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Lots of Port Days and Time
"We chose this trip because of the itinerary. There was only one sea day and the port days were long so you didn’t feel rushed. It wasn’t a “relaxing” tour because we wanted to see everything, and we did. We..."Read More
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ljgordon54

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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Best HAL Cruise Ever!

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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scpd1856

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

This was our 38th cruise sailing with many different cruise lines and it was are 5th cruise on HAL. This cruise on HAL was one of the best cruises we have ever taken and by far the best ever on HAL. From start to finish everything was 5 star. We used Park N Go and after being dropped off at the ship we checked in and were in our room in less than 15 minutes. We only ate in the main dining ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Plenty time to wind down.

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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TriniHotfoot

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

I choose this cruise because of the destinations. I did not know this was the ship for retirees. The majority of passengers were above the age of 70. EMBARKATION was smooth and luggage arrived at your door quick time. FOOD great. Very tasty. Ariel, the chef made us smile and laugh every day. He certainly made up for the countless other staff with serious faces. Most did not even offer ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


Great size and Pace!

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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Woodchux

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

Wonderful ship that can handle the 1300 passengers well. Food was super and service staff is great. Ship is a little tired but well cared for. Only has one swimming pool that is quite small. Theatre is intimate and works for this ship. We were hoping for some test kitchen shows but apparently they are not doing those anymore. We booked guaranteed large inside cabin and got a ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Large Spa Interior Stateroom


Worst Cruise Ever

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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hw388

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Bumpy, Bumpy, Bumpy! Very uncomfortable, there were people getting sick right and left, people falling and injuring themselves. We saw people who were in really bad shape from their injuries. And please keep in mind that their clientele is mostly elderly. The food was not that good, the wait staff was not that caring at all. It was an old rickety ship that should not still be in use. The stateroom ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Relaxing Week with HAL

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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Hobbsey

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

I wanted to experience once again the smiling and friendly service staff of a HAL ship in a reasonably sized vessel. The Veendam was the perfect choice for us. I cruised with my 86 year old father who has some stamina issues affecting his mobility so a mega ship full of kids and action was not in the equation. Veendam provided the perfect setting for a relaxing and pleasant week among ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Thank You to The Staff!

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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Mustering up again

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise because Holland American offered us an amazing, discounted price. The Veendam was by far the smallest ship we have been on so far, but because we have sailed Holland ships before, the general layout was similar. Really the only difference being that there were fewer ship levels and less length of the ship to walk. I did have to find the Explorations Cafe one morning, ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Lanai Ocean-View Stateroom


Outstanding

Review for Veendam to Cuba

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joedniceguy

6-10 Cruises

Age 80s

I don't know what all the fuss is about, but I actually loved the Veendam. This was my 7th HAL cruise and the 1st on the Veendam. If you want a quiet relaxing cruise this is the one for you. I went with a group of elderly gentlemen and had a fantastic time. Yes, there are not a lot of activities and the ship is older and smaller, but kept in immaculate condition. I had no problems on this ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Pretty good but service wasn't up to HA standards

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Western

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Cold Mama

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

HA is know for their service and excellent service is what we usually have experienced with HA. The Veendam wasn't bad, but felt disorganized, like perhaps half the staff were either new or burnt out. Our stewards were excellent attentive and friendly. Our room with just a window, midship, main deck was actually nice, well laid out and quite. However, we encountered many other aspects that ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Very very rough cruise. Great piano bar. Good food

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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White123

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Easy boarding. Small ship. Mid week sailing. I had been ill for the last 2 years and was thrilled to be able to take this cruise. Food was very good in the dining room. Best fries ever at the dive bar. Staff were very kind very accommodating. Couldn’t do enough for you. Always there in the lido with coffee which was surprisingly good. Horrible location very front of the ship. ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person


Avoid this old, small ship

Review for Veendam to Caribbean - Eastern

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melissamclark59

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We had understood that the ship had been renovated and that the food on HAL was good - neither are true. The buffet is monotonous and the specialty restaurants are not worth the high prices. Facilities are worn (cushions on outdoor chairs, chipped walls in our bathroom, lamp in our room). The service was ok but nothing special. Our room steward was very nice and helpful. The food was often ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Spa Verandah Stateroom


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