Lovely Veendam was a small ship with a big heart. The refurb is awesome.

Veendam Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Veendam

19 Night Voyage Of The Explorers / Discovery Collectors Voyage (Lisbon To Montreal)

Sail date: August 26, 2019

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 194

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Pretty much have said it all--a great experience on a lovely, well run ship

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Small ships make for easy on.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was excellent, drinks overpriced compared to other cruise lines.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
A small ship has limited possibilities, but they kept us busy enough. More spacing between activities would have been nice as we often had to choose one activity over another.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
It wasn't like the mega ships, but for the size of the Veendam we were very pleased with the entertainment. Their production company and house band are unbelievable. Andthere was a nice mix of show types-music, comedy, production shows--everything you need and lots of standing ovations

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The crew was friendly considering we feel they are understaffed. They got it all done with a smile, but seemed frazzled at times.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
One of the cleanest, most elegant ships we have been on. Not being able to go through on deck 7 was a bit of a hassle, but we figured out the drill and got a bit more exercise because of it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable and roomy cabin with so many drawers we only used half of them. The split closet was a nice touch so we could keep our things separate. Everything worked perfectly.Our two stewards Heri and Made were excellent. Only complaint was that they decided to do balcony maintenance during our stay which involved one afternoon of loud rust removing sanders followed by drippy, sticky sealer and the on the next day the balcony was painted which had us missing two days of balcony use due to the odor and wet paint. situation

Ship tip

If you want a quiet, elegant cruise with the opportunity to interact easily with fellow passengers the Veendam is a great choice. Do not expect wild partying, but just enough night life and activities to make for a lovely time.

Ports of call

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
Lots to do and a good choice to arrive a few days before the cruise to enjoy the sights. Did not book an excursion as I had been there multiple times.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

5 out of 5
This port is lovely and if never visited before be sure to get out of town to see the gorgeous lakes and volcanic areas. Did not take an excursion since this was our 4th visit. Just enjoyed the port area.

St. John's, Newfoundland

5 out of 5
This port made our trip. The locals are AWESOME!!

Sydney, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5
Interesting little town to stroll around.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
Halifax is loaded with history--the Titanic connections here is huge. The Citadel, Titanic cemetery, the gardens and museums are wonderful. And a trip out to Peggy's Cove is a nice way to spend some time. Did not take an excursion as have been to Halifax before on an extended land tour.

Bar Harbor, Maine

5 out of 5
Another great place to stroll the streets. The church of St. Savior has lovely Tiffany stained glass windows and is an easy walk from the dock. It also is a good place for those looking to shop as it has very interesting stores and boutiques. And of course, if you are looking to sample lobster you will have a gazillion choices. Did not take an excursion as have been to Bar Harbor multiple times.

Boston, Massachusetts Did not visit port

Did not visit Boston-just off the ship into a cab and on to the airport. FYI cabs are easily accessed at the port and run about $20 for the ride.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
As mentioned before, small ships make for easy on-off. Immigration, luggage handling and excellent scheduling of departure times made for the best disembarkation we have ever experienced...and we cruise a lot
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