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Veendam Cruise Review by Gmairene: A lifetime dream come true!


Gmairene
1 Review
Member Since 2010
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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A lifetime dream come true!

Sail Date: December 2010
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Embarkation: Santiago (Valparaiso)

This cruise truly was a dream come true for me. We lucked out weather-wise - and the only turbulant waters were while at sea, and they were fun times - not at all alarming. The waters around "the Horn", in the Antarctic area and at the various ports were amazingly calm, and if there were rough times it must have been while we were sleeping. We, my youngest daughter & I, enjoyed every day aboard ship, and each port of call provided special joys for us.

I must mention how much we appreciated our Captain, Rik Krombeen. He seemed determined to make the cruise "special" for everyone. His announcements were clearly given, with many humerous touches and we enjoyed hearing his "Hi, It's me again" when he'd call our attention to something special that we'd have missed otherwise.

Our room steward, Farid (?), was the greatest. He was so efficient, and yet so friendly and willing to share with us, even though we knew we were interruping his work routine. He definitely left a More couple of extermely happy travelers, and we hoped that HAL realizes what a great asset he is in conributing to a guest's overall enjoyment of the whole trip.

We were made to feel special by so many members of the Veendam's crew - waiters who remembered our names after we first met them, the Lido staff, Cruise Director Patti Honacki, etc. etc.- so many smiling faces made for a truly happy trip. (We met just one unsmiling, rather dour faced "seater" in the Rotterdam Dining Room on two occasions.) I especially enjoyed the friendship that came with participation in the daily TaiChi sessions with Lifestylist Prince. He was great - and it was fun to progress through the series of lessons, feeling more relaxed and at ease after each session.

I have a multitude of wonderful memories that will brighten my days through the years ahead.... Thank you to HAL and the entire crew of the Veendam. Less


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Cabin review: Veendam Verandah Suite Verandah 218

#218- THE LAST BALCONY CABIN TOWARDS REAR OF SHIP - BUT IT WAS FINE. WE NEEDED THE EXERCISE OF WALKING TO THE FRONT AND BACK, WHICH WE DID MANY TIMES EACH DAY. THE CABIN HAD PLENTY OF CLOSET AND DRAWER SPACE, AND THE BEDS WERE VERY COMFORTABLE. WE ENJOYED FIND A "TOWEL ABIMAL" AWAITIBG US AT NIGHT. AND HAVING FARID AS OUR CABIN STEWARD WAS A GREAT BONUS - HE IS FANTASTIC, WELL WORTH WHATEVER HE IS BEING PAID.

Port and Shore Excursions


A great port for #1 ahore excursion. Weather was great - lots of interesting shops, and great for "people watching". A very friendly and talented local artist, "Christian", had a booth at the landing area. After checking out various shops and exploring the area on foot we returned and purchased a couple of special items from him.


Our 2nd port was actually at PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE. This port just recently added to Ports of Call list. We took the tender to the dock, and walked up to the few buildings in the area. Nothing there as far as "tourist type" facilities. There is a town some miles away, and what is described as a beautiful lake area, with busses available from the dock area. But we elected to return to the ship after "exploring" on foot. I feel that it won't be long before locals will set up booths for handcrafts and other items, but at the time of our visit it was an enjoyable day to relax for a while under a sunny sky.


We were eager to see Penguins, and had signed up with HAL for a bus ride to visit a penguin colony some distance away. It was a good outing and we greatly enjoyed watching those entertaining little creatures up close. My daughter took enough pictures to fill a book...


STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS. This was a great day for us. We had made arrangements to have a local driver take us to the area with the largest penguin colonies in the South America region. The ride to the penguin area was a real fun experience in itself, and to see the multitlude of penguins when we reached the ocean area was almost unbelievable. Thousands of them - mostly seeming oblivious to all of the people snapping zillions of pictures of them. We'd heard of the extreme wind & rains that often hit the islands, and had come prepared with raincoats & warm clothing. Our day there was a bright sunny one - it couldn't have been nicer. Our driver was a fountain of information about almost any question we asked about the Falklands, and had a delightful sense of humor. All in all, it was one of the highlights of our trip.

BUT,FOR ME, THE DAYS AT SEA WHILE IN THE WATERS NEAR ANTARCTICA LEFT WHAT WILL BE THE MOST LONG LASTING MEMORIES. THE SHEER BEAUTY OF IT ALL WAS AMAZIBG - MANY ICEBERGS MUCH LARGER THAN THE SHIP - SOME LANDLOCKED, SOME FLOATIBG. AREAS OF OPEN WATER THAT WOULD VERY QUICKLY GET CLOGGED WITH SMALLER BERGS TO THE POINT THAT THEY BECAME IMPASSABLE. AND OF COURSE, GIGANTIC GLACIERS WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE BLUE GROTTOS AND LARGE CAVES JUST ABOVE THE WATER LINE. IT TRULY WAS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME - ONE THAT I'LL REMEMBER ALWAYS.

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I was feeling a bit "under the weather" that day, and our time at Ushuaia was very limited. The town was very intrigueing to see from aboard the ship - a very quaint looking place, and one we really had wanted to explore at length. We didn't see enough of the area to rate it.

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