Relaxing, very enjoyable cruise

Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5

14 Night Eastern & Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 30, 2019

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 318

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

A great cruise at a very great price. Typical Holland America: classy but not stuffy.


5 out of 5
Very smooth and quick. Lack of crowds was a big plus.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was varied and delicious, service was exemplary and attentive.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Fortunately good weather allowed many passengers to use and enjoy the outdoor pool. Casino was small but in proportion to the ship.


5 out of 5
Entertainment was very good. Stage shows were varied: ships singers and dancers were excellent and other singers, comedians and dancers were very talented.

Children's Programs

We did not have passenger children aboard.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Lido personnel were among the best we have experienced on any cruise... very attentive. No complains with dining staff. Room steward was excellent.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
All were clean. Some areas needed to be lightened. No complaints.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was adequate size for two but a bit smaller than we were use to. Cabin was meticulously clean with adequate storage space.

Ship tip

Be sure to book an ocean view cabin or above.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Typical Floridian port and easy to navigate.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Did not visit port

Loss of engine.

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
Good for shopping.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Highlight of cruise. A mix of Caribbean urban and, rural and beach. Fun place for all.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Very clean port. Cordial residents and shop keepers.


5 out of 5
Excellent. Smooth and orderly.
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