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Veendam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Veendam

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 04, 2019

Ship: Veendam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 848

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall pleasant cruise. Ship and activities, dining and staff exceeded expectations. Plenty of time to walk around and experience the ports of call.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
One of the quickest embaration that I have ever experienced. Walked right up to registration , then boarded immediately.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
I found the food served in the Lido market to be as good or even better than what was in main dinin g room. Appreciate that they have anytime dining in main dining room. Wish the juices served in the morning were available during lunch and dinner also. Takes awhile to get a burger, they give you a pager but would prefer them to have some burgers cooked and maybe a serve yourself own toppings bar. Didn't think the pizzas were that good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Didn't attend or participate in any of these activities

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Enjoyed trivia at various bars on the ship, nightly entertainment in showroom was great, able to watch 2 movies and appreciate that they were shown at 3 different times throughout the day. Met some people in dining room who ended up being good company and would meet up at one of the bars daily for the entertainment of lounge singer or trivia. Nice book selection in "library area" and was able to read some books.

Children's Programs

Did not have children in attendance with me.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I can't say enough good things about the service, from room stewards, dining room staff, bartenders and entertainers.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean, seemed that there were people cleaning all the time. They have handwashing stations at the dining areas which were very nice as well as hand sanitizers available. Cabin always clean, serviced twice a day, appreciate having fresh ice twice a day. Ship easy to navigate with plenty of maps to direct you were you need to go.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Biggest cabin I have had for an ocean view. Had large bed, loveseat with coffee table. DVD player in room with lots of movies to check out at main desk. Bathroom was large by ship standards...even had bathtub instead of just shower. Fresh ice twice a day, room serviced twice a day.

Ship tip

Smaller ship that allows you to get around easily and nice staff to passenger ratio.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Didn't see much besides from airport to boarding pier.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
Just Okay, lots of bars and tourist shops in old San Juan but didn't really walk around much, ended up going back on ship. Walgreens just across the street from ship so was able to stock up on some things.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Nice little rum hut that had local tv, drank some virgin island made beer and met some people from ship where were there also drinking so ended up making friends with them and hanging out with them on ship. This was favorite port to visit.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Didn't get off ship to visit this port. Other guests said it was very nice.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easy, luggage easy to find once disembarked.
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