Outstanding Cuban Adventure out of Boston!

Veendam Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Veendam

14 Night Summer Cuba (Boston Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 23, 2018

Ship: Veendam

Cabin number: 700

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The 14 day Cuban cruise was amazing!!!!! Dewa, Eka and Mikey made dining super fun. I highly recommend being seated in their section. Dave N. is also really great in the dining room. Afternoon tea was always fun on sea days. Heru is an excellent room steward. He works so quickly and is super efficient. Bingo with Hanna was a blast. Jorge is also entertaining.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Staff was very helpful and friendly throughout the process.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was amazing in the Rotterdam dining room. Lido offered a lot of options: American, Chinese, Italian, and Japanese to name a few.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The pool and hot tubs were nice. Fitness classes were offered at weird times either really early or smack in the middle of the day. Other activities that seemed to interest us tended to fall at the same time.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship's layout is a little frustrating at first as you can not traverse the whole ship on each level. The glass statue in the middle of the ship has quite a bit of dust on some levels. The only reason I noticed it was because I went to take a close picture. The rest of the ship was super clean! The crew is always working on something when they are on shift. The bathrooms are clean and well-maintained. The pool area is very clean. All of the eating areas are clean and well-stocked.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Get ready to have a great trip!

Ports of call

Boston, Massachusetts

5 out of 5
Loved Boston! We went to see the USS Constitution.

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
Loved Key West! We walked around on our own. We went to the lighthouse and hit up a few bars such as Margaritaville, Sloppy Joes, and Hog's Brewth

HAVANA, CUBA

5 out of 5
The port was nice. If you have US dollars convert to Euros before the trip. The tariff for US dollars is a little high. The city is beautiful! We did a tour of Havana.

CIENFUEGOS, CUBA Did not visit port

There was a reported oil spill so we had an extra day in Havana, Cuba.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
The port was nice. We did an excursion touring the city and He'll. It was cool. A little annoyed that the cruise ship said places would be open on Sunday and they were not open. The location made up for it! Bring your snorkel!

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
The port was ok. The residents really try to hussle their wares. I didn't like it when they tried to put something in my hand to sell me. When you refuse they start yelling about respect. Keep your hands low and say you have a tour in 15 minutes, that seemed to keep the locals at bay. We toured Christopher Columbus (not worth the drive) and a botanical garden (very much worth it!). The botanical garden was the best part! Go to Margaritaville to swim in the ocean. They also have a water slide and pool there. Bring your snorkel!

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
The port was beautiful. The island was gorgeous. Unsure about what happened with the barbeque. We followed the signs but were told later the boats for tendering food were in dry dock and they sent prepared food on the regular tenders. It was a little dissapointing as it was the Fourth of July and my dad is a veteran. We were looking forward to a celebration. They ended up having sandwiches which was fine. I guess the barbeque happened back on board. The island is so beautiful. The water is so clean and clear. We did a glass bottom boat tour. It was fun. Bring your snorkel for the beach!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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