HAL aimimg for dead and dying.....read on

Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Amazon & Carnival Explorer

Sail date: February 02, 2017

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 838

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Never to recommend HAL to another....two of the bars music was chamber music with low(at times only 2 listening) attendance....violins an piano in one bar and other added a drum...played all chamber concertos....only 2 days of music on deck.....it was well received, crowd singing and dancing .....lido buffet closed at 2:30 till 5:30...when sailing time was 4 passengers stayed on shore till that time then was forced to eat a selection of salad bar, hamburger, Italian, or pre made sandwiches which were not typically found in US(example LETTUCE, BUTTER, AND BRIE) but all other items on the buffet until 2:30 were not available  ...never a change to allow carving station, seafood, chicken, vegetables etc to stay open....shows were not the quality we have experienced with other lines like Princess....many instrumentalist, repeat dancer shows and even one night just a movie even though a movie was in the theater every evening......sad excuse for a cruise...no more HAL for us 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
even main dining room offered very few "traditional" dishes....always a twist to the kinky side from chef

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
trivia and lectures was the main activities....only one true pool game in 48 days


1 out of 5
see previous comments

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
HAL is not keeping up the maintenance as we were told they plan to sell in the coming year or so....water turned off in stateroom several times, a/c out at times

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
HAL had booked two parties to this stateroom....had to wait in hall until they could move us to another room...838 was not our room

Ship tip

Don't go...itinerary is not worth it

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

1 out of 5
waste of time...only cruise ship items there and very few excursions otherwise
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