Holland America Veendam

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  • Holland America Veendam: Sailing the Blue Waters of the Western Caribbean

    May 15, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent service from the crew; Tasty food
    Cons: High prices on some services; Small pools; Bad beer selection

    Summary: Vacationing on a major cruise line is an enjoyable way to spend time away from home while soaking up the sun and visiting several different destinations in one trip. I have traveled extensively in my time, but taking a cruise is the one type of vacation ... read more

  • 6-star restaurant on water

    Sep 23, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The food.
    Cons: Sometimes tough to get that second cup of coffee in a hurry.

    Summary: In the wake of the financial meltdown my wife and I have downgraded our vacations from our traditional week on Nantucket to a cabin in the Maine woods, last year. This year we got a cabin on the Veendam in September with Bermuda thrown in for about the ... read more

  • Holland America Veendam ruins vacation

    May 27, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The highlight was disembarking alive and well in San Diego. 
    Cons: Cancellation of  the ports of call.  There were too many sea days.

    Summary: Everything from the engines to the coffee pots broke down on this ship.  It should have never left port.  I should have been forewarned when the computers broke down and there was a 2 hour wait  to board.  They finally decided to ... read more

  • Cant beat Holland America

    Oct 28, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: small ships, outstanding crew, fantastic food, less children.
    Cons: NONE, except that I cant afford to LIVE on the ship permanently.

    Summary: My wife & I have traveled Holland America on 7 cruises, all Caribbean and every square inch of the Caribbean east west north south.My wife & I are borderline old fogeys she is 54 I am 49 neither of us have children and we certainly do not ... read more

  • Veendam Western Caribbean cruise 2007

    Jan 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great service, friendly staff and excellent food.
    Cons: Excursions and drinks were expensive, not worth it, didn't feel safe in ports

    Summary: My husband and I had never cruised before, we purchased a cruise at a charity fund raiser, the only good thing I can say about this experience is that I can use the cost of it as a charitable deduction. I know you cannot control the weather, the last ... read more

  • Holland America Veendam in Alaska

    Jun 26, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful vessel; excellent cruise staff; excellent food and beverage; excellent shore excursions
    Cons: SLOW website; poor disembarkation process;

    Summary: Situation My wife, early teenage daughter, and I traveled northbound on Holland America's ms Veendam from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska between June 11 and 18, 2006. It followed the Inside Passage with ports of call in ... read more

  • A Great Alaskan Adventure on Veendam

    Jan 19, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Holland America's Veendam is elegant ... Alaska trumps that! See Alaska by all means!
    Cons: That most of us cannot spare the time to fully explore this beautiful land!

    Summary: ALASKA ... by all means! “As long as I live I will hear waterfalls and birds and winds singing. I’ll acquaint myself with these glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of this world as I can to see and feel ... read more

  • Regretful Sweat Shop Operation with Ice Queen Management

    Feb 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Blue-Collar Housekeeping Staff and Dining Staff: friendly, worked hard
    Cons: White-Collar Management unwilling help if you need Customer Related Assistance.

    Summary: My ENTIRE family took our FIRST EVER cruise with Holland America. from January 3rd to 10th for the Eastern Caribbean with stops at Grand Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, and Puerto Maya, Mexico. First, the Facts: SHIP SIZE: ... read more

  • One of the best

    Feb 6, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful food, kind staff, great ports
    Cons: Small dance floor (minor)

    Summary: This is truly a 5-star ship. You can do as much or as little as you like. I never felt pressured. You don't have to spend thousands to get a nice room either. Our room was on A deck, about 15 feet above the water line. The window was big enough to ... read more

  • Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard the MS Veendam

    Jan 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful ship, wonderful service, excellent food
    Cons: Eventually the cruise ends and you must leave the ship.

    Summary: "It's good to be on a well run ship." So says the little card placed on our pillows each night by the cabin steward aboard the MS Veendam. The Veendam is without question a well-run ship, and our Eastern Caribbean cruise (Dec. 22 2001 - Dec. 29 2001) on ... read more

  • Holland America Veendam December 15 - 22, 2001

    Jan 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very Elegant and Classy Ship Nice variety of ports of call Perfect Size Ship
    Cons: Overpriced shore excursions

    Summary: Observations about the ship: Security was tight on the port upon embarkation. Armed guards, metal detectors. Bring a book or something to do to the port. There are no TV's in the waiting area before you board the ship. It is very ... read more

  • MS Veendam

    Nov 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great tours, great service
    Cons: None

    Summary: My wife and I finally enjoyed our 'summer' this year. Only we had to wait till November to get it. 7 days on the Veendam. loved every minute of it. We left Ft Lauderdale and sailed to Half Moon Cay (A Private Island owned by Holland-America) There we ... read more

  • Read and find out.

    Oct 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice adult atmosphere
    Cons: options, . . . to many

    Summary: This ship is not the biggets ship, but does have quality. The atmosphere is very adult. Like other people stated, my family did not find many children. i beelieve that did have activities for them onboard. We did not bring our kids on this cruise. ... read more

  • Luxurious, Hestitate before bringing children

    Jun 15, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Luxurious--good food, nice destinations, good overall impression.
    Cons: Poor childrens program, little to do for teens, not enough time at destinations.

    Summary: I had, overall, a wonderful time on my Holland America cruise. It was the first cruise I had been on, and was very luxurious. I shared a room with 3 other people, and it was rather small, but I didn't spend much time there. My grandparents, ... read more


    Dec 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Cons: none

    Summary: The Holland America Veendam cruise to St.Thomas and to Mexico must be the most luxurious way to travel invented by man! My husband and I were lucky enough to be able to travel for free through a business bonus, and we were both enchanted, as well as ... read more

  • You sunk my battleship

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food,Outside Attractions (Private Island), Clean and Classy Interior of main hall.
    Cons: Needs better entertainment inside, rooms, bigger pool/s.

    Summary: >>Imagine lying on a cruise boat tanning in the warm sun outside near the outdoor pool. You are relaxing, enjoying a nice cold ice tea, when suddenly out of nowhere an Hydrogen bomb drops down upon your ship and blows it up. At your funeral, ... read more

  • Veendam-Southern Caribbean

    Nov 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Provides the highest level of excellence when it comes to service given.
    Cons: Could have been longer

    Summary: This is my second time on the Holland America Veendam ship. The first time was last year going on a Mexican Riviera ship and this most recent time to the Southern Caribbean. I cannot express how wonderful this ship is, but it definitely has me picking ... read more

  • One of the Best I've Been On

    Sep 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The friendly crew and fun excursions
    Cons: nothing really

    Summary: My family went on one cruise and we were hooked. Now we go on one nearly every year. This cruise is one of the best I've been on. The islands we visited were beautiful and full of exciting opportunities, from shopping to sunning to ... read more

  • The Cadillac of Cruise Ships

    Aug 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: luxurious, relaxing
    Cons: lack of young people

    Summary: A while back after completing a hectic semester a school my parents rewarded me with a cruise through the Bahamas. I wasn't sure to what to expect except for a bunch of grey haired people and hokey shuffle board games. Instead I was delighted that upon ... read more

  • Veendam Honeymoon

    May 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: activities, food, entertainment,drinks
    Cons: beauty salon impersonal

    Summary: With as many as a dozen ships cruising the Caribbean this spring, We feel we made the perfect choice with the m.s. Veendam for our honeymoon cruise Apr 16-23. A full moon and perfect weather all week capped an experience at sea that wont be ... read more

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