Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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lzcrafts
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
The ship had no A/C in main dining room or in my cabin. The solution was a noisy box fan. Not much cooler with the fan. Two days the room had a strong oil smell. No solution to that problem. The smell was extremely strong at night when ... Read more
Trotter13
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise for the interesting itinery. We have cruised 20 times, mostly in the Caribbean. The itinery lived up to and exceeded our anticipation. the ship is an older ship but well maintained. The spacious of the public areas ... Read more
Loreli95
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
102 forum posts
2 helpful votes
After reading the reviews, I was cautious. But, I really liked the ship. It is small and intimate. You will not get the water slides and rock climbing on this ship, but you will relax. I enjoyed the smaller ship and not having to leave ... Read more
padrek
Member Since 2009
37 reviews
68 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was a 7 day Bermuda cruise out of Boston, the main advantage of which is that this ship is berthed not at the remote Royal Naval Dockyard, but in downtown Hamilton alongside Front Street. Embarkation in Boston was easy even though ... Read more
Scouper 72
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
we chose this cruise because of the location in Hamilton, Bermuda. We loved being in the midst of things with the J Boats being docked nearby at the Princess Hotel and the ferry service over to the Dockyard where the America's Cup boats ... Read more
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KarlS
Member Since 2002
7 reviews
371 forum posts
8 helpful votes
June 15-24, 2017 (For context: my wife and I are both in our late 60s. This was our 24th cruise since our honeymoon in 1977. We’ve ocean cruised on Eastern Seaboard Line (1), Holland America Line (aka “HAL”) (4), Royal ... Read more
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princeton12321
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
46 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I was bracing for the worst-- this board is not very kind to the Veendam. We have previously cruised down to Bermuda on the Summit which we enjoyed, but we found this format to be much better. We found the ship to be delightful and the ... Read more
Dasbeak
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
55 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had HAL take care of us airport to airport...no hassle. Stayed at the Langham in Boston two days prior to the cruise. Loved it, so much to do within walking distance. Loved the Veendam. We had a forward cabin and the walk to the ... Read more
Hilltopper_2
Member Since 2013
1 review
31 forum posts
2 helpful votes
A dining room staff second to none. She might be older but she's run much better than the newest ship in the fleet. On every point she shines by comparison. Maybe the elevators are slower on her. We had one of the most enjoyable cruises of ... Read more
Pleased with Princess
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
We have cruised 17 times with multiple lines and chose this cruise primarily due to the departure port as we live less than 20 miles from the Boston cruise port. It was the first time we've sailed from Boston and it was a pleasure to just ... Read more
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iwillforgetthisname
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Basically, everything about this cruise was, well, basic, but that isn't all bad. We flew to Boston a day before the cruise, and I highly recommend doing that unless you live in a city where transportation to Boston is very reliable. We ... Read more
avonevon
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This is a great itinerary and loved all the ports we visited. This was our first time on HAL and not sure if we will give them another try. Embarkation was smooth and seamless I did like this part. We had an oceanview room on lower ... Read more
tallyho8
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,769 forum post
10 helpful votes
The crew was the happiest and most helpful of any cruise I have been on in a long time. We had easy embarkation and debarkation. There was always something great to eat at every meal and the food was prepared well. They even had lobster ... Read more
gailhen
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Destinations were great! Plumbing and air conditioning issues. Breakfast in Dining room was slow...Old ship that needs renovated and need more staff for evening dining which was slow and food was not always hot or tasty. Entertainment ... Read more
BRWolf
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We enjoyed this cruise. As first-time cruisers, we chose one that originated and ended in Boston, which is within easy driving distance of our home. Sailing to Bermuda, staying in Hamilton for three nights, and returning to Boston seemed ... Read more
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riverdale60
Member Since 2010
1 review
75 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The perfect cruise of 7 days between Boston and Bermuda. We were on the East Coast visiting relatives. We have cruised over 3 times, mainly with Celebrity. The Veendam sailed out of Boston and back so it was good schedule and we ... Read more
veryseasonedtraveler
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
406 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We are 5 Star Mariners with HAL and have traveled with them over 600 days. Read many negative reviews and my expectation level was reduced. We booked the Boston/Bermuda and Boston/New England segments. Boston is a great port city with ... Read more
happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
2,709 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We love the Canada New England cruise and we do it on a regular basis. The ports are easy yet interesting and it is a very relaxing cruise. We were on the May 20th cruise and we experienced a full ship. The staff was excellent as ... Read more
Dsatnick
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
The ship was chosen because the price and date fit our needs. The problem was that the cruise director and her staff di nothing at all at the pool on the two days at sea. No music, no games, and not even a sail away party. When ... Read more
Alandiben
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We really enjoyed this cruise the staff were very accommodating. The food is fantastic. We liked the fact that they still offer a a Gala night which include lobster tails, something other cruise lines have eliminated. Having been on more ... Read more
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Leagen
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We wanted to dock in Hamilton,Bermuda instead of at the dockyards so chose a small ship. We wanted to go in May for my birthday so the Veendam seemed perfect. It was not perfect. The AC was not working correctly it seemed and it was hot ... Read more
The_Old_Veendam
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We took this cruise because for those who don't know, the Veendam is the last of her kind. She is the last ship to regularly (sort of) make port in Hamilton, Bermuda on a weekly Bermuda cruise. I say 'sort of' because she only makes 6 ... Read more
kcnipper
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I had never cruised to Bermuda and at the last minute decided to do this trip. I have done several HA cruises including the one that is the Canada/New England cruise. I enjoy HA. Their ships are cozy and much prettier than some of the ... Read more
mbtous
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We chose the Veendam for the itinerary. Boston to Bermuda with approximately 3 days in Bermuda and that it docked in Hamilton. For this primary purpose the Veendam did it's job. To begin .. The cruiseport in Boston was easy to get ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
TRANSFERS Our flight left Toronto a little after 10:00, and we arrived in Boston (Logan) Airport around 11:30. The airport—ship—airport transfers (all booked through HAL) were well-co-ordinated and very fast. HAL ... Read more
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