Veendam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Veendam
Phyllis Bailey
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2017
Cabin: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

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 rained on ( I don't even want to know where all that water came from). Our room and others had no air. There were no fans in the bathroom, so the whole room would steam up. I even resorted to showering by the pool on a couple of occasions. The railing on the back of the shop was missing for most of the trip, so there was no standing at the back of the ship at departures, which is tradition.

The food was not great either. The meat was tough, chicken dry, and I don't even know how to describe the fish. And I hope you like bell peppers. I can't eat bell peppers and they were in everything! Friends had to change rooms because a pipe broke above their room and their room flooded. There were electrical issues too. The whole laundry room went out at once when every machine was full and of course it was when I was doing laundry. It too over an hour and a half to get someone to help us. I ended up spending over 3 hours doing laundry for one load. And to top it all off, one night the fire doors had an electrical malfunction and all closed. Everyone was stuck in place for almost an hour. Luck for us we were stuck in the buffet dining room with a bar (and no the didn't give us free drinks to keep us happy).

This ship needs to be retired!!!!! I have been on another Holland America ship and had a wonderful experience. DON'T BOOK THIS SHIP!

Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Cabin F

They may call this room large, but it is the smallest cruise ship room I have every been on. Remember on this ship your room might not have air or a fan in the bathroom.

Port Reviews

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

A pleasant river cruise to enjoy the wildlife and plant. We saw lots of crocodiles!

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

We did the Antigua on Our Own" tour. We loved this town. We opted not to hire a tour guide ($10-$15 a person). We heard later that friends did and were very glad they did. We missed a few things they saw, but still had fun.

It was a long bus ride and traffic can be an issue. This is one time you might not want to hire a cab on your own.

Cabo San Lucas

No. We just hired a glass bottom boat with friends $10-15 per person. They took us around the arch and then dropped us off at "The Office" on the beach, our favorite Cabo stop.

Half Moon Cay

We rented a cabana. They beach was beautiful! The water was warm, blue, and clear.

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