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Veendam Cruise Review by cruisingfrompa5

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Veendam
Veendam
Member Name: cruisingfrompa5
Cruise Date: September 2010
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bermuda
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 685
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5.0
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Ship Facts: Veendam Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Veendam Deck Plans
Bermuda, Holland America, Veendam
Great Trip to Bermuda, I'll offer the highlights.

- Parking at port in NYC, too much, $210; look for NJ parking and take ferry

- Food on ship was very good. Lido cafe - not so much (too much like a college cafeteria), avoid the Lido coffee, coffee in MDR was good, excellent at coffee bar; food in MDR was excellent, evening at Canaletto Italian Rest. was very nice. Didn't eat in Steakhouse. I recommend having your breakfasts in the MDR. Burgers at poolside were very good too.

- Cabin was the largest we've had on any of our 5 cruises, NCL, Celebrity, 2 cruises on Azamara; bathroom was spacious, bed very comfortable, lots of closet space & storage. Very nice!

- Cabin service was excellent!

- Food service was good, servers could been more conversational, we did the open dining, not pre-set time, did have a few very nice food servers.

- Golf at Ocean View was a bargain on Tuesday which offered a 2 for 1; outstanding views, course was in ok shape, grass a bit long in fairways

- Fitness Room was very good, ship had a Concept 2 Rowing machine, (Model C) no monitor but worked well. Many treadmills, Elliptical, free weights, & weight machines. Great Sauna room, very hot.

- Pool Area was a bit small, we hardly used.

- Back sun deck was nice, some of the lounge chairs need repairing but this deck was very nice.

- Casino was small but very efficient in taking guests money.

- Shopping on board was very nice with some decent bargains on day 5 & 6.

- Entertainment was excellent, Mark Donata, singer was excellent as was the soloist lead female. Dancers were good. Magician Jeff and his dog Indy were very entertaining.

- Activities on board were very good, thanks Clare, (activity coordinator)

- Library on board was great, don't bring a book!

- Walking track on deck 6 was good.

- If returning to Bermuda, check out Gibbs Lighthouse, very nice visit, awesome island views. A bit scary out on the cat-walk at top of lighthouse if your afraid of heights.

- Ocean water in mid-September was very comfortable, visited Horseshoe Bay two days. Also visited Captain John Smith beach, was small and ok, wouldn't recommend if visiting from a cruise ship.

- Summary, I would definitely travel on Holland America and the Veendam again. The ship was a pleasantly very very nice, great size with less than 1,400 passengers. The two ports, St. George's & Hamilton also made this a wonderful trip. Bermuda is always very nice. And Bermudians are very welcoming. Most likely will be on the Veendam next August or September. Happy Cruising.


Publication Date: 10/03/11
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