Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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patohaauw@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
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
175 forum posts
7 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
67 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
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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
MrChefDave
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
7 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
10 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
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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Dodgers671
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
14 forum posts
12 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
4 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
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
2 helpful votes
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
6 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
5 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
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
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
86 forum posts
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
2 reviews
75 forum posts
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
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
9 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
2 reviews
320 forum posts
3 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
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
6 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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