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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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546 Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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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
8 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
180 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
122 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
4 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
3 helpful votes
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
3,105 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
4,292 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
4 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
8 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
6 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
7 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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dapperCAN
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We had a recent family trip and we love cruising to Bermuda. However, the recent cruise wasn't up to the standard of excellence we expected from Holland America. The positives from the cruise - we had a great time as a family, despite ... Read more
ichinensei
Member Since 2012
1 review
37 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
I just finished the 7 day Bermuda cruise out of Boston with Holland America's Veendam. First let me start with the positives. The positive is that there is a DIY laudromat. It's cheap too. $2 for wash and $1 for drying. This is good ... Read more
clarkie02360
Member Since 2011
1 review
37 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My wife & I celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Veendam 6/27-7/4 Boston to Bermuda. Overall it was a fantastic trip. Having read all the negative reviews regarding the Veendam we were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service ... Read more
walkpl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This was my first experience sailing with HA. As a travel professional, I have the opportunity to sail and know many ships. This one was a total disaster. The passenger mix was pretty old and activities were geared to that. I spent ... Read more
IIB
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised on Princess and Carnival. Our cabin was smaller, the air conditioner didn't work well, and no refrigerator. We don't spend much in the cabin but still were disappointed. We had wonderful dining room and cabin staff. ... Read more
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noona123
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed out of Boston for a weeks cruise to Bermuda and back. We were fortunate to have a Neptune Suite and enjoyed the many perks associated with the suite. Favorite part was breakfast in the Pinnacle every morning with the elegant ... Read more
cruisingnjc
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was the first cruise experience for my teenage sons and my husband; the 4th Bermuda cruise for me (3 HAL, 1 Cunard). The HAL transfer from Logan airport to the port was seamless, but when we boarded the ship it was apparent that the ... Read more
CDVandJKV
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Pre-Cruise Our seven-day cruise was on the HAL ship Veendam, from Quebec City to Boston, with four intermediate stops, departing May 23rd, 2015. The available excursions were varied, and we found six that we bought in advance. We also ... Read more
semibeater
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We did the Voyage of the Vikings last year and booked the same room for this return after a number of years to Hamilton BM. If you want to see the real Bermuda take this cruise and you will be disappointed by the crowds and lack of things ... Read more
mygoalie35
Member Since 2009
1 review
18 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We wanted to visit Bermuda and found that the cruise from Boston was the most cost effective way. The Veendam docks in downtown Hamilton and there are 4 days to come and go between the ship and port. Our group consisted of my spouse and ... Read more

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