Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Second Mate

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Central America visited

Sail Date: March 13, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This review will include both positive and negative commentary on what is normally seen as a top cruise line experience with Holland America.  It is the second cruise for us and still not up to par with other lines.

Cabin / Stateroom
cabin was decent, though smaller than other lines, steward did a good job, toilet only worked intermittently (not good!). Ship is in need of a refub and curely these cabins will get a facelift, too. Nice roomy balcony area is great for the warm weather cruises.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality The ship needs and will be getting a refurb. The toilets worked intermittently..not good.
Destinations and Excursions destinations were the reason we went. All short excursion were good except SEGWAY experience in Costa Maya..a total waste of money
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Key West, Florida
Rent a small golf cart that is street legal. Gets you around with ease. Would love more time in port but docking restrictions don't allow.
Trujillo, Honduras
Take a local tour with HAL..get a close up look at a developing area, too bad it will someday be spoiled by the normal cruiseline mentality of huge jewelry stores, etc. Hopefully not and the goods for sale will continue to be made right in Honduras or neighboring countries instead of China..saw none of that..YET.
Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
Take the eco tour..learn about the country and appreciate its growth.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Skip the usual cruise line stores, seek out locals but caution about stuff made in China and Phillipines. Watch for local labels. Skip the segway tour, it's a total waste of money

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