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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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535 Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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susie2183
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
29 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
4 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
dlm123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
11 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

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betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
22 forum posts
7 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
Jojomom
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
3 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
123Nel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
18 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
Transplanted Floater
Member Since 2012
1 review
18 forum posts
15 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

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SeaBands
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,410 forum post
2 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
70 forum posts
9 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
Kreader
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
284 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
beave30
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Overall, the ship is in okay condition, it definitely is an older ship, but it had new carpet in most of the common areas and fresh paint on many of the decks. The cabin, which was a lanai deck was fine, a standard Holland America Line ... Read more
joepaul2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had problems in our booked room 150 due to rolling noises from ceiling. We did report it and after 2 sleepless nights we were given room 069. It was perfect. The service desk also sent us a bottle of wine, which was fine. Our problem ... Read more

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Winter Haven
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our second cruise on Veendam having sailed her in Alaska in 2003. Other HAL cruises have been Massdam and Zuiderdam. We usually book the Neptune Suites and are never disappointed with the service and the hospitality of the ... Read more
notdunromin
Member Since 2007
1 review
38 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This cruise, our 5th with Holland America Cruises, was a last minute decision, since the price was tempting, the embarkation port of Tampa was nearby and we were celebrating our anniversary. The boarding process went smoothly and we were ... Read more
sasysutler
Member Since 2005
20 reviews
4,470 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We arrived in Tampa, for a 7 day cruise on Veendam. EMBARKATION... Okay, no real issues Life aboard ship. rooms ready upon arrival. ship is ready for dry dock , so it appears they are starting work on her while we sale. Got stuck ... Read more
luvschessnut
Member Since 2015
1 review
43 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I are frequent cruisers, retired, but this time we traveled with our son, daughter in law, and two young grandchildren (7 and 5). All in all,this was a great trip. The ship was clean, but in need of refurbishing. Our inside ... Read more
Floridianfamily5
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the first time my husband and I have ever cruised with our children. We chose the Hal over the other more traditional family lines because before children we loved Holland America. We liked the quiet atmosphere, the service and ... Read more

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floripagirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
31 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After reading the previous review I feel as though I was on an entirely different cruise! I traveled with my daughter and her 13 & 15 year old children. We chose this cruise for the new ports and the convenience of the Tampa port ... Read more
patohaauw@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I absolutely love the lanai room. But, the Veendam is getting dated and it is a little rough. For example, the tile on the hot tubs is all coming off and many things simply do not appear in in top shape. Overall, I felt the food was good ... Read more
Wiggjenn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Overall, I was a bit disappointed in my recent western Caribbean cruise on HAL's Veendam. First, let me say that my review is probably influenced by the weather which is not under the control of the cruise line. We had winds up to 45 knots ... Read more
Suepy
Member Since 2009
1 review
166 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our primary reason for choosing this cruise was for the itinerary although we have cruised with Holland America twice before. This still a beautiful ship despite its age. We found the service, food, embarkation and disembarkation ... Read more
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paris r
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
25 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
the veendam is an older ship - and it will be leaving tampa next month - going to new england (i think) - but this cruise was wonderful - we love holland and this ship didn't disappoint. it's a smaller ship, which we love. the food was ... Read more

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