I read many negative reviews of the Veendam but I took a chance because of the itinerary. I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the most pleasant cruises I've ever taken. Yes the ship is old but it was refurbished six years ago. I had an Oceanview state room that had a full sofa in it. With the foam mattress topper, the bed was more comfortable than my bed at home. I had no problems with the cabin, 540, The only other HAL ship I have been on is the Eurodam. I like the layout of the ship much better. I loved the Explorations Cafe. The leather chairs were all comfortable. The view was great. The library was incredibly well stocked and there was always a chair to be had. I love the size of the ship. All of the crew were incredibly Nice. I read that the food was not as good on the ship as other HAL ships. I have not one bad experience. In fact, the food was better than any cruise ship I have been on including the Queen Mary 2. If you don't like a few scuffs and scratches and prefer shiny new ships, don't take this one. But if instead you want a comfortable, relaxing cruise with great food, by all means choose the Veendam. The itinerary was great. I loved being docked right in Hamilton. Bermuda is worth a visit for anyone who loves islands.
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If you like libraries on ships, this is the second best I have encountered. Only the Queen Mary 2 has a library rival this one. There are plenty of blocks games in the exploration café.