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The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with the strong traditional flavor that HAL's known for. The 57,092-ton, 1,350-passenger ship went under the knife in ...
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551 Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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Madjude60
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first cruise with HAL. We enjoyed the cruise and the crew were very friendly and helpful. The ship was always clean and I was impressed with the food on the Lido Deck. The Rotterdam dining room is small and compact compared ... Read more
bphman
Member Since 2000
4 reviews
1,446 forum post
35 helpful votes
Just returned from a fantastic week on the Veendam from Boston to Montreal. Although the cruise overall was great, there were a few glitches. We took Amtrak from Newark to Boston and, except for a track and platform change with only ... Read more
Claire McIntye
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
We were excited to see eastern Canada and New England. The thermostat in our stateroom didn't work and the room was warm. The ship was notified and a desk clerk came and did temperature readings and said it was warm and that there would be ... Read more
dibati2
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
94 forum posts
14 helpful votes
The Ship: Veendam is a small ship and easy to navigate. Embark and disembark was quick and efficient. The ship is showing its age, cabins and public rooms are clean but worn. Having cruised on many ships prior to this cruise, this one ... Read more
Carlstreet
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
These are the observations of a solo traveler on the Holland-America Veendam from Montreal to Boston. I have two previous cruise experiences, both on Windstar ships in Europe. So, from time to time, I will make certain comparisons ... Read more

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Steph62189
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was only a few hours' drive to the port of Boston and we did not have to fly. Plus, Bermuda was an attractive port of call. I have been on 10 cruises now and have enjoyed each and every one. My ... Read more
carmbre
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed in Neptune Suite 010. The room was large and well laid out and the furniture was comfortable. But the air-conditioning was not sufficient, even though it was in the 50s and 60s outside. There was a 4 foot pole fan ... Read more
susie2183
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
29 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Our group of friends wanted to visit Canada and New England and these dates worked best for us. Having never sailed on Holland America, I was interested to compare a smaller ship to the larger ones that I have been on. Embarkation in ... Read more
Voll
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Getting on an off a breeze. Well organized and very efficient. Crew was outstanding. Many made the effort to talk with my wife and I using our names. Most professional! The food selection, presentation, service and personal attention by ... Read more
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Zadford
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This is a great cruise.... Even in late May, we got lucky with some nice weather however had one rain day in Halifax, but made it part of the adventure. The crew and ship are fantastic and we really like the mid size ships over these ... Read more

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dlm123
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We booked this cruise on the Veendam since we wanted to see Canada/New England and these cruise dates worked best with our schedule and vacation time off. My overall cruise experience was low because of the ship's extreme need for repairs ... Read more
dmackay
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
The cruise was very good and the staff were friendly and helpful. Our lanai room was very pleasant giving direct access to the deck. The food quality was very good, in particular in the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto restaurants. ... Read more
Maddylibby
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Easy departure from Boston and love Bermuda. We went with friends and had a Lanai cabin. The ship is a bit dated but love her elegance. Fresh flowers every day - everywhere. Great service - no complaints. The entertainment was low key and ... Read more
waterfeature
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have always liked the HAL for the library, the food, and the service. This is my 29th cruise, 4 of which is HAL. The embarkation was great with no long lines. But once entering the ship there was no one to show which direction to go, ... Read more
betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
22 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was my fourth cruise to Bermuda, second on Holland America. I had cruised twice before on Norwegian. GETTING THERE: My parents live near Boston and I spent Friday night with them. My husband drove us into the Black Falcon ... Read more

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Cup of Joe 46
Member Since 2016
1 review
A very nice and relaxing cruise. Docked right in downtown Hamilton, Bermuda. Leaving from Boston big plus. Easy Easy Easy. More cruises should depart from Boston. Transportation to and from Airport, hotel, public transportation or by ... Read more
Jojomom
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Love , love, love the size of the ship! Embarkation was a breeze- The ships decor is very nice! Love the enclosed pool area, the retreat area was one of my favorite spots! Extremely clean ship!! Rooms very nice. The service we received was ... Read more
Ms Mich
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Embarkation went very smoothly. Stayed on deck 5 (Main). Very quiet, but felt like sleeping in a crate as ship is old and creaky with each sea swell. Had to take extra Bonine one night just to get to sleep. They need to retire the ... Read more
frankk925@msn.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
We went on the Veendam to New England and Canada. This was our first trip with Holland-America. We previously had excellent experiences with Norwegian. We went with my parents who are long term HAL "mariners." We had horrible ... Read more
123Nel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
24 helpful votes
I began my cruise with a tour of Boston which was to set the pace for a wonderful trip. As a Canadian and originally from the Maritimes, we share much in common with this part of the United States. It was the destination for a number of ... Read more

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Transplanted Floater
Member Since 2012
1 review
18 forum posts
19 helpful votes
We were excited to see how the changes were handled on the Veendam since we last sailed in 1998. We had heard that she had been in Dry Dock for refurbishing. When we first stepped on we were pleasantly surprised that she was so ... Read more
SeaBands
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,414 forum post
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was to sail out of Tampa but about a month after booking We read on CC that they changed it to FLL. All our return travel was booked back to Tampa and we had to make a number of changes and HAL only picked ... Read more
aamons
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
76 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because we love Holland America and its smaller ships and because we liked the length and destination and ports of call as we sailed. Overall it was an excellent cruise but there were enough small things that ... Read more
Ronjane
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because the rates were fantastic, we could cruise from home, and the itinerary was excellent (circled the Caribbean). We have sailed Holland America before with good results. The embarkation and debarkation went ... Read more
Kreader
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
303 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I chose this cruise because of a low single supplement and it visitied 9 ports on the cruise. Ship had just out of drydock,so had some new carpeting in public areas and some new furniture. However there were some plumbing problems on the ... Read more

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