Sad to see Veendam is going to dry dock: Veendam Cruise Review by foxdale02
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Sad to see Veendam is going to dry dock
Destination: Western Caribbean
As for ports none of them stood out Belize, Santo Thomas -Guatemala and Casta Maya, Mexico. We did not take in any of the ship's tours preferring to arrange our own. In Belize we went to the Lamania (sp) Mayan ruins that took 7 hours but well worth it. In Guatemala we met Gus of Go with Gus on a humanitarian tour. All reviews describing Gus are true a true humanitarian who provides assistance to 14 schools up the river from his home town of Livingston. Gus by the way also lives in New York city 6 months of the year. We went to two schools that required transport up the river where we were able to provide some of the school supplies, medicine and children's clothing that members of our trip provided. The children were wonderful but in obvious need of assistance. I strongly recommend anyone traveling to Guatemala take in this tour as it is a eye opener to see how just one man can do such great deeds. Casa Maya has grown substantially since we were first here 5 years ago. Still not much to see but I understand those that took in some of the ship tours had a great time. As for us we just walked around the shopping complex taking in the free entertainment and some of the stores bargains.
Arriving back in Tampa we were able to stay in our staterooms until our time came to leave the ship. Much nicer then having to wait like cattle to disembark on Princess and Royal Caribbean. As of this writing the Veendam will be on its last five day tour prior to going to drydock for the next 35 days. I believe they plan to add a new pool ( much needed) and up to 80 more staterooms. The Veendam is now showing its' wear and I just hope that when it goes back into service the same staff and service is provided. This sailing was just our 8 cruise but one that we will remember. Less
Cabin review: BB803 Vista Suite with Verandah
Veendam staterooms are need of updating but this ship is undergoing a major renovation at the end of March. The bathroom has a tub which is not seen to frequently now a days. In putting our bags under the bed we realized that they would only go under one side so the size of the cabin is adequate but not made for more then two adults. Closets were fine but we did not like the fact that the safe required to be operated by using a credit card and since my wife and I use different cards this could cause a problem if she or I needed to use the safe and one of us were not there at the time. All is all the Veendam despite it age was fantastic and ranks up there with the luxury lines a 5 out of 5Read All Vista Suite with Verandah (BB) Reviews >>
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