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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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529 Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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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
kellylagringa
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
There were some real positives in our experience. The cleaning crew kept everything immaculate and were very nice, our room was comfortable and well designed/very quiet, I had a lovely port excursion and the entertainment-- in the bars as ... Read more
debbucky
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I just got back from our first cruise in many years. This was a test of sorts to see if we are 'cruise ready' for the next phase in our lives as empty nesters/early retiree's. (mid 50's) Chose HAL because of price and ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This is our seventh cruise, fourth on Holland, second on Veendam in one year (that is how much we like this ship.) We would define this cruise line as one for relaxed mature passengers who value an elegant and quiet experience over being ... Read more

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hillcrest
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Check in was slow, but due to our fellow passengers- elderly and infirm, more about them later. New HAL checkin of carry on wine was onerous, but brief. Once aboard had our first Mariner Lunch in Lido, which was fine, our cabin ready, ... Read more
mikematheny
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Negative feed back. to many older people, average age around 70, no out side pool games, outside lights that string over the pool deck were on 2 times during the cruise only while at port. you should have food on lido deck at all times ... Read more
saguaro_48
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Nov. 19-26 HAL Veendam Mexican Riviera (San Diego Departure) by the twin of Oscar the Grouch Let me start by stating the we have cruised 14 times since 2006, and seven have been on HAL; the others scattered on RCCL, Celebrity, and ... Read more
missmishka
Member Since 2010
1 review
83 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our seventh cruise on HAL. We are a couple in our late 60's, and we always have a great time, but this time there were a few "not so great moments". We began our vacation by driving from Green Valley AZ to San Diego ... Read more
grammy119
Member Since 2015
1 review
49 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We previously sailed with HAL to Alaska. That was almost flawless so we were disappointed in the Veendam and some of the shore excursions. The cruise began with electrical problems on the ship which delayed our departure from FL by over ... Read more

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Alaskan World Traveler
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Old ship, many issues Boarding in Athens took nearly 3 hours, leaving us standing in the street, then feed thru cattle gates to wait again, and then again. Food... Lido, the food is left out for 4 hours at room temperature, not iced, ... Read more
Justanothercruiseguy
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was my second cruise and first on HAL. I arrived for my cruise on 10/9 and stayed overnight in Quebec City. Beautiful city! It was raining when I arrived and as the hours passed the weather got worse. On 10/10 when leaving to board ... Read more
Heartgrove
Member Since 2015
1 review
119 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our first time on a HAL ship. We actually chose the Veendam over its sister ship, Maasdam, because of the two night scheduled stay in the beautiful city of Quebec. Prior to boarding, we spent a night at a very nice boutique hotel, ... Read more
TravellingDachshunds
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
The ship was great. We know HAL is mostly for older people (we are in our 20s) but the service and food are so wonderful. The nightly entertainment does not interest us very much as it is much more geared to the elderly cruisers. ... Read more
avanahall
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
So we have cruised about 15 times and this was the first time on Holland America Line. At first I was a bit nervous since it was mainly older people and the boat was smaller then the new ships -- but it was by far our best cruise ever! The ... Read more

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GOODYJWG
Member Since 2004
1 review
121 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Just got off the Veendam. The ship was great, they did a great job refurbishing an old ship, everything was in good shape. The cabin, we only had an inside, was great, lots of packing room, excellent AC/heat control! Food was only nediocre ... Read more
nyshopgirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We were a group of 10 traveling as a multi-generational family with grandparents, parents and young children on a Holland America cruise to New England/Canada. With few exceptions, the cruise was geared to older individuals with little ... Read more
harnpat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
I have been interested in taking a Holland America cruise since I saw them in Alaska 11 years ago. This is our first time going to Nova Scotia. The Veendam crew and staff were all friendly and for the most part helpful. The ship is old but ... Read more
padrek
Member Since 2009
30 reviews
66 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Embarkation in Boston was easy even though there was another HAL ship (Maasdam) also embarking passengers and a RCI ship making a port visit, which severely taxes Boston's limited cruiseport. Luggage delivery was swift, room ready as I ... Read more
HokiePoq
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
3,074 forum posts
2 helpful votes
SPECTACULAR! This word keeps coming out of my mouth every time I tell someone about this cruise. The itinerary and scenery were spectacular. This was one from the bucket list for me and I was not disappointed. We were on for the ... Read more

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richstowe
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
4,150 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Extreme cold and rain on an old ship sounds like a recipe for disaster and yet we had a good time . This was our first HAL cruise . This is the smallest ship we have ever been on but we were surprised by the quality of the food and ... Read more
sechelt
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
The toilet would not flush after use for the first three days of the voyage. After each failure, I notified the front desk. One night it flushed on its own at 2:00AM. On the third afternoon, the door locks failed. The ship staff ... Read more
evanross
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
The best part of this cruise is that the ship docs right in Hamilton for 4 days! The stateroom service was very good, as we'd expect on a decent cruise line. The food quality and service, however, were far below what we've come to ... Read more
cside101
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
First off, we chose this ship because it docks in Hamilton. Having stayed on the island several years ago for a week and cruising there three other times, the Veendam was the obvious choice. However, choosing this ship meant it would ... Read more
LEMPEREUR
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This is the first time I write something here but I read critics for years. Especially the bad one because it make me laugh. Most of them are so exaggerated. I smile when I read think like this : '' Nothing was interesting in the MDR. Food ... Read more

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