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Veendam Cruise Review by pacruiser1244

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Veendam
Veendam
Member Name: pacruiser1244
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bermuda
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: 199
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        16+ 3.0
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5+
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Ship Facts: Veendam Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Veendam Deck Plans
Excellent experience in Bermuda
Family included wife and 3 daughters. We chose this cruise because it left from NYC and stayed 3 days in Bermuda instead of hopping from place to place like the first cruise we took on Carnival.

Highlights of the week include:

- Staff, especially room stewards were extremely helpful and always pleasant.

- Rooms were kept immaculate.

- Food was phenomenal. Especially the Pinnacle.

- Wait staff was attentive and polished.

- Activities were enjoyable. Good for all ages.

- We did not do any cruise excursions. We ventured out on our own and in Bermuda this is very easy to do.

- Went to Horseshoe Bay, Snorkel Park and John Smith beach. John Smith beach had less than a dozen people there and the grill truck was superb. It rained for 30 mins but there were caves that kept us dry.

- My wife and kids loved the cappuccino bar on deck 8. The girl who worked this bar made great drinks.

- My kids loved the shows. Especially the Bob Macke musical.

- My wife and I had an interior room on deck 4 which was well appointed. My daughters had a verandah room on deck 9 with a private balcony which was real nice.

- They do push the photos but we opted to for a photo session in the Black Label studio. They were some of the best photos we've ever had done.

- My daughter loved the chocolate chip cookies,soft serve ice cream and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Cons include:

- Not enough deck chairs. You have to hang around until one frees up and they go fast.

- The pool was tiny.

- The first 48 hours you can not serve yourself. Even for ice water. This was done for health reasons which we understood but seemed overzealous.

Publication Date: 08/20/12
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