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Veendam Cruise Review to Hawaii


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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17 Night Circle Hawaii (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 26, 2015
Ship: Veendam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 395
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 1 year ago

I've taken this cruise before, but on the Oosterdam, which was a much better experience.  The Veendam is a small and old ship - tatty in some areas.  Plus this cruise seemed like a nursing home - so many walkers, people in wheel chairs and scooters. Unpleasant cranky very old people.   And the entertainment was really lame - especially Buddy the piano player.  Only really good entertainment was the jazz combo in the Ocean Bar.  The guitarist in the MIX bar played everything in the same tempo and key - very monotonous. Fortunately, the dining staff and the bar staff were fun.  I also don't care for the way the cooking demos are handled anymore.  They used to be hands on and we could taste what either the chef or we cooked.  Overall, the experience was for people who wanted a passive, spoon-fed vacation.  I would not take this cruise again.     

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I like cabins on the lower promenade. Easy access to outside and fresh air. The kitchen was above us, so sometimes this location was noisy, buy overall a convenient location.
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