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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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527 Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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123Nel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
11 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
9 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
1,410 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
60 forum posts
5 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
275 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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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
7 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
Winter Haven
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
2 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
4,465 forum posts
10 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

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luvschessnut
Member Since 2015
1 review
43 forum posts
3 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
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
7 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

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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
Jolokia
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
52 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose the Veendam out of Tampa for a few reasons, it was our first cruise out of port of Tampa, this cruise went to 2 ports we have not visited, Trujillo Honduras & Santa Tomas de Castilla Guatemala, and because HAL has a Catholic ... Read more
mancatsea
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
have been home from Veendam cruise for a month now but can still remember that first of all - the cabin was dirty, stained walls and curtains, chips in the cupboards and all rust around the windows which was all you could see when ... Read more
sstaas
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary. I did, however, expect the basics, such as air conditioning. The thermostat appeared to not function properly right from day one as many times I would be sweating profusely, then if I ... Read more

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MrChefDave
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This cruise started off pretty normal we have been Holland America cruisers for awhile. We took this cruise just to relax after the Holidays and do nothing but relax. What I would like to in include in this review is my Holland America ... Read more
jennyc50
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America. We had a good time but there were a few negatives. The embarkation process took far too long. Not a great introduction . The food was generally not to our taste. The meat was sometimes ... Read more
CPABOB
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We got advance notice that boarding would be delayed due to the outbreak of norovirus on the two previous cruises. They were "deep cleaning" the ship. No objection from me, and they continued cleaning all during our cruise; ... Read more
Dodgers671
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
6 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My wife and I are in our mid 40's no kids and have cruise on Princess, NCL, and Royal Caribbean. We both were exited to spend the holiday at sea. I will start with the good then not so much We arrived to the pier at 2 pm anxious to ... Read more
philgreif
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Again, a wonderful experience. The Veendam is an older and smaller ship, but well maintained and not crowded at all. We always were able to find a quiet place to relax with NO people. The stateroom, an ocean view, was fine. Wonderful ... Read more

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