Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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4 out of 5

Loved it!

Sail Date: July 02, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

I highly reommend this cruise. Beautiful sights. Plan to spend time before and after in Montreal and Boston. Lots going on both places. Sydney is the only disappointment. Holland America is great but would recommend mostly for mature travelers. Young people might be a little bored.  

Cabin / Stateroom
They actually changed our room to an outside room. Our room was great abd Warman was eager to please.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Exceptionally fast and efficient.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Sydney not so great. Not sure why we have to be on ship so early when going a short distance. People need to be warned about customs and tendering at Bar Harbor so they dont book independent excursions too early.
Onboard Activities
Trivia very fun. Wish marriage game wasnt scheduled during our dinner. Why not have it on the day at sea?
Children's Programs
Violinist was outstanding!!!!! Neptune band took up a huge room and was not well received. Piano bar repeated songs continuously but was one of better choices. Richard Rubin was amazing and the comedian has good clean entertainment. Dancers were great, singers average. Loved the Indionesian show. Nice to see Holland America encouraging staff to show their talents and celebrate their cultures.
Service and Staff
Ari in the Lido buffet was outstanding. I hope I spelled his name right. He went above and beyond to serve us. Jeremy, the cruise director was very visable and helpful.
Food and Dining
The evening meals were particularly good in formal dining. Great service by Dani and head waiter. The Italian buffet in Lido area at late lunch time was superior. Ice cream also a treat. We do prefer to serve ourselves at buffet but understand reasons for having some food dipped. It is just not convenient to wait for a crew member to hand us a package of syrup.
Montreal, Quebec
Allow a couple of extra days there.
Cruise St. Lawrence River
Quebec City, Quebec
Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
You can easily spend the day walking around doing free things here. Download a free Charlottetown guide from the internet.


Be careful about planning a shore excursion too early in Bar Harbor. We had a 10:00 tour and we made it but it was stressful due to customs and tendering.

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