been much better. I loved the quartet and missed the mentalist, but overall is not as classy as past cruises with Holland.
Service and Staff
Aurora in the Lido and the young lady in the hamburger stand were so friendly. Such a good staff all the way around.
Food and Dining
Quebec City, Quebec
Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
We just walked around the city. If you are there when the Art Museum or Confederation Home is open, see these things. We love PEI.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
We took the trip to Louisbourg. The history there is amazing.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Walked down to the Maritime Museum (less than a mile.) That was so much cheaper than taking the ship's tour.
Bar Harbor, Maine
It was raining. Not a fit day for sightseeing until about the time we left.
Boston, Massachusetts We got on a Hop On bus. We were not afforded enough time to do many of the things our ticket allowed us to do. The ship really left early.
Charleston, South Carolina
We stopped in Port Canaveral instead. It was just ok.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
It's hard to know what to write. Here is where we boarded our plane to come home.


We loved the staff on this ship. We had taken a Holland cruise in June and even though it was great, this ship had more friendly staff than that one.

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