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Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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7 Night Canada & New England Discovery (Montreal To Boston)
Sail Date: July 02, 2016
Ship: Veendam
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 514
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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.  

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Trivia very fun. Wish marriage game wasnt scheduled during our dinner. Why not have it on the day at sea?


3 out of 5
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.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
They actually changed our room to an outside room. Our room was great abd Warman was eager to please.

Ship Tip

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.

5 out of 5
Allow a couple of extra days there.

Cruise St. Lawrence River

3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
You can easily spend the day walking around doing free things here. Download a free Charlottetown guide from the internet.
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