Lovely, classic ship with traditional feel and entertainment

Veendam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
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11 Night The Atlantic Coast (Montreal To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: October 12, 2019

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

If you want a relaxing and classic cruise experience, without all the frantic action of a mega ship, this is the cruise for you. Love Holland and it's classic ships.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was well organized and went smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was good in both Lido and main dining room. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed. He was very good, but I got the impression his assistant was new. Maybe too many tables per waiter?

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
A traditional ship without all the new bells and whistles like zip lines and climbing walls. This line caters to a more mature crowd, and I appreciated that after recently being on a RCCL Oasis class ship which was crazy.


5 out of 5
The cruise director Hannah, was very professional. The entertainment, a troupe of singers and dancers, put on 4 excellent shows on our 11 day cruise. It was refreshing to have traditional entertainment, singing and dancing, over some of the bizarre shows I have seen on other cruise lines.

Children's Programs

We brought no children, and very few were on this cruise, during school time.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The room stewards couldn't do enough from us. The cruise director was the best I have seen in a long time.The captain was gracious and very capable.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Even though the ship is 20 years old, it is beautifully maintained. Very easy to get around, except for deck 7 which has the kitchen in the middle, so you can't go through.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

If you want a classic ship, without all the craziness of the new mega ships, the Veendam is it.

Ports of call

Quebec City, Quebec

5 out of 5
Took a walking tour of old Quebec. It was wonderful, and a good pace.

Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence

5 out of 5
This wasn't a stop, we cruised through the seaway. lovely scenery.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

5 out of 5
Took the tour of the island as well as Anne of Green Gables home. Lovely island, great tour guide, Marie,

Sydney, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
Nice little town, to just walk around. Didn't take a tour.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
Lovely town, but couldn't take a tour as we were in a superstorm and tied up. Winds were howling, so we didn't venture out.

Bar Harbor, Maine Did not visit port

Port call cancelled due to weather.

Boston, Massachusetts

5 out of 5
Took a tour of all the highlights. Very good.

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
Since we are Florideans, we just took an uber to the Exploration tower,, which we hadn't seen. Very nice views.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

We live nearby, so didn't do tours.


5 out of 5
Very well organized.
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