Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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avonevon
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
This is a great itinerary and loved all the ports we visited. This was our first time on HAL and not sure if we will give them another try. Embarkation was smooth and seamless I did like this part. We had an oceanview room on lower ... Read more
tallyho8
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,754 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
The crew was the happiest and most helpful of any cruise I have been on in a long time. We had easy embarkation and debarkation. There was always something great to eat at every meal and the food was prepared well. They even had lobster ... Read more
gailhen
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Destinations were great! Plumbing and air conditioning issues. Breakfast in Dining room was slow...Old ship that needs renovated and need more staff for evening dining which was slow and food was not always hot or tasty. Entertainment ... Read more
riverdale60
Member Since 2010
1 review
75 forum posts
7 helpful votes
The perfect cruise of 7 days between Boston and Bermuda. We were on the East Coast visiting relatives. We have cruised over 3 times, mainly with Celebrity. The Veendam sailed out of Boston and back so it was good schedule and we ... Read more
veryseasonedtraveler
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
389 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We are 5 Star Mariners with HAL and have traveled with them over 600 days. Read many negative reviews and my expectation level was reduced. We booked the Boston/Bermuda and Boston/New England segments. Boston is a great port city with ... Read more
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happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
2,694 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We love the Canada New England cruise and we do it on a regular basis. The ports are easy yet interesting and it is a very relaxing cruise. We were on the May 20th cruise and we experienced a full ship. The staff was excellent as ... Read more
Dsatnick
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
The ship was chosen because the price and date fit our needs. The problem was that the cruise director and her staff di nothing at all at the pool on the two days at sea. No music, no games, and not even a sail away party. When ... Read more
Alandiben
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We really enjoyed this cruise the staff were very accommodating. The food is fantastic. We liked the fact that they still offer a a Gala night which include lobster tails, something other cruise lines have eliminated. Having been on more ... Read more
Leagen
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We wanted to dock in Hamilton,Bermuda instead of at the dockyards so chose a small ship. We wanted to go in May for my birthday so the Veendam seemed perfect. It was not perfect. The AC was not working correctly it seemed and it was hot ... Read more
The_Old_Veendam
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We took this cruise because for those who don't know, the Veendam is the last of her kind. She is the last ship to regularly (sort of) make port in Hamilton, Bermuda on a weekly Bermuda cruise. I say 'sort of' because she only makes 6 ... Read more
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kcnipper
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I had never cruised to Bermuda and at the last minute decided to do this trip. I have done several HA cruises including the one that is the Canada/New England cruise. I enjoy HA. Their ships are cozy and much prettier than some of the ... Read more
mbtous
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We chose the Veendam for the itinerary. Boston to Bermuda with approximately 3 days in Bermuda and that it docked in Hamilton. For this primary purpose the Veendam did it's job. To begin .. The cruiseport in Boston was easy to get ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
TRANSFERS Our flight left Toronto a little after 10:00, and we arrived in Boston (Logan) Airport around 11:30. The airport—ship—airport transfers (all booked through HAL) were well-co-ordinated and very fast. HAL ... Read more
coplukposta
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I took the 11-day cruise from Boston to Montreal on Veendam. We have been on about a dozen cruises in the past using Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity, and have enjoyed them all up to now. This was the first time we have ... Read more
SoloSailingSoul
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
14 helpful votes
I cruised with HAL a few months ago on the the Eurodam to the Caribbean. It was a great experience. I had nothing negative to say about it. Figured it would be a sure bet to sail with them again. Got a great price on a 15 day New ... Read more
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Kelly97229
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been on most of the other Holland America ships - and that, until this cruise, Holland America has been my favorite cruise line. It was an extremely disappointing cruise. The quality of ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
22 reviews
1,769 forum post
19 helpful votes
Veendam cruise 4-21-17 15 nights FLL – Montreal. Long and detailed. Skip to the conclusion if you only want the summary. Getting to Florida to day before the cruise proved to be full of adventure. Our Southwest flight left the ... Read more
lmz2005
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We brought my parents on a Panama Canal Cruise to Celebrate their 60th Anniversary and ended up bringing their best friends who were celebrating their 61st Anniversary. Getting on the ship was pretty easy since we had the Marriott guys ... Read more
beadercat
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We wanted to do the Panama Canal cruise from Ft Lauderdale to San Diego. We did the cruise before from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale in 2010. All different stops except 2. (Guatemala and Puerto Chiapas) Enjoyed all the ports and ... Read more
Phyllis Bailey
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This ship is so old that things are forever going wrong. The toilets throughout the ship did not work (fortunately not all at the same time). The ceiling in the buffet dining room needed to be mopped constantly or we would have been ... Read more
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Beach Basket
Member Since 2005
1 review
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
After reading all of the negative reviews on Cruise Critic we were a little concerned about this ship. However, the date for the Panama Canal Cruis worked perfectly for us so we booked it. The ship is 21 years old and in reasonably good ... Read more
seattle sojourner
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
76 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a 48 day RT from Fort Lauderdale that included a few Caribbean isles, Brazil coastal ports including Rio at Carnaval and finally the Amazon to Manaus and back. The Amazon was always on our "someday" list, Rio and ... Read more
nana2many
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
30 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because of interesting itinerary, timing, and cost. This one just jumped out at me as a cruise my husband and I would enjoy. We had been cruising with HAL before and enjoyed the experience so much we thought it would ... Read more
Gigigigigigigigi
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
15 helpful votes
The itinerary and time of year. Very very old ship ! Cabin smelled upon entering eyes watered and sinuses hurt after 24 hours. It took a total of 3 days for them to look into the filter going into the cabin. It was almost black !! ... Read more
JazzCruiser17
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
We selected this cruise to travel with friends during the holidays, and we wanted to go through the Panama Canal. The Veendam was a nice size ship and easy to get around. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth, because the ship was not ... Read more
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