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Veendam Cruise Review by The Deejay

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Veendam
Veendam
Member Name: The Deejay
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Boston
Destination: Canada & New England
Cabin Category: HH
Cabin Number: HH302
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Arrived a day early for sightseeing in Boston. Very hot, temp in the low 90s. Surprised, it wasn't that hot in Atlanta. Boarded next day, June 1st, no problems, went smoothly. Room HH302 is shown as total obstructed, but you could see the ocean a little. Room was larger than on the larger ships we cruised on with Royal. Actually had tub with shower. Small sofa, small table with chair was nice. Beds comfortable, room service great.

Staff was cordial. Ship was a lot smaller, but felt spacious inside. Lots of places to just sit and rest, read a book, whatever. Casino small, Rotterdam dining room nice, again dining service great. Lido buffet very nice, large selection of food. Loved the ice cream bar, maybe a bit too much! Plenty of variety for drinks, desserts, overall food was quite good.

Bar Harbor was nice, took Ollies Trolley up to Cadillac Mountain, beautiful scenery, had lobster rolls for lunch, tasty. Halifax stunning. Fairlawn cemetery where Titanic dead was buried was well kept. Sad, gravestones were marked unknown and a number like 142. A few had names listed, but not many. Maritime Museum very interesting also. Trip to Peggys Cove well worth it. Postcard type scenery. Lighthouse is nice. Sydney weather was horrible, not a lot to see. Be advised, trips and rental cars go quickly in Sydney. Would have liked to travel to Baddeck to see Alexander Bell Museum, but weather too lousy. Charlottetown was beautiful. Took horse drawn trolley around for city tour in the morning, light house tour by bus in afternoon. Great photo ops at lighthouses. Can still climb up in them if you want. Quebec City was great. Bus tour in morning, water tour to the falls after lunch. Falls are taller than Niagra, but not as wide or wild flowing. Quebec is very European, Someone remarked "as pretty as Paris, but locals much nicer". Speaking of locals, everyone at every port seemed genuinely nice folks. Very open to show directions, offer opinions on what to see, places to get a quick snack or lunch. Overall very satisfied with value of the cruise, staying on the ship in Quebec City was a nice touch, allowing for more sightseeing time, but no extra cost. Had breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board, still got a great night sleep for next morning flight out. Just a suggestion, our flight left at 11:05am. Paid Holland to get us to airport on time. We were called at 7:25 that morning everything went smoothly.

Overall great cruise for the money, would recommend it. This was our first cruise with Holland, as well as first cruise to New England and Canada. Hope to go again.


Publication Date: 06/12/13
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