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

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

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

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

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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Cuba Complete! by hiltbilly

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Cuba

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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worse cruise ever by yvonnty323

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

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

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

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

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
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

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
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

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

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overall good to fair; great staff by GailandJohn

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

Even though my comments as I reread them are pretty negative it was a good cruise. We gambled every night (and lost every night:-) but the dealers and pit bosses and the manager, Corina were all very pleasant- It is a small casino but if there was not a table open (blackjack) they would open one for us. Minimum smoking in the casino - by certain slot machines only. Food in the Pinnacle was cold at breaKfast but, again staff very pleasant. Dinner in the Pinnacle (filet) was very good. Our room stewards, Romy and Agung were EXCELLENT and our suite was kept immaculate. Our concierge, Mary, was very helpful in many ways (We never know how much to tip) And, Fatima, who we did not see that often was also very nice. Our waiters at night Jimmy and Moises were also very good even though they had too many people to care for. And even though we don't drink we met Micky, the wine steward, who would come over and talk to us each night. Again, a very pleasant staff with the one exception that I mentioned - Albert, the Executive Housekeeper)

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fair by vfraulo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

dinner in the main dining room was ok but not great. Wine offering was fair. Beverage package was very expensive.

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Excellent Canadian cruise by rjbevm64

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Veendam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

This cruise was very enjoyable. The food was beyond our expectations and the crew was friendly and attended to every request. The ports of call were very interesting and the tour guides were very knowledgeable.

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Not A Great Ship by DiviAruba

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

Food running out at buffets Running out of alcohol (Heineken for one) Lack of knowing how many drinks we had throughout the day with the drink plan - had to go to desk to find out Poor quality food Lack of food after 8:00 at the buffet Pizza closing at 8 pm. Pizza was bad, but it was better than nothing. Dive-In closing at 5 p.m. Lack of staff to wait on people by the pool Lack of staff to pick up dirty tables and re-set Boat is old and shows it. The ship set-up is odd, have to walk through buffet to get to the pool.

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