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170 Holland America Bermuda Cruise Reviews
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sailboatnps
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2012
When you sign up for a cruise, you'd think that there would be enough crew members on board to service the ship. This was not the case on this cruise. The number of crew members were cut to the bare minimum -- not our concept of a ... Read more
blecount
Member Since 2007
1 review
19 forum posts
Having just returned from a seven-night cruise to Bermuda on the Holland America Veendam from Manhattan, I can summarize the experience in one word -- unique. The ship provided several positive unique offerings: - The Ocean view ... Read more
sambamama
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
424 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I booked my sister and I on this cruise about a year ahead. It was a special treat to her as a gift from me and she had never been on a cruise before. We booked a best available outside cabin. I found out that we received a partial ... Read more
YOW
Member Since 2003
11 reviews
1,635 forum post
Sailed June 2012
Admittedly, a Holland America cruise was not DW's first choice for her birthday. It took some convincing... For all the reasons why, see here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...?EntryID=94880 Yet the itinerary and the deal were ... Read more
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NoVa Cruisin Pair
Member Since 2007
9 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed June 2012
This was our 3rd cruise to Bermuda and our 4th cruise on HAL. Last year we sailed on the Celebrity Summit which was an excellent cruise. The reason we did not return on Celebrity was that the Veendam was the only ship to dock in downtown ... Read more
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LindaSun
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed June 2012
We (couple) sailed with two children and a senior, with a mix of cruising experience. It was totally delightful. Impeccable service and helpful crew - there when you needed them but not hovering. Superb food. Gracious decor with everything ... Read more
Bookmarker
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
335 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2012
Mom and I have previously traveled with Holland America to Alaska. We have also cruised with other lines (Royal Caribbean, NCL, Carnival, Princess) and consider ourselves experienced cruisers with 10+ cruises now completed. We booked ... Read more
chiapet
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
2,063 forum posts
Sailed June 2012
Great family vacation from NYC to beautiful Bermuda on the classic Veendam with impeccable food and service! BACKGROUND * DH, DW, 2 DS (13 & 9) from South Jersey * lots of previous cruise experience EMBARKATION Pier 90 at ... Read more
robcin886
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
525 forum posts
Sailed June 2012
I have been on 31 cruises, but this was our first time on HAL. I have to say I was a little disappointed. The food was great. My only complaint on the food was the creme brulee. It was terrible. No crisp top and ice cold. The #1 ... Read more
ECC Director
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
102 forum posts
Sailed June 2012
This was our first Holland America cruise and must say everything went smoothly from embarkation, to the trip to and from Bermuda and our time on the ship and Bermuda. We had calm seas, which helped since we did feel more motion on this ... Read more
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hippie lady
Member Since 2007
1 review
160 forum posts
Not rated Sailed June 2012
I have come to the conclusion that when your expectations are not met on a cruise ship the crew are almost always The Saving Grace as they were on the Veendam. Thank you wonderful crew. I took my 12 yr. old grandson, Dillon, on the ... Read more
Dasein591
Member Since 2012
1 review
I was a little anxious about traveling on the Veendam after the mixed reviews it received on the forum, but my experience was really great. I traveled on this cruise with my spouse, we are in our early 30s. It was my 13th cruise, 4th ... Read more
Sangamo
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
8 forum posts
This is the last year for Holland America full week cruises to Bermuda. Take this cruise now if you want the advantages of docking in downtown Hamilton and spending the most possible time in port. If you are looking for a Vista class ... Read more
TwoTimer81
Member Since 2012
1 review
71 forum posts
To be fair, the only reason we shipped on Holland was because we needed the extra day in Bermuda for wedding planning and it docked closest to our hotel in downtown Hamilton. No other cruise line offered 4 days in Bermuda. Bermuda was ... Read more
luv2travel06
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
347 forum posts
This was our third "last" family vacation. Four of us, including 2 girls, ages 20 and 23. Our last family cruise was the Zuiderdam in 2007, but the two of us have been on the Maasdam twice and the Zuiderdam in the last couple of years. ... Read more
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CRUZENTHUSE
Member Since 2011
1 review
81 forum posts
Sailed May 2012
We got to the pier at 10:30 AM and waited for embarkation to begin. There was little help in the terminal to direct cruisers as to where to check in. Two ships were leaving at the same time and we actually were sitting in the wrong area. ... Read more
Casino Player
Member Since 2004
12 reviews
3,626 forum posts
Sailed May 2012
My wife was on a Holland America cruise once before, to Bermuda. This was my first time on Holland America. We got to the pier in Manhattan in about an hour. We live in NYC. Holland America checked us in pretty quick. We had to wait ... Read more
George C
Member Since 2003
10 reviews
6,469 forum posts
Veendam cruise from NYC to Bermuda 5/20 to 5/27 This was my 55th cruise and 6th HAL cruise Pre-cruise we flew into NYC 2 days early had a great time meeting with friends and seeing plays, saw 3 excellent plays "Ghosts" "Mama Mia" and ... Read more
Mickieboy
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
Sailed May 2012
Reviews give you a little information about a ship but nothing beats actual experience. Our Bermuda cruise on the Veendam was a pleasant experience. It was our daughter-in-law's graduation present for graduating from law school. The ... Read more
Simca
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
60 forum posts
Not rated Sailed May 2012
First of all, my wife and I are experienced cruisers and the last to ever make any complaints. We do not have high expectations and appreciate every amenity and kindness offered to us. We had originally booked a guaranteed inside ... Read more
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mcmarya
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
999 forum posts
Sailed May 2012
To keep this brief, here are my takes on the good and not so good for this cruise: Good: Food in the Lido (breakfast and lunch) and Main Dining Room was very good for all meals--selection, variety, and taste. Did not try the Pinnacle ... Read more
sowarcruising
Member Since 2012
1 review
We booked our cruise to Bermuda with HAL having high expectations based on past experience with the line. We sailed to Alaska last fall on the Oosterdam and everything was fantastic. Nice clean spacious ship. Impeccable customer service. ... Read more
CATRNJ
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 forum posts
We were on the Veendam, May 13th embarkation. A friend drove us to the pier from New Jersey and we had no problems at all. We arrived about 11:30 am, pulled right up to the pier, luggage was tagged immediately and embarkation process ... Read more
innlady1
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
16,463 forum posts
Veendam -- New York/Bermuda Homeport Bus: Once again, we booked the Homeport Bus from Boston to the NYC Terminal. Parking in Braintree (suburb of Boston) was $25 for the week; the bus $110/pp. It's an easy way to get to and from the ... Read more
a1aparrot
Member Since 2005
1 review
59 forum posts
We were on the Veendam to Bermuda May 6 - 13 2012 in cabin 688. Embarkation: Embarkation was relatively smooth considering this was New York. Arrived by cab about 11:15. There was some confusion about where to put bags for which ship ... Read more
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