Veendam - Central America/Panama Canal: Veendam Cruise Review by Jerry Sipes
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Veendam - Central America/Panama Canal
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Los Angeles
To resolve this issue the cruise line should have 2 more dryers than washers in each laundry, so there is enough to keep up with the volume of wet clothes. Aside from that the Veendam is a great ship. It was a pleasure to ride her. The head waiters were very thoughtful, and always made the rounds, speaking to each guest. The cruises are becoming more and more competitive, and the employees at dept head level are under a lot of pressure to maximize profits. I noticed drinks on this cruise were very expensive, and there was a lot of pressure to "push" them. I realize that the Beverage manager is under the gun to maximize sales, as are all the other Dept Heads. The Pinnacle Grill had raised prices to $30 on Veendam, which was a $10 increase from other HAL ships I traveled on this year. I believe we will see more and more price increases across the board as the cruise lines struggle to stay in business, due to overbuilding of cruise ships who will sail with less and less passengers. Less
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