The ship was perfect. It was sold out but you would not have thought so as it was always so peaceful, quiet, no congestion, no crowds. I love the feel and size of the Veendam. Beautiful & classy with out being gaudy.
We ordered room service twice for breakfast and found the food to be very good, hot and delivered at the time that we requested. Most of our meals took place in the Lido where the food was excellent, no rudeness, no long lines and Indra (wait staff)was amazing with how he remember our names every day. We ate in the Pinnacle twice, Tuesday & Saturday (one meal was included in the renewal of vows package) where the food & service was very good however I felt that the food in the dining room surpassed that of the Pinnacle. We ate in the Dining room the last two days. We had open seating it was a breeze. We did not make reservations, we just showed up when we were ready and were seated immediate every time. Dinner was always served promptly and we were never late to or misses a show. We were always at least a half hour early for the shows. We also received an invitation to attend a Mediterranean and Seafood Lovers Lunch in the Rotterdam Dining Room to enjoy as we were sailing from Bermuda.
The shows were amazing. Every seat is a great seat. They were entertaining, classy and there was something to suit all tastes. I must say that I have been on a number of cruises and these shows were a welcome change from all of the Las Vegas Style shows that I am used to seeing.
Our Renewal of Vows was perfect. We received an invitation from the Captain to arrive at the Crows Nest at 7:15 PM on Friday. Upon arriving we were greeted by Rasheida the Party Planner who was very vibrant and friendly. There was one other couple who was also renewing their vows. There was a beautiful floral arrangement and a beautiful cake. Champagne was available (MY DH & I don't drink alcoholic beverages so were were given Ginger Ale)and hors d'oeuvres. The captain arrived soon and chatted with us for about 20 - 30 minutes (give or take) and them proceeded with the ceremony. A photographer took pictures of us with the Captain and alone as well as cutting the cake. A beautiful album with the pictures was delivered to our cabin, and a copy of the toast & vows the following day.
There were 2 formal nights where we dressed the part, ate at the Pinnacle and took pictures with each photographer stationed. We actually purchased some from each sitting. Never ran into the fashion police, didn't notice anyone eyeballing anyone else, didn't overhear anyone taking about anyone else. Didn't run into one rude person.
DH enjoyed spinning a few days in the gym and a Fire & Ice pedicure while I enjoyed a manicure. The spa services were done very professionally and DH can't wait for his next. I was no attempts to sell me anything from the spa, however my DH did come away with some body oil at the price of $ 55.
Disembarkation was smooth. From the time we were called, we were off the ship and in our car in 15 - 20 minutes.