Holland America Veendam Cruise Reviews

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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
18 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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coplukposta
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I took the 11-day cruise from Boston to Montreal on Veendam. We have been on about a dozen cruises in the past using Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity, and have enjoyed them all up to now. This was the first time we have ... Read more
SoloSailingSoul
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
14 helpful votes
I cruised with HAL a few months ago on the the Eurodam to the Caribbean. It was a great experience. I had nothing negative to say about it. Figured it would be a sure bet to sail with them again. Got a great price on a 15 day New ... Read more
Kelly97229
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been on most of the other Holland America ships - and that, until this cruise, Holland America has been my favorite cruise line. It was an extremely disappointing cruise. The quality of ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
22 reviews
1,804 forum post
23 helpful votes
Veendam cruise 4-21-17 15 nights FLL – Montreal. Long and detailed. Skip to the conclusion if you only want the summary. Getting to Florida to day before the cruise proved to be full of adventure. Our Southwest flight left the ... Read more
lmz2005
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We brought my parents on a Panama Canal Cruise to Celebrate their 60th Anniversary and ended up bringing their best friends who were celebrating their 61st Anniversary. Getting on the ship was pretty easy since we had the Marriott guys ... Read more
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beadercat
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We wanted to do the Panama Canal cruise from Ft Lauderdale to San Diego. We did the cruise before from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale in 2010. All different stops except 2. (Guatemala and Puerto Chiapas) Enjoyed all the ports and ... Read more
Phyllis Bailey
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This ship is so old that things are forever going wrong. The toilets throughout the ship did not work (fortunately not all at the same time). The ceiling in the buffet dining room needed to be mopped constantly or we would have been ... Read more
Beach Basket
Member Since 2005
1 review
14 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
After reading all of the negative reviews on Cruise Critic we were a little concerned about this ship. However, the date for the Panama Canal Cruis worked perfectly for us so we booked it. The ship is 21 years old and in reasonably good ... Read more
seattle sojourner
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
76 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a 48 day RT from Fort Lauderdale that included a few Caribbean isles, Brazil coastal ports including Rio at Carnaval and finally the Amazon to Manaus and back. The Amazon was always on our "someday" list, Rio and ... Read more
nana2many
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
30 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because of interesting itinerary, timing, and cost. This one just jumped out at me as a cruise my husband and I would enjoy. We had been cruising with HAL before and enjoyed the experience so much we thought it would ... Read more
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Gigigigigigigigi
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
15 helpful votes
The itinerary and time of year. Very very old ship ! Cabin smelled upon entering eyes watered and sinuses hurt after 24 hours. It took a total of 3 days for them to look into the filter going into the cabin. It was almost black !! ... Read more
JazzCruiser17
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
We selected this cruise to travel with friends during the holidays, and we wanted to go through the Panama Canal. The Veendam was a nice size ship and easy to get around. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth, because the ship was not ... Read more
flyingdutchman6989
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
15 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Our holiday cruise with family, aboard the Hell-ship Veendam Maru, from 20 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017, was truly a cruise from hell. It was marked by a series of unfortunate events day after day, that began with two USCG helicopter medical ... Read more
Reomeo
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Living in Florida we've been on several Carribean cruises and looked forward to the Panama Canal and it's Pacific ports. The size of the Veendam was great. Easy to get around on and not too crowded. The ship does show it's age. The crew ... Read more
CookGirl
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
2 forum posts
14 helpful votes
This was my 7th Holland America cruise and probably the last. Holland America has become the Macy's of the cruise industry. They hope to attract Nordstrom clientelle while offering Penny's level service. First, let's start with the ... Read more
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davidlegrandpont
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise with the purpose of experiencing the Panama Canal. Cruise ships are not my favourite way to travel but this was a good option as we were traveling with an older relative. The veendam is a mid-sized ship and we think ... Read more
EZ Wash
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
This cruise really wasn't our first choice, but when the earthquakes hit Italy we decided to make an adjustment in our "to do list" of cruises and moved a Panama Canal visit to the top, and we're glad we did. We read all the ... Read more
Suncoast147
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Lets start from the first. I am Blind and travel with my wife, and guide dog. I booked the trip on the phone last minute with Holland America. I requested and was assured that our luggage would be taken direct to the airport, and it was ... Read more
ROR
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We were so excited about this cruise. Planned it for a long time. This was our 29th anniversary. The scenery and excursions were great, except tour in New York didn't include the 911 Museum. This was our 3rd HAL cruise. Alaska and ... Read more
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ktctnc
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary that arrived in Quebec City and Montreal during a time when the fall leaves were at their peak colors. We wisely chose port excursions in advance from groups not associated with Holland's ... Read more
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