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

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

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

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wonderful mediterranean cruise by hdpjep

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Everything went well with the cruise. I'm having trouble redeeming the bonus offers that were listed when we booked the cruise.

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Good family experience by Exploringfamily

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

It was long enough to relax and enjoy. There were enough ports we had to pace our activities to avoid being overwhelmed and that worked out. Fantastic staff and felt welcomed by all from ave 4 to 70.

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Unforgetabble by Biamont

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Amazing service and excellent cabin sizes. The ports choices and tours were also fantastic and the restaurants were all top quality. Thank you for a a great and memorable experience!

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Route was good; Lido Deck service was bad. by edma1997aolcom

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The ship is old, service at buffet stations were very slow and under staff. No interest of future cruise on this ship again.

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Enjoyed Mediterranean Cruise by janishillis

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Enjoyed the small ports more than the larger ones. Gave more opportunity to spend some time enjoying the ship.

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Fabulous Mediterranean Cruise by michemadeo

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Loved this cruise, great way to see 7 countries in 12 days. Unpack once. Also the food and service on the Veendam was outstanding!

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Average cruising experience by marinaphillips

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ship needs updating, decor is tired. WiFi needs to be available free of charge, TV has two channels only, and reception very poor. There is no self service laundry on the ship, you have to pay $30 per bag to have your laundry done. Library had great variety of table games and puzzles, but no selection of periodicals/magazines, the books collection needs to be revamped and arranged in a user friendlier format.

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All about itinerary by secrivercruise

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

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

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An Experience by cqacosta

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We did not like EXC excursions talks or ratings. To much talk of Danger in city and leave ship only in groups. The Amazon excursions talks were negative. It’s hot ,humid, to much emphasis on walking and maybe not good for you ( which was all normal walking time and distance in my view) they should rephrase to read. Not handicap accessible or no walkers . Emphasizing on cobblestones is negative. Let people go out and experience and decide on their own. I would not recommend Brazil. Liked Amazon very much

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Enjoyable 10 days cruise. by robertcecile

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Background music not suitable for elderly people. Visa for Cuba should have been paid by Holland America. Dinner menus were too European style.

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HORRIBLE CONDITION of HOLLAND AMERICA'S CRUISE SHIP by raycasas

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Holland America should have told passengers about the Veendam's horrible condition before departure. There should be NO REQUIRED set gratuity amount and no hotel tax!

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Great Cruise good food. Plenty of port visits. by grahamtompson39

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Great cruise but after 11:00pm the ship is dead. The food was very good and the buffet was well laid out and much better that it was served by the kitchen staff. They need to employ more people. They were definiatly under staffed.

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Veendam Ship Outdated and In Need of Repair Destinations were Great by kmiller4

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I would not sail on the Veendam again. Too many issues with the ship. We had "dine as you wish" instead of a reserved time in the dining room and had to wait for seating. Very difficult to get timely reservations for dining room on "surf and turf" nights. Who wants to eat after 8pm? Food in buffet so-so. Entertainment so-so. Cabin I would rate poor due to multiple plumbing issues and being awakened early due to engine noise multiple times when docking. Mostly older people-- many with disabilities that needed lots of assistance from staff and that slowed everything down-- getting in and out of tenders, etc. Too much emphasis on buying overpriced goods on the ship and in every port. This was our second Holland American cruise-- would have to think long and hard before I would cruise with them again when there are so many cruise lines out there.

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First Cruise! Some expectations not met, and some exceeded. by katewilli

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was our first cruise, and some things exceeded expectations, while others were a miss. I was worried the ship would be feel crowded, but it wasn't. There was plenty of space to escape, whether walking around the decks or sitting in the various lounge spaces. We actually enjoyed relaxing in our cabin! What missed expectations was the lack of any local cultures or food....that's the best part of travel. The cruise was just an extension of the USA on water. That said, once we relaxed into the pace, the cruise was very enjoyable for what it was.

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worse cruise ever by yvonnty323

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

HAL is no longer a luxury cruise - it has gone from a first class to a third class cruise

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Cuba Complete! by hiltbilly

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Overall a good time was had by the seven of us traveling. I still like Holland best among the cruise lines although Carnival is a close second, with them buying out Holland perhaps it will get even better.

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nice cruise of Canada/New England and East Coast by margaretsmartin

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We traveled with another couple. Enjoyed the Veendam and the ports. Our weather was not good, but we enjoyed the entertainment, etc on board. Loved the Cruise Director Becca Newton. Enjoyed Team Trivia. Enjoyed the Lido Market for most meals. Breakfast in the Rotterdam Dining Room was especially nice.

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Fall colors by chromepate

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I don't think I would ever do this cruise again. It is just too hit and miss as far as seeing the fall foliage, and the weather can be suspect. We were not able to visit Prince Edward Island due to weather, which was the one stop we were really looking forward to.

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NYC by pzhu1964

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I love this cruise especially my first time do river cruise. All the staff are super good.

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