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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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clarkie02360
Member Since 2011
1 review
37 forum posts
4 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
2 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

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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
cruiser948
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is our 12th HAL cruise and our second time on the Veendam (2010 cruise to Bermuda being our first time being on this ship). My wife, daughter and I just spent a great week aboard the Veendam on the 7 day Bermuda cruise. I must ... Read more
iliv2cruz
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
471 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
When we saw that the Veendam was docking in Hamilton we booked immediately! Love the Holland America line love Bermuda. (we've also gone to Bermuda on Celebrity Summit, Norwegian Dawn and Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas) They were all ... Read more

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Bostonjetset
Member Since 2012
1 review
529 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I had heard a lot of negativity about the Veendam before sailing so I thought I would set the record straight; she is a lovely ship with a WONDERFUL crew and I would not hesitate to sail on her [or on any HAL ship] again! I realize that ... Read more
Shih-tzu
Member Since 2014
1 review
253 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Needed a break from a winter that didn't want to end, so with a little less than two weeks to departure, I convinced a good friend to go along as we needed the break. I had been playing with the idea in the back of my mind when I had read ... Read more
rebeccajo68
Member Since 2005
1 review
237 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My sister and I cruised to Bermuda this past May 2015. While we enjoyed ourselves (hard not to enjoy just being away and on a ship) I don't think I would cruise to Bermuda again. I so wanted to enjoy the beach there since the water was ... Read more
Jordan Roberts
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our Trip on the Holland American Line Veendam was a Disaster We asked to book us in a quiet room on the Veendam . We also were concerned about how non-smoking the ship was. We were told that the room they suggested, 012, was quiet. ... Read more
Jordan Roberts
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Our Trip on the Holland American Line Veendam was a Disaster We asked to book us in a quiet room on the Veendam . We also were concerned about how non-smoking the ship was. We were told that the room they suggested, 012, was quiet. ... Read more

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Parker1
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
99 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Let me say upfront, that this review is skewed towards the disabled and the problems we encountered would not affect most people. Overall it was a great cruise and the staff was fantastic. The good out weighed the bad, for both of us. ... Read more
azalice
Member Since 2007
1 review
653 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My DH and I enjoyed our cruise to Bermuda on May 2. Service was very good, food was good, the ship was lovely. However, we did have a hard time sleeping due to noises in the wall and ceiling of the cabin as the ship moved. The staff did ... Read more
ChesterLocksley
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a trip of a lifetime for me. at the age of 12 year i was intrigued by the panama canal and finally at the age of 64 years i was going to experience it. Veendam was just wonderful. nice size, very comfortable, fantastic crew, ... Read more
lindaler
Member Since 2012
1 review
528 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were lucky to receive a good upgrade from an HH guarantee to a D category. Cabin 772 was on the fourth deck in the exact middle of the ship. We took a train and because of congestions on the tracks we were running about two hours ... Read more
just judi
Member Since 2014
1 review
40 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
When we arrived in San Diego there was no line so we thought it would be easy getting on-board. How wrong we were - 40 minutes! It seems our cabin was booked to two different parties. After we were assured it was all straightened out ... Read more

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jeffbo1962
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
This was my 3rd sailing on the ms Veendam, the first since her refurbishment and second Mexican Riviera cruise. Embarkation in San Diego is always a pleasant experience as it's close to our home in Arizona and it's a quick trip from ... Read more
cnicholson
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
In all fairness this review mostly will be about the service and food on the Veendam during this cruise as there has been fair coverage of other areas of consideration. Out of many cruises, the food on this cruise was in the top 3 ... Read more
Popcorn70
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A year and a half ago I cruised on Holland Zuiderdam destination Panama-it was such a terrible experience they gave us a voucher towards another cruise. This cruise was also a failure and I will not cruise with Holland again. As always ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Third cruise on Holland, last one was 6 years ago on the Oosterdam. Also have cruised on Celebrity and Princess. We are foodies so this will cover that and the service and ship. Cruise ports are cruise ports; zip lines, pirate ship cruises ... Read more
exon111
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
3 stars out of 5 overall. It is an older ship, but very well maintained and very clean. I liked the more "ocean liner" feel of the ship. It was updated nicely and did not feel dated. As a germaphobe, I greatly appreciated the extreme level ... Read more

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