Veendam Reviews

384 reviews




3 out of 5

Tired old ship by jpalkowitz

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I would not get on this ship again if it were free. The ports were fine, but the quality of the ship really affects the entire cruise. Thankfully we were able to visit the Pinnacle Grill more than once. The Neptune lounge was nice and convenient, but I didn't feel the staff was very attentive.

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4 out of 5

Loved the Lanai cabin by Beauchdl

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I would definitely recommend this cruise to people. This is not a cruise where you party the whole time and drink. There weren't a lot of young kids. It was an older group. I would guess the average age is 50. Once again, I loved the Lanai Stateroom! I feared that people walking on the deck outside would be noisey. But, that was not the case.

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4 out of 5

Canada thru the St Lawrence seaway by Thoman

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We love to cruise! We love Holland America and the destinations were so fun. The size of the ship was perfect, and it was a very nice ship. Everything was well done, and the staff great. we went for the destinations and not the cruise line, ship, but it all worked out fine.

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4 out of 5

A Pleasant Affair by rscott1519

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We had good weather, river and ocean were calm. Met some interesting people. Saw some new country. Thought food was so-so and entertainment in Showroom disappointing.

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4 out of 5

Beautiful New England/Canada Cruise by GregA0930

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Adequate at best. Nothing to write home about. Have had better onboard experiences in pretty much every other cruise line. The food was good, the entertainment was marginal. Bar Harbor was incredible. Quebec City was incredible. Sydney was forgettable and we wish we had not gotten off the ship.

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3 out of 5

I really enjoyed my third trip to Bermuda. by kandkjohns

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GOOD cruise with my friends. I love Bermuda and hope to visit for a fourth time. It ended up being good for my group..........................................................................................................................................

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4 out of 5

Fun Cruise by tracyolson33

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Great trip. We enjoyed the travel with our family and the service was excellent. Loved the Neptune Lounge and all the amenities. Room was perfect and large

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4 out of 5

Wonderful trip! by mai7lin

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We were delighted with the size of the cabin, especially with the tub in the shower. The cruise staff were friendly and tended to our needs. The food was delicious with different themes every day.  I liked the idea of the staff serving the food in the buffet, which eliminated the chances of any germs spreading. They had an afternoon tea as well. It was a great cruise overall.

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5 out of 5

Awesome Bermuda Cruise (June 2017) by carterml

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The Veendam is a smaller cruise ship (~1200 passengers + crew), but that is our preference. We were surprised by how little you felt the ship move. Been on other smaller ships and you felt more movement/rocking. The food was good and staff pleasant. We'd do this cruise again!

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3 out of 5

Price and location were great by condogan

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The food on Veendam was excellent.  The entertainment was excellent also.  I prefer comedy and laughs, which they provided most nights.   After numerous cruises, the Broadway shows or singers/dancers get to be routine.  I read many reviews about the ship before boarding and was prepared for a very, relaxed and quiet ship which it was.  I have way too much energy for this ship, but was very pleased to be docked in Hamilton on Front Street.  I would recommend this ship for anyone looking for quiet evenings and no crowds.  There was plenty of room for everyone and never any lines and always a place to sit by the buffet.  

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5 out of 5

Awesome by lc1w4k

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Very enjoyable relaxing cruise. The food was good the service was excellent and everyone was so nice. I will definitely go on Holland America again. I loved leaving out of Boston.

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4 out of 5

Restful by whatsnowpaul

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We were looking for a very restful cruise and after having sailed on a similar Holland America ship before we knew we would get that.  It was everything we expected.  Usual sea days back and forth.  And Bermuda was as quiet and nice as we remembered it.  A couple real good entertainers.  Really enjoyed the spa with the ceramic tile heated chaise lounges.  Spent a lot of time in there.  Only thing I would like to see on this ship is a more upgraded casino.  This was a last minute cruise and it was great.     

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5 out of 5

Comfortable Ship by Peggypowers47gmailcom

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 I read many negative reviews of the Veendam  but I took a chance because of the itinerary. I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the most pleasant cruises I've ever taken. Yes the ship is old but it was refurbished six years ago.  I had an  Oceanview state room that had a full sofa in it. With the foam mattress topper, the bed was more comfortable than my bed at home. I had no problems with the cabin, 540,   The only other  HAL  ship I have been on is the Eurodam.  I like the layout of the ship much better. I loved the Explorations Cafe.  The leather chairs were all comfortable. The view was great. The library was incredibly well stocked and there was always a chair to be had. I love the size of the ship. All of the crew were incredibly  Nice. I read that the food was not as good on the ship as other HAL ships.  I have not one bad experience. In fact, the food was better than any cruise ship I have been on including the Queen Mary 2.  If you don't like a few scuffs and scratches and prefer shiny new ships, don't take this one. But if instead you want a comfortable, relaxing cruise with great food,  by all means choose the Veendam.  The itinerary was great. I loved being docked right in Hamilton. Bermuda is worth a visit for anyone who loves islands. 

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4 out of 5

Great cruise! by markwrickman

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My favorite part of the cruise was the number of quality port locations there were.  The Veendam was a smaller ship, but was very well taken care of. The staff was excellent as well as the food.

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1 out of 5

The most disappointing vacation we have experienced. A complete waste of money. by hastyjet

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I've already filled out a survey of our cruise.

Disembarking for shore excursions chaotic and a fire danger.  

Lido Market had long lines and few selections.  Mediocre food.

Our son & daughter-in-law were in cabin 077 and what they experience was terrible.

       Brown cold water in shower, toilet overflowed, knocking sounds, strong 

      vibrations, amid other concerns.  They were compensated $200 for their

      cabin but it didn't make up for sleepless nights and discomfort.  

We spent a lot of money for a ruined vacation.  

 

 

 

 

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