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Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 13, 2016

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 199

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

The ship needs and will be getting a refurb. The toilets worked intermittently..not good.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

Ports of call

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
Take the eco tour..learn about the country and appreciate its growth.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

3 out of 5
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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