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Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Veendam

7 Night New England & Canada Discovery (Boston To Montreal)

Sail date: July 07, 2018

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 819

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We loved all aspects of this vacation. Going into it we were a bit nervous, having read the reviews other people posted. They were right in the ship being dated and the crowd being 65+, however neither of those things truly detracted from the experience. The food was delicious, the service was the best we’ve ever experienced, and the rooms were clean and well maintained despite being outdated. All the ports were beautiful and easily explored, the cities were gorgeous, and all excursions we took part in were well run and knowledgeable of the area. Duncan Tours on PE was a must- do; he was the best excursion on the whole trip and made us feel welcomed and a part of the community. We will definitely be interested in sailing with Holland America again, and would love to cruise Canada agai in the future.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We loved every minute.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Rotterdam Dining Room

5 out of 5

Fancy and delicious

Lido Restaurant

5 out of 5

Delicious and a wide variety every day! Rio, Salvador, Ruma, Ratna, and John Eric made it fe very welcoming

Ocean Bar

5 out of 5

Good selection

Terrace Grill

5 out of 5

A great way to eat outside of normal hours

Lido Bar

5 out of 5

Friendly and helpful

Explorations Cafe

5 out of 5

Delicious

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Boutiques

5 out of 5

Fun to see and take part in

Whirlpools

5 out of 5

Crowded but if you can get in totally worth it

Lido Pool

5 out of 5

Crowded but fun

Hudson Room

5 out of 5

A great quiet place to play cards or do a puzzle

Guest Services / Excursions

5 out of 5

Fun and helpful

Casino

5 out of 5

Fun for what it was - too easy to spend money though!

Beauty Salon

5 out of 5

So helpful and friendly

Aft Pool

4 out of 5

Always busy!

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Wajang Theater

5 out of 5

Great- wish the movies rotated in a two week basis though

Main Show Lounge

5 out of 5

Awesome dancers

Library

5 out of 5

Often crowded but good selection and plenty of room

Crow's Nest

5 out of 5

Leo was fantastic and friendly.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Diding, Yamin, Rio, and Ratna made this trip very special and went far above and beyond the call of duty to make us comfortable and happy.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Definitely a dated decor and room, but still clean and any issue was promptly addressed and fixed.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Bring Dramamine or sea-bands!

Ports of call

Bar Harbor, Maine

5 out of 5

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5

Sydney, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5
Not much to do or see in this port but beautiful views from dock.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

5 out of 5

Quebec City, Quebec

5 out of 5

Montreal, Quebec

5 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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