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5.0

Excellent by Star2b1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

The cruise was an amazing experience. The ports were exciting. We pre bought our excursion packages and they were more than we expected. Lots of bang for our buck. This cruise was pleasantly surprising from beginning to end!

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4.8

Mediterranean cruise on the Veendam by LSV

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam

This cruise will be hard to top. There is so much history to see and take in. It’s amazing how buildings have survived over all these years. Hats off to the archeologists for all their work in brining these sites to life for us !

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

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

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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Unforgetabble by Biamont

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

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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4.6

Holland America Mediterranean Tapestry 💕 by GrammaJammah

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam

This 12-day Tapestry Cruise was incredible! We were able to see seven beautiful countries in 12 days and loved every minute!

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3.7

Great Mediterranean Cruise by dgbraithwaite

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Beautiful cruise as calm seas and very interesting ports. Tours that we took were amazing. We enjoyed the history and architecture of the ancient ports. .

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Enjoyed Mediterranean Cruise by janishillis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

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
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

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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4.3

Greek Odyssey by CassJ

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Great Greek history trip. Nice size ship did not feel crowded.

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4.0

Great Adriatic Sea cruise by pippysmom

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

The cruise was quite nice and we were with friends which made it more enjoyable. There were activities we could have done but found we were quite busy. We had 8:00 dining time which was too late for us. It we went to open seating at 7:00 and were always accommodated. The tour guides were very passionate about their subjects but felt we were being lectured a lot of the time.

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Average cruising experience by marinaphillips

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

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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4.0

Wonderful except for removal of laundry room by sschmenger

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

My biggest complaints is the removal of the self service laundry and the cleanliness of the room and windows on board.

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4.0

This was my first cruise... by Tubicinator

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Ship: Veendam

This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it to. Overall, we had a wonderful time on board. The ship is slightly outdated and is on dry dock as I type to get some work done. Staff was great!

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4.7

Very relaxing cruise! by dozerguy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Cuba

This was a very relaxing cruise. The weather was great for some very smooth sailing. Most of the trip I couldn't even tell that we were at sea. The food and entertainment and service couldn't have been better.

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All about itinerary by secrivercruise

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Veendam / Destination: South America

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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4.7

Interesting Amazon River Cruise by whitelawcs

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: South America

I had looked up ports ahead of time so knew what I wanted to see. The complimentary shuttles from the port to the town area in the .Brazilian ports were great. There was very little WiFi available in Brazil, but it was a nice vacation. The sea days were relaxing, and we made lots of friends in 50 days. Service on the ship was excellent.

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An Experience by cqacosta

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: South America

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
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Cuba

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
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Cuba

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

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Cuba

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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