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Veendam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 67

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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23 Night Amazon & Carnaval Explorer (Rio De Janeiro To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: March 03, 2019

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The cruise was a good way to see the amazon and the RT passage was probably 2500 miles. I was surprised by the enormous size of the river so sidetrips are important to really see the forests and villages


1 out of 5
port facilities in Rio are challenging

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
HAL seems to be dumbing down their menus and cutting back on food selection and level

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

This was a RT Ft. Lauderdale from which I selected a return from Rio.HAL has generally an older clientele but it seems all the older snowbirds take these trips so they don't have to fly. The result was a much older group which complicates services and excursions.

Ports of call

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

4 out of 5
very busy with Carnival

Fortaleza, Brazil

3 out of 5

Cross The Equator

3 out of 5

Cruise Amazon River

4 out of 5

Santarem, Brazil

4 out of 5

Boca Da Valeria, Brazil

4 out of 5

Manaus, Brazil

4 out of 5
good but like all the Brazilian ports, crime is a big issue. Plan excursions to the jungles and indigenous villages

Parintins, Brazil

4 out of 5
very interesting and different due to their festivals

Alter Do Chao, Brazil

4 out of 5
high potential but much was under water due to flooding

Castries, St. Lucia

3 out of 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
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