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Veendam Cruise Review to Cuba

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Veendam

14 Night Authentic Cuba & Eastern Caribbean Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 21, 2018

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall a good time was had by the seven of us traveling. I still like Holland best among the cruise lines although Carnival is a close second, with them buying out Holland perhaps it will get even better.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
overall didn't take too long, but there were several check in spots unmanned which could have made it go by even faster.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I was used to better food on Holland. They had pretty much the same food on the buffet with the exception of a few items every meal. Same side dishes over and over. they could only do 2 pizzas at once so always 45 min to 1 hour to get a pizza.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I really enjoyed the BBC earth movies they showed each day. Overall though they could have had more things going on.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Not sure if it was because it was Christmas, but they repeated performers and the main shows now were always just music. I miss when they actually did mini musicals with plots.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Sat in the same section every day, the servers totally ignored that section, we would take our own plates away. Usually they know our name and are very attentive. We did move once and got much better service, so may just be a localized issue.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Two elevators were out the entire trip, which really slowed everything down. Light fixtures were zip tied in and ceiling tiles were falling out.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was great, beds were comfortable, air conditioning worked well, steward was amazing.

Ship tip

do not book room 687 as it is over the engine and had loud noises at night when the ship went above a certain speed.

Ports of call

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
This is a great location for people who like beaches, otherwise not much to do here.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
plenty to do and see here, unfortunately I had stomach flue so didn't stay out long

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

I had been here several times before and had the stomach flue so stayed on-board

CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

5 out of 5
tour was good, lots to see and do. Book early though to get the tour you want

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
carried off our own bags, through customs quickly even with the government shut down
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