Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York
This was our second cruise, the last being an Alaska cruise in 2001. We liked the cruise once we were situated in our cabin and we didn't have to worry about anything else. We ate when we were hungry, watched the shows every evening, and went on the tours when we were scheduled. We let the cruise line pick which balcony cabin we would get and the starboard rear corner couldn't have been much better -- out of the wind. Unfortunately the spring weather in Canada made the balcony pretty much unusable 95% of the time. We used open seating without reservations. The onboard food was good with speedy seating and food service except for one dinner where it seemed like they parked us in a corner and forgot us. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants but did use the lido deck buffet for breakfasts and several dinners. Sometimes the lido had a better selection than the main restaurant (seafood).
The stops were all ok and the tours informative. We signed up for tours at every port except Montreal (arrived there 3 days early). One tour was cancelled (Halifax) but that was ok because we walked to the maritime museum and the fortress. Tours in Quebec, Charlottetown, Sydney, Bar Harbor, and Boston were all fine, although late getting starting at Bar Harbor (they held the ship but it would've been ok if they cancelled). The lobster museum had a real lobsterman giving the talk and they stayed open to wait for our late arrival.
There were 2 rough nights of rolling seas and minor queasiness. An effective drug was provided.
Our cabin attendant (Sugi) was on hand seemingly round-the-clock.
Check in and out were fairly smooth operations. One suggestion to the company: if there is a color-coded method of sorting the luggage, why not have big colored signs so the passengers don't have to walk up and down looking for their color.
All in all: we liked it -- maybe too much. Everything is provided. Too much time spent on board and they'd have to roll us off the ship.
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The people who complained about the age of this ship must've been ex-Navy vets who see every speck of rust. I thought the crew did an excellent job of painting and varnishing every day.